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In today’s news: iPads replace sheet music folder for the YYS, Sheku wins breakthrough music prize off the back of his bestselling album, and A level results day suggests a decline in the number of students taking music. A discourse on censorship in our time and age. Activists occupy the opening of the Pop-Kultur Festival. An obituary for Aretha Franklin. An opera based on the Aquarius and refugees in the Mediterranean. Classical Music can reduce pain in medical procedures.

The Times

Orchestras turn the page on sheet music as tablets call the tune

The Yorkshire Young Sinfonia will go “100 per cent digital” with sheet music ditched from its musicians’ stands in favour of iPads and Bluetooth foot pedals deployed to turn the pages.

BBC News

Sheku Kanneh-Mason wins new Breakthrough music prize

The 19-year-old cellist has been given the Brit Certified Breakthrough Award for selling 30,000 copies of his debut album, Inspiration.

Rhinegold

A-level results: figures show decline in uptake of music

Since 2014, the number of students taking music for A-level has dropped by 25.4% while those opting for creative subjects generally has declined by 11%. This is compared to a decline of 2.6% in A-level entries overall.

Sheffield Telegraph

Sheffield’s Bridge to diversity for classical musicians

The players, aged between 18 and 22, are the first to take part in a new Bridge scheme coaching young musicians of BME backgrounds, thought to be the first in the UK.

Pizzicato

Classical music reduces pain

Many studies analysed and described the effects of music listening in the management of pain in adult patients. Most of them found a significant effect of music on pain.

NMZ

Zensur – ein missbrauchter Begriff in den aktuellen „Kunstdiskursen“

Man könnte meinen, man lebe in einem Land, in dem die Zensur zum alltäglichen Leben gehört. Gerade auch im Kulturbereich schwelt an vielen Ecken der vehemente Vorwurf, Kunst werde zensiert.

Berliner Morgenpost

Aktivisten kapern Eröffnung des Festivals „Pop-Kultur“

Wer kurz vor 20 Uhr ins Publikum schaut, im Kino fünf in der Kulturbrauerei am Mittwochabend, dem könnte auffallen, dass es gleich Ärger gibt.

Welt

Was für eine Frau!

Ohne sie wären die Karrieren von Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse oder Beyoncé undenkbar gewesen: Jetzt ist Aretha Franklin im Alter von 76 Jahren verstorben.

France musique

Un opéra inspiré du navire Aquarius

C’est un opéra expérimental, sans orchestre symphonique, sans chef, mais avec deux compositrices suisses, Heike Fiedler et Marie Schwab.

iPad sheet music for YYS © The Times

 

(Written on August 17, 2018 )

In today’s news: India’s Carnatic musicians threatened over Christian hymns. Musicians honoured at Welsh Music Guild ceremony. 9 well-known left-handed classical musicians – how do they play backwards?! Madonna at 60: a colourful career in pictures. At the Tubax Festival musicians from all over Europe come together. Simon Rattle warns about the situation of the Venezuelan System of Orchestras created by Abreu. Andrew Joon Choi wins Neeme Järvi Prize 2018.

BBC News

India’s Carnatic musicians threatened over Christian hymns

Carnatic musicians in the southern Indian city of Chennai have often been accused of being elitist and upper caste.

Rhinegold

Musicians honoured at Welsh Music Guild ceremony

The Welsh Music Guild held its annual awards ceremony at the opening weekend of the National Eisteddfod.

Classic FM

9 left-handed classical musicians

Left-handed composers and musicians are few and far between, but we’ve found the most notable ones.

BBC News

Madonna at 60: A colourful career in pictures

Celebrated pop star, actress, director and writer Madonna celebrates her 60th birthday on Thursday.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Nationalsozialismus und die Oper

Meister aus Deutschland.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Wer erzeugt die tiefsten Töne?

Beim Tubax-Festival im Klangbüro kommen Musiker aus ganz Europa zusammen.

neue musikzeitung

Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik: die Bestenliste 3/2018 ist erschienen

Der Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (PdSK e.V.) veröffentlicht die dritte Vierteljahresliste 2018. 157 Juroren aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz sichteten die Neuveröffentlichungen des Tonträgermarktes im dritten Quartal.

El País

Simon Rattle: “Cada vez que escucho lo que ocurre en Venezuela quiero llorar”

El gran director de orquesta alerta sobre la situación del Sistema de Orquestas venezolano creado por Abreu mientras triunfa con la London Symphony en Santander.

pizzicato

Andrew Joon Choi wins Neeme Järvi Prize 2018

At the Gstaad Festival in Switzerland, American conductor Andrew Joon Choi has won this year’s Neeme Järvi Prize.

 

(c) Getty Images. BBC News.

(Written on August 16, 2018 )

In today’s news: Cultural practitioners invited to apply for SEAΔ programme. Estonian Festival Orchestra/Järvi review – Pärt grips but Buniatishvili disappoints. Aled Jones to wing walk for Global’s Make Some Noise. Strings attached: how a refugee’s story became part of mine. Max Richter, the most important German music export to England since Handel. Gábor Káli wins the Young Conductors Award in Salzburg.

Music:Ed

Cultural practitioners invited to apply for SEAΔ programme

Mekong Cultural Hub and the British Council have announced details of SEAΔ (pronounced ‘seed’), a joint programme which creates space for cultural practitioners to reflect on how their work in arts and culture can contribute to sustainable development within South-East Asia through individual and collective leadership.

The Guardian

Estonian Festival Orchestra/Järvi review – Pärt grips but Buniatishvili disappoints

Making their Proms debut, the Estonian Orchestra showed their quality in an all-Nordic programme, marred by Khatia Buniatishvili’s theatrical performance

Rhinegold

Aled Jones to wing walk for Global’s Make Some Noise

Classic FM presenter and singer Aled Jones is set to take on a wing walk challenge to raise money for the national charity, Global’s Make Some Noise.

The Guardian

Strings attached: how a refugee’s story became part of mine

Rudolf Botta was an inspirational and influential violin teacher – and a refugee who found a welcome in the UK sixty years ago.

When Broken Social Scene’s Jason Collett plays the master of ceremonies in an anti-Nazi cabaret production this month, he hopes audiences draw their own conclusions on the timely political subtext.

Die Welt

Der wichtigste deutsche Musikexport nach England seit Händel

Er füllt Hallen, seine Alben stehen an der Spitze der Charts, als Fimmusikkmponist ist er der John Williams seiner Generation: Max Richter ist der Superstar der Neoklassik.

Klassik.com

Festspiele Bayreuth: Ehrung für langjährige Mitwirkende

Die Stadt Bayreuth hat im Rahmen des diesjährigen Festspielsommers 40 Mitwirkende der Richard Wagner-Festspiele für ihr langjähriges Engagement ausgezeichnet.

Pizzicato

Festspiele Erl: Jetzt auch noch Anzeige wegen illegaler Beschäftigung

Die Festspiele Erl kommen nicht zur Ruhe. Nach dem Wirbel um den mittlerweile zurückgetretenen Künstlerischen Leiter Gustav Kuhn wegen sexueller Belästigung, läuft nach einer Anzeige durch die Finanzpolizei ein Verfahren seitens der Bezirkshauptmannschaft Kufstein.

BR Klassik

Gábor Káli gewinnt den Young Conductors Award

2018 war und ist ein ausgesprochen erfolgreiches Jahr für Gábor Káli: Erst im Januar hat der gebürtige Ungar die Hongkong Conducting Competition gewonnen – jetzt kam der “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” hinzu.

Le Monde

José Le Piez et les arbres à sons

Un artiste, une matière. Le sculpteur et musicien façonne des instruments aussi variés que les essences utilisées, du cèdre au wengé.

(c) Music against the noise and the lies of the present: Max Richter was born in Hameln, grew up in England. Picture source: Redferns

 

 

 

 

(Written on August 15, 2018 )

In today’s news: Ticketmaster shutters secondary ticketing sites Get Me In! and Seatwave. Nominate for the 2019 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence. Performers of Edinburgh finale revealed. New releases: James Horner – The Classics, Chouchane Siranossian – In Time. In Berlins Jewish Museum Comics are made into classical music. How a young generation of opera lovers uses social media. Another artist has cancelled its appearance at this years Ruhrtriennale. The finalists for the IFAC Australian Singing Competition have been announced.

Music Week

Ticketmaster shutters secondary ticketing sites Get Me In! and Seatwave

Ticketmaster has announced the closure of its resale sites in an effort to stamp out inflated prices online by touts.

Music and Drama Education Expo- A Rhinegold event

Nominate for the 2019 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

Nominations are now open for next year’s Music Teacher Awards for Excellence, taking place on 6 March 2019 at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel, Mayfair.

Rhinegold

Performers of Edinburgh finale revealed

Tenor Nicky Spence and soprano Lucy Crowe will perform songs from Bernstein’s West Side Story at the closing event of the festival on 27 August.

Classic FM

New releases: James Horner – The Classics, Chouchane Siranossian – In Time

Throughout the week Classic FM’s presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases.

Limelight

Finalists announced for the IFAC HANDA Australian Singing Competition 

The finalists for the 2018 IFAC Handa Australia Singing Competition have been announced. The five hopefuls were chosen from 11 young singers hoping to progress to the next round and win the premier award on offer, the Marianne Mathy Scholarship valued at $30,000.

FAZ

In jedem Bild steckt ein Klang

Im dunklen Saal der W. Michael Blumenthal Akademie des Jüdischen Museums Berlin ist eine einfache Leinwand heruntergezogen. Daneben steht ein Flügel. Kaum vorstellbar ist, dass mit so bescheidenen Mitteln Kunst zum Leben erwacht, die unbeteiligte Zuschauer in ihren Bann ziehen kann.

Tagesspiegel

Verdi auf Instagram

Die U-Bahn ist überfüllt. Hunderte sind unterwegs zum Konzert der Rolling Stones im Olympiastadion. Viele von ihnen sind sichtbar mit der Band gealtert. Zwei ziemlich junge Leute dagegen steigen schon an der Station „Deutsche Oper“ aus.

Welt

Ruhrtriennale: Auftritt Istanbuler Musik-Gruppe abgesagt

Zwei Tage vor dem geplanten Auftritt haben die Musiker des Istanbuler Hezarfen Ensembles ihr Konzert auf dem Kulturfestival Ruhrtriennale abgesagt.

 

(c) Beth Chalmers

(Written on August 14, 2018 )

Today’s News: Glyndebourne appoints new artistic director. Spotify to offer users BBC podcasts. Sir Simon Rattle, Steven Isserlis and Véronique Gens shortlisted for Gramophone Awards 2018. Deutsche Grammophon and Apple Music partner on ‘essential’ classical platform. Classic FM Chart: Einaudi knocks Lord of the Rings off the top spot. An interview with Christian Girardin, manager of classical music label Harmonia Mundi. From composer Sofia Gubaidulina, the scene of contemporary serious music can always learn something new. Finnish festival Kuhmo Chamber Music receives Cremona Music Award in the projects’ category. In its third edition, Leif Ove Andsnes consolidates the Rosendal Festival as one of the most attractive summer events for lovers of chamber music.

Rhinegold

Glyndebourne appoints new artistic director

Stephen Langridge has been appointed artistic director of Glyndebourne, to take effect in spring 2019.

Music Week

‘This is a landmark moment’: Spotify to offer users BBC podcasts

Spotify has been busy making some significant deals as continues its post-IPO growth strategy.

Classic FM

Sir Simon Rattle, Steven Isserlis and Véronique Gens shortlisted for Gramophone Awards 2018

The shortlist for the prestigious Gramophone Awards has been unveiled ahead of a ceremony in London in September

Music Week

Deutsche Grammophon and Apple Music partner on ‘essential’ classical platform

Deutsche Grammophon and Apple Music have partnered on a long-term collaboration to take the label’s classical repertoire to a global music audience.

Classic FM

Classic FM Chart: Einaudi knocks Lord of the Rings off the top spot

After just one week in pole position, Howard Shore’s soundtrack for The Two Towers is unceremoniously displaced by Ludovico Einaudi.

The New York Times

A German Opera Spotlights the Refugee Crisis, With Refugees

“We tell the story of Moses because it is actually our story,” one teenager, a refugee from Afghanistan by way of Iran, said in the Hazaragi dialect to the German-speaking audience at the Bavarian State Opera here on a recent Sunday evening.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Klassik-Label Harmonia Mundi

Es geht um künstlerische Ernsthaftigkeit

concerti

Das Kreuz als Kompositionsauftrag

Ein mächtiges Œuvre mit tief religiöser Verwurzelung: Von Klanggärtnerin Sofia Gubaidulina kann die Szene der zeitgenössischen ernsten Musik immer wieder etwas lernen.

Fono Forum

Das finnische Festival Kuhmo Chamber Music erhält den Cremona Music Award in der Kategorie Projekte

Die Jury lobte das Kuhmo Festival, bei dem rund 100 Konzerte innerhalb von zwei Wochen stattfinden. In diesem Jahr in der zweiten Juli-Hälfte. Auch die Kombination bekannter Werke mit Entdeckungen sowie die Mischung der engagierten Musiker finden Anklang.

El País

Guerra y paz en Noruega

En su tercera edición, Leif Ove Andsnes consolida el Festival de Rosendal como una de las citas veraniegas más atractivas para los amantes de la música de cámara.

 

(c) Getty Classic FM

(Written on August 13, 2018 )

In today’s news: Woman in Slovenia arrested for blasting Verdi aria from house 16 hours a day for 16 years. Why classical musicians are bracing for the worst after Brexit. Salzburg honours ex-director of the Salzburger Festspiele. A portrait of the World Music Festival in Sines, Portugal. Meet the professional bassoonist who is also a professional boxer.

Classic FM

Watch: Alfie Boe and Michael Ball perform an operatic version of Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’

When pop meets the drama of opera: remember the time Michael Ball and Alfie Boe covered Rick Astley’s ’80s hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’? It was… quite something.

Classic FM

Woman arrested for blasting Verdi from her house 16 hours a day… for 16 years

The owner of a house in the town of Štúrovo in Slovakia is in custody after breaking an injunction banning her from playing an aria from ‘Il trovatore’ on repeat for over a decade.

The Independent

Why classical musicians are bracing for the worst after Brexit

Plenty in the classical music sector are unsettled, including the pianist-conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy and Daniel Barenboim

M Magazine

Spotify Announce Major Partnership with Samsung

Spotify has secured a major partnership with tech-giant and smart phone manufacturer, Samsung – making it the official music service provider across devices

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Es geht um künstlerische Ernsthaftigkeit

Die CD hat Zukunft: Deutschland ist ein starker Markt, und künstlerisch geht vom neunzehnten Jahrhundert neue revolutionäre Kraft aus. Ein Gespräch mit Christian Girardin, dem Manager der Klassik-Plattenfirma Harmonia Mundi.

klassik.com

Salzburg ehrt Ex-Intendant Ruzicka

Der ehemalige Intendant der Salzburger Festspiele, Dirigent und Komponist Peter Ruzicka (70) ist im Rahmen eines Portraitkonzertes mit dem Ehrenbecher der Stadt Salzburg ausgezeichnet worden.

Musik Heute

Quander wird künstlerischer Direktor in Rheinsberg

Der Kulturmanager Georg Quander wird neuer Künstlerischer Direktor der Kammeroper und Musikakademie Rheinsberg.

El País

Timbila Muzimba: 23 kilos de percusión

La banda mozambiqueña sorprende con su diversidad rítmica en el Festival de Músicas del Mundo de Sines, en Portugal

France Musique

Hannah Rankin, une vie entre basson et baston

Hannah Rankin, 28 ans, a deux passions : la musique et le sport. À force d’entraînements, elle a réussi à devenir professionnelle dans les deux. Elle partage sa vie entre le basson et la boxe.

Twitter

El Festival de Músicas del Mundo de Sines, in Portugal (c) Mario Pires

(Written on August 10, 2018 )

In today’s news: Stolen violin sold to pawn shop in Boston. Grammy Award-winning conductor jailed for abusing choirboy. First virtual reality prom announced. Bringing classical music festival to Barbados. What classical festivals can learn about climate friendliness from the pop world. A charity concert sells bars in donation to cancer research.

Classic FM

Stolen violin worth $250,000 sold to pawn shop for just $50 in Boston

A 1759 violin worth an estimated $250,000 was stolen from a home in Massachusetts, and sold to a local pawnshop for $50.

BBC News

Grammy Award-winning conductor jailed for abusing choirboy

A world-renowned conductor who abused a boy who saw him as a “surrogate father” has been jailed for 10 months.

BBC News

First virtual reality Prom announced

In keeping with the Proms’ “performance-first” ethos, the film will premiere to a live audience at Imperial College, across the road from the Royal Albert Hall, on 21 August.

The Hamilton Spectator

Bringing classical music festival to Barbados

And next week, the island of Barbados, population 293,000, will add yet another reason to visit, the first ever Barbados Classical Music Festival.

Pizzicato

On a European tour, Barenboim gives a musical voice to Palestine

This August, Daniel Barenboim reunites with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra for a seven-city tour across Europe.

Van Magazine

Wie Klassikfestivals das Thema Klimafreundlichkeit verschlafen

Sommerzeit ist Festivalzeit: Bayreuth, Wacken, Salzburg, Ferropolis, Luzern, Scheeßel – überall gehen Musikliebhaber*innen steil, auch wenn die Formen des Eskapismus von Ort zu Ort ziemlich unterschiedlich ausfallen. Was außerdem sehr verschieden gehandhabt wird, ist das Nachdenken über Klima- und Umweltschutz bei der Organisation solcher Großveranstaltungen.

nmz

Zukunft von Filmorchester Babelsberg: Intendant schöpft neue Hoffnung

Das drohende Aus für das Filmorchester Babelsberg scheint abgewendet. Bei einem Gespräch mit der brandenburgischen Kulturstaatssekretärin Ulrike Gutheil und dem Potsdamer Baudezernenten Bernd Rubelt habe das Land zugesagt, den Fortbestand des renommierten Orchesters zu sichern.

Klassik.com

Konzert wird nach Takten verkauft

Das Nationale Zentrum für Tumorerkrankungen (NCT) veranstaltet im kommenden November ein Benefizkonzert zur Krebshilfe. Das Besondere dabei: bei “1.220 Takte gegen Krebs” erwerben Zuschauer mit ihren Tickets Takte, je mehr Takte man kauft, desto mehr spendet man für die  Krebsforschung.

 

 

 

(c) BBC News

(Written on August 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: 10 year old Australian violin prodigy is so good you might cry. Stolen Violin Alert. The ‘Mozart effect’: Does listening to classical music make you smarter? Estonian young classical musician of the year to head to Edinburgh Festival. 20 young conductors selected to take part in the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2018. Steinway & Sons to be sold to Chinese investors? Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers financial assistance for cultural councils. The classical music festival on the Greek refugee island of Chios. Meet the singer who is bringing Tibetan music to the world. Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Vorarlberg releases programme for 2019.

Classic FM

This 10-year-old Australian violin prodigy is so good you might cry

In April, 10-year-old Christian Li made history by becoming the youngest-ever winner of the 2018 Menuhin Competition in Geneva.

The Violin Chanel

STOLEN VIOLIN ALERT | 1927 August Friedrich Herrmann Violin – Milano, Italy

A stolen instrument alert has been issued for a 1927 August Friedrich Herrmann violin – stolen from a Trenitalia Intercity train in Italy

Classic FM

The ‘Mozart effect’: Does listening to classical music make you smarter?

Studies suggest that listening to classical music can improve your hearing, spatial reasoning skills and even general intelligence. But is there any truth in the ‘Mozart effect’?

ERR.EE News

Estonian young classical musician of the year to head to Edinburgh Festival

Estonian Percussionist Tanel-Eiko Novikov, 17, the winner of ERR’s Klassikatähed young person’s classical music competition, is to head to the Edinburgh International Festival for Eurovision Young Musicians 2018

LSO

Press release: 20 young conductors selected to take part in the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2018

Twenty conductors aged under 30 have been selected from across Europe to take part in the 15th Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition, which will take place in London from 20–22 November.

Der Tagesspiegel

Baum der Hoffnung

Wie die griechische Insel Chios mit einem Klassik-Musikfestival auf Geflüchtete zugeht, die dort festsitzen – und auch dem Tourismus hilft.

NMZ

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bietet Kofinanzierung für kommunale Kulturräte an

Das Land will Kreisen und kreisfreien Städten bei der Organisation ihrer Kulturarbeit mit 30 000 Euro jährlich unter die Arme greifen, erwartet von diesen aber eigene Zuschüsse.

klassik.com

Klavierbauer Steinway vor Übernahme durch China-Investor?

Das Traditionsunternehmen Steinway & Sons mit seinen Standorten in Hamburg, New York und Shanghai wird nach Informationen der Nachrichtenagentur Bloomberg möglicherweise erneut verkauft.

El País

La diosa de la canción que atravesó el Himalaya a pie

Yungchen Lhamo se marchó del Tibet en 1989 y desde entonces lleva sus canciones tradicionales y su apoyo a la causa budista contra la represión china por todo el mundo

Platea Magazine

La Schubertiada de Hohenems y Schwarzenberg presenta su edición de 2019

La Schubertiada que se celebra en las localidades austríacas de Hohenems y Schwarzenberg ha presentado su programación para la edición de 2019.

Twitter

(c) ETV

(Written on August 8, 2018 )

In today’s news: New study reveals how Mozart could help prevent epilectic fits in children. Alleged age discrimination in Michigan orchestra. Cellist removed from flight after buying extra seat for cello demands an apology. ‘I can’t do the gonorrhoea duet!’ – the opera about pioneer sexpert Marie Stopes. VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi Awarded Verbier Festival ‘Most Outstanding Young Musician’ Prize. Ernst Krenek Prize awarded to Thomas Larcher. Salzburg Young Conductor Award presented to Gábor Kál.

Classic FM

The research shows children aged two to 18 had a significant drop in epileptic activity when listening to the composer’s music.

San Francisco Chronicle

Musicians allege age discrimination in Michigan orchestra

Two musicians with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra have resigned after receiving disciplinary action that they allege was based on their ages.

 A music student due to travel back to Chicago on an American Airlines flight last week was told to leave the plane, after being told “the aircraft was too small for the cello”.

The Guardian

‘I can’t do the gonorrhoea duet!’ – the opera about pioneer sexpert Marie Stopes

In an age of repression, she told women sex could be ‘absolutely marvellous’. Why is the great sexologist being played by a man in Dear Marie Stopes?

Violin Channel

VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi Awarded Verbier Festival ‘Most Outstanding Young Musician’ Prize

The Verbier Festival, in Switzerland, has today announced 24-year-old VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi as the recipient of the 2018 ‘Verbier Festival Academy Prix Yves Paternot’ prize – presented to the ‘Most Accomplished Young Musician’ at this year’s festival.

NMZ

Jubel für Mariss Jansons bei den Salzburger Festspielen

Der lettische Stardirigent Mariss Jansons ist am Sonntagabend für seine Interpretation von Peter Tschaikowskys fantastischer Oper «Pique Dame» vom Salzburger Festspielpublikum gefeiert worden.

klassik.com

Ernst Krenek-Preis 2018 für Thomas Larcher

Der Komponist Thomas Larcher erhält in diesem Jahr den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Ernst Krenek-Preis der Stadt Wien.

Kleine Zeitung

Gabor Kali gewinnt Young Conductors Award in Salzburg

Der 35-jährige Ungar Gabor Kali hat am Sonntag den Young Conductors Award der Salzburger Festspiele gewonnen.

Platea Magazine

El tenor David Webb se sincera sobre su depresión para ayudar a aquellos que la sufren

El tenor David Webb, quien cantará en los próximos días en L’Incoronazione di Poppea en el Festival de Salzburgo, junto a William Christie y Sonya Yoncheva, se ha abierto a sus seguidores en las redes sociales, explicando la depresión de la que está saliendo.

Twitter

‘’Oh God, I saw it!’ … Alexa Mason, the letter-writing soprano in Dear Marie Stopes. (c) Tristram Kenton

(Written on August 7, 2018 )

In Today’s News: Sheku knocked off top spot by Lord of the Rings. Simon Rattle steps in to conduct youth orchestra at Verbier. Ensemble of child prodigies plat Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Sir Bryn Terfel is opening the Eisteddfod 2018. Gatti asks for forgiveness. Minister-president Kretschmann says that it is Stuttgart’s turn in regards of the future of the Kulturmeile and the opera. The Hungarian conductor Gábor Káli has won the Young Conductors Award of the Salzburg Festival.

Classic FM

Classic FM Chart: Sheku knocked off top spot by Lord of the Rings

Someone’s managed to displace this year’s biggest chart success story… but who was expecting it to be a film score from 2002?

Rhinegold

Simon Rattle steps in to conduct youth orchestra at Verbier

Simon Rattle stepped in at late notice for conductor Iván Fischer, who had to cancel due to illness.

Classic FM

Watch a whole ensemble of child prodigies play Elgar’s Cello Concerto

This amazing bunch of musicians have won hearts all over the world with their performances of some of the great pieces of classical music.

BBC News

Eisteddfod Cardiff: Sir Bryn Terfel’s Paul Robeson tribute

Opera star Sir Bryn Terfel is opening the Eisteddfod 2018 in Cardiff Bay with sell-out concerts over two nights.

The New York Times

The Met Opera and Two Unions Reach a Deal, Very Quietly

If ratified, a tentative labor deal at the Metropolitan Opera will remove the threat of a work stoppage as the new season approaches.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Graf Gatti bittet um Verzeihung

Das Amsterdamer Concertgebouw-Orchester hat sich von seinem Chef-Dirigenten getrennt. Daniele Gatti weist die Belästigungsvorwürfe von Musikerinnen zurück. Mit seiner Erklärung redet er sich um Kopf und Kragen.

neue musikzeitung

Kretschmann sieht Stuttgart bei Kulturmeile und Opernbau am Zug

In der Frage der Zukunft der Kulturmeile und der Oper in Stuttgart sieht Ministerpräsident Winfried Kretschmann (Grüne) die Landeshauptstadt am Zug.

musik heute

Salzburger Young Conductors Award an Gábor Káli

Der ungarische Dirigent Gábor Káli hat den Young Conductors Award der Salzburger Festspiele gewonnen. Der 35-Jährige setzte sich gegen zwei Mitbewerber durch, teilten die Veranstalter am Sonntag mit.

El País

El ucranio Dmytro Choni gana el Paloma O’Shea de piano

Se impuso en la final a seis contrincantes en un certamen de gran nivel.

 

(c) Stephan Rabold

(Written on August 6, 2018 )