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      QUIZ: Match the Film to the Score

      How well do you know movie music? Listen to the excerpts from the following famous film scores, and see if you can match the music to the correct movie. more...

      Classical Music’s Most Memorable Moments on Sesame Street

      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...

      These Photoshopped Pictures of Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde Will Make You Literally LOL

      Christine Goerke has set the world on fire with what the Wall Street Journal described as her “big, blazing soprano.” Recently she’s set the internet ablaze not with her voice, but with her sense of humor. When Goerke posted a production photo from the Canadian Opera Company (COC) Siegfried, in which she plays the role more... more...

      New Opera Exposes Horrors of My Lai Massacre

      “The story of Hugh Thompson in My Lai and the opposition of the Vietnam War is what led me from high school into adulthood,” said Jonathan Berger, composer and professor at Stanford University. Over forty years later, Berger composed an operatic monodrama, "My Lai," that follows Hugh Thompson’s story in various snapshots, from the horrific day in My Lai to reflective moments throughout his life. more...

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      English National Opera singers to vote on strike action

      Equity union says proposed pay and job cuts amount to ‘cultural vandalism’ that threatens company’s artistic future

      Choristers at the English National Opera are to be balloted for industrial action after being threatened with redundancies and what their union called an unsustainable pay cut.

      Equity said ENO management wanted to renegotiate contracts which would result in the the 44-member chorus getting a 25% pay cut. With the removal of other add-ons, such as overtime and Sunday working, it could be up to 39%, the union organiser, Hilary Hadley, said.

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      Amanda Palmer's playlist – Michael Nyman, Beck, Górecki and more

      To mark the release of her EP of Bowie covers featuring a string quartet, the musician picks five of her favourite classical-leaning tracks

      In the thick of making the minimal-leaning, string quartet David Bowie tribute that I just put out with Jherek Bischoff, I began thinking about strings and my more classical-leaning influences and about how strings can translate melody and music. When I first found Michael Nyman as a teenager, I made it the soundtrack to my life, and it was one of those beautiful backwards discovery experiences as I let his soundtracks lead me to the films of Peter Greenaway. I would probably never have come to appreciate Greenaway’s films if I hadn’t already fallen in love with the music. This is one of my all-time favourite Nyman arrangements, from my all-time favourite Greenaway movie, A Zed and Two Noughts. I love how, like classic Nyman, it just builds and layers and builds.

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      Facing the music: Renaud Capuçon

      Mahler, Brel, Brahms and Woody Allen – the violinist reveals the music and musicians that inspire him

      How do you mostly listen to music?
      Most of the time in my head! And sometimes at home, especially on vinyl records. I love the vinyl sound. The revival in recent years is really exciting.

      What was the first ever record or CD you bought?
      My first ever CD was Gidon Kremer and Valery Afanassiev playing the three Brahms violin sonatas and the Busoni sonata. What an inspiring record.

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