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RIP...conductor Raymond Leppard

Raymond John Leppard CBE (11 August 1927 – 22 October 2019) was a British conductor, harpsichordist, composer and editor. In the 1960s, he played a prime role in the rebirth of interest in Baroque music; in particular, he was one of the first major conductors to perform Baroque opera, reviving works by Claudio Monteverdi and Francesco Cavalli. He conducted operas at major international opera houses and festivals, including the Glyndebourne Festival where he led the world premiere of Nicholas Maw's The Rising of the Moon, the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House. He composed film scores such as Lord of the Flies and Alfred the Great.

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Jessye Norman (September 15, 1945 – September 30, 2019) was an American opera singer and recitalist.


A dramatic soprano, Norman was associated in with roles such as Wagner's Sieglinde, Ariadne by Richard Strauss, Gluck's Alceste, Beethoven's Leonore and Cassandra in Les Troyens by Berlioz.[3] and Cassandre. Norman was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1999, and became a Spingarn Medalist in 2013. Apart from receiving several honorary doctorates and other awards, she also received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Medal of Arts, and was a member of the British Royal Academy of Music. WIKIPEDIA

Victor August Herbert (February 1, 1859 – May 26, 1924)






American composer, cellist and conductor of Irish ancestry and German training. Although Herbert enjoyed important careers as a cello soloist and conductor, he is best known for composing many successful operettas that premiered on Broadway from the 1890s to World War I. He was also prominent among the tin pan alley composers and was later a founder of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). A prolific composer, Herbert produced two operas, a cantata, 43 operettas, incidental music to 10 plays, 31 compositions for orchestra, nine band compositions, nine cello compositions, five violin compositions with piano or orchestra, 22 piano compositions and numerous songs, choral compositions and orchestrations of works by other composers, among other music. WIKIPEDIA

RIP AARON ROSAND

Aaron Rosand (March 15, 1927 – July 9, 2019) was an American violinist. Born in Hammond, Indiana, he studied with Leon Sametini at the Chicago Musical College and with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he taught from 1981 until his death.


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PODCAST Biography of American Composer Edward Macdowell


Edward Alexander MacDowell (December 18, 1860 – January 23, 1908) was an American composer and pianist of the late Romantic period. He was best known for his second piano concerto and his piano suites Woodland Sketches, Sea Pieces and New England Idyll.

RIP ANDRE PREVIN


André George Previn, KBE (/ˈprɛvɪn/; born Andreas Ludwig Priwin; April 6, 1929 – February 28, 2019) was a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. Previn won four Academy Awards for his film work and ten Grammy Awards for his recordings (and one more for his Lifetime Achievement). Previn died on February 28, 2019 at home in Manhattan at the age of 89.

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Lang Lang with R Alan Campbell album showcased on classical music network

It’s been three years since his last release – and now the global sensation is back with a show-stopping collection of pieces to inspire the next generation From child prodigy to extraordinary virtuoso, Lang Lang is without a doubt one of the most celebrated concert pianists of the past few decades. Since the release of his first album in 2000, Lang Lang: Live At Seiji Ozawa Hall, the Chinese pianist’s career has only gone from strength to strength. 


NEW ALBUM 'PIANO BOOK' – RELEASED 29TH MARCH. “The hottest artist on the classical music planet”– New York Times . 




Host Campbell (Blog editor) showcases the new recording on his www.classicalmusic.network radio program.
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