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David Brown obituary + MORE

Leading authority on Russian music with a long-running interest in the enigmatic character of TchaikovskyThe musicologist David Brown, who has died aged 84 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease, was a leading authority on Russian music whose four-volume study of the composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikov.... More »
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Breaking: Korean soprano pips Belgian favourite to Queen Elisabeth prize + MORE

The results are in. First is Sumi Hwang. Second Jodie Devos. Third. Sarah Laulan.   .... More »
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ArtsBeat: Rain Cuts Short Once-in-a-Generation Performance of ‘Hommy’ + MORE

The first performance in 40 years of “Hommy: A Latin Opera,” a 1973 album by Larry Harlow’s Orchestra Harlow that was meant as a salsa rejoinder to the Who’s “Tommy,” was stopped halfway through..... More »
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It's the only good bit in the whole thing + MORE

Is it my imagination or is the composer anniversary bandwagon finally running out of steam? Today is the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss' birth. But where is the wall to wall Strauss on BBC Radio 3, and where are the Richard and Pauline cufflinks and Rosenkavalier iPhone covers? But the purpose.... More »
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BBCSO/Morlot review a superbly sure-footed Poulenc + MORE

Barbican, LondonMorlot conjured a wonderful palette of colour from a work whose cross-dressing craziness never eclipses its dark wartime originsAs with the proverbial buses, you wait a long while for a Poulenc opera and then two come along at once. Les dialogues des Carmélites returns to Cove.... More »

Bedford and Britten

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Steuart Bedford rehearsing Owen Wingrave, Chicago Opera Theater April 2009 seen with Ken Cazan who directed
Steuart Bedford will be conducting The Rape of Lucretia at the Royal Academy of Music this evening. That is about as near as you can get to having Benjamin Britten himself at the helm. For these young singers, at the beginnings of their careers, to work with this remarkable man is a gift indeed…

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Gheorghiu on Pereira: He’s always been strange.
On the eve of her recital at La Scala, Angela Gheorghiu told the Corriere della Sera what she thinks of Alexander Pereira.
I can’t imagine why he’s done something so bizarre, naive, frankly incomprehensible. On the other hand all opera singers know him as a businessman, nothing more… certainly not an artistic director…

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Ask Alice

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Does musical training increase blood flow in the brain? Classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh investigates

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They pay peanuts and cost a bomb but opera needs country-house festivals, says Rupert Christiansen

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Should I Start a New Music Ensemble?

– www.newmusicbox.org

Considering that our industry is saturated, audiences are small, and funding is limited, it’s essential to think about how you’re going to fit into the world of new music. Perhaps it would be more worthwhile to seek an ensemble where you can share your ideas and join an already fully formed team instead of pursuing a similar venture from scratch.

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There are no winners in suburbanized classical music Latest UK radio audience figures released today graphically illustrate that there are no winners in suburbanized classical music. RAJAR audience data for the first quarter of 2014 show BBC Radio 3 continuing to lose audience, with listeners down 3.5% on the same quarter the previous year*. Classic FM’s audience decline was sharper: down 5…

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Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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Opera star, Sir John Tomlinson, talks to John Allison about ageing, Wagner and Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday celebrations

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Young Musician is a welcome reminder of our homegrown talent - and that we need to continue to nurture itHere’s a televised talent show that has no revolving red chair, no golden buzzer, and competitors who are truly the best of the best. Classical music is in excellent hands with this next generation, says Young Musician judge Meurig Bowen For a week in early March, I had the privilege of witnessing 25 young people display their musical talents at Cardiffs Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama…

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The violinist Krista Bennion Feeney consistently brought color and depth to the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble’s program at the Morgan Library & Museum on Wednesday.

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A guide to classical music concerts.

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The CW network is bringing back ‘The Flash’The CW television network is bringing the comic book hero “The Flash” onto its fantasy-laden schedule, along with a soap opera about a virgin who is artificially inseminated by accident.

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When you enter the small sitting room in André Previn’s Upper East Side apartment, the cluttered space resembles a virtual survey exhibition of the 85-year-old composer’s far-flung career and personal life. In plain sight on a table in the back were his four Academy Award statuettes — the…

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