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NEW!  Shortlist Unveiled for the 12th British Composer Awards + MORE

Shortlist Unveiled for the 12th British Composer Awards The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) has announced the 35 works shortlisted for the 2014 British Composer Awards. The winners will be unveiled at a ceremony at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London on Tuesday 2 December 2014 a.... More »
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Brodsky Quartet Plays Isidora Žebeljan review – the irresistible joy of folk dance + MORE

Brodsky Quartet/Ilić/Dohr/Lluna/Žebeljan/Karlović/Stošić/Petrović(CPO)Although born in Belgrade, Isidora Žebeljan spent much of her childhood in the region that gave us Bartók and Kurtág. That’s no surprise, considering the spiky beauty and joy in folk-dance that infuses her c.... More »
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Nicola Benedetti portrait + MORE

Nicola BenedettiThe Edinburgh International Festival is gearing up for this year's festival by releasing a series of artist portraits on YouTube. Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti will be performing Glazunov's Violin Concerto with Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Usher Ha.... 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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Daniel Barenboim on ageing, mistakes and why Israel and Iran are twin brothers + MORE

At 73, the conductor is still lobbying presidents and bellowing at the violins in five languages. But has his passion project – an orchestra of players from across the Middle East – achieved any real change? We meet him in Buenos Aires Even now, days later, the very thought of Daniel Barenboim l.... More »

Just because: Clifford Curzon plays the "Trout" Quintet

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Clifford Curzon and the Amadeus Quartet play Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1977: (This is the latest…

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Ray Chen Debuts with BSO

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Mozart, Violin Concertos and Sonata, R. Chen, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, C. Eschenbach (Sony, 2014)

Tchaikovsky / Mendelssohn, Violin Concertos, R. Chen, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, D. Harding (Sony, 2012)
Reviews of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra have become less and less common in these pages, because the programming of their concerts in the last few years has been

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The New York Youth Symphony closed its 51st season on Sunday by playing Copland’s Third Symphony at Carnegie Hall.

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Richard Wagner Supports Constantin Frantz's Denunciation of Prussian Militarism and Pan-GermanismWahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!Wohin ich forschend blick’in Stadt- und Weltchronik,den Grund mir aufzufinden,warum gar bis aufs Blutdie Leut’ sich quälen und schindenin unnütz toller Wut! Madness! Madness! Everywhere madness!Wherever my searching eye does gaze,In chronicles of cities and the world,The grounds thereof to find,Why, to the point of drawing blood,People torment and mistreat each otherIn senseless frenzied rage!Hans Sachs’ Monologue from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg In 1869, Richard Wagner dedicated the second edition of his Oper und Drama to the Young Hegelian thinker, Constantin Frantz (1817–1891)…

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Lang Lang smells

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Lang Lang smellsThe pianist tweets:
Very excited to announce the launch of my first fragrance!! Will sell in Europe in the fall and China next year.

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Henry-Louis de La Grange – Happy 90th Birthday !

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Henry-Louis de La Grange - Happy 90th Birthday !Happy Birthday to Henry-Louis de La Grange, who is 90 today. Professor de La Grange is the foremost Mahler scholar, whose work has done so much to increase our understanding of Mahler the composer and Mahler the man. These concepts go closely together. Quite frankly without Prof de La Grange and his library, the Médiathéque Musicale Mahler, we wouldn’t know Mahler as we know him today…

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An ‘opera’ without voices and a birdwatching trip were among the items on the programme for this Dutch festival of the unconventional

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Magnum forza

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Magnum forzaOur Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin has unearthed a hunk of prime Verdiana: a live 1972 Forza del Destino starring Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli.
Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino
Metropolitan Opera
Michelangelo Veltri, conductor
21 January 1972
Leonora – Leontyne Price
Don Alvaro – Franco Corelli
Don Carlo – Mario Sereni
Padre Guardiano – Ezio Flagello
Fra Melitone – Fernando Corena
Preziosilla – Judith Forst
Marquis de Calatrava – James Morris
Curra – Carlotta Ordassy
Trabuco – Robert Schmorr
In-house recording

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BBCSO/Morlot review  a superbly sure-footed PoulencBarbican, LondonMorlot conjured a wonderful palette of colour from a work whose cross-dressing craziness never eclipses its dark wartime originsAs with the proverbial buses, you wait a long while for a Poulenc opera and then two come along at once. Les dialogues des Carmélites returns to Covent Garden this week after an absence of more than 30 years…

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Happy Memorial Day!

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Happy Memorial Day!

Whether you’re home all day enjoying the holiday with family and friends or your orchestra is putting on a performance today, try to take a few moments to remember the reason for the holiday. Furthermore, take a moment to remember that the single largest employer of full-time professional musicians is the United States Armed Forces…

The United States Air Force Band
The United States Army Band
“The Presidents Own” United States Marine Band
The United States Navy Band
The United States Coast Guard Band

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Julian Anderson's Thebans, ENO – BBC Broadcast

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Julian Anderson's Thebans, ENO - BBC BroadcastJulian Anderson’s Thebans, from the ENO can be heard on BBC Radio 3 HERE. Anderson is . adventurous, but by no means difficult. His work is approachable and very “visual” so it was inevitable that he’d get around to writing opera,. I chose the photo above (c Tristam Kenton) because it gives an idea of the layers and colours in the music and the way the textures interweave…

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Believe it: a composer makes a TV ad

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Believe it: a composer makes a TV adIt’s Esa-Pekka Salonen and he’s selling i-Pads. But the ad is so ultra-cool and so close to musical process that it does almost as much to promote serious music as it does to sell gizmos. Watch.

 
 
 

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New Music Theatre in London this May

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New Music Theatre in London this MayOne is able to see new music drama performances in London at almost any time. Usually the summer sees a spike in this sort of activity with the Grimeborn and Tete a Tete opera festivals. However, this May seems to have served up more than our fair share of diverse and probing musical theatrics. Or maybe I’ve just had the opportunity to go to plenty of them…

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