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Syrian orchestra to help commemorate WWI + MORE

Damon Albarn to join Southbank line-up as part of UK-wide artistic programme.... More »
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Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a double 'Barber of Seville' in Rome.... More »

Triumphant Mahler 2 Harding Prom 57 + MORE

Triumphant! An exceptionally stimulating Mahler Symphony No 2 from Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Prom 57 at the Royal Albert Hall.  Harding's Mahler Tenth performances (especially with the Berliner Philharmoniker, read more HERE) are pretty much the benchmark by w.... More »

ArtsBeat: New York Philharmonic Announces Partnership With Michigan Musical Society + MORE

The partnership with the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan will include three visits by the Philharmonic..... More »

The Ravinia Festival music director opens this summer’s stay with chamber music by Hanns Eisler, Paul Hindemith and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

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Prom 2: China Philharmonic Orchestra/Yu review  a bit too coolRoyal Albert Hall, LondonTwo contrasting concertos finally got the fastidious China Philharmonic playing with some passionThe China Philharmonic, with its artistic director Long Yu, is the first of a series of orchestras, mostly from the far or Middle East and Australia, to make their debuts at this year’s Proms, though neither they nor Yu are by any means strangers to the UK…

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An opening night of cool control amid oppressive heat, a second of crowd-pleasing from the China Philharmonic Orchestra

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Dvorak's The Jacobin in Buxton

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Dvorak's The Jacobin in BuxtonNicholas Lester & Anne Sophie Duprels Dvorak The Jacobin; Northern Chamber Orchestra, Conductor Stephen Barlow, Director Stephen Unwin; Buxton Festival at Buxton Opera House Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 18 2014 Star rating: 4.5Sparkling revival of Dvorak’s village opera, reset in the Fascist eraFestival’s are about exploring repertoire that is not always available elsewhere so it was a great delight to be able to welcome Stephen Unwin’s new production of Dvorak’s The Jacobin at the Buxton Festival…

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BBC First Night of the Proms 2014 Elgar The Kingdom

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BBC First Night of the Proms 2014 Elgar The Kingdom  Sir Edward Elgar’s The Kingdom, First Night of the BBC Proms 2014. A magnificent start to the season, particularly one which commemorates 1914, the start of the First World War. From that perspective Sir Andrew Davis’s The Kingdom moved me deeply.Elgar dreamed of writing a trilogy of oratorios examining the nature of Christianity as Jesus taught his followers, using the grand context of the Edwardian taste…

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From a Classical Pianist, an App Lets You Graft Your Voice Onto Actual Hit SongsHook’d, an app for iPhone and iPod from the pianist-software entrepreneur Robert Taub, features everything from the original recording except the voice track.

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Wedges – of several kinds

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Wedges - of several kindsThe thin end of one wedge is webcasting. I was supposed to be in Verbier now. Long boring story about storms, leaks and missed planes. I was planning to hear a tetralogy of my piano gods, and more, but am running after builders instead. Gutted to be missing Ferenc Rados and Grigory Sokolov – the latter still the man I regard as the greatest living pianist, and tragically one we will not hear in the UK any time soon (I understand he refuses to go through the visa rigmaroles that we require)…

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One of the things I love about this region is that there always seems to be room for another music festival. The Chamber Music Fest Rheinhessen was founded by the Flex Ensemble, a young quartet that entrepreneurially set out to create this opportunity. The weekend included masterclasses, children's concerts, and genre-crossing collaborations with other artists; Friday's opening concert, which I attended, was an evening of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century piano quartets…

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An effective updating of Bellini’s opera boasts an admirable lead performance, says Rupert Christiansen

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FCM on Monday

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FCM on Monday
On Monday, July 21st at 8 PM, the last concert of Tanglewood’s 2014 Festival of Contemporary Music is a well-stocked program of orchestral works. The centerpiece is Roger Sessions’s Concerto for Orchestra, a work commissioned by the BSO thirty years ago. Steven Mackey’s violin concerto Beautiful Passing will feature as soloist Sarah Silver, one of Tanglewood’s New Fromm Players…

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The idea behind the 12th annual Music@Menlo festival (titled ‘Around Dvorak’) is that Dvorak was a unique pivot point for some of the most important musical trends of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The festival opened Saturday at the Center for Performing Arts in Atherton and continues through Aug…

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China Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms

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China Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC PromsHearing the China Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall made BBC Prom 2 something unique. Listening as “pure music” is largely irrelevant: its real significance was that it acknowledged where the future of classical music might lie. In the west, audiences may be perceived to be in decline, but in Asia, nearly every middle class family puts faith in what Germans call Bildung: improvement through cultivation…

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Composer is named president of Munich conservatoire

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Composer is named president of Munich conservatoireThe composer Bernd Redmann has been announced this weekend as the new chief of Munich’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater. He’ll have to start getting used to wearing a tie.

Redmann succeeds Siegfried Mauser who, after 11 years, has taken an upgrade to become Rektor of the Mozart University in Salzburg.

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