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      Composer John Adams conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic with guest organist Cameron Carpenter. The program includes Gordon's "Sunshine of Your Love," Riley's "At the Royal Majestic," and Adams's "Naive and Sentimental Music" more...

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      Thinkers and artists from Stanley Kubrick to Franz Schubert have marveled at the works of Beethoven. German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche argued that Beethoven can stir in man a yearning to connect with a higher power: “At a certain place in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, for example, he might feel that he is floating more...

      Thomas Adès, Featured Composer on Live from WFMT

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      Sarah Connolly's Christmas playlist

      Mezzo Sarah Connolly shares her festive playlist, with a sublime selection of vocal music old and new

      Singing belongs to Christmas like tawny port cries out for a sweet, nutty cheddar, so naturally all of my choices are vocal. I adore Christmas-time, and especially the Carols from King’s BBC broadcast which always introduces new compositions and stunning arrangements of traditional carols. I breathe a sigh of relief though when I hear Sir David Willcocks’ descant to Hark the Herald Angels Sing, as his is the best. Britten’s Ceremony of Carols is my favourite of all Christmas music and there is no better recording than that by The Sixteen. My final playlist choice is divinely silly and should be danced to with a glass of bubbly, goodies made by my wonderful chef sister, and lots of children, on Christmas morning.

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      Paul Lewis and friends review – the delight of a Viennese summer

      St George’s, Bristol
      The quality of Lewis’s musical collaborators – who included the violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky as a stand-in – was a tribute to his Christmas card list
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      La Scala opera house introduces five-minute grace period for latecomers

      Performances at Milan opera house to begin five minutes after scheduled time to stop spectators becoming angry with ushers

      Opera lovers used to have a reason to panic if they were running even a minute late to a performance at La Scala. But now the famous Milan opera house is easing up on its strict rules about punctuality, reflecting concern that late patrons are getting increasingly aggressive when they are forbidden by ushers from entering the theatre.

      Performances will now begin five minutes after they are scheduled to start, which will allow opera fans a few more crucial seconds to take their seats.

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