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Producer and Evil Henchman: Rossini’s L’inganno felice
An Interview With Martin Ng
We caught up with Martin Ng the other day when he was in the middle of rehearsals for Rossini’s L’inganno felice (The Blissful Deception), which will make its appearance in Singapore in early March. He talked about the founding of
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Vivaldi in All Dimensions
An Interview With Michel Brun of the Ensemble Baroque de Toulouse
When you think of Vivaldi, what do you think of? Just his hundreds of concertos? His operas? His sacred music? When we look at recordings today, we tend to get single subject collections. Concerto recordings don’t touch the opera arias,
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Historical but Modern: An Interview With Christian Fergo of the Duo Morat-Fergo
A new recording of the Mozart Piano Sonatas caught our attention because it wasn’t being played on the latest new keyboard or a historical reconstruction of a keyboard, but on 2 Viennese guitars. To hear works that are so familiar
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A Miracle of Music: HKU Celebrates 40 Years
Forty years ago, the Hong Kong University Music Department was founded at the behest of then–Vice Chancellor Rayson Huang (1920-2015). He had come to Hong Kong in 1938 following the Japanese invasion of Shanghai to be a student at HKU,
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Houses Slide: An Interview With Laura Bowler
At the Royal Festival Hall in London on Friday, 9 July, the focus of the concert will be the current climate situation. Composer Laura Bowler’s Houses Slide, commissioned by the London Sinfonietta, is a work for soprano and orchestra that
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Bach and the Monkey King
An Interview With Chiyan Wong
In his concept for his new album of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, pianist Chiyan Wong cast his mind back to the Chinese literary classic Journey to the West and the seminal character of the Monkey King. Just as the Monkey King
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Putting Beethoven Into Our Time
An Interview With Maestro Johannes Vogel
To end the Beethoven year, there will be a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Vienna. A simple enough statement but when you add in all the conditions: nothing live, social distancing, pandemic aware, then that statement becomes immensely complicated.
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The Self-Isolation Choir – ‘Christmas at Home’
For many around the world, choral music and Christmas go hand in hand, the sounds of choirs reverberating around magnificent churches where audiences flock to soak up the festive spirit. What, then, to do if pandemic restrictions put a halt
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