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A leading Danish ensemble has less than a month to live + MORE

The well-known Esbjerg Ensemble in the southwest of Denmark has been warned it will lose its subsidy in a programme of regional cuts on October 5. The ensemble has been the only classical group in its region for 17 years. Here’s an appeal from its founder, Michel Camille, asking you to sign a.... More »

ArtsBeat: WikiLeaks-Inspired Recital Among Next Wave Festival Premieres + MORE

Among the notables on the program at the Next Wave Festival: Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Vijay Iyer and the Berliner Ensemble..... More »

Gerald Finley: Don Giovanni is the Mick Jagger of opera + MORE

What does it take to play Mozart's rakish seducer?.... More »

Mozart Matinée + MORE

Matinées are quite common in the theatre, but less so in the concert hall. Tomorrow, 4 April 2017, Cadogan Hall is presenting an all-Mozart matinee when Alan Tongue and the Beecham Orchestra are joined by pianist Iain Farrington for Mozart's Divertimento in F K 138, Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major.... More »

Sphinx Virtuosi On Tour: Jessie Montgomery on YouTube + MORE

Jessie Montgomeryhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pDV43CNU3I&feature=youtu.bePhoto by Daniel CavazosAs you may have heard, Sphinx's annual Sphinx Virtuosi tour has gotten off to a wonderful start! This ensemble has been dazzling audiences across the country with a dynamic and diverse progra.... More »
Depardieu in Cannes on role inspired by politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn

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Kronos Quartet at 40; Quatuor Tana  reviewBarbican, London; Vale of Glamorgan festival, CardiffThe Kronos Quartet celebrated 40 years of shaking things up, as Belgium’s young Quatuor Tana made a memorable UK debutOnce upon a time, to become a gold standard string quartet, it was enough to play sublimely the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven as core concert repertoire, over and over again…

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BaltimoreSun.com: 'Clarinetist, Peabody faculty member Anthony McGill gets new post; gives recital here Sunday'Anthony McGill (David Finlayson / Baltimore Sun)The Baltimore SunMay 14, 2014 | By Tim SmithWQXR in New York reports that Anthony McGill, one of the most eloquent clarinetists of our day, will join the New York Philharmonic in September as principal.***If you heard McGill’s sublime account of the Mozart concerto with the Baltimore Symphony a couple months ago, you know how fortunate the Philharmonic will be…

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Ballet takes over Orchestra Victoria

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ORCHESTRA Victoria will become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Australian Ballet, ending years of indecision about how to provide a viable pit orchestra in the state.

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Al Jazeera America: 'Brill, Phil! New York orch names first African-American principal' Clarinetist Anthony McGill has been appointed as the first African American principal of the New York Philharmonic. Hiroyuki Ito / Getty ImagesAl Jazeera AmericaThe ScrutineerBy E. Tammy KimMay 15, 2014The great clarinetist Anthony McGill has made history by becoming the first African-American principal, or section leader, in the New York Philharmonic, effective this fall…

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Guy Barash

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The composer's début album, Facts about Water, is now out on Innova. There will be a related concert at Roulette on May 21, with readings by the author Nick Flynn, with whom Barash often collaborates.

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Music Review: Bernard Haitink Conducts the PhilharmonicThe Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink is leading the New York Philharmonic in Mahler’s Third.

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Gheorghiu the Diva vs Angela the Woman
Angela Gheorghiu and Jeff Cohen 2014

Angela Gheorghiu acts the diva, but she doesn’t seem to be one.
Before her appearances in Italy she leaves bold statements in the newspapers — “I don’t feel the shadow of Callas” — “La Scala should educate their staff” — which manages to irritate both opera fans and management before she’s even sung a note…

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In search of the contemporary string quartet - Quatuor Tana at Vale of Glamorgan Music FestivalQuatuor Tana and Nick Baron Music for string quartet by Gabriel Jackson, Yann Robin, John Metcalf, Daniel D’Adamo, John Tavener: Quatuor Tana, Nick Baron: Vale of Glamorgan Music Festival at Ewenny Priory Church Reviewed by Robert Hugillon My 16 2014 Star rating: 4.0Young Belgian string quartet performs contrasting group of contemporary works for string quartetEwenney Priory Church The Belgium-based string quartet, Quatuor Tana made their second appearance of the Vale of Glamorgan Music Festival at the lovely Ewenny Priory on 16 May 2014…

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Birtwistle at 80 (1) – Gawain, 16 May 2014

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Birtwistle at 80 (1) - Gawain, 16 May 2014BarbicanGawain – Leigh MelroseThe Green Knight, Sir Bertiak de Hautdesert – Sir John TomlinsonMorgan Le Fay – Laura AikinLady de Hautdesert – Jennifer JohnstonKing Arthur – Jeffrey Lloyd RobertsA Fool – John Graham HallGuinevere – Rachel NichollsBishop Baldwin – William TowersAgravain – Ivan LudlowYwain – Robert Anthony GardinerSound Intermedia (sound design)Aqamera (projections)John Lloyd Davies (direct0r)BBC Singers (conductor: Andrew Griffiths)BBC Symphony OrchestraMartyn Brabbins (conductor)   This was a truly outstanding performance, thoroughly worthy of its standing ovation…

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Where has all the wonder gone?

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Where has all the wonder gone?The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it seems pointless.That wisdom from the Nobel laureate physicist Steven Weinberg also applies to classical music. Radio presenters telling us why we should be moved by self-evident masterpieces simply makes the music pointless. Which explains why the UK audience for classical radio has plunged by 10…

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Der Rosenkavalier, Glyndebourne Festival OperaYou can count on Richard Jones for challenging our perceptions and turning expectation on its head but the image of the Marschallin rising Venus-like from her bath while showers of water rain down like gold dust on her post-coital nakedness is not exactly one that a century’s tradition of Der Rosenkavalier would recognise…

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Straussian high days and holy days

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Straussian high days and holy daysTussock time, as in leaping from one pleasure to another, truly began the Friday before last with the annual Europe Day Concert in St John’s Smith Square and continued on Sunday and Monday at Glyndebourne. 150th birthday boy Richard Strauss was central to both: for the Rosenkavalier Study Day, obviously, in anticipation of Richard Jones’s production opening this afternoon – can’t wait – and in the truly surprising component of the European Union Youth Orchestra’s yearly marriage with singers from the European Opera Centre (official credit to the European Commission for the concert photos)…

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