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Christian Gerhaher’s Mahler Recital Does Not Disappoint   + MORE

 Mahler: Christian Gerhaher (baritone), Gerold Huber (piano). Wigmore Hall, London, 19.12. 2014 (MB) Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn Kindertotenlieder   It has always proved a great pleasure for me to hear Christian Gerhaher, and this Wigmore Hall recital proved no.... More »
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Young American pianist in UK debut with David Matthew's Piano Concerto + MORE

Thomas Nickell - photo Stephen SullivanDavid Matthews' Piano Concerto receives its first London performance on 16 July 2016 when the 17-year-old American pianist Thomas Nickell (read my interview with Thomas) makes his UK debut performing the concerto with the Orchestra of the Swan, conductor David .... More »
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Between the dragon and his wrath + MORE

Aribert Reimann’s 1978 opera Lear, based of course on Shakespeare’s titanic tragedy King Lear, is a major achievement in modern operatic scoring. In a DVD from a deeply interesting 2014 production from Staatsoper Hamburg, we find a fascinating if flawed direction by Karoline Gruber, propulsive a.... More »
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Pianist Imogen Cooper to headline Northern Aldborough Festival + MORE

Website:  www.aldboroughfestival.com Tel:  01423 900979 Email:  festival@aldborough.com .... More »
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Support Schubert ! + MORE

A major new development! The Oxford Lieder Festival has been offered amazing matched funding for its Sponsor a Song scheme. This means big money for a small but exceptionally worthy enterprise, which this year mounts the biggest and most comprehensive celebration of Schubert's songs and chamber mus.... More »

Thrilling 2015, 2016 – Garsington Opera at Wormsley

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Thrilling 2015, 2016 - Garsington Opera at WormsleyThrilling 2015 and 2016 for Garsington Opera at Wormsley, showing how it’s maturing, and developing a unique niche in the British opera world. As the curtain goes up on Garsington Opera’s 25th anniversary season, Douglas Boyd, artistic director, has announced two major developments – partnerships with The Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, Stratford, and the Philharmonia Orchestra, London…

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Surprising Anomalies Between Performances of Die Walküre

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 Wagner: Die Walküre, Liceu’s Orchestra, Josep Pons (conductor), The Liceu, Barcelona, 22 & 23.5.2014. (JMI)   Casts: Brünnhilde: Irene Theorin/Catherine Foster Wotan: Albert Dohmen/Greer Grimsley Siegmund: Klaus Florian Vogt/Frank Van Aken Sieglinde: Anja Kampe/Eva Maria Westbroek Fricka: Mihoko Fujimura/Katarina Karneus Hunding: Eric Halfvarson/Ante Jerkunica Gerhilde: Sonja Mühleck Ortlinde: Maribel Ortega Waltraute: Pilar Vázquez Schwertlleite: Kismara […]

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On the Air This Week

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Highlights from May 27 to June 3 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Austin High School Wind Ensemble. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: writer Josh McCaffrey. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: Austin High School Wind Ensemble. Thursday, 3 pm hour:…

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Country opera hires London orchestra

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Country opera hires London orchestraThe bucolic art form is growing in England.
Glyndebourne, est. 1934, employs two London orchs, the LPO and the Age of Enlightenment.
Garsington Opera, est. 1990, has, until now, employed a pick-up ensemble of mostly London-based musicians.
Today it announces that from 2017 it will engage the Philharmonia Orchestra for one full production…

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BCMG/Knussen review  Harrison Birtwistle as confrontational as everMilton Court, LondonOliver Knussen and the BCMG bring edge-of-the-seat drama to works from the first half of Birtwistle’s seven-decade careerThe Barbican Centre’s celebration of Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday ranges right across all seven decades of his career as a composer, and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s contribution to it, conducted by Oliver Knussen, focused on key works from the first half of that period…

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The official classical chart

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Week ending 24 May 2014
 



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Jenkins: Motets
Polyphony/Stephen Layton
Deutsche Grammophon
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Miloš: Aranjuez
Miloš Karadaglic
Mercury Classics 4810811
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Elgar: Symphony No…

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If you're a serious musician or music lover who has decided to read more about music, where should you look?

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The New York Philharmonic’s annual free concert at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine drew its usual large and enthusiastic crowd.

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Former Chetham’s teacher is charged with sexual offenceThe conductor Nicholas Smith, a former head of chorus at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, has been charged with indecent assault on a teenaged girl, a pupil at the school, between between 4 May 1976 and 3 June 1978.
Smith, 65, who once conducted the Ulster Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic, lives in France…

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Symphony guide: Mozart's 41st ('Jupiter')Mozart’s 41st symphony – the last he composed – is full of postmodernism, palimpsests, and pure exhilarationYoure a little dull/ My dear Pompeo/The ways of the world/Go study them. The words of the aria, Un bacio di mano (A kiss on the hand), composed as an insert for Pasquale Anfossis opera Le gelosie fortunate by Mozart in 1788, to words probably by Lorenzo da Ponte…

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So close to Memorial Day, we're considering music from two Hollywood war films unified by their great music written by distinctive composer Elmer Bernstein.

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Carlo re d'Alemagna

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Enjoy a duet from the first act of Scarlatti's little-known opera

Fabio Biondi resurrected Scarlatti's 1716 opera in 2003 and this is the first time it has appeared on disc…

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Lachenmann, Pesson, and Insubstantiality (or: Zombie Music)Robert Rauschenberg, Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1953In 1983, Hans-Werner Henze made West German headlines for singling out Helmut Lachenmann as the high priest of a veritable cult of “musica negativa.” Poor old Henze: he was only echoing the perception, still widely held in this country, that Lachenmann’s work “aggressively rejects almost everything that traditional classical music takes as a premise…

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