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      Carl's Morning Quiz: Today is Itzhak Perlman's 70th birthday--born in Tel Aviv on this date in 1945. He came to America at the age of 12 to study at the Juilliard School. Known as a violinist, conductor, and teacher, Mr. Perlman once appeared in a 1980 "Live from the Met" telecast with Luciano Pavarotti and Zubin Mehta. In what role did he appear in that telecast? Answer >>


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      Israeli-Argentinian conductor Daniel Barenboim is hoping to take one of Germany's top orchestras to Iran to perform a concert there, the Berlin State Opera said Thursday, drawing angry protests from Israel. Barenboim, 72, who is general music director of the German capital's flagship opera house, the State Opera, "is in talks with Iran about a possible concert in Tehran by the Staatskapelle Berlin," the house said in an emailed statement. more...

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      Ivan Moravec obituary

      Pianist most celebrated for his interpretation of Chopin

      The Czech pianist Ivan Moravec, who has died at the age of 84, was one of the finest Chopin interpreters of his age. He took part in masterclasses given by the great Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli in Arezzo in 1957–58 and made his London debut in 1959, but his big breakthrough came with his American recordings, issued by the Connoisseur Society, of 1962. Two years later he appeared in New York with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra, though his disagreements with the famously irascible conductor over the choice of piano and the interpretation of a Beethoven concerto meant that he did not appear again in New York for another four years.

      Moravec was very much a player of the old school: eschewing the virtuoso warhorses, he had a calm, unruffled, almost phlegmatic posture at the keyboard, in part a matter of natural predisposition and in part the result of a youthful ice-skating injury that forced him to stop playing at the age of 18 when the symptoms recurred. They subsequently disappeared again, but as he himself noted: “Perhaps if I had been completely healthy, with muscles like a bull, my style would be absolutely different.” As it was, he developed a style of unaffected simplicity and a warm, rich sonority based on iridescent tone and precisely calibrated weighting, with generous pedalling: “Whenever I can combine sound to achieve tremendously long sonorities, I do it,” he said. His concern for tonal quality led him to carry a black leather satchel containing tools to remedy unbalanced keys or hammers.

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      Iran bars Daniel Barenboim over Israeli citizenship

      Famed composer had planned to lead Berlin orchestra performance in Tehran but has been stopped from entering country

      Iran has barred famed conductor Daniel Barenboim from entering the country because of his Israeli citizenship, thwarting his plan to lead a performance in Tehran, media have reported.

      Barenboim, the 72-year-old general music director of the Berlin State Opera House, said on Thursday he was in talks with Iran about a concert, in what would have been a major example of cultural diplomacy.

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      Concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko killed in her Manchester home

      Strelchenko, 38, who used surname Strelle, died from head and neck injuries at property in Newton Heath

      A woman who was killed in her home in Manchester has been named as international concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko. Strelchenko, who changed her surname to Strelle, died shortly after being found on Sunday by police and paramedics at a property in Newton Heath.

      A Home Office postmortem examination found that Strelle had died from head and neck injuries. A 48-year-old man, understood to be her partner, John Martin, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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