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MartinsvilleBulletin.com: Sphinx Laureate Brendon Elliott Performs Violin Concerto of Adolphus Hailstork with Virginia Symphony in Martinsville, Virginia + MORE

Adolphus C. Hailstork (b. 1941) is featured at AfriClassical.comBrendon Elliott (Sphinx Organization)Violin soloist Brendon Elliott (center) performs with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra on Friday night at Martinsville High School. Benjamin Rous is the orchestra’s conductor. The performance was .... More »
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What exactly am I listening to - the vexed question of cuts and editions in live performance + MORE

Gwynneth Jones as ElektraOn Sunday night Richard Strauss's Elektra was performed at the BBC Proms (see my review). The title role was sung (Elektrifyingly) by Christine Goerke who is an experienced stage Elektra and sang off the book. The version of Strauss's Elektra that we heard was the standard o.... More »
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Mussorgsky Songs and Romances Stone Records + MORE

New from Stone Records , Mussorgsky Songs and Romances. There are several good reasons for getting this recording. Mussorgsky songs have traditionally been the preserve of full-throated deep voices, though they have been essayed by sopranos, including Galina Vishnevskaya, so it's good to hear anothe.... More »
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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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Early orchestra recruits Decca chief + MORE

The Academy of Ancient Music, founded by Christopher Hogwood and struggling since his death in 2014, has named ex-Decca producer Alexander Van Ingen as its new chief exec. Its previous manager left in November.  .... More »

La Traviata – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

La Traviata – reviewMillennium Centre, CardiffAlan Opie brought a much-needed emotional boost to this visually stunning revival of David McVicar’s popular productionHot on the heels of the sordid affair that was Manon Lescaut, Welsh National Opera’s revival of David McVicar’s highly evocative production of La Traviata should have been balm…

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Somehow, though, I had completely missed what is considered not only one of Bach's finest compositions, but also one of the grandest and most esteemed works in the whole of music: the Mass in B Minor.

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Using Garageband to make a practice room sound like a concert hallBy Michael O’Gieblyn: In 2011, I took an audition for a local orchestra. This audition was being held at a church that I had never played in, and I couldn’t test it out before the audition either. When it was my turn to play, I walked into the small chapel and tuned quietly after the proctor announced my number…

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Mayhem In Memphis

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Mayhem In Memphis

It looks like the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has officially entered into cycle of panic induced fundraising coupled with all but certain massive budget cuts. The MSO released a press statement on 1/30/2014 asserting that the economic downturn and fickle patron habits have forced the organization into financial crisis…

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Interview: James Gaffigan

– blog.lso.co.uk

We catch up with James Gaffigan, the New Yorker currently serving as Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, after the first rehearsal ahead of his LSO debut on Thursday 13 February. He talks to us about the thrills and spills of being an international conductor, his first impressions of the LSO and electrifying star pianist Yuja Wang…

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Mamoru Samuragochi apologized Wednesday and said he partly regained his hearing several years ago

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The pianist Garrick Ohlsson played a challenging program of Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and the American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes at Carnegie Hall.    

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14 Tips to Creating your Violin Love AffairBy Heather Broadbent:

1. Get Your Juices Flowing
After you have had your green juice in the morning or while you are making and drinking – Listen to motivational music to get you inspired on the first day of the rest of your life.  Hey if this is Mozart or Eminem – it doesn’t matter – Whatever floats your boat, gets your goat and you can’t stop moving literally…

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Japanese 'Beethoven' Mamoru Samuragochi admits faking deafness
Japanese composer Mamoru Samuragochi has admitted to faking deafness after confessing to hiring a ghostwriter for some of his most famous works.

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What do you want to know about the music for this international hit show?

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Rolando on telly again

– intermezzo.typepad.com

Straight after finishing his recent run as Don Ottavio at the Vienna State Opera, Rolando Villazón dashed off to Prague to shoot a TV documentary about the premiere of Don Giovanni. The BBC are expected to air it in April or May.
Of his recent Vienna performance, the Kurier said "Villazón's a fighter who compensates for any vocal shortcomings with such charisma and commitment that he can shape even a pallid character like Don Ottavio…

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MusicUNTOLD Reunion at Carnegie Hall: Soprano Latonia Moore and Bass-Baritone Donnie Ray Albert Join Cincinnati Symphony at Carnegie Hall May 9, 2014Latonia Moore (Dallas Opera/Kilponen)Donnie Ray AlbertJohn Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:Soprano Latonia Moore and Bass-Baritone Donnie Ray Albert donated performances for MusicUNTOLD concert to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 2012. The concert received a delayed broadcast on KUSC 91…

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Philharmonia Orchestra: Britten, Adès and Vaughan WilliamsNicholas Collon, credit Bejamin EalovegaPhilharmonia Orchestra, Nicholas Collon: Britten, Ades and Vaughan Willams Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Feb 6 2014 Star rating: 4.0Three different generations of British composers Having just seen ‘Peter Grimes’ at the ENO (you can read my review here) I was interested to see what the Philharmonia Orchestra resident at the Southbank Centre would do with it…

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