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Everyone loves the music of Fryderyk Chopin, Poland’s most well-known composer. But, how many other Polish composers do you know? Learn more about Poland’s best composers from one of Poland’s best composers: Marta Ptaszyńska more...
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Whether teaching the ABCs or addressing decidedly more grown-up topics, Sesame Street has expanded children's minds and hearts since its debut nearly fifty years ago. Many musicians have visited Sesame Street, introducing people of all ages to great music. There have been many inspiring musical moments on Sesame Street, but here are some of WFMT's favorites! more...
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Wigmore Hall, London
The pianist led the audience on a vast emotional journey through works by Schumann, Bach and Szymanowski, dispatching each with miraculous elegance
Piotr Anderszewski has long been noted for the way in which he constantly strives to redefine his relationships with his audiences and with music itself. His Wigmore recital, marking the 25th anniversary of his debut, took place with the auditorium in darkness and a bare minimum of platform lighting to illuminate the keyboard and his face. Nothing, in short, was allowed to distract from his interpretative integrity.
Metaphors of light and darkness also dominated his programme, which had Szymanowski’s Métopes at its centre, flanked by Schumann and Bach’s Sixth and First Partitas. Métopes, chronicling the distractions faced by Odysseus on his journey home from Troy, was played with a fierce clarity and lack of inhibition that in itself conferred intimacy. Schumann was represented by Papillons, written when he was only 20, and the Ghost Variations, his last work, composed at the onset of his final breakdown.Continue reading...
English National Opera plans to slash wages and jobs after a £5m cut. Its music director believes this would be a betrayal of everything the company stands for
It is probably stating the obvious to say that Mozart’s The Magic Flute, currently being performed by English National Opera, is about the magical power of music. The title is rather a giveaway. Volumes of musical analysis, psychological tracts and neurological experiments have tried to explain this power, but in the end it remains a mystery. Fortunately. Music can soothe and excite, make public the deeply private, or inspire and unite the heart and mind within a single second. Despite being completely unintelligible, it is a language that we all can understand.
ENO’s identity as a team defines its past and will be its greatest asset in protecting its futureContinue reading...
A programme of works by Reich, Martland and Andriessen had high performance standards but suffered from problems of balance
The music of Louis Andriessen is everywhere at the Barbican this week. His most recent opera and most recent orchestral work will each receive their UK premieres, while the tribute began with a concert by the Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Clark Rundell, which placed one of the Dutch composer’s song cycles alongside works by two of his contemporaries and friends, Steve Martland and Steve Reich.
Related: A guide to Louis Andriessen's musicContinue reading...
Junior doctor leaders have promised to fight on after the government in England announced it will impose a new contract on the profession.
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Tour Vienna next May! Join Carl Grapentine in exploring some of his favorite musical sites, attending performances, and sightseeing. Then on to Salzburg!
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