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Leading contemporary composer ‘is freshly out as a kinky person’

Georg Friedrich Haas: For decades, I tried to suppress and reject my sexual orientation. I thought of it as immoral. Then I decided to embrace it. I was incredibly lucky to find a partner who is willing to embrace it with me. This weight—I’ve carried it for decades, now suddenly it’s gone. That has caused […]

Vilde Frang, Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo in Mozart Violin Concertos

49 minutes agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Vilde Frang © Marco Borggreve Mozart Symphony No. 27, Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 5, Haydn Symphony No. 47; Vild e Frang, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo; St Johns Smith Square Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 5 2016 Star rating: 5.0 Elegant...Show More Summary

Madam Butterfly is evacuated after bomb threat

14 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

We hear from cast members in Klagenfurt that the opening night of a new production of Butterfly was abandoned at the end of “un bel di” as the result of a bomb threat. The theatre was evacuated and the show was called off. The threat was a hoax.

Two Met gift shop sales staff release a cooler aria

20 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Anastasia & Tais are opera students, aged 23, who met while working at the gift shop of the Metropolitan Opera.  They’ve recorded their own take on The Flower Duet from Lakme, based on vibes from the Brooklyn indie scene. See what you think. Click here for audio.  

What Bach sounds like on a Gibson blues guitar

22 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

John Svoboda is a classical guitarist. Then he started fooling around. Listen here.

All conductors are megalomaniacs! My encounter with conductor James Lowe

James Lowe by Trond Husebo The young British conductor James Lowe is best known in the UK for his work with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and for his tenure as the Artistic Director of the Halle Harmony Youth Orchestra. Show More Summary

Jonathan Plowright at Rhinegold Live

Jonathan Plowright at Rhinegold Live Brahms, Mozart, Paderewski, Chopin; Jonathan Plowright; Rhinegold Live at the Conway Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 4 2016 Star rating: 4.0 Powerful and thoughtful playing this early evening...Show More Summary

Worldwide fanfare for a very uncommon woman conductor

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla. Photo: Nancy Horowitz Above, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, the 29-year-old Lithuanian conductor whose appointment as music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is being cheered across the globe, including in Los Angeles where she is assistant conductor at the LA Philharmonic. Show More Summary

About The Name "Classical Music"

yesterdayMusic / Classical : Sounds

During the past decade or two, there's been a chorus of objections to the name given the sort of Western music commonly referred to as...

Yo Yo Ma…rvellous live from Munich

A superb reading of the Bach suites, on a free feed from BR. Click here.

A rare feast of Feldman

The concentrated work of Morton Feldman doe not often come our way. So we’re happy to share the press release. A celebration of the music of Morton Feldman 1- 4 April 2016 Taking its name from the only organ work by Morton Feldman, Principal Sound celebrates the music of this most individual and influential of […]

Jaap Van Zweden cancels concert at 20 minutes notice.

Just in from a correspondent in Dallas: Assistant conductor Karina Canellakis stepped in at the last minute tonight to lead the Dallas Symphony in Shostakovich’s massive ‘Leningrad’ Symphony after music director Jaap van Zweden had to cancel – literally 20 minutes before curtain – in order catch a plane to Amsterdam and attend to a […]

Classical Music Hyper Production and Practice-As-Research Conference

The Konvalia Quartet playing on electric string instruments On Sunday 31 January 2016 I took part in the Classical Music Hyper Production and Practice-As-Research Conference organised by the London College of Music at the University of West London. Show More Summary

Guildhall principal to retire

At the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Professor Barry Ife is calling it quits at 69, it was announced today. He has been in the job for 12 years. Not, perhaps, the most exhilarating period, according to the list of achievements enumerated in his press release: ·         Realising the School’s long-held ambition to build […]

Sadness as popular US soprano dies of Lou Gehrig’s Disease

We have been informed of the death, in her 50s, of Jayne Casselman, an American soprano who sang major roles in Germany and elsewhere. She was diagnosed with ALS in October 2014 and died two days ago, on February 3. As Isolde (with Ian Storey), 2010 Born in Iowa and educated at the University of Kansas Jayne […]

Unsporting bastards: Olympic committee crushes a young orchestra

The national Olympic Committee of France has taken legal action to force an orchestra to change its name. According to le Canard enchaîné, the Olympic committee objected to the name ‘Le Concert de La Loge Olympique’, a title that has its origins in the series of Paris concerts played by Joseph Haydn in 1783. But the […]

‘Mr Isaac Stern may hold his violin on his lap during takeoffs and landings’

In January 1968, Isaac Stern had some difficulty taking his violin onto a United Airlines flight. On returning home, Isaac called his lawyer, who fired off letters to United and to the Federal Aviation Administration.   The replies, shown to us by Tarisio, the instrument auction house, effectively gave Isaac a passports to carry his […]

Leslie Bassett: You’d have thought they’d perform a Pulitzer-winning piece…

From Bruce Duffie’s interview with the late composer Leslie Bassett, who died yesterday: Bruce Duffie:  First, let me ask you about winning the Pulitzer Prize.  Has that had any great lasting effect on you or your composing? Leslie Bassett:    It brought me a better salary at the University of Michigan, which is nice, but it […]

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