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Music Review: ‘Music for a Prince,’ an Artek Concert Focusing on Haydn + MORE

“Music for a Prince: The Esterhazy Orchestra,” a concert by the ensemble Artek, focused on pieces that Haydn composed for an aristocratic family..... More »

Images and sounds of war + MORE

Two very different experiences this week. Yesterday evening's showcased the incredible power of the well-edited documentary footage filmed during the Battle of the Somme, with the most sensitive of scores from Laura Rossi, played simultaneously with the film by the BBC Concert Orchestra under John G.... More »

Chicago Tribune: Meet Grant Park Orchestra's new 21-year-old wunderkind [Marlea Simpson from suburban Dallas] + MORE

Marlea Simpson, a viola player who recently joined the Grant Park Orchestra, rehearses Tuesday at Pritzker Pavillion. (Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune)Marlea Simpson, shown at rehearsal Tuesday, participated in Project Inclusion, which aims to diversify orchestra ensembles, in 2014. (Phil Ve.... More »

Funeral of Prokofiev’s grandson + MORE

Rupert Lev Prokofiev was a gifted young Englishman who suffered from Ataxia-Telangiectasia, a neurodegenerative disorder that strikes in childhood and limits life expectancy to the teens. Rupert, a grandson of the great composer, was 31 when he died on January 2. His funeral will take place on Tues.... More »

Sergio A. Mims provides mp3 recording of radio interview with Rufus Jones, Jr. on his book, 'Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad' + MORE

  Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro AbroadRufus Jones, Jr. (Published by Rowman & Littlefield on June 16, 2015)Rufus Jones, Jr.Sergio A. Mims forwards an exchange of emails with Rufus Jones, Jr. on the mp3 of their radio interview [Note: About the first 2 minutes of the recording.... More »
Charles T. Downey, WNO singers’ pre-‘Magic Flute’ recital is charming but uneven
Washington Post, April 8, 2014
Washington National Opera will perform a new English translation of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” next month. On Sunday evening, the company presented a recital by two of the lead singers from its production, tenor Paul Appleby and baritone Joshua Hopkins, in the Kennedy Center Terrace

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The group performs an excerpt from Beethoven’s Quartet No. 9 in C (Op. 59, No. 3).

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Jonas Kaufmann review  'Subtlety of gesture and a tender lyricism'Royal Opera House, LondonThe German tenor, together with his perfectly matched accompanist, Helmut Deutsch, conjured an intimate world in their rendition of Schubert’s Winterreise song-cycleHaving recently released a recording of the piece, Jonas Kaufmann is currently touring Schubert’s great song-cycle Winterreise, partnered by pianist and regular recital partner Helmut Deutsch…

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Instrument Snobs

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By Michelle Jones: As a professional violinist with many different symphony orchestras throughout the years, I have learned that your value as a musician is not solely based on your performance, but rather how expensive is your instrument. One would think that the pettiness of the cost of any item fades after high school where they are more concerned about what name brands you wear on your clothing…

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 26: Stefan Jackiw, Nicolas Kendall, Leila Josefowicz in concertBy Robert Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of classical music, each week Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of notable violin performances from around the world. We’d love to hear about any recent concerts and recitals you’ve attended, too. Or just tell us what you think about these reviews!

Stefan Jackiw performed the Mendelssohn with the Pittsburgh Symphony OrchestraPittsburgh Post-Gazette: “The performance demonstrated the violinist’s virtuosity, as well as his ability to forgo it for the sake of stirring lyricism…

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Bychkov and OAE impress with Schubert in BasingstokeOrchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/BychkovThe Anvil, Basingstoke5 April 2014 Semyon BychkovWhen Ludwig van Beethoven died, in 1827, 20,000 people lined the streets of Vienna to watch his funeral procession pass. Among them was the 30 year old Franz Schubert, an ardent admirer of his older colleague, but when he himself passed away, a year later, his death was little marked beyond his own circle of friends and family…

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‘The Threepenny Opera’: Theater reviewIt’s not a good sign when a show’s most memorable and colorful performance comes from the four-legged cast member.

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This Unesco-protected chapel was an ideal setting for the world premiere of James Boznos’s ‘Anesti’

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After months of barrel-scraping, it looks like the hapless oil-funded orchestra is nearing a decision on a new chief.

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‘FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS’: Pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk in Conversation with Geoffrey Newman 7.4.2014 The title is inspired by the apt comments of a Gramophone critic, reviewing one of pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk’s earlier CD’s.  And what a formidable talent he is: from the sheer firmness and weight of his tone, to the cleanness of his articulation, […]

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American cellist Alisa Weilerstein has won the BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year Award with her debut concerto disc, the Elgar and Carter Cello Concertos, with the Berlin Staatskappelle and Daniel Barenboim, released on the Decca label…

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Andriessen Overload 1: "La Commedia"

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Andriessen Overload 1: "La Commedia"Gerrit van Honthorst, Het concert (1623)National Gallery of ArtApril 6, 2014Louis Andriessen: La Commedia (2004-08)Cristina Zavalloni (voice)Lindsay Kesselman (soprano)Andrew Sauvageau (voice)Jacob Perry, Jr. (tenor)Children’s Chorus of Washington (chorus master: Joan Gregoryk)Third Practice (chorus master: Brian Bartoldus)Great Noise EnsembleArmando Bayolo (conductor)Performance spaces don’t get much more “official” than the National Gallery’s palatial West Garden Court…

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Which composers are most frequently performed?

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Have you ever wondered what composers and works are most frequently performed? Since 2000, the League of American Orchestras — publisher of Symphony Magazine — has collaborated with Fine Arts Software to keep tabs on what's being programmed in American symphonic concert halls.

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