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Free Download: Jesús León sings Donizetti + MORE

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Ysaÿe’s transcription of Chopin's Ballade No. 1 op. 23 + MORE

By jacob niederhoffer: The music of Eugène Ysaÿe has always been one of my great loves. The aspect of his music that I find most appealing as both a listener and a violinist is the tension resulting from the intermingling of the romanticism of his youth and the modernity of his adult years. From a.... More »
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The Medium/The Wanton Sublime, Grimeborn Festival, 27 August 2015 + MORE

Studio 2, Arcola TheatreHai-Ting Chinn (mezzo-soprano)Orpheus SinfoniaAndrew Griffiths (conductor)Robert Shaw (director)Gillian Argo (designs)Tom White (lighting)What an evening for Hai-Ting Chinn, taking the starring and indeed only role not only in Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Medium but also in T.... More »

Songs by David Lang and J. Ralph Denied Oscar Performance + MORE

During a year in which the Oscars have received strong criticism for their lack of diversity, this seems an especially odd move--not only in terms of the music itself, but also when considering that it means the absence of Korean soprano Sumi Jo and transgender performer ANOHNI..... More »

Gramophone Awards 2015: Abbado's Bruckner bags top prize + MORE

This year's Gramophone Award for Recording of the Year went to Claudio Abbado's recording of Bruckner's Ninth with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Paavo Järvi scooped Artist of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement award went to Bernard Haitink..... More »
Tai Murray on Performing Panufnik & Sibelius Concertos: 'A very exciting week with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Maestro Vasily Petrenko!'On March 1, 2014 AfriClassical posted:LiverpoolEcho.co.uk: Tai Murray Replaces Vadim Repin on Violin Concerto of Andrzej Panufnik: ‘Altogether a sensitive tread through some very fine tracery’We sent the link to Tai Murray with this message:”Congratulations on your fine performance of the Panufnik Violin Concerto”Tai Murray replied today:Thank you, and also for your posts…

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Maestro Muti goes back to school

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Maestro Muti goes back to schoolRiccardo Muti has taken advantage of a free day at Rome Opera to visit the Naples Conservatorio, where he studied 50 years ago and was first taught how to hold a baton. The school named one of its rooms after the maestro.   photo (c) Newfotosud – Alessandro Garofalo

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Sally Wigan

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Sally WiganPianist Sally Wigan makes her Wigmore Hall debut on Monday 3 March 2014, playing a programme of Debussy, Dohnanyi, Beethoven and John McCabe. Wigan studied at the Liszt Ferenc Academy in Budapest in 2009 on a Joseph Weingarten Scholarship, and played on Dohnanyi’s piano in his teaching room at the Academy…

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Fallen women: Boulevard Solitude

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Fallen women: Boulevard SolitudeJason Bridges & Sarah TynanPhoto credit: Johan Persson Hans Werner Henze Boulevard Solitude:Welsh National Opera : Wales Millennium Centre Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Feb 9 2014 Star rating: 4.0Henze’s re-working of the Manon story, in a production linking to Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, also in WNO’s Fallen Women seasonThe final instalment of the Fallen Women series at the WNObrought us back to Manon Lescaut with Boulevard Solitude by Hanz Werner Henze (1926-2012)…

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Frenchman beats fancied Brit to Salzburg baton title

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Frenchman beats fancied Brit to Salzburg baton titleThe Brits have been beating above their weight at the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. In 2012 Jamie Phillips was runner-up; he is now assistant conductor of the Halle. In 2013 it was Ben Gernon, now assistant conductor at the Los ngeles Philharmonic. This year we had high hopes for Leo McFall, who studied at the Sibelius Academy […]

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Music Review: Vienna State Opera Presents ‘Wozzeck’ and ‘Salome’The Vienna State Opera’s “Wozzeck” and “Salome” roil and smolder to the rich sounds of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.    

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C. P. E. Bach, Mozart: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano), Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York, 27.2.2014 (SSM) C. P. E. Bach: Rondo in C Minor, Wq. 59, No. 4 Mozart Piano Suite in C Major, K. 399 Minuet in D Major, K. 355 Gigue, K. 574 C. P. E. Bach Sonata in E Minor, Wq. 59, […]

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Philharmonia/Dohnányi/Helmchen review – 'His performance of Ein Heldenleben was a striking achievement'Royal Festival Hall, LondonDohnányi’s reading of Strauss was emotionally complex while Helmchen’s Beethoven achieved great poetic depthsChristoph von Dohnányi, the Philharmonia’s honorary conductor for life, is often at his best in Richard Strauss, and his performance of Ein Heldenleben, part of the orchestra’s series to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth, was a striking achievement…

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Out with a Bang

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The 2014-15 is currently scheduled to be David Gockley’s next-to-last as general manager of San Francisco Opera, and he has pulled out a few stops for it. We also know that he is doing at least some of the planning and casting for the next couple of seasons; subscribers got that letter last year mentioning Elektra, Don Carlo(s), Jenufa, and some singers expected to appear in future seasons…

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Three Fine Players Unite at Wigmore Hall

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Schubert, Debussy, Stravinsky, Poulenc, and Bartók: Anthony Marwood (violin), Martin Fröst (clarinet), Marc-André Hamelin (piano). Wigmore Hall, London, 28.2.2014 (MB) Schubert – Rondo in B minor, D 895 Debussy – Première rhapsodie Stravinsky – L’Histoire du soldat: suite for violin, clarinet, and piano Poulenc – Clarinet Sonata Debussy – Violin Sonata in G minor Bartók […]

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Senior Division Laureates Announced in Menuhin Competition in AustinBy Laurie Niles: AUSTIN, Texas — The Senior Division laureates for the Menuhin Competition were announced Saturday night, after a concert in which all four finalists performed with the Austin Symphony to a sold-out crowd of more than 2,000 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin.

“If (Yehudi Menuhin) were here tonight, he would be absolutely thrilled as to what happened to this competition,” said competition Artistic Director Gordon Back…

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Music Review: Mary Chapin Carpenter Performs Her Latest Songs in ConcertMary Chapin Carpenter songs were given orchestral arrangements for her two-night engagement with the New York Philharmonic.    

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Segerstam at 70

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Photo: Sami Kero, Helsingin Sanomat.
Back in 2004, in one of the first posts on this blog, I noted that Leif Segerstam, the merrily volcanic Finnish composer-conductor, was about to surpass Haydn by writing his 105th symphony. Segerstam is now celebrating his seventieth birthday, and, Vesa Sirén informs me, he is at work on Symphony No…

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