Classical music

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‘He touched a nerve’: how the first piece of AI music was born in 1956
Long before Auto-Tune and deepfake compositions, university professor Lejaren Hiller premiered a concert recital composed by a computer and became an overnight celebrity

Jeff Gage

07, Dec, 2021 @12:33 PM

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Jamie Barton/Jake Heggie review – a straightforward delight in performing
Barton’s extraordinary talent was clear in a compelling programme that included Purcell, Price and the singer’s collaborator Jake Heggie, plus cat impressions and hip shimmies

Flora Willson

06, Dec, 2021 @11:40 AM

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Zingari review – murderous passions and glorious singing
It’s hard to imagine a better rendering of Leoncavallo’s fiercely sensual opera about a Gypsy love triangle than Opera Rara and the Royal Philharmonic gave in this concert performance

Tim Ashley

05, Dec, 2021 @12:39 PM

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Mark Padmore and Jonathan Biss review – Schumann’s agony and ecstasy laid bare
The British tenor and the American pianist are true equals in the service of the composer’s humanity and fragility

Fiona Maddocks

04, Dec, 2021 @12:30 PM

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Classical home listening: Philippe Jaroussky and Thibaut Garcia, Attacca Quartet and more
The countertenor makes a guitar album, while the Brooklyn foursome mix madrigals and minimalism

Fiona Maddocks

04, Dec, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Death and Transfiguration: Kenneth Hamilton Plays Liszt review – liberating and refreshing
This wide-ranging selection of Liszt’s piano music meets its technical challenges with a rare directness and clarity

Andrew Clements

02, Dec, 2021 @6:43 PM

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London Sinfonietta/Edmon Colomer – Gerhard’s starry exuberance makes welcome return
Two of the Catalan-composer’s astrological works reminded audiences of his brilliantly-coloured music in a programme that also showcased contemporary Catalan composers

Andrew Clements

02, Dec, 2021 @2:38 PM

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Singer Jamie Barton: ‘I’m not interested in roles created by the patriarchy any more’
She waved the Pride flag at the Last Night of the Proms and sang in a gender-fluid Carmen. Now the mezzo-soprano is on a mission to take toxic masculinity out of opera

Erica Jeal

02, Dec, 2021 @2:16 PM

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Alvin Lucier, American avant-garde composer, dies aged 90
Composer who explored the physical nature of sound in pieces such as Music on a Long Thin Wire had suffered a recent fall

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

01, Dec, 2021 @9:36 PM

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Squid Game marbles? Taylor Swift’s stolen scarf? It’s the culture Christmas gift guide 2021!
From postpunk stationery to Harry Styles nail polish and a beach towel celebrating the woman who shot Andy Warhol … get your Christmas in gear with our guide to the hottest presents for your best art friend

Guardian culture desk

29, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Scenes from the Wild review – bats and gannets in the captivating vision of Dara McAnulty
Tenor William Morgan was the soloist in Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s powerful song cycle based on the work of the teenage nature writer

Erica Jeal

28, Nov, 2021 @2:41 PM

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The week in classical: The Valkyrie; Sacconi Quartet review – at the mercy of the gods
Indisposed singers, doused flames and musical longueurs aside, it’s way too early to dismiss Richard Jones’s new ENO Ring cycle

Fiona Maddocks

27, Nov, 2021 @12:30 PM

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