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Pianophiles: Martha alert! + MORE

Psst, pianophile friends: did you know that Martha Argerich is playing the Schumann Piano Concerto at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday? Well, she is. Get there.It's part of a very special concert: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's 70th anniversary gala. Their principal conductor, Charles Dutoit, wil.... More »
sonata

SHIFT — a weird PR gaffe + MORE

Resuming my blog after a gap… I’m sorry that I said some provocative things about the SHIFT festival in DC, and then fell silent. I hadn’t planned that. But life intervened, taking me by surprise, when my schedule got crazy. My bad. I apologize. And I also apologize for something off-base I sa.... More »
classical music

BBCSSO/Volkov – rare musical portraits of film's early stars + MORE

City Halls, GlasgowA persuasive account of Charles Koechlin’s Seven Stars’ Symphony captured its actors in unsentimental detail The Seven Stars’ Symphony hasn’t been performed in the UK since the 1960s and isn’t exactly a pops classic elsewhere, so this BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conc.... More »
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Office of Afro-Cuban Composer and Conductor Leo Brouwer: Les Voix Humaines Festival begins a new form of patronage, the Friends of the Festival + MORE

ISABELLE HERNÁNDEZ, General Director and Producer of the Festival Les Voix Humaines, writes: Friends of the FestivalLes Voix Humaines Festival begins a new form of patronage with the creation of the Friends of the Festival directed to individuals or companies who want to contribute to the main.... More »
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A circumference of silence + MORE

Born on this day in 1910 composer Samuel Barber.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=clxkPxaUtWY Born on this day in 1839 composer Modest Mussorgsky. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXrTbuLvTrk On this day in 1842 Verdi’s Nabucco premiered in Milan. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JCESciC5y8 Two years later on this .... More »

Roger Wright's off to Aldeburgh

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Roger Wright's off to AldeburghRoger Wright, currently controller of BBC Radio 3 and director of the BBC Proms, is going to become Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music. Few can have envied Wright’s task of steering BBC Radio 3 through the ongoing cuts and adjustments to the way the Corporation is run. While a smaller, more manageable affair by far, Aldeburgh is still no walk in the park, given the demands of the Britten-Pears Foundation, galvanised after its successes during the composer’s centenary, and the intensely loyal but headstrong Aldeburgh audience…

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Stabat Mater

– www.planethugill.com

Stabat Mater Stabat Mater – Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Scarlatti: Ensemble Matheus/Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini: naive Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Mar 18 2014 Star rating: 3.0Survey of 18th century sacred music in this re-issue,This re-issue from naive parcels together two discs of 18th century Italian sacred works, so that you get Philippe Jaroussky, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Ensemble Matheus and Jean-Christophe Spinosi in Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus and Stabat Mater (from 2007), plus Gemma Bertagnolli, Sara Mingardo, Concerto Italiano, and Rinaldo Alessandrini in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Alessandro Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater (from 1998), with only linking theme for the discs being the Stabat Mater…

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Holst Singers and City of London Sinfonia in Part and TavenerThe Holst SingersThe Holst Singers is joining forces with the City of London Sinfonia, the Hilliard Ensemble and conductor Stephen Layton to perform Arvo Part’s Litany. Written in 1994/1996, Litany’s subtitle is Prayers of St John Chrysostom for each hour of the day and night which Part has set for vocal ensemble, choir and orchestra…

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The official classical chart

– www.classical-music.com

Week ending 22 March 2014
 



1

Aranjuez
Miloš Karadaglić (guitar)
Mercury Classics 4810811
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2

The Voice of the Turtle Dove
The Sixteen/ Harry Christophers
Coro COR16119
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3

Angel
Choir of New College Oxford;
RPO/ Patrick Hawes
Decca 374 2046
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4

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 25 & 20
Martha Argerich; Orchestra Mozart/Claudio Abbado
 
Deutsche Grammophon 479 1033
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5

Schubert: Winterreise
Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)
Sony Classical 88883795652
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6

JS Bach: Easter Oratorio
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists/ John Eliot Gardiner
SDG 719
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7

Piano Reflections
Ji Liu
Classic FM CFMD33
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8

L'Amour
Juan Diego Flórez; Bologna Coro & Orchestra
Decca 478 5948
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9

Your Tuneful Voice
Iestyn Davies (countertenor); The King's Consort/Robert King
Vivat VIVAT105
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10

Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Jennifer Pike; Bergen Philharmonic/Sir Andrew Davis
Chandos CHSA5134
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11

A Tale of Two Cellos
Julian & Jiaxin Lloyd Webber
Naxos 8573251
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12

Schubert: Winterreise
Gerald Finley & Julius Drake
Hyperion CDA68034
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Bruckner: Symphony No…

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Alexander Pereira brings Al Gore and an 88-year-old Hungarian to La ScalaThe next season at La Scala will see not only new faces in the offices and in the pit — Sovrintendente Alexander Pereira and Musical Director Riccardo Chailly — but also a new direction in the programming with the world première of C02 by Giorgio Battistelli, an Italian composer but with an international reputation, based on Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth…

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5 questions to Robert Sirota (composer) about Pange Lingua SonataOn Wednesday, March 26, Hyeyung Julie Yoon (violin, Chiara Quartet) and Soyeon Kate Lee (piano) will be performing the New York premiere of composer Robert Sirota’s Pange Lingua Sonata at SubCulture. Pange Lingua Sonata for violin and piano was commissioned by Yoon in 2012 in memory of her grandfather, Myung Il Paek…

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How do you name a chamber group?

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Chamber ensemble names tend to fit into a few categories, I've found.

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The Brahms Festival with the Jerusalem Quartet

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Brahms: Jerusalem Quartet (Alexander Pavlovsky and Sergei Bressler, violins, Ori Kam, viola, Kyril Zlotnikov, cello); Inon Barnatan, piano, Hsin-Yun Huang, viola, Sharon Kam, clarinet, Vancouver Playhouse, 19-21.3.2014 Brahms: String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1 String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No…

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Ensemble. Depth and Elegance

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Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo

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Joseph Kerman, Colorful Critic of Musicology, Dies at 89Mr. Kerman, who disliked the lag of critical thought in music, expressed his opinions vividly, once describing Puccini’s “Tosca” as “a shabby little shocker.”    

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He Who Dares

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

He Who DaresAnd so David Pountney continues his austerity-bucking plans for WNO. Announcing his 2014/15 season for the Cardiff-based company, Pountney has lined-up a punchy Rossini season, with Mosè in Egitto and Guillaume Tell, before a spring season of ‘magic, with Die Zauberflöte and Hänsel und Gretel side by side and, finally, the UK premiere of Richard Ayres’s Peter Pan and a new Pelléas et Mélisande for Wales in the summer…

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Japanese pianist Yoshiki Hayashi is well known for his flair onstage.

The co-founder of the wildly popular group X Japan often dons elaborate, Dav…
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5 questions to Dana Jessen (Bassoonist, Improviser, Entrepreneur)In true modern musical artist fashion, Dana Jessen has her fingers and her feet planted in multiple roles and realms. Her new recording of Michael Gordon’s Rushes, performed with the Rushes Ensemble of seven bassoonists, is released on Cantaloupe Music today, March 25, 2014. Dana has recently relocated to Oberlin, which gave us the opportunity to sit down with her and talk about Rushes and her ongoing projects…

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