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Schnittke: Musica Nostalgica + MORE

Leonard Elschenbroich and Petr Limonov embody the composer’s various musical personalities with aplomb.... More »
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Review: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos at Alice Tully Hall + MORE

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center continued its holiday tradition with a different player taking the lead in almost each work..... More »
singer

There will now be a four month intermission + MORE

Kierkegaard declared that too much possibility leads to madness. Today in classical music, possibility is assumed to be synonymous with anti-elitist accessibility, and the result is madness. An alternative approach is to view possibility as the inverse of accessibility. As in the Patria cycle of Can.... More »
maestro

Irakere, Ronnie Scott’s, London — review + MORE

Pianist Chucho Valdés and the band Irakere played a set soaked in Afro-Cuban rhythmic intricacy.... More »
composer

Matthew Browne Wins ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize + MORE

Matthew Browne has been named the recipient of the 37th annual ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize for his composition Cabinet of Curiosities (2015-16), an approximately 23-minute work for saxophone quartet and orchestra..... More »
As One Who Has Slept: A Tribute to John TavenerPhoto credit – Charlie Ding As One Who Has Slept: A Tribute to John Tavener: Reverie, Conductor – Robbie Jacobs: Brandenburg Festival, St Dunstan in the West Reviewed by Natalie Burchon April 10 2014 Star rating: 4.0Music by Tavener, Part, MacMillan, Tompkins, Gibbons and Howells by young new choirIn celebration of the life of renowned choral composer John Tavener, last night’s Brandenburg Festival concert (10 April) at St Dunstan in the West brought us an intimate selection of British choral works sung by one of London’s top up and coming young choirs: Reverie conducted by Robbie Jacobs…

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Scandal at La Scala

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Has Alexander Pereira gone too far this time?
The Italians have finally cottoned on that there might be something a bit funny about an opera boss selling a bunch of productions to himself (as reported here on an otherwise joke-free 1 April).

So they're now questioning the legality of the sale of seven Salzburg Festival productions to La Scala, as engineered by the outgoing Salzburg/incoming La Scala head Alexander Pereira…

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The growing and invigorating relationship between composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra continues to bloom this week at Orchestra Hall.

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This archive recording broke all fund-raising records

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This archive recording broke all fund-raising recordsWFMT-Chicago played a record by a little-known pianist for its public fund-raiser… and found itself breaking all previous records. Read how they did it below. But first, listen. Highlights of the astonishing success WFMT achieved using three CD’s featuring Vera Gornostaeva In May 2013, while covering the Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition in Miami for […]

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When amateur musicians join a pro orchestra

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When amateur musicians join a pro orchestraFascinating experiment in Columbus, Ohio. More should try it.    

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Shoestring Macbeth Provides Impressive Performances

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  Verdi, Macbeth: Soloists and Orchestra of Scottish Opera / Derek Clark (conductor), King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 8.4.2014 (SRT) Cast Macbeth – David Stephenson Lady Macbeth – Elisabeth Meister Banquo/Doctor – Thomas Faulkner Macduff – Anthony Flaum First Witch – Katie Bird Second Witch/Lady in Waiting – Martha Jones Third Witch – Sioned Gwen Davies Production: […]

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On Friday, April 11, at 8 p.m., Classical MPR will air the live broadcast of Eric Whitacre conducting the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Chorale and soprano Hila Plitmann. Whitacre shares some thoughts about the communal power of a choir and about chord clusters.

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John Malveaux: Please note Ms. Anderson's use of the "royal we" in reference to Tenor George Shirley during his 1974 interview of her.George Shirley and John Malveaux September 21, 2012On April 10, 2014 AfriClassical posted:John Malveaux: WQXR.org: ‘George Shirley Interviews Marian Anderson: 1974 Interview Recently Donated to the NYPR Archives’John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com follows up on the post:Please note Ms…

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On Tuesday, the composer Matthias Pintscher conducted the Juilliard Orchestra through the New York premiere of “bereshit,” his conjuring of the biblical account of creation.

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Dai Fujikura's Ampere

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Dai Fujikura's AmpereDai Fujikura’s second release on his Minabel label, Ampere, again showcases the composer’s fascination with complex textures in a selection of works for orchestra and for solo instruments. The disc includes his concerto for piano and orchestra, Ampere, played by pianist Noriko Ogawa with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Thierry Fischer, Fluid Calligraphy for solo violin played by Barbara Luneburg, Stream State for orchestra performed by the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez, Poyopoyo for solo horn performed by Nobuaki Fukukawa, Perla for bass recorder played by Inbar Solomon and My Butterflies for wind orchestra played by DePaul University Ensemble 20+ conducted by Michael Lewanski…

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Valery Gergiev’s friendship with Vladimir Putin led two dozen pro-Ukrainian protesters to turn out when he conducted the Munich Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall.

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Wrecking ball

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Wrecking ballOn the evidence of the trailer for the Baden Baden Festival, the upcoming new Met co-production of Manon Lescaut by Sir Richard Eyre (and who better to direct a German/American production of an Italian opera set in France and Louisiana than a Brit?) looks to be a fairly straightforward, if drab, update to circa 1940…

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