Violinist Tai Murray Performs Ligeti, Mendelssohn & Brahms with Westchester Philharmonic 3 PM Sunday, June 15, 2014 + MORE

 

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Days of Our Lives star Joseph Mascolo dead + MORE

THE actor who played the soap opera’s most notorious villain has passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s at the age of 87..... More »
operas

Goerne/Pressler - Schumann, 2 July 2015 + MORE

Wigmore HallDichterliebe, op.48 Variations on an original theme in E-flat major, WoO 24, ‘Ghost Variations’ Songs from the Six Songs, op.89, and from Six Poems of Nikolaus Lenau, op.90 Matthias Goerne (baritone)Menahem Pressler (piano)  London audiences have grown used to making difficult c.... More »
symphonies news

Nigerian-Romanian Pianist Rebeca Omordia Will Perform 4 of Fred Onovwerosuoke's '24 Studies in African Rhythms' for Solo Piano at Bradfield Festival + MORE

Rebeca Omordia and Fred Onovwerosuokewww.rebecaomordia.comfredomusic.comOn May 18, 2015 AfriClassical posted:Bradfield Festival of Music: Pianist Rebeca Omordia & Saxophonist Amy Dickson Perform 4 of Fred Onovwerosuoke's '24 Studies in African Rhythms' Wed. 24th June 2015The Nigerian-Romanian pi.... More »
classical music news

Wesley Collins Named Principal Violist of Cleveland Orchestra + MORE

By Laurie Niles: Violist Wesley Collins, 31, will join the Cleveland Orchestra as principal violist this fall at the start of its 2016-17 season. Wesley Collins. "I’m excited for the opportunity to join the Cleveland Orchestra to make music with this amazing group of musicians,” said Collins i.... More »
concerto

Next to Norma + MORE

January 2, 1958 marked one of the darkest days in the career of Maria Callas.   After announcing to the management that she was ill, she was told there was no cover available for the title role of Norma for the opening night of Teatro dell’Opera, Roma in the presence of the president of Italy. .... More »

Karajan’s concertmaster: still playing in Texas

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Karajan’s concertmaster: still playing in TexasLeon Spierer, who was a concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic from 1963 to his retirement, is giving a Father’s Day concert at the University of Houston. Appropriately enough with his son. He has been talking to local media.
Spierer, Berlin born, grew up in exile in Argentina, before studying the Max Rostal in London…

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Violinist Tai Murray Performs Ligeti, Mendelssohn & Brahms with Westchester Philharmonic 3 PM Sunday, June 15, 2014Tai Murraytaimurray.comWestchester PhilharmonicRyan McAdams, conductorTai Murray, violinSunday, June 15 at 3 pm The Phil continues its focus on presenting young, ground-breaking artists whose massive talents demand our attention. Ryan McAdams’ leadership of the New York Youth Symphony has led to non-stop critical acclaim wherever he conducts…

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Four Quarters - Aurora Orchestra at Kings Place Ravel, Thomas Ades, Mozart; Aurora Orchestra; Kings Place Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 13 2014 Star rating: 4.0Two established chamber classics and a new classic from this lively young orchestraAs part of Kings Place’s series Chamber Classics Unwrapped, on Friday 13 June 2014, the members of the Aurora Orchestra performed Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro, Thomas Ades’s Four Quarters and Mozart’s Gran Partita, a wonderfully profligate piece of programming which saw no one player participating in all three works…

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As Opera North’s Ring reaches its climax, Rupert Christiansen is impressed

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Götterdämmerung review  belt-and-braces WagnerTown Hall, LeedsThe sheer sound-pressure levels attained exemplified that this project has principally been the orchestra’s triumphWith this production, Opera North arrives at the climax of an extraordinary four-year project to present Wagner’s epic tetralogy without going out of business. It has been belt-and-braces Wagner, presented in semi-staged concert versions, yet curiously none the worse for that…

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Britten Owen Wingrave – made for TV

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Britten Owen Wingrave - made for TVThis year’s Aldeburgh Music Festival begins with Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave, which Britten himself conducted in the same theatre in November 1970. (I’m  at Snape on Sunday so I’ll be doing a review Monday)  While the opera was in gestation, the revolutions of 1968 were raging. Paris was brought to a standstill by Danny The Red and student protestors…

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Usher House/The Fall of the House of Usher review  a tale of two housesMillennium Centre, CardiffWhile Gordon Getty’s treatment of the story was dull and dramatically plodding, Robert Orledge’s economic and evocative version was far more involvingThe double-bill based upon stories by Edgar Allen Poe that Debussy planned for the Met in New York is one of the most tantalising might-have-beens in 20th-century opera…

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Gerard Schurmann’s chamber music impresses Howard Smith. ‘… potent, consuming, thematically cogent and burning with zeal.’

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Aldeburgh Music has an enviable track record in opera productions in recent years, but this year’s offering represented a tougher proposition. While Britten’s Owen Wingrave is a sensible choice for the World War One centenary year, it is a work one previous encounter with which led me to feel is not on a level with masterpieces like Grimes and Budd, and I wondered in advance how this new production would fare…

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Beethoven’s stylistic evolution

– www.theaustralian.com.au

ON their own, Beethoven’s five piano concertos offer an incomplete idea of his genius.

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A Verdi Requiem with only 12 singers

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A Verdi Requiem with only 12 singersThe rest of the National Chorus of Spain went on strike this weekend over pay and conditions. There were 66 absentees as the Madrid performance.
 

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Paavo Järvi Impresses in Russian Fare with the Philharmonia

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 Glinka, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich: Kirill Gerstein (piano), Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Järvi (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, London, 12.6.2014 (CS) Glinka: Overture, Ruslan and Ludmilla Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor Op.30 Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor Op.47   Three Russian masterpieces; three very different temperaments…

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Garsington reminder

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Do not forget that the Garsington season is well under way with successful openings of Fidelio and Vert-Vert. And the third opera in this cleverly designed repertoire is The Cunning Little Vixen.  It opens in a week's time.
I am reminded of this because I was with my younger son for Father's Day and he had a specimen of the Garsington mug, designed by his cousin and my nephew Zeb Helm…

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