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Prom 48: Ever Icelandic - Tectonics at the Royal Albert Hall

Ilan Volkov and the Iceland Symphony Orchestraat the BBC Proms - Photo Alistair Muir Haukur Tómasson, Jón Leifs, Beethoven, Schumann; Jonathan Biss, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov; BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall Reviewed...Show More Summary

Prom 58: Richard Strauss's Salome

Nina Stemme Richard Strauss Salome; Nina Stemme, Doris Soffel, Burkhard Ulrich, Samuel Youn, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Donald Runnicles; BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 30 2014 Star rating: 5.0 Lithe,Show More Summary

"It's got to be obsessive." Meet Mark-Anthony Turnage

I went to see Mark-Anthony Turnage the other week to talk to him about the revival of Anna Nicole that is to open the Royal Opera House's new season (11 Sept). Article is in the Independent now and the uncut version is below. First,Show More Summary


So I am watched part of the Operalia webcast with head in hands. Somebody take the stick away from Domingo, please, because he is undercutting every one of those poor young singers. Where is Alfredo Kraus when you need him? Because......incredibly crude Duke of Mantua......pretty bad Werther.... Show More Summary

Choral at Cadogan - 2014/15 season launch

Last night, 28 August, Cadogan Hall launched the 2014/15 Choral at Cadogan series with a short taster from Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars. The group performed three works from the Metamorphosis programme which they will be presenting at Cadogan Hall on 23 October 2014. Show More Summary

Coronation of Poppea at Grimeborn Festival

Rosie Aldridge and Elizabeth Holmes Monteverdi The Coronation of Poppea; Ryedale Festival Opera, director Nina Brazier, music director Christopher Glynn; Grimeborn Festival at Arcola Theatre Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 28 2014 Star...Show More Summary

aworks album log :: august 29, 2014 @lautenmusic @cage #indeterminism

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : aworks

American classical: Simon Allen, Chris Burn, Lee Patterson, Mark Wastell - Four4 I'm slowly realizing instrumentation and performance make a big difference in the John Cage number songs. This an example of an excellent interpretation (and here's a blog about...

Change of Plans

My plans for Sunday changed, because I have this nasty cough, but the change means I am free to listen to THIS:

Peter Maxwell Davies birthday concert

Scottish Chamber Orchestra - photo Marco Borggreve The late night Prom on Monday 8 September 2014, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra will be giving a concert to celebrate the birthday of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. In fact, 8 September is his actual birthday. Show More Summary

B Tommy Andersson - new BBC NOW composer-in-residence

B Tommy AnderssonPhoto: Jan-Olav Wedin The Swedish composer B. Tommy Andersson has been appointed the composer-in-residence with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Their first joint event will be the orchestra's concert on October 3, when the programme will include Andersson's Garden of Delights. Show More Summary

Introducing the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Myung-Whun Chung On Wednesday 27 August 2014, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra made its BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall under the orchestra's musical director Myung-Whun Chung in a programmeShow More Summary

Passionate about Wagner

The lovers in question are Charles Ephrussi and Louise Cahen d'Anvers, both members of wealthy, 19th c. Jewish banking families.It is certain that the lovers shared a real interest in music, art and poetry -- and in musicians, artists and poets. Show More Summary

It Brings Me to My Happy Place

I had a magical day in Mattoon, Illinois today. While waiting for some work to be done on our car, I went to the local mall and visited the new fabric store for the first time. What a pleasure it is to go into a store where everyone there is just brimming with possible ways of expressing themselves. Show More Summary

New music on the Beeb: a reversal of fortune

In The Guardian, Susanna Eastburn, head of Sound and Music (the organisation that advocates for contemporary composers in the UK), has written a fine, to-the-point post asking why the BBC assumes that its audience won't like new music. Show More Summary

Undersung heroines: a way to sing them

After yesterday's little bit of awardish news, a few of us tweeps are starting a #fantasticfemales hashtag to help keep great female achievers in our sights, and yours. We're aiming to tweet about five fantastic females per day each....Show More Summary

Concerts by Candlelight at the Sam Wanamaker Playouse

Last Winter the Sam Wanamaker P layhouse opened at the Globe Theatre and it has proved one of London's most fascinating theatrical spaces. Not just for plays, but for opera (see our review of Cavalli's L'Ormindo, concerts and other events. Show More Summary

Dvorak in Love

Tony Palmer's film Dvorak in Love was made for Czech Television in the 1980's. It was intended simply to be an account of the recording of Dvorak's Cello Concerto in the Prague with Julian Lloyd-Webber, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Vaclav Neumann. Show More Summary

aworks album log :: august 27, 2014 #shadow #inc #fourtet

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : aworks

American classical: Bang on a Can All-Stars - In C A denser, less vibrant recording of the canonical minimal work by Terry Riley. AllMusic said it may be the "most innovative version of the work thus far." Great, I'm a...

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