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The 2015 CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming and Other New Music at CMA + MORE

The 2015 CMA/ASCAP Awards, the "New Music from CMA" commissions’ concert, and the majority of the ensemble showcases at the 37th national conference of Chamber Music America provided a real immersive new music experience—one in which definitions were constantly being expanded and which celebrate.... More »
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Curious Flights: Transatlantic Crossings 2 + MORE

The new music ensemble Curious Flights has another great program coming up on Saturday, March 19. The concert includes three works by British composer Simon Dobson, who is in residence with the group for a week, plus works by Samuel Adams (the composer, not the founding father), Mason Bates, Robert .... More »
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Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Finland + MORE

This most remote and intense of international music events featured a wealth of gems and surprises.... More »
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Music in Review: Review: Orchestras Large and Small and a Composer Portrait + MORE

The Voices of Ascension performed in the West Village, Pablo Heras-Casado conducted at Carnegie Hall, and Anna Clyne was featured at Miller Theater..... More »
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Fiddler on the Roof at Grange Park Opera. + MORE

Bryn Terfel and ensemble, Fiddler on the Roof, Grange Park Opera - photo credit Robert Workman Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, Joseph Stein Fiddler on the Roof; Bryn Terfel, Janet Fullerlove, Charlotte Harwood, Katie Hall, Molly Lynch, Rebecca Wheatley, Anthony Flaum, Jordan Simon Pollard, dir: Antho.... More »
John Zorn: Classical Marathon review – choppy and compellingAdelaide festival centreThe composer’s classical repertoire tackled in consummate style with parping bass clarinets and apocalyptic percussionAlex Needham

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Animated maestro Eiji Oue kept things tough, taut and energetic for the ensemble’s US debut, which featured works by Stravinsky and Japanese composers

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Ralph Ellison’s favorite records

– www.therestisnoise.com

Richard Brody ponders the novelist's magnificently tasteful collection. Notable on his LP shelves: Berg's Wozzeck, Britten's Death in Venice, Tippett's The Knot Garden and A Child of Our Time, and the Nielsen concertos, alongside the expected avalanche of Ellington. Mark Stryker is reminded of a famous Ellison line: "Anyone who listens to a Beethoven quartet or symphony and can't hear soul is in trouble…

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Chilly Scenes of Winter

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Chilly Scenes of Winter
Now that we’re well (and sadly?) past the era of composers’ cutting contests, where the likes of Beethoven would take a theme from a pretender and improvise a dazzling set of variations (the origin of the finale of the “Eroica” symphony), it is exceedingly, impossibly rare to witness what I heard in December…

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London Oriana Choir at 40

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London Oriana Choir at 40Dominic PeckhamThe London Oriana Choir is celebrating its 40th birthday, a fine achievement in the busy world of London non-professional choirs. The choir has been directed by Dominic Peckham since September 2013 and they celebrate with a concert at St. Paul’s Covent Garden on 14 March, accompanied by the London Mozart Players…

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Spin cycle

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Spin cycleBy popular demand, La Cieca brings you Der Ring des Nibelungen, as recorded at the Teatro Colón and preserved on Mike Richter‘s CD-ROM “El Anillo.” First up (naturally), Das Rheingold.
Wagner: Das Rheingold
Teatro Colón
September 16, 1962
Wotan:  Hans Hotter
Donner:  Angel Mattielo
Froh:  Carlo Cossutta
Loge:  Fritz Uhl
Fasolt:  Arnold van Mill
Fafner:  Jorge Algorta
Alberich:  Alois Pernerstorfer
Mime:  Herold Kraus
Fricka:  Ursula Boese
Freia:  Nilda Hoffmann
Erda – Marga Hoeffgen
Woglinde:  Myrtha Garbarini
Wellgunde:  Olga Chelavine
Flosshilde:  Noemi Souza
Conductor:   Heinz Wallberg
Download audio file (RING1…

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Get ready to book Met cinema tickets

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Booking for the Met Opera Live in HD 2014-15 cinema season is about to open at Picturehouse cinemas.
Members' tickets can be bought from 16 March (depending on cinema) with public booking starting a week or so later. Check the Picturehouse site for a full list of booking dates by location.
Prices are: Live screenings £30, Encore screenings £20, with £7 off each price for members…

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Wagner/Rienzi review – Sebastian Weigle rethinks a divisive operaChristiane Libor/Claudia Mahnke/Peter Bronder/Frankfurter Opern-und Museumsorchester/Sebastian Weigle(OEHMS)Rienzi, Wagner’s third opera, is his problem piece for many. A huge success at its 1842 premiere, it was his most popular work in his lifetime, although he eventually rejected it. Its musical models were the grand operas of Meyerbeer, Spontini and Halévy, a form Wagner – ever keen to propagandise his own originality – was soon anxious to condemn…

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Some Early 20th Century British Violin Sonatas

– landofllostcontent.blogspot.com

I recently posted John Ireland’s reply to the letter by the violinist Marie Hall in the Daily Mail on January 20 1922. Hall had bemoaned the shortage of British violin sonatas: Ireland had mentioned a number by active British composers. I have listed all the works in the genre written by each composer however note that only those before1922 would have been known to John Ireland and should have been known to a violinist of the competence of Marie Hall…

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Music Review: Julia Bullock Gives New York Recital Debut at Merkin Concert HallThe soprano Julia Bullock, a Juilliard student, made her New York recital debut as part of the Young Concert Artists series.    

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I imagine my dad, in his Minneapolis apartment in the early 70s, listening to Beethoven and reading the paper in his squared glasses and white turtleneck. Flash back a decade, to Karajan coaxing what Harvey Sachs called his “calculatedly voluptuous” sound from his players as he created a recording that he had every reason to think would be regarded as definitive by a generation of his peers.

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Conductor Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic launched their North American tour with a bravura performance — immensely powerful and visceral — of John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1, a seldom performed 1988 elegy to victims of AIDS. The San Francisco program also included Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No…

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Rokoko - Opera Arias by Johann Adolf Hasse Rokoko – opera arias by Johann Adolf Hasse: Max Emanuel Cencic, George Petrou, Armonia Atenea: DECCA Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Mar 13 2014 Star rating: 4.0Virtuoso playing and singing on this disc of arias by the undeservedly neglected HasseThe composer Johann Adolf Hasse (1699 – 1783) was associated with the Italian opera seria for much of the 18th century, but since his death his works have rather gone into the shadows…

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