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News - Spring 1999 (Issue No. 3)
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Welcoming James MacMillan
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Intermusica is pleased to announce exclusive worldwide management of conductor / composer James MacMillan. One of today’s most successful living composers, MacMillan’s major works include The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, premiered at the BBC Proms in 1990.
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Marin Alsop scoops two UK titles
Two British orchestras, the City of London Sinfonia and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, recently appointed the dynamic American conductor Marin Alsop to the position of Principal Guest Conductor, beginning in September 1999. go to full story
Autograph hunters put Stanislaw Skrowaczewski to the test in Tokyo
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Returning to the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo in January after a highly successful debut three years ago, Skrowaczewski again scored a major triumph. go to full story
Basque-ing in glory
Gilbert Varga’s work with the young and fast-rising Basque Symphony Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi) in San Sebastian has been so admired and mutually enjoyed that he has accepted a shared Music Directorship of the Orchestra with his fellow Swiss friend and colleague, Mario Venzago. Varga and Venzago are sharing all the responsibilities of Music Director equally for a three year term. With a new hall opening later this year and key acquisitions in terms of personnel, the Orchestra is set for further artistic development to a significant level.
Cello Magic
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Mischa Maisky plays a recital as part of the South Bank Centre’s Rachmaninov Festival in May with his regular accompanist Daria Hovora. He includes in his programme the huge Rachmaninov Sonata, and also Maisky’s own transcriptions of several Rachmaninov songs. go to full story
Record Shelf
A selection of recent releases by our artists. go to full story

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Alban Berg Quartet and Brendel stun a capacity audience at Royal Festival Hall. go to full story
HK Gruber opens Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella season
HK Gruber made his first visit to Los Angeles in October to conduct and sing an all-Gruber programme with the LA Philharmonic New Music Group. go to full story
Richard Goode goes back to Bach
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Richard Goode has long enjoyed an enthusiastic and loyal following from concert-goers and critics alike. His Nonesuch set of the complete Beethoven sonatas, along with the live performances of the cycle in Europe, were a milestone in his career on this side of the Atlantic and helped to bring him to wider recognition. go to full story
Hickox Down Under
Sun-loving maestro Richard Hickox enjoyed an extended respite from the chilly European Winter, spending January-March ‘down under’, conducting a spectacular new production of Britten’s Billy Budd for Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne. go to full story
Flor unveils forgotten oratorio of Max Bruch
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Just released on the Orfeo label is Claus Peter Flor’s recording of Bruch’s long-forgotten and rarely performed mammoth oratorio, Moses, recorded last Summer in Bamberg with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. go to full story
Russian Kings
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge had a busy Autumn preparing for a number of engagements over the Christmas period. go to full story
Chilies at the cutting edge
At this Summer’s Cheltenham Festival, the Chilingirian Quartet will premiere a new work written for them by Hugh Wood for string quartet and string orchestra. go to full story
International Chamber Music Season
1998-99 Season at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. go to full story
Orchestral Touring Highlights
The new season began with a visit by the City of London Sinfonia and their Music Director Richard Hickox to the Montreux Festival in SWITZERLAND. go to full story

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