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Mahler, Muti bring a spectacular end to CSO season + MORE

Surely no audience anywhere has heard as many unforgettable performances of Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony as those at Orchestra Hall..... More »
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Classical music sales - separating fact from fiction + MORE

Sales of recorded classical music are an important measure of the health of the art form. Yet, despite this, there is a paucity of informed and objective commentary on the sales trends. Instead industry commentators such as Norman Lebrecht offer quick and dirty comments such as: "Pierre-Laurent Aima.... More »
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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 »
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London English Song Festival 2014 + MORE

Judith Weirphoto credit Chris ChristodoulouThe London English Song Festival was started in 2011 by Artistic Director William Vann to promote and celebrate the wide and varied repertoire of English Song.This year's festival kicks off on the 5th June at St James Piccadilly with the Irish mezzo-soprano.... More »
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EIF 2015 – HMS Pinafore, or, Showing London How It's Done (Again) + MORE

This concert performance of HMS Pinafore continues two trends of the 2015 Festival. First, like the semi-staged Budapest Figaro it contained more drama than many fully staged operas seen in London this season (the contrast with ENO's dull fully staged Pirates was especially telling). Second, it.... More »
Toronto orchestra’s 2014/15 season includes baroque masterpieces, a new Canadian composition and an all-Beethoven collaboration with Montreal maestro Kent Nagano

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Winterreise: Johannes Martin Kränzle & Hilko Dumno in FrankfurtWhen I got off the Frankfurt subway on Tuesday night, the lady in front of me was carrying a well-used score of Der Winterreise under her arm. When I gained my seat for the evening's performance of Schubert's great song cycle, the music student next to me was frowning anxiously at the marginalia in his score, while the two elderly women behind us were happily quoting and humming snatches of the cycle to each other…

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KIOS.org: Thomas Wilkins Conducts Omaha Symphony at 7 PM in 'Living Voices: A Legacy of Hope, An Affirmation of Promise' for Black History Month Thomas Wilkins, Omaha Symphony ConductorKIOS 91.5Omaha Public Radio By Cheril Lee The Omaha Symphony and Omaha Central High School are offering a free community concert tonight at 7:00. The program is called Living Voices: A Legacy of Hope, An Affirmation of Promise and is a celebration of Black History Month…

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'Ultimate' RVW concert

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'Ultimate' RVW concertAnton Dolin as Satanin RVW’s JobTonight (5 February 2014) at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Andrew Manze conducts the CBSO in what is billed as Ultimate Vaughan Williams. The concert is indeed very enticing, with three popular short works in the first half (Overture to The Wasps, Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis and The Lark Ascending), then in the second half a complete performance of Job: A Masque for Dancing…

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Melnikov Shostakovich Wigmore Hall 4 Feb 2014

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Melnikov Shostakovich Wigmore Hall 4 Feb 2014 Shostakovich: Preludes and Fugues, book 2Alexander Melnikov (pn)Alexander Melnikov’s recorded Shostakovich is a known quantity – accolades for his CDs of these works take up half his programme bio – but nothing prepares you for the live experience. Melnikov is able to perfectly express the paradoxical mix of introversion and intensity that characterises this music, while carefully shaping the dramatic arc of every movement…

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Thomas: Aureole; Words of the Sea; In My Sky at Twilight; Terpsichore's Dream, etc – reviewBrandes/Chicago SO/MusicNOW Ensemble/Boulez/Knussen(Nimbus Alliance)For nine years from 1997, Augusta Read Thomas was composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony, and three of the pieces on this disc were composed either for that great orchestra or its sibling new-music ensemble, MusicNow. Together with the other pieces here they give a good sense of the vividly imaginative instrumental palette that Thomas has at her fingertips, and which established her as one of the most distinctive and rewarding US composers of her generation, though the most recent of them, the brief and breezy concert-opener, Aureole, completed last year, suggests that her music is now becoming more gestural and direct, with more than a touch of Copland-esque Americana in some of the ideas…

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LA Sonnambula : Attractive but Hardly Convincing

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 Bellini: La Sonnambula, Liceu’s Orchestra and Chorus, Daniel Oren (conductor), Barcelona’s Liceu, 1 & 2.2.2014 (JMI)   Casts: Amina: Patrizia Ciofi/Annick Massis Elvino: Juan Diego Flórez/Celso Albelo Count Rodolfo: Nicola Ulivieri/Michele Pertusi Lisa: Eleonora Buratto/Sabina Puértolas Teresa: Gemma Coma-Alabert Alessio: Alex Sanmartí Notary: Jordi Casanova Production: Wiener Staatsoper and Royal Opera House Covent Garden Direction: […]

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Michele Lee, a Broadway veteran also known for playing Karen in the long-running nighttime soap opera “Knots Landing,” had stamina to burn during a three-night stint at 54 Below.    

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Classical pianist shows off her glories on national TV

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Classical pianist shows off her glories on national TVIf you’re likely to find this tasteless, we apologise. Don’t watch the clip below. We’ve been sent video of Sony artist Khatia Buniatishvili performing a jig (or jiggle) on Georgian TV. It has been uploaded onto Youtube. It is being watched by people who have never heard her Chopin recording…

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How to buy your own piece of classical music - one bar at a timeAn innovative approach to funding new music means that you can literally buy a bar of Charlotte Bray’s latest composition. Alfred Hickling investigates, and, yes, stumps up for bar 29.A sheet of Beethoven’s experimental sketches for the Missa Solemnis attracted bids in excess of $400 000 at auction last month…

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Tonight, Anne-Sophie is replaced by a symphony

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Tonight, Anne-Sophie is replaced by a symphonyPanic at the LSO tonight when the soloist failed to show in time for the first half of the concert. London was gridlocked by an Underground strike and Anne-Sophie Mutter was trapped in traffic. What to do? Easy. The orch played the symphony (Dvorak New World) in the first half and the soloist arrived in […]

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Three people were arrested in connection with the theft of a multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin stolen last week from the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

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A Prayer for Restraint

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A week from tonight, Italian pianist Emanuele Arciuli (pictured) will play my piece Earth-Preserving Chant at a 7:00 concert at Columbia University’s Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave. between 116th and 118th. The Hungarian/American program includes works all by my kind of guys: Haydn, Bartok, Liszt, John Adams (Phrygian Gates), Martin Bresnick (Ishi’s Song), and my piece, […]

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