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New director of BBC Proms announced
David Pickard, currently general director at Glyndebourne, has been appointed the new director of the BBC Proms and will begin in his new post later this year. In the meantime Edward Blakeman will continue in his temporary role.

Berlin makes up its mind
After much ado but nothing, a successor to Sir Simon Rattle at the Berliner Philharmoniker has finally been elected. Kirill Petrenko, the music director of the Bavarian State Opera, is a quiet, diligent musician who has won the admiration of fellow musicians, critics, and audiences. In later years he has been arranging his schedule to devote more of his time to fewer ensembles.

High Court rules against UK government
The High Court has ruled that the UK government was unlawful in introducing a private copy exception into UK copyright law without any compensation to the music community. A levy system exists across Europe to benefit the music industry for lost sales when a CD is ripped for private use, but the UK government had put nothing in place for just recompense.

James Horner (1953 – 2015)
James Horner, the film music composer and winner of two Academy Awards, has died in a crash while piloting his own small aircraft. He was sixty-one.

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CHAN 10293
However, Arnold’s many fans will no doubt relish the whole programme, including the first recording of the 1990...
SIG 081
(Diana Ambache's)'piano playing is exemplary, both technically and musically; her interpretations are soulful or deli...
BBC Radio 3
SIG 084
'for Preston’s playing alone this disc is an absolute must have....
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UK 9078
One of the outstanding recording projects in this country in recent years has been the cycle of the piano music of Ol...
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UK 9062
...Peter Hill has conveyed the range and contrast of this cycle, its astonishing palette of keyboard texture and colo...
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CHAN 241-37
This is a mid-price reissue of recordings from the Chandos back catalog. All the performances are outstanding. The s...
American Record Guide
DA 5094
“A luminous collection, the showpiece is Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal by Paul Mealor... an impressive choral work tha...
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