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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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LN 0178

Poulenc: Organ Concerto, etc. – English Chamber Orchestra, Gillian Weir

‘...the lyrical sweep of the Poulenc’s melodic ...

PT 6487

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 – Elizabeth Watts, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht

Symphony No. 4 by Mahler portrays another ...

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Debussy: Jeux (Transcription for two pianos by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet); Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps (Transcription for piano ...

NI 5930

Quilter: Songs – Charlotte de Rothschild, Adrian Farmer

Few composers – especially song composers – can claim to have ...

NI 6308

Twentieth Century Romantics: Glière, Piazzolla, Bloch, Montag, Bourgeois – Nicholas Bailey (double-bass), Geoffrey Duce ...

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Just Wyn

‘And do you remember the little bald-headed conductor who has been packing fun into those Gershwin musicals over the ...

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Shostakovich: Violin Concertos Nos 1 and 2 – Lydia Mordkovitch (violin), Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

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Tippett: A Child of Our Time – Cynthia Haymon, Cynthia Clarey, Damon Evans, Willard White, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony ...

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‘...one is transfixed by the quality of the singing... and above all by the orchestral playing and by the grandeur...
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DA 5099
A lovely disc which may prove revelatory to some. I found it very rewarding... recommended.”...
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