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Much-loved composer lifted the spirit + MORE

“ALL composers are dead,” Peter Sculthorpe’s first piano teacher told him. The six-year-old Peter had been dispatched to the local piano teacher..... More »
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Acoustic Revive’s RR-888 Schumann Resonance Generator + MORE

Mike Silverton[September 2014.]Weird Science?The Acoustic Revive RR-888 is Ken Ishiguro’s third iteration of a diminutive, stand-alone device that, from the start, made obvious contributions to the quality of recorded sound. No larger than a small box of chocolates, weighing next to nothing, my or.... 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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We Break Strings Kickstarter campaign + MORE

Earlier in the summer I was approached by the writer Thom Andrewes to be one of a number of interviewees for a new book on London’s alternative classical music scene, to be published to mark the 10th anniversary of Nonclassical. It was fun to do, and the book, called We Break Strings, inclu.... More »
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Tick tick tick + MORE

On this day in 1968, the television newsmagazine program 60 Minutes premiered on CBS-TV. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsfX6xqCBks Born on this day in 1885 conductor and composer Vittorio Gui http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omQ7-Tg9glQ Born on this day in 1896 tenor José Mojica http://www.y.... More »
In music, “ground” is a term that refers to an underlying bass pattern over which a melody is laid. Minneapolis resident Brad Peterson has added a new layer of meaning to that term, composing a “Lawn Mower Opus in G” over the drone of a…yep, you got it.

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The product of a collaboration between composer/guitarist George Heathco and soprano/lyricist Misha Penton, Ravens and Radishes is a song cycle for guitar, cello, and voice that takes inspiration from classic fairy tales and, unlike the recent film Maleficent, recasts them in a new and interesting light instead of, say, ruining them.

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Clare Presland – New Music

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Rupert Christiansen introduces mezzo-soprano Clare Presland, the winner of the 2014 Susan Chilcott Award

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Knussen Aldeburgh – Carter, Webern – and Mendelssohn ?

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Knussen Aldeburgh - Carter, Webern - and Mendelssohn ?Mendelssohn Symphony No 1, with Elliott Carter’s Instances for chamber orchestra (2012), written shortly before his death aged 103. Trust Oliver Knussen to come up with a programme that blends Mendelssohn, Dallapiccola, Carter, Webern and Ligeti, conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Maltings, Snape, Aldeburgh, part of this year’s Aldeburgh Music Festival…

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The English National Opera was the highest profile loser as its grant was slashed a third in the Arts Council’s three year funding shake up, while concerns were raised over the number of regional organisations to lose funding.

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York Bowen: Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.31

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York Bowen: Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.31Until a few years ago York Bowen would have been a name known to precious few listeners, even those committed to British music. A number of people may have recalled his sterling work as a teacher and examiner at the Royal Academy of Music: a few will have known a handful of piano pieces that survived on the periphery of the repertoire…

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Is the opera audience becoming more conservative?

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Is the opera audience becoming more conservative?Michael Volpe, general manager of London’s Holland Park Opera, has earned a reputation for exploring lesser-known masterpieces of Italian repertoire. But he’s finding it hard to get audiences to share his journey into the unknown. Here are a few tricks he has developed.
 

Beyond the obvious
Opera Holland Park are, generally speaking, the “go-to” venue for late Italian rarities; the list is very long and our most recent outing into this repertoire was last season’s I gioielli della Madonna which certainly caused an enormous stir…

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America’s second opera house announces best results

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America’s second opera house announces best resultsThe Lyric Opera in Chicago has enjoyed a happy season.
Ticket sales rose to $28.8 million, up from $26.6 million in 2013.
Of 284,440 tickets sold, 67,485 were purchased by first-timers.
Lyric also beat its $23.6 million annual fund-raising goal by $100,000.
Anthony Freud, formerly of Welssh National Opera, is running a good ship…

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Legendary soprano Jessye Norman talks weight, race and what it really takes to be an opera star

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How can they see with sequins in their eyes?Worried about the future of opera in America? Don’t be! Lyric Opera of Chicago’s most recent crowing press release outlines a simple method by which any opera company can stay in the black!
Step One: Choose a limited repertoire concentrating on chestnuts of the 19th century. Don’t program anything earlier than Mozart or newer than Madama Butterfly (one of the company’s two 20th century works last season; the other was Rusalka…

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Briefly Noted: Organ Music by Aho

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K. Aho, Works for and with Organ, J. Lehtola et al.
(released on July 8, 2014)
BIS-1966 | 62’08"

K. Aho, Alles Vergängliche (organ symphony), J. Lehtola
(released on September 18, 2012)
BIS-1946 | 69’01"

K. Aho, Symphony No. 8 (with organ), H.-O. Ericsson, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, O. Vänskä
(released on September 27, 1994)
BIS-CD-646 | 60’36"Most of the music of Kalevi Aho to have reached

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Felicien David – Melodies

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Felicien David - Melodies Songs by Felicien David; Tassis Christoyannis, Thanassis Apostolopoulos; Aparte Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 24 2014 Star rating: 4.0Rarely performed songs by the interesting 19th century French composerThis disc from the Greek baritone Tassis Christoyannis and pianist Thanassis Apostolopoulos on the Aparte label assembles a group of eighteen songs by the 19th century French composer Felicien David (1810 – 1876)…

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Philharmonia/Salonen review  true pianissimo and roof-raising climaxesRoyal Festival Hall, LondonEsa-Pekka Salonen held together the gargantuan forces of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony for a balanced interpretationMahler’s Eighth Symphony brought the Philharmonia’s season to a close in a performance under the orchestra’s principal conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen. Though it was a canny promoter rather than the composer himself who called the piece the "Symphony of a Thousand", the gargantuan forces involved here the statutory eight soloists, the combined Philharmonia Voices and Rodolfus Choir, plus the Tiffin Boys’ Choir amply filled the platform and choir stalls…

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