Jacques Imbrailo Wigmore Hall + MORE Dec 4th


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David Matthews: Complete String Quartets Vol 4 CD review – a tremendous achievement + MORE

Kreutzer Quartet(Toccata)Beethoven has been a lifelong source of inspiration for David Matthews, so it was natural for him to take a bagatelle by his hero as the starting point for his own monumental String Quartet No 11, a set of 13 variations, similar in scale to Beethoven’s late B flat Op 130 a.... More »

Bodies found in search for missing 'EastEnders' actress and her children + MORE

Police searching for an actress who appeared on long-running British soap opera "EastEnders" and her two children say they have found three bodies..... More »

Artist interview: Emily Sun + MORE

Rating:  0 When did you start playing the violin? I started playing when I was four. My dad was a composer and condu.... More »
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An Ishmaelite welcome + MORE Dec 28th

It's the best part of the Christmas story, or rather the one according to Berlioz. Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus, having escaped the most obscene horror, arrive in Sais, Egypt, close to starvation. In the third part of L'enfance du Christ, they are rejected by Egyptians and Romans in the town wi.... More »

Thoughtfully Conceived Journeys in Song from Christiane Karg and Malcolm Martineau + MORE

 Salzburg Festival (3) – Wolf, Montsalvatge, Duparc, Ravel, Hahn, Koechlin, Poulenc, and Barber: Christiane Karg (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano). Mozarteum, Salzburg, 11.8.2015 (MB) Wolf – Kennst du das Land; Mir ward gesagst, du reisest in die Ferne; Mein Liebster singt am Haus im Mondens.... More »

Jacques Imbrailo Wigmore Hall

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Jacques Imbrailo Wigmore HallI’ll be at The Royal Opera House Wagner Parsifal  Monday. Review here. But first: Jacques Imbrailo at the Wigmore Hall, with pianist Alisdair Hogarth.The programme didn’t look promising in theory but Imbrailo is the kind of artist who can make anything interesting and individual.  At the end I was so glad I came that I didn’t miss the rush at Covent Garden!What thread would connect the songs of Liszt, Vaughan Williams, George Butterworth and Stephen Hough? Imbrailo’s choices revealed great intelligence and sensitivity…

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New video: A bassoon quavers before her first Paris Rite of SpringThe Philharmonia has upped the orchestral blog ante by filming tour comments from its players instead of just printing them. The one that caught our eye in this vlog is from principal bassoon, Amy Harman, at 00:50. Philharmonia on Tour: Paris & The Rite of Spring (2013) from Philharmonia Orchestra on Vimeo.

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It’s the title of a 1996 Abbado documentary by Paul Smaczny that captured the deep artistry of the Milanese maestro…

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First Winners Of Wagner Society Singers CompetitionWinners: Catrin Aur & Paul Carey-Jones with Sir John TomlinsonReaders may remember the “furore” at the London Wagner Society (London) this year when the board decided to become the first Wagner Society to withdraw from the Stipendienstiftung and replace The Wagner Bursary Competition with another…

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Music Review: Mannes Percussion Ensemble Performs Marcos BalterThe Mannes Percussion Ensemble performed Marcos Balter’s “Dark Rooms” and Hiroya Miura’s “Puncture Me.”    

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Tippett: A Retrospective – review

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Tippett: A Retrospective – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonThe first of the Wigmore’s Tippett retrospectives brought his early work – some dazzling, some less so – into focusWith the Britten centenary celebrations all done and dusted, the Wigmore Hall has quickly turned its attention to his greatest British contemporary. Its compact Tippett retrospective is built around the five string quartets, but incorporates songs and piano sonatas, too, and the Heath Quartet and tenor Mark Padmore, accompanied by James Baillieu, shared a programme that concentrated on the first decade of Tippett’s immensely long creative life…

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British Composer Awards 2013 go to... 13 men and NO women“Major Strasse has been shot. Round up the usual suspects…” Now, this is in no way to derogate the life-force that is Harrison Birtwistle (it’s taken me a long time to become a fan, but I am one now). Nor is it to derogate George Benjamin, James MacMillan, Colin Matthews or any of the exciting “9 new winners”, their hard work or their fine compositions…

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6:30 PM Monday, Harlem Chamber Players & American Opera Projects Perform 'Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom' by Nkeiru OkoyeMonday, December 9, 2013 at 6:30 PMPreview PerformanceLangston Hughes Auditorium Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY 10037-1801 Featuring a Q&A with the artists, moderated by Terrance McKnight of WQXR.Click here for more information and to get tickets…

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Toronto Symphony Orchestra announces $1.2 million deficit in 2012-2013The TSO saw ticket revenues fall from $9.8 million to $8.3 million last season, it announced in its annual general meeting on Tuesday.

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2013 British Composer Awards

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2013 British Composer AwardsHarrison BirtwistleAccepting Instrumental Solo or Duo award2013 British Composer AwardsPhoto Mark AllanThe 2013 British Composer Awards were presented last night at an awards ceremony at the Goldsmiths Hall hosted by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). The event was introduced by Sarah Rogers, the chairman of the British Composer Awards Ceremony, who in her opening remarks recalled the three major talents who had died in the past year, Jonathan Harvey, Richard Rodney Bennett and John Tavener…

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The video is an homage, by Chicago composer and video artist Patrick Lidell, to composer Alvin Lucier's 1969 piece I Am Sitting in a Room. Lucier's original piece uses two tape recorders and, as his "instrument," the room in which he sat. The composer recorded a short narration and then played that back from one tape recorder to another…

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 11: Pinchas Zukerman, Ilya Gringolts, Barnabás Kelemen in concertBy Robert Niles: Each week, Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of professional violin performances from around the world. Please share your thoughts about this week’s concerts (and reviews), in the comments.

Martin Chalifour performed the Bach Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Los Angeles PhiharmonicLos Angeles Times: “…(Chalifour) is obviously at home in the cool, eloquent and unshowy style Stravinsky liked…

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A visually stunning production of an opera about Gandhi is a revelation    

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