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There are worse things than being called cute + MORE

Happy 48th birthday singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVsLMxam21I Born on this day in 1803 composer Adolphe Adam. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8Poubw44dk Born on this day in 1864 poet and dramatist Frank Wedekind. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuBo9-9GQOw Born on this day i.... More »
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New music, chorus anniversary, Brahms and more - Scottish Chamber Orchestra new season + MORE

Lotta WennäkoskiThe Scottish Chamber Orchestra's 2015/16 season will be continuing the group's policy of performing new work, and both new commissions this season have a Nordic theme. Finnish composer Lotta Wennäkoski is writing new work to be performed as part of an all-Nordic programme conducted.... More »

Transcending the technical challenges: Boxwood and Brass engage and delight + MORE

Tausch, Stamitz, Crusell, Baermann; Boxwood and Brass; Church of St Martin in the Fields Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 29 2016 Star rating: 4.5Lively and engaging programme of late 18th and early 19th century music for wind ensembleBoxwood and Brass is a wind ensemble which specialises in p.... More »

Sweet-toned Schumann and Intriguing Bruckner from Saraste + MORE

 Schumann and Bruckner: Renaud Capuçon (violin), London Philharmonic Orchestra / Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 9.4.2014 (MB)   Schumann – Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23 Bruckner – Symphony no.8 in C major   The Schumann Violin Concerto remains a pr.... More »

Sounds crazy, no? + MORE

“Possibly Grange Park Opera’s most ambitious production… Ever. The world superstar, Bryn Terfel, takes on the role of Reb Tevye, the milkman of a rural village in pre-revolutionary Russia.” [Grange Park Opera].... More »
Don Giovanni, Royal Opera House - opera reviewIs Donna Anna the victim of a sexual assault at the start of Don Giovanni, or has she welcomed his advances? Kasper Holten unfashionably proposes the latter. More than that, she continues to desire him, while Giovanni himself is portrayed as a man who longs for real love, as opposed to the joys of seduction…

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Yet Another Set of Paganini Variations

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Here’s what happens when Marc-Andre Hamelin gets his hand on a famous theme:Around 4:00, there is a riff on LvB op. 109. Around 5:45, he is quoting different Beethoven. Around 7:30, he is almost quoting one of Rachmaninov’s variations. Something vaguely familiar is going on around 9:00.

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American Symphony Orchestra’s ‘This England’ at Carnegie Hall“This England,” a program of four works performed by the American Symphony Orchestra, seeks to revisit some less-performed compositions.    

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Twisting the Knife

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Twisting the KnifeThis week has been wearyingly typical in the world of arts coverage. Classical music is dead. Or not. Yes, we’ve heard it before, but instead of actually investigating the repertoire, let’s just waste precious column inches dredging up old arguments so we can navel gaze one minute longer. Then, we might prop up enough trees to block the view of the wood beyond entirely…

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False Spring

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

False SpringYesterday, after lunch, I sat at the piano and played my favourite Schubert song, ‘Frühlingsglaube’. As so often with Schubert, there’s something double-edged about his setting of Johann Ludwig Uhland’s poem. The promise that winter will pass and that spring will come, more fecund than ever, is undercut by the gently descending line within the piano accompaniment…

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In Discussion With Nicholas Vazsonyi. The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia“Since the 1840s, Wagner has been in the headlines, and people have been very passionate about him, both pro and contra. Why? So I began to think about it, and realized that Wagner had fueled most of the controversy himself by making claims about his work and himself, and also about related political and cultural issues…

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Kasper Holten’s production is disappointingly superficial, but there are sparks in the performances of Malin Byström and Elizabeth Watts

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Giuseppe Pennisi attends a Ravel double bill in Rome

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Riccardo Muti is steadfast in his search to connect the musical past and present in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s mission

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A US orchestra is being wound down

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

A US orchestra is being wound downThe board of the Memphis Symphony has decided to close out at the end of the current season. They can’t find the $20-25 million it would cost to continue. Music director is Mei-Ann Chen. The orch gives 23 subscription concerts and 146 education and community events each year. No longer. Report here…

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Music Review: Kremerata Baltica Salutes Mieczyslaw WeinbergGideon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica put the spotlight on the composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg at the 92nd Street Y.    

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Meet Class Notes Artists Odelia Trio

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Meet Classical MPR's Class Notes Artists the Odelia Trio, who have been visiting elementary schools in Rochester, Minn., to teach students about chamber music.

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In Chicago, The Hunt Is On!

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In Chicago, The Hunt Is On!

There were two excellent articles in the Chicago Tribune over the weekend dedicated to the ongoing executive search process to replace Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) president Deborah Rutter.
First up is an article published on 1/31/2014 by Tribune music critic John von Rhein which provides a meticulous review of the CSO’s history in order to better understand where it is today…

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