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    Why so serious?

    When friends who aren’t regular goers to classical music performances accompany me to concerts, they sometimes ask if there are certain regulations they have to follow. Since I am not the one making up the rules, I usually just tell them to enjoy. Yet apparently, there ARE existing unspoken rules. For example, as my colleague Rachel Deloughry pointed out in her article 'Classical concert etiquette: Applause!': in classical music, not only is it frowned upon to clap between movements of a concerto or symphony, but it is also necessary to leave an appropriate amount of silence after the last note, to savour that final cadence, before finally showing your appreciation.

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    Topics: Concert, Rules, Funny

    Instrument Envy and Perfection: An Interview with San Francisco Symphony's Principal Oboist

    “Perfection doesn’t exist, because your idea of perfection is constantly evolving. It is impossible, but you can try to get closer every time.” Eugene Izotov is the first Soviet-born musician in history to hold a principal wind position in any major American symphony orchestra. Appointed byMichael Tilson Thomasin 2014, Izotov is currently the principal oboist of theSan Francisco Symphony. Primephonic’s Rina Sitorus chatted with him about recording the Schumann Cycle, oboe playing, instrument envy and ‘perfection’ in classical music.

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    Topics: Eugene Izotov, San Francisco Symphony, Perfection

    'Potentially one of the Greatest Pianists of the 21st Century': An Interview with Yevgeny Sudbin

    ‘I don't think it's particularly healthy to focus on just one thing for the most part of your life. I try to give myself a variety of other challenges. This helps me as a person – and it helps me stay sane.’

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    Topics: Pianist, Personal, Professional

    An Interview with JoAnn Falletta, The Explorer

    “I guess the fear for me is that there’ll be some great composers who I will never have found!” Hailed as a “leading force for the music of our time”, for her work as a conductor, communicator, recording artist, audience builder, champion of American composers and distinguished musical citizen, JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center.

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    Topics: Richard Strauss, Conducting, Naxos