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Concertmaster falls off stage in mid-concerto + MORE

We are receiving reports that James Cuddeford, concertmaster of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, collapsed tonight during a performance of the Schumann cello concerto and was taken to hospital. James, an Australian who has led the orchestra since 2010, is said to have been ill during the day and vomited .... More »

Met Opera's 2016-17 Season + MORE

September 26- October 27 2016 : Tristan und IsoldeSeptember 27 2016- May 11 2017: Don GiovanniSeptember 28 2016- January 14 2017: La BohèmeOctober 4-29 2016: L'Italiana in Algeri October 18- November 12 2016: Guillaume TellOctober 28- November 17 2016: JenufaNovember 5 2016- April 20 2017: Ai.... More »

Gewandhaus cellist, 36, killed in road accident + MORE

The Leipzig opera audience was informed before last night’s Wagner performance that cellist Hendrik Zwiener had died in a tragic road accident. An orchestra member for ten years, Hendrik was a human rights activist with his own foundation that campaigned against notable acts of injustice. Fir.... More »

The Van Kuijk Quartet Excel in Mozart but Disappoint in Smetana + MORE

Mozart, Smetana: Van Kuijk Quartet [Nicolas Van Kuijk, Sylvain Favre-Bulle (violin); Grégoire Veccion (viola); François Robin (cello)]. Wigmore Hall, London, 17.5.2016 (CC) Mozart – String Quartet in C, K 465, “Dissonance” (1785) Smetana – String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, “From M.... More »

Kings Place Festival: Borodin, Tchaikovsky... and Timber + MORE

The Brodsky Quartetphoto credit: Eric Richmond Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Michael Gordon; Brodsky Quartet, percussionists from the Aurora Orchestra and Royal College of Music; Kings Place Festival Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Sep 14 2014 Contrasting pair of concerts with Russian chamber music and Mi.... More »
York Bowen: Donald Brook’s Pen-Portrait from 'Composer's Gallery'Donald Brook wrote a series of books presenting short studies or pen-portraits of a wide variety of musicians and authors. Clearly he had met these people and had a chance to speak to them about their achievements and interests. Sir Granville Bantock endorsed Composer’ Gallery by insisting that it ‘will be welcomed by music lovers and the larger public throughout the civilised world…

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NEW! An Al Fresco La bohème on the Big Screen

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  An Al Fresco La bohème on the Big Screen   BP Big Screens 2014 – Puccini, La bohème:broadcast to The Forum, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 15.7.2014. Directed for the screen by Krišs Rusmanis. (JPr)  I joined several hundred people on a balmy evening at The Forum Southend-on-Sea, a brand-new […]

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Minimalist Idomeneo For Teatro Colón

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 Mozart, Idomeneo: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Colón. Conductor: Ira Levin , Teatro Colón , Buenos Aires . 11.7.2014. (JSJ) Cast: Ilia: Verónica Cangemi / Marisú Pavón Idomeneo: Richard Croft / Gust4avo López Manzitti Idamante: Jurgita Adamonyté / Florencia achado Elettra: Emma Bell / Macarena Valenzuela Arbace: Santiago Ballerini High Priest of Neptune: Iván Maier […]

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Mozart, Judith Weir and Ravel from the Lawson Trio at Buxton, heard by Mike Wheeler

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Selected from a pool of over 80 applicants from across the country, Dan Visconti will be given the opportunity to work directly with the California Symphony and its music director Donato Cabrera over three consecutive years to create, rehearse, premiere, and record three major orchestra compositions, one each season.

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Fazil Say: They killed my festival

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Fazil Say: They killed my festivalWe reported a couple of days back that the Turkish pianist and composer had been evicted from the festival he founded by an Islamist mayor.
Today, he confirms the situation:
Important Announcement
As you know, I had founded the Antalya Piano Festival 14 years ago…
I am so sad to announce that I was forced to resign from my position as Artistic Director of Antalya Piano Festival due to current political situation……

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Regional Spotlight: Imogen Cooper

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From a Frederic Chopin Society recital Imogen Cooper performs two Schubert Improptus.

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Happy Birthday Eleanor SteberToday is the 100th anniversary of the birth of that superb American soprano Eleanor Steber.

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Did Hitler ever say "whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner"?Is there evidence that Hitler ever said: “whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner”? The simple answer to this question is: no, there is currently no evidence that Hitler ever said this. The quotation is likely to be apocryphal. I will go into the authenticity of this quotation in some detail, as we attempt to track down the elusive primary source for this oft-repeated quote…

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Armonia Ensemble(Berlin Classics)Richard Strauss’s two Sonatinas for an ensemble of 16 wind instruments are late works, part of the so-called Indian summer of his composing career that followed the completion of his final opera Capriccio, and which also produced the Oboe Concerto, Metamorphosen and the Four Last Songs…

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VIDEO" Carnegie Hall youth orchestra lets loose with fun videosA series of online videos shows a national youth’s orchestra’s creativity involves more than just music.

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“Ya proklinayu tebya, moy rokovaya krasota!”One of the late Mike Richter‘s most endearing traits was his fascination with rare or downright offbeat recordings, such as this complete 1963 performance of Verdi’s Don Carlos in Russian by artists of the Bolshoi.
Mike wrote on his “WWW Site on a Disc Volume 3″:
Russian recording did not get around to Don Carlos until 1963 when A…

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Ives the Primitive as Straw Man

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Essays After a Sonata is in publishable form, and I’ve got six weeks left to think and rewrite, and think and rewrite, and reread other books and think and rewrite, which is just how I wanted it. And now I have to decide how and whether to address what’s bothered me about most of what’s […]

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