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An American Requiem

St. Louis protest Last night at Powell Hall in St. Louis, just before a St. Louis Symphony performance of Brahms's German Requiem, a group of protesters staged a peaceful demonstration tied to the killing of young Michael Brown in Ferguson,...

We know the Mozart Effect - but what about the Korngold Effect?

This fun explanation turned up on Classic FM's Facebook page yesterday. We all know about 'the Mozart Effect', by which listening to Mozart is supposed to make your child awfully clever. But supposing your little ones like other composers...Show More Summary

Button collection

To be filed with my I've Got Mahleria button.

Not Exactly News

Last Saturday, I received a printed invitation from San Francisco Opera to an Important Company Announcement, to be held Friday morning in the lounge behind the opera shop. I figured it must be one of three things: 1. Announce David Gockley's successor, since we've all known for the last year that he planned to retire after the 2015-16 season. Show More Summary

Un Ballo in Regie

You could have some fun by moving Ballo into the early 21st century, shifting it a bit to the south f Boston, and making up the characters to look like the following real-life personages:Riccardo - Gov. Chris ChristieRenato - RobertShow More Summary

Rossini - Mose in Egitto

Miklos Sebestyen as Mose Rossini Mose in Egitto; Sebestyen, Alegret, Booth, Foster Williams, Rice, dir. Pountney, cond. Rizzi; Welsh National Opera at Wales Millennium Centre Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 03 2014 Star rating: 5.0Show More Summary

aworks album log :: oct. 4 #feldman #brooklyn #monk #theotherchrishughes

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : aworks

University of California Berkeley Chamber Chorus, California EAR Unit - Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel / Why Patterns? The canonical Morton Feldman album. [New Albion] Brooklyn Rider - The Brooklyn Rider Almanac A kickstarter-funded project. Works by Vijay Iyer, Glenn Kotche,...

Battle of the Rachs?

You'd think Sergei Rachmaninov would be the most peaceable and easy-to-love of all composers. But it's not as simple as all that...Last night the LPO's Rachmaninoff: Inside Out celebration got off to an astounding start at the Festival Hall. Show More Summary

City Music Foundation

City Music Foundation artists 2014 The City Music Foundation was set up to bring together several established City-based institutions, including the Barbican Arts Centre, Milton Court Concert Hall, the London Symphony Orchestra, the City of London Festival and the Worshipful Company of Musicians, to support young artists. Show More Summary

October: sounds from another world

This is the Russian pianist Lev Oborin playing 'October - Autumn Song' from Tchaikovsky's The Seasons, filmed in 1971. It's mesmerisingly wonderful. Sounds - and images - from another world altogether...This remarkable piano cycle -Show More Summary

Jaan Rääts – Marginalia

Jaan Rääts Marginalia; Kalle Randalu; Estonia Record Productions Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Sep 13 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Piano music from one of Estonia's most well known composers Jaan Rääts (1932-) is one of Estonia’s most well known composers. Show More Summary

Angelika Kirschschlager at Temple Song

Angelika Kirchschlager © Nikolaus Karlinsky Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager divides her time between the recital room and the opera house. Appearances in London have included Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Sophie in Sophie's...Show More Summary

Offer Made

It's been reported in a couple of Chicago papers, and SFS has confirmed to me, that an offer for the open principal oboe seat at San Francisco Symphony has been made to Eugene Izotov, currently filling the same position at the Chicago Symphony and formerly of SFS. Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times John van Rhein, Chicago Tribune

The Girl of the Golden West End

I wrote this for the Indy's 'Observations' section last weekend, but can't find it online, so here it is in full glory...Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West opens at ENO tonight, with Susan Bullock as Minnie. Enjoy. Sometimes you can wait two decades for a new production of a particular opera, only to find three turning up within a year. Show More Summary

Louis Spohr - Die letzten Dinge

Louis Spohr Die letzten Dinge; Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Ivor Bolton; Oehms Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 16 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Rare outing for early Romantic oratorio The German composer Louis Spohr (1784 - 1859) was a composer somewhat between eras. Show More Summary

Ty Cerdd appoints Karl Jenkins and Paul Mealor

Paul Mealor and Karl Jenkins - photo T? Cerdd T? Cerdd, the centre for Welsh Music, has as its aim 'support develop and promote the creation, performance and empowering experience of music, both in and of Wales' so its interests are wide. Show More Summary

Oxford Lieder Festival at Kings Place

Moritz von Schwind's 1868 drawing of a Schubertiade This weekend, the Oxford Lieder Festival comes to Kings Place and there is a chance to catch some of the highlights of the wonderful festival in Oxford where this year they are performing all of Schubert's songs. Show More Summary

Tipping Point (Cyber and Otherwise)

On the bottom of my blogger screen is a little tab that reads "Complaints," so I'm using this moment to register some of my complaints about what seems to have turned into a life as a targeted consumer. I usually look at my email first thing in the morning. Show More Summary

Day of the Trifonovs...

Thank you, PIANIST MAGAZINE, for this rather to-the-point image! Attention BIRMINGAM: he is doing the whole thing again tonight, in the Town Hall...

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