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Carl's Morning Quiz: Who am I? There are many clues that could be given about my life and my music, but we'll keep it to these: I was born in Australia...much of my music is associated with England...but I became an American citizen. Who am I? Answer >>
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Gustav Mahler, like many composers, wore many hats in order to make a living. Conducting was one of Mahler’s primary sources of income early in his career, and he quickly became known for his autocratic and often idiosyncratic style. For anyone who has performed Mahler’s music, his close attention to detail is apparent in the more... more...
An audio sample of Round the creep of the wave line, by composers and musicians Boris Hauf and Keefe Jackson, the current Florasonic installation at the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Anyone who has visited the Lincoln Park Conservatory has probably noticed there’s a lot to be seen and heard. Since 2002, the Experimental Sound Studio has more... more...
“Can this happen? Can we do it? Can the musicians actually construct instruments onstage and make music that I actually want to listen to? Can we transcend gimmick and theatricality and have actual musical merit? How is this going to happen?” These are the questions that Glenn Kotche began to ask when devising his latest more... more...
Are you a revolutionary like Beethoven, or are you obsessive like Berlioz? Take this quiz to see which symphonic master you most resemble. And, tune in as we countdown to our listeners' 10 top symphonies May 18 - May 29 on Midday with Lisa Flynn. more...
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It’s hard to better Mariame Clément’s revival of Donizetti’s opera about persecution and martyrdom
It has been a good year for Gaetano Donizetti. For the season opener, Glyndebourne has chosen Poliuto, his story of religious persecution and martyrdom in Roman-occupied Armenia, never heard in the UK – or, at least, not heard quite like this: at London’s Royal Festival Hall only a few months ago, Opera Rara exhumed Les Martyrs, the sprawling four-act opera into which Donizetti reworked Poliuto to cater for the more extravagant tastes of Paris audiences. Poliuto is far leaner than Les Martyrs – the closing act is so short that, at Glyndebourne, it’s over before the interval picnic has gone down.
The London Philharmonic sound airy and idiomatic under Enrique Mazzola’s pacy conducting, and the chorus is strong with outstanding soloists. In fact, the whole evening would fly by if it weren’t for the flatness of Mariame Clément’s production.Continue reading...
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Litton
A London cab driver is jailed for life with a minimum term of 38 years for the murder of a US soldier in a roadside bombing in Iraq in 2007.
David Cameron will meet key players in Europe for face-to-face talks next week as he begins efforts to renegotiate the UK's relationship with the European Union.
A rape victim will receive a £20,000 out-of-court settlement as Hampshire police apologise for failing to investigate her complaint properly and arresting her.
As Illinois' Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan pushes for a three percent...
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The Chicago Transit Authority is planning a half billion dollar upgrade to the north...
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