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Many cats are the death of the mouse + MORE

On this day in 1828, the mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser was discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FioGST4B4Jg Born on this day in 1893 composer and conductor Eugene Goossens http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGMKtN_Mk6o Happy 94th (98th?) birthday so.... More »
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Saturday Cinema: John Waxman + MORE

On this week's Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel talks to John Waxman, son of famous film composer Franz Waxman. There will also be a tribute to Marni Nixon, who passed away this week at age 86..... More »
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Shame and dismay as the hijab is worn on an opera stage + MORE

From a correspondent who wishes to remain anonymous:   A production of Rossini’s “Turco in Italia” at the Antalya State Opera features women in hijab on stage. The local anti-government media is calling it “Türban Opera.”   The appearance of the modern hijab .... More »
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Rewarding Concert from BBC NOW and Søndergård Embraces Dutilleux, Debussy and Mozart + MORE

Dutilleux, Debussy, Mozart:  Akiko Suwani* (violin), Rebecca Evans+ (soprano), Jennifer Johnston+ (mezzo-soprano),  Timothy Robinson+ (tenor), Alastair Miles+ (bass), BBC National Orchestra and Chorus+ of Wales / Thomas Søndergård (conductor). St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 22.1.2016. (PCG) Henri D.... More »
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Schumann: Symphonies Nos 14 CD review Robin Ticciati delivers an irresistible performance + MORE

Scottish CO/Ticciati(Linn, 2 CDs)Robin Ticciatis Schumann cycle is the third complete set to appear in the last six months, following Yannick Nézet-Séguins version with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for Deutsche Grammophon and Simon Rattles with the Berlin Philharmoniker on the&.... More »

The underage orchestra: a definitive list

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The underage orchestra: a definitive listAfter the London Symphony Orchestra appointed a school-leaver as its co-principal trombone last week, we put out a call for the youngest-ever players in an international class orchestra.
Setting aside 14 year old Duaa Majid Azzawi who was appointed second oboe in the Iraq National Symphoy Orchestra in 2009, this is what our readers have offered by way of a definitive listing:
 
At 15 years old:
Barry Tuckwell, principal 3rd horn with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (later with LSO)
Gregor Piatigorsky, principal cellist in the Bolshoi Theatre orchestra (later at Berlin Philharmonic)…

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Terry Gilliam's production of  Benvenuto Cellini - in picturesA selection of rehearsal, behind-the-scenes images and costume designs from Terry Gilliam’s production of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini that opens at English National Opera on 5 June 2014. Read Terry Gilliam’s production diary Continue reading…

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Franco-Russian treasure trails around W1…

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On Saturday evening at the Wigmore Hall I’m doing a pre-concert talk before Alina Ibragimova and Steven Osborne’s recital. It will be a sort of Franco-Russian treasure trail full of exciting musical connections, some of which are even relevant to Debussy and Prokofiev. Do come along – am anticipating a sensational concert.

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Learning to love Lina - an encounter with Nelly MiricioiuNelly MiricioiuIn 1998, the London-base Romanian soprano Nelly Miricioiu appeared for the first time with Chelsea Opera Group in Rossini’s Semiramide, I was there and can testify to it being a terrific performance; in fact Semiramide was a role which Miricioiu had been performing in Europe. It was to be the beginning of a long and profitable relationship with Miriociu making an an almost annual appearance with Chelsea Opera Group…

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Surprise Gift from the Younger Me

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In case you happen to be in Canberra this Saturday (conflicts with my acupuncture appointment in Kingston, sadly), the ANU New Music Ensemble and their guests, Uncut Percussion, will give the world premiere of my The Stream (Admonitions), which I wrote in 1987 and forgot about until I ran across the manuscript this spring…

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“Too Tired to Attend Opening Night of the Opera”“Even Mary Garden herself is said to be in a state of mind because Mme. Bourskaya has been given several of Mary’s best roles.” [The Washington Times]

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Covent Garden’s Carmélites an Impressive Production

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 Poulenc, Dialogues des Carmélites: Soloists, Royal Opera Chorus (chorus master: Stephen Westrop), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House /Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 2.6.2014 (MB) Cast: Chevalier de la Force – Yann Beuron Marquis de la Force – Sir Thomas Allen Blanche de la Force – Sally Matthews Thierry – […]

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Bernanos and Robinson: states of grace

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Bernanos and Robinson: states of graceThe strange world of Georges Bernanos has enveloped me since I began City Lit Opera in Focus classes on Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, a work I’m now more convinced than ever is one of the great 20th century masterpieces. It’s already prompted the most probing conversations with the students on essential matters of life, terminal illness and faith; I look forward to seeing Robert Carsen’s already celebrated production at the Royal Opera next week…

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Barbican HallBeethoven – Violin Concerto in D major, op.61Henze – Being BeauteousSchumann – Symphony no.2 in C major, op.61Veronika Eberle (violin)London Symphony OrchestraSir Simon Rattle (conductor) This was very much a concert of two halves. A well-nigh unlistenable performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto was arbitrarily pulled about to an extent I had never heard before, and hope never to hear again…

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For one night, all night, the sounds of French composer Erik Satie will take up residence at Northrop Auditorium.

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First, a Ring without words. Now, a Ring without musicians.Not sure whether to laugh hysterically, or weep.

A man called Charles M. Goldstein is trying to raise money for a Ring cycle in Hartford, Connecticut. It’s an economy Ring with a digital orchestra. Says Goldstein:  My digital instruments come from the Vienna Symphonic Library and are basically from the players of the Vienna Philharmonic and other Viennese orchestras…

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ArtsBeat: Budapest Orchestra Has Bows Seized Over Ivory ConcernsThe Budapest Festival Orchestra had seven of its bows seized at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday over concerns that they contained forbidden African elephant ivory.

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Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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