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French Composers’ Names – Jean-Claude Risset + MORE

Another composer in our French Composers’ Names series: Jean-Claude Risset. Well, composer and researcher. Risset came to composition after considering being a concert pianist (he studied with Robert Trimaille, himself a student of Alfred Cortot) but he also studied Physics in parallel, and g.... More »
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CD Spotlight. First Class + MORE

Bruckner's Ninth, heard by Geoff Pearce. '... it has all the power that is needed, it moves forward and does not get bogged down ...'.... More »

London: Court, Theatre and Cathedral + MORE

London: Court, Theatre and Cathedral, music by Handel and Purcell; Hebbert, Alexander, Morgan, Ponsford, Pritchard, Humphreys, Grint, The BREMF Singers, The BREMF Players, John Hacorn; the Brighton Early Music Festival at St George's Church, Brighton Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Nov 09 2014 Star.... More »

Claude Frank, Pianist Admired for Performing Beethoven, Dies at 89 + MORE

In addition to his concert and recording career, Mr. Frank was also an influential teacher of generations of pianists..... More »

Save JS Bach’s house from becoming a parking lot + MORE

A petition is going to be sent to the German government to prevent the site of the Weimar house where Bach composed some of the Brandenburg concertos from being wasted. You can read and sign it here (in English). Sample: The foundations of his home and the original Renaissance vaulted cellar have be.... More »
Spring season at the Royal Academy of MusicThe Royal Academy of Music’s Spring season includes series devoted to Tippett’s piano sonatas and string quartets, Mozart’s chamber music along with the continuing series of Bach cantatas. Distinguished visitors include Oliver Knussen, Trevor Pinnock, Edward Gardner and Semyon Bychkov. The Academy Song Circle is very active and there is a chance to hear rarely performed music by Enescu, Skalkottas and Lou Harrison…

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Opera: The best and worst of 2013

– www.express.co.uk

Opera: The best and worst of 2013DESPITE all of the razzmatazz surrounding the bicentenaries of the operatic giants Wagner and Verdi this year’s centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth has had a more profound influence on musical tastes.

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Christmas Music: Sparkling One Day, Less So the Next

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Handel, Messiah: Amanda Forsythe (soprano), Magdalena Wór (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Stenson (tenor), Kevin Burdette (bass), Seattle Symphony Chorale, Seattle Symphony, Gary Thor Wedow (conductor and harpsichord), Benaroya Hall, Seattle, 22.12.2013 A Festival of Lessons and Carols: Northwest Boychoir, Vocalpoint! Seattle, members of the Northwest Sinfonia, Joseph Crnko (conductor), Benaroya Hall, Seattle, 23…

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Dr. William H. Chapman Nyaho, African American Pianist and Professor, Author of 'Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora' was born Dec. 28, 1958ASA: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent William Chapman Nyaho, piano MSR Classics MS1242 (2008) Senku: Piano Music by Composers of African DescentWilliam Chapman Nyaho, pianoMusicians Showcase 1091 (2003)Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora Compiled and Edited by William H…

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Castleton reunion!

– briandickie.typepad.com

Emily Becker, Charlotte Gulliver, Carmen Santoro, Paç Pavaci and Nancy Gustafson
What a happy time we had yesterday evening with a remarkable, and somewhat surreal, reunion of some of the Castleton team at Café Des in Covent Garden. Nancy Gustafson and Emily Becker had flown in from the US, Paç Pavaci (leader of the Castleton Festival Orchestra) was in London with his wife Carmen, and Charlotte Gulliver had taken a train up from Petersfield to be with us for this celebration at the Café des Amis off Floral Street in Covent Garden…

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Cut! One of the great film composers has died

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Cut! One of the great film composers has diedWe’re receiving reports from Poland of the death of Wojciech Kilar at the age of 81.   Kilar wrote music for more than 130 films, most notably for Polanski’s The Pianist, Coppola’s Dracula, Jane Campion’sPortrait of a Lady and Andrzej Wajda’s Promised Land. Bor in Lvivi (now Ukraine) on 17 July 1932, he settled in Katowice in […]

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Squeezing sponge

– www.violinist.com

By Claire Silvester: I take lessons every two weeks, it’s currently the ‘in-between week’ and I’m working on a particular bowing pattern/feel/interpretation/skill in the gigue I’m learning. This feels like backwards Bach, I love it (I’m enjoying turning former conditioned phrasing on its head) but it’s the direct opposite of the motion my right arm instinctively insists on executing…

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Shostakovich Bolt Ballet online

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Shostakovich Bolt Ballet onlineAt last online, Dimitri Shostakovich’s “lost” ballet Bolt , the famous Bolshoi production choreographed  by Alexei Ratmansky. The premiere in 1931 was greeted with vociferous opposition, and the ballet remained unknown until a complete edition was prepared for Gennady Rozhdestvensky to conduct in 1995…

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John Malveaux: Interviews, Links and Facts Concerning Composer, Pianist and Educator George Walker (b. 1922)George Walker has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/and is featured at AfriClassical.comJohn Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.com sends facts and links related to George Walker:1) Composer George Walker began as celebrated international pianist. Please see 1997  review http://jeffreychappell…

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Ensemble. Solid and Dependable

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Derby Choral Union’s Messiah, heard by Mike Wheeler

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Polish pianist and composer Wojciech Kilar, who was Bafta-nominated for his score to Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning film The Pianist, has died aged 81.

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31 Memorable Recordings from 2013

– www.sequenza21.com

31 Memorable Recordings from 2013File Under ?’s Best Recordings of 2013 (in no particular order)

Yvar Mikhashoff, Panorama of American Piano Music (Mode)
Robert Levin and Ursula Oppens, Piano Music 1960-2010 – Bernard Rands (Bridge)
New York Polyphony, Time Go By Turns (BIS)
Julia Holter, Loud City Song (Domino)
Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner, Signs, Games, and Messages (Cedille)
Christopher O’Riley, O’Riley’s Liszt (Oxingale)
Boards of Canada, Tomorrow’s Harvest (Warp)
Oneohtrix Point Never, R Plus Seven (Warp)
Lewis Spratlan, The Architect (Navona)
Julianna Barwick, Nepenthe (Dead Oceans)
Stile Antico, The Phoenix Rising (Harmonia Mundi)
Gloria Cheng, Calder Quartet, The Edge of Light – Messiaen/Saariaho)
Pierre Boulez, Complete Works (DG)
Phosphorescent, Muchacho (Dead Oceans)
The Knife, Shaking the Habitual (Rabid)
Ian Pace, The History of Photography in Sound – Michael Finnissy (Métier)
Chris Thile, Sonatas and Partitas, Vol…

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It's not over till the fat lady sings – quietly: Maestro wants volume turned down on Mozart - as the composer intended
A major new production of Mozart’s operas will turn the volume down on the tenors and sopranos whose deafening vocal techniques and relentless vibrato have made it “virtually impossible” to hear the composer’s music as he intended.

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