THE PIANIST VALENTINA LISITSA IN CONVERSATION WITH GREGOR TASSIE

16/12/2017

AN INTERVIEW WITH VALENTINA LISITSA

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Valentina Lisitsa (c) Sam Jones

The Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa has achieved the accolade of becoming the world’s most popular classical artist since her first YouTube recital in 2007. By leading the way to finding new audiences with sensational success, Lisitsa has gained a staggering 95 million views and almost 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. Read more

Dénes Várjon Talks to Sebastian Smallshaw About Budapest’s Kamara.hu

03/12/2017

Dénes Várjon in conversation with Sebastian Smallshaw

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András Keller and Dénes Várjon playing Busoni’s Second Violin Sonata at kamara.hu 2019
(c) Liszt Academy/Gábor Valuska

Dénes Várjon studied music at the Liszt Academy with Sándor Falvai, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados. Over the last 25 years, he has established an international career as a concert pianist and chamber musician, and is a regular guest at prestigious festivals in Europe and the United States. Since 2015, he has been artistic co-director of the chamber music festival kamara.hu, which he coordinates together with his wife, the pianist Izabella Simon. I spoke with Dénes Várjon in Budapest, just after he had performed in the second concert of this year’s kamara.hu. Read more

R.I.P. IN MEMORIAM – DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY (1962-2017)

29/11/2017

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (16 October 1962 – 22 November 2017) dies at 55

Seen and Heard-International is saddened to have heard of the death – after a courageous fight against cancer – of the wonderful Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, at much-too-early age of 55.

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017)

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Ann Murray’s Masterclass at the V&A Part of Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

18/11/2017

A Great Tradition Lives: Ann Murray’s Masterclass at the V&A (Royal College of Music)

Like all the world’s greatest teachers, Gioacchino Rossini was much more focused on what he could get out of a pupil than what he could put in. But the maestro was also a composer, in my spare time, he used to quip. So it was not unknown for him to to put something into the pupil too.  Read more

NEW! A Composer Speaks Up for the Environment: An Interview with Margaret Brouwer

01/11/2017

Mark Sebastian Jordan Encounters Margaret Brouwer

American composer Margaret Brouwer will be premiering an oratorio, Voice of the Lake, on November 12 in Cleveland. Though she grew up in Michigan, the composer now lives near Lake Erie in Ohio, where she served as head of the composition department of the Cleveland Institute of Music until 2008. By her own reckoning, she has a special relationship with nature in general, and water in particular, which is reflected in many of her pieces.

 Margaret Brouwer, composer of 'Voice of the Lake' (Photo: Christian Steiner)

Margaret Brouwer, composer of Voice of the Lake
(c) Christian Steiner

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NEW! Twelve Years of Celebrating Malcolm Arnold in Northampton

18/10/2017

The 12th Malcolm Arnold Festival. Royal and Derngate and St Matthew’s Church, Northampton, 14-15.10.2017 (RBa)

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NEW! What is the Critic’s Job? A Review of A. O. Scott’s Recent Book

16/10/2017

INSIGHTFUL SENSE

Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth by A. O. Scott.  Penguin, 291pp (available from Amazon)

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NEW! English Music Festival in Yorkshire Lifts the Lid Off an English Treasury

10/10/2017

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Stanford, Ireland, Holst, Moeran, Alwyn, Delius, Howells, Milford, Vaughan Williams, W. S. Lloyd Webber, Cyril Scott, Fogg, Brian, Phibbs, Pantcheff, Bach, Butterworth, Orr, Somervell, Finzi, Armstrong Gibbs: Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin), Joseph Spooner (cello), Duncan Honeybourne (piano, organ), Rebeca Omordia (piano), Christopher Foster (bass), Kathryn Moseley (piano). The English Music Festival. St Andrew’s Church, Aysgarth, Leyburn, Yorkshire, 6-8.10.2017. (RBa) Read more

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