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Blog > Grigory Sokolov in Helsinki
by Anson Yeung | June 23rd, 2018

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Hailed as one of the best living pianists in the world, Grigory Sokolov offered a magically sublime and absorbing concert experience to the 1,700 audience in Helsinki Music Centre (Musiikkitalo) on 14 June 2018, with a programme of Haydn and [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > Casanova – A Life in Music
by Maureen Buja | June 23rd, 2018

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Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) is still known to this day for his ‘complicated and elaborate affairs with women’ – not bad for someone nearly 300 years old. He ran in the highest social circles in Europe, and in addition to the [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > “Musical ideas sprang to my mind like Butterflies” - Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
by Georg Predota | June 22nd, 2018

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Charles Gounod (1818-1893)

The historiography of music primarily remembers Charles Gounod as the composer of Faust, Mireille and Roméo et Juliette. However, in his 12 total works for the operatic stage Gounod engages with the entire range of operatic types available in the [...] more >>

In Tune > Society > Classical Music for Alien Civilizations
by Georg Predota | June 21st, 2018

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NASA launched the twin spacecraft Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 in the summer of 1977. The primary mission was the exploration of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, and since everything went splendidly well, included extended visits to Uranus, Neptune and [...] more >>

Blog > In Memoriam: Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931-2018)
by Georg Predota | June 20th, 2018

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Working as an artist within the Soviet political and cultural system was always a tightrope act. Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931-2018), one of the great conductors of the last half-century explains, “I lived with communism for more than 50 years, and I [...] more >>

Composers > Anecdotes > When Girls are Boys
by Maureen Buja | June 19th, 2018

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We’ve all been to the opera when they cast young men with unchanged voices in operatic roles and, well, they may not just have, let’s say, the vocal maturity to carry this off. Time for the women to take charge!

In Tune > Society > Music for the Eyes - From the Music Catalogue of Breitkopf & Härtel
by Georg Predota | June 18th, 2018

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From the Music Catalogue of Breitkopf & Härtel

No other invention had a greater impact on how music found its way from the composer to the public than the printing of music. After Ottaviano Petrucci published the first edition of the famous Harmonice Musices Odhecaton A in Venice [...] more >>

Composers > Anecdotes > Mozart: - Symphony in D major - , KV 297 (Paris) - Premiered today in 1778
by Georg Predota | June 18th, 2018

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Premiered today in 1778

In the spring of 1778, the 22-year old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart returned to the city of Paris. This time he was chaperoned by his mother—who would tragically fall ill and die—with father Leopold staying put in Salzburg to appease their [...] more >>