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Morning Glories: Classical Music Prodigies + MORE

The Minnesota Varsity Showcase Concert is coming up on April 30, so this week on Morning Glories, we'll feature some classical music prodigies..... More »
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Berlioz, Bliss and Brett Dean - the BBC Symphony Orchestra's 2016/17 season at the Barbican + MORE

Douglas Fairbanks as Robin HoodThe BBC Symphony Orchestra's 2016/17 season at the Barbican, under chief conductor Sakari Oramo, includes a fine crop of world and UK premieres from Brett Dean, Neil Brand, Kaija Saariaho, Peter Eotvos, Michael Zev Gordon, Nicola Lefanu, Philip Cashian, Wolfgang Rihm a.... More »
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MESSIAEN PLAY ALERT + MORE

Chgall: The Falling Angel (1923-47)My play A Walk through the End of Time is being given at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames, next Friday, 5 June, 8pm. Tickets are just £5 each and the evening will involve a rehearsed reading by actors Caroline Dooley and David Webb. The next eveni.... More »
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Penderecki: Magnificat CD review - a peculiar and gripping mix played at full throttle + MORE

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir/Wit (Naxos) Continue reading....... More »
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5 Questions to Rasa Daukas and Will Larsen (Tess Said So) + MORE

The Australian contemporary music duo Tess Said So is the artistic collaboration of pianist Rasa Daukas and percussionist Will Larsen... Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »

Dominique-René de Lerma: Redefining Opera

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Dominique-René de Lerma: Redefining OperaJules BledsoeBlackHistoryNow.comDominique-René de Lerma:REDEFINING OPERAIt is doubtful that anyone in 1927 suspected it might ever happen.  That was at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater when, two days after Christmas, Jerome Kern’s Showboat opened.  Before it closed in May of 1929, it had been given 572 performances…

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Prom 43: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Skride, Gardner, Royal Albert HallThe Russians were coming – and the prospect of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, even without the added attraction of hearing it in Igor Buketoff’s questionable choral arrangement where the Tsarist hymn is taken at its word and does a Boris Godunov on us, the promenade queues were fast stretching towards South Kensington…

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The Rite as you've never heard it before Stravinsky Rite of Spring and Firebird; Les Siecles, Francois-Xavier Roth; Musicales Actes Sud Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 12 2014 Star rating: 4.0Period instrument re-creation of the original versions of two iconic ballet scoresI heard Francois-Xavier Roth and Les Siecles perform Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring at the 2013 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall (see my review), and the performance was something of a revelation…

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Pianist offers a divine reading of Schubert

– www.theaustralian.com.au

PIANIST Imogen Cooper gave us a transcendant experience with her interpretation of Schubert’s Piano Sonata No. 21, D960.

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Classical Opera's 2014/15 London season

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Classical Opera's 2014/15 London seasonMozart figures highly in Ian Page and Classical Opera’s forthcoming season in London. There is his Requiem with soloists Sophie Bevan, Sarah Connolly, John Mark Ainsley and Darren Jeffrey at the Barbican (8/10), soprano Miah Persson singing Mozart and Haydn at the Wigmore Hall (26/11) and a survey of music from the year 1765, including works by Mozart (his first symphony), Gluck and JC Bach (22/1/2015)…

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What do classical musicians do to relax?

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Many people turn to classical music for relaxation, but actually playing the music takes a lot of effort and concentration. What do classical musicians do to unwind after snapping their instrument cases closed?

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Critic’s Notebook: Barbara Hannigan Sings and Conducts at the Lucerne FestivalThe soprano Barbara Hannigan, now performing at the Lucerne Festival, has developed a specialty of singing as she conducts, often enrapturing audiences.

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Bells and Guns : Rachmaninov Tchaikovsky Stravinsky Gardner Prom 43Blockbuster Prom 43, sure to be seared into the memory of all who were there. Queues round the block, punters turned away in droves. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture s such a showpiece that it usually gets played at open-air events, complete with fireworks. the presence  of “Sexy Ed”, the charismatic Edward Gardner, and the prospect of big band massed choirs and big orchestras – no wonder the Royal Albert Hall was packed to capacity…

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Magnificent Melbourne!

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Lines for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Prom August 19 2014
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra made their Proms debut this evening as part of a whirlwind European tour including Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.  And if this evening's concert is a guide they should have a wild reception…

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Boston Landmarks Orchestra at Church of the Covenant, August 13, 2014Boston GlobeAugust 16, 2014
Most orchestras don't need any particular excuse to drop a piece as popular as Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World") into a concert program. Still, it's eminently possible to present the piece in an original and edifying context – I saw the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra do it not quite a year ago, and wrote about it for The New York Times…

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Principal viola dies after car crash

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Principal viola dies after car crashWe regret to report the death of Marshall Fine, principal viola of the Memphis Symphony and a widely published composer of three symphonies and more.
Marshall did not recover from injuries sustained in a car crash last week.
Marshall was the son of Burton Fine, long-serving principal viola of the Boston Symphony, and the brother of Elaine Fine, flautist and composer…

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Benedict Mason at the Proms

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Not only is it hard to describe Benedict Mason’s Meld, which was given it’s first performance on the late night Prom given by the Aurora Orchestra and the choral group Chantage, conducted by Nicholas Collon, on August 16, it’s hard even beginning to think about how to describe it. All of the advance notices of the concert were particularly, and unusually, vague about the details of the work, and even the program claimed to be not at liberty to divulge much information about it…

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Xenia Pestova is a pianist who actively promotes and performs new works of music. Additionally, she is the Head of Performance at the Bangor University School of Music in North Wales [and a contributor to I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, Ed.] Her Innova release,  Shadow Piano: Music For Piano/Toy Piano & Electronics, features pieces by […

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