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After 50 Years as a Tenor, Placido Domingo Turns Baritone for Verdi

Plácido Domingo, the star tenor, said his usual prayer to St Blaise, patron saint of healthy throats, skipped on to the Berlin stage — and promptly transformed himself into a baritone.  

October 26th, 2009 | Tags:
 
Say What?! Musicians Hear Better

Musical training can improve your hearing, according to several studies presented in Chicago at Neuroscience 2009, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.  

October 19th, 2009 | Tags:
 
The Mystery of Music

Here we go again: A paper published by two researchers at the University of London claims to prove that music affects our responses to visual images.  

October 17th, 2009 | Tags:
 
Scaling New Heights: Piano Stairway Encourages Commuters to Ditch the Escalators

Apart from the fighting fit, most of us struggle taking the stairs during the morning commute to work… especially if there is an escalator right next to them.  

October 12th, 2009 | Tags:
 
Another New Step in China

For the first time an orchestra in mainland China is taking on a foreign music director: the French conductor Michel Plasson is becoming music director of the China National Symphony Orchestra.  

October 8th, 2009 | Tags: ,
 
And the Beat Goes On

Neville Marriner puts down his cup and saucer and waves an invisible baton around the living room of his Kensington, London, home.  

October 8th, 2009 | Tags: ,
 
Valery Gergiev: The Passion that Drives The Ultra Patriot

As Valery Gergiev leads the London Symphony Orchestra in its season opener, the mesmerising, controversial conductor talks to Ed Vulliamy  

September 20th, 2009 | Tags:
 
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra: America’s Finest Orchestra

You can sense the soul of certain great orchestras, just by seeing where they live. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra – which is about to open the Shell Classic International Series at London’s South Bank Centre – is one of them. [...] more >>

September 18th, 2009 | Tags: