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Deceptive Cadence
2:35 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Talk Like An Opera Geek: In the Basement With The Basses

Seismic singing from the bottommost voices: Know your basso buffo from your basso profondo.
iStock

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 2:12 pm

(Talk Like An Opera Geek attempts to decode the intriguing and intimidating lexicon of the opera house.)

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Deceptive Cadence
1:37 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Keyboardist, Baroque Master Gustav Leonhardt Dies at 83

Sony

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 12:41 pm

One of the most influential and widely hailed figures in the modern early music movement, conductor, harpsichordist and organist Gustav Leonhardt, has died at 83. Just a month ago, after a concert at Paris' Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Leonhardt abruptly announced that he had just given his last public performance. According to Dutch press reports, he died yesterday in Amsterdam, though the cause of death was not released.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:19 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Attention, Teenage Orchestral Musicians: Here's Your Big Chance

Conductor Valery Gergiev will lead the first season of an American national youth orchestra in 2013.
Marco Borggreve courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 16, 2012 8:00 am

Are you an extremely talented orchestral player? Looking for something to do summer after next? Are you a teenager? If the answer to all three is yes, here's a chance to meet other kids who love Bach and Brahms as much as you do and to learn from some of America's finest musicians. Many of your expenses will be paid, you'll have the honor of being associated with one of the world's foremost presenters, and — oh yeah, one last thing — you'll get to tour the world with Valery Gergiev.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:18 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: January 13, 2011

In better days, a New York City Opera attendee takes in a display about the beleagured company's rich history.
courtesy of New York City Opera

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 6:15 pm

  • As of Monday, New York City Opera had locked out orchestra and chorus members though the company's first production of the 2011-12 season, a weeklong run of La Traviata at the Brooklyn Academy of Music scheduled to begin Feb. 12. Risa Heller, a spokeswoman for the opera, says City Opera is taking things 'one day at a time.' But with a first performance scheduled for Feb. 12 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, time is running out.
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NPR Jazz Live
11:59 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Vijay Iyer Trio: Live In Concert

The Vijay Iyer Trio performs at Le Poisson Rouge for the NYC Winter Jazzfest on Saturday, Jan. 7.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 3:03 pm

By Patrick Jarenwattananon

Pianist and composer Vijay Iyer leads a trio that traffics in grooves, crackling and heavy. He has a distinctive way of exploiting dissonance and rhythmic space at the piano; he's joined by a deeply resonant, gut-punching bassist (Stephan Crump) and a drummer with an advanced understanding of time (Marcus Gilmore). The results are beats that feel borrowed from a future age; alternately, they're new lenses on jazz's big-picture history.

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Field Recordings
11:57 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Gil Shaham: A Violinist's Day At The Museum

Gil Shaham Field Recording at Hirshhorn Museum
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 10:20 am

By Amanda Ameer

As Gil Shaham wandered through the back offices of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., he said he felt "like Ben Stiller in Night at the Museum." For this impromptu Bach mini-recital, the violin superstar momentarily became part of the art, bathed in the modish lighting and projections of a multimedia installation during the performance.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:25 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

My Holidays With Loriot

German comedian Loriot.
Flickr Creative Commons

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 1:16 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
8:06 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Janáček For Voices: The Choral Side Of An Unusual Composer

A new album by Cappella Amsterdam explores rarely performed choral music by Leos Janáček.
Marco Borggreve Harmonia Mundi

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 3:00 pm

There was nothing ordinary about Czech composer Leos Janáček. He set one opera in a barnyard and another on the moon. He fell for a married woman more than 30 years his junior, proceeding to write more than 700 love letters. And in his mid-60s, he churned out piece after amazing piece in one of classical music's most impressive late surges.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:35 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Pianist Alexis Weissenberg Dies At 82

Alexis Weissenberg's skill at playing Schubert on the accordion saved his life during World War II.
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 8:51 am

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Deceptive Cadence
3:37 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: January 6, 2012

This is all that remains of a violin PayPal asked a buyer to destroy.
Regretsy.com

Originally published on Fri January 6, 2012 2:04 pm

  • Paypal has confirmed a story that seemed at first to be too wild to be true: They told a customer to destroy a violin after a contentious eBay transaction. The instrument's provenance was disputed (though incorrect labels aren't exactly uncommon in the violin world).
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