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New Cobbett Composition Prize + MORE

The Berkeley Ensemble - photo: Nigel LuckhurstThe original Cobbett Competition, created by the philanthropist Walter Willson Cobbett, was responsible for commisioning works from Benjamin Britten, Frank Bridge and RVW. Now the Berkeley Ensemble has instituted the New Cobbett Composition Prize in emul.... More »

Choreographer Petr Zuska and the Czech National Ballet + MORE

The Czech National Ballet is one of the oldest ballet companies in the world. It was founded in 1883 to provide dances for the opera and it also put on the classics of the time introducing creations for the Ballets Russes as it entered the 1920s. However, from the ‘30s on it slowly started leaning.... More »

On An Overgrown Path: Music industry cabal ended a black conductor's career [Rudolph Dunbar (1907-1988), born in Guyana] + MORE

Rudolph Dunbar (1907-1988)Thursday, December 15, 2016Bob Shingleton of On An Overgrown Path writes:Guyanese-born Rudolph Dunbar wrote the definitive text book on the clarinet and had a burgeoning conducting career in the 1940s during which he conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra and in 1945 became .... More »

National Public Radio: Young Musicians Blossom In Baltimore's OrchKids Program + MORE

From NPR CLASSICALNPR: Asia Palmer now a high-school freshman at the Baltimore School for the Arts, has been with the OrchKids program since it began in 2008.(Ned Wharton)Hazel Singer writes:Bill,You may find this of interest.Hazel SingerNational Public Radio April 2, 2016Heard o.... More »

Joshua Bell & Jeremy Denk: Tiny Desk Concert + MORE

Two A-list classical artists work up a sweat as they revel in the tender and turbulent music of Brahms and Schumann..... More »

Interview: Paul Schoenfield

– minnesota.publicradio.org

The Chamber Music Society of Minnesota concludes its season this coming weekend with a performance of Paul Schoenfield's "Sparks of Glory." Steve Staruch spoke with Shoenfield about the piece as it is about to receive its regional premiere.

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 Massenet: Thaïs, LA Opera, Patrick Fournillier (conductor), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, 17.5.14-7.6.14 (JRo) Cast: Thaïs:  Nino Machaidze Athanaël:  Plácido Domingo Nicias:  Paul Groves Palemon:  Valentin Anikin Albine:  Milena Kitic Crobyle:  Hae Ji Chang Myrtale:  Cassandra Zoé Velasco Servant:  Kihun Yoon Cenobite Monks:  Omar Crook, Reid Bruton, Todd Strange, Gregory Geiger, John Kimberling Production: Director: […]

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Rupert Christiansen admires a passionate production of Poulenc’s powerful opera

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Seldom heard since 1986, Harrison Birtwistle’s rural opera still stands up well at the Barbican, says John Allison

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David Bedford: The Tentacles of the Dark Nebula

– landofllostcontent.blogspot.com

David Bedford: The Tentacles of the Dark NebulaDuring the 1960s David Bedford (1937-2011) produced a considerable array of important compositions including Music for Albion Moonlight (1965), Piece for Mo (1963) and A Dream of the Seven Lost Stars(1964-65). In 1969 he wrote The Tentacles of the Dark Nebula as a commission from Peter Pears. The work was conceived for tenor and string group…

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Opera HD – myths and facts

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Opera HD - myths and factsAudiences for opera broadcasts in the cinema are old. That’s news? The survey has gone viral. But here’s where genuine local knowledge comes in. The survey  was done by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Excellent music and drama students but not necessarily sophisticated pollsters. It was commissioned by English Touring Opera…

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Corinne Winters talks to Edward Seckerson about life before and after the London TraviataIn February 2013 Corinne Winters created an absolute sensation in her operatic European debut when Peter Konwitschny’s starkly intense staging of Verdi’s La Traviata arrived at English National Opera. Vocally, physically, dramatically her Violetta (“the whore who gets all the best tunes” according to Konwitschny) was so “complete”, so unanimously greeted by superlative reviews, that it marked a highly significant arrival on the international opera scene…

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For Francesco d’Avalos

– www.therestisnoise.com

The composer, conductor, and author Francesco d'Avalos, Prince d’Avalos and Marquis of Vasto and Pescara, great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of the uncle of Maria d'Avalos, the unlucky first wife of Carlo Gesualdo, died on May 26th at the age of eighty-four, at his palazzo in Naples…

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Pacifica Quartet Partners with Met Opera's Anthony McGill for Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets on Cedille RecordsMozart & Brahms Clarinet QuintetsAnthony McGill www.anthonymcgill.com & Pacifica Quartet Cedille CDR 90000 147 (2014)On May 27, 2014 AfriClassical posted:Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet of New York Philharmonic, Joins Pacifica Quartet on ‘Mozart & Brahms Clarinet Quintets’ on Cedille CD; free Brahms downloadToday we post a press release on the recording from CedilleRecords…

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The LSO appoints its youngest ever member: 18-year-old  Peter MooreThe trombonist – who won the BBC Young Musician competition in 2008 aged only 12 – has more recently been part of the LSO’s visionary Academy projectProof that its not just in the Premiership that youth academies work in developing the next generation of talent: the London Symphony Orchestra have just appointed their youngest-ever member, 18-year-old Peter Moore, as co-principal trombone…

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Trombonist Peter Moore, who was BBC Young Musician of the Year at the age of 12, becomes the London Symphony Orchestra’s youngest ever member.

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Polly-hymnia at green, green Garsington

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

So there’s this dead parrot… A strange start indeed for a French 19th-century rom-com. But this is no common stage work: it is Vert-Vert isby Jacques Offenbach, France’s finest composer of operetta, creator of such classic favourites as Orpheus in the Underworld and La belle Hélène; and at Garsington Opera at Wormsley, the director Martin Duncan has joined forces with the conductor and Offenbachophile David Parry for a new staging of this little-performed madcap comedy, brilliant in its musical hues and light as a feather…

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The Endellion Quartet Marking 35 Years of Fine Music-Making

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert: The Endellion String Quartet [Andrew Watkinson & Ralph da Souza (violins), Garfield Jackson (viola), David Waterman (cello)], Wigmore Hall, London, 28.5.2014 (CS) Haydn: String Quartet in B flat Op.55 No.3 Beethoven: String Quartet in F Op.135 Schubert: String Quartet in D minor D810 (Death and the Maiden)   It was standing room […]

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