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The Curious Case of William Shirer: Was it Wagner or Luther Who Caused the Rise of the Third Reich? + MORE

Between the 1940s and1960s, a series of Allied war propagandists attempted to vilify German culture as being the root cause of WWII and the Holocaust. German culture, it was alleged, had always been proto-Nazi, making the rise of fascism historically inevitable. It was a reactionary attempt to count.... More »
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How classical music can help mend a broken heart + MORE

If you're suffering from a broken heart, can classical music help you move on? Let's consider a couple of scenarios..... More »
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The ENO chorus: heard but not heeded + MORE

Famous last words: at the end of my Arts Desk reaction in March 2015 to Arts Council England's punishment of English National Opera, I wrote (with apologies for self-quotation): 'the artistic team is doing superlative work under difficult circumstances, delivering time after time. It would be crimi.... More »
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Nézet-Séguin and Opera Music Directors + MORE

No "news" at all that Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been named next Music Director of the New York Metropolitan Opera. The real news is: what the Met wants from a Music Director. What YSN is as a conductor has little relevance in comparison to what he could or couldn't do for the Met.  Fortunately.... More »
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Bend It Like Beckham musical to close + MORE

The Bend It Like Beckham stage musical is to close in March, less than a year after it opened in London's West End..... More »

Two Stravinsky Ballets Become One in Fabulous Production

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  Stravinsky,  The Rite of Spring & Petrushka: Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre/Sadler’s Wells, Royal Ballet Sinfonia / David Brophy (conductor), Sadler’s Wells, London, 11.04.2014 (J.O’D) Dancers: Milos Galko, Saju Hari, Bernadette Iglich, Zen Jefferson, Anna Kasuba, Saku Koistinen, Alex Leonhartsberger, Louise Mochia, Mikel Murfi, Emmanuel Obeya, Inn-Pang Ooi, Moritz Ostruschnjak, Keir Patrick, Rachel Poirier, Ino Riga, […]

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Pulitzer to Adams

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To John Luther Adams, that is, for Become Ocean. You can hear Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony perform it in the upcoming Spring for Music Festival, should you happen to be in NYC next month, on an environmentally-themed program with Deserts and La Mer.(Did I get you there? Well, take comfort in knowing that JCA’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary was a finalist…

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Beds and Beethoven

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CONCERT tourism is on the rise as we look to add a cultural element to our holidays.

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Richard Strauss’s opera is a thin offering at the Festspielhaus, with Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson disappointing as the young lovers

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Bach – St John Passion

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Bach - St John PassionThe Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices are performing Bach’s St. John Passion this Easter, with performances in at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (16 April), the Barbican (18 April – Good Friday), Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden (19 April – Easter Saturday) and Norwich Theatre Royal (20 April – Easter Sunday)…

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Become Ocean by John Luther Adams has been awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The work, premiered on June 20, 2013 by the Seattle Symphony, was described in the citation as “a haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels…

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Ensemble. Closely Argued

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Mike Wheeler listens to Andrew Dunlop and the Eblana String Trio

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Critic’s Notebook: Robert Ashley’s Work Lives On at the Whitney BiennialThe avant-garde opera composer Robert Ashley died in March, but his presence is strongly felt in presentations at the Whitney Biennial and other recent re-envisionings of his work.

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The London Philharmonic Orchestra perform Góreckis Symphony No. 4When Henryk Górecki’s Third Symphony (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) became the best selling piece of classical music of all time, the world wondered how he would follow it. Sadly, the Polish composer died in 2010, before he had the chance to premiere his Symphony No 4. Since his death, Górecki’s son Mikoaj has worked on the detailed manuscript his father left, and this performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra recorded on 12 April at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall is the symphony’s first ever airing Continue reading…

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In Brahms, a Welcome Change from Showy-But-Vapid

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 Brahms, Schumann: Paul Lewis (piano), New York Philharmonic, Christoph von Dohnányi (conductor), Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, 12.4.14 (DA) Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D Minor, Op.15 Schumann: Symphony No.2 in C Major, Op.61 This concert promised much, and delivered more. In Christoph von Dohnányi, Paul Lewis seems to have found the perfect intellectual […]

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Andriessen Overload 3: Cristina Zavalloni & AutobiographyAndrea Rebaudengo & Cristina ZavalloniStrathmore Mansion (North Bethesda, MD)April 8, 2014Louis Andriessen: Letter from Cathy (2003), Base (1994)John Cage: Selections from Six Melodies (1950)Igor Stravinsky: The Owl and the Pussy-Cat (1966), Trois petites chansons (Souvenir de mon enfance) (1913)Andriessen: XENIA (2005/2014)Cristina Zavalloni: Bastava quel cielo (2005)Andriessen: Beatles Songs (1966), Le voile du bonheur (1966/1971), Passeggiata in tram in America e ritorno (1998), Y después (1983)Cristina Zavalloni (voice)Monica Germino (violin)Andrea Rebaudengo (piano)The retrospective, that staple of the visual arts world, ought to be more popular in new music circles…

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Day of the Trifonov

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I spent a fascinating hour yesterday afternoon interviewing Daniil Trifonov – it’s a cover feature for PIANIST magazine and will be out in a few months’ time. Backstage at the Barbican before his concert with the LSO, I had, in close up, the same impression that occurred when listening to him at the Southbank a little over a year ago: there’s something in this 23-year-old Russian that seems lit from within…

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Andriessen Overload 1: "La Commedia"

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Andriessen Overload 1: "La Commedia"Gerrit van Honthorst, Het concert (1623)National Gallery of ArtApril 6, 2014Louis Andriessen: La Commedia (2004-08)Cristina Zavalloni (voice)Lindsay Kesselman (soprano)Andrew Sauvageau (voice)Jacob Perry, Jr. (tenor)Children’s Chorus of Washington (chorus master: Joan Gregoryk)Third Practice (chorus master: Brian Bartoldus)Great Noise EnsembleArmando Bayolo (conductor)Performance spaces don’t get much more “official” than the National Gallery’s palatial West Garden Court…

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