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Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Petrenko review – natural charm, deeply engaging + MORE

Colston Hall, BristolVasily Petrenko brought authority and integrity to a programme that included Sibelius, Mahler, Schubert – and a nod to Norwegian prideThe Colston Hall audience clapped the Norwegians long and hard by way of welcome – the legacy of affection dating from the days of Mariss Jan.... More »
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Summer Classical Vocal Music Preview 2016 + MORE

* Notes *My preview of opera and classical singing this summer in the Bay Area is up on KQED Arts. * Tattling * In my mind I jokingly titled this piece "It Is All About Boobs and Butts and Dead Babies This Summer in SF." It wouldn't have done at all, especially because I did not incl.... More »
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La rue est une musée pour tous! + MORE

Born on this day in 1907 comic book creator Hergé.  Born on this day in 1813 composer and librettist Richard Wagner. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiNTxGcUv7k Born on this day in 1900 soprano Vina Bovy. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh-1PigewfA Born on this day in 1913 conductor Frantisek Jílek. //www.yo.... More »
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The unbearable lightness of...oh dear + MORE

Having greeted the idea of this CD with huge enthusiasm and given it some warm announcements right here, I'm sorry to say that a certain tenor's new recording, 'Du bist die Welt für mich' (English title is on the cover, right), has in its entirety proved a tad underwhelming. So I've written a piece.... More »
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The Ice Break, Birmingham Opera Company, review: 'lush' + MORE

Michael Tippett's fourth opera, The Ice Break, deserves to have been withdrawn from cold storage, says Rupert Christiansen.... More »

Puppeteer of American Composers

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

Just in time, Peter Burkholder recommended to me (announced to the entire Ives Society, actually) Drew Massey’s new book John Kirkpatrick, American Music, and the Printed Page. It’s a detailed, sometimes very technical look at Kirkpatrick’s aggressive influence as editor on the composers he adopted, including most famously Ives and Ruggles, but also Roy Harris, […]

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 Takemitsu, Karpen, Li, and Grieg: The Six Tones: Nguyen Thanh Thuy (dan trahn), Bgo Tra My (dan bau), Stefan Östersjö (ti ba, banjo, and guitar), Haochen Zhang (piano) Seattle Symphony, Julia Tai (conductor), Benaroya Hall, Seattle, 21.3.2014 (BJ) Takemitsu: Three Film Scores Richard Karpen: Nam Mái (world premiere) Shuying Li: Overture to The Siege (world […]

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Beethoven composed the fifth symphony in his mid-thirties, a period when his deafness was increasingly troubling him. In popular myth, the staccato theme of the first movement represents fate knocking at the composer’s door. To say…what, precisely?

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Anti-war anthem now a kids tale

– www.theaustralian.com.au

JOHN Schumann isn’t asking too much of his first children’s book, I Was Only Nineteen, based on the No 1 hit about the Vietnam War he wrote.

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My Bach Pilgrimage – Best Foot Forward

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir (BWV 131)
Gottes Zeit is die allerbester Zeit (BWV 106)
Der Herr denket an uns (BWV 196)
Sunday seems to be the best day for my Bach Pilgrimage and so my aural journey starts chronologically with the first three cantatas he wrote in 1707.
Written in Mühlhausen, Bach was just twenty-two…

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Tribune242.com: ‘C-Force Wows Grand Bahama’

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Tribune242.com: 'C-Force Wows Grand Bahama'C-Force (Tribune242.com)Christine Gangelhoff sends this link:Tribune 242March 19, 2014The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society (GBPAS) last weekend hosted “C-Force, An Evening of Musical Fusion” at the Regency Theatre in Freeport. …Headlining was C-Force, a chamber ensemble that offers a unique and intriguing approach to the traditional…

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$5 Lattes, $0.99 Downloads, and the Quest for Fairer Pay in the Musical FieldThis Winnie Zhang photo shows that songs need to bepretty amazing these days in order to compete with theelegant awesomeness of a matcha latte. The discussion on how to make a living in the musical field is becoming the biggest game in town, especially as more and more music graduates are entering the profession at a time when the ground is increasingly unstable, and established companies (Hamilton Opera and San Diego come to mind in just the last few months) are finding that traditional ways of doing business just don’t work any more…

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The highlight of the evening was sterling world premiere performance of composer Juhi Bansal’s ‘Where Shadow Chases Light.’

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John Malveaux: Soprano Latonia Moore as Lady MacBeth on Chandos CD Coming in AprilJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:New CD release announced for April 2014. See http://www.latonia-moore.com/en/home.html ThanksJohn Malveaux Guiseppe Verdi: Macbeth (sung in English)Simon Keenlyside baritone – MacbethBrindley Sherratt bass – BanquoLatonia Moore soprano – Lady Macbeth Elizabeth Llewellyn soprano – Lady-in-waitingGwyn Hughes Jones tenor – Macduff Ben Johnson tenor – Malcolm Gavin Horsley bass – DoctorThomas Faulkner bass – Servant to Macbeth Riccardo Simonetti bass – AssassinStephen Kennedy bass – HeraldCheyney Kent bass – ApparitionRoseanne Havel soprano – ApparitionOpera in English ChorusEnglish National Opera OrchestraEdward Gardner Prelisting: www…

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Mr. Rosenbaum, the conductor of the New York Virtuoso Singers, will receive $5,000 as the winner of the Ditson Conductors Award.    

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Only violin maestro James Ehnes was a double Juno winner

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Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice issue statement on paedophile associateThe pair have been concerned by a number of Times reports about Alan Doggett, an alleged member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) who was their early mentor at school. Doggett committed suicide in 1978 after being accused of indecent assault on a pupil ten years earlier. Here’s the Lloyd Webber-Rice statement:     photo (c) […]

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Dynasty actress dies aged 74

– www.couriermail.com.au

ACTRESS Kate O’Mara, best known for her role in the 1980s soap opera Dynasty, has died at the age of 74.

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