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An Equal Music: the enduring power of counterpoint at the Conway Hall

39 minutes agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

The Albion Quartet (Rosalind Ventris, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Emma Parker, Nathaniel Boyd) On Sunday 26 February 2017, the Albion Quartet is appearing at Conway Hall performing Bach, Haydn, Schumann and Walton, as part of the hall's regular Sunday concerts series. Show More Summary

We're crowd-funding!

Johnny Herford, Rosalind Ventris, Robert Hugill, Anna Huntley and William Vann at Potton Hall (Photo: Andrew Walton) I am excited to announce that we have started crowd-funding for Quickening, a new CD of my songs to be issued on the Navona Records label. Show More Summary

A gay museum celebrates Siegfried Wagner

One of the less discreditable secrets guarded at Bayreuth is that Richard Wagner’s son was, behind the facade of marriage, primarily homosexual. Now, Berlin’s gay museum has begun research on an exhibition to celebrate his complicated life. Don’t expect Katharina Wagner to attend. Details here.

Death of a vital Italian modernist

Luigi Pestalozza died yesterday, aged 88. A fighting partisan in the Second World War, he wrote books and essays on Luigi Nono, Schoenberg, Mahler and Russian music. He founded the journal Musica/Realtà in 1980.

The stories we weave are incomplete…

12 hours agoMusic / Classical : Sandow

For Black History Month, something we should be asking. How can classical music tell the full, diverse story of our culture?

Just in: A Swiss orchestra is saved

14 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

A new six-year contract was agreed today for l’Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, the Lugano ensemble which was facing abolition. Details follow (en francais):     Bern (ots) – Berne, 23 février 2017. La délégation de la Fondazione per l’Orchestra della Svizzera italiana (FOSI) et celle de la SSR se sont aujourd’hui mises d’accord sur un nouveau […]

So, Wagner, meet the new ring in town: 2 new operas at the Kennedy Center

“Dead Man Walking” and Terence Blanchard’s “Champion” are focus of WNO’s spring season.

Guest Blogging

Going to a concert I can't get to? Or an opera in the northeast or Europe?Let me know if you'd like to write a review of it, to be published here. I might do some editing, so please be prepared for that.Let me know by email, lhirsch@gmail.com, if you'd like to give this a try. I can't promise press tickets, just some glory.

Newcomer of the year gets an agent

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Austrian violinist Yury Revich, newcomer of the year in the last Echo awards, has been snapped up for management by ex-IMG start-ups Keynote Artists.

New York twitters over fired Times critic

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The one known fact is that Charles Isherwood, the number two theatre critic, was dismissed on February 3 after executives ordered a scan of his emails. No reason has been given for his dismissal. Speculation is rife. Read it here.

How a quartet player saves baggage charges on tour

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

From our weekly diarist Anthea Kreston:     “What’s in my bag?” I always think those little articles, “What’s in my purse” in magazines are hilarious. But (and here I must pat myself on the back a little), I must admit that I feel somewhat of an expert – a packing process which has developed […]

Lincoln Center turns away concertgoer with an anti-Trump sign

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Jenny Heinz was turned away from a Budapest Festival Orchestra concert when she refused to remove from her jacket a sign reading, ‘NO! In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist America.’ The action, by Lincoln Center officials, appears to justify her fears. Read full story here.

Estonia offers every child a musical instrument

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The initiative, marking the centenary of the country’s first chance at independence, underlines the role that music plays in forming national identity. The scheme is in its early stages – fewer that 1,000 instruments have been purchased so far – but plans are in place to reach every school and family in the country. Read […]

Conducting: a dialogue with the unknown

As a farewell tribute to the great Polish conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, who has died at the age of 93, I'd like to post this fascinating interview filmed in 2012, in which he talks at length about the arts of conducting and composing. Also, here is his obituary from Classical Music Magazine.

Korngold, Stravinsky, Stephenson and Rilke

20 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

25 February 2017 sees a striking orchestral programme at St James's Church, Sussex Gardens, Paddington when Harry Ogg conducts the Janus Ensemble in Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Korngold's Violin Concerto and Josephine Stephenson's Abend. Show More Summary

What Riccardo Muti tells his youth orchestra

20 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Our young Chicago friend Liam Jankelovics, 15, is co-principal double bass of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has recently enjoyed his first exposure to the music director of the CSO. Here are Liam’s impressions:     My Evening With Muti   Living in Chicago provides many incredible opportunities for young musicians, and although I […]

Balls: An opera about Billie-Jean King

Balls is one of six new operas featured in ‘First Take’,  a Los Angeles initiative. The composer is Laura Karpman. Read on here. And view video here.

Jonas Kaufmann’s back

After his London mishaps, the German tenor sang at the general rehearsal yesterday of the Vienna Opera ball. Jonas Kaufmann with designer Maria Großbauer. Photo: Barbara Zeininger

How we measure our lives in musicians

In my monthly essay for Standpoint, out now, I look at the way musicians represent milestones in our lives. Waiting for a prescription in a hospital pharmacy in the dying days of 2016, I saw a young woman stacking shelves with toothpaste and analgesics. “First concert I ever went to,” she announced to me, unprompted. […]

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