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Harold Budd in Concert + MORE

On August 21, 2016 the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College was the venue for a much-anticipated appearance by the distinguished composer Harold Budd. A fine Sunday crowd filled the auditorium, with many coming from a considerable distance to be part of this rare event..... More »
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Philharmonia/Nelsons review – breathtaking Bruckner's Eighth + MORE

Royal Festival Hall, LondonAided by eloquent playing, Andris Nelsons was alive to the composer’s uncertainty in a lithe and at times mesmerising performanceBruckner was notoriously uncertain about some of his own symphonies. Perhaps that partly explains why these works can withstand such very diff.... More »

Free Download: Allan Clayton sings 'Vedi L'ape Che Ingegnosa' from Handel's Berenice + MORE

This week's free download is the aria 'Vedi L'ape Che Ingegnosa' from Handel's Berenice. The rec.... More »

Das Rheingold is a Memorable Start to Saffron Opera Group’s Ring + MORE

Wagner, Das Rheingold: Soloists and Saffron Opera Group Orchestra / Michael Thorne (conductor). Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, 17.1.2016. (JPr) Wagner – Das Rheingold – concert performance Jeremy White: Wotan Nicholas Folwell: Alberich Stephen Rooke: Loge Deborah Humble: Erda Toby Girl.... More »

Guildhall School - Gold Medal 2015 winners + MORE

 Gold Medal 2015 joint winners Marta Fontanals-Simmons (L) & Jennifer WittonSoprano Jennifer Witton and mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons were announced as joint winners of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama's Gold Medal for 2015. The Gold Medal is celebrating its centenary, the fi.... More »
On Tuesday, the Kennedy Center announced the appointment of Deborah Rutter, the president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, as its next president; she will succeed Michael Kaiser in the fall of 2014. Throughout the classical music field, the news was received with a mixture of surprise and delight; Rutter is admired, respected, unflashy, and has a superb track record without a history of blowing her own horn…

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir was in the spotlight at the Composer Portraits series, with Either/Or, at Columbia University’s Miller Theater.    

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Esprit Orchestra Celebrates Gamelan Music in TorontoEsprit Orchestra’s second concert of the season, held Sunday November 17, 2013, at Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto, was an extended homage to gamelan music. Of particular interest to the night’s thematic program, O Gamelan,  were the sounds, moods and techniques of traditional Indonesian (specifically Balinese, Sundanese, and Javanese) culture, in both music and dance, as interpreted through the lens of new music…

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War and Peace - The Choir of Jesus College, CambridgeThis new disc from the choir of Jesus College, Cambridge is entitled War and Peace: Music for Remembrance, with a selection of 19th and 20th century music, predominantly but not exclusively British, which reflects the theme of the fallen. Starting with Parry, there is music by Charles Wood, James MacMillan, John Ireland, Mark Blatchly, George Thalben-Ball, Matthew Martin, Geraint Lewis, William H Harris, Douglas Guest and RVW, plus Arvo Part, Johannes Brahms and Kirill Stetsenko…

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TT: Snapshot

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Rudolf Serkin, Herbert Blomstedt, and the San Francisco Symphony play Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto in 1986: (This is the latest…

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The country's oldest arts organization celebrates the season with Ives, Billings, and a familiar text, set to two melodies. Harry Christophers and Handel and Haydn Society's 'Joy to the World: An American Christmas' is featured in this week's New Classical Tracks.

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Despite an engineer or producer’s best attempts, a new work cannot pass transparently through a DAW; there are always stopgaps, enhancements, deletions, and tweaks being exerted that, I think, fundamentally color the recorded piece as separate from the composer’s instruction and the performer’s execution…

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WQXR.org: '...one of Mandela's greatest pleasures was listening to classical recordings while watching the sunset.'Nelson Mandela in 1990 (Michel Clement, Daniel Janin/AFP/Getty Images)John Malveauxof www.MusicUNTOLD.comsends this link:WQXR BlogWhen the late Nelson Mandela stood on 125th Street in Harlem in 1990, as part of a day-long visit to New York City, he invoked names from the American civil rights movement, including that of the opera singer Paul Robeson…

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Schreker: Der Schatzgräber – reviewFaveyts/Uhl/Very/Clark/Netherlands Opera and PO/Albrecht(Challenge Classics, two CDs)First performed in 1920, Der Schatzgräber (The Treasure Seeker) was Franz Schreker’s fifth opera. Though he completed four more before his death in 1934, it was the last to be widely successful. By repeating the dramatic recipe – violence, magic and sexual repression in a make-believe historical setting – that had worked so well in Der Ferne Klang (1912) and Die Gezeichneten (1918), which established him as one of the most significant modernist opera composers of his time, and matching it to a score that offered a watered-down version of modernism alongside late romantic music, Schreker appealed to both progressive and conservative opera audiences…

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5 questions to Luke Rinderknecht (Percussionist)Percussionist Luke Rinderknecht has recently returned to the Cleveland area after working from a New York City base for several years following completion of his studies at Juilliard. He is inserting himself into the new music world in Cleveland while continuing to work with Alarm With Sound and Metropolis Ensemble…

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Konnichiwa? Turin’s Un Ballo in Tokyo

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 Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio, Gianandrea Noseda (conductor), Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo, 7.12.2013 (RP)   Cast: Riccardo: Ramon Vargas Renato: Gabriele Viviani Amelia: Oksana Dyka Ulrica: Marianne Cornetti Oscar: Ai Ichihara Silvano: Federico Longhi Samuel: Fabrizio Beggi Tom: Jose Antonio Garcia A judge: Luca Casalin Amelia’s servant: Alejandro Escobar   […]

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The most treasured pianist on earth doesn’t turn 90 til Monday, but the party starts here tomorrow. Don’t miss it. In the first event of its kind for the school, a live video chat, “Menahem Pressler: Virtually Yours,” will be offered at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. Participants may purchase access to the chat […]

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Wagner's Magic Lamp: an ongoing mystery - David ConwayThe following  article is reproduced with the very kind permission of the author Dr David Conway – whose book Jewry in Music we shall feature shortly. This is taken from his website of the same name which contains much we would recommend. To continue reading click the link at the bottom of the article, Onwards to Semper’s Early CareerWagner’s Magic Lamp: an ongoing mystery…

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