Just in: US symphony chorus director is suspended over ‘lewd behaviour’ + MORE Nov 8th

 

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Afro-Cuban Composer & Violinist José White, born Dec. 31, 1835, wrote "La Bella Cubana," played by Fernando Muñoz (5:58) on YouTube + MORE

[José Silvestre White (1835-1918), Afro-Cuban violinist and composer. Shown here after he received the 1st prize for violin at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1856. Bibliothèque Nationale de France]Capricho LatinoRachel Barton Pine, violinEtude No. 6, Jose WhiteCedille Records CDR 90000 124 (20.... More »
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Austin American-Statesman: La Follia Austin Baroque performs violin concerto by Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Afro-French Composer (1745-1799) March 5 & 6 + MORE

Arion 68093Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) was an Afro-French Composer, Violinist & Conductor who was France's Best Fencer and Colonel of a Black Legion during the French Revolution.  He is featured at AfriClassical.com Austin American-StatesmanAustin, T.... More »
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Stanford: Complete Music for Solo Piano: Volume 1 - Review Part I + MORE

For listeners whose appreciation of Charles Villiers Stanford does not extend beyond ‘choirs and places where they sing’ it may come as a surprise to find out that he composed a vast catalogue of music – both sacred and secular. This includes 11 operas, seven fine symphonies, many oratorios an.... More »
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Tuesday back in London + MORE Dec 4th

I have had a quiet day.  I attended auditions this morning for Garsington Opera with colleagues Douglas Boyd, John Fulljames, Susa Harridson and Sarah Playfair.  It was a quick one with just three singers - part of a continuing assessment process.  I am slowly getting to grips with th.... More »
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Takács Quartet, Wigmore Hall, London — ‘Emotional depths’ + MORE

The Hungarian ensemble played with freedom but also an uncompromising attention to detail.... More »
Classical music is shouting so loud people can't hear it‘And like they say in the East, things have meaning outside the labels or descriptions you might give them. We’ve got to be conscious of that space. So words should not really be endpoints, but work best as doorways to understanding’ – Robert LaxA comment on Classical music must move to the edge of the network asking What exactly is the edge? reminded me of the wise thoughts above…

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Mendelssohn and Schumann violin concertos, heard by Gerald Fenech. ‘… Barton Pine’s heartfelt response to both slow movements is full of tonal beauty …’

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Just in: US symphony chorus director is suspended over ‘lewd behaviour’Lee E. Erickson, 58, director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s chorus, has been suspended from work following his arrest in a city park. He is alleged to have followed an undercover deputy sheriff into a lavatory, where improper activity is said to have taken place. Presumptions of innocence apply, as always before trial…

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Brain on Ice, Heart on Fire

– www.violinist.com

Brain on Ice, Heart on FireBy Karen Allendoerfer: Wednesday night: another orchestra rehearsal. Another new piece. It’s normal, but at the same time, how do you do it? How do you just get up and move on?

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This past Sunday my orchestra had its Fall Concert. We played three pieces: Mozart’s piano concerto K107 in D major, the Rheinberger organ concerto No…

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After the Curtain

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What happens to the characters in Mozart’s popular “Così Fan Tutte” when the curtain goes down? The love stories in the opera end so inconclusively that questions remain even for the cast.    

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Brotherly love

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Brotherly loveAgain dipping into the rich archive of live recordings remastered and made available by the late Mike Richter, we find this selection from his early disc “Odd Opera 2.”  It’s Bellini’s I puritani, as performed on April 18, 1963 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
From Mike’s liner notes for this release:
Although private recordings have been issued quite frequently, all appear to come from late generations of a tape which I received from the recordist in better sound than I have found on the market…

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Bach's Goldberg Variations caused me misery – but I still can't get enoughBach’s towering keyboard masterpiece, by turns obsessive and joyous, is one of the most notoriously difficult pieces to grapple with. So why do pianists keep feeling its lure?I stopped watching Breaking Bad early in season three for a strange reason: I felt it was bad for my soul. Frankly, I had never been that concerned about my soul before, but when charred plane fragments began to rain down on Albuquerque (fans know what I’m talking about), I felt a dull ache, an unusual suffering, and I decided enough was enough…

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The Time Has Come To Boycott Gergiev

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A few months ago, I wrote a post here about Valery Gergiev’s continued silence on recent homophobic legislation in Russia. Gergiev’s position, I speculated, was increasingly tenuous, as his unwavering support for Vladimir Putin made it impossible to distance himself from the new laws, something that the international classical music community was increasingly demanding…

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Thomas Adès and Friends Help to Inaugurate Milton Court

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 Britten, Barry, Adès, Stravinsky: Thomas Adès (piano), Anthony Marwood (violin), Matthew Hunt (clarinet), Louise Hopkins (cello), Milton Court, London, 6.11.2013 (GDn) Britten: Suite for Violin and Piano Op. 6 Barry: Low for clarinet and piano Adès: Lieux retrouvés, Catch, Court Studies Stravinsky: Suite from The Soldier’s Tale   Thomas Adès is the ideal artist for […]

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Jeremy Denk on the Goldberg Variations' sense of play - videoPianist Jeremy Denk talks about the wonderful sense of playfulness that Bach reveals in his Goldberg Variations. ‘I can’t help hearing Bach laugh’.

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New video: English child composer, 8, shows how it’s done on national TVThe ongoing American adventures of Alma Deutscher. Apparently, she’s about to meet the Dude.

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In Conversation with Michael Berkley to Launch the Nash Ensemble’s American SeriesIN CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL BERKELEY TO LAUNCH THE NASH ENSEMBLE’S AMERICAN SERIES – Saturday 9 November Wigmore Hall Bechstein Room 6PM

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To Dance on Beethoven’s Grave

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

Friday morning I’m leaving for Vienna, where I will remain until the following Thursday. I’m speaking at the World New Music Days of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). I’ll be giving my talk on the state of American music next Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 9:30 AM in the Leonie Rysanek-Saal of the Konservatorium Wien […]

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