Matthew Farquharson

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Philadelphia Orchestra principal oboist Woodhams to retire

Richard Woodhams, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s celebrated principal oboist for four decades, has decided to retire. Woodhams plans to play through …

Hear the Martha Argerich Recordings That Inspired 8 Young Pianists

Martha Argerich, one of the greatest pianists in the world, rarely plays in New York. But on Oct. 20, she will return to Carnegie Hall after a decade away to perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. For her younger fans, this may be the first opportunity to hear her in person.<p>Being a devotee of …

Zubin Mehta to retire as Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's artistic director in 2018

The 80-year-old has headed the group since 1977 and was appointed Music Director for Life in 1981.<p>Renowned musician Zubin Mehta will retire from his …

2016 in classical music and opera: The big news, the beautiful moments

The Dallas-Fort Worth classical music scene hardly lacked for news — both good and bad — and great performances in 2016. It was an especially great …

Emanuel Ax, Gruber Schubert

Piano<p>Born in modern-day Lvov, Poland, <b>Emanuel Ax</b> moved to Winnipeg, Canada, as a young boy. He is a winner of the Young Concert Artist Award, Arthur …

Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Brahms’s Third Symphony

<b>Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” (1809)</b><p>Conductor<p>Alan Gilbert, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, launches a new appointment as chief …

Max Bruch’s Second Violin Concerto has had a rough deal from posterity. In many ways it’s a much more distinctive and personal work than his enduringly popular First Concerto, much less in awe of Brahms’s example, though maybe its sometimes ominous introspection has counted against it achieving the …

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Top 10 classical music events of 2016

The top 10 classical music events of 2016 (in chronological order)<p><b>1. Georg Friedrich Haas, String Quartet No. 3 (March 4):</b> This recent work by the …

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Gringolts Quartet | Daniel Grimwood | Ensemble Claudiana, Roberta Invernizzi & Sonia Prina<p>Violinist Ilya Gringolts’s quartet regularly include contemporary music alongside their standard repertory. The staples this week come from Beethoven (the sixth of his Op 18 set) and Brahms (his Op 67), while …

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Were you paying attention? Classical music in 2016 – quiz

How many of the classical world’s comings and goings, openings and closings, bouquets and brickbats do you remember from the past 12 months? Try our quiz<p>Which one of these pianistic partners did Martha Argerich not play duets with in London this year?<p>Daniel Barenboim<p>Stephen Kovacevich<p>Alberto …

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How Handel's Messiah went from cost-saving strategy to annual ritual

<i>Article posted by Matthew Parsons in Longreads</i><p>If you are a classical music concertgoer, there is a pretty high likelihood that you either have …

Books on Beethoven: under the skin (and skull) of a musical genius

Two new Beethoven-related books, “Experiencing Beethoven” and “Beethoven’s Skull,” examine both the famous composer’s musical genius and the sheer …

Chamber Recording of the Year 2016 - Limelight

Lyricism is to the fore as Ehnes explores a handful of works written out of the anxieties of the time.<p><b>Debussy · Elgar · Respighi</b> <b><br>Violin Sonatas</b><br>James …

Vienna State Opera to be headed by record company executive

VIENNA (Reuters) - Vienna State Opera will be headed by a former pop radio boss and record company executive, Austria's Culture Ministry said on Wednesday, hoping to attract a younger audience to Austria's flagship music venue.<p>Bogdan Roscic, 52, will take up the post in 2020, moving from Sony's …

Ambitious & brave: Louis Langrée on Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's concertos for orchestra project

Labels: feature article, interview, video<p>Louis Langrée & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra<p>Sebastian Currier<p>Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has its origins …

Orchestras

Opera review: Der Rosenkavalier at the Royal Opera House

RICHARD Strauss's Rosenkavalier is not an easy opera to produce.

The Inaugural Season: Met Performances 1966-67 review – chronicle of a glittering operatic past

Metropolitan Opera (Warner Classics, 22 CDs)<p>In September 1966, the Metropolitan Opera in New York began its first season in its new home, a purpose-built theatre with state-of-the-art stage machinery on Broadway, part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The Met’s general manager, Rudolf …

The Arts

Huddersfield contemporary music festival; Bath Mozartfest – review

An opera you feel through a pillow is par for the course in Huddersfield. Plus, an intimate Firebird for four hands in Bath<p>Lie on the floor. Mat provided. Wrap yourself in the soft white blanket if you like. Open the black box in front of you. Retrieve and insert the foam earplugs. Put on the eye …

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Minnesota Orchestra conductor Skrowaczewski in stable condition after stroke

Venerable Minnesota Orchestra conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski suffered a stroke Sunday and is recovering after surgery, the orchestra announced …

Dallas Symphony announces 2017 Soluna Festival lineup

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has announced a busy and wide-ranging schedule for the 2017 Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Soluna …

Lisa Batiashvili - Violin Concerto, 2. Adagio di molto - Sibelius - Daniel Barenboim (Teaser)

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Mr. Noseda Goes To Washington: The Capital's Orchestra Gets A New Leader

Gianandrea Noseda wants to break down a few long-standing barriers to classical music. The next music director of Washington, D.C.'s National Symphony Orchestra thinks jeans and T-shirts at his concerts are fine. Confused about when to applaud? Noseda says that if the music moves you, go for it. …

Hammered: Pounding Out The Excess In Mahler's Sixth Symphony

I've written about Gustav Mahler and his monumental symphonic achievements before, but right now I'm not sure there has ever been a more fitting symphony for our time than Mahler's Symphony No. 6.<p>Today, as we have become immune to shock, where nothing seems too extreme and where hyperbole rules, …

Beethoven and Mendelssohn: String Quartets CD review – an illuminating pairing

String quartets stand out for different reasons, from quality of sound (the Takács or, in the past, the Alban Berg or Amadeus) to adventurous repertoire (Kronos or Arditti or JACK) to versatility, among whom the Sacconi Quartet, currently celebrating their 15th anniversary this year, are …

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Finalists Announced in the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition

By Laurie Niles: SHANGHAI -- Congratulation to the Finalists named Monday in the inaugural Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition! …

Last day of Semi-Finals: Violinists Get Creative with Their Mozart Cadenzas in Shanghai

By Laurie Niles: SHANGHAI -- The results may already be in, but there was plenty of wonderful music Monday in the second day of the Mozart …

Leipzig Gewandhaus/Blomstedt – invigorating, gloriously silky Beethoven

Royal Albert Hall, London The 89-year-old conductor drove his players through an emphatic performance of Beethoven’s seventh, and András Schiff made every note of the 5th piano concerto matter<p>When the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra rounded off this all-Beethoven Prom with the Egmont overture as …

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