Vilde Frang/ Frankfurt Radio Symphony/Gaffigan(Warner)Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang calls Britten’s Violin Concerto “one of the greatest dramas in the repertoire” and has described “never feeling closer to death” than when playing the piece. What she means (I think) is the constant strug.... More »
Professor Andrzej Jasinski visits the Chopin Society. Photos by Marek OstasThe other night I was fortunate enough to be drafted in by the Chopin Society as interviewer for a very special evening at Steinway's with Professor Andrzej Jasinski from Katowice, the former teacher of Krystian Zimerman and .... More »
Join us Saturday at noon for a broadcast of 'Anna Bolena', live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Sondra Radvanovsky stars as Anne Boleyn, Ildar Abdrazakov as King Henry VIII, and Jamie Barton as Jane Seymour..... More »
On this day in 1889 the Moulin Rouge opened in Paris.
Born on this day in 1820 soprano Jenny Lind
Born on this day in 1882 composer Karol Szymanowski
Happy 80th.... More »
Fiona Maddocks has spotted significant trends today in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, with 163 players.
The NYO bucks the trend: 52% of the new line-up is female, including the leader (Stephanie Childress, 15). Section principals are equally divided between boys and girls. Th.... More »
(Reuters) – The Colorado Symphony is giving new meaning to hitting a high note, announcing on Tuesday a bring-your-own marijuana concert series, the first of which features its chamber ensemble and South-of-the-border food and booze.
The Welsh tenor, Dennis O’Neill will be making a recital appearance in London 5 May 2014 at the Wigmore Hall, as part of the Rosenblatt Recitals Series. Accompanied by the pianist Jane Samuel, O’Neill will be performing arias from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Verdi’s Otello, Puccini’s Tosca and Cilea’s L’Arlesiana along with songs by Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Tosti…
Crumb/Mason/Barrone/Orchestra 2001/Freeman(Bridge)George Crumb will be 85 in October. Over the past decade, his output has been almost exclusively vocal, concentrated in a series of song cycles and arrangements he has subtitled American Songbook. Recently, he began a Spanish songbook, and one instalment from each project appears on this latest issue, the 16th, in Bridge’s Complete Crumb Edition…
Composer Dave Malloy took NYC musical theater by storm with his Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, but his path to Off-Broadway success began in San Francisco’s experimental theater community—and he’s holding on tightly to that non-traditional approach.
James MacMillan, the most successful composer ever to emerge from the northern kingdom has published a lacerating attack on artists who promote independence from Great Britain, denouncing their reliance on the great poet Hugh MacDiarmid, an outspoken Fascist sympathiser. Read him here.
These pleasant, yet unremarkable works long for a sense of direction and purpose(Hyperion)With his 20 operas, six symphonies, eight piano and orchestral concertos and voluminous numbers of chamber music and piano works, Anton Rubinstein was so prolific as a composer that it’s hardly a surprise to discover that some of his output has still not appeared on disc…
Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim has launched a digital-only record label in collaboration with Universal Music.
Peral Music will, eventually, comprehensively showcase Barenboim’s career as a conductor, pianist and chamber musician…
No one who heard Benjamin Grosvenor’s Washington debut recital in 2012, on the heels of a fine debut recording with Decca, was likely to think of missing his second Washington Performing Arts appearance. An impending deluge could not keep me away from hearing this talented and intelligent British pianist again, on Tuesday night in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater…