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How classical music can help mend a broken heart + MORE

If you're suffering from a broken heart, can classical music help you move on? Let's consider a couple of scenarios..... More »
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James MacMillan: Work for Chamber Orchestra With Soloists review piercing portraits and Scottish concerns + MORE

Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic(Challenge Classics)These varied chamber works by James MacMillan are keenly concerned with Scottish identity, whether in the two-part From Ayrshire, written for violinist Nicola Benedetti and here played by Linus Roth, or in Tuireadh, a lament for victims of th.... More »
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French Composers’ Names – Jean-Claude Risset + MORE

Another composer in our French Composers’ Names series: Jean-Claude Risset. Well, composer and researcher. Risset came to composition after considering being a concert pianist (he studied with Robert Trimaille, himself a student of Alfred Cortot) but he also studied Physics in parallel, and g.... More »
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Singapore Symphony Orchestra Prom 61 Zhou Long + MORE

The 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 no.... More »
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The Aronowitz Triumph on Elgar’s Home Territory + MORE

 Three Choirs Festival (8) – Korngold, Elgar:  The Aronowitz Ensemble [Nadia Wijzenbeek (violin), Tom Hankey (violin), Rosalind Ventris (viola), Marie Macleod (cello), Tom Poster (piano)], Pershore Abbey, Pershore, 30.7.2014 (RJ) Erich Korngold: Piano Quintet in E, Op 15 Edward Elgar: Piano .... More »
An American Soldier, Washington National Opera, American Opera Initiative (photo by Scott Suchman)
The Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative continues its mission, to present new American operas on American themes. After Approaching Ali in 2013, the program presented its second hour-long opera on Friday night in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater…

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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. 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. Russian tanks rolled in to crush the Prague Spring…

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An orchestra is a living organism, its members much more than parts of a machine yet combining and interacting with each other to make something greater than their individual selves…

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Chelsea Opera Group’s Excellent Revival of Rare Verdi

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, Verdi Stiffelio Verdi  Soloists, chorus and orchestra of Chelsea Opera Group, Brad Cohen (conductor). Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 8.6.2014 (CC)  (concert performance) Stiffelio  – Peter Auty Lina – Nelly Miriciou Jorg – David Soar Stankar – Gerard Quinn Rafaelle di Leuthold – Andrew Rees Dorotea – Sarah Champion Federico Di Frengel – Samuel Smith Verdi’s […]

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At one time the expression ‘Cheltenham, Symphony’ was used as a disparaging term. Peter Pirie in his The English Musical Renaissance (Victor Gollanz, London, 1979) states that the phrase ‘was coined to describe a work in simple-minded sonata form, simple-minded tonality, and simple-minded faith in a scissors-and-paste method of composition…

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Last week amounted to a floodgate of new music being opened: from a few new subscription-series pieces per season from major figures and some encouragement to young talent by way of CONTACT! commissions, the Philharmonic and partners performed well over 60 pieces from composers of all stages and many walks of life.

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Bruckner’s Boa (Second Opinion)

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Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from the Kennedy Center.

Anton Bruckner is a difficult composer and, in a way, an acquired taste. Brahms called Bruckner’s symphonies “boa-constrictors”. Bruckner wrote them with such a sense of vastness and in a time scale so extended and at times seemingly suspended, that the listener needs very large ears to take it all in…

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Arise, Sir András!

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And it’s a knighthood for maestro András Schiff in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. It couldn’t happen to a better guy or a finer artist. Congratulations! More here: http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/about-us/news/sir-andr%C3%A1s-schiff

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Giving a Semi-Hearty Cheer for Semi-Staged OperaIn an operatic performance, does paring a work down to the bare score make it more potent, or do theatrical trappings enrich the experience?

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Warhorses

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Joshua Kosman tells you all about why I have started to skip most revivals of warhorses, in a review of San Francisco Opera’s La Traviata. This revival was planned for Sonya Yoncheva, who withdrew from this and the fall Boheme production on account of pregnancy, and might have been better with her, but Luisotti’s erratic conducting was not predictable, whereas Saimir Pirgu’s weak showing as Alfredo was entirely predictable based on his poor appearance in I Capuletti…

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A voice to die for – and looks to match

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Celebrations in Liverpool

– www.planethugill.com

Celebrations in LiverpoolVasily Petrenko & the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra© Mark McNultyThe Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s 2014/15 season will be celebrating both the 175th anniversary of the Founding of the Liverpool Philharmonic, and the anniversaries of Tchaikovsky (175) and Sibeliuis (150). Not only that, but the refurbished Liverpool Philharmonic Hall will reopen in November 2014, cause for celebration indeed…

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Music Review: ‘Atthis,’ a Searing Monodrama by Opera Cabal and ACMEGeorg Friedrich Haas’s “Atthis,” a monodrama based on texts by Sappho, had its staged premiere at the Kitchen on Thursday.

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