Spring season at the Royal Academy of Music + MORE Dec 30th


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“I don’t think any novelist should be concerned with literature” + MORE

Born on this day in 1918 novelist Jacqueline Susann.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=loU4tfTMiLg Born on this day in 1561 composer Jacopo Peri. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHMJgGE5Doc Born on this day in 1625 librettist Thomas Corneille. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rja8GMM6t0 On this day in 1828 Rossini.... More »

Saimir Pirgu at Rosenblatt Recitals - charm and lyric drama + MORE

Simon Lepper and Saimir Pirgu at the Wigmore Hallpicture credit Jonathan Rose Bononcini, Gluck, Scarlatti, Mozart, Verdi, Gounod, Disdari, Cilea; Saimir Pirgu, Alda Disdari, Simon Lepper; Rosenblatt Recitals at the Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Feb 10 2015 Star rating: 4.0Lyrical dr.... More »
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Einojuhani Rautavaara + MORE

Championed at a young age by Sibelius himself, the brilliantly imaginative Rautavaara has gone on to prove himself a worthy successor to the gre.... More »

Ne plus ultra + MORE

When LaCieca asked me to choose my favorite live recording, I had to think… and think. After so many years of loving to listen to them, I found it nearly impossible to choose. Since my “pirate years” my tastes have expanded and deepened so now I’d have to consider the many Kirsten Flagstad-.... More »
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Some Scottish Composers...Famous and Forgotten + MORE

The Composer journal (Spring 1969) carries a short article by the late Professor Frederick Rimmer about the Scottish Music Archive (now the Scottish Music Centre) which had been established in 1968 at the University of Glasgow. It officially opened to the public on 16 April 1969 based at Lilybank Ga.... More »
Martin Kušej’s production faces the challenges of Verdi’s opera head-on, while Anja Harteros gives a towering performance as Donna Leonora

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How Wojciech Kilar treated his conductors

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

How Wojciech Kilar treated his conductorsThe Polish conductor Antoni Wit was a close friend of the film composer, who died yesterday aged 81. He tells a good story, with an excellent imitation of his late friend (in Polish, with English subtitles).

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The allegory of the Currentzis“Teodor Currentzis, the provocative young conductor who has won a string of awards for his reinvention of Mozart’s works, will next year unveil his ‘no compromise’ studio recording of three of the composer’s most famous works. The often black-clad 41-year-old, described as the ‘Nick Cave of classical’…” [The Independent]

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Jaime Laredo conducted the New York String Orchestra in a Carnegie Hall program that included Tchaikovsky.    

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Polish composer Wojciech Kilar has died at the age of 81, following a long illness.

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Castleton reunion!

– briandickie.typepad.com

Emily Becker, Charlotte Gulliver, Carmen Santoro, Paç Pavaci and Nancy Gustafson
What a happy time we had yesterday evening with a remarkable, and somewhat surreal, reunion of some of the Castleton team at Café Des in Covent Garden. Nancy Gustafson and Emily Becker had flown in from the US, Paç Pavaci (leader of the Castleton Festival Orchestra) was in London with his wife Carmen, and Charlotte Gulliver had taken a train up from Petersfield to be with us for this celebration at the Café des Amis off Floral Street in Covent Garden…

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Spring season at the Royal Academy of MusicThe Royal Academy of Music’s Spring season includes series devoted to Tippett’s piano sonatas and string quartets, Mozart’s chamber music along with the continuing series of Bach cantatas. Distinguished visitors include Oliver Knussen, Trevor Pinnock, Edward Gardner and Semyon Bychkov. The Academy Song Circle is very active and there is a chance to hear rarely performed music by Enescu, Skalkottas and Lou Harrison…

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Morning Glories: Waltzing into the New Year

– minnesota.publicradio.org

It's going to be a waltz-filled week, between the New Year's Day concert from Vienna, and Learning to Listen, devoted to the waltzes of Strauss. On Morning Glories, we'll take a look at some other composers who have been beguiled by three-quarter time.

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Gerard Mortier on cancer, opera and Wikipedia

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Gerard Mortier on cancer, opera and WikipediaAbout to undergo his second round of chemotherapy, the ever-combative opera chief has given a frank account of his illness, his future and his place in the world. The interview, with a Belgian magazine, De Theaterkrant, is in Flemish/Dutch. Sample quotes:   – If  I were a family man , I would respond differently to this disease …

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Polish composer Wojciech Kilar died in December 2013, aged eighty-one

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CD Spotlight. Emotional Range

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Shostakovich and Weinberg string quartets, heard by Andrew Schartmann. ‘… virtuoso passages leap off the page with excitement …’

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Polish pianist and composer Wojciech Kilar, who was Bafta-nominated for his score to Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning film The Pianist, has died aged 81.

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A rarely seen opera and CSO’s Verdi 200 programs are just two highlights from a very good year.

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