J.S. BACH: Four Concertos for Harpsichords and Orch. = Fritz Neumeyer/Lily Berger/Konrad Burr/ Ilse Urbuteit/Ch. Orch. of the Saar/Karl Ristenpart – HDTT

Orinally published in 2013 Transferred from a 1965 Nonesuch LP, having been recorded by Club Francais du Disque, this happy collation of multiple-klavier concertos by Bach reminded me of my old LP days, when the Nonesuch label offered such appetizers as “Music for the King’s Supper” and other musical repasts. Upgraded acoustically using the Lynx […]

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Why Beethoven tugs at the heart strings: The rhythms of the German composer’s music may have been prompted by a coronary disorder

Roger Dobson writes: Beethoven’s music may really have come from the heart. The composer may have been suffering from a heart rhythm disorder, arrhythmia, which is reflected in his works, researchers say. And the irregular heartbeat sensations he felt – and his increased sensitivity due to deafness – could be literally at the heart of […]

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SCHUBERT: Ferocious, tender, sublime

From the archive; Tom Service writes: The simple facts of Franz Schubert’s life shed little light on the enormous emotional range of his music, and the seismic effect his work has had. Living almost entirely in his home town of Vienna, he was a loyal but occasionally cantankerous and drunk friend to a tight-knit groups of […]

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Bryce Dessner is best known as the guitarist with the much-loved art-rock band The National, but …..

First published November 2013 Bryce Dessner is best known as the guitarist with the much-loved art-rock band The National, but over the last few years he has steadily been carving out another branch to his career in modern composition and contemporary classical music – and the various other terms that are used to describe such […]

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Medtner: Sonata Romantica; Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 2 and Corelli Variations, Steven Osborne, review: ‘true wonder of power’

These works take on an impressive dimension when performed by pianist Steven Osborne, says Geoffrey Norris Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and theatre tickets from these people HERE

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Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, review: ‘well-considered and stimulating’

Angela Hewitt seamlessly draws Liszt’s ideas together in a continuous, flowing musical landscape, says Geoffrey Norris Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and theatre tickets from these people HERE

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Beethoven: Prometheus, review: ‘refined’

George Petrou has full measure of the music’s dramatic qualities, says Geoffrey Norris Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and theatre tickets from these people HERE

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Video: recording Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé with François-Xavier Roth

The conductor explores Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé and explains his novel approach to his new recording The new recording of Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloé by Les Siècles, Ensemble Aedes and François-Xavier Roth was an Editor’s Choice in the June issue, with Gramophone’s Mark Pullinger particularly beguiled by their novel use of ….. Continues HERE ===//=== […]

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From the archives: Herbert Blomstedt interview

Michael White (Gramophone magazine) writes:  Like popes, conductors tend to carry on until they drop; and although Herbert Blomstedt insists that’s as far as comparisons go, he does happen to share with the current incumbent of the Holy See an 85th birthday this year – which (very like the pontiff) he’s facing in robust health, […]

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JESSYE NORMAN: Dress size has nothing to do with opera singing

Adam Sweeting writes: Legendary soprano Jessye Norman talks weight, race and what it really takes to be an opera star Please continue HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and theatre tickets from […]

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The Marriage of Figaro: London Coliseum, London Until 14 Apr 2018 From £12.60 (Save up to 33%)

We are told ….. Figaro loves Susanna. The Countess loves the Count. The Count loves the chase. Figaro’s marriage is becoming a merry-go-round. Can they get off before it’s too late? Martyn Brabbins will conduct the final London Coliseum production of the 2017/18 season, with Fiona Shaw returning to direct the second revival of her […]

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Aida: London Coliseum, London Until 2 Dec 2017 From £12.60 (Save up to 33%)

We are told ….. Aida must choose between the man she loves and the homeland she longs for. Betrayal is the only option. Performed by the English National Opera, Aida, an opera in four acts by Guiseppe Verdi comes to the London Coliseum. Conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson, who made her successful English National Opera debut […]

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La Clemenza di Tito review – a magical, maddening return to Glyndebourne

Tim Ashley writes: Glyndebourne, Lewes Alice Coote and Anna Stéphany give exceptional performances in Claus Guth’s intense new production of Mozart’s curious Roman tragedy Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and […]

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Interview: London Contemporary Orchestra – reinventing music for film and television

Co-Artistic Directors of the LCO Hugh Brunt and Robert Ames talk about how the orchestra’s new sample library, LCO Strings, is giving composers new worlds of sound to explore Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – […]

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Classical Opera 20th Birthday Concert Barbican Hall, London 9 Oct 2017

We are told: Celebrating their 20th birthday at The Barbican Centre in London, Classical Opera and The Mozartists explore themes of birth, renewal, humanity and aspiration in a programme centred around Beethoven’s climactic Symphony No 9. Classical Opera is renowned for its storytelling and quality of programming, and this concert promises to take the audience […]

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Video of the day: Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra

A complete live performance by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Andrés Orozco-Estrada The Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra’s YouTube channel continues to present some wonderful live performances. A couple of weeks ago we featured their account of Prokofiev’s First Symphony conducted by François Leleux, today it is a complete performance of Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra conducted by […]

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