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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Musicians Reject Tentative Agreement + MORE

In the wake of negotiation clouds from the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) is contributing to the storm front thanks to being poised for a work stoppage following a recent vote by musicians to reject their employer’s latest offer. What makes this situation u.... More »
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New York Philharmonic’s Next Leader Gives a Taste of Things to Come + MORE

Jaap van Zweden, who takes over in 2018-19, conducted the orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Fourth, Wagner’s Prelude to “Lohengrin” and a new work by Julia Adolphe..... More »
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Dan Visconti composes 'Living Language' for guitar and orchestra + MORE

New piece will receive its world premiere under Donato Cabrera and the California Symphony.... More »
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Ensemble. Alert Realisations + MORE

Christmas music from The Sitwell Singers, heard by Mike Wheeler.... More »
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Joyce DiDonato Takes A Stand At Stonewall + MORE

Opera star Joyce DiDonato visits a historic gay bar to talk equality and to sing a centuries-old aria..... More »

Pollini – Beethoven, 2 April 2014

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Royal Festival Hall Piano Sonata no.17 in D minor, op.31 no.2, ‘The Tempest’Piano Sonata no.21 in C major, op.53, ‘Waldstein’Piano Sonata no.29 in B-flat major, op.106, ‘Hammerklavier’Maurizio Pollini (piano) This would have been an ambitious programme, technically but still more so musically, for any pianist…

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Prince Igor at the Coliseum with Kolobov Novaya Opera02/04/14copyright Tristram KentonBorodin’s Prince Igor is an absolute mishmash of a score, and even if you didn’t know that it was completed by many others (as I didn’t before listening to the first act), you can hear its stylistic incoherence in every bar. In this and many other ways, it presages many aspects of 20th century Modernism and is strongly representative of the gradual replacement of the Teutonic line with the Franco-Russian line as the centre of artform from the late 19th onwards…

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Sir Neville Marriner’s 90th-Birthday Celebration Concert

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 Saint-Saëns, Mozart, and Elgar: Murray Perahia (piano), Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Joshua Bell (violin/director), Sir Neville Marriner (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 1.4.2014 (MB) Saint-Saëns – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op.28 Mozart – Piano Concerto no.20 in D minor, KV 466 Elgar – Enigma Variations, op…

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CLASSIC FM – Charlotte Green’s Culture Club – Sunday 3-5pmIn my debut on CLASSIC FM I’ll be popping up regularly on Charlotte Green’s Culture Club – Sunday 3-5pm – with selective tips for all that’s best in live Classical Music, Opera, and Musical Theatre. Short and sweet but hopefully lively and informative, too. Expect the odd anecdote…

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Tughan Sokhiev conducts Shostakovich tonight LIVE

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Tughan Sokhiev conducts Shostakovich tonight LIVETonight at 7pm European time LIVE on medici.tv, Tughan Sokhiev conducts the Orchestre National du Capitole, Toulouse in a special  programme in honour of Dimitri Shostakovich. This concert will be significant because Sokhiev has recemtly taken over as Music Director of the Bolshoi Opera. Sokhiev came up through the Russian system, though he’s spent most of his career abroad, so perhaps this Shostakovich concert i8s a statement of intent…

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An elegant and untricksy production of Tchaikovsky’s lyrical romance, says Rupert Christiansen    

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Platée du jour

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Platée du jourWhat must have raced through the mind of the none-too-comely Spanish Infanta when she learned that the opera to be performed during the celebrations for her 1745 wedding to the French Dauphin revolved around the comeuppance of an ugly yet vain water nymph tricked into believing Jupiter was her ardent suitor? I suspect the poor Infanta, who died a year later after childbirth at just 20 years old, was not amused…

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CO of Europe/Nézet-Séguin(Deutsche Grammophon, 2 CDs)From historically informed accounts to the most unreconstructed modern symphony-orchestra performances, there’s no shortage of fine sets of Schumann’s four symphonies already on disc. Where Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s versions with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe slot in among them, or whether they are needed at all, is another matter…

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Essays around a sonata

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Kyle Gann, at work on a book about Ives's awesome Concord, has been blogging vigorously about the piece. Each post is worth reading and pondering. He's strongly in favor of the 1947 edition of the score, and very strongly opposed to the idea, first propagated by Elliott Carter, that Ives added dissonances in later years in order to cement his position as an innovator…

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Muntendorf

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Simon Cummings, of the invaluable 5:4 blog, has a post on the German composer Brigitta Muntendorf, one of this year’s Siemens Composer Prize recipients. Tim Rutherford-Johnson, in response, highlights the video above. Mesmerizing.

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Term over!

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It is time for the Easter holidays so family comes first for a bit!  And I will be at the Barbican tomorrow for Master Class by the principal oboe of the Concertgebouw Orchestra which is in residence this week with Mariss Jansons and Anton Bruckner.  I will bring my 10 year old oboist daughter to get a taste of the best…

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We Finnished It

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We Finnished ItBy Emily Hogstad: The last time I was in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis was in March 2012 to see the premiere of Judd Greenstein’s Acadia. This is a work for full and fabulous symphony orchestra, and it explores a narrative of change, loss, and redemption.

I left the hall that night happy – and completely oblivious to the fact that I’d be living those themes for the next two years…

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Submerged

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SubmergedAs part of the celebration of the three-year long restoration of the Theatre Royal de Liege (and, from what we can see in this DVD it is a glorious restoration indeed), the Opera Royal de Wallonie went all the way to find as Belgian an operatic experience as was possible.  The company came up with Stradella, a three-act opera composed by Liege-born Cesar Franck when he was a teenager in the early 1840’s and unseen since then until this production in September 2012…

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