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Sir Peter Maxwell Davies obituary + MORE

One of the great British composers and a former Master of the Queen’s MusicPeter Maxwell Davies, who has died aged 81 of leukaemia, was a huge figure in British postwar music – and a deeply enigmatic one. Through his staggering productivity as a composer, his visibility as a conductor and as som.... More »
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Aida Garifullina at Rosenblatt Recitals + MORE

Aida Garifullina and Iain Burnside the Wigmore Hall (c) Jonathan Rose Rimsky Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Delibes, Bellini, Rachmaninov, Gounod, Leoncavallo, Puccini; Aida Garifullina, Iain Burnside; Rosenblatt Recitals at the Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Dec 3 2014 Star rating: .... More »
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Dark Mystery and Intrigue in Semperoper’s Simon Boccanegra + MORE

 Verdi: Simon Boccanegra: Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Mitglieder der Komparserie und Kinderkompserie, Dresden & Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden/Paolo Arrivabeni (conductor), Semperoper, Dresden 13.6.2014 (MC) Cast: Simon Boccanegra: Zeljko Lucic Jacopo Fiesco: Kwangchul Youn Paolo .... More »
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Muted response to English National Opera’s last throw + MORE

Few signs of enthusiasm or confidence have greeted Friday’s appointment of Daniel Kramer, 39, as ENO’s next artistic director. Kramer, 39, arrived at ENO nine years ago as a protege of the opera-loving actor Simon Callow. He was tasked with directing Harrison Birtwistle’s graphic P.... More »
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Gewandhaus cellist, 36, killed in road accident + MORE

The Leipzig opera audience was informed before last night’s Wagner performance that cellist Hendrik Zwiener had died in a tragic road accident. An orchestra member for ten years, Hendrik was a human rights activist with his own foundation that campaigned against notable acts of injustice. Fir.... More »
Al Jazeera America: 'Brill, Phil! New York orch names first African-American principal' Clarinetist Anthony McGill has been appointed as the first African American principal of the New York Philharmonic. Hiroyuki Ito / Getty ImagesAl Jazeera AmericaThe ScrutineerBy E. Tammy KimMay 15, 2014The great clarinetist Anthony McGill has made history by becoming the first African-American principal, or section leader, in the New York Philharmonic, effective this fall…

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Depardieu in Cannes on role inspired by politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn

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Bagged by Baron Ochs Glyndebourne Der Rosenkavalier

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Bagged by Baron Ochs Glyndebourne Der RosenkavalierRichard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier opened Glyndebourne’s 80th anniversary season, dedicated to the memory of George Christie, who created country house opera as we know it today. “My father loved Der Rosenkavalier”, said Gus Christie.”I think he would have likedthis production”, he added with a wink, “Though he would, as always, have had a lot to say about it”…

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Guy Barash

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The composer's début album, Facts about Water, is now out on Innova. There will be a related concert at Roulette on May 21, with readings by the author Nick Flynn, with whom Barash often collaborates.

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Kronos Quartet at 40; Quatuor Tana  reviewBarbican, London; Vale of Glamorgan festival, CardiffThe Kronos Quartet celebrated 40 years of shaking things up, as Belgium’s young Quatuor Tana made a memorable UK debutOnce upon a time, to become a gold standard string quartet, it was enough to play sublimely the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven as core concert repertoire, over and over again…

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Ballet takes over Orchestra Victoria

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ORCHESTRA Victoria will become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Australian Ballet, ending years of indecision about how to provide a viable pit orchestra in the state.

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Brahms chamber music, heard by Howard Smith. ‘… Walther-Korevaar-Fejér are exemplary in all three works.’

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An incomplete C-Minor Kyrie by Mozart, known of but missing since 1936, has resurfaced and is going to be auctioned by Sotheby’s. Musicologists are, legitimately, barking at it like Fido at a tennis ball. A new Mozart manuscript? This is the best day of my life!
The extent to which something like this gets news coverage, by the way, seems to vary…

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Birtwistle at 80 (1) – Gawain, 16 May 2014

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Birtwistle at 80 (1) - Gawain, 16 May 2014BarbicanGawain – Leigh MelroseThe Green Knight, Sir Bertiak de Hautdesert – Sir John TomlinsonMorgan Le Fay – Laura AikinLady de Hautdesert – Jennifer JohnstonKing Arthur – Jeffrey Lloyd RobertsA Fool – John Graham HallGuinevere – Rachel NichollsBishop Baldwin – William TowersAgravain – Ivan LudlowYwain – Robert Anthony GardinerSound Intermedia (sound design)Aqamera (projections)John Lloyd Davies (direct0r)BBC Singers (conductor: Andrew Griffiths)BBC Symphony OrchestraMartyn Brabbins (conductor)   This was a truly outstanding performance, thoroughly worthy of its standing ovation…

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Music Review: Bernard Haitink Conducts the PhilharmonicThe Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink is leading the New York Philharmonic in Mahler’s Third.

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Pianist’s rousing performance of the popular concerto with Symphony Silicon Valley brings down the house

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BaltimoreSun.com: 'Clarinetist, Peabody faculty member Anthony McGill gets new post; gives recital here Sunday'Anthony McGill (David Finlayson / Baltimore Sun)The Baltimore SunMay 14, 2014 | By Tim SmithWQXR in New York reports that Anthony McGill, one of the most eloquent clarinetists of our day, will join the New York Philharmonic in September as principal.***If you heard McGill’s sublime account of the Mozart concerto with the Baltimore Symphony a couple months ago, you know how fortunate the Philharmonic will be…

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Gawain review  fully restored, pointlessly staged, superbly performed version of Birtwistle's fourth operaBarbican, LondonThe unexpurgated version of Harrison Birtwistle’s opera, kicking off the Barbican’s 80th-birthday season for the composer, let its magnificent singers down with a superfluous stagingThere are celebrations to come later in the year at the Proms and at the Southbank Centre, but the Barbican has got in first with its five-concert tribute to Harrison Birtwistle to mark his 80th birthday…

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