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One has waited quite a while for this brilliant little series of monographs to find a writer able to deal with what the media likes to suggest is about the most intractable (and irrelevant) of artistic fields: classical music.
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Nelsons commits to Boston until 2022

Nelsons commits to Boston until 2022 | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
In a move that firmly lays to rest all those rumours associating him with conducting’s biggest post, Andris Nelsons beds down in Boston
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András Schiff: why my Goldberg Variations do a dance with the devil

András Schiff: why my Goldberg Variations do a dance with the devil | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

He is due to perform JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Proms, but is András Schiff playing the wrong instrument in the wrong hall to the wrong audience? Here he argues against his most infernal critic.


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Written on Skin and the problem of new opera

Written on Skin and the problem of new opera | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
The success of "Written on Skin" makes one critic wonder: why do we expect so little of contemporary opera?

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Taking the Starch Out of Orchestra Attire

Taking the Starch Out of Orchestra Attire | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Some of the musicians who lament being all buttoned up, physically active and boiling under hot lights are putting new, flexible tuxedo shirts to the test.

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Classical Music magazine - Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education | Classical Music

Classical Music magazine - Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education | Classical Music | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

‘Too much of what passes for education splits children in two, and throws away half. Children are turned into little exam-takers far too early; to think of infants being sent home with homework to do is to contemplate a sort of wilful maiming.



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Middle-aged musicians are missing out

Middle-aged musicians are missing out | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

Now is the best time in human history to be middle-aged. Fifty is the new forty, forty is the new thirty, and given that working life now extends to 70 and beyond, referring to 40 as middle-aged no longer feels right. It’s less than half-way through our working life.


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George Walker: the great American composer you've never heard of

George Walker: the great American composer you've never heard of | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
The first African American to win the Pulitzer for music is celebrated for overcoming cultural prejudice, but his work is so good this should only be a sideshow to the main event of his compositions There is a lot to catch up on: a 93 year-old...
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Barenboim to take Berlin orchestra to Iran despite protests from Israel

Barenboim to take Berlin orchestra to Iran despite protests from Israel | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Israeli-Argentinian conductor’s planned September concert postponed as organisers look for a new date in wake of protests from Israeli officials Daniel Barenboim, one of the world’s foremost music conductors, is planning to take a Berlin orchestra...
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Yo-Yo Ma: Bach, Big Bird and me

Yo-Yo Ma: Bach, Big Bird and me | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
He has played for eight presidents – and Big Bird from Sesame Street. But Yo-Yo Ma is now facing his biggest challenge yet.
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After Her Last Isolde, Waltraud Meier Looks Back

After Her Last Isolde, Waltraud Meier Looks Back | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Ms. Meier gave her farewell performance in the role in Peter Konwitschny’s Munich production of “Tristan und Isolde” in mid-July.

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Facing the music: Susanna Mälkki

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From Ligeti to Björk and Mozart - the Finnish conductor reveals her musical inspirations
How do you mostly listen to music?
Most often in concerts and performances, in fact. Sometimes from the computer (sound files for work), but very little at home.
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This is what the oldest playable harpsichord sounds like

This is what the oldest playable harpsichord sounds like | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
This is what the oldest playable harpsichord sounds like
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Alan Curtis (1934-2015) | Classical-Music.com

Alan Curtis (1934-2015) | Classical-Music.com | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Alan Curtis, the harpsichordist who helped revive Baroque music in Italy, has died at his home in Florence. He made a great impact on his generation as a harpsichordist, musicologist and conductor of Baroque opera. Curtis was born in Mason, Michigan and received his PhD from the University of Illinois.

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Alex Ross - The Rest Is Noise: Smyth & Britten

Alex Ross - The Rest Is Noise: Smyth & Britten | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Listening to Ethel Smyth's The Wreckers at Bard, I thought, as many have thought before me, of Peter Grimes. The coastal village setting, the counterpoint of church hymns and solo voices, the massed choruses of suspicion and rage, the ostracizing...

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The Last Hotel review: An opera about rehearshing for death - Irish Times

The Last Hotel review: An opera about rehearshing for death - Irish Times | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Death is an assisted act in Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s new opera at the Edinburgh International Festival

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Conductor Simone Young: still the odd one out

Conductor Simone Young: still the odd one out | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Australian conductor Simone Young is still the odd one out after a decade of directing a 700-strong musical company in Hamburg.

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The Symphony Survives

The Symphony Survives | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Why a venerable form still flourishes long after its twilight.

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How Franz Schmidt became the composer that history forgot

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The radiant music of Austrian composer Franz Schmidt, once feted by the Nazis, is haunted by its past. Ahead of the Proms premiere of his Symphony No 2, Gavin Plumley explains why it is time to listen afresh.


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Itzhak Perlman Turns 70, Recalls Ed Sullivan Jump-Starting his Career

Itzhak Perlman  Turns 70, Recalls Ed Sullivan Jump-Starting his Career | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Israeli-American violinist, Itzhak Perlman, the (once) child prodigy and emblem for the talents of Israel, is now turning 70! He took some time on this birthday to look back on those who brought him where he is today. Chief among those jump-starters was Ed Sullivan, acclaimed variety show connoisseur, who in 1958 came to Israel to collect various talents that would be selected to appear on his show.

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SWR Symphony Orchestra/Roth review – Boulez explodes seductively with life

SWR Symphony Orchestra/Roth review – Boulez explodes seductively with life | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Royal Albert Hall, London The composer’s fascinating piece combining wired-up flutes, orchestra and electronic effects was teamed with Ligeti and Bartók under the meticulous instruction of François-Xavier Roth With a range that sees to encompass...
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Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2015 | gramophone.co.uk

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2015 | gramophone.co.uk | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
The recording category winners are revealed!
In the list below we reveal which recordings have won Gramophone Awards in each of our 12 recording categories. 

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Claudio Abbado, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Patrice Chéreau, Sarah Connolly, ... So many great artists gathered in this selection. Make sure you have all these beautiful recordings to listen to at home ;)

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What would Beethoven have thought of Leif Ove Andsnes's take on his piano concertos?

What would Beethoven have thought of Leif Ove Andsnes's take on his piano concertos? | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Andsnes and the MCO’s fresh and sensitive performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos have been an early Proms highlight. But is there such a thing as ‘authentic’ Beethoven?
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Ralph Vaughan Williams's lost masterpiece

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Ninety years after it was written, the English composer's Sancta Civitas is getting its Proms debut. About time too, says Simon Heffer

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Prom 4: CBSO/Nelsons review – a blazingly memorable farewell

Prom 4: CBSO/Nelsons review – a blazingly memorable farewell | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
In his final concert with the CBSO, Andris Nelsons conducted a meticulous but celebratory performance of Beethoven’s Ninth that made it sound utterly fresh
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How to memorise a symphony

How to memorise a symphony | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
A musician’s ability to remember vast quantities of notes is one of the great wonders of the human mind.

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