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Two faint glimmers in US classical sales + MORE

The latest Nielsen Soundscan data are as depressing as ever, with the top classical record clearing just 300 US sales in the past week and the next just 270. For the record, they are Andrea Bocelli and Andre Rieu. More gloom. But coming up behind, in third and fourth place, are the Detroit Symphony&.... More »
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New Classical Tracks: Star of Naples + MORE

In her new disc, superstar mezzo Joyce DiDonato journeys to Naples -- long one of the thriving centers of opera -- and discovers some unknown gems. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the new CD..... More »
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Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition - 2015 shortlist + MORE

The Arcadia Quartet, winners of the 2012 Competition, with John Gilhooly, Director of the Wigmore Hall.~photo Ben EalovegaThe 12 quartets have been announced who will take part in the 13th edition of the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. The shortlisted quartets, chosen after a .... More »
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Watch Met orchestra cellist play the first 3-D printed cello + MORE

This is David Heiss on CNBC today, and he’s playing the future. .... 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 »
  Faithful to his Own World: Gavin Dixon Meets Composer Alexander Raskatov Alexander Raskatov is one of the leading Russian composers of his generation. He now lives in Paris, but the musical philosophies and traditions of his native land continue to define his work. The Orthodox faith guides much of his music, but informs a style […]

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Tanya Bannister @ Phillips

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Clementi, Piano Sonatas, T. Bannister (Naxos, 2006)
Charles T. Downey, Pianist Tanya Bannister at the Phillips Collection
Washington Post, May 20, 2014
Pianist Tanya Bannister has formidable technique and a thoughtful approach to programming a recital. Trained in London, at Yale and in New York, her fingers rarely erred in a recital inspired by the influence of Handel on Beethoven, heard at

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A great cellist goes west…

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A great cellist goes west...A couple of years ago the much-loved British cellist Robert Cohen made a move that took many of us by surprise: despite having enjoyed a strong solo career since his youth, he joined a string quartet. And not just any old string quartet, but the Fine Arts Quartet, one of the most distinguished and distinctive chamber ensembles in the States, and very much a full-time concern…

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Liquid Music announces third season

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Liquid Music curator Kate Nordstrum has announced the lineup for the third season of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's new music concert series. MPR News' Euan Kerr has the story.

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CD Spotlight. Personal Choice

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C P E Bach’s Spiritual Songs, heard by Robert Anderson. ‘… the clavichord, wonderfully sensitive as it is, cannot stand up to a concert singer …’

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San Diego Opera Rides Again

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If you follow the classical headlines, you might remember that earlier this year, the San Diego Opera announced that it was shutting its doors, in the face of some sobering financial figures. Good news today: the board of the organization…

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn says he will sue director Abel Ferrara for defamation over the movie “Welcome to New York,” which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.

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Despite an imperfect production of ‘Streetcar Named Desire,’ it was good to have André Previn’s music back on the Dorothy Chandler stage, courtesy of L.A. Opera. Now, about the placement of the orchestra …Despite an imperfect production of ‘Streetcar Named Desire,’ it was good to have André Previn’s music back on the Dorothy Chandler stage, courtesy of L…

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Young Musician competition - let's start with a level playing fieldIt’s undeniable that pianists and string players have the advantage in instrumental competitions. Tom Service has a dream, and if Michael Gove’s nightmare doesn’t destroy the next generation of musicians first, why not rethink the Young Musician competition so that all players and all music is created equal? I have a dream, people; a musical utopia in which recorder players and percussionists arent discriminated against just because Mozart and Beethoven didnt write concertos for their instruments; in which pianists dont always walk away with the big prizes because they can play Rachmaninov; in which our young musicians can aspire legitimately to a fulfilling life in music as a solo tubist as much as a violinist; a level playing field of musical opportunity in which its not just lip service thats paid to the idea that all instruments are created equal, but something borne out in the decisions juries make in musical competitions, so that a bassoonist or a double-bassist can win the big awards as well as the prestidigitators of the piano; so that the careers that all our young musicians might go on to create are unlimited by their choice to specialise in the theremin or the ophicleide instead of the flute or the cello…

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Monday, April 7th, Christopher Maltman took a couple minutes just hours before his recital at the Mozart-Saal to chat about the great, elusive, «Notturno» by Othmar Schoeck:

C.M.: How do you know the Schoeck «Notturno»? jfl:   I know it from Klaus Mertens’ recording which was one of the….

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Eight young composers, aged 14 to 27, received cash prizes totaling $20,000 during the 62nd Annual BMI Student Composer Awards. Among the winners were Michael Boyman and Daniel Temkin who tied for the William Schuman Prize, the top honor, and Benjamin P. Wenzelberg who received the Carlos Surinach Prize, awarded to the competition’s youngest winner.

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Renowned Italian film composer Ennio Morricone cancels three shows, including his first ever performance in LA, due to a back injury.

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Graham Vick revives his powerful 1994 staging – and, with a new cast of mostly eastern European principals, Tchaikovsky’s opera rings truer than ever

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