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How good a pianist was Emily Bronte? + MORE

The composer Ailís Ní Ríain has been playing Emily’s piano at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth and has composed an installation for it. She tells Slipped Disc: ‘She was a very good pianist and even studied piano seriously in Brussels for a while. She played daily and I’ve bee.... More »

Ursula Mamlok (1923-2016) + MORE

I’m sad to learn of the passing of Ursula Mamlok, a persuasive composer of elegant post-tonal works. Like Ralph Shapey and Stefan Wolpe, her compositions referred to serialism while also retaining pitch centricity as a unifying principle.One can hear a particularly compelling example, her Con.... More »

San Diego Opera 2016-2017 Season + MORE

October 22-30 2016: La CenerentolaNovember 11-13 2016: David T. Little's Soldier SongsFebruary 18-26 2017: FalstaffMarch 10-12 2017: Peter Brook's La tragèdie de Carmen April 22-30 2017: La traviata The 2016-2017 season at San Diego Opera was announced April 16. 2016-2017 Season | Offici.... More »
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Falstaff Starts Off English Music Festival’s 10th Birthday Celebration + MORE

Parry, Lewis, Matthews, Delius, Coleridge-Taylor, Vaughan Williams: BBC Concert Orchestra/Martin Yates (conductor), Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester on Thames, 27.5.2016. (RJ) Sir Hubert Parry: Jerusalem Paul Lewis: An Optimistic Overture (world premiere) David Matthews: Norfolk March (world premiere), .... More »
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The Fry Street Quartet: Chamber Music as a Pedagogical Force + MORE

By Laurie Niles: Making music requires collaboration, and chamber music builds that skill especially well. Members of the Fry Street Quartet made a convincing argument for the heavy use of chamber music in teaching college students during a lecture they gave called "Chamber Music as a Pedagogical .... More »
‘Venus in Fur’ playwright David Ives says filmmaker Roman Polanski helped sharpen the dialogue here and there in the play’s adaptation to the big screen.’Venus in Fur’ playwright David Ives says filmmaker Roman Polanski helped sharpen the dialogue here and there in the play’s adaptation to the big screen.

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Handel – Siroe

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Handel - Siroe Handel Siroe; Yosemeh Adjei, Anna Dennis, Aleksandra Zamojska, Gottingen Festival Orchestra, Laurence Cummings; Accent Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 14 2014 Star rating: 4.0Lovely dramatic feel to Handel’s rarely done 1728 operaHandel’s 1728 opera Siroe has not, so far, done well on disc so this new recording on the Accent label is most welcome…

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Julius Rudel 1921-2014

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I was saddened to hear of the death of Julius this week.  American opera is in his debt, as are generationsof singers and other artists who were his "children". I will cherish the memory of his work with us in Toronto 25 years ago, and the memory too of his remarkable New York City Opera – alas no more…

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As Good As It Gets

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Peter Grimes at San Francisco Symphony: a splendid performance, with great singing  and conducting, outstanding direction, and a flawless performance from Stuart Skelton in title role. I’ll try to write more later, but I am still feeling a little stunned. As Patrick said to me on the way out of the hall, “I’ve seen it before, and I’ve heard it on record, but this feels like the first time…

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The Borletti-Buitoni Trust helps outstanding young musicians develop and sustain international careers with awards that fund tailor-made projects. BBT Fellowships are awarded to artists who are at the beginning of their careers and the Trust hopes their BBT budget will help develop their future potential…

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She liberated Vienna’s young women

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She liberated Vienna’s young womenMichael Haas has written a fascinating post on Eugenie Schwarzwald, founder of a school that educated Anna Freud, Helene Weigl, Vicki Baum and hundreds more young women who were liberated from patriarchal tyranny. She was also an important patron of modernism, employing Arnold Schoenberg as a music teacher and Oskar Kokoschka for art…

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Further Shameless Self-Promotion

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Further Shameless Self-PromotionI’m delighted to announce that a new disc of premieres by the late Peter Lieberson, with liner notes by yours truly, has just been released on Bridge Records. Including performances by pianist Steven Beck, violist Roberto Díaz, and the Odense Symphony Orchestra conducted by Scott Yoo, these are first rate renditions of some really worthy music…

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The Cunning Little Vixen; Cantatas for the Soul; Ariadne auf Naxos  reviewGarsington Opera, Wormsley; Wigmore Hall, Royal Opera House, LondonClaire Booth was a force of nature as the vixen in Janáek’s opera, while Iestyn Davies led an evening of soul-searchingIt’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for The Cunning Little Vixen, that most sylvan of operas, than Garsington’s startlingly light and transparent pavilion…

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Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic(Challenge Classics)These varied chamber works by James MacMillan are keenly concerned with Scottish identity, whether in the two-part From Ayrshire, written for violinist Nicola Benedetti and here played by Linus Roth, or in Tuireadh, a lament for victims of the Piper Alpha oil-rig disaster…

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Knussen Aldeburgh – miniature Symphonies

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Knussen Aldeburgh - miniature SymphoniesMendelssohn Symphony No 1, with Elliott Carter’s Instances for chamber orchestra (2012), written shortly before his death aged 103. Trust Oliver Knussen to come up with a programme that blends Mendelssohn, Dallapiccola, Carter, Webern and Ligeti, conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Maltings, Snape, Aldeburgh, part of this year’s Aldeburgh Music Festival…

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Shostakovich and Schnittke string quartets, heard by Howard Smith. ‘… vivid sonic immediacy.’

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A Dud composer’s monorchic variations

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A Dud composer’s monorchic variationsWe have given you time to recover from Dudley Moore’s ‘two European composers’.
Here’s his less-known set, equally brilliant, on a familiar wartime theme.

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SF Opera’s Madama Butterfly

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* Notes * Jun Kaneko's production of Madama Butterfly (Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio-San, Brian Jagde as Pinkerton, and Brian Mulligan as Sharpless in Act I pictured left; photograph by Cory Weaver) had a fifth performance at San Francisco Opera last night. The set and costumes have an elegant guilelessness…

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