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Henri Dutilleux

The French composer Henri Dutilleux has died, he was 97. With the death of Elliott Carter late last year, Dutilleux represented a generation of musicians with roots almost back into the 19th century; certainly his music can be seen in a direct line from that of his great predecessors Debussy and Ravel.

Limelight

Roch Modrzejewski: Opera's guitar hero

With his virtuosic new recording of opera tunes, Poland's Roch Modrzejewski has revived a much-neglected corner of the guitar repertoire.

The Telegraph

Musical world celebrates Wagner's 200th birthday

Opera houses the world over are scrambling to pay tribute to Richard Wagner, the controversial German composer often referred to as Hitler's favourite, who would have turned 200 this year.

Bangkok Post

A Benjamin Britten Centennial

Benjamin Britten (b. Nov. 22, 1913) introduced many young people to classical music in grammar school with his The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. That alone would make for a lasting career and reputation, but his influence and musical accomplishments are vast.

WQXR

For Acclaimed Wagnerian, Less Excess

On a cool afternoon in March, a crowd filled the Festspielhaus here to see the German conductor Christian Thielemann lead the Dresden Staatskapelle in Wagner's "Parsifal."

The New York Times

Woody Herman At 100: 'A Blues Player From His Heart'

"He didn't have the same chops and virtuosic approach like Benny Goodman or Artie Shaw, but he told a deep story," says Lovano, who played with Herman early in his career. "He was a blues player from his heart, and really had a beautiful voice on alto saxophone."

NPR

The scratch orchestra of Kinshasa

The members of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste – the world's only all-black orchestra – are self-taught and started out playing homemade instruments. Now the band's founder is to be given a major international accolade.

The Guardian

The Italian wizard re-inventing 'The Four Seasons'

Can there be any more hackneyed piece in the classical repertoire than Vivaldi's Four Seasons? It's the go–to Baroque piece for every music festival, it's been pillaged endlessly for film soundtracks and recorded far too often.

The Telegraph

A DIY Guide To The History Of Women In Jazz

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has issued a proclamation declaring Friday "Women in Jazz Day" — an attempt at cultural reform that's bound to enjoy the same resounding success as banning oversizing sodas.

NPR


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