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Archive for November 1, 2013

Who Was Benjamin Britten?

Benjamin Britten, 1968

The curious case of Benjamin Britten produces endless articles and speculation. There are many who knew, and worked with him, but no one claims to understand him. Britten functioned in a very pragmatic world, writing for broadcasts, public events and for schoolchildren; at the same time he was sending works to the best opera companies, the best soloists

Making Space for Music

PianoForte Studios

These days, music-lovers have to have a thick skin. Whether it’s news of musician lock-outs or the greying of the audience, pessimism is rampant. People have been predicting the demise of classical music for more than a generation. Kirill Gerstein, who played the Prokofiev Second with the CSO last week