The Week in Reviews, Op. 210: Janine Jansen; Tim Fain; Benjamin Beilman border=0 align=

The Week in Reviews, Op. 210: Janine Jansen; Tim Fain; Benjamin Beilman

December 11, 2017, 2:36 PM · In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.

In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.

Janine Jansen performed works by Bartók, Szymanowski and Messiaen in concert at Carnegie Hall.

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Applications open for Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition with $100,000 first prize!

Applications open for Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition with $100,000 first prize! Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition is accepting applications until January 31, 2018 for violinists aged 16 to 32. In addition to a first prize of $100,000, the competition is co-chaired by David Stern and holds an esteemed panel of jury members including Maxim Vengerov. Apply now! (Ad)

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V.com weekend vote: Have you tried using beta-blockers for performance nerves?

December 8, 2017, 5:48 PM · Stage fright can become a huge problem for a musician, especially if it keeps that person from performing.

What is the solution? Of course, good preparation can help one feel secure, and then there are other mind-relaxing practices such as yoga, deep breathing and meditation. But for some, these solutions don't help, and a sizable percentage of musicians have found help in using beta-blockers, that is, drugs such as Inderol, which reduce overall heart rate and temper that fight-or-flight response. People can get judgmental about "using drugs," but if you've ever been on stage, in the spotlight and then felt the full effect of a harrowing panic attack, you're likely more sympathetic.

For some people, beta blockers have simply helped on an occasional basis: getting through a tough audition or even just getting through a period of heightened stress. For some, it's simply something they use whenever they perform. Others have tried it and not liked the effect, and yet others have never used it at all.

Have you used beta blockers to help with performance nerves? Did you find it helpful? What other strategies have helped you either cope with or avoid performance nerves? Please share your thoughts in the comments section after voting.

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For the Record, Op. 38: New York Phil Historic Broadcasts; Christian Howes Jazz border=0 align=

For the Record, Op. 38: New York Phil Historic Broadcasts; Christian Howes Jazz

December 7, 2017, 3:03 PM · Welcome to "For the Record," Violinist.com's weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

New York Philharmonic’s 175th Birthday Celebration releases
Digital Archive: 19th-Century archives now available free online
Streaming: 100 Historic Radio Broadcast Performances released Friday

In celebration of its 175th birthday today, the New York Philharmonic is releasing all of its 19th-century archival material through the New York Phil Leon Levy Digital Archives. Highlights include 5,500 pages of handwritten minutes; nearly 800 scores and 8,000 orchestra parts; as well as letters from Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Berlioz. On Friday, almost 100 historic performances will be released for streaming for the first time. They will be available on Apple Music and Google Play. In addition, the New York Philharmonic’s 175th birthday concerts, led by former Music Director Alan Gilbert, take place this week, featuring music performed on the Orchestra’s inaugural concert in 1842 and spotlighting Philharmonic Principal musicians.
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