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Pocket Concerts: Live from your living room + MORE

A Toronto chamber music series has found success by pairing pro musicians with local homeowners. The next show is Saturday..... More »
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Ask Alice + MORE

A reaction to David Waterman's article in The Guardian, from Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh.... More »
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Enigma : Cecil Coles, Martyn Brabbins BBC SSO + MORE

Three premieres of sorts of works by composers who have been dead for a hundred years?  Intriguing. Martyn Brabbins conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in  George Butterworth's Orchestral Fantasia and Cecil Coles Behind the Lines and Sorrowful Dance (broadcast available on BBC Ra.... More »
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Une étoile est née + MORE

Born on this day in 1684 Catherine I of Russia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9oQR-y1w9o Born on this day in 1843 novelist Henry James http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHkDiOxSQIE Born on this day in 1891 composer Sergei Prokofiev http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ke8AVv6iuvQ Born on this da.... More »
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Europe-Bound, Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra Give a Stunning Preview + MORE

  Muhly, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff: Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor), Lisa Batiashvili (violin), Philadelphia Orchestra, Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, 15.5.2015 (BJ) Muhly: Mixed Messages Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3 I have never heard the Phi.... More »

It’s a comment Maestro Scott Arkenberg has heard over and over and over again. “People tell me that they came to Holiday Pops because they wanted to find Christmas again,” he says, his voice quivering in the silence that immediately followed the sentence…

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CBSO/Nelsons – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

CBSO/Nelsons – reviewSymphony Hall, BirminghamBrahms’s Third began almost glutinously, but recovered irresistibly, while the violinist Isabelle Faust’s Britten was startlingly freshLast season, Andris Nelsons worked his way through all nine of the Beethoven symphonies, but he is taking his time exploring Brahms with his City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra…

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The Barber of Neville

– www.planethugill.com

The Barber of NevilleThis new disc showcases wind concertos written by Howard Blake, but it also acts as an advanced celebration of Sir Neville Marriner’s 90th birthday. Conducting the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the ensemble he founded in 1959. On this disc they perform Blake’s Flute Concerto, with Jamie Martin, Clarinet Concerto with Andrew Marriner, Bassoon Concerto with Gustavo Nunez and Serenade for Wind Octet…

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Grammy winner Mark S. Doss returns to Chicago for 'Do-It-Yourself Messiah' and performs as soloist in Beethoven’s '9th Symphony' in Princeton, New Jerseywww.marksdoss.comChicago, Illinois – December 5, 2013 – Grammy Award winner, Mark S. Doss, returns to one of Chicago’s favorite holiday traditions as the bass soloist for Handel’s Do-It-Yourself Messiah. Celebrating its 38th annual performance, Messiah will take place on Thursday, December 19, 2013 and Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7 p…

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New music that was saved by Nelson MandelaMy new Symphony – for that is what it eventually turned out to be – would serve as a memorial to the victims of the [Sharpeville massacre] in which eighty-three people were shot dead by the police while taking part in a peaceful demonstration against the notorious Pass Laws, the hated symbol of black subjection to white supremacy…

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Renata Scotto on Maria Callas: greater than all of usRenata Scotto
“Listen to me, everyone speak about Callas. But I know Callas. I know Callas before she was Callas.
She was fat and she had this vociaccia — you know what a vociaccia is? You go kill a cat and record its scream. She had this bad skin. And she had this rich husband. We laugh at her, you know that?
And then, I sat in on a rehearsal with Maestro Serafin…

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Richard Alston, pianist, featured as 'The Maestro' in 'Matters Magazine' Holiday 2013 issue, which can be read online(Photo from Matters Magazine – Holiday 2013)Pianist Richard Alston writes:Hello Bill,In the Holiday 2013 issue, Matters Magazine has done an article on my career as a concert pianist, educator  and life as a resident of Maplewood, NJ. You can view the Holiday 2013 issue by clicking the link below…

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Vanska and the musicians will now perform on both May 2 and 4 at Northrop Auditorium, the University of Minnesota venue that’s reopening in April after three years of renovations.

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Oxford Lieder Schubert Project unveiled

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Oxford Lieder Schubert Project unveiledThe 2014 Oxford Lieder Festival will feature every song Schubert ever wrote alongside a host of his other works. Bringing Schubert’s Vienna to Oxford in a dazzling feast of music, art, theatre, food & drink, this three-week festival is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to immerse yourself in the master of song and his world…

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You're invited to a performance by the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota with special guest, pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute. The program includes the Brahms Piano Quintet and a stunning Partita for Violin and Piano by Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m., at Sundin Hall, Hamline University.

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Nelson Mandela’s classical pianist

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

One of Mandela’s close friends in the 1950s was the Welsh-born pianist Harold Rubens, who moved to South Africa when his prodigy career dried up (he is pictured below as a boy, playing for George Bernard Shaw).   A brother of the novelist Bernice Rubens and the hero of her novel, Madame Sousatzka, Harold became […]

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Day 6 — Wiegenlied

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Day 6 — WiegenliedOnly Strauss (and Richard Dehmel) could come up with a cradle song so erotic. Rather than focussing on the child – as Brahms does with his famous setting of words from Des Knaben Wunderhorn – Dehmel’s poem, taken from the ‘Venus Mater’ section of his erotic rhapsody De Verwandlungen der Venus, remembers the moment of conception…

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Four New Angeleno Composers – Performed at Disney HallOn Tuesday December 3, 2013 the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group presented LA Now: Four New Angeleno Composers, the latest in the Green Umbrella series of new music concerts. Curated by no less an eminence than John Adams, works by Sean Friar, Julia Holter, Andrew McIntosh and Andrew Norman were performed for a mostly young and enthusiastic audience that filled three quarters of the Walt Disney Concert Hall…

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