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Flypaper.Soundfly.com: Leo Brouwer is Among The 14 Most Influential South & Central American Composers of the 20th Century; Hear His Quintet + MORE

Leo Brouwer (b. 1939) is featured at AfriClassical.comAhmed Dickinson Cardenashttp://www.ahmeddickinson.comAhmed Dickinson Cardenas, an Afro-Cuban Classical Guitarist, joins the Santiago Quartet to play the Quintet (16:49) of the Afro-Cuban Composer, Guitarist and Conductor Leo BrouwerSoun.... More »
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James Stern: Interpreting the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto + MORE

By Laurie Niles: Ah, the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. "It is pretty much the yardstick by which we measure good violin playing," said violinist James Stern at a lecture called "Interpreting Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto" at the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School last .... More »
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Pollini’s Profoundly Satisfying Beethoven and Schoenberg + MORE

 Salzburg Festival (1) – Beethoven and Schoenberg: Maurizio Pollini (piano). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 9.8.2015 (MB) Beethoven – Piano Sonata no.17 in D minor, op.31 no.2, ‘The Tempest’ Schoenberg – Three Piano Pieces, op.11 Six Little Piano Pieces, op.19 Beethoven – Piano Sonata.... More »
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Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins Outclasses Other Items in BBC Symphony Concert + MORE

Korngold, Weill, and others: Storm Large (singer), Hudson Shad, BBC Symphony Orchestra / James Gaffigan (conductor), Barbican Hall, London, 23.11.2016. (MB) Korngold – Symphony in F-sharp Walter Jurmann – Veronika, der Lenz ist da Dimitri Tiomkin – High Noon: ‘Do not forsake me, O my darlin.... More »
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The Week Ahead: Martin Frost Returns to New York for the Mostly Mozart Festival + MORE

The stupendous Swedish clarinetist Martin Frost returns to New York for two programs with the Mostly Mozart Festival..... More »

Ask Alice

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A CD recommendation from classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

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A third union joins the Met siege

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A third union joins the Met siegeSecurity guards and maintenance staff at the Metropolitan Opera are protesting about a pay freeze. Their union is the third to confront Peter Gelb over austerity plans – after the musicians and the backstage workers.
It’s going to be a helluva long, tough summer. More here.

 

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A little night music — under the stars, surrounded by trees and performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — is made to order for summer nights. The second annual June Summer Concert Mini-Series takes place June 26, 27 and 28 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle…

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Composers and filmmakers are teaming up this summer for an event that features brand new five-minute films that will be accompanied by original scores played by a live orchestra.

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Listen Now: Seattle Opera's Mid 70's Ring CycleWalkures from Seattle’s 1975 RingMade available, kindly, by Seattle Opera. There is also an interview with Joan Herald, who performed as Ortlinde in 1973’s Settle Opera’s 1973 Walkure to be found by clicking hereWhen Seattle Opera first began presenting Wagner’s RING, in the mid-1970s, the cycle was done twice each summer–once in the original German, once in Andrew Porter’s English singing translation…

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The ensemble’s small-scale performances made a big impression, with a give-and-take between musicians that was almost conversational

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Brahms: Die Schöne Magelone review  lightness and clarity capture song cycle's refined passionBehle/Bjelland/Schatz(Capriccio, two CDs)Completed in 1869, Brahms’s song cycle Die Schöne Magelone derives from a quasi-medieval romance, in prose and verse, by Ludwig Tieck about a Provençal knight-errant called Peter and his love for the beautiful, if initially unavailable, Magelone…

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A new piece of music by award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook explores a common complaint – anxiety.

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 Shostakovich, Arensky, Vivaldi/Piazzolla: WNO String Ensemble, David Adams, leader, RWCMD, Cardiff, 25/06/14  (LJ).  Shostakovich, Two Pieces for String Octet Op. 11, No. 1 Arensky, Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky Vivaldi/Piazzolla, The Eight Seasons Greeted by a live Welsh-folk band, lit by dappled sunlight as it glinted through the leafy trees and shone through the […]

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Royal Opera House half price

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Just in case your appetite for Covent Garden's La bohème is not fully sated, Travelzoo have a half price ticket offer for July performances.
Stalls seats for matinee shows are 'only' £95 (a saving of up to 50%) with the code tzooboheme (case sensitive). Dates applicable are Sunday 13 July (12pm) and Saturday 19 July (2pm)…

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Julius Rudel 1921-2014

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Julius Rudel 1921-2014The legendary conductor, mainstay of New York City Opera for 35 years, has died, says @nprclassical.

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Romina Basso: Lamento review  breathtakingly expressiveBasso/Latinitas Nostra/Chryssicos(Naïve)Romina Basso’s new album examines the 17th-century Italian lamento, a chamber cantata on an ostensibly tragic subject that is capable of embracing wider territory than a formal outpouring of grief. The prototype was Monteverdi’s psychological work Lamento d’Arianna, drawn from a now lost opera of 1608…

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Francesconi Quartett Linbury Royal Opera House

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Francesconi Quartett  Linbury Royal Opera HouseLuca Francesconi’s Quartett has at last made it to Britain. Francesconi is hardly obscure. His music has long been championed by Irvine Arditti and the Arditti Quartet , and is regularly heard in European new music circles. There’s even a Francesconi premiere at this year’s BBC Proms (apparently cancelled some weeks ago, see below)…

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