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Carl's Morning Quiz: Who am I? I was born on this date in 1876 in Berlin. I began studying conducting and obtained my first post while still a teenager. In my 20s, I became Gustav Mahler's assistant at the Court Opera in Vienna. My career flourished in Germany and Austria until I left for the U.S. in 1939. In America I conducted many major orchestras (including the CSO) and at the Metropolitan Opera. I held a post with the N.Y. Philharmonic and made many recordings of the core German repertoire for Columbia Records. Who am I? Answer >>
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"L'histoire du soldat" (or "The Soldier's Tale") is a curiosity. It's theater. It's 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...
They gave the world Monty Python and the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Leave it to the British to organize something as inexplicable and wonderful as the BBC Proms, with a subculture of devoted attendants, some of whom line up hours before a concert for a £5.00, standing-room-only ticket more...
As a director who's covered everything from the Civil War, to baseball, to prohibition, to the national parks, Ken Burns is famous for making epic films about human endeavors – not so much for making biographies, although personal accounts are a hallmark of his storytelling style. His latest series is a biography, weaving together the stories of three people named Roosevelt more...
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns comes to WFMT on Tuesday, September 9 for a live conversation with Kerry Frumkin. Mr. Burns will be on-hand to talk about his latest release, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, which premiers on WTTW on Sunday. more...
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Despite a music boom in schools many children have never even seen a musical instrument
It was the wooden blocks that got me worried. The orchestra had come on stage, looking like orchestras do. The conductor had joined them, in one of those Nehru jackets you only see at places like Wigmore Hall. And scattered around the stage, where you might expect a choir to be, were what looked like balsa-wood blocks.
Moments later they trooped on: men and women who had been told to wear black, and saw it as a chance to express their personality. Some had gone the whole hog, in slinky dresses or long, loose ones with chiffon wings. The man I thought was Jesus, but who I later found out was the Evangelist, was in skinny black trousers and brown shoes. It was only when we were walking into the Royal Albert Hall that the friend who had invited me to this performance of the St Matthew Passion told me it was semi-staged.Continue reading...
Amid huge tension and polarisation, the third year of this ambitious festival attempted to offer a statement of unity for all Jerusalemites
We will hear the muezzin in a few minutes, says the rabbi. They sing about love. Were sitting on a rooftop in Jerusalem overlooking the Judean hills as the sun sets. Next to the rabbi is a Muslim sheikh who explains the meaning of Allah u-Akbar: God is great ... There is no God but God. That monotheistic deity is just one of many beliefs shared by Jews, Muslims and Christians and why this city is holy for an estimated 4 billion people.
A few moments later, muezzins start their calls to prayer in mosques on all sides. One in the hills, then another close by, until theres an extraordinary polyphony from dozens of loudspeakers. Its a magical sound, hovering like a haze over the hills, the car horns and hubbub of the city until at 7pm a bell starts chiming at the abbey on nearby Mount Zion.Continue reading...
City Halls, Glasgow
The finale to Peter Maxwell Daviess long birthday season featured three touching tributes from fellow Scottish composers
Its been a long birthday season for Peter Maxwell Davies, from midsummer concerts in Orkney to a late-night Prom on the big day itself. This Glasgow finale felt like a homecoming among friends. There were solo, chamber and orchestral works performed by musicians who have known the composer for decades, and there were birthday presents: three surprise tributes by fellow Scottish composers. Sally Beamish, Alasdair Nicolson and James MacMillan each presented short pieces responding to aspects of Maxwell Daviess legacy. All three spoke fondly of Max as an inspiration and a generous source of encouragement.
Beamishs Fanfares and Fancies on a Popular Air is a spry piano duet (played here by Michael Bawtree and Beamish herself) following in the long tradition of variations on a theme by the dedicatee in this case Maxwell Daviess indelibly touching Farewell to Stromness. Nicolsons solo guitar piece Magnus is based on a 13th-century hymn to Orkneys patron saint. Played by Sean Shibe, it was a misty, rugged, restless evocation of the islands. MacMillan, meanwhile, paid tribute to Maxwell Daviess work for children with a sweet, eerie Burns setting. The Rising Moon was performed by solemn young singers and bell ringers from Cumnocks Greenmill primary and a full-voiced quartet from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.Continue reading...
The leaders of the three main parties at Westminster sign a pledge to devolve more powers to Scotland, if Scots reject independence.
The UK government is not "remotely" near creating an English parliament, as some Conservative MPs have called for, PM David Cameron says.
The US has carried out airstrikes in support of Iraqi troops under attack by Islamic State, the military says, the first under an expanded mission.
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