Jan. 31 2016

Perchance to Stream: Snow Days Edition

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. After clicking to an audio or video stream, you may need to press the “Play” button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.
Listen to a preview of the program offered this afternoon by the Orchestre National de France at the Kennedy Center, with Daniele

Jan. 31 2016

Chains Clink, Water Splashes: A Composer’s Beautiful Noise

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The young composer Ashley Fure is burrowing furiously into the very nature of sound.

Jan. 31 2016

Beethoven String Quartet Cycle at Lincoln Center

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The Jerusalem, Miró, Orion, Escher and Danish string quartets perform this cycle at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center through Feb. 21.

Jan. 30 2016

NSO Tour Prep, Part 3

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The last puzzle piece for the National Symphony Orchestra’s European tour next month is the first symphony of Brahms. They presented it to the public at Friday night’s concert in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The Un poco sostenuto introduction to the first movement felt a little lugubrious, with Eschenbach subdividing in a labored way, while the Allegro section was bold and forceful. The slow

Jan. 30 2016

1-30-16 Music In Maryland Potpourri

This week Music in Maryland presents an interesting potpourri of musical events.  We begin with a piece called Mutability by composer Dinos Constantinides  for clarinet and string quartet.  Our performers were clarinetist Robert DiLutis and Borislava Iltcheva, violin, Aaron Farrell, violin Stefka Ilieva, viola, Sussannah Montandon, cello.  The rest of our program came from various […]

Jan. 30 2016

Book of the Day: Rain Reign, by Ann M. Martin

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Rona London reviews her pick for Book of the Day:

Today’s Book of the Day is Ann M. Martin’s Rain Reign.

Jan. 30 2016

Review: Jerusalem Quartet Starts a Weeklong Marathon

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The group’s opening leg at the Rose Studio featured three quartets by Bartok, with Beethoven and more Bartok to come.

Jan. 30 2016

Review: In ‘The Astronaut’s Tale,’ a Farm Boy Dreams of Flying to Mars

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This chamber opera by the composer Charles Fussell is based on Jack Larson’s American update of Stravinsky’s 1917 music theater piece, “The Soldier’s Tale.”

Jan. 29 2016

NSO Tour Prep, Part 2

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The historic snowfall last weekend paralyzed Washington, and it has thrown a wrench into Christoph Eschenbach’s preparation of the National Symphony Orchestra for its upcoming European tour. Last week’s program of Rouse, Dvořák, and Brahms as orchestrated by Schoenberg ended up receiving only a single performance on Thursday instead of the expected three. The prolonged snow clean-up also forced

Jan. 29 2016

Latest on Forbes: Jaap van Zweden will be the New York Philharmonic’s New Music Director

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New York Philharmonic Appoints Dallas’ Jaap van Zweden As New Music Director
…Jaap van Zweden, even if he doesn’t come with the greatest amount of clout in the business, should find the position agreeable, even if fundraising gloom ever looms on the horizon for the band, as does the potentially nerve-wrecking planned renovation of David Geffen née Avery Fisher Hall. The orchestra, which had

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