Dateline: Prades, France, Saint Michel de Cuxa Abbey, 9 p.m., August 3, 2015 - all photos by Hugues Argence
For its August 3 program, called Impressions from Spain, in the iconic 10th century church which has become inseparably identified with Pablo Casals, the Festival Pablo Casals Prades 2015 assembled a program of Spanish-influenced music by a galaxy of composers and musicians who inhabited the European capitals Casals himself frequented before…Continue
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I’m really a big fan of percussion instruments especially when it talks about bamboo instruments. Bamboos are very useful and can be used in a variety of purposes just like in music. Many instruments have been made out of this tall grass and most of them are really pleasing to hear. Angklung is one of the best bamboo instruments that is percussive and creates sound uniquely. It’s made up of a frame and two little bamboo cuts hanged inside and carved alike that when shaken it produces an…Continue
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Dateline: Prades, France, Église Saint Pierre, 9 p.m., August 2, 2015
Led with consummate, discrete elegance by violinist Hagai Shaham, an all-star band of soloists played Brahms' Sextet in G major, Op. 36 with a spontaneous blend of passion, teamwork and virtuosity that paid tribute to the 2015 edition of the Festival Pablo Casals Prades, celebrating its 65th birthday. It was as if the music, and the great Catalan cellist's indomitable…Continue
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Maestro Paul Freeman, founder of the Chicago Sinfonietta, died on July 21 after years of struggling with various physical ailments, a sinfonietta press release states. He was 79.
Freeman, who founded the orchestra in 1987 and remained at its helm as the music director for 24 years…Continue
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Dateline: Pienza, Italy, Pieve di Corsignano, 8:30 p.m., July 29, 2015
Reading the music off a quartet of Mac laptops, the Borromeo String Quartet (violinists Nicholas Kitchen and Kristopher Tong, violist Mai Motobuchi and cellist Yeesun Kim), continued their 25th birthday celebrations with an aperitif in the form of Bach's C sharp minor fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier before plunging into Beethoven's two most popular late quartets, Op. 131 and…Continue
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Ever since I got my wisdom teeth removed three days ago, I was forced to come across unbearable pain. With that, I did not resume violin practice for three entire days. I was able to sleep soundly the first night, nonetheless I found myself restless and back to my insomniac ways the next night and soon after- the worst. At first, I thought to myself that it was because of my wisdom teeth but I kept unconsciously warming up my shoulders and arms, doing weird speedy waves that I cannot really…Continue
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Dateline: Verbier, Switzerland, Salle des Combins, 6 p.m., July 24, 2015
Just as Thomas Quasthoff began conducting the opening measures of the 21-year old Verbier Festival's first ever performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion Friday night, an approaching thunderstorm arrived from over the surrounding high Alps,…Continue
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Ancient Chinese musical instruments, but also the most representative of the most representative of the Han Chinese musical instruments. Chinese traditional music in common cross winds woodwind one, Chinese bamboo flute, Qu flute in the south, northern Bangdi and somewhere in between the flute.
Flute in Chinese folk music, opera, Chinese National Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra and modern music use, is one of the representatives of Chinese music instruments. In the folk band,…
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If you’ve ever wondered what the audition process is like for a professional orchestra, here’s your chance to take a stab at the repertoire and see if you’re up to snuff. In what is typically an undisclosed process, the New York Philharmonic has released its section violin audition packet and made it available to…Continue
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Dateline: Rougemont, Switzerland, Temple de Château-d'Œx, 5:30 p.m., July 19, 2015
As festivals do these days, the 2015 installment of the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy, founded in 1957 by the man everyone in the famed Alpine resort and surrounding communities calls Lord Menuhin, has a theme intended to provide numerous points of departure to explore and expand classical music's horizons: Irony and…Continue
Added by Laurence Vittes on July 21, 2015 at 12:30am — No Comments
Very pleased with the latest cello made in the Vienna workshop. Despite the rather smallish corpus of 70.6cm the instrument has a very deep and rich bass range. The past two cellos I have used willow for the backs, providing a nice balance of soft, antique sound with the projection required for obligato performance. Walking on clouds these days! Its astonishing how happy an instrument can make you, when its a success. Below some photos and a short video demonstrating the tone:…Continue
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Dateline: Lockenhaus, Austria, the Town Hall and the Pfarrkirche, July 15, 2015
Classical music dream teams dominated the day's and night's events Wednesday at the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival: Soprano Anne Marie Pammer and violinist Ilya Gringolts; pianists Cristina Barbuti and Alexander Lonquich; the Vallardo-Kelemen-Altstaedt Trio, specially-constituted for the Festival; and the Quatuor…Continue
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Marin Alsop, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s music director, will lead Cuba’s Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in a concert celebrating the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana.
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Dateline: Lockenhaus, Austria, Ritterburg Castle, 7:30 p.m., July 14, 2015
In the midst of a spate of injuries and ailments which sidelined superstar violinists Alexander Sitkovetsky and Vilde Frang, this year's Lockenhaus Festival, themed "Im Volkston," entered uncharted territory Wednesday night with a program titled "Appalachian Waltz" showing off two string quartets, a pair of…Continue
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Russian-born conductor Kirill Petrenko has been selected as Sir Simon Rattle’s successor as the chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic.
At the press conference, which neither Petrenko nor Rattle attended, orchestra board member and double bassist…Continue
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Violin (Italian: IL violin) is a stringed instrument. A total of four strings. The sound of a string and bow.
The violin is made up of more than 30 parts. Violin and Piano (resonator) about 35.5 cm long, with curved panel, back and side adhesive. The panel used soft texture; made of spruce, maple back and side, hard texture. The head of the guitar neck, with a maple fingerboard, ebony.
The violin is widely spread in the world, is the most important instrument in the modern…
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In the face of pointed criticism on the blogosphere, the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition has announced the results of six cellists and violinists who placed in the final rounds.
In the violin category, which takes place in Moscow, Russia, no one took home the first-place title or…Continue
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