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In today’s news: RPS Music Award winners announced, leading soprano withdraws from ex-husband’s opera, winners of BBC Young Musician relive the thrill of the competition, chamber orchestra plays techno beats, and Staatstheater Cottbus dissolves contract with Evan Christ.

Evening Standard

Proms 2018: What to see and hear at the world’s greatest classical musical festival 

General booking for the Proms 2018 opens on Saturday — here’s what you should keep an ear out for at the world class classical music festival.

BBC Music Magazine: Classical-Music

Winners of the RPS Music Awards announced

The Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in live classical music in the UK.

The Times

Soprano Kristine Opolais withdraws from her ex Andris Nelsons’ opera

Kristine Opolais revealed her separation from Andris Nelsons in March and this week, less than a month before the Covent Garden run of Wagner’s opera begins, she announced her withdrawal.

NPR

How A Synesthetic Artist Sees Sounds And Turns Music Into Paintings

Artist Christina Eve has synesthesia, a rare neurological condition that entwines the senses.

The Guardian

Young musicians on the day that changed their lives

One overslept, one played in cowboy boots and one’s next gig is the royal wedding-five past winners of BBC Young Musician relive the thrill of the competition.

i News

Calderland – A People’s Opera celebrating Yorkshire community’s response to floods wins top award

Calderland – A People’s Opera, performed by a choir of 200 adults and children with the help of a cast of thousands, won the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Learning and Participation.

RTE.ie

Niall Horan performs Flicker with RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Niall Horan with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra premieres on RTÉ One this Saturday and here’s your chance to watch the full performance of Horan’s torch song Flicker.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Das Kammerorchester, das Technobeats spielt

Das Verworner-Krause-Kammerorchester trägt Bauhelme, spielt Guerilla-Konzerte und verschmilzt Klassik, Jazz und Pop. Das funktioniert bemerkenswert gut.

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Hyperaktives Sensorium

Der Komponist und Performer Alexander Schubert verbindet mediale Wirklichkeiten zu explosiven Gemischen.

“Gesänge des Daseins” am Konzerthaus Berlin – Eine Dokumentation

Im Dezember 2017 gastierte das Ensemble MA.NM im Rahmen des neuen Wettbewerbformats “D-BÜ” am Konzerthaus in Berlin.

klassik.com

Staatstheater Cottbus: Stiftungsrat für Trennung von GMD Christ

Der Vertrag des Staatstheater Cottbus mit seinem Generalmusikdirektor Evan Christ soll nun endgültig aufgelöst werden.

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Calderland – A People’s Opera © Sarah Mason – Landlines and Watermarks

(Written on May 10, 2018 )

In today’s news: Baroque manuscripts found in South American village, mystery of composer Robert Ramsey portrayed in 17th century painting, Iain Grandage announced as Perth Festival’s new Artistic Director, 70th anniversary of RIAS Chamber Choir, Staatskapelle Weimar wants to premiere Liszt Opera, and Wiener Philharmoniker releases professor from duty after abuse allegation.

Classical Music

BBC National Orchestra of Wales announces 2018-19 season

As part of nationwide events marking the centenary of the end of World War One, the orchestra will perform the first complete performance of Stanford’s little-known Mass Via Victrix 1914-1818

The New York Times

Jesuit Legacy in the Bolivian Jungle: A Love of Baroque Music

Original Baroque manuscripts left by Jesuits are found in South America, of which 500 students in a rural village are taught to play.

An Orchestra Adopts a City, One Kid at Time

OrchKids is a free after-school program that the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and its music director, Marin Alsop, started a decade ago that reaches 1, 300 children in 6 schools.

Gramophone

17th-century painting reveals piece of music in great detail

The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World is a second source of a 17th-century musical work by the little-known composer Robert Ramsey.

The Guardian 

Opera’s roads not taken: two rarities in Italy

Opera houses must produce plenty of Carmens and Toscas to stay afloat, but bold progamming in northern Italy this season means you can catch an early Verdi and electrifying Zandonai.

The Mirror 

‘Dancing’ robots create cars in amazing video set to classical music

Thousands of high-speed robots are seen harmoniously assembling entire car bodies in just 68 seconds with amazing precision as part of the ‘fourth industrial revolution’

Limelight

Iain Grandage announced as Perth Festival’s new Artistic Director

Iain Grandage has been named as the new Artistic Director of Perth Festival. The acclaimed composer, musician, collaborative artist and programmer will succeed Wendy Martin, taking up the position for festivals between 2020 and 2023.

Der Tagesspiegel

70. Gründungsjubiläum Was der RIAS Kammerchor 2018/19 plant

Von Barock über zeitgenössische Musik zurück zum Ende des ersten Weltkriegs: Der RIAS Kammerchor zeigt mit dem Programm 2018/19 alle seine Facetten.

SWR2

Schweizer Musikpreisträger 2018 Grand Prix für Jazzmusikerin

Für die Vergabe der Schweizer Musikpreise ist ein Expertengremium und eine Jury zuständig. Diese bestimmte in diesem Jahr die Musikerin Irène Schweizer für den Hauptpreis.

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Staatskapelle Weimar will nahezu vergessene Liszt-Oper uraufführen

Eine nahezu in Vergessenheit geratene, unvollendete Oper von Franz Liszt (1811-1886) will die Staatskapelle Weimar am 19. August konzertant uraufführen.

klassik.com

Missbrauchs-Vorwurf: Wiener Philharmoniker vom Dienst freigestellt

Nachdem sich mehrere Personen an das Rektorat der Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Wien gewandt hatten, hat dieses einen Professor fristlos entlassen.

france musique

Disparition de la chanteuse Maurane dont la raison « s’envolait avec Glenn Gould et Bach »

La chanteuse belge Maurane est décédée à l’âge de 57 ans. L’artiste a été retrouvée sans vie à son domicile dans la périphérie de Bruxelles, le lundi 7 mai.

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The town of Urubichá, S. America, has a music school with 500 students © Lena Mucha for The New York Times

(Written on May 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: Opera chiefs accused of elitism, Philadelphia Orchestra brings Jewish and Arab Israeli communities together, contemporary composers Helmut Lachenmann and John Cage meet in Munich, plans of the Berlin Rundfunkorchester for season 2018/19 and Music Festival FEMUA in Abidjan.

The Times

Opera chiefs accused of elitism for food and drink ban in musicals

A ban from taking food and drink into the venue, has led to claims that the ENO is discriminating against audiences for more commercial shows.

Classical Music 

Academy of St Martin in the Fields announces $1m gift ahead of its 60th anniversary

The gift has been made by the president of the American Friends of the Academy, Maria Cardamone, and her husband Paul.

Opera Now

Turin’s Teatro Regio appoints William Graziosi as general director

Graziosi began his career as artistic administrator of the Spontini Classic project, where he oversaw the organisation of three singing competitions and academies specialising in the work of Gaspare Spontini.

Broadway World

Rachel Barton Pine And Jory Vinikour perform on Cedille Records Album

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Cedille Records’ best-selling artist, and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour, a two-time Grammy nominee making his Cedille label debut, play J.S. Bach’s complete violin and harpsichord sonatas.

Slipped Disk

Philadelphia Orchestra promises to work with ‘Jewish and Arab Israeli Citizens’ 

This statement was released following pro-Palestinian protests about the orchestra’s inaugural trip to Israel where they will participate in special residency activities in Israel, June 3-7.

Limelight

Mezzo Fleuranne Brockway wins Royal College of Music Scholarship

The Australian International Opera Awards has partnered with the Royal College of Music this year, seeing Brockway further her vocal studies in London.

taz

Musikfestival FEMUA in Abidjan – Visionen, Ideen und hohe Zinsen

In Anoumabo, einem Slum der ivoirischen Metropole Abidjan, findet das Musikfestival FEMUA statt. Mit dem Erlös werden neue Schulen gebaut.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Pfeif auf die Melodie

In München treffen an einem Abend die zeitgenössischen Großkomponisten Helmut Lachenmann und John Cage aufeinander. Lachenmann spielt seine “Wiegenmusik” und wagt bei einer Podiumsdiskussion provokante Thesen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Pläne des Berliner Rundfunkchors für die Spielzeit 2018/19

Crossover-Soireen, Mozart-Requiems und Mitsingkonzerte: Der Berliner Rundfunkchor stellt seine Pläne für die Spielzeit 2018/2019 vor.

france musique

Jazz Culture : 41ème concours national de jazz de la Défense

Les inscriptions pour le 41ème Concours National de Jazz de la Défense sont ouvertes.

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Helmut Lachenmann © Lebrecht Music And Arts Photo

 

(Written on May 8, 2018 )

In today’s news: Air Studios up for sale, How JAAK Is Looking to Solve Music’s Metadata Problem Through Blockchain Tech, Pekka Kuusisto to premiere works by Anders Hillborg and Perttu Haapanen this summer, Opera’s quest for optimism: WNO takes on ‘Candide’, Pepe Romero opens the 4th Guitar Festival in Ottobrunnen and producer Karin Henkel receives Theaterpreis Berlin. 

Music Week

‘It is a significant moment in the history of the music industry’: Air Studios up for sale

Air Studios is up for sale. The recording facility based in Hampstead has served the UK and international music, film and games industry since 1991.

billboard.com

How JAAK Is Looking to Solve Music’s Metadata Problem Through Blockchain Tech

Earlier this week, the company announced that it had successfully piloted its blockchain network, KORD with partners Warner Music Group, Warner/Chappell Music, BMG and Global Music Rights.

Rhinegold

Pekka Kuusisto to premiere works by Anders Hillborg and Perttu Haapanen this summer

Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto is to perform new works by Anders Hillborg and Philip Venables at the BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall this summer.

The Guardian

Katie Mitchell on ROH’s brutal new opera: ‘There is optimism – for 10 seconds’

Her last production contained cannibalism and was staggeringly successful.

The Washington Post

Opera’s quest for optimism: WNO takes on ‘Candide’

In the best of all possible worlds, Leonard Bernstein is a genius and his musical-operetta “Candide” is a great work. In real life, “Candide” invariably leaves me struggling, just like its protagonist, with my desire to be ­optimistic.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Trost in dunklen Zeiten

Pepe Romero eröffnet das 4. Ottobrunner Gitarrenfestival mit einem umjubelten Konzert. Im Anschluss spricht der 84-jährige Großmeister vor dem Publikum über sein Leben und die “allmächtige Mutter Musik”

Zeit Online

Antisemitismusbeauftragter fordert Auszeichnung für Campino

Campino soll für sein Engagement auf der Echo-Verleihung mit dem Bundesverdienstkreuz gewürdigt werden. Das fordert der Antisemitismusbeauftragte der Bundesregierung.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Regisseurin Karin Henkel erhält Theaterpreis Berlin

Am ersten Wochenende des Berliner Theatertreffens wird Karin Henkel mit dem Theaterpreis geehrt. Frank Castorf inszeniert „Faust“ – und alle reden über die Zukunft der Volksbühne.

Der Tagesspiegel

Komische Oper – Mazel tov, Mame!

Jiddischer Liederabend: Intendant Barrie Kosky setzt sich in der Komischen Oper höchstselbst ans Klavier

france musique

Eva Zaïcik, Héloïse Mas et Marianne Croux, finalistes du Concours Reine Elisabeth

En Belgique, les noms des 12 finalistes de l’édition 2018 du Concours Reine Elisabeth, consacré au chant, ont été dévoilés. Parmi eux figurent trois françaises : Eva Zaïcik, Marianne Croux et Héloïse Mas.

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Pepe Romero (c) Claus Schunk

 

(Written on May 7, 2018 )

In today’s news: Spotify remains at a loss despite 75 million paying subscribers, RSNO orchestra to play along viewing of Jaws, combined music-rights database provides more transparency, Crocodiles listen to classical music in MRI scanner, almost half UK orchestral musicians cannot make ends meet, and British conductor Sir Roger Norrington as guest of Deutsches Symphonie Orchester.

Classical Music

Craig Armstrong signs to Decca for new studio album

The award-winning film composer Craig Armstrong OBE is to release a studio album as part of a major new deal with Decca Records.

Music Business Worldwide

Global Music Rights Database Pilot Launched with top music companies

A raft of top music companies including, Warner Music Group, Warner/Chappell, BMG and Global Music Rights, have joined a pilot by tech startup JAAK, which provides a shared data network that aims to create a public record of rights and a fixed audit trail.

Choir and Organ

Genesis Foundation announces premieres inspired by the Eton Choirbook

Harry Christophers & The Sixteen are to premiere new Genesis Foundation commissions by Sir James MacMillan and emerging composers Phillip Cooke, Marco Galvani and Joseph Phibbs.

The Times

Liam Scarlett on remaking Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet

The choreographer tells Debra Craine what to expect of the Royal Ballet’s first new take on the classic for 30 years

Evening Times

Jaws to be screened with live orchestra

The movie is to be projected onto the big screen with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) playing one of cinema’s greatest ever music soundtracks.

 

Science Daily

Crocodiles listen to classical music in MRI scanner

What happens in a crocodile’s brain when it hears complex sounds? An international research team has provided the answer to this question. 

Slipped Disc

UK classical musicians ‘cannot make ends meet’

A survey of 285 musicians in seven orchestras across the UK has found that 44 percent struggle to pay their bills.

Der Tagesspiegel

Das Beste kommt zum Schluss

Martinů  und Mozart: Der britische Dirigent Sir Roger Norrington zu Gast beim Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester.

BR Klassik

Über 300 Millionen mehr eingeplant

Der Bund will dieses Jahr gut 300 Millionen Euro mehr für Kultur und Medien ausgeben als laut Regierungsentwurf im Vorjahr, dies teilte die Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters am Donnerstag mit. 

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Spotify gewinnt fünf Millionen Abo-Kunden im Quartal

Der Musikstreaming-Marktführer Spotify hat im vergangenen Quartal fünf Millionen zahlende Abo-Kunden hinzugewonnen und steckt trotzdem weiterhin tief in den roten Zahlen fest.

Pizzicato

Erste Bayreuther Opern Uraufführung seit Parsifal

Der österreichische Komponist Klaus Lang (*1971) komponierte auf Initiative von Katharina Wagner für die Bayreuther Festspiele 2018 die Oper ‘der verschwundene hochzeiter’, nach einer niederösterreichischen Sage. 

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Liam Scarlett with Lauren Cuthbertson © Chris McAndrew for The Times

(Written on May 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: Orchestral musicians ‘living on breadline’, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation announces 22 new grants, National Youth Orchestra applications open, WDR Symphony Orchestra with new Principal Conductor – Cristian Macelaru, Beat Furrer receives Ernst von Siemens Music Prize 2018, „Stars & Rising Stars“ in Munich and Bruno Julliard unveils the outlines of his reform of the Paris conservatories.

BBC News

Orchestral musicians ‘living on breadline’

Although rank-and-file members of the BBC Philharmonic or City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra are paid about £30,000 a year, wages have stagnated as funding cuts take hold.

Classical Music Magazine/Rhinegold

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation announces 22 new grants

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has announced 22 new grants worth a total of £630,060 to support emerging artists and the provision of music education, performing arts training, and heritage skills.

The Guardian

Communication skills: how one choir are honing theirs to reach a new audience

Classical audiences are dwindling. Why not try new ways to engage with your audience? Toby Spence has worked with the Bach Choir on a bold project for their new concert that they hope will do just that

Classical Music Magazine/Rhinegold

National Youth Orchestra applications open

Applications are open to musicians aged 13-18 who play at Grade 8 (with distinction) level or equivalent.

SWR2

WDR Sinfonieorchester mit neuem Chefdirigenten – Cristian Macelaru folgt auf Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Cristian Macelaru wird mit Beginn der Spielzeit 2019/2020 neuer Chefdirigent des WDR Sinfonieorchesters. Er folgt dem derzeitigen Chefdirigenten Jukka-Pekka Saraste, der das Orchester neun Jahre lang geleitet hat.

BR Klassik

Beat Furrer erhält Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis 2018 – „Mit offenen Ohren durch diese Welt”

Wenn Beat Furrer komponieren will, zieht er sich in ein einsames Forsthaus im sogenannten Gesäuse zurück – an einen Ort, der ist, wonach er klingt […].

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Kammermusik-Tage in Witten: Genussarbeit

Bei den Tagen für neue Kammermusik in Witten kann man erleben, welchen Wert eine gewisse Askese hat. Hier geht es um nichts als die Musik, auf sie konzentrieren sich alle Sinne.

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„Stars & Rising Stars“ in München – Wo die Sterne von heute und morgen strahlen

Bei „Stars & Rising Stars“ treffen talentierte Newcomer auf etablierte Interpreten.

france musique

Bruno Julliard dévoile les grandes lignes de sa réforme des conservatoires parisiens

Interviewé par Le Lettre du Musicien, Bruno Julliard, le premier adjoint de la ville de Paris, en charge de la culture, annonce notamment que la capitale va investir 3,5 millions d’euros dans l’achat d’instruments pour les conservatoires.

Platea Magazine

La joven violinista española María Dueñas gana el Concurso Yankelevitch

Con tan solo 15 años de edad, la joven violinista española María Dueñas se ha alzado con el primer premio en el certamen Yankelevitch, dotado con un violín valorado en 40,000 dólares, con la firma del luthier Eugenio Degani.

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Beat Furrer (c) Manu Theobald

(Written on May 3, 2018 )

In today’s news: Classic BRITs 2018 nominations revealed including 101 year old Vera Lynn, ENO to stage Jack the Ripper opera, Joseph Haydn’s opera “Il mondo della luna” at the Hanns-Eisler-Hochschule für Musik, Pianist Yeol Eum Son plays with grace under pressure and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra launches crowdfunding campaign for rehearsal house.

Music Week

‘It has captured the essence of classic music’: Classic BRITs 2018 nominations revealed

The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 has revealed nominations for the revived ceremony this summer, including a new category for Soundtrack Of The Year.

The Guardian

Jack the Ripper’s victims take centre stage in new ENO opera

ENO to stage a new opera based on the perspective women killed by Whitechapel’s Jack the Ripper and sheds light on plight of Victorian poor.

The Times

Vera Lynn up for Classic Brits awards aged 101

Dame Vera Lynn, who is 101, has been nominated for two Classic Brit awards and will also be recognised for her lifetime achievement.

Choir and Organ

First ever Leeds International Organ Festival to be hosted by Leeds Cathedral

Between 14 May and 9 July, organists of all ages will have the opportunity to hear, meet, and perform alongside renowned international concert organists, who will join the resident team from across Britain and Europe.

Classical Music 

Friday Afternoons project announces world premiere

The singing initiative has announced the world premiere of MAP: Songs for children everywhere which comprises of 12 songs for young people to sing, and has been written by composer and singer-songwriter Errollyn Wallen.

The Washington Post

Pianist plays with grace under pressure – Yeol Eum Son

The drama of a solo piano recital lies in a performer measuring herself against perilous musical demands.

Limelight

Musical Journey: Hong Kong

With construction of the West Kowloon Cultural District in full swing, and the Xiqu Centre soon to open, Hong Kong is becoming an increasingly lively destination for arts lovers.

Süddeutschte Zeitung

Musik Im Spannungsfeld – Abschlusskonzert der Fürstenfelder Konzertreihe

Es gibt Zeiträume in der Musikgeschichte, in denen es besonders lohnend ist, die gegenseitige Beeinflussung von komponierenden Zeitgenossen zu beobachten.

Der Tagesspiegel

Oper an der Eisler-Hochschule – Nach den Sternen greifen

Furiose Gesangsdarbietungen und eine witzige Geschichte: Joseph Haydns Oper „Il mondo della luna“ an der Hanns-Eisler-Hochschule für Musik.

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Luzerner Sinfonieorchester startet Crowdfunding-Kampagne für Probenhaus

Der Bau eines eigenen Probenhauses für das Luzerner Sinfonieorchester ist ein strategisches Hauptziel der das Orchester tragenden Stiftung. Diesem Ziel komme sowohl künstlerisch wie auch logistisch eine große Bedeutung zu, sagt das Orchester.

france musique

L’Orchestre de Paris sera rattaché à la Philharmonie en 2019

L’Orchestre de Paris, jusque-là entité indépendante, sera intégré à la Philharmonie de Paris, d’ici à 2019, ont annoncé le ministère de la Culture et la mairie de Paris.

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Daniel Lütolf, Head of Crowdfunding bei der LUKB (left), Numa Bischof Ullmann, Intendant of Luzerner Sinfonieorchesters. © ida

(Written on May 2, 2018 )

In today’s news: Make Music Day is celebrated in over 120 countries, Istanbul will open new arts and culture centre, Apple extends their 3-month trial period, and the general manager of theatre Plauen Zwickau, Roland May, had his contract extended until 2021.

Classical Music 

Make Music Day set for 21 June

Inspired by the Fête de la Musique in France, which sees two thirds of the population enjoying music-making on streets and in city centres, musical events will be taking places in public spaces across the UK on 21 June along with over 12o other countries.

Ariel Lanyi wins 2018 Prince’s Prize

Israeli pianist Ariel Lanyi has won £10,000 given at the annual Prince’s Prize concert held at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on 18 April.

Forbes

Istanbul Modernizes With Elite Opera House

Turkey will lose Istanbul Atatürk Airport, but it will gain two modern, glass structures that will play a big role in the EuroAsian nation’s public renaissance—the world’s largest airport and Atatürk Cultural Centre, a new opera house landmark for culture and arts.

Financial Times

Discreet music: at the heart of Brian Eno’s work

The musician, artist, and thinker talks about his musical philosophy, the current art scene and ‘how simplicity can produce complexity.’

The Times

Kramer v critics — the artistic director of ENO bites back

Daniel Kramer, boss of the crisis-ridden English National Opera, explains that bad reviews mean little when the people are on your side.

Music Business Worldwide

Apple Music Extends Three-Month Free Trial Offer

Notifications for the Apple offer nod to its recent improvements under the iOS 10 redesign, which aim to make “finding what you want, and discovering new music, easier than ever.”

Kultur

Sex, Gewalt und – klassische Musik

Übergriffige Philharmoniker, schlagende Generalmusikdirektoren, mobbende Ballettmeister – eine ganze Serie von Metoo-Skandalen erschüttert die Welt der klassischen Musik. Steckt der Fehler im System?

nmz

Mozartfest beleuchtet die Machtspiele rund um das Musikgenie

Das Deutsche Mozart Festival in diesem Jahr zeigt die Verbindung von Mächtigen und Musik in vergangenen Jahrhunderten.

Klassik Heute 

Generalintendant des Theaters Plauen-Zwickau verlängert Vertrag bis 2021

Der Vertrag des Generalintendanten Roland May ist vom Aufsichtsrat des Theaters Plauen-Zwickau bis zum Jahre 2021 verlängert worden.

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Ariel Lanyi wins 2018 Prince’s Prize © Classical Music Magazine

(Written on May 1, 2018 )

In today’s news: Ben Chaplin reflects on Mood Music, classical music used to calm conflict between Muslim and Buddhist communities in Thailand, General Music Director Evan Christ is put on probation for the duration of the season, new music channel, Deutsche Grammophon+ is released, and Herbert Blomstedt receives ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ achievement award in Tokyo.

Classical Music 

Canal+ partners with Universal Music to launch new music channel

The channel, called Deutsche Grammophon+, will provide a range of curated music showcasing Deutsche Grammophon’s catalogue.

The Guardian 

Songs in the key of strife: the explosive force of musical conflict

Gender politics and creative differences are explored in Joe Penhall’s drama about the record industry. He shares his journey through music psychology.

BBC News

Crossing Divides: Thai orchestra fights bloodshed with music

The 14-year conflict between Muslim insurgents and authorities in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces has claimed more than 7,000 lives. But can music help bridge the sectarian divide?

Forbes

Worshipping At The Altar Of Bach

In this interview, the cellist, Sébastien Hurtaud reflects on the place of Bach, and music in general, in his life, and the particularities of performing in a church.

Classic FM

‘Some competitions haven’t been good at keeping their integrity’ – violinist Ray Chen

Ray Chen is one of the brightest stars of his generation and we caught up with him at the Malta International Music Festival where he was performing a new work by Alexey Shor.

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Brahms und die Fremde – Lübecker Brahms-Festival startet am 4. Mai

Seit 1992 widmet die Lübecker Musikhochschule im Frühjahr dem Komponisten Johannes Brahms ein eigenes Festival. In diesem Jahr steht es unter dem Motto «Fremde». Zum Eröffnungskonzert wird auch Ministerpräsident Günther erwartet.

Klassik

Staatstheater Cottbus beurlaubt GMD Christ

Nach Wochen des Konflikts hat das Staatstheater Cottbus seinen umstrittenen Generalmusikdirektor Evan Christ bis zum Ende der Spielzeit beurlaubt. Danach werde eine vollständige Trennung von dem amerikanischen Dirigenten angestrebt, so die Brandenburgische Kulturstiftung Cottbus-Frankfurt (Oder).

Pizzicato

Herbert Blomstedt erhält ‘Orden der Aufgehenden Sonne’

Herbert Blomstedt, ‘Honorary Conductor Laureate des NHK Symphony Orchestra’ in Tokio, erhält den ‘Orden der Aufgehenden Sonne’ als Anerkennung seiner Leistungen und Beiträge zur Förderung der Musikkultur in Japan.

Klassik heute

Diana Damrau & Nikolas Testé mit dem Münchner Rundfunkorchester auf Tour

VERDIssimo – Diese festliche Gala mit den schönsten Auszügen aus Opern von Guiseppe Verdi wird die Sopranistin Diana Damrau und der Bassbariton Nicolas Testé zusammen mit dem Münchner Rundfunkorchester und seinem Chefdirigenten Ivan Repušić präsentieren: In vier renommierten europäischen Musikstädten stehen Verdi und seine Opernklassiker auf dem Programm.

Platea Magazine

Igor Levit se entrega a Beethoven en el Palau de la Música Catalana de Barcelona

El próximo 2 de mayo, el pianista Igor Levit ofrecerá un recital en el Palau de la Música Catalana de Barcelona, donde ofrecera un programa íntegro de Beethoven, compuesto por las sonatas 13 “Cuasi una fantasia” y 14 “Claro de luna”, así como por las Variaciones Diabelli, que recientemente ha llevado a los estudios de grabación.

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Ben Chaplin in rehearsals for Joe Penhall’s Mood Music © Sarah Lee for the Guardian

 

(Written on April 30, 2018 )

In today’s news: ISM releases report detailing high levels of discrimination in the music industry, PRS Foundation honoured at annual Music Week awards in London, UMG recruits Spotify EVP, and how Brexit might change touring for musicians. Huguette Tourangeau has died, Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and London Philharmonia Orchestra in Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker 2018/19: Kirill Petrenko multiplies his activities and Art instead of commerce: new criteria for music prize demanded.

Rhinegold

ISM report reveals high levels of discrimination in the music sector

An analysis of the data collected through a survey of the music profession has revealed a culture of predatory behaviour, including sexual harassment, bullying, and discrimination.

M Magazine

PRS Foundation honoured at Music Week awards

Held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, the awards recognise excellence within the music industry and were launched to raise standards across the industry by showcasing top class performance and innovation.

Music Week

Guy Garvey to join Manchester Metropolitan University as visiting professor of songwriting

As part of his visiting professorship, Garvey will offer a master class in writing for music in order to share his expertise young creative writers at Manchester Metropolitan.

UMG recruits Spotify’s Dave Rocco as EVP, creative 

Rocco will utilise established and emerging channels to develop digital campaigns and work with UMG’s labels on coordinated global strategies with its commercial partners.

BBC News

Brexit and music: How leaving the EU could change gigs for artists and fans

What if acts looking to follow in their footsteps, and those from the EU hoping to make it in the UK, had to deal with extra costs and the “royal pain” of stricter border controls?

Limelight

Huguette Tourangeau has died

French-Canadian mezzo soprano Huguette Tourangeau has died at the age of 79. Perhaps best known to audiences as a frequent recording partner of Joan Sutherland’s, Tourangeau was unsurprisingly a virtuosic singer with abundant gifts.

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Esa-Pekka Salonen in Berlin – Musikalischer Höhenflug

Seltener Besuch: Der finnische Komponist und Dirigent Esa-Pekka Salonen mit seinem Londoner Philharmonia Orchestra zu Gast in der Philharmonie.

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Ausweichquartier für den Gasteig in München – Spitzenakustik für die Ersatzphilharmonie

In getrennten Ausschreibungsverfahren haben das Architekturbüro gmp International – Gerkan, Marg und Partner sowie das Büro Nagata Acoustics International von Akustiker Yasuhisa Toyota den Zuschlag für die Realisierung der Interimsphilharmonie in Sendling erhalten.

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Die Berliner Philharmoniker 2018/19: Kirill Petrenko vervierfacht seine Aktivitäten

Wer sich rarmacht, der wird auch mit wenigen Auftritten bejubelt: immerhin 13 Konzerte gibt Kirill Petrenko, der designierte Chefdirigent der Berliner Philharmoniker, in der führerlosen nächsten Saison des Orchesters.

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Kölner ACHT BRÜCKEN-Festival sucht schreibende Musikliebhaber – Kritiker per Anmeldung

Warum nicht mal einen Konzertsaal mit selbstberufenen Musikkritikern füllen? Ob PR-Gag oder Saalfüllungsidee: In Köln dürfen alle in ein Konzert, wenn sie eine Musikkritik verfassen.

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Kunst statt Kommerz: Neue Kriterien für Musikpreis gefordert

Wie geht es weiter nach dem Echo-Aus? Verbände und Politiker fordern einen neuen Musikpreis, der künstlerische statt kommerzielle Leistungen auszeichnet – ähnlich anderen Kulturpreisen in Deutschland.

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Françoise Nyssen veut créer un Centre national de la musique pour 2019

La ministre de la Culture Françoise Nyssen a annoncé mercredi 25 avril 2018, lors de son passage au Printemps de Bourges, la création d’un Centre national de la musique pour soutenir la création française. Un projet qui pourrait voir le jour début 2019.

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(Written on April 27, 2018 )