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Port Fairy role for Grandage + MORE

Composer Iain Grandage will become artistic director of the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival..... More »

ArtsBeat: Krosnick to Depart Juilliard String Quartet + MORE

The cellist Joel Krosnick, a quartet member since 1974, will leave after next season; he will be replaced by Astrid Schween..... More »
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Review: In ‘The Astronaut’s Tale,’ a Farm Boy Dreams of Flying to Mars + MORE

This chamber opera by the composer Charles Fussell is based on Jack Larson’s American update of Stravinsky’s 1917 music theater piece, “The Soldier’s Tale.”.... More »

Progenitor back in the spotlight + MORE

Since the Melbourne Festival began, the scale, prominence and rationale of its classical music program has fluctuated..... More »
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Song of the lark

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Song of the larkOur Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin presents Natalie Dessay in recital.
Natalie Dessay
Philippe Cassard, piano
Davies Hall, San Francisco
15 March 2014
In-house recording
Clara Schumann:
Liebst du um Schonheit
Geheimes Flüstern
Sie liebten sich beide
Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen
Johannes Brahms:
Meine Lieder
Henri Duparc:
L’invitation au voyage
Richard Strauss:
Ich schwebe
Fruhlingsgedrange, opus 26, no 1
Die Nacht
[Cassard requests the audience to refrain from applause at the end of each selection…

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John Malveaux: 'Korea Daily Los Angeles' publishes photo by Ralf Cheung of 50th Anniversary MLK Jr. ‘Symphony of Brotherhood’ Concert.[Performers at the 50th Anniversary MLK Jr. ‘Symphony of Brotherhood’ Concert. Photo by Ralf Cheung]John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes on April 24, 2014:Please see article in Korea Daily Los Angeles http://www.koreadaily.com/news/read.asp?page=1&branch=NEWS&source=&category=lifenleisure&art_id=2492536 John Malveauxwww…

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LSO/Gatti – Mahler, 27 April 2014

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Barbican HallMahler – Symphony no.7London Symphony OrchestraDaniele Gatti (conductor) Daniele Gatti had not conducted the LSO since 1996, so it was more than time to put that right. The orchestra has not always recently had the happiest of times with Mahler: nothing to do with the orchestra itself, everything to do with largely uncomprehending conducting by Valery Gergiev…

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Arditti Quartet review  the virtuosic group celebrate their 40th anniversaryMilton Court, LondonTheir willingness to extend the boundaries of what can be expected of a string quartet has never falteredEven a whole day of concerts three programmes containing 15 works, three of them world premieres was hardly enough to convey the full extent of the Arditti Quartet’s achievement across four decades, and how the recent history of the form would have been very different without it…

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: A Kinship with the Goldhagen Hypothesis and Occult Reich Conspiracy TheoriesOf all writings that help us to understand the historical background to Richard Wagner’s views on the Jews, there are perhaps few more enlightening than Ordinary Germans and the Longest Hatred found in the book Rereading German History by Sir Richard J. Evans: a brilliant and spellbinding collection of essays that make for essential background reading for anyone who wishes to read or write about Richard Wagner in historical context…

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The End of an Era - Julian Lloyd Webber to retireJulian Lloyd Webber and Gustavo Dudamel with In Harmony childrenCellist Julian Lloyd Webber has announced that he is to give up playing the cello publicly, and that his final performance will be on May 2, 2014 at the Forum Theatre, Malvern where he is performing with the English Chamber Orchestra. His decision has been brought about by a herniated-disc in his neck which has reduced the power in his right arm…

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5 questions to Lainie Fefferman (composer) about “Here I Am”Composer—and community builder—Lainie Fefferman will be presenting “Here I Am” at Roulette on Thursday, May 1, 2014 @ 8:00 pm. We had a quick chat about this ambitious piece and what it meant for her…
What inspired you to set these portions of the Hebrew Bible to music?
I got more and more obsessed with Torah stories while I was in college…

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Meet Music Of Our Time - Sounds of War, Instruments of PeaceOK, there’s self-interest here – next week, on Friday 9 May, they are doing my Messiaen play. I’m more than thrilled that the founder of MOOT, Brighton-based musician Norman Jacobs [pictured below with literary companion], wanted to include the play and the Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time in his varied, exciting and intriguing festival on the Brighton Fringe…

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Orchestra of WNO/Koenigs review

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Orchestra of WNO/Koenigs reviewSt David’s Hall, CardiffAn orchestral exploration of Messiaen and Bruckner’s Catholic-inspired creativity prefaces the Welsh National Opera’s new season on faithLooking ahead to Welsh National Opera’s new season based on the theme of faith, the Orchestra of WNO under music director Lothar Koenigs played music by Messiaen and Bruckner, whose profound Catholicism was the foundation of their creativity…

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Bernard Haitink conducts the LSO in Bruckner's unfinished final symphony

Even after the 9 years it took to compose, Bruckner's ninth symphony remained unfinished when the composer died in 1896…

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“Donors, Mama. They’re called donors, and every opera company has them.”Peter Gelb talks about the “social rejection” of the Met, and how he plans to deal with it. (Spoiler: telekinesis is not an option.)

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CD Spotlight. Perfect Indeed

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More Beethoven from James Brawn, recommended by Andrew Schartmann. ‘… a profound – almost spiritual – connection to the music …’

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Breaking: Julian Lloyd Webber is forced to give up playing celloThe cellist, 63, has enjoyed an international career. He is the brother of the musicals composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. press release:  Julian Lloyd Webber forced to give up playing cello Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber announced today that he has been forced to stop playing due to a herniated disc in his neck which has reduced the power […]

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