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'The work never stops' for Anne-Sophie Mutter + MORE

'The reigning diva of the violin' plays Roy Thomson on Friday, along with her Mutter Virtuosi chamber ensemble..... More »

The "full" Edvard Grieg Peer Gynt + MORE

From the 1876 premiere of Grieg's Peer Gynt Edvard Grieg's birthday, a good excuse to listen again to Peer Gynt op 23.in the edition by Finn Benestad from 1988, which keeps the order of the composer's score from the premiere performance in 1876, omitting the cuts made in later performances, but.... More »

Music at the edge of the network + MORE

An old tech adage tells how intelligence moves to the edge of the network. So I propose a new aphorism that in the music industry, as celebrity and money migrates to the centre of the network, so intelligence in the form of creativity and innovation moves to the edge. My recent travels on the networ.... More »

Result: An unfancied American wins the Sibelius + MORE

The results are in: I prize 25 000 €                   Christel Lee, USA II prize 18 000 €                  Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Austria III prize 12 000 €                Friederike Starkloff, Germany   Three other finalists, Mayumi Kanag.... More »

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? + MORE Nov 19th

Just a slightly belated note to let my readers know that I was selected for, and am currently participating in, Carnegie Hall's annual Weill Music Institute professional training workshop for composers (this year's moniker is "New Voices, New Music"). Running the show is the estimable David Lang, 20.... More »

The Unexpected in Chailly’s Approach to Brahms

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 Brahms: Arcadi Volodos (piano) Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly (conductor), Barbican Hal , London 23.10.2013 (GDn) Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major Symphony No. 2 in D major   Expect the unexpected from Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester. When they tour, it is usually with core repertoire: Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler – Schumann at a […]The post The Unexpected in Chailly’s Approach to Brahms appeared first on Seen and Heard International.

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Malek Jandali: 'I thought: what can I do? How can I help? All I have is music'The Syrian American composer is known for his politically charged work. He tells Raya Jalabi about his concert to raise the profile of the humanitarian crisis in his homelandRaya Jalabi

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James Jones War Novel Becomes a Musical

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Brayson & Rice, From Here To Eternity: Singers and Orchestra conducted by David White, Shaftesbury Theatre, London 22.10.2013. (JPr) Cast Principals:   Production: If the glorious failure of the cancelled American TV series Smash told us anything in its two season run about how to put on new Broadway musicals it is that they must […]The post James Jones War Novel Becomes a Musical appeared first on Seen and Heard International.

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The centre of attention

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A STIRRING symphony under the stars at sacred Uluru.

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Ceci n’est pas un canard

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Ceci n’est pas un canard“Perfection and beauty are identical.” (Photo: Louis Melancon/Metropolitan Opera)

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Women behaving badly

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MOVE over Tony Soprano, Don Draper and Walter White, the anti-heroines are the rising stars of screen drama.

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Shocking new video: Concerto is stopped by cellphone

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Shocking new video: Concerto is stopped by cellphoneAt a concert in Gothenburg Concert Hall on October 23, 2013, Christian Zacharias stopped playing in the middle of Haydn’s Piano Concerto, after a phone went off in the audience. The faces of the orchestral players are a study in horror, affront and incomprehension.

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TT: Back—and back—to Bach

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In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I use the release of two new Bach albums by Jeremy Denk and…

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Virtual failure in commercial terms but who cares?My biography? Doesn’t “fit in”. From the wrong side of the tracks all the way. Virtual failure in commercial terms, but who the hell cares either way?That self-deprecation appears on Michael Finnissy’s website, which is also notable for the absence of social media links featuring the composer. Pianist Ian Pace has recorded Michael Finnissy’s epic The History of Photography in Sound in a superb interpretation on the Métier label…

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Supporting the Amazwi Omzansi Africa / Voices of South Africa Project

Njabula Madlala

Baritone Njabulo Madlala’s Amazawi Omzansi Africa/Voices of South Africa Project aims to help an inspire the next generation of South African opera stars. This year workshops and a singing competition were held in South Africa and a further competition and workshops are planned for 2014…

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Nico Muhly’s Two Boys: A thrilling production at the Metropolitan OperaMonday, October 21, 2013 marked the New York premiere of Nico Muhly’s opera Two Boys at the Metropolitan Opera. Two Boys tells the story of Detective Anne Strawson (played by mezzo-soprano Alice Coote) as she tries to uncover the truth surrounding the March 2001 murder of Jake (played by boy soprano Andrew Pulver), a 13-year-old boy from an industrial English city…

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Endelllion String Quartet 35th anniversary

The Endellion String Quartet celebrates its 35th anniversary during the 2013/14 season. The quartet is resident at Cambridge University and will be presenting six concert’s at West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge. For three of the concerts, Andrew Watkinson, Ralph de Souza, Garfield Jackson and David Waterman will be joined by violist David Adams for performances of Mozart’s six String Quintets…

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Old gods awaken

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Photo: Metropolitan Opera.
Angela Meade and Jamie Barton both delivered tremendous performances in last night's Norma at the Met, causing some old-school pandemonium in the house. Meade sang with a degree of dramatic involvement that I hadn't yet seen from this greatly gifted soprano. It was a considerable advance on her Caramoor Norma, which was already very fine…

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