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      Some of Rossini's operas are lighthearted. It is possible that he wrote in that comic, opera buffa style so successfully that some audiences have overlooked the serious side of Rossini. That is not a problem in the composer's hometown of Pesaro. Over the past decades, members of the community have been deeply immersed in the business of issuing the critical editions of all the Italian master's works. To reinforce the highest performance standards and celebrate his impressive output, which includes more...

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      The “Monk and Hooligan” Poulenc

      It was one of Poulenc's friends, the noted music critic Claude Rostand, who came up with the description that stuck: "le moine et le voyou." That comment in a 1950 edition of Paris-Presse translated as "the monk and hooligan." It was Rostand's attempt at capturing the extremes in Poulenc's musical personality. This is not to say the composer's mind was chaos, only that it was his nature to shift more...

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      Spinning CDs is a simple way to keep a radio station on the air. The performers, the production values, and the performances are all certainties. The operation of a CD player is reasonably predictable. With services like radio, Pandora, and Spotify offering a steady stream of great music, why then do people continue to buy tickets to live concerts? more...

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      Pelléas et Mélisande review – one of Salonen’s finest achievements

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      In defence of the viola

      The viola was the instrument of choice for Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Dvorák and Beethoven; Jimi Hendrix and John Cale both played it; violinists turn to it to improve technique. So why is the viola the butt of jokes? Tabea Zimmermann defends her instrument

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      Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Books 1 and 2 CD review – assertive and muscular

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