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Yefim Bronfman: I keep playing for other pianists + MORE

The Russian-Israeli US-based virtuoso, in a candid video interview with Zsolt Bognar, confesses to constant attacks of nerves, accompanied by the need for approbation by other pianists. ‘I get very nervous… before a concert it’s a struggle to go on stage…. you have many fears.... More »

Days of Our Lives star Joseph Mascolo dead + MORE

THE actor who played the soap opera’s most notorious villain has passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s at the age of 87..... More »

Alison Balsom + MORE

Alison Balsom's new recording is an eclectic mix of works by Satie, Piazzolla, Messiaen, Ravel and more. We catch up with her before her next tour of concerts.   Ho.... More »

In the memory palace - Eugene Onegin at Covent Garden + MORE

The duel scene, Eugene Onegin at Royal Opera House © Photograph by Bill Cooper, ROH 2015 Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin; Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Nicole Car, Diana Montague, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Oksana Volkova, Michael Fabiano, Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, Ferruccio Furlanetto, cond: Semyon Bychkov, dir: Kas.... More »
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Ensemble. Positively Explosive + MORE

Verdi's 'La traviata' at Winslow Hall Opera, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett.... More »

A closer look at the Barbican 2014-2015 season (1) LSO

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

The Barbican’s 2014-2015 season’s just been announced. It’s not wildly glamorous, but, on closer examination, it’s a more solid season than expected. Last year the South Bank chose commercial pull over music, handing the place over to marketing The Rest is Noise. The South Bank once was a hothouse of artistic vision,  pioneering ventures like the Messiaen year, the Bartók series, the Nono series and so on…

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5 questions to Jonathan Biss (pianist, educator)Tomorrow, Friday, January 17, Jonathan Biss “one of the most thoughtful and technically accomplished pianists of the younger generation” (BBC Music Magazine) will perform music by Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin and Kurtág at Carnegie Hall. Biss kindly took the time to answer 5 questions about his MOOC experience, Kurtág, and his Beethoven project…You have recently taught a five-week course on Beethoven’s piano sonatas to 35,000 participants in partnership with Coursera…

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Taking Inventory

– renewablemusic.blogspot.com

Taking InventoryHere’s a page of a piece — or maybe not yet a piece — I made last year:(Click the image to enlarge.)  This is the first of a series of similar pieces. It’s nothing more than a list of the pitches, measure-by-measure, in ascending order, found in a famous piece of “learned” music.  I did it first as an analysis, but found that that I liked playing it as well (not a particularly innovative idea: The Scratch Orchestra’s Draft Constitution suggested playing from Schenker graphic analyses, after all!)  It works well on a keyboard, but is perhaps more engaging as a solo cello piece, either way with the something of the character of an unmeasured prelude…

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BBC SO Bychkov Katia and Marielle Labèque 16 Jan 2014 Martinů: Concerto for Two Pianos and OrchestraShostakovich: Symphony No. 7BBC Symphony OrchestraKatia and Marielle LabèqueBarbican, London, 16 January 2014The BBC Symphony Orchestra plays well for Semyon Bychkov. He’s a disciplined conductor and has an excellent baton technique, allowing him to unify this orchestra in a way that few others manage…

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Into the Ravine

– www.planethugill.com

Into the Ravine Into the Ravine: Nicholas Daniel and the Carducci String Quartet; Signum Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jan 17 2014 Star rating: 3.0Well wrought new music for oboe and string quartet, originally premiered at the Presteigne Festival.This new disc on Signum Classics from the Carducci String Quartet and Nicholas Daniel puts Michael Berkeley’s new work for oboe and string quartet, Oboe Quintet (Into the Ravine), with quartets by John McCabe and Adrian Williams…

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Le droit du canard

– parterre.com

Le droit du canardOh, we’ve a veritable cassoulet of canards to feast upon this week, cher public, courtesy of our old friend Rupert Christiansen.
In a little essay with the provocative title “Why opera directors must stop patronising people,” Mr. C. attempts to make a number of points, none of which I think he lands with any success…

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John Malveaux: SanDiegoSymphony.org: 'Nicole Cabell Sings Chausson,' A Chamber Music Series Concert Tuesday, February 4, 7:30 pmNicole Cabell (Devon Cass)John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:Soprano Nicole Cobell will perform a chamber concert in San Diego, California on February 4, 2014http://www.sandiegosymphony.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=4050John Malveaux

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Why not play the premier league composers more often?Much has been written about classical music’s unhealthy obsession with composer anniversaries. So it is time to turn attention to the equally unhealthy obsession with music written in the twelve decades between 1854 (Wagner composed Das Reingold) and 1971 (Shostakovich composed his 15th Symphony). In fact the obsession with composer anniversaries and the obsession with music from those decades has created a perfect storm, with anniversaries for Mahler, Wagner, Verdi and Britten followed by Richard Strauss this year and, wait for it, Sibelius and Nielsen in 2015…

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BBCSO/Bychkov – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

BBCSO/Bychkov – reviewBarbican, LondonThe BBCSO delivered one the greatest performances of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony in recent yearsSemyon Bychkov’s latest concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra is best described as a thing of very different halves. The works that formed the programme – Martinů’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony – were both written during the second world war, but they’re poles apart in scope and intent…

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To honor Ms. Horne on her birthday, the soprano Renée Fleming and the ageless songstress Barbara Cook turned out at Carnegie Hall.    

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Boss quits orch after 20 years to run composer bash

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Boss quits orch after 20 years to run composer bashPress release: Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s general manager Tuomas Kinberg to become an organizer for the 2015 Sibelius anniversary year photo: Kinberg signs chief conductor, Jukka-Pekka Saraste   The Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s general manager Tuomas Kinberg is to become an organizer for the events in Lahti that will mark Sibelius’s 150th anniversary year in 2015…

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One More Reason To Get A Copy Of The MN Orchestra CBA

As bits and pieces of the Minnesota Orchestra’s new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) begin to see the light of day, there’s one detail flying under the radar worth mentioning here in that the musicians apparently elected to trade away substitute pay in order to bolster their new base compensation…

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Antara Ensemble in Bach, Bizet, Grieg, Jacob & Kioulaphides Tues., Feb. 11, 2014, 8 PM, St. Peter’s Church at Citicorp, 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th Street, NYCLil’ Lite O’ Mine; Harold Jones, fluteWilliam Foster McDanielOn Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM, at Saint Peter’s Church at CitiCorp, 54th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York City, conductor/flutist Harold Jones leads the Antara Ensemble in a program to include J. S. Bach’s Ich Habe Genug (with baritone Thomas Buckner), Georges Bizet’s Adagietto, Edward Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Op…

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