French Composers’ Names – Jean-Claude Risset + MORE

 

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@NaijaClassical: Comic Opera House presents "An African Setting of Don Pasquale" by G. Donizetti, Sat. Sept. 3, 2016 at 5:30 PM, MUSON Centre, Lagos, Nigeria + MORE

Sunday, August 7, 2016 Nigeria Classical ‏@NaijaClassical Tweeted: 3 September 2016: Comic Opera House presents 'An African setting of Don Pasquale by #Donizetti ', Muson Centre, #LagosKenneth Ekhuemelo as Don PasqualeGenevieve Ogu as NorinaJo Oparamanuike as Ernesto.... More »
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Different trains for different times + MORE

In Different Trains Steve Reich juxtaposed his music with reminiscences about the Holocaust to create a contemporary masterpiece. In Letters from Iraq the Iraqi-American composer and oud player Rahim AlHaj takes the reminiscences of those - including himself - who have suffered in Iraq since the 200.... More »
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CBSO/Collon review – Mahler's unfinished delivered with authority + MORE

Symphony Hall, BirminghamNicholas Collon’s reading of Deryck Cooke’s 10th symphony version was a reminder that it deserves canonical statusSince Simon Rattle conducted it in 1980 during his first season as the orchestra’s chief conductor, I’d guess that the City of Birmingham Symphony has pl.... More »
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Violin defeats male oppression + MORE

Locked in mortal combat, a violinist prevails against the might of a full orchestra and its slashing fortissimo chords..... More »
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Rhythmic Sleight-of-Hand + MORE

By Paul Stein: Rhythm seems simple-a basic beat and a few subdivisions. Sure, the combinations are endless, but how difficult could it possibly be? Could we be so lucky that it falls into the category of “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten?” A string player starts his musical .... More »
Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber rails against “fixed” classical music competitions which he says young musicians should avoid entering.

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Metropolitan Opera officials sat down with the musicians for the first time since February, and less than a week before contracts expire, with the two sides trading fierce arguments.

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Another composer in our French Composers’ Names series: Jean-Claude Risset. Well, composer and researcher. Risset came to composition after considering being a concert pianist (he studied with Robert Trimaille, himself a student of Alfred Cortot) but he also studied Physics in parallel, and graduated from the most prestigious science institutes in France…

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Why Garsington Manor was Britain's most scandalous wartime retreatAfter Ottoline and Philip Morrell moved to the Oxfordshire manor house in 1915, it became a sensational refuge for conscientious objectorsIt has been described variously as "the house of the Ottoline’s", a "cesspool of slime", "the setting for a Mozart opera", "Shandygaff Hall", "a Boccaccio court", "a refuge from the storm"…

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Fun with graphs

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Fun with graphsLa Cieca has come into possession of an interesting presentation, with fonts and everything, from Local 802, American Federation of Musicians, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, outlining their solution for the current financial crisis at the Metropolitan Opera. You may not be surprised to learn that their cost-saving stratagems include slashing the company’s budget for new productions, media and administrative costs, while increasing pay to the orchestra…

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Rinaldo review  Handel's crusade is replaced by a circusLongborough, GloucestershireWith its parade of clowns and circus setting, the visual spectacle of Jenny Miller’s production is alluring, but it’s the musical acrobatics of Handel’s score that engage the mostRoll up! Roll up! The circus has come to Longborough. Handel’s Rinaldo isn’t an obvious candidate for the greatest-show-on-earth treatment…

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Bruckner Cycle IV • Barenboim, Vienna Philharmonic
Intimations of Mortality
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Lorin Maazel was a fixture at the Salzburg Festival, leading 119 performances between 1963 and 2013. It made sense, therefore, to slap an “in Memoriam” label onto one of this summer’s performances and even more

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Fairy tale

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Fairy taleIn his memoirs Richard Strauss had the foresight to put down what he called his “10 Golden Rules for Young Conductors.” It’s a fairly comprehensive list in spite of being so short with pithy comments like, “Never look encouragingly at the brass.” Number three has always been the one that’s fascinated me most: “Conduct Salome and Elektra as if they were by Mendelssohn: Fairy music…

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Did I ever tire of the same music every day? No. That's the thing about classical music: there's always something new to hear.

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The BBC Philharmonic is staging the first ever Cbeebies event at the Proms.

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‘The thing about critics,’ said Philip Glass. ‘Eventually, they die…’Any composer or writer who has even received a bad review, or a string of them from the same critic, will find wisdom and encouragement  in this lovely reminiscence by Derek Bermel. Read here.
 

Now listen here: I love this piece.

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Gergiev Janáček Glagolitic Mass Prom LSO

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Gergiev Janáček Glagolitic Mass Prom LSOAt  Prom 9 Valery Gergiev conducted the London Symphony Orchestra. The LSO are an excellent orchestra, whose musicians have worked together, and with Gergiev, for many years. Earlier in the week, Gergiev conducted the World Orchestra For Peace, made up of musicians from 75 different ensembles who meet roughly once a year…

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Berg's Violin Concerto is undoubtedly one of the masterpieces of the 20th century, both as an exposition of the violinist's skill, but also as an example of twelve-tone technique at its most brilliantly honed…

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