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The bough friend + MORE

The Deutsche Opera an Rhein production of Handel’s Xerxes (which is shared with the Berlin Komische Oper), though I saw it three nights ago, has taken a while to settle down in my brain. That’s not because the Stefan Herheim production is particularly abstruse but rather, on the contrary.... More »
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CD Spotlight. Moods and Textures + MORE

Dvorák's Slavonic Dances played by the Czech Philharmonic, recommended by Geoff Pearce. 'There is balance and lightness here, not achieved by many other orchestras.'.... More »
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Ask Alice + MORE

A reaction to David Waterman's article in The Guardian, from Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh.... More »
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Dudamel brings his YOLA youth symphony's spirit, and message, to Oakland + MORE

What this country needs is a really good $5 concert. And that is what Oakland got Sunday at the sold-out, 2,800-seat Paramount Theatre as Gustavo Dudamel conducted YOLA, the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, created by the Los Angeles Philharmonic when Dudamel became music director in 2006. The concert,..... More »
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Steve Reich: Double Sextet; Radio Rewrite CD review – elegant tribute to game-changing veteran + MORE

Ensemble Signal/Lubman (Harmonia Mundi)“Most people never get the chance to change the world – it is really hard!” This is David Lang writing in the sleeve notes of Ensemble Signal’s new recording, acknowledging the rare predicament faced by fellow American composer Steve Reich: “If you ar.... More »

Bedford and Britten

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Steuart Bedford rehearsing Owen Wingrave, Chicago Opera Theater April 2009 seen with Ken Cazan who directed
Steuart Bedford will be conducting The Rape of Lucretia at the Royal Academy of Music this evening. That is about as near as you can get to having Benjamin Britten himself at the helm. For these young singers, at the beginnings of their careers, to work with this remarkable man is a gift indeed…

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Gheorghiu on Pereira: He’s always been strange.
On the eve of her recital at La Scala, Angela Gheorghiu told the Corriere della Sera what she thinks of Alexander Pereira.
I can’t imagine why he’s done something so bizarre, naive, frankly incomprehensible. On the other hand all opera singers know him as a businessman, nothing more… certainly not an artistic director…

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Ask Alice

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Does musical training increase blood flow in the brain? Classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh investigates

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They pay peanuts and cost a bomb but opera needs country-house festivals, says Rupert Christiansen

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Should I Start a New Music Ensemble?

– www.newmusicbox.org

Considering that our industry is saturated, audiences are small, and funding is limited, it’s essential to think about how you’re going to fit into the world of new music. Perhaps it would be more worthwhile to seek an ensemble where you can share your ideas and join an already fully formed team instead of pursuing a similar venture from scratch.

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There are no winners in suburbanized classical music Latest UK radio audience figures released today graphically illustrate that there are no winners in suburbanized classical music. RAJAR audience data for the first quarter of 2014 show BBC Radio 3 continuing to lose audience, with listeners down 3.5% on the same quarter the previous year*. Classic FM’s audience decline was sharper: down 5…

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Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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Opera star, Sir John Tomlinson, talks to John Allison about ageing, Wagner and Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday celebrations

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Young Musician is a welcome reminder of our homegrown talent - and that we need to continue to nurture itHere’s a televised talent show that has no revolving red chair, no golden buzzer, and competitors who are truly the best of the best. Classical music is in excellent hands with this next generation, says Young Musician judge Meurig Bowen For a week in early March, I had the privilege of witnessing 25 young people display their musical talents at Cardiffs Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama…

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The violinist Krista Bennion Feeney consistently brought color and depth to the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble’s program at the Morgan Library & Museum on Wednesday.

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A guide to classical music concerts.

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The CW network is bringing back ‘The Flash’The CW television network is bringing the comic book hero “The Flash” onto its fantasy-laden schedule, along with a soap opera about a virgin who is artificially inseminated by accident.

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When you enter the small sitting room in André Previn’s Upper East Side apartment, the cluttered space resembles a virtual survey exhibition of the 85-year-old composer’s far-flung career and personal life. In plain sight on a table in the back were his four Academy Award statuettes — the…

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