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Heading back to school means auditions are coming up, rehearsals will be starting soon, and before you know it, you’ll be practicing music for a holiday concert even though it’s not even officially fall. For many, one of the best parts of heading back to school is performing with school ensembles. We asked four organizations more... more...
As everyone is poised for the corpse plant at the Chicago Botanic Garden to bloom, why not enjoy some music about poisonous and medicinal plants? Operas would be a lot less interesting if poison didn’t seep its way into their plots. Check out this list of 10 operas about poisonous and medicinal plants, taken largely from the research more... more...
The 9th Chicago Dancing Festival presented its first ever Modern Women program, highlighting the important contributions of women in dance both past and present: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Kate Weare, and Pam Tanowitz, Crystal Pite. I spoke with women from each of the five companies on the program about women’s roles in dance, both as dancers and as choreographers. more...
Israeli-Argentinian conductor Daniel Barenboim is hoping to take one of Germany's top orchestras to Iran to perform a concert there, the Berlin State Opera said Thursday, drawing angry protests from Israel. Barenboim, 72, who is general music director of the German capital's flagship opera house, the State Opera, "is in talks with Iran about a possible concert in Tehran by the Staatskapelle Berlin," the house said in an emailed statement. more...
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I was going to start this article with Verdi. Until a week or so ago, my most recent experience of music-induced shivers down my spine, goosebumps, feelings of exhilaration – we’ll call them “the chills” – came during a performance of the Italian composer’s Requiem. It was the Dies Irae, one of the most intense and terrifying pieces of music in the classical canon (and fair enough, it’s meant to represent the Day of Judgment). The crashing of the timpani, the wailing of the choir. This I thought, would be a fitting introduction for an essay on a most mysterious musical phenomenon.Continue reading...
He has been called the future of piano and the player of the century. But Igor Levit recently felt compelled to give himself a complete makeover to improve his performance. As he prepares for his Prom, the pianist talks about physio, losing 70lbs – and why he finds Chopin dumb
When you meet a virtuoso pianist, the temptation is to stare at their hands. The night before our interview, Igor Levit had played a recital of such violence, pounding the keys as he performed the monumental music of American experimentalist Frederic Rzewski, that it seemed impossible for the young Russian-German’s fingers not to end up red and raw. “Well, it’s much easier since I stopped biting my nails!” Levit says, laying out smooth, unknotty hands with long spatulate fingers and closely clipped nails. “Doing a glissando up and down the keyboard is way less tricky now.”Continue reading...
In the lead-up to the release of his eight-hour lullaby album, Sleep, the composer creates a playlist of some his favourite music, from noise-rockers Girl Band to Aphex Twin
Music exists beyond genre labels. I generally follow my enthusiasm when listening, so this selection is a typically mixed bag. A few things in this list, such as Dinu Lipatti playing Bach, have visited my turntable for years; others, such as Girl Band, are recent additions to my home vinyl collection. I’ve just finished a project concerned with sleep, perception and dreams, and many of the picks here feel like reveries: the abstract melancholy love song by Aphex Twin, or the cavernous spaces of Grouper’s music both seem disembodied in their own way. One of the images that music calls to mind for me is that of the daydream. I think many of these tracks are like daydreams, though not all of them are the kind of dreams we might want to have.Continue reading...
Rules on campaigning in the UK's in-out EU referendum are to face "significant" changes, the government is to announce.
Boats carrying thousands of migrants arrive overnight in mainland Greece, as the EU struggles to cope with an unprecedented influx.
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Wagner, Liszt & Brahms
Steinway & Sons 30051
Brahms: Piano Concertos
Deutsche Grammophon 479 4899 (2 CDs)
Chant for Peace
Deutsche Grammophon 479 4709
Bach: Goldberg Variations
Ondine ODE 1273-2
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Alfi Records 15002