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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Launches iPhone App

November 28, 2013—The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra today launches its new RCO Editions iPhone app. The app enables subscribers to view and listen to all RCO Editions concert recordings, even on the go. The RCO Editions iPhone app is an extension of the RCO Editions iPad video magazine, which has been downloaded more than 15,000 times since […]

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BIS Celebrates 40 “Magic” Years With 40-Percent Discount Offer

In 1973 Robert von Bahr founded BIS, with the aim to provide music-lovers with a wider choice of repertoire. At the same time the label offered Swedish and Scandinavian musicians and composers a much-needed opportunity to reach an international audience. Quickly earning a reputation for its state-of-the-art sound reproduction and adventurous programming, BIS soon attracted […]

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Liszt Academy: A New Century, A Renewed Building

Budapest, July 5, 2013—On 22 October 2013, the anniversary of the birth of Ferenc Liszt, Budapest regains one of the defining buildings of its cityscape, the Liszt Academy. In addition to the music and musicology teaching at tertiary level, the reopening marks the moment that the university launches its own cultural and concert organization activities […]

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“A Cool Classical Journey” In Montréal This Summer

Montréal, June 13, 2013 – Following the tremendous success of last summer’s first celebration, the second edition of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s A Cool Classical Journey will be held over two days, on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17. Thirty 45-minute concerts linked by a Mozart theme will feature masterpieces and favorites from […]

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MOSTLY MONTEVERDI FROM GREEN MOUNTAIN PROJECT

Church of St Jean Baptiste, New York, N.Y.; January 4, 2012 Ever since glowing reports of the Green Mountain Project’s performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 began to flood in two years ago and then again last year, I have been anxious to hear their work. The opportunity came when they presented two evenings of […]

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100 CDs for Building Your Library

Here are 100 discs and albums, offered as suggestions for beginners, the selections of which are obviously subjective but which can serve as the basis of your CD library. We have paid special attention in this list to the relationship between quality and price. In other words, we have included as many discs as possible […]

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WORDS AND MUSIC AT ZANKEL HALL

Zankel Hall; Carnegie Hall, NY; October 23, 2007 Text and music shared equal billing Tuesday evening at Carnegie Hall’s subterranean Zankel Hall, as music by Arvo Pärt and Philip Glass performed by the Takács Quartet found itself interspersed with readings from Philip Roth’s recent novella Everyman, performed by Academy Award–winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The […]

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JULIA FISCHER SMOLDERS WITH NY PHILHARMONIC

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, N.Y.; December 27, 2005 German violinist Julia Fischer delivered a fearless performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto that was the indisputable highlight of the evening’s New York Philharmonic concert. Fischer attacked the Concerto—declared “impossible to play” by its original dedicatee in 1878—with youthful abandon. During silent passages, she shifted anxiously on […]

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AIMARD SOUNDS FRENCH AT CARNEGIE HALL

Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y.; October 20, 2005 When witnessing pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s myriad musical qualities in action, the most striking is remarkable for its absence: the stamp of the pianist himself. Aimard’s playing, while replete with confidence and finesse, manages always to serve the music rather than the ego. His daring rubato in the […]

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Thielemann Unimpressive with the NY Philharmonic: Mozart Subs for John Adams

Avery Fisher Hall, New York, January 16, 2002–Thomas Hampson’s illness, which caused him to pull out of this New York Philharmonic performance of John Adams’ The Wound Dresser, adds to the sadly growing list of canceled performances of the composer’s work, which include a production of his oratorio El Niño and a BSO performance of […]

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