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Composer: Bolcom, William (b. 1938)

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Year of birth1938
NationalityUnknown
Period20th century
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LondonMeasha Brueggergosman in recital

Ravel, Debussy, Duparc, Cage, Montsalvatge, Bolcom
Measha Brueggergosman; Simon Lepper

New York CityNew Music

Bolcom, Bennett, Cheung
Gilles Vonsattel; Escher String Quartet
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Bolcom's Dinner at Eight served up at Wexford

Craig Irvin (Dan Packard) and Susannah Billar (Kitty Packard) © Clive Barda
Dinner at Eight, William Bolcom and librettist Mark Campbell's 2017 opera, had its European première at Wexford Festival Opera on Saturday under conductor David Agler. The opera is based on the 1932 play by George S Kaufman and Edna Ferber, in turn adapted into a movie by George Cukor (1933).
***11
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Ke Ma and Apor Szüts: young pianists in Budapest

Ke Ma © Pályi Zsófia, Müpa
Two promising talents tacke Beethoven: China's Ke Ma impresses in PC4, Hungary's Szüts impresses as a composer with his cadenza for PC1. Tamás Gál and the Miskolc Symphony provide strong support.
***11
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Sumptuous Strauss from Louise Alder

Louise Alder © Gerard Collett
We anticipated a Ukrainian barihunk singing Tchaikovsky, but ended up with an English rose singing Strauss.
****1
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An alternative “three Bs" from JoAnn Falletta

JoAnn Falletta © Cheryl Gorski
William Bolcom's Concerto Grosso is flanked by two Austro-German masterpieces in an inspired "Three B's" program led by JoAnn Falletta.
****1
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The Joyce of Music in Seattle

Joyce DiDonato sings at the Seattle Symphony season opener © Carlin Ma
To open the new season, the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot were joined by star mezzo Joyce DiDonato, whose performance sent listeners over the top and over the rainbow.
****1
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