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Actor who beheaded war veteran faces long road to execution chamber + MORE

Steve Herr assumes he won't live to see the execution of the man convicted of murdering and then decapitating his son in the attic of an Orange County theater. "Realistically, I'm not going to be around when he's put to death," Herr, 67, said a few days after a jury recommended the death penalty....... More »

Forbes Classical CD of the Week + MORE

…If “no plot, no characters, no dialogue” doesn’t sound like a promising premise for an entertaining musical work, think again:… -> Classical CD of the Week: Handel At His Most English Giuseppe Verdi, Otello, A.Antonenko, K.Stoyanova, C.Guelfi, E.Owens et al., Chicago Symphony O.... More »

Ce n’est pas le docteur Schmidt + MORE

Born on this day in 1921 soprano Denise Duval.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3E3GSaWrPs Born on this day in 1801 composer Albert Lortzing. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTTqAzx7EKc Born on this day in 1891 baritone Imre Palló. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnqRlCmhFp8 Happy 93rd birthday composer Ned Rorem..... More »

Eric Conway: Morgan State University Choir sings All Rise with Wynton Marsalis February 24 & 26, 2017 + MORE

Eric Conway writes:Hello everyone,Last night the Morgan State University Choir performed with one of the greatest musicians of our time - nine time grammy winner - Wynton Marsalis at the Music Center at Strathmore.  We sang All Rise composed by Wynton Marsalis, originally commissioned by th.... More »

Schumann: Konzertstücke; Fantasies CD review – questing and luxuriant + MORE

Kopatchinskaja/Lonquich/WDR SO Köln/Holliger(Audite)With the symphonies and full-scale concertos already released, Heinz Holliger’s survey of Schumann’s orchestral music is almost complete. The current release rounds up the smaller-scale concertante pieces, most from the final years of Schumann.... More »

Leipzig Parsifal Offers Space for Reflection

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Wagner, Parsifal: Soloists, Children’s Choir, Women of the Youth Choir, Chorus, and Additional Chorus of the Leipzig Opera, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Ulf Schirmer (conductor). Leipzig Opera House, 18.4.2014 (MB) Cast: Parsifal – Daniel Kirch Gurnemanz – Jan Hendrik Rootering Klingsor – Jürgen Kurth Kundry – Kathrin Göring Amfortas – Mathias Hausmann Titurel – Mitcho Borovinov […]

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A concert ‘to provide hospital beds for musicians’

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

From the Pathé archives, with super-rare footage of Ralph Vaughan Williams:

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"If life were just, I would become a great conductor"One of my earliest and fondest memories is of standing in the center of our kitchen at about age four, stick baton in hand, “conducting” symphonies by Dvořák and Rimsky-Korsakov*. My mother had given in to my pleas for the 78 rpm records. She thought the music completely unappealing and constantly yelled at me for turning the volume up, but I loved her without bounds for buying me the ninety-eight cent record…

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With five recordings under his belt and a 2005 victory at the noted International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Rafal Blechacz was hardly an unknown when he was named in January as the recipient of the 2014 Gilmore Artist Award.

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The Lark Ascending is a safe Classic FM favourite  don't we want a challenge? | Kerry AndrewVaughan Williams’ piece is a typically English choice, and is indeed beautiful, but the public would respond to more exciting music on our classical stationsWhat is the nation’s favourite piece of classical music? Beethoven’s Fifth? Mozart’s Requiem? That one in Platoon which makes you cry? Classic FM’s latest poll has deemed it Ralph Vaughan William’s The Lark Ascending; they also think he’s possibly the greatest composer of all time…

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End the Missionary Position in Classical Music

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

End the Missionary Position in Classical MusicTime to end the Missionary position in classical music, where middle class western pundits pontificate on what’s best for lesser beings. The motives may be noble but the underlying assumption isn’t. When “civilised” folk bemoan the fact that non-white, non middle-class audiences don’t flock to concerts and opera, they’re implicitly replicating the values of imperial aggression…

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Ms. Bullock, a rising soprano from Juilliard, sings “Canción de Cuna Para Dormir a un Negrito.”

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Goodness had everything to do with itAlthough Rossini and his librettist Ferretti endeavored to cleanse their Cinderella of all things supernatural—no fairy godmother, no pumpkin transformed into a coach, no glass slipper, the Met stage was still filled with considerable magic Monday night when its dizzily effervescent revival of La Cenerentola starring Joyce DiDonato and Javier Camarena stirred a bewitched audience to some of the most ecstatic ovations heard this season…

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Zurich Opera: mixed hand

– davidnice.blogspot.com

Zurich Opera: mixed handIt was a happy coincidence that ever-stylish director/designer Robert Carsen’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s Pikovaya Dama happened to be running at our old haunt the Zurich Opera following on from the not-too-hard-work Basel stint of my latest Swiss trip (which you can read all about over on The Arts Desk – though I have more to add on the city and the dreamlike Fondation Beyeler)…

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'On An Overgrown Path': Jan Willis: "If life were just, I would become a great conductor"Bob Shingleton of On An Overgrown Path writes:Hey Bill, tangential, but, nevertheless, a nice story – – http://goo.gl/tWS6JIRegards,BobOn An Overgrown PathApril 21, 2014Black, Baptist, And Buddhist: One Woman’s Spiritual Journey by Jan Willis[Excerpt]One of my earliest and fondest memories is of standing in the center of our kitchen at about age four, stick baton in hand, “conducting” symphonies by Dvořák and Rimsky-Korsakov*…

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By Michelle Jones: So you want to be a working musician?

Unless you are a statused musician to a stable employer such as a local Theme Park, Broadway show, symphony, school, studio or anything like these that have actual W-2s, benefits, etc., you can expect the following as a freelance musician (in no particular order):


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The official classical chart

– www.classical-music.com

Week ending 19 April 2014


Miloš Karadaglić (guitar); London Philharmonic/Nézet-Séguin
Mercury Classics 481 0811xt
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Schubert: Winterreise
Jonas Kaufmann, Helmut Deutsch
Sony Classical 88883795652
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I Saw Eternity
Paul Mealor
Decca 481 0494
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Shostakovich: Symphony No…

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The American Chamber of Commerce in China has called on the Chinese to ease visa requirements and allow greater press freedom to help stem a decline in confidence in the world’s No. 2 economy by U.S. companies, even as it praised moves toward economic revisions.

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