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Neil Black obituary + MORE

Oboist highly regarded as performer and teacherThe fine playing of the oboist Neil Black, who has died aged 84, enabled him to make the most of the opportunities presented by concert life in the decades following the second world war. He joined the newly founded National Youth Orchestra in 1948, sta.... More »
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Funeral of Prokofiev’s grandson + MORE

Rupert Lev Prokofiev was a gifted young Englishman who suffered from Ataxia-Telangiectasia, a neurodegenerative disorder that strikes in childhood and limits life expectancy to the teens. Rupert, a grandson of the great composer, was 31 when he died on January 2. His funeral will take place on Tues.... More »
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Free Download: Jesús León sings Donizetti + MORE

Free Download: Jesús León sings Donizetti This week's free do.... More »
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Holiday Opera: WNO's Half-Baked 'Hansel and Gretel' + MORE

Aleksandra Romano (Hansel) and Ariana Wehr (Gretel) in Hansel and Gretel (photo by Scott Suchman for Washington National Opera) Washington National Opera tried two new holiday operas in recent years, and both of them were disappointing flops. It seemed like a good sign that the company was returning.... More »
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Dunedin Consort / Butt / Sophie Bevan review – baroque fireworks lit by natural spark + MORE

University of Glasgow ChapelBevan’s refreshing virtuosity pairs splendidly with the Dunedins in this enjoyable romp through Bach and Handel Bach never wrote an opera but he knew all the tricks and came darn close. Much of his sacred vocal music is dramatic enough for any stage — emotionally char.... More »

Talking Met On WQXR

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Talking Met On WQXR

Update: the segment is now live! I had the pleasure of taking part in a panel discussion for WQXR’s bi-weekly podcast Conducting Business, hosted by Naomi Lewin, to talk about the Metropolitan Opera’s ongoing labor negotiations. My fellow panelists included:

James Jorden, editor of the opera blog Parterre Box and a contributor to the New York Observer…

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Seattle SO/Morlot (Seattle Symphony)This varied collection of Americana is taken from concerts given by the Seattle Symphony orchestra under its music director Ludovic Morlot since 2011. The novelty here is Elliott Carter’s Instances, which was commissioned by the orchestra and recorded at its premiere last year, eight months after the composer’s death…

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Harrison Birtwistle Chamber Music

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Harrison Birtwistle Chamber Music Harrison Birtwistle Chamber Music; Lisa Batiashvili, Adrian Brendel, Till Fellner, Amy Freston, Roderick Williams; ECM New Series Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Aug 08 2014 Star rating: 4.0Selection of Harrison Birtistle’s recent chamber worksThe unimaginatively entitled ‘Harrison Birtwistle Chamber Music’ on ECM New Series, with its somewhat dull, blue black cover, does not do this CD justice…

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One World Symphony: 2014–2015 Season Vocal Auditions  —  One Night Only Sunday, September 7, 2014, 5:00–8:00 p.m.InstrumentalistsFor principal, section, and substitute positions, please email your cover letter and résumé to staff@oneworldsymphony.org 2014–2015 Season Vocal AuditionsAuditions — One Night OnlySunday, September 7, 2014, 5:00–8:00 p.m.Holy Apostles Church296 Ninth Avenue at West 28th StreetManhattan All solo and cover roles in One World Symphony’s 2014–2015 season repertoire are available…

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EnVisitParisRegion.com: Violinist Tai Murray performs works of Schubert and Beethoven at 45th Orange Tree Festival in Paris, France, 15 August 2014www.Festival-Orangerie.FR(Tous droits reserves)Tai Murrayhttp://taimurray.com/http://www.festival-orangerie.frViolinist Tai Murray performs works of Schubert and Beethoven on opening day of The 45th Orange Tree Festival in Paris, France, 15 August 2014 EnVisitParisRegion.comThe Orange Tree Festival of Sceaux15 August – 21 SeptemberFor 45 years this festival has celebrated chamber music and its cultures while organising concerts within the framework of the domain of seals…

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Philharmonia Orchestra 1 • Dohnányi • Camilla Tilling
Phully Harmonias
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With the Te Deum being out of the running already, at this year’s Salzburg Festival, the program of the Philharmonia Orchestra (that most consistently excellent of London’s orchestras) was stuffed with Richard Strauss’

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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Schumann: Carnaval review  oddly unconvincing and musically flatKirill Gerstein(Myrios)Imaginary Pictures is the title Kirill Gerstein gives his slightly unexpected pairing of Mussorgsky and Schumann. It’s an odd choice for a disc that includes Pictures at an Exhibition whose pictorial inspiration was anything but imaginary but then this is an oddly unconvincing disc altogether…

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Tour of India – Part One

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Tour of India - Part OneBritten Sinfonia’s orchestra manager, Annabel is currently on tour in India with the ensemble. In the first of a series of posts she talks about the first couple of days of the trip; Arriving at our hotel in the early hours of Tuesday morning I breathe a sigh of relief – both flight and entry into India are uneventful, other than a short dash around Delhi airport to find somewhat elusive immigration forms…

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Bridge Records released All the Things You Are, Leon Fleisher’s first solo album in nearly a decade. Consisting largely of works for left hand, the album also features works composed for Leon Fleisher by George Perle, Leon Kirchner, and Dina Koston as well as renditions of favorites by George Gershwin and Jerome Kern…

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Der Rosenkavalier • Richard Strauss
A Rosenkavalier for all Tastes
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There’s a buzz at big-ticket opera productions at the Salzburg Festival that you don’t have at concerts, even where the latter sell out…

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Musician Shaun Buswell gave himself 10 days to build an orchestra from people on the streets of Edinburgh. BBC News followed him to see how he got on.

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Vaughan Williams Alwyn Oramo Prom 36

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After ten days of safe but dull Proms, at last something splendid: Sakari Oramo conducted the BBC SO. Ralph Vaughan Williams’s incidental music is far from incidental. William Alwyn wrote a lot of incidental music, but hearing his symphonic work with Vaughan Williams’s incidental music puts it into context Oramo conducts Vaughan Williams with an intensity that makes one appreciate the depths in RVW, often missed by the emphasis on the pastoral aspects of his work…

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Pollini’s Masterly Salzburg Recital

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 Salzburg Festival (2) – Chopin and Debussy:Maurizio Pollini (piano). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 13.8.2014 (MB) Chopin – Preludes, op.28 Debussy – Préludes, Book I   Rankings are absurd, but if anyone were to have doubted the identity of our greatest living pianist, this recital should have made the answer clear…

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