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Loving Life ! Mahler 5 Petrenko RLPO, Orchestral Wolf + MORE

 Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra are a great combination, truly major league. More's the pity we don't get to hear them  more often down south.  So hearing them on BBC Radio 3 was a treat, especially with a strong programme of Hugo Wolf orchestral music .... More »
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Aimard/Stefanovich - Brahms and Messiaen, 24 January 2017 + MORE

St John’s, Smith SquareBrahms – Sonata in F minor for two pianos, op.34bMessiaen – Visions de l’AmenPierre-Laurent Aimard, Tamara Stefanovich (pianos) I am not sure that I had ever heard Brahms’s op.34 (the Piano Quintet, to most of us) in its earlier, but not earliest, two piano ve.... More »

The New Quiet: what's the point of classical music made to sleep to? + MORE

London hosts two premieres designed to encourage music and mind to interact in different states of consciousnessClassical concerts usually make few demands on their audiences. All you have to do is turn up, shut up and stay awake long enough to clap at the right bits. Two premieres by British compos.... More »

Who Is Richard Wagner? Paul Dawson-Bowling + MORE

The following is the introduction - especially adapted by the author -  to Paul Dawson-Bowling's two volume introduction and analysis of Wagner and his work: The Wagner ExperienceThe Wagner ExperienceThis is a book of enthusiasm. It is addressed to everyone with an interest or a potential inter.... More »
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Classical music moves towards a single market + MORE

The London Symphony Orchestra is one of Classic FM's partner orchestras. There has been much media spin linked to Simon Rattle's 2017 Barbican concerts as the LSO's incoming music director. The spin includes a shower of anti-Brexit and pro-new London concert hall tweets from Classic FM quoting him, .... More »
Writing for the Atlantic group online (initially Quartz, “a digitally native news outlet launched by Atlantic Media in September 2012—it provides a 24/7 digital guide to the new global economy designed to serve business professionals who travel the world, are focused on international markets, and value critical thinking,” later on the Atlantic website itself), Far East Specialist Gwynn Guilford takes on musical exoticism in “It’s Time to Stop Using ‘Exoticism’ as an Excuse for Opera’s Racism” (July 23, 2014)…

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French-American conductor Marc Minkowski will be combining his two passions in an opening concert for Mozart Week next year

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Tallis By Triptych

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Review: Thomas Tallis (Wanamaker Theatre, Sunday 27 July 2014)
Thomas Tallis/Dr Dee – Brendan O’Hea
Henry VIII/Priest – Simon Harrison
Elizabeth I/Queen Catherine/Mrs Prest – Susie Trayling
Kirsty Hopkins (Soprano)
Alexandra Kidgell (Soprano)
William Purefoy (Countertenor)
Jeremy Budd (Tenor)
Tom Raskin (Tenor)
Ben Davies (Bass)
Director – Adele Thomas
Designer – Hannah Clark
Jessica Swale (Playwright)
The Wanamaker Theatre is making a name for itself in terms of some original productions…

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Briefly Noted: Spohr String Quartets

– ionarts.blogspot.com

L. Spohr, String Quartets, Vol. 17, Concertino String Quartet
(released on July 8, 2014)
Naxos 8.225352 | 56’25"

Vol. 16
(released on May 27, 2014)
Naxos 8.225983 | 57’19"

C. Brown, Louis Spohr: A Critical Biography (1984/2006)
The music of many composers who achieved great fame in their lives has faded into obscurity…

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John Malveaux: Bell Ringing Ceremony Celebrating the 69th Anniversary of Korea Liberation Day at the Korean Friendship Bell, 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM, Aug. 15, 2014John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Phoenix Park-Kim serves as an associate professor of music at Indiana Wesleyan University. Hye-Young Suh is currently Professor of Piano at SungKyul University, South Korea. The two pianists, representing MusicUNTOLD and concluding an international tour, will offer a four-handed performance of “Sanjo” by Korean composer La Jin Won during the Freedom Bell Ringing Ceremony celebrating the 69th Anniversary at the Korean Friendship Bell on August 15, 2014…

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Spain’s supreme court dismisses case against ‘noisy’ pianistWe’ve heard from Laia Martin, the young Spanish pianist who, for the past 11 years, has been pursued through the courts by a litigious neighbour who tried to have her jailed for noise pollution.
This week, the supreme court threw out the neighbour’s appeal against the Gerona court’s original verdict in favour of Laia…

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A critical guide to classical music performances and festivals in New York City and the area.

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International concert pianist Piers Lane: 'Townsville is in my blood'From concert crawls to on-stage conversations, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music is as intimate as its setting, says longstanding artistic directorPiers Lane is a concert pianist with an eclectic taste in socks and an intense passion for the people he works with. He has inoculated himself from the often lonely life of a solo artist by collaborating with a fabulous array of people, most recently actor Patricia Routledge…

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The Adjective That Must Not Be Named

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The Adjective That Must Not Be Named

There must be something in the water but regardless the reason it is tough not to miss the sharp uptick in the number of orchestra press releases coming in using the adjective that shall not be named…the b-word…beloved.
If there’s a better example of old school “greatest-art” era promotional jargon that needs to go, I can’t think of one…

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– irontongue.blogspot.com

A Metropolitan Opera press release says:There’s a 72-hour extension of the talks, with no lockout yet.The Federal Mediation and Reconciliation requested the extension.The Met has reached agreements with Local 32BJ, which represents ushers, ticket takers, cleaning staff, porters, security guards, and office service workers; Local 210, which represents the call center; and Local 30, which represents building engineers…

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Also on tap: Shawn Colvin, Mex I Am Fest, Chris O’Connell and the Smartalecks; closing weekend for ‘The Great Pretender’ at TheatreWorks.

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Susanne Mentzer: Save the Met #weareopera

– www.huffingtonpost.com

Now the Metropolitan Opera, my home for over 20 years of my 34-year career, is in the final hours of labor negotiations. We have been told there will be a lockout starting at midnight Thursday evening when the fiscal year closes.
Read more: The Metropolitan Opera, Classical Music, Labor, Unions, Opera, Arts News

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Arena di Verona to get a roof

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Arena di Verona to get a roofHeavy rains and occasional floods have prompted the town’s mayor to say he’s absolutely determined to put a lid on the opera. At least half of this summer’s performances so far have been called off. Wimbledon has rooofed itself successfully for the tennis.
But critics say a lid will kill the Arena’s charm and ruin the heritage site…

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