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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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ZT 0162

Boccherini: Cello Concerto, G 480; Quintets, G 451 and G 436; Sextet, G 463 – Marco Ceccato, Accademia Ottoboni, Manuel Granatiero, ...

CHAN 10870

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CHAN 10869

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

CHAN 0809

Harmonische Freude: Chorale preludes and other chamber works by Johann Ludwig Krebs, Johann Sebastian Bach, Gottfried August Homilius, Christian ...

ON 4141

Franck / Strauss: Violin Sonatas – James Ehnes (violin), Andrew Armstrong (piano)

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PT 6487

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

Symphony No. 4 by Mahler portrays another ...

LS 0775

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Bob Chilcott: St John Passion – Darren Jeffrey, Ed Lyon, Jonathan Vaughn, Laurie Ashworth, Matthew Owens, Matthew Souter, Neal Davies, Nick ...

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CHAN 0670
'The playing is infectiously uninhibited and technically immaculate - a programme of unqualified...
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AV 2126
Bill Barnewitz’s platonically beautiful reading of the long horn melody in the second movement was the signal event i...
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