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This week: concerts in New York (November 24 – November 30, 2014) + MORE

AXIOM AXIOM performs Cage’s Third Construction for percussion quartet with the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, Nancarrow’s String Quartet No. 3, Nancarrow’s Three Movements for Chamber Orchestra, and Cage’s Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra with Juilliard pianist Han Chen. Mon.... More »

Album Review: For Mary J. Blige, Pain Leads to Beauty + MORE

The singer is a virtuoso of suffering, and her new album, “Strength of a Woman,” is her most affecting in years..... More »

So who did you know who knew Mahler? + MORE

Gustav Mahler died 14 years after Johannes Brahms, for whom we found a handful of mutual acquaintances within living memory. But Mahler seems so much closer to us – in part, because of the modernity of his outlook and, in part, because many of his associates – Walter, Klemperer, Alma .... More »

Liszt, the keyboard and posterity + MORE

The following arises from a lecture given in Bergen op Zoom as part of a three-day symposium, ‘Liszt meets Ibach’. I was asked to give a general overview of the significance of Liszt’s keyboard music to complement the more specialised masterclasses, performances, and lectures. In considering .... More »

Ernest Tomlinson: Sweet & Dainty + MORE

‘Sweet & Dainty’ is one of the shortest little numbers on the first Marco Polo retrospective CD of music by the 91 year old light music composer Ernest Tomlinson (b.1924). He has written that this piece of ‘mood music’ was ‘designed for Pride and Prejudice type plays.’ The liner note.... More »
Swiss audiences aren’t known to stand, not, anyway, during ovations at orchestra concerts. Maybe that comes with the complacent territory. Lucky Switzerland ranks No. 1 on the where-to-be-born index.

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Thousands of Canadians awaiting transplant rely on individuals to register their wish to donate – and on families gripped by grief to allow that gift to proceed

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Jinjoo Cho, 26, of South Korea wins Gold in the 2014 International Violin Competition of IndianapolisBy Laurie Niles: Jinjoo Cho, 26, of South Korea has won first prize in the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Laureates were announced Saturday following the last Finals concert with the Indianapolis Symphony at Hilbert Circle Theater.

Photo by Denis Kelly

Here are the laureates and their prizes (pictured below, right to left in order of their placement):

Photo by Denis Kelly

Gold Medalist, Jinjoo Cho, 26, of South Korea: $30,000
Silver Medalist, Tessa Lark, 25, of the United States: $15,000
Bronze Medalist, Ji Young Lim, 19, of South Korea: $10,000
Fourth Place, Dami Kim, 25, of South Korea: $7,000
Fifth Place, Yoo Jin Jang, 23, of South Korea : $6,000
Sixth Place, Ji Yoon Lee, 22, of South Korea: $5,000

Gold medalist Jinjoo Cho is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and attended Curtis Institute…

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John Malveaux: Superb Latonia Moore as Aida sings "Ritorna vincitor" ("Return a conqueror"), by Giuseppe Verdi, on YouTube (7:17)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzKtLVEye08&feature=youtu.be  John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Metropolitan opera soprano Latonia Moore with pianist/composer Richard Thompson was superb during donated concert performance to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 2012 in Los Angeles…

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Otello; Rigoletto; Macbeth review

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Otello; Rigoletto; Macbeth  reviewColiseum; Royal Opera House; Barbican theatre, LondonENOs new Otello sidesteps an old problem, while the ethnic tension is viscerally felt in an African MacbethWhen Laurence Olivier played Othello he studied the mannerisms of Sammy Davis Jr to give the noble Moor what he called negritude. Not everyone was impressed…

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Running, jumping, or burning GaulFar be it from me to join the Schadenfreudian chorus of “Bye, Bye, Berti!” you may have been hearing in certain quarters, but the first thing I am duty-bound to report about San Francisco Opera’s Norma (of which three performances remain) is that they’ve hit the jackpot, coverwise. Russell Thomas, in for Marco Berti, is a very fine Pollione, at once elegant and heroic—a rare combination even in these tenor-rich times with so many worthy lyric singers…

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This production of Verdi’s opera could be played with more suppleness, says Rupert Christiansen

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Aimard – Bach, 20 September 2014

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Wigmore Hall The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One, BWV 846-69Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) Having heard Pierre-Laurent Aimard play The Art of Fugue in this very hall a few years ago, I was, despite very mixed feelings concerning that performance, keen to hear this always interesting, ever-thoughtful artist in Book One of the pianist’s Old Testament…

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Final result!

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Saturday is market day in front of the Concert Hall in Odense – and so it was this morning when I went out for another walk about in this delightful place.  But the focus of the day was the finals this evening.  They are now over and we have the winners.
First was Sébastian Jacot who has given mature performances all week
Second was Yukie Ota who also took no less than three other awards – the children's prize (voted by the children of Odense), the Orchestra Prize, voted by the orchestra, and the Public's prize…

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By Laurie Niles: The last Finals in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis on Saturday featured three of the most beloved violin concertos in the repertoire: the Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius Violin Concertos.

Finalists Ji Young Lim, Yoo Jin Jang and Dami Kim performaned with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at Hilbert Circle Theater, with Joel Smirnoff conducting…

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Breaking: Riccardo Muti gives up Rome Opera

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Breaking: Riccardo Muti gives up Rome OperaAfter a season when the company teetered on the brink of shutdown, the music director has given up.

Sovrintendente Carlo Fuortes communicates with great regret that the Maestro Riccardo Muti has decided to give up the leadership of the two operas Aida and The Marriage of Figaro in the next season of the Teatro dell ‘ Opera…

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Not much clickbait in this post

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Not much clickbait in this postA footnote in the newly published Resonances of the Raj: India in the English Musical Imagination,1897-1947 refers to my anecdote about Alex Ross broadcasting Kaikhosru Sorabji’s monumental Opus Clavicembalisticum on Harvard’s student radio station WHRB shortly after the composer’s death in 1988. The anecdote appeared in a post titled Talk about immortal masterpieces is rather ridiculous, and the book’s author Nalini Ghuman deserve praise for shunning immortal masterpieces and, instead, devoting a scholarly but readable volume to dispelling the myth that Indian music was ‘discovered’ in the post-colonial era…

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Brussels mourns principal horn

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Brussels mourns principal hornThe Brussels Philharmonic has announced the death of its long-standing principal horn, André Van Driessche. He was Belgium’s most influential horn teacher and can be heard on many recordings.


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