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Musician Barbara Hannigan conducts herself out of the box + MORE

Though in demand for her sparkling soprano voice, this week Barbara Hannigan makes her North American conducting debut.... More »
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Steve Reich at 80: a Cambridge chat + MORE

Delighted today to bring you a Q&A with Steve Reich, an interview conducted by Justin Lee, the director of the Cambridge Music Festival and generously offered to JDCMB, for which many thanks. Next week the legendary (though very real) American composer is on the UK leg of his 80th.... More »
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Souffler les bougies : L'année Rameau + MORE

Blow out the candles. It's Rameau's 250th birthday on 25th September. To celebrate Arte TV is screening four classic productionsAll of these are very well known, so anyone with the slightest interest in Rameau will have seen them already. But my goodness, they are so good that you want to enjoy them.... More »
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Black History Month: Freeing ourselves + MORE

Black History Month is over. But classical music stills needs to be more diverse, every month of the year. So another post on that subject, recycling one I wrote in 2013. That year I led a workshop at the national conference of the League of American Orchestras. My job was to ask participants — .... More »
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East of Tallinn: Orient music festival Part III - concerts + MORE

Ensemble Indra from Japan, Orient Music Festival, Tallinn - photo credit Hilary GloverAfter the first day of the Orient music festival, organised by Tiina Jokinen (from Estonia Record Productions: ERP) and composer Peeter Vähi, with its ethnomusicology conference, film premiere, and after show pa.... More »

Symphony guide: Rachmaninov's 3rd

– www.guardian.co.uk

Symphony guide: Rachmaninov's 3rdThere’s a lot more to the way Rachmaninov’s third and final symphony works than the simple attractiveness of its tunesSergei Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony is, you might think, a piece of out-and-out nostalgia, an over-ripe romantic relic that belonged to another era even at the time of its first performance in Rachmaninov’s adopted America in 1936, when Leopold Stokowski conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra…

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The Ring comes full cycle

– www.theaustralian.com.au

A FULL house at Melbourne’s State Theatre last night enthusiastically welcomed the premiere of Opera Australia’s $20 million Ring cycle.

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How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

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How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?Just a slightly belated note to let my readers know that I was selected for, and am currently participating in, Carnegie Hall’s annual Weill Music Institute professional training workshop for composers (this year’s moniker is “New Voices, New Music”). Running the show is the estimable David Lang, 2013-14 Carnegie Hall composer-in-residence…

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Britten 100 BBC Radio 3 this week

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Britten 100 BBC Radio 3 this weekBenjamin Britten and the BBC : the first, ground breaking co-operation between a composer and mass media. Britten believed that serious music could communicate to ordinary people, and the BBC helped bring Britten to the masses, fulfilling its remit to “educate, entertain and inform”. Sadly, far too many political and social factors have shifted the market downwards…

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Das Rheingold – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Das Rheingold - reviewArts Centre, MelbourneThough Ring cycles have proliferated throughout this Wagner bicentenary year, Opera Australia’s is rather special. It’s the first time the company has mounted a staging – the first time, in fact, that any totally homegrown production of the Ring has come to fruition in Australia – and it has taken up the challenge head on, unveiling all four productions within eight days and making the three complete cycles the centrepiece of a month-long Wagner festival in Melbourne…

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Salzburg gives its major art prize to an Egyptian composerThe grand arts prize of the Salzburg region, worth 15,000 Euros, is to be awarded on December 3 to Hossam Mahmoud. An Egyptian who has lived in Austria since 1990, Mahmoud, 48, scored a success early this year at the Salzburg Landestheater with his opera, 18 Days.

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Just in: Rome Opera, facing bankruptcy, is taken under administrationMounting losses have brought Goverment intervention as the house declares a deficit of nine million Euros. The Ministry of Culture will appoint an administrator.  The outgoing director, Catello De Martino, is being widely blamed. He was appointed by the mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno. Staff and musicians are braced for job losses…

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The official classical chart

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Week ending 16 November 2013


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John Taverner: Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas
The Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips
Gimell CDGIM 045
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Shostakovich: Symphony No…

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Homeland plot gets 'soap opera' gibesThe executive producer of Homeland has hit back at critics.    

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This week: concerts in New York (November 18 – November 24, 2013)sydney skybetter and associates & the Ear Heart Music Ensemble – Cold HouseDavid LangThe Ear Heart Music Ensemble debuts in a collaborative performance of contemporary dance repertory featuring the Brooklyn-based skybetter and associates. The selection of music is icy and transcendent, anticipatory of the impending winter season…

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Roger Thomas writes :London is blessed with several small independent opera companies that give an opportunity for talented young singers to take on substantial leading roles rather than having their skills confined to the choruses of the big houses. This Opera Room Productions/Iris Theatre production at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden (the Actors’ Church) was a good example of the genre…

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Sphinx Virtuosi National Tour Earns Rave Reviews; 2014 Tour Celebrates Centennial of 'Star Spangled Banner' with Jessie Montgomery CommissionSphinx Virtuosi (Kevin Kennedy) Don’t miss this opportunity to book the Sphinx Virtuosi, one of the nation’s most dynamic professional classical ensembles! The 2014 Sphinx Virtuosi tour, titled “Americana”, will feature works by composers such as Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland, John Corigliano, and Phillip Glass…

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Music Review: Anna Caterina Antonacci in ‘Era la Notte’ at Lincoln CenterThe Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci presented the American premiere of “Era la Notte” at the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center.    

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