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Entangled Fortunes - chamber music by Edward McGuire from Red Note Ensemble

Edward McGuire Elegy, Euphoria, String Trio, Entangled Fortunes, Quintet 2; Red Note Ensemble; Delphian Records Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 12 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Serious, fascinating, independent - the chamber music of Edward...Show More Summary

Lament for a Mahler maven

Jerry Fox, longtime president of the American Mahler Society, a kindly man who wore vast knowledge lightly, is no more. Jerry travelled far and wide in search of Mahler, was pre-concert speaker at the Boulder MahlerFest and  was generally a very good guy. Our sympathies to his family. Announcement: It is with sadness that we […]

‘Mother of the children’s choir movement’ has died

Helen Kemp worked for almost 80 years as a singer, teacher, choir director and composer. In 1949 she founded the Choristers Guild, which turned into a nationwide movement. Hundreds of US professionals owed her their first musical experience. Helen, who was 97 at the time of her death, had been professor of voice and church music […]

Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics in talks for Iran trip

We reported six weeks ago that Chancellor Merkel was planning to take with Berlin Staatskapelle with Daniel Barenboim on her first trip to Teheran. Now it appears the Iranians are negotiating dates with both philharmonic orchestras. The Vienna Phil is expected to accompany Austrian president Heinz Fischer on a state visit in the months ahead, […]

175 years young - Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra celebrate

Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra © Mark McNulty Under chief conductor Vasily Petrenko, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will be celebrating the orchestra's 175th anniversary during the season (their website has a blog recording people's memories) as well as completing the refurbishment of the Philharmonic Hall. Show More Summary

Blue Heron sings Robert Jones

Blue Heron's new disc is Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, vol. 4, featuring works of Jones, Ludford, and Robert Hunt.

The particle physicist who restores erased recordings

Of course! It takes a genius of a physicist to remove the crackle and pop from eroded old recordings. Fascinating read here.

Glenn Gould’s piano stool in a state of disrepair

The chair that the Canadian pianist wore to a gravity-defying frazzle is on display at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. CBC have a nicely illustrated story about it here.

How Rachmaninov played The Star-Spangled Banner

The New York Philharmonic, which has a Rachmaninov season coming up, has reminded us of the existence of a recording of the great composer playing the US national anthem. It’s an unusual performance, completely without bombast and with more than a trace of melancholic yearning. The Russian culture minister should listen to it before he […]

Miscellany: La Monte, Latvia, etc.

The eternally fascinating La Monte Young spoke to Will Robin in advance of an exceedingly rare performance of Young's Trio for Strings, ground zero for American minimalism. The big event takes place on Sept. 3, at Dia:Chelsea, as part of...

Glimmerglass season shines with vibrant vocal performances

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Stage direction is the most controversial element of today’s opera world. And stage direction divided opinions about the just-concluded 40th season of the Glimmerglass Festival — fittingly, since the festival is run by a stage director, Francesca Zambello. Read full article >>

Billboard takes down music-biz survey. We put it up again.

We’re sorry to hear that Billboard has bowed to pressure and removed the online version of a survey it was conducting on the music biz. Just for fun, and because it’s August, here are some of the Billboard questions. You might like to apply them to the classical sector. For instance: 1 Who is the […]

Death of a poet

Charles Tomlinson, a profound influence on late 20th century poets, has died at the age of 88. Aside from his own verse, often deceptively simple, he made important translations of leading Italian poets. The publisher and poet Michael Schmidt writes: ‘Octavio Paz led me, a young editor, to him when I first came to England. […]

Trending: Italy finally opens up to foreign arts directors

Our friend Valerio Tura, formely director at La Monnaie, reports from Bologna on a welcome liberalisation in Italy’s arts administration.   A few days ago the Italian Government appointed, with a brand-new “European” procedure, 20 new directors of the top National museums. This is possibly good news, perhaps just a start for better times to […]

Would you buy maestro grim, or grin?

Two new releases have arrived of Paavo Järvi’s Bruckner cycle from Frankfurt. On the 4th symphony he’s looking sombre.   On the 6th he has got a sheepish grin.   Which one will sell more? We’ll let you know in due course.

Look who’s crashed Usain Bolt’s party

Not even the fastest pianist that ever lived. Just the fastest to a media opportunity.

Why Prokofiev concertos don’t work back to back

There’s a new release of the second Prokofiev violin concerto, and it’s a stunner. Much the better for not being coupled with the first concerto. Why is that? Read my Album of the Week review on right here. At the Proms this summer, all five piano concertos were heard in a single Valery Gergiev […]

Jonas and Joyce are named singers of the year

Echo Klassik, the biggest German music industry event, has just announced its annual awards: Male singer of the year: Jonas Kaufmann Female singer of the year: Joyce DiDonato Solo recording of the year (voice): Elina Garanca Instrumentalists of the year: Lang Lang (piano), Tianwa Yang (violin) Andreas Ottensamer (clarinet), Maurice Steger (flute) Conductor of the year: […]

After global uproar, US Air ‘finds’ 8 lost violins

Eight violins mislaid early last week by US Air, were delivered yesterday in St Louis. The cellist and teacher Ken Kulosa, who was responsible for shipping the instruments, tell us: ‘Unbelievably, we got a call this afternoon telling us the case has arrived in St. Louis, five minutes before, we get a call telling us […]

Young Turk is Europe’s composer of the summer

Sinem Altan has been named winner of the European Composers Prize 2015 at Young Euro Classic in Berlin. The work that caught the judges’ ear is named  ‘Hafriyat – Earthwork’. Sinem, 30, was born in Ankara and lives in Berlin.

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