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When You're Not a Cute Kid Anymore + MORE

By Sarah Hemm: I was a Suzuki kid from age 3 – so my childhood was filled with people exclaiming how wonderful and talented and cute I was for playing the violin. Everything was going great. I was very serious about violin but still having fun. In 6th grade I was accepted into the Wisconsin Youth .... More »
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Fela Kuti Africa's answer to Handel + MORE

As a new film raises the late Fela Kutis profile even further, Peter Culshaw recalls meeting the controversial and contrary Nigerian star in a cloud of dope smoke, surrounded by some of his 26 wives and wearing just a pair of red underpantsFela Kutis crossover into the western mainstream has been .... More »
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‘Anti-gay’ comments singer says: I’m a liberal. I like to bitch. + MORE

Valerian Ruminski, the opera singer fired in Ottawa for supposedly anti-gay comments, has offered a fulsome explanation to Slipped Disc readers about his attitudes on life and the way he shares them on social media. He treats the issues raised by his conduct with frankness and self-awareness. He ack.... More »
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The Case Of The Stolen Stradivarius + MORE

Milwaukee Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was carrying his rare Stradivarius violin out to the parking lot after a show when he was suddenly attacked. The violin, worth millions, was stolen..... More »
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The Music of Boulez and Carter in Fascinating Conjunction + MORE

Boulez and Carter: oenm (österrichsches ensemble für neue musik) / Johannes Kalitzke (conductor). Mozart-Saal, Konzerthaus, Vienna, 7.6.2017. (MB) Boulez – Dérive 1 (1984); Improvisé – pour le Dr. K. (1969/2005); Dérive 2 (1988-2009) Carter – Bariolage (1992); Triple Duo (1983) Pierre .... More »

Berg's Violin Concerto is undoubtedly one of the masterpieces of the 20th century, both as an exposition of the violinist's skill, but also as an example of twelve-tone technique at its most brilliantly honed…

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Sophie of the moment

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Sophie of the momentThat’s not our Sophe, La Sarina, who is ALWAYS of the moment (read her very moving latest blogpost about how her father’s fellow Swedish woodsmen chipped in to fund the annual trachoma operations she organises in rural Mali), but the latest singer stepping in to portray Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s Mamsell Sophie Anna Barbara Faninal…

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Gergiev Janáček Glagolitic Mass Prom LSO

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Gergiev Janáček Glagolitic Mass Prom LSOAt  Prom 9 Valery Gergiev conducted the London Symphony Orchestra. The LSO are an excellent orchestra, whose musicians have worked together, and with Gergiev, for many years. Earlier in the week, Gergiev conducted the World Orchestra For Peace, made up of musicians from 75 different ensembles who meet roughly once a year…

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Metropolitan Opera officials sat down with the musicians for the first time since February, and less than a week before contracts expire, with the two sides trading fierce arguments.

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‘The thing about critics,’ said Philip Glass. ‘Eventually, they die…’Any composer or writer who has even received a bad review, or a string of them from the same critic, will find wisdom and encouragement  in this lovely reminiscence by Derek Bermel. Read here.
 

Now listen here: I love this piece.

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Ensemble. Completely Bonkers

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H K Gruber’s ‘Gloria – A Pigtale’, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

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Stark Medea From Juventus Lyrica

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 Cherubini, Medea: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Juventus Lyrica, Hernán Schvartzman (conductor), Teatro Avenida, Buenos Aires. 18.7.2014. (JSJ) Cast: Medea: Sabrina Cirera / Mariana Carnovali Jason: Darío Schmunck / Nazareth Aufe Creón: Alejandro Meerapfel Nerís: Eugenia Fuente / Verónica Canaves Dircé: Laura Pisani First lady: Laura Delogu Second lady: Verónica Canaves / Laura Álvarez Renedo […]

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Bruckner Cycle IV • Barenboim, Vienna Philharmonic
Intimations of Mortality
Above and below pictures (details) courtesy Salzburg Festival, © Monika Rittershaus. Click for the whole picture
Lorin Maazel was a fixture at the Salzburg Festival, leading 119 performances between 1963 and 2013. It made sense, therefore, to slap an “in Memoriam” label onto one of this summer’s performances and even more

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Classical music should be an agenda-free zoneIn the past when classical record sales were sluggish, industry luminaries such as Walter Legge and John Culshaw (seen above with Sir Georg Solti) sorted things out by making legendary recordings such as the Giulini Verdi Requiem and the Solti Ring. Nowadays, when sales are slack, a luminary such as Max Hole goes on Classic FM to advocate tearing down the Royal Festival Hall, and then feeds the story to a conveniently on side journalist in the futile hope that the alchemy of social media will transmute contentious sound bites into sales revenues…

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The BBC Philharmonic is staging the first ever Cbeebies event at the Proms.

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Rinaldo review  Handel's crusade is replaced by a circusLongborough, GloucestershireWith its parade of clowns and circus setting, the visual spectacle of Jenny Miller’s production is alluring, but it’s the musical acrobatics of Handel’s score that engage the mostRoll up! Roll up! The circus has come to Longborough. Handel’s Rinaldo isn’t an obvious candidate for the greatest-show-on-earth treatment…

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Why Garsington Manor was Britain's most scandalous wartime retreatAfter Ottoline and Philip Morrell moved to the Oxfordshire manor house in 1915, it became a sensational refuge for conscientious objectorsIt has been described variously as "the house of the Ottoline’s", a "cesspool of slime", "the setting for a Mozart opera", "Shandygaff Hall", "a Boccaccio court", "a refuge from the storm"…

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John Malveaux: National Association of Negro Musicians presents George Walker Tribute July 24, 2014 at its National ConventionGeorge Walker (b. 1922) has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/and is featured at AfriClassical.comJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:The National Association of Negro Musicians, an historic organization since 1919, presented a tribute to the incomparable living pianist, composer, and educator George Walker who was born June 27, 1922…

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