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Listen to the Minnesota Orchestra live from Amsterdam on Aug. 24 + MORE

On Wednesday at 1 p.m., hear the Minnesota Orchestra perform live in the gorgeous acoustic of the world's most storied hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.... More »
virtuosos

Victor Salvi, Who Played Harps and Made Them Too, Dies at 95 + MORE

Mr. Salvi, a former New York Philharmonic member, founded a company that became the world’s foremost harp producer..... More »
virtuosos

To the barricades! Why rhythm is the heartbeat of revolution + MORE

From rousing national anthems to the slogans chanted on marches, there is political power to be gained from good verbal timing – and composer David Owen Norris has captured some of history’s most stirring words in his new choral work Turning Points. He explains its genesisWhen Ben Franklin was t.... More »
singer

VIDEO: John Rutter on Christmas carols + MORE

Composer John Rutter talks to BBC Breakfast about Christmas carols, composing and conducting.... More »
classical music news

Launch of Choral at Cadogan 2015-2016 season + MORE

On Wednesday 15 July 2015, Cadogan Hall launched the 2015-2016 Choral at Cadogan series. Peter Phillips introduced the concerts and we were treated to performances both from Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars, and from the young ensemble Eo Nomine.Introducing Eo Nomine and describing them as up .... More »
Classical Concerto Finals: Playing Conductorless with ECCOBy Laurie Niles: The stage was set for the Classical Finals round Thursday night, when a stagehand walked across the floor and removed the music stand that had been set out for the conductor.

That’s because there is no conductor for the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), the group accompanying the six finalists in their performances of Mozart Concertos Wednesday and Thursday…

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Hey, Some Good News Without Any Prerequisite Drama

The 9/15/2014 edition of The Seattle Times published an article by Nicole Brodeur that reports the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (SSO) not only raised $600,000 at its recent gala but also garnered a $10 million gift from Rebecca Bearoya. Yes, the Minnesota Orchestra recently announced a $10 million gift too but Seattle managed to snag theirs without having to first thrust the organization into chaos…

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The Getty Foundation has announced a major new conservation initiative for modern architecture, funding work on 10 landmark designs around the world including Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House in Australia, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in Chicago and the Ray and Charles…

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Ravi Shankar's embryonic opera is surprise successOur tradition teaches us that sound is God- Nada Brahma. That is, musical sound and the musical experience are steps to the realisation of the self. We view music as a kind of spiritual discipline that raises one’s inner being to divine peacefulness and bliss.An auspicious coincidence meant that after writing about the teaching of Nada Brahma a few days ago, I heard Ravi Shankar speaking the words above yesterday evening in an archive film…

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Music Review: New York Philharmonic Begins Season at the MoviesThe New York Philharmonic began its season on Tuesday with music from Italian movies and help from Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell and Josh Groban.

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Aaron Rosand: ‘A competition is not fair when teachers face their own students’The veteran virtuoso and teacher has commented, in a letter to Slipped Disc, on the finals of the Indianapolis contest, an outcome which has provoked widespread discomfort. We reprint his comments with permission:

 
 
A competition can not be fair when teachers have their own students involved in it…

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Giuseppe Verdi’s fallen woman soared at sunset Wednesday on the Santa Monica Pier as the Los Angeles Opera staged its first live digital simulcast, with an estimated 2,500 viewing “La Traviata” on a giant screen by the beach while the action was unfolding live at L.A.’s Dorothy Chandler…

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This stripped-down version of Verdi’s opera is inspired, says Rupert Christiansen

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James Galway and Riccardo Chailly win at Gramophone classical awardsFlautist honoured alongside Neville Marriner, with the evenings top honour going to Riccardo Chaillys recording of Brahms with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Tonights Gramophone classical music awards have handed out their top prize to Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig for their Brahms Symphony Cycle, released on Decca…

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Souffler les bougies : L'année Rameau

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Souffler les bougies : L'année RameauBlow out the candles. It’s Rameau’s 250th birthday on 25th September. To celebrate Arte TV is screening four classic productionsAll of these are very well known, so anyone with the slightest interest in Rameau will have seen them already. But my goodness, they are so good that you want to enjoy them over and over…

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Handel Xerxes ENO

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“Alice Coote’s Xerxes was superbly sung, covering the full range from the short lyric arias through the virtuoso bluff and bluster to the intense pain of the extended da capo arias. Coote has a very personal way with Handel and her performance was a very individual one. Musically she took her time over some things, but showed herself equally capable of bravura passagework…

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Schumann: Symphonies Nos 14 CD review  Robin Ticciati delivers an irresistible performanceScottish CO/Ticciati(Linn, 2 CDs)Robin Ticciatis Schumann cycle is the third complete set to appear in the last six months, following Yannick Nézet-Séguins version with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for Deutsche Grammophon and Simon Rattles with the Berlin Philharmoniker on the orchestras own label…

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This gala programme of Italian film music from movies such as ‘La dolce vita’ and ‘Il Postino’ was pleasing but largely insubstantial

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