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The pitfalls and perks of playing a concert hall piano + MORE

The tone and touch of a piano might be terrific or terrible, so how does a performer prepare? Pianist Boris Giltburg describes the keyboard of his dreams Continue reading....... More »
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Review: ‘Death for Five Voices,’ About a Vanguard Composer + MORE

This new musical from the Prospect Theater Company is about the early modern composer Carlo Gesualdo..... More »
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Rare outing with nuance and life + MORE

It is shamefully rare for a classical music concert program to be dominated by the music of female composers..... More »
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National orchestra boss is sacked after 10 months + MORE

The national orchestra of Belgium has shown artistic director Jozef de Witte a quick route to the door. The media have been informed of irreconcilable differences.  De Witte, a political appointee, had no recent orchestral experience. For the past 11 years he had been running an anti-racism organi.... More »
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SF Opera's Lucia di Lammermoor + MORE

* Notes * A new production of Lucia di Lammermoor opened last night at San Francisco Opera with local favorite and Adler alum Nadine Sierra in the title role. There was much beautiful singing and playing, but while there were many strong elements in the staging, it didn't add up to a cohesive .... More »
Bach – Mass in B minor, BWV 232Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem, op.45Beethoven – Missa solemnis in D major, op.123Ah perfido, op.65Fidelio, op.72: ‘Abscheulicher! … Komm, Hoffnung’Mozart – Ave verum corpus, KV 618Strauss – Vier letzte LiederThe early Philharmonia Orchestra (featured on the greater part of these recordings) was an extraordinary band…

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Conservatories have produced a glut of fifth-rate composersDear Bob, I am a freelance pianist-composer from the smallest state in the USA, and I have a personal stake in some themes you have blogged about recently, to wit, the difficulty faced by new composers in getting heard, and the low income of composers at large. Regarding the first of these themes – Liberty resides in the rights of the music you find most odious – naturally I completely agree with John Stuart Mill’s dictum, which is identical in substance to Voltaire’s much more famous statement on freedom of speech…

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The sounds of the forest will be heard in musical form at the Bedgebury National Pinetum.

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The quick smile of Mary Whitaker

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The quick smile of Mary WhitakerJonathan Taylor, who works for several New York orchestras, has written this touching tribute to his friend, the violinist  Mary Whitaker, who was shot dead by robbers at her upstate rural home.
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I had the privilege of working with Mary Whitaker for thirty years, primarily with the Westchester Philharmonic and American Composers Orchestra…

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Grimeborn: The Medium review  a deft, intrepid productionArcola, London E8Menotti takes flight in more ways than one at GrimebornThe prolific Italian composer Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007) was coolly regarded by the classical world, especially in his final years. Despite the perennial success of his sweetly sentimental children’s TV opera Amahl and the Night Visitors (1951), his approachable, mostly tonal and undeniably old-fashioned music is hardly performed in concert halls…

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The Fairy Queen: A Production Evoking the Spirit of Purcell

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    Purcell, The Fairy Queen: The Sebastians, Jeff Grossman (musical director), Christopher Caine (director and choreographer) East Thirteenth Street Theaters, New York  18.8.2014 (SSM)    I  had some difficulty starting this review. No, not the normal writer’s block, but rather a struggle to find the adjectives that would do justice to this performance…

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Haydn – Die JahreszeitenBeethoven – Missa solemnis in D major, op.123Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem, op.45 In our allegedly ‘historically-informed’ times, it has become unfashionable to laud Herbert von Karajan’s work in Classical repertoire. So much the worse for fashion. From Mozart’s divertimenti to Haydn’s oratorios, much of his finest work is to be found here…

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Mickey Thomas Terry Performs Organ Works by Bach, Dupre and African-American Composers at Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC, 5 PM, Oct. 12Morningstar Music Publishershttp://www.morningstarmusic.comMickey Thomas TerryOn Sunday, October 12 at 5pm, Mickey Thomas Terry will be presented in recital at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York as part of “The Great Organ” series. Performed will be organ works by Bach, Dupre, and African-American composers…

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The opera glasses are half fullNow that we have the good news (or anyway the goodish news) that the Met’s season will continue apace, let’s unbend a bit, cher public, and discuss off-topic and general interest subjects.

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Wagner in Berwick-upon-Tweed

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Wagner in Berwick-upon-TweedBerwick-upon-Tweed seems an unlikely  place to go for Wagner but if you visit The Maltings this weekend (23 & 24 August 2014), then Wagner is just what you will find. And not Wagner on the big screen, though The Maltings has an admirable programme of telecasts from Covent Garden. They are performing Act one of Wagner’s The Valkyrie, preceded by the Siegried Idyll…

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CD Spotlight. Most Intriguing

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Music by Rameau, heard by Robert Anderson. ‘… much sensitive playing from the whole team.’

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Tippett Quartet(Naxos)These two Polish composers, born and dying within years of one another, tackled the string quartet medium at different stages in their long careers. Witold Lutoslawski (1913-94) wrote his only example, in two sections and lasting just under half and hour, in 1964. He uses his favoured device of controlled aleatory as well as exploiting highest pitches, near inaudible pianissimos and brilliant furioso outbursts, which the Tippett Quartet deliver with relish…

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Schubert's Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

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Schubert's Enigma of Kaspar HauserEver wondered why we don’t hear Schubert’s operas more often? Occasional extracts, recorded by the likes of Jonas Kaufmann and Christian Gerhaher, prove that within them there is some vintage Franzi music; now and then, too, an enterprising company in Germany or Austria sees fit to give Fierrabras or Alfonso und Estrella a peer over the parapet, though this is rare…

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