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Exclusive: English pianist, 16, scoops Long Thibaud finals + MORE

Julian Trevelyan has made it to the finals of the Long-Thibaud-Crespin competition. The other finalists are: Madoka Fukami, 27, Japan Daria Kisleva, 26, Russian Kaoro Jitsukawa, 26, Japan and Hyeon Park Joo, 27, South Korea. Julian will play the Bartok 3rd concerto in the final on Tuesday – by.... More »

Fidelio, Royal Festival Hall, London + MORE

Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO shone in this semi-staging of Beethoven’s opera.... More »
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Madrid’s Opera Season Ends with a Surprise Triple Bill + MORE

 Granados: Goyescas, Teatro Real Orchestra and Chorus, Guillermo García Calvo (conductor), Teatro Real, Madrid, 9.7.2015 (JMI) Concert Version Cast: Rosario: Maria Bayo Fernando: Andeka Gorrotxategi Paquiro: Cesar San Martin Pepa: Ana Ibarra   Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, Teatro Real Orchestra and C.... More »

Ask Alice + MORE

Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh on recorder playing, Lassus, J S Bach and the mass cello repertoire.... More »
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A Band Apart: Resident Evil + MORE

What does it mean when strangers show up, infiltrate our institutions, assimilate our knowledge, and then leave? Ensemble-in-residence...who does that?.... More »
Classical parlour with three4 at Rich MixEmma Dogliani and Kate ConwayAs a change from the formal concert venue I ventured out to Rich Mix in the East End of London. Here Emma Dogliani and friends Kate Conway and Philip Voldman performed a selection of songs from the opera, and other greatest hits, to a packed and appreciative audience. The group, who call themselves ‘three4’, turned the main bar of Rich Mix into a relaxed parlour cabaret with sofas, tables and chairs, so that they could interact with the audience, walk amongst them, and hand out ice creams(!)…

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Morgan State University Choir Performs with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in their Annual Gala Event!Eric Conway, D.M.A., Fine and Performing Arts Department Chairperson of Morgan State University:Hello everyone,Many of you may know that the Morgan State Univeristy choir performed with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on last Saturday night during the orchestra’s Annual Gala event…

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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain loses its copyright battle with rival group, United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra.

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BBCNOW/Francis review  blood, guts and potent poetryHoddinott Hall, CardiffMichael Francis brings a dynamic drive to a programme combining Ravel with Janáek and MartinWorks by Janáek and his Czech compatriot Bohuslav Martin framed this concert given by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Janáeks programmatic symphony poem Taras Bulba tells the grisly tale of the eponymous leader of the Zaporozhye Cossacks, and under the baton of Michael Francis, the picture of Janáek as a force of nature emerged just as strongly as that of Bulba…

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Critic’s Notebook: Unsuk Chin Talks About Her Music and InfluencesThe South Korean composer Unsuk Chin, who lives in Berlin, speaks about her unconventional approach and her comfort level in New York.

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Javier Camarena at Rosenblatt Recitals

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Javier Camarena at Rosenblatt RecitalsJavier Camarena – photo Ana Kuri Mozart, Bellini, Rossini, Gounod, Donizetti, Tosti, Crescenzo, Gastalson, Sorozabal, Guastavino, Grever; Javier Camarena, Enrico Maria Cacciari; Rosenblatt Recitals at the Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 23 2014 Star rating: 5.0Thrilling and beautiful tone from Mexican tenor in UK debut, deservingly receiving a standing oveationThe 15th season of Rosenblatt Recitals opened at the Wigmore Hall on 23 September 2014 with something of a change of plan…

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Bayerische Staatsoper Broadcast schedule

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At the start of the Bayerische Staatsoper 2014-15 season,  dates for online broadcasts are announced. NB the schedule’s been changed – see latest hereNEW  Strauss Die Schweigsame Frau (Barry Kosky) 5th OctoberLeoš Janáček ~ The Makropoulos Case – 19 October 1st NovemberGiacomo Puccini –  Manon Lescaut 15th NovemberPetipa  (Ratmansky) – Pacquita – 11th JanuaryDonizetti  –  Lucia Di Lammermoor – st February 2015Rossini — Le comte d’Ory – 12 AprilBallet by Richard Seigal – 18 AprilAlban Berg – Lulu – 6th JuneDebussy – Pelléas et Mélisande – 28th JuneStrauss : Arabella – 25th July

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Life After Singing

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First Ben Heppner joins the CBC, now Deborah Voigt joins WQXR. Well, she’s charming and funny and has had plenty of practice hosting the Met HD broadcasts.WQXR Names Deborah Voigt Inaugural Susan W. Rose Artist-in-Residence“The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt,” WQXR’s New Opera Series,Launches Saturday, October 11 at 12pm ET(New York, NY—September 24, 2014) – WQXR, New York City’s classical music station, announced today that American operatic soprano and Grammy Award-winner DEBORAH VOIGT has been named the inaugural Susan W…

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The Francesco Siciliani Prize at Sagra Musicale Umbra, by Giuseppe Pennisi

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Fabio Luisi on maestros, madness and sudden exits

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Fabio Luisi on maestros, madness and sudden exitsWe have received these reflections from the music director of Zurich Opera on the changes that are taking place in his profession, as outlined earlier today on Slipped Disc.

Dear Norman,
I don’t think that Maestros (sic!) have gone mad.
But like any other artist, and probably more than other artists, they are looking for serenity and stability…

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 Aribert Reimann, Schumann, Tchaikovsky: Jean-Frédéric Neuburger (piano), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/Tugan Sokhiev, Berlin Musikfest 2014, Philharmonie, Berlin 16.9.14 (MC) Aribert Reimann: Seven Fragments for Orchestra (In memoriam of Robert Schumann) Schumann: Introduction and Concert-Allegro, Op…

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When classical music danced to the rhythms of Mother IndiaEdward Elgar, Gustav Holst, Kaikhosru Sorabji and John Foulds may seem unlikely bedfellows. Elgar and Holst have achieved global recognition if not acclaim, Sorabji has a small but select cult following, but Foulds lingers in the twilight zone between cultism and global acclaim. However, as recounted in an earlier post, the four composers are brought together in Nalini Ghuman’s newly published Resonances of the Raj: India in the English Musical Imagination,1897-1947, because they share the cultural influence of colonial India…

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