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Dazzling technique, bags of charm - Songs of Love, War and Melancholy

Jacques-Francois Gallay operatic fantasies; Anneke Scott, Lucy Crowe, Stephen Devine; Resonus Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 27 2015 Star rating: 5.0 Bravura techniques galore in this disc of early 19th century music for natural...Show More Summary

Jerusalem stabbing victim was gifted pianist

Shira Banki, who died yesterday from wounds inflicted by an anti-gay Orthodox fanatic, was just 16 years old. A passionate and talented musician, she played this concerto at the Bet Hakerem music school six years ago. No words can express humanity’s contempt for her murderer.

So Sue Me

12 hours agoMusic / Classical : PostClassic

I have gone against my most deeply-held principles. I have, for the first time, written a quarter-tone piece. As a just-intonationist, I don’t believe in quarter-tones on theoretical grounds. Quarter-tones provide good approximations...Show More Summary

Jennifer Higdon’s ‘Cold Mountain’ Debuts Tonight in Santa Fe

12 hours agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

(via Amanda Ameer) Jennifer Higdon’s first opera, Cold Mountain, premieres at The Santa Fe Opera on August 1, 2015 and runs until August 24. The August 24 performance was added due to interest leading to a sold-out run. Opera Philadelphia will give the East Coast premiere of Cold Mountain and a recording on Pentatone will be released in […]

Orchestra manager is made an honest man

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

We are delighted to report the weekend wedding of John Summers, chief executive of the Halle Orchestra, to Hilary Boulding, principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. We wish them much harmony and happiness.

44 years separate Rosina and Figaro on La Scala stage

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Lilly Jørstad, a student at the La Scala Academy, made her debut this weekend in Barber of Seville opposite Leo Nucci and Ruggero Raimondi. Graham Spicer tells s all about it here. But nota bene: Lilly is 29. Leo and Ruggero are both 73, with a lifetime’s experience behind them. The beauty of opera is that […]

Men only in Euro piano finals

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The jury at thewell-endowed  international Paloma O’Shea piano competition have announced a homogenous set of finalists: all male, and all but one of them Asian. Here‘s the pack: Jinhyung Park (Korea, 18) Juan Perez Floristán (Spain, 22), Kazuya Saito (Japan, 25), Akihiro Sakiya (Japan, 26), David Jae-Weon Huh (Korea, 28) and Jianing Kong (China, 29).

Just in: At Cleveland, it’s new Canadian for old

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced a successor to its retiring executive director, Gary Hanson. Gary, a Canadian,  is a Cleveland lifer – almost 30 years inside during which time he has won the orch unprecedented residencies at the European high spots. He’s to be succeeded by André Gremillet, a Quebecois who has previously managed the symphony […]

Just in: Now Berlin’s settled, Nelsons extends at Boston

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Andris Nelsons may have waited until the Berlin Philharmonic post was finally sorted out before agreeing, this weekend, to a three year extension to his Boston Symphony contract. Press release below. Boston, August 4, 2015: The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons have reached an agreement to extend Mr. Nelsons’ contract as BSO Music Director […]

A pigsty is turned into gleaming music centre

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

A transformation has been wrought in deepest Hampshire. Read here. Before. After.  

No more music on New York’s Music Row

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The last music store on the block of 48th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues has announced it’s closing down. The strip used to be a mecca where you went to buy, upgrade or repair and instrument, not to mention meet musicians of every calibre from all corners of the world. But rising rents, typically tripled […]

12 year-old pianist headlines Newport Jazz Fest

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Joey Alexander, all of 12 years old, has been given a prime slot at Newport. The Bali-born pianist has an album on release and eight million views on Youtube. See what you think. photo: Rebecca Meek

Katherine Jenkins ‘will sing Carmen’

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

It escaped our attention in a busy month that the Welsh mezzo-soprano – popularly described as an opera singer though she has never performed in opera – will sing Carmen next summer at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod. Or perhaps not. Ms Jenkins, who is expecting a baby in the autumn, has agreed to sing ‘all the […]

‘A cheap flight is not worth it if it wrecks your instrument’

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

From Tim Smith: I am not happy with Easyjet after my custom-built guitar was smashed when it was refused space in the overhead lockers and had to go in the hold on a flight to Nice last week. Although I had it safely stowed overhead, and despite my explanations as to why it needed to […]

Partch & Smyth

Renegades. The New Yorker, Aug. 10 and 17, 2015.

Vividly engaging solo cantatas from Anna Prohaska and Arcangelo

Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo at an earlier concert at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Lachrimae - John Dowland, Tarquinio Merula, Henry Purcell, Francesco Cavalli, Giovanni Felice Sances, Barbara Strozzi, Salamone Rossi, Domenico Scarllatti;...Show More Summary

Khatia Buniatishvili: I played two years in Verbier festival orchestra

The Georgian pianist, who has the closing concert at this year’s Verbier Festival, reveals that she spent two formative teenaged summers playing keyboard in its ad hoc orchestra. She’s talking to our copains at resmusica, here.

‘Russia’s Korngold’ dies, at 82

Misha Keylin, who premiered his violin concerto, informs us of the death in Prague after a long illness of  Vladislav Kladnitsky, one of the most successful composers in the Russian film industry. A 1969 score for Pavel Kadochnikov’s The Snow Maiden established his lifelong appeal. Some considered him the Korngold of Russian movies.  

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