Daily News Roundup: 20 July 2016

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Today’s Daily News Roundup is wondering where the great British composers went. Plus a new appointment to the NAC, reviews, and more.


+ Veteran arts manager Heather Gibson has been named the head of the Canadian music series NAC Presents.

+ Philip Clark asks in The Guardian, “Where have the great [British] composers gone?”

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“There’s nothing unassuming about the BBC Proms, which launched its 2016 season last week, but the playbill of modern composition on offer again raises questions about where all those composers with real cultural weight, and a corresponding degree of mainstream visibility, might have gone. With all due respect to the likes of Hans Abrahamsen, Jonathan Dove, Colin Matthews, Thomas Adès, Emily Howard, Julian Anderson, Anna Clyne, Sally Beamish and Wolfgang Rihm, who have performances at this year’s Proms, none of their names fits that great composer profile, however hard some of their publishers try to persuade us otherwise.”

+ Video of the Day – Kendrick Lamar King Kunte Groove Sessions.

+ Read a review of the Concerto rounds at the Cooper International Piano Competition at Oberlin on July 19.

+ Paul E. Robinson reviewed two recordings of Scriabin symphonies by the London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev.

+ At Schmopera, Jenna Douglas analyzes Susanna’s aria from the final act of Le nozze di Figaro.

+ This Day in Music – 1947: Carlos Santana is born.

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