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ISSUE 35, 1 APRIL 2002

- LARGELY HUMBUG - CD REVIEWS WITH SOUND EXTRACTS

'There is no avoiding the organ, though the January sessions without it might have been an unexpected delight. Its early appearances in the finale are comparatively modest. The end of the work elicited wild applause at its 1886 premiere: it was not long before Bernard Shaw realised that it was largely humbug:

"It is a pity that this particular work of Saint-Saens degenerates so frightfully at the end. All that barren coda stuff, with its mechanical piling of instruments, its whipping of rhythms, and its ridiculous scraps of fugato, should be ruthlessly excised".'

Robert Anderson cracks down on the famous Symphony No 3, listens to Strauss songs and to choral music by John Tavener. Peter Dale explores the music of Justin Connolly and violin music by Rawsthorne and McCabe. David Thompson is impressed by the music of Sally Beamish.

In Record Box, Basil Ramsey and Keith Bramich feature the flute playing of Maria Piccinini, piano preludes by Cesar Cui, music by Danish composer Rued Langgaard, Icelandic composer Kjartan Olafsson and Doctor Nerve with the Sirius String Quartet.

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- THE ROLE OF THE ARTIST - LIVE CONCERT REVIEWS

'"It's something I wrote so long ago, I've forgotten it", Lenz raves halfway through; and one might suspect Rihm feels something of the same about his opera. If the opera, for all its music theatre tautness - and several wonderful orchestral interludes apart - has its longueurs, it is because of the relentlesslness - perhaps rechristened relenzlessness - with which Lenz dwells on his obsessions with the artist's sacrosanctity, entitlement, and self-expectations.'

Roderic Dunnett reports on a performance of Wolfgang Rihm's opera 'Jakob Lenz' in Caen, and on the Opera Omnibus production of Mascagni's 'L'Amico Fritz'.

Malcolm Miller appreciates the Camden Choir's Renaissance Music and Ware Operatic Society's 'La Traviata'.

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- A MUSICAL ENCHANTRESS

'Typical of the fun person she was, Cathy loved a good joke! I remember being with her during a recording at the Maida Vale studios with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Her hair was a mop of white curls and the musicians had fondly bestowed the nickname of "Harpo" upon her. I told her when I heard of this, and she was delighted! For quite some time after that, she signed her letters proudly with her new nickname.'

Jennifer Paull remembers Cathy Berberian, the legendary singer who cast musical spells, and writes about film composer Victor Herbert. Bill Newman looks back at conductor Basil Cameron, and pays tribute to his friend, the late Igor Kipnis :

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- CLASSICAL MUSIC NEWS

We mark the deaths of Eileen Farrell, Dorothy DeLay, Dudley Moore and Oskar Sala.

Albert Wong wins the Land's End Composers Competition.

Avie, a new record label, is launched.

A new book about Percy Grainger is published.

Johan Duijck is appointed chorus master of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chorus in London.

Vandals attempt to steal a bronze statue of Elgar.

Japanese company Glico launches a new type of conducting baton.

The Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition attracts 206 entries from 48 countries.

There's news also about Simone Stella, Philip Hefti and Duane Hulbert.

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- TEACHING COMPOSERS - PATRIC STANDFORD'S PROVOCATIVE THOUGHTS

'Where few know the difference between a horse and a donkey, it is easy to sell a donkey to one who wants a horse. But not uncommonly do neither the vendor nor the purchaser know the difference!'

Read on for enlightenment ...

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- LUDWIG'S TORSO - SITE SEEING

'You might have noticed some changes to our M&V home page recently - hopefully for the better. In particular, there's now a small picture associated with most of our articles. A link on the left-most of the five small pictures near the top of the screen will normally lead directly to the article featured on the day of your visit to the magazine.'

Keith Bramich pays another visit to the world of classical music websites and features 'The Outrageously Romantic Symphony Orchestra', the Rajhans Orchestra, the Libra Ensemble, Cecilia McDowall, Luca Belcastro, new sites about Janacek and Xenakis, Bruce Duffie, Period Recording, APS Magazine and LudwigVanWeb.

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- APRIL CONCERT SUMMARY - FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW FOR DETAILS

Israel:

Monteverdi's 'L'incoronazione di Poppea' plays in Tel Aviv, in David Alden's new production.

Australia:

'All Famous Stuff' features Ali Wood, Dimitri Kopanakis and the
Rockhampton Concert Orchestra.

USA:

The Americas Vocal Ensemble's 'Musical Treasures of the Americas' includes the first performance of Max Lifchitz's 'Lagrimas de Mexico'. Andrew Imbrie's 'Chicago Bells' receives its first performances in New York and Boston. Pianist Arlene Goter plays music by Alex Shapiro, Gabriella Lena Frank, Judith Shatin, Charles B Griffin and John Burge. The Cypress String Quartet play Benjamin Lees' recently premiered String Quartet No 5.

UK:

Marc-Andre Hamelin plays (and signs copies of CDs) at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Cristina Ortiz appears later in the month at the same venue. There are two chances to hear Carter Pan's 'SLALOM'. Pianist Alexander Tselyakov makes his Wigmore Hall debut, giving the first UK performance of Rodion Schedrin's Sonata No 1. The London Sinfonietta presents the UK's 'State of the Nation' weekend. Moldova National Opera ends its UK tour with 'Nabucco' at the Albert Hall.

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- TIME MACHINE - EDITORIAL MUSINGS WITH BASIL RAMSEY

'Overall, there is now an intermix of knowledge and exploratory ideas in the world of music galvanising progress, whether in pop, jazz or so-called serious music. It is sobering to speculate what may have driven music forward if the innovatory leaps derived from recording and broadcasting had not taken place. It is all too easy to go along with progress and forget that it might have been otherwise, which in this case seems astonishing.'

Basil Ramsey muses on change in the music business, and introduces Music & Vision's own time machine, with which you can conjure up our home page for any day between 1 January 1999 and today :

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- ANY IDEAS? - A QUESTION TO THE EDITOR

'I found, quite by accident, a very interesting person, Mrs Rosemary Brown. As you probably now she was famous for communicating with dead composers. You can believe this or not. She lived somewhere in England and died last year. She is the author of hundreds of compositions inspired by deceased composers, which I know from a few internet sources. I know that there exist three recordings of her music, which I would like to listen to. Unfortunately I have no idea where to look for them. In general, I know very little about her and would like to widen my knowledge in this direction. I am also interested in obtaining any of her compositions. Please help me.' - Wojciech Paprowicz, Poland

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