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Dunedin Consort / Butt / Sophie Bevan review – baroque fireworks lit by natural spark + MORE

University of Glasgow ChapelBevan’s refreshing virtuosity pairs splendidly with the Dunedins in this enjoyable romp through Bach and Handel Bach never wrote an opera but he knew all the tricks and came darn close. Much of his sacred vocal music is dramatic enough for any stage — emotionally char.... More »

#morninglistening: Handel, Agrippina + MORE

#morninglistening to #Handel w/@akamus, @sunhaeim, @bejunmehta, @jjennymr etc on @harmonia… http://t.co/hPrW9c5kmH pic.twitter.com/L4WuKlUrQO— Jens F. Laurson (@ClassicalCritic) October 12, 2015 G.F.Handel, Agrippina R.Jacobs / AKAMUS / Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Jennifer Rivera, Sunhae Im, .... More »

Hilary Hahn and Robert Levin + MORE

Charles T. Downey, Hahn and Levin strike sparks from Bach to Türk Washington Classical Review, October 29 PREVIOUSLY: Charles T. Downey, Hilary Hahn, Again (Ionarts, April 21, 2016).... 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 »

Souffler les bougies : L'année Rameau + MORE

Blow 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.... More »
Nelson Freire: Radio Days  Concerto Broadcasts 1968-1979 review  not a dud among them(Decca, two CDs)Nelson Freire is now firmly established as one of the great pianists of our age, but that recognition has been slow in coming. Until the past 10 years or so, the Brazilian pianist remained a bit of a secret. He has been hugely admired by colleagues, but reticent about publicity, and a slightly reluctant recording artist, so his early career he made his international debut in 1959 was never documented on discs as thoroughly as it might have been…

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What exactly am I listening to - the vexed question of cuts and editions in live performanceGwynneth Jones as ElektraOn Sunday night Richard Strauss’s Elektra was performed at the BBC Proms (see my review). The title role was sung (Elektrifyingly) by Christine Goerke who is an experienced stage Elektra and sang off the book. The version of Strauss’s Elektra that we heard was the standard one, the one you (nearly) always hear in the opera house…

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Prom 61: Singapore Symphony Orchestra/Shui  a tour de force for HaefligerRoyal Albert Hall, LondonThe SSO’s Proms debut showcased a sensational Zhou Long premiere and noble no-frills RachmaninovThe centrepiece of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s debut Prom, with its music director, Lan Shui, was the European premiere of Postures, a new concerto by Zhou Long, written for the versatile Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger…

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SF Symphony Personnel Updates

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SFS has announced personnel changes for the coming season. I’ll save the most interesting for last.In the violin section:Dan Carlson is named Principal Second Violin.Paul Brancato continues as Acting Associate Second Violin.John Chisolm and Chen Zhao are Co-Acting Assistant Second Violins.Elina Lev joins as a section second violinist…

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In his three seasons as music director of the Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot, the feisty young French conductor who is this week’s Los Angeles Philharmonic guest conductor at the Hollywood Bowl, has done a savvy job in changing his orchestra’s image.

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Tour of India – Part Four

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Tour of India - Part FourIn the final installment of our Tour of India blog orchestra manager Annabel describes a special project in Bangalore and the last couple of days in this amazing country; Writing this back in England with planning in full swing for the first few concerts in our new season, our trip to India already feels like a long time ago…

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Singapore Symphony Orchestra Prom 61 Zhou Long

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Singapore Symphony Orchestra Prom 61 Zhou LongThe presence of Andreas Haefliger should have alerted audiences to BBC Prom 61 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lan Shui. Haefliger played Zhou Long’s Postures, which he premiered in July in Singapore. Zhou’s Postures may not be newly written, but it’s genuinely new music. It’s not radical avant garde but it’s very imaginative and tightly written…

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Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival launchGuy JohnstonOn Monday (1 September 2014), Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival had a launch event at the Royal Society of Musicians in Stratford Place. We were treated to taster of the festival, with a selection of music and readings from performers including the actor Roger Ringrose, Harry Christophers and members of the Sixteen, cellist Guy Johnston (artistic director of the festival) and oboist Chris Cowie, all presented by Sean Rafferty…

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15 badly behaved composers

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Each month, when putting together BBC Music Magazine, we are constantly reminded how composers past and present operate on a different creative plane from us normal beings. And which of us, when in thrall to a sublime Sibelius symphony or miraculous Mozart mass, haven’t allowed ourselves to be drawn into the conclusion that such genius can only have come from some sort of superhuman presence?
Allow us to break the spell for a while…

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Nearly nine months after Deborah F. Rutter announced that she would be leaving her post as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association after a hugely successful 11-year run, the CSO parent organization announced her successor Wednesday.

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CD Review: Ivan Ilić's "The Transcendentalist"

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CD Review: Ivan Ilić's "The Transcendentalist"CD Review: Ivan Ilić, The Transcendentalist(Heresy 015, May 2014)What might Scriabin’s music have sounded like had he lived past 1915? Would he have continued to lapse into full bore maximalism and megalomania, giving free rein to his most extravagant, over the top inspirations? Would he have anticipated the postwar Zeitgeist, embracing a stripped-down Constructivism, as can be found in the work of a Nikolai Roslavets? Would he have retrenched to the nostalgic, more easily comprehensible idiom favored by his composer-pianist compatriots Rachmaninoff and Medtner? All reasonable hypotheses to one of twentieth-century music history’s most tantalizing counterfactuals…

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Tour of India – Part Three

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Tour of India - Part ThreeThe third installment of our India tour blog by orchestra manager, Annabel:Greetings from Hyderabad, as the musicians are beginning their fifth concert.  The last few days have passed in a blur of early flights, car journeys, soundchecks and performances.  From Coimbatore we travelled to Chennai where our cellist, Eilidh Martin, has previously lived…

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Gillette’s anti-Schick schtick is that their razors are extremely flexible – and they demonstrate that, musically.

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