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On this day in 1918, Allied troops occupied Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire. Born on this day in 1850 author and poet Robert Louis Stevenson Born on this day in 1914 librettist and compose.... More »

Opera & Classical Music Listings for Jan. 30-Feb. 5 + MORE

A selected, critical guide to performances of classical music in New York City..... More »

Critic’s Notebook: Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music Play Strauss’s ‘Ein Heldenleben’ + MORE

Two orchestras say they performed the challenging “Ein Heldenleben” without knowing the other institution had planned to do the same..... More »

Met Opera: Die Fledermaus + MORE

Join us Saturday at noon for a broadcast of 'Die Fledermaus', live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. This sparkling production features performances by Susanna Phillips, Susan Graham, and Paulo Szot. James Levine conducts..... More »

Hanns Eisler Deutsche Sinfonie : Anti Fascist Cantata + MORE

On Sunday, Fabio Luisi conducts Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem at the Barbican. Why "A" German Requiem as opposed to "the" or just plain "German Requiem"? Lots of reasons. An opportune time to consider another "German Requiem", Hanns Eisler's Deutsche Sinfonie  "an Anti-Fascist Cantata", eff.... More »
Sure, it’s sort of a bromide, but it’s apt: what was once old is new again. Along with a resurgence in recent years for composing for period instruments, the harpsichord as acted as an unlikely phoenix during the 20th and 21st Centuries. Having fallen into disuse from the Classical period until the Interwar period, the harpsichord continues […

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15 penniless composers


Money. Dosh. Wonga. Call it what you will, but all too often when it comes to art we like to ignore this unpalatable necessity. Ever since Beethoven, we’ve harboured the Romantic idea that composers simply live for their art alone, unfettered by everyday trivialities such as paying the bills or buying food…

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Interview with Philippe Quint: The Tchaikovsky Violin ConcertoBy Laurie Niles: After some 200 performances of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Russian-born violinist Philippe Quint felt it was time to record this work that has been part of his musical backdrop since childhood.

Last week, he released his first all-Russian album, a recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, with with the Sofia Philharmonic led by conductor Martin Panteleev…

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Haitink 60th Jubilee Mahler 4 broadcast RFO not RCO


Haitink 60th Jubilee Mahler 4 broadcast RFO not RCO Last night, Bernard Haitink conducted Mahler Symphony no 4  to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his debut as a conductor. It’s ONLINE NOW, in full video ! Listen soon because it won’t be up long. Mahler 4 is very close to Haitink’s heart, so this is a wonderful performance,. But it’s even more poignant because, on this very important occasion, he’s conducting the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra…

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Berlin’s Neuköllner Oper has created an engaging, refreshing new opera drawn from the everyday lives of the company’s unglamorous home district

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This new trip, hosted by Performance Today's Fred Child, travels to venues, concerts and activities along the Danube River. It features an exclusive private concert at Vienna's Mozarthaus, where Mozart lived for three years. Learn more about the itinerary.

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The great big city’s a wondrous toyOn this day in 1609, Henry Hudson discovered Manhattan Island and the indigenous people living there.

Born on this day in 1524 poet Pierre de Ronsard

Born on this day in 1711 composer William Boyce


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ArtsBeat: Classical Playlist: Strauss, Bartok, John Dowland and MoreTimes critics share what they’ve been listening to lately.

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10 Composers in fast cars


10 Composers in fast cars
Rachmaninov takes the wheel

Puccini waits for driver

Schoenberg shows the wife

Britten takes the boys out for a ride

Prokofiev (2l.) takes a lesson

Alban Berg takes a spin with Alma Mahler

Copland changes a wheel

John Cage gets child-locked

Kurt Weill, back fender driver

Richard Strauss drove a Mercedes…

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Charles Owen at Rhinegold Live


Charles Owen at Rhinegold Live Mendelssohn, Bach, Muhly, Debussy; Charles Owen; Rhinegold Live at the Conway Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 9 2014 Star rating: 4.0Varied and engrossing rush-hour concert from talented young pianistThe Rhinegold Live series of rush-hour concerts continued on Tuesday 9 September 2014 at the Conway Hall, with pianist Charles Owen playing a programme of music by Mendelssohn, Bach, Debussy and Nico Muhly…

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Vocal standards are high and the orchestra gives an exhilarating reading, but the production only partially papers over the cracks in Strauss’s opera

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Strauss: Josephslegende CD review  beautifully performed rarityWeimar Staatskapelle/Solyom(CPO)Premiered in Paris in May, Josephslegende was Richard Strausss first completed ballet score. Its history was vexed, and there is still considerable disagreement as to its qualities and worth. Composed to a scenario by Strausss regular librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal and his friend, the diarist Harry Kessler, it was originally commissioned by Diaghilev as a vehicle for Nijinsky to be both choreographer and principal dancer…

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Sibelius tone poems enthrall Gerald Fenech. ‘A magically enthralling foray into Finnish mythology.’

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