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Tchaikovsky would become one of the most beloved composers in the world; writing the soundtrack for Christmas and 4th of July celebrations ("The Nutcracker" and "1812 Overture"); composing blockbuster concertos, and the foundation of classical ballet. more...
Semyon Bychkov conducts Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2, Walton's Symphony No. 1, Poulenc's Two-Piano Concerto in d; as well as music by John Williams. The soloists are Kirill Gerstein, Katia Labèque and Marielle Labèque. more...
The Metropolitan Opera presents Verdi's La traviata with Marina Rebeka as Violetta, a singer who has headlined a couple Lyric Opera of Chicago productions, including Lyric's own La traviata. Stephen Costello sings Alfredo and Ludovic Tézier sings Germont. Marco Armiliato conducts the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra. more...
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Wigmore Hall, London
Levit livened up the post-Christmas lull with a recital that showcased his huge technical range and lovely touch
The seasonal shutdown means noteworthy concerts of any kind are rare events in the days between the pre-Christmas Messiahs and the first New Year waltzes. Happily, no one seems to have told the Russian-born, German-based pianist Igor Levit about this indolent British custom. As a result, just two nights after Christmas, Levit arrived at the Wigmore Hall to unwrap one of the most demanding and stimulating London piano recitals heard there throughout the whole of 2014.
Levit’s playing fuses two striking qualities that ought not sit as well together as they do. On the one hand he is a force-field of concentrated musical energy, whose hyperactive attention to detail was a feature of Beethoven’s will-of-the-wisp two-movement F major Sonata Op 54, with which he began. On the other, he possesses the ability to sustain a structure and a musical argument, which, allied to a lovely touch, held Bach’s C minor Second Partita together, even though some of the contrasts seemed unduly forced.Continue reading...
I can still hear my long-lost grandma tinkling the keys of our family relic – originally bought by my great-great-grandfather Continue reading...
Project will track composer’s life and works year by year from age eight, when he wrote his first symphony
By any standards, it is an extraordinarily long and ambitious arts project. “A few people have pointed out that I might be dead before we finish,” said conductor Ian Page, contemplating the 27-year exploration of Mozart’s life and work that he is planning.
Page and his company, Classical Opera, are to embark on the Mozart 250 project, marking the anniversary of the composer’s visit to London during which, aged eight, he wrote his first symphony. The idea is to follow Mozart’s life and work year by year until his death in 1791, to be marked in 2041.Continue reading...
All remaining passengers are rescued from the stricken ferry Norman Atlantic, where five people died off the island of Corfu, Italian officials say.
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Greek MPs reject a presidential candidate named by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, triggering a snap general election to be held in January.
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Bach: The Art of Fugue
Hyperion CDA-67980 (2 CDs)
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
Channel Classics CCS SA 35914 (2 CDs)
Brahms: String Sextets
Claves Records 50-1410
Chopin & Schumann Etudes
Decca 478 7697