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A Yuja Wang Dress Report, Prokofiev 2, and the Munich Philharmonic in Brahms + MORE

Back in May of this year: A nice day, an empty concert hall. And many—more than half of Munich’s Philharmonic Hall 2500 capacity, I’d guess—seat cushions staring at Yuja Wang devilling through the Prokofiev Second Piano Concerto—accompanied by the relative no-name conductor Michał Nestero.... More »
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The Knife of Dawn, Roundhouse, London — review + MORE

This new one-act opera makes imaginative use of limited resources to tell a Guyanese political prisoner’s story.... More »
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George Cleve, Conductor Who Interpreted Mozart, Dies at 79 + MORE

Mr. Cleve, who was born in Vienna, fled with his family to the United States and spent most of his American career on the West Coast..... More »
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Ensemble. Earthy Vigour + MORE

Smetana, Beethoven and Sibelius from Jennifer Pike, Pietari Inkinen and the Prague Symphony Orchestra, impress Mike Wheeler.... More »
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American Opera Initiative: Snoozy 'Better Gods' + MORE

Rexford Tester (Lorrin Thurston), Timothy J. Bruno (Judge Albert Judd), Daryl Freedman (Queen Liliʻuokalani), Ariana Wehr (Kahua), and Hunter Enoch (James Miller) in Better Gods (photo by Scott Suchman for Washington National Opera) Many Americans likely do not know the ugly details of how Hawaii b.... More »

A Prayer for Restraint

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

A week from tonight, Italian pianist Emanuele Arciuli (pictured) will play my piece Earth-Preserving Chant at a 7:00 concert at Columbia University’s Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave. between 116th and 118th. The Hungarian/American program includes works all by my kind of guys: Haydn, Bartok, Liszt, John Adams (Phrygian Gates), Martin Bresnick (Ishi’s Song), and my piece, […]

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Elgar's Music for a Lunatic Asylum

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Elgar's Music for a Lunatic AsylumFrom SOMM ecordings, who specialize in the more interesting byways of British music, a new recording of Edward Elgar’s Music for Powick Asylum. Elgar was 21 in January 1897, struggling to develop a career. He was offered a part-time job at the Worcester  County and City Lunatic Asylum, where his duties as Bandmaster were to conduct an ensemble of staff…

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Toronto orchestra’s 2014/15 season includes baroque masterpieces, a new Canadian composition and an all-Beethoven collaboration with Montreal maestro Kent Nagano

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Video game composer Dren McDonald had a great idea to raise money for an after-school music program in California. McDonald is Emily Reese's guest on this week's episode of Top Score.

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John Malveaux: At San Diego Symphony Chamber Music Program of February 4, 2014 Nicole 'Cabell demonstrated elegance and greatness'Nicole Cabell (Devon Cass)John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:I attended San Diego Symphony Chamber music program of February 4, 2014 featuring Soprano Nicole Cabell. Ms. Cabell demonstrated elegance and greatness. I met Ms. Cabell for the first time and brieftly chatted with her mother in Green room following the concert…

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Elton John to make musical into animation movieElton John’s film company has acquired the film rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s hugely popular musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.    

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Olympics Spotlight for Russia’s Musical ProfileThe opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, is likely to be a showcase for one of Russia’s proudest exports — classical music and dance.    

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Thomas: Aureole; Words of the Sea; In My Sky at Twilight; Terpsichore's Dream, etc – reviewBrandes/Chicago SO/MusicNOW Ensemble/Boulez/Knussen(Nimbus Alliance)For nine years from 1997, Augusta Read Thomas was composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony, and three of the pieces on this disc were composed either for that great orchestra or its sibling new-music ensemble, MusicNow. Together with the other pieces here they give a good sense of the vividly imaginative instrumental palette that Thomas has at her fingertips, and which established her as one of the most distinctive and rewarding US composers of her generation, though the most recent of them, the brief and breezy concert-opener, Aureole, completed last year, suggests that her music is now becoming more gestural and direct, with more than a touch of Copland-esque Americana in some of the ideas…

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On with the motley

– parterre.com

On with the motleyIn Issue #40 of parterre box, the queer opera zine, Our Own JJ nabs lengthy interviews with critic John Ardoin and tenor Richard Leech; the New York opera scene is dissected by Dawn Fatale, Little Stevie and Indiana Loiterer III; the inimitable Dick Johnson journeys to Pittsburgh for an early Sondra Radvanovsky Trovatore; and Richard and Peter sum up the Houston Grand Opera audience thusly: “…a peculiar mix [of] snarling Wagner queens in leather, bourgeois Europeans in black tie, and fat women in sweat pants and Nikes…

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How to buy your own piece of classical music - one bar at a timeAn innovative approach to funding new music means that you can literally buy a bar of Charlotte Bray’s latest composition. Alfred Hickling investigates, and, yes, stumps up for bar 29.A sheet of Beethoven’s experimental sketches for the Missa Solemnis attracted bids in excess of $400 000 at auction last month…

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Finally Available: The Life of Richard Wagner - Ernest NewmanNewman’s masterful 4 volume Wagner biography The Life of Richard Wagner is, at last, finally available once more. Although, we originally mentioned this reprint nearly two years ago, various issues meant that its publication was delayed. However, it is now finally available to buy; either as an entire set or as a more affordable four separate volumes…

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Deaf Japanese composer apologises for paying 'ghost' musician to write pieces for him
A deaf Japanese composer, hailed as a “digital-age Beethoven” for his acclaimed classical and soundtrack works, has apologised for betraying his fans after admitting that he paid a “ghost composer” musician to write his pieces for him.

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Roderick Williams at lunch

– briandickie.typepad.com

I spent a hugely enjoyable hour at the Wigmore Hall yesterday with Roderick Williams and the Britten Sinfonia Voices, together with clarinettist Joy Farrall and pianist Tom Poster.
Roderick Williams is a greatly admired baritone but, ignorant me, I had no idea that he is also a composer – and a very good one too on the evidence of the three splended pieces we heard yesterday, interspersed with items of Schubert and Schumann…

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