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Sharper your minds by playing a musical instrument

Posted on 30 September 2013 by admin

Researchers of St Andrew’s University measured the behavioural and brain responses of musicians when performing simple musical tasks. Even playing an instrument at a moderate level improved a person’s ability to detect errors and adjust their responses. Musicians also responded faster than those without musical training. Leader of the study, psychologist Dr Ines Jentzsch, said the results were not surprising, as musicians need to be constantly aware of their performances, continuing to play even if they slip up. “Our study shows that even moderate levels of musical activity can benefit brain functioning,” she said. “Our findings could have important implications as the processes involved are amongst the first to be affected by ageing, as well as a number of mental illnesses such as depression. The research suggests that musical activity could be used as an effective intervention to slow, stop or even reverse age or illness-related decline in mental functioning.”

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Royal Concertgebouw’s App RCO Editions

Posted on 29 September 2013 by admin

Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has launched a video magazine app to celebrate its 125th anniversary. The app, called RCO Editions, will have six issues a year and will include live video recordings of the orchestra as well as articles exploring themes around the music. The first issue, available to download now for free, is called Mozart: on the Road and includes a video of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s performance of Mozart’sParis and Prague Symphonies conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. There is also a short documentary about Gardiner’s interpretation of the Prague Symphony. Future issues will cost €4.49. The second edition, Tod und Verklärung, will focus on the music of Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler, with a contribution from conductor Marin Alsop. The app, paid for through private donations, will host six issues per year and is available now from the App Store.

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The big save on Murray Perahia- The First 40 Years, Amazon $96.24

Posted on 28 September 2013 by admin

American pianist Murray Perahia is one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and pianist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Southeast Asia. Mr. Perahia has won two Grammy Awards®, several Gramophone Awards and has a wide and varied discography. In recognition of his 40th anniversary with the label, Sony Classical 2012 released this limited edition box set includes the artist’s complete recordings for Sony Classical on 6 CDs packaged in mini sleeves featuring the original album cover artwork. Featured in the set are three performances available for the first time on CD and all analog and early digital recordings have been remastered. Also included are five DVDs with two previously unreleased BBC-TV programs as well as three performances available for the first time on DVD. Rounding out this beautiful career retrospective is an exquisite 180-page book with new liner notes, rare photographs and complete discography.

The First 40 Years

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Sir Adrian Boult’s Complete Conductor on EMI 10 CDs box-set

Posted on 27 September 2013 by admin

This is EMI new releases 10-cd box-set.

Sir Adrian Boult’s advocacy of English music perhaps overshadowed his protean abilities to secure stylish performances in a much wider range of repertoire. The first half of this collection focuses on Holst and Parry, music for which he cared deeply, but the second half shows a more playful side to his musical personality, in Russian Romantic dances, suites and overtures, and in the lighter repertoire of marches and intermezzi that was once staple fare and can still charm and entertain in equal measure.

The Complete Conductor – From Tchaikovsky to Gershwin

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