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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra makes a joyful noise this weekend, performing to capacity crowds. Riccardo Muti opens the concert season with four sold-out performances of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, and a free Tchaikovsky concert at Millennium Park. With orchestra and chorus declaring Friedrich Schiller's Ode to Joy more...
People who win don't even know they've been considered, but on Wednesday they were identified by international news agencies as "21 extraordinarily creative people who inspire us all." Some are scientists; others are historians, poets, or lawyers. There's an artist, a jazz musician, and a cartoonist. They are the 2014 MacArthur Fellows, recipients of what's often called the genius grant, a $625,000 cash prize – no strings attached more...
This week's Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert welcomes the 2014 Fischoff Competition gold medalists. They had walked away with the silver medal in 2012, before clenching the gold in 2014. In July, the Akropolis Reed Quintet was presented with the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award for their imaginative programming for children more...
"L'histoire du soldat" ("The Soldier's Tale") is a curiosity. It's theater. It's a musical composition. It's a work rich in orchestral color, but has only six players. With a unique ensemble of actors, dancers and instruments, it's been a one-of-a-kind for nearly 100 years – until now. more...
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Music played backwards to U-turns in perception or action, this weeks songs are all about moving in the opposite direction
?ew tnod ,sdrawrof og ot kcab og evah ew semitemoS ?egnahc a rof kcab gniog tuoba woH .sdrawrof gniog htiw noissesbo tnatsnoc a evah eW !sdrawroF !sdrawroF
Forwards! Forwards! We have a constant obsession with going forwards. How about going back for a change? Sometimes we have go back to go forwards, dont we?
This week its time to mess about with perspective a little. As Scotland votes over independence, will the result be a reversal or an advance in fortunes? Aye. Naw. Mibbe. Another important question is: was it a car or a cat I saw? Say this backwards and you come out with exactly the same phrase. Or - Mr Owl ate my metal worm. Or if youre name is Anna, Hannah, Bob, or Abba, or you use a minim (half note) in music, then reversing is a comfortable way to go.Continue reading...
Trpeski/Royal Liverpool PO/Petrenko
For many years, when it was heard at all, Tchaikovskys Second Piano Concerto was played in the edition by Alexander Siloti that was published after the composers death. He had made a small cut to the first movement and a much more substantial one to the central andante. In recent years, most pianists have gone back to the original, uncut version of the score, but Simon Trpeski opts for Silotis abbreviated version of the slow movement, even though in a foreword to the sleeve notes he confesses there was no special musical reason for his decision. So where, in his recent recording with Valery Gergiev, Denis Matsuev takes more than 14 minutes for that movement, Trpeski dispatches it in just eight, losing a lot of very beautiful music, with its violin and cello solos, as a result. Its an enormous pity, for Trpeskis light, silvery touch lightens up so much of a work which, as Matsuev revealed, can become bombastic, and Vasily Petrenko and the Liverpool orchestra accompany him so attentively. Their account of the First Concerto is very fine without sweeping all before it; its the Second that should have been the highpoint, and there is not enough of it.Continue reading...
OP de Radio France/Chung
Reverso and Uncut are the final two works in a seven-part cycle of Solos for Orchestra that Pascal Dusapin assembled piecemeal between 1992 and 2009. There are musical connections between all the pieces, as well as an overarching shape to the sequence the whole of it appeared on a Naive disc four years ago. But they are designed to be performed separately, too. Reverso, and especially Uncut with its thrilling opening volleys for six horns, make a much stronger individual impression in this context than they do as part of the whole cycle. Coming to terms with Dusapins recent music means accepting the fact that the rhythmic interest is often distinctly patchy, and that his orchestral music now builds by accretion, adding instrumental layer upon layer. The rather shapeless, half-hour-long Morning in Long Island from 2011 shows the limitations of his approach, relying on a spatially separated brass trio and, in the last of the five movements, a cosmetic application of Latin American percussion to provide the glitter.Continue reading...
Scotland votes to stay in the United Kingdom, as PM David Cameron says demands from Scottish FM Alex Salmond for more devolved powers will be honoured.
PM David Cameron says it is time for millions of voices in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to be heard after Scotland votes to stay in the UK.
Shares rise in London after Scotland rejects independence, as a rally in the pound fades.
Igor Kamenz Plays Scarlatti
Lisa Batiashvili Plays Bach
Deutsche Grammophon 479 2479
Daniel Hope: Escape to Paradise
Deutsche Grammophon 479 2954
Ian Maksin: Soul Companion
Blue Griffin Recording BGR-345
Benjamin Grosvenor: Dances
Decca 478 5334