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Pianist Mark Boozer: I just wanted to let you know about my new YouTube channel, which contains uploads of several performances of standard repertoire. + MORE

Mark BoozerMark Boozer, classical pianist, recording artist, Associate Professor of Music at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit http://www.cau.edu/department-of-music/music-faculty/mark-boozer.htmlMark Boozer plays Robert Schumann - Fantasy in C Major, O.... More »
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LSO/Gardiner review – lovingly attentive Mendelssohn + MORE

Barbican, LondonJohn Eliot Gardiner and the London Symphony Orchestra celebrated the Shakespeare anniversary with a perfectly judged all-Mendelssohn programmeShakespeare’s 400th is already making its mark in London’s musical programming this year. But it needs no anniversary to justify Mendelsso.... More »

Breaking Bad star wins fan prom date + MORE

Actor Bryan Cranston helps a teenage Breaking Bad fan secure a date to his prom, by filming a special proposal in character as Walter White..... More »

5 Questions to Christopher Rountree + MORE

wild Up is described in most reviews as a contemporary classical ensemble, but Artistic Director Christopher Rountree likes to refer.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
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Eifman’s Anna Karenina Harks Back to Choreography Soviet Style + MORE

 Tchaikovsky, Anna Karenina: Saint Petersburg Eifman Ballet, London Coliseum, London, 19.04.2014 (J.O’D)   Dancers Anna:  Natalia Povoroznyuk Karenin: Oleg Markov Vronsky: Oleg Gabyshev Aigerim Beketyaya, Dmitry Fisher, Denis Klimuk, Yulia Manjeles, Oleg Markov, Natalia Povoroznyuk, Angela .... More »
Andriessen Overload 3: Cristina Zavalloni & AutobiographyAndrea Rebaudengo & Cristina ZavalloniStrathmore Mansion (North Bethesda, MD)April 8, 2014Louis Andriessen: Letter from Cathy (2003), Base (1994)John Cage: Selections from Six Melodies (1950)Igor Stravinsky: The Owl and the Pussy-Cat (1966), Trois petites chansons (Souvenir de mon enfance) (1913)Andriessen: XENIA (2005/2014)Cristina Zavalloni: Bastava quel cielo (2005)Andriessen: Beatles Songs (1966), Le voile du bonheur (1966/1971), Passeggiata in tram in America e ritorno (1998), Y después (1983)Cristina Zavalloni (voice)Monica Germino (violin)Andrea Rebaudengo (piano)The retrospective, that staple of the visual arts world, ought to be more popular in new music circles…

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Calixto Bieito uses thrilling stagecraft and theatrical clarity, says Rupert Christiansen

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Andriessen 75: A Retrospective at Strathmore MansionThe retrospective, that staple of the visual arts world, ought to be more popular in new music circles. As was the case with this informal soirée, once again featuring Louis Andriessen’s two most sympathetic collaborators, mezzo-soprano Cristina Zavalloni and violinist Monica Germino, an intelligently programmed autobiographical portrait concert usually says more about a composer’s practice than any of the official PR boilerplate…

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Hallé/Elder review

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Hallé/Elder  reviewBridgewater Hall, ManchesterJohn Casken’s oboe concerto depicted birdsong and battle with moving effect, while the cabaret-based Shostakovich with its strutting fascists was a tour de forceJohn Casken’s Apollinaire’s Bird is at once an oboe concerto and a meditation on the sad brutality of war. Written for Stéphane Rancourt, who gave its world premiere with the Hallé under Mark Elder, it draws its inspiration from Guillaume Apollinaire’s poem Un Oiseau Chante, written during the first world war…

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Sweet-toned Schumann and Intriguing Bruckner from Saraste

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 Schumann and Bruckner: Renaud Capuçon (violin), London Philharmonic Orchestra / Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 9.4.2014 (MB)   Schumann – Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23 Bruckner – Symphony no.8 in C major   The Schumann Violin Concerto remains a problematical work; too good to discard, not quite coherent enough ever – […]

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Rome Goes Russian

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 Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky.  Chorus and Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.  Chorus Master, Ciro Visco.  Conductor, Stanislav Kochanovsky.  Evgeny Nikitin (bass)  Sala Santa Cecilia 07.04.2014 (JB) If you’ve seen Angelo Bozzolini’s documentary about the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia you will know that these players look forward every year to working with Yuri Temirkanov…

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The world-renowned pianist will bring his music to Lake Wobegon while he hopes to discover some new things himself. 'A Prairie Home Companion' airs on Saturdays at 5 p.m. on Classical MPR.

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Refreshing antidote to clickbait music journalismComposing a World: Lou Harrison, Musical Wayfarer appears to have been remaindered as new copies are available from the States on Amazon at very low prices. This definitive study of a grossly underrated composer comes complete with a CD of Harrison’s music that is worth the discounted price alone. Running to almost 400 pages with chapter headings inclusing ‘Music and the Dance’, ‘Lou Harrison and East Asian Music’, ‘Sounding off: Music and Politics’, ‘Harrison, Homosexuality and the Gay World, and ‘Not Just Music: Criticism, Poetry, Art and Typography’, Composing a World is a refreshing antidote to today’s all-pervasive clickbait music journalism…

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Dance: German Choreographer Takes on WagnerSasha Waltz is staging a new production of Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” at the Staatsoper Berlin.

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Congratulations Michael Fabiano!The spectacular young American tenor has just been named the winner of the 2014 Richard Tucker award.

Top photo: Arielle Doneson

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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

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Charles T. Downey, Library of Congress’s contemporary music show scores
Washington Post, April 11, 2014

E. Rautavaara, String Quintet No. 1 (inter alia), Sibelius Quartet, J.-E. Gustafsson (Ondine, 1998)The past week’s concert schedule has been loaded with contemporary music, from an anniversary celebration for Louis Andriessen to a residency by British composer Oliver Knussen…

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Powder her face – Thomas Adès at AmbikaP3Amanda Roocroft and actors in Powder Her Facecopyright Richard Hubert Smith Thomas Ades Powder her Face: ENO at AmbikP3 Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Apr 4 2014 Star rating: 4.0New production of Ades’ opera in an dramatic new spaceThis new production by the ENOof Thomas Adès’ Powder her face at AmbikaP3was a thrilling exposé of a decadent life’s fall from grace…

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Breaking: Serge Dorny resumes control at Lyon

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Breaking: Serge Dorny resumes control at LyonFrance Musique reported a few minutes ago that Serge Dorny, sacked before he started as opera boss in Dresden, has moved straight back into his old job at Lyon. He told one of the radio station’s producers by phone: ‘la mairie de Lyon m’a renouvelé sa confiance (the town hall of Lyon has renewed its confidence […]

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