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Period pianos evoke sounds of Chopin at new contest

WARSAW (AFP) -<p>A rare collection of historic grand pianos emits the authentic but forgotten sounds that transport the audience at a celebrated new music competition in Poland back to the times of Frederic Chopin.<p>Unlike their modern, glossy black, lacquered heirs, the instruments dating from the 19th …

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5 Minutes to Fall in Love: The Week in Classical Music

[<i>Read all of our classical coverage here.</i>]<p>Readers and listeners, I hope you’ll spend some time this weekend with a feature I’m so proud of. I asked our writers and editors and some special guests — Esa-Pekka Salonen, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Daniil Trifonov and Julia Wolfe, to name just a few — …

Classical Music

Daniel Barenboim tries bridging the Middle East conflict with music

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more accomplished musician than Daniel Barenboim, a celebrated conductor and distinguished concert pianist, who grew …

Middle East

Life With Leonard Bernstein

Jamie Bernstein can't call her childhood a typical one. On any given weekend, she might find Lauren Bacall, Isaac Stern, Richard Avedon, Mike Nichols, Stephen Sondheim, Lillian Hellman or Sidney Lumet hanging out at her house. Jamie's father was Leonard Bernstein.<p>The celebrated conductor, composer …

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The Complex Life Of Leonard Bernstein, A Once-In-A-Century Talent

Aug. 25, 2018 marks the centennial of Leonard Bernstein's birth. He was a singular American talent and one of the great orchestra conductors of his generation. He was also a composer of symphonies, ballets and hit musicals, a teacher, a television personality and a complicated man with a …

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George Walker, Trailblazing American Composer, Dies At 96

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, pianist and educator George Walker has died at the age of 96. Walker's death was first announced to NPR by one of his family members, Karen Schaefer. Gregory Walker, the composer's son, said his father died after complications of a kidney ailment Thursday at …

Music Inside Out: Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg

For over 35 years Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg has celebrated a “blue chip career” as a classical violinist. In 1981, at just 20 years old, she was the …

New Orleans

SF Symphony's 'Adventures in Music' program celebrates 30th anniversary

Just after Labor Day, the SF Symphony will kick off its season with its annual Opening Night Gala, featuring acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman. But …

San Francisco

Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra

THE birth of Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), in 1931, was modest, not to say eccentric. Milton Schwartz, a local violinist, later …

Symphony Orchestra

BBCSO/Gardner review – Vaughan Williams rarity of strikingly good music

With the exception of Sea Symphony, Vaughan Williams’s large-scale choral works are rarely performed. But a Proms season that is so heavily committed to marking the centenary of the end of the first world war and its aftermath is an obvious opportunity to revive one of them, Dona Nobis Pacem. …

Orchestra approves 3-year contract with Ohio musicians

The Columbus Symphony has announced a new contract with its 47 musicians taking effect next month.<p>The three-year collective-bargaining agreement provides a 3 percent raise for musicians. It also adds additional weeks of paid work to the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons, resulting in 28 weeks of …

Easy Guide to Appreciating Classical Music | Symphonies

Classical CDs Weekly: Berio, Brahms, A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland

<b>Berio: Rendering, Schubert: Symphony No 9</b> <i>Soloistes Européens, Luxembourg/Christoph König</i>(Rubicon)<p>Schubert's unfinished Symphony No 10 has been …

These Dancers Breaking It Down To The Stylings Of A Street Violinist Will Bring You Immense Joy

One of those magical moments that can only occur in New York City.

What a musical conductor actually does on stage

I love hearing people talk about how they work. In this quick video, conductor James Gaffigan explains what it is he does on stage and how different …

Review: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber fest features legendary clarinetist Richard Stoltzman

Western North Carolina has long been a easy getaway from Atlanta’s oppressive summer heat. It’s an area popular with tourists and owners of vacation …

Danbury Music Centre's Charles Ives Concert Series at Ridgefield

The concert is part of the Ives Series in collaboration with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra.<p>RIDGEFIELD, CT -- Danbury Music Centre's Charles Ives …

How Musicians Make Money — Or Don’t at All — in 2018

The buzziest word in music this year is the one that used to be the most utterly boring.<p>Copyright — ownership of songs and albums as creative works — …

Mozart Piano Sonata no. 7 in C, K. 309

performed by Fazıl Say, or below by Dame Mitsuko Uchida<p>(cover image by Chris Barbalis)<p>Mozart’s seventh piano sonata dates from 1777, a full two and a …

Cabrillo Festival opens with a weekend of jazzy, exuberant music

SANTA CRUZ — Nobody actually got up to dance in the aisles of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium over the course of the opening weekend of the Cabrillo …

What Caused Carnegie Hall To Lose Its Famous Acoustics in 1986?

In May 1986, the venerated Carnegie Hall concert venue in New York City shut down for 30 weeks of major repairs. The beautiful music hall had hosted …

Royal Philharmonic says names Vasily Petrenko music director

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra says Vasily Petrenko will succeed Charles Dutoit, who stepped down as artistic director and principal conductor …

Simon Said

">" data-disable-toolbar="true" data-disable-return="true">Hartmut Welscher · <b>Photography</b> Jeffrey Arlo Brown · <b>Date</b> 6/21/2018<p>Simon Rattle grits his …

Saved, Freed: The Week in Classical Music

[<i>Read all of our classical coverage here.</i>]<p>Hello, listeners! One of the only things I simply, completely adore about social media is that it tells me about anniversaries. I don’t know if you have these music-obsessed friends, too, but there are a couple of people I’m connected to on Facebook, …

'I Expected to Have a Day Job for the Rest of My Life'

How Philip Glass went from driving taxis to becoming one of the most celebrated composers of our time<p>At age 12, Philip Glass started working in a Baltimore record store owned by a man he called Ben. Ben was, in fact, Glass’s father, but he and his brother, Marty, both referred to him by his first …

The Very Model of a Modern Maestro

On a sunny day in late May in Berlin, an extraordinary scene took place just outside the Philharmonie, the sloping golden home of the Berlin …

Elvis Documentary Comes For 'The King' — And Does Not Miss

"Not <i>another</i> Elvis movie," you scream at the heavens in the year 2018. "The man's been dead for four decades. Every part of him has been strip-mined for white-nostalgia money already. My parents <i>just</i> dragged me to the touring production of <i>Million Dollar Quartet.</i> Show some <i>mercy</i>, people."<p>First of all: …

Classical Music News: From the Naxos Blog: Ear Trainers

From the Naxos Blog: Ear Trainers<p><i>June 22, 2018</i><p>The Flying Scotsman<p>I’ve been thinking about trains these past few weeks for three reasons. First, it’s …

From The Top

Whenever a symphony orchestra or opera house loses its financial footing, a chorus of classical music "coroners" quickly steps up to pronounce the imminent demise of an entire genre. The pianist and scholar Charles Rosen put it best when he said, "The death of classical music is perhaps its oldest …

Bach is a Modern

It goes without saying that to the serious musician Johann Sebastian Bach is the veritable God of music. In fact, the reverence with which musicians approach him may account in some measure for their seeming forgetfulness that he was first and foremost a human being-- and not a stodgy one, …

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