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‘Vor Singet’ – composer Joseph twist takes us between the lines

This weekend the Sydney Chamber Choir (see our post), presents their concert “Bach to the Future” performing three of JS Bach’s great motets, and building on them with the works of contemporary composers who include Richard Marlowe, Stephen Paulus, and Gabriel Jackson. Amongst this cohort is a young Australian composer, Joseph Twist who is in fact, a…
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…conducted by Carolyn Watson

This is an introduction to look out for in Sydney as conductor Carloyn Watson builds her career after  two years of studies in Europe. She has a gleam in her eye. “I absolutely luuurve opera and want to do more…. it has to be the most fun you can have with your clothes on! For…
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Beginning with Bach

Gramophone magazine has published a list of the ten best works by JS Bach, especially aimed at newcomers to his music.  Glorious as they are, the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor,  are possibly better suited to more experienced listeners, we think.  Notable absentees from the list are gentler introductions to his music – including…
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future directions for symphonic music

The Managing Director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Matthew VanBeslen, discusses new ways of sustaining “classical” music.  (See post on “Where To Next For Symphonic Music?”)
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Where to next for symphonic music?

Symphony orchestras the world over face an uncertain future. To what extent should they change in order that they survive?
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Got a spare $200,000 for a Mahler original?

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.
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