Mahler’s personal copy of his 3rdand longest symphony was recently discovered in a private collection. If that isn’t exciting enough, it is notated in the composer’s hand, and is to be auctioned this week.
Sydney Youth Orchestras has announced that after a decade and a half as Chair of SYO, Jan Bowen AM will be stepping down from this position. Shane Simpson AM has been appointed as her successor. When it was founded in 1973 SYOs could only dream of what it has become today. This is directly attributable…
There is a new a capella vocal ensemble in Sydney. Calling themselves ‘Vocal Detour’ this quintet of elite singers plans to take its audiences and collaborators on a journey through roads less travelled, alongside the familiar classics.
A really important feature from the Editor of Gramophone, Martin Cullingford on the importance of listening to music: “The art of sitting, concentrating and listening to something long-form and complex is an increasingly alien experience. And unless people develop that skill, classical music will face an uphill struggle. “ Click here to read the feature…
Get a taste of Verdi’s rambunctious opera Verdi’s Falstaff which opened in Sydney last Friday. Warwick Fyfe sings the bawdy title role with Amelia Farrugia, Jacqueline Dark, Domenica Matthews, Lorina Gore, John Longmuir, Graeme McFarlane and Jud Arthur and Kanen Breen as the twin numbskulls Pistol and Bardolph adding burlesque and slapstick to their hugely demanding vocal performances….
Tom Service of The Guardian interviews brilliant 27 year old violinist Alina Ibragimova, describing her “trademark wildly imaginative playing, with its combination of unleashed energy and historical awareness”. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/oct/18/alina-ibragimova-violinist-rawness-energy
John Carmody reviews a new book on the life of Mahler: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/life-and-death-in-music/story-e6frg8nf-1226149465114