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      Lock of Mozart’s hair going under the hammer at Sotheby’s

      Gallery assistant Sandra Handley poses for photographs with a lock of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s hair, contained in a 19th-century gilt locket at the Sotheby’s auction house in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) LONDON (AP) — Music lovers have the chance to own a strand of history. Auctioneer Sotheby’s is selling a lock of hair from the more... more...

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      Daniel Barenboim review – interesting rather than revelatory Schubert playing

      Royal Festival Hall, London
      Barenboim’s first Schubert concert focused attention on his newly designed piano, which had perhaps too much power for the modest D664 sonata

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      In four recitals spread across a week, Daniel Barenboim is playing 12 of Schubert’s piano sonatas at the Festival Hall. But at the first of the concerts it was the instrument that Barenboim has chosen for the series, rather than his performances, that was the main topic of conversation. Before it began, our attention was focused on the new piano that he had unveiled the previous day, and to which he has given his name. On stage, the instrument may look exactly like a standard concert grand, but under the lid things are very different, the differences intended, it seems, to combine the power and projection of a modern instrument with the range of colour and touch that can be obtained from 19th-century instruments.

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