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In today’s news: Homophobia in Hungary leads Hungarian National Opera to cancel Billy Elliot shows. World Choir Games to be held in Belgium in 2020. Royal Opera House warns politicians to act on freedom of movement following Brexit. UK Music urges British MEPs to back copyright reform. BBC Proms to hold free event outside of Royal Albert Hall.

The Irish News

Royal Opera House issues warning on ease of movement with EU

The Royal Opera House has warned politicians to act on the issue of ease of movement of international talent following the EU referendum.

The Telegraph

Royal Ballet musical director steps in to save the day… only for audience members to leave

When the harpist of the Royal Opera House failed to turn up to a performance of Swan Lake, Koen Kessels, the musical director of the Royal Ballet, bravely stepped forward and decided to accompany the orchestra on the piano himself.

The Strad

Nicola Benedetti joins ESTA UK as president

Scottish violinist is expected to sit for a three- to four-year term as head of European String Teachers Association’s UK chapter.

Limelight

Homophobic press sees Hungarian Billy Elliot season cut short

Hungarian National Opera has cancelled over half the performances in its production of Billy Elliot following a barrage of homophobic press from the daily newspaper Magyar Idők, which ran a series of articles claiming the production could “transform Hungarian boys into homosexuals”, the Daily Star reported, with another article claiming such shows promoted a “deviant way of life”.

Music Week

UK Music urges British MEPs to back copyright reform

UK Music has urged British MEPs to back major changes to copyright law. CEO Michael Dugher called on the UK’s European parliamentarians to back the proposed Copyright Directive following its approval by the JURI committee.

Rhinegold

BBC Proms announces free ‘curtain raiser’ event

The BBC Proms has announced a free evening event to be held outside the Royal Albert Hall on 12 July.

Pizzicato

11th World Choir Games 2020 to be held in Flanders

The region of Flanders in Belgium, with the cities Antwerp and Ghent, will host the 11th World Choir Games. The event, which is also considered the ‘Olympics of Choral Music’ will take place from July 5-15, 2020 and attract thousands of singers from Europe and all over the world.

klassik.com

Fritz-Gerber-Awards an Nachwuchsmusiker vergeben

Die Fritz-Gerber-Stiftung zeichnet in diesem Jahr den Geiger Alexandre Guy, die Saxophonistin Sara Zazo Romero und den Schlagzeuger Thomas Soldati mit dem stiftungseigenen Award aus.

Der Tagesspiegel

Horaz und das Harmonium

Salonkonzert in der Truman-Villa: Das „Quatuor Bestaendig“ spielt im Rahmen der Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci Werke jüdischer Komponisten.

Musik Heute

Frischer Wind beim Richard-Strauss-Festival

Alexander Liebreich ist ein Mann klarer Worte. “Nein, in diesem Saal wird kein Konzert stattfinden. Das ist ein Unort.” Der Dirigent und neue Intendant des am Freitag beginnenden Richard-Strauss-Festivals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen meint den reichlich ungemütlichen Werdenfels-Saal im Kongresszentrum der Olympiastadt.

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Hungarian National Opera’s production of Billy Elliot. Photo © Attila Nagy, Zsófia Pályi, Péter Rákossy

(Written on June 22, 2018 )

In today’s news: Sir Simon Ratlle receives standing ovation in farewell concert. Baritone Barry McDaniel has passed away. Christoph Eschenbach to become director of Berlin Koncerthaus orchestra. Stuttgart Opera to run in Baden-Baden Festspielhaus during repairs to opera house.  Film about St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh released. 1783 ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ manuscript remains unsold after auction in Paris. Danielle de Niese talks about women composers ahead of BBC documentary.

Rhinegold

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra announces new young conductor in association

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has announced Marta Gardolińska as Leverhulme young conductor in association.

Rhinegold

Nicola Benedetti and Steven Isserlis in new film by Scotland’s St Mary’s Music School

Scotland’s national music school, St Mary’s in Edinburgh, has released a new short film in which the world-class musicians tutor pupils from the school.

Engadget.uk

Four problems YouTube Music will face in the UK

The worst-kept secret in music is out, and Google has now released YouTube Music and YouTube Premium in 11 more countries. But despite being in the streaming music game for quite a while, the company is almost going to have to start fresh in several places, including the UK.

The Guardian

Women composers: why are so many voices still silent?

Extraordinary talents are missing from our musical lives. Ahead of a BBC documentary, the singer and presenter Danielle de Niese wonders why, still, we hear so little of our greatest female composers

Limelight

Australia Council announces new UKARIA residency recipients

The Australia Council has announced that Queensland-based composer Gordon Hamilton and beatboxer Tom Thum (for whom Hamilton wrote his Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra) will be the first artistic team to take up a new residency at the UKARIA Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ovationen für scheidenden Philharmoniker-Chef Rattle

16 Jahre lang war Sir Simon Rattle Chefdirigent bei den Berliner Philharmonikern. Jetzt hört der 63-Jährige auf – und bekommt noch einen ganz besonderen Abschied.

klassik.com

Bariton Barry McDaniel gestorben

Der US-amerikanische Opernsänger Barry McDaniel ist im Alter von 87 Jahren in Berlin gestorben. Einer Pressemeldung der Deutschen Oper in Berlin zufolge verstarb der Bariton nach langer Krankheit.

Welt

Eschenbach wird Chefdirigent am Konzerthaus

Ein starkes Signal: Der renommierte Dirigent und Pianist Christoph Eschenbach wird das Konzerthausorchester leiten.

Musik Heute

Oper Stuttgart soll im Festspielhaus Baden-Baden spielen

Bei der Suche nach einer Interimsspielstätte für die Stuttgarter Oper hat der CDU-Bezirksverband Nordbaden eine ungewöhnliche Idee geäußert: Während der erwarteten Bauzeit von fünf bis sieben Jahren könnte die Stuttgarter Oper doch im Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden spielen, schlug der Bezirkschef und Landwirtschaftsminister Peter Hauk am Mittwoch vor.

Platea

Un manuscrito de “Le nozze di Figaro” no encuentra comprador en su primera subasta en París

El pasado miércoles París acogió la primera subasta de un manuscrito autógrafo de Mozart para el último acto de Le nozze di Figaro. Dicha subasta quedó desierta, al no encontrarse comprador.

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Barry McDaniel, © Kranichphoto

(Written on June 21, 2018 )

In today’s news: Restoration of Beethoven Concert Hall in Bonn to be more expensive than anticipated. Take a look at how Europe’s opera houses have won over under-30 audiences. Musical director and composer Samuel Adler who fled under Nazi rule returns to Berlin on visit. Fresh crisis at English National Opera as key figure quits. Why musicians struggle with mental health problems. Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition – take a look at what is in store. YouTube music now available in UK.

Wall Street Journal

How Europe’s Opera Houses Won Over Millennials

With an escape game and networking events, La Scala and the Paris Opera are attracting under-30 audiences.

Limelight

Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition

Sixteen ensembles will battle it out in Melbourne this July. We take a look at what’s in store for competitors and audiences at one of the world’s great chamber music launching pads.

The Guardian

Fresh crisis at English National Opera as key figure quits

Producing director Terri-Jayne Griffin to leave, with others claiming ENO ‘lacks ambition’.

Rhinegold

University of Glasgow Chapel Choir honour former director

The University of Glasgow Chapel Choir has released a new recording, We Were Glad, in memory of former director Dr Stuart Campbell.

The Guardian

Perfectionism and poverty: why musicians struggle with mental health

Mental illness claims the lives of too many in music. A new helpline seeks to change that. 

iNews

NHS at 70: How Art, from Andy Warhol to Brian Eno, has helped to heal patients

Introducing uplifting art into that environment brings therapeutic benefits for both staff and patients, the NHS has long recognised.

What Hi Fi

YouTube Music is now available in the UK…

Last month, YouTube announced a new, Spotify-rivalling music streaming service that looks set to replace Google Play Music. And now it has launched in the UK, as well as sixteen other countries including US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Sweden.

Pizzicato

Sanierung der Beethovenhalle Bonn wird noch teurer

Die Kostenspirale bei der Sanierung der Beethovenhalle dreht sich weiter. Die aktuelle Kostenberechnung belaufe sich auf rund 84 Millionen Euro, teilte die Stadt mit.

Klassik Heute

Wiener Staatsoper trauert um Hubert Deutsch

Die Wiener Staatsoper trauert um ihren ehemaligen Vizedirektor Reg. Rat. Professor Hubert Deutsch, der am Samstag, 16. Juni 2018 im Alter von 93 Jahren in Wien verstorben ist.

Der Tagesspiegel

Vergeben, ohne zu vergessen

Die Nazis verbrannten die Partituren seines Vaters, die Familie floh in die USA. Jetzt ist der Komponist und Dirigent Samuel Adler zu Besuch in Berlin.

Le Monde

La Sacem déploie ses trésors en ligne

La société des auteurs de musique a créé un musée virtuel pour mettre en valeur ses archives.

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University of Glasgow Chapel (c) Rhinegold

(Written on June 20, 2018 )

In today’s news: Australian National Piano Awards finalists have been announced. Mariinsky Orchestra performs inaugural concerts at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Saudi Arabia. Open air opera in Berlin attracts audience of 62,000 people. Manuscript of Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ to go to auction. Conducting student to become new artistic assistant with the Sächsischen Bläserphilharmonie. Royal Academy of Music and Edition Records announce winner of 2018 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize. Aram Khachaturian International Competition announces winner.

Limelight Magazine

Australian National Piano Award Finalists Announced

The finalists have been announced for the 2018 Australian National Piano Award, with 14 pianists going on to compete for $68,000 in cash and prizes in Shepparton, Victoria, in September.

Pizzicato

Mariinsky Orchestra inaugurated concert hall in Saudi Arabia

Russian Mariinsky Orchestra played the inaugural concerts at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra). The center, located in the eastern city of Dhahran, is to become a cultural hub for the Saudi Kingdom.

Rhinegold

Leonidas Kavakos signs to Sony Classical

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos has signed to Sony Classical. His first solo project with Sony is Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Following this he will record Bach’s complete solo Sonatas and Partitas.

Rhinegold

First RCM Yamaha Clarinet Prize winner announced

Lewis Graham has won the inaugural Royal College of Music (RCM) Yamaha Clarinet Prize. The prize was open to RCM students in their second year of an undergraduate music degree who had been awarded a distinction in their first-year recitals.

Royal Academy of Music

The Royal Academy of Music and Edition Records announce vibraphonist and composer Jonny Mansfield as the 2018 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize winner

We are pleased to announce that Academy student, vibraphonist and composer Jonny Mansfield has won the 2018 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize.

Gramophone

Aram Khachaturian International Competition announces winner

The winner of the Ninth Aram Khachaturian International Competition and Festival has been named as 19-year-old Andrei Ionita. Launched in Yerevan on June 6, this year’s competition focused on the cello and celebrated the 110th anniversary of its namesake, Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian.

iNews

It’s ‘one male genius after another in classical music’ – but what about women? asks soprano Danielle de Niese

Sleeping with a “maestro” has helped some female classical musicians win better roles, the opera star Danielle de Niese has suggested. Although she has never been sexually harassed herself, the Australian-born singer said female colleagues had used sex for career advancement.

The New York Times

‘Sutra’ Returns to Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival

Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival this fall will offer a range of works, from Haydn to hip-hop dance to “Waiting for Godot.”

klassik.com

Paris: Opern-Manuskript von Mozart kommt unter den Hammer

In Paris kommt ein vierseitiges Manuskript der Hochzeit des Figaro von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart zur Versteigerung. Der Schätzwert des Entwurfes einer Szene aus dem letzten Akt der 1786 erschienenen Oper des Komponisten beläuft sich auf 500.000 Euro.

Kultur Radio

“Staatsoper für alle” lockt 62.000 Menschen

Erstmals seit 2012 fand die Veranstaltung wieder mit einem Open-Air-Konzert bei strahlendem Sonnenschein am Samstagmittag und einer Opern-Live-Übertragung am Sonntagabend in Berlin statt.

Musik Heute

Dirigierstudent wird Assistent bei Sächsischer Bläserphilharmonie

Der Dirigierstudent Benjamin Huth wird ab September 2018 künstlerischer Assistent bei der Sächsischen Bläserphilharmonie. Der 26-Jährige werde neben seinem Studium dem Chefdirigenten Thomas Clamor assistieren, teilte die Leipziger Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” am Montag mit.

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“Staatsoper für alle” in Berlin (c) rbb

(Written on June 19, 2018 )

In today’s news: Warner Classics to issue a concerto recording of Leeds International Piano Competition. The New York Philharmonic is reportedly thinking about changing its dress code. Australian Helpmann Award nominations announced. Karabits contract with Weimar orchestra not extended. How to arrange a concert during the World Cup. Bachfest in Leipzig reaches record audience numbers. Guennadi Rojdestvenski passes away.

Gramophone

Warner Classics and Leeds International Piano Competition strike a deal

The record label will release a recording, both on CD and digitally, shortly after the September finals, ‘featuring The Leeds winner, or a finalist of their choice’ playing a Concerto with the Hallé conducted by Edward Gardner, and a selection of recital repertoire from the earlier rounds.

The Guardian

Rising clarinet star’s ex-girlfriend must pay $375,000 for trying to sabotage his career

Ontario court calls case of Eric Abramovitz, whose girlfriend faked a rejection letter from his dream school, ‘despicable interference’.

Rhinegold

New partnership for Wigmore Hall and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

Wigmore Hall and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition have announced a partnership, which will allow all five of the competition’s Song Prize finalists to give a debut recital at Wigmore Hall.

iNews

Women could finally wear the trousers thanks to a sartorial revolution in classical music

The New York Philharmonic is reportedly thinking about changing its dress code. Currently female performers are required to wear floor-length black skirts or gowns for formal evening concerts.

Classic FM

New releases: Summer Night Concert 2018, Patrick Gallois – Francois Devienne Flute Concerto No.13

World exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases.

Limelight Magazine

2018 Helpmann Awards nominations announced

The nominations for the 2018 Helpmann Awards are in, with Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures’ much-lauded Muriel’s Wedding the Musical taking the lion’s share with 11 nods.

Pizzicato

Weimar verlängert Vertrag von Karabits nicht

Die Verhandlungen über eine Vertragsverlängerung des ukrainischen Dirigenten Kirill Karabits am Deutschen Nationaltheater Weimar sind gescheitert.

Concerti

Klassikkonkurrent Weltmeisterschaft?

Sommerzeit – Festivalzeit. Für viele Liebhaber klassischer Musik die schönste Zeit im Jahr. Denn jetzt lässt sich das Angenehme mit dem Angenehmen verbinden: Internationale Klangkörper und Künstler bevölkern nicht nur die Hauptstädte oder Ballungszentren, sondern ziehen im Rahmen akribisch geplanter Veranstaltungsreihen aufs Land.

klassik.com

Bachfest Leipzig 2018 mit Besucherrekord

Das Bachfest Leipzig kann auf eine weitere erfolgreiche Auflage des Festivals zurückschauen: So konnte der erst im Vorjahr aufgestellte Besucherrekord mit fast 80.000 Gästen aus 40 verschiedenen Ländern gebrochen werden.

Le Monde

Le chef d’orchestre russe Guennadi Rojdestvenski est mort

Le chef d’orchestre russe Guennadi Rojdestvenski est mort samedi 16 mai à l’âge de 87 ans. « Le Bolchoï est en deuil », a annoncé sur Twitter le théâtre moscovite, dont il avait dirigé l’orchestre en 2000 et 2001.

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Guennadi Rojdestvenski (c) Alexei Nikolsky

 

(Written on June 18, 2018 )

In today’s news: Pinar Toprak is the first woman to write the score for a Marvel movie. Andrew Lloyd Webber is passionate about musical education,  The Vienna Opera is criticised by the state for its spending. Robert Levin is honoured with the Bach-Medal in Leipzig. Also, how the Philharmonie de Paris attracts younger audiences and Samira from Love Island is facing legal action.

Classic FM

‘It’s ludicrous that the government doesn’t understand the importance of music’ – Andrew Lloyd Webber

In a rousing speech he said: “It is vital that we keep music in our schools. It is absolutely ludicrous that that government does not understand… because it’s not about turning children necessarily into musicians, it’s about empowering them in all sorts of different ways.

The Independent

Myleene Klass: Everyone uses classical music but it has boring reputation

Classic Brits co-host Myleene Klass has dismissed criticism from some classical music purists that the awards do not truly represent the genre.

BBC News

LSO ‘believes in complete equality’ amid criticism over lack of women composers

The London Symphony Orchestra insists it “champions the work of women composers” after a survey of the 2018-19 seasons of 15 of the world’s top orchestras found that fewer than 3% of the pieces to be performed were composed by a woman.

The Independent

Love Island contestant Samira ‘facing legal action’ for quitting West End role

One of this year’s Love Island contestants is reportedly facing legal action after quitting her role in a West End musical days before entering the Spanish villa.

The Hollywood Reporter

‘Captain Marvel’ Enlists Pinar Toprak as Composer

Toprak will score Captain Marvel, which stars Brie Larson as the powerful Marvel hero. Captain Marvel is Marvel Studios’ first female-fronted film, and Toprak will be the first woman to score a feature for the studio.

Pizzicato

Wiener Staatsoper vom österreichischen Rechnungshof kritisiert

Der österreichische Bundesrechnungshof hat in einem Bericht scharfe Kritik an der Wiener Staatsoper geübt.

Concerti

Musikexperte und gewitzter Geschichtenerzähler

Er lebe nicht vom, sondern für das Komponieren. So benennt Mathias Husmann seine Beziehung zur Musik, der er sich seit seiner Kindheit kompromisslos widmet.

Kulturradio

Pianist Robert Levin mit Bach-Medaille 2018 geehrt

Der US-amerikanische Pianist Robert Levin ist mit der diesjährigen Bach-Medaille der Stadt Leipzig ausgezeichnet worden.

France musique

Renouvellement des publics, le pari réussi de la Philharmonie

La Philharmonie de Paris a dévoilé les conclusions d’une ambitieuse étude portant sur ses publics et sa capacité à les renouveler.

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Pinar Toprak (c)Pinar Toprak

(Written on June 15, 2018 )

In today’s news: New statistics shown up that only 76 classical concerts include at least one piece by a woman, Classic BRIT Awards 2018, what time looks like to Philip Glass, and Robert Trevino stays at the Basque National Orchestra. Furthermore, the Bachfest Leipzig attracts mass audiences with its ‘Cantata Ring’, and the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho reflects on creativity as she receives a BBVA Foundation award.

The Guardian

Female composers largely ignored by concert line-ups

Women in Music project finds that in 1,445 classical concerts across globe only 76 include a work by a woman.

Classic FM

Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Michael Ball & Alfie Boe win big at Classic BRIT Awards

The cellist at the Royal Wedding Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the much-loved duo of Michael Ball and Alfie Boe each scooped two awards at the returning Classic BRIT Awards ceremony. Kanneh-Mason took home the Male Artist of the Year and the Critics’ Choice award, while Ball & Boe won the Classic FM Album of the Year and the Best Group category.

Broadway World

Robert Trevino Extends Music Directorship Of Basque National Orchestra

The new contract will see Trevino as the orchestra’s artistic leader until the 2021/22 season.

Nautilus

The Smaller the Theatre, the Faster the Music

How is composing music of a given meter similar to painting flowing water? In this conversation between the composer and musician Philip Glass and the painter Fredericka Foster, two artists set out to tackle this question, before flowing into questions of memory, physics, and death.

WQXR 

Ten Landmarks in Keyboard Virtuosity

The history of the keyboard is just as much the history of the virtuoso who, for reasons competitive and otherwise, has time and again advanced technique and reimagined what is possible with 88 keys.

Der Tagesspiegel

Da läuft noch was

Alle reden von der WM? Nicht in Berlin. Die Kultur fährt am kommenden Wochenende eine beeindruckende Ballung an Konkurrenzveranstaltungen auf.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Diese Liebe ist unersättlich

Kommet zuhauf: Mit seinem „Kantaten-Ring“ zieht das Bachfest Leipzig ein Massenpublikum an und kann dieses auch begeistern.

Musik heute

Europäisches Kulturerbe-Siegel für Leipzigs Musik-Stätten

EU-Kulturkommissar Tibor Navracsics und Sachsens Kunstministerin Eva-Maria Stange (SPD) überreichten die Siegel am Mittwoch stellvertretend an neun historische Stätten wie die Thomaskirche, das Bach-Archiv, die Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” und das Gewandhaus.

El País

Kaija Saariaho: ‘Me entristece que tengamos que seguir resaltando que soy una mujer’

La compositora finlandesa reflexiona sobre la creatividad al recibir el galardón de la Fundación BBVA.

Pizzicato

Daniel Meyer stays with the Erie Philharmonic

The Erie Philharmonic’s Music Director Daniel Meyer has renewed his contract with the orchestra for the next four years.

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Composer Emily Hall: ‘One work at least by a female composer – that should be standard now’ © Rob Orchard/The Guardian

(Written on June 14, 2018 )

In today’s news: Ivan Hewett on composer Simon Holt, Alexis Ffrench contends that classical music should learn from hip hop, and Deutsche Grammophon unveil 120th anniversary plans. Moreover, the recording of Jonas Kaufmann’s intense Otello debut at the Royal Opera House now ranks number one on the classic charts, and Laura Schwengber translates music into sign language at Puls Open Air Festival.

The Telegraph

Composer Simon Holt on angst, creativity and the dangers of being ‘terminally trendy’

‘The world is full of composers who can fashion a slick, exciting piece that is modern in a fashionable way, slips down easily, and leaves nothing behind it. Much fewer in number are the composers whose pieces unveil a vivid and utterly personal expressive world, but which for that reason do not slip down easily. Simon Holt, who turns 60 this year, is definitely one of the latter sort’.

BBC News

Classical music ‘should learn from hip hop’

Classical music suffers from a “sense of entitlement” and needs to learn lessons from other, more “provocative” genres, says composer Alexis Ffrench.

Rhinegold

Deutsche Grammophon announces 120th anniversary plans

Deutsche Grammophon will celebrate its 120th anniversary this year with an international programme of activities and new releases. Digitised versions of rediscovered and previously unreleased tracks recorded in the early 1900s, including a reading by Leo Tolstoy and early recordings by Louis Armstrongs, are being created.

Financial Times

The strange appeal of Toto’s Africa — and why it’s cover-proof

Cropping up in South Park, Family Guy and Stranger Things, the song is popular with a generation too young to have known it first time round.

Music Week

‘It’s more relevant than it’s been for years’: Inside classical music’s UK revival

The Classic BRITs returns this week after a five-year absence, hot on the heels of the success of Ball & Boe, The Greatest Showman and Sheku Kanneh-Mason. So, are classical music and its associated genres back on the up? Hazel Davis investigates…

Concerti

Die offiziellen Top 20 Klassik-Charts im Juni 2018

Jonas Kaufmann hat vergangenen Juni sein Rollendebüt als Otello am Londoner Royal Opera House gefeiert. Der Mitschnitt dieser intensiven Aufführung steigt neu auf Platz eins der Klassik-Charts ein. Opernchef Antonio Pappano dirigiert voller Umsicht und mit der gebührenden Dramatik, Keith Warner inszeniert die Oper wie einen packenden Thriller.

Jetzt

Laura übersetzt Musik in Gebärdensprache

Beim Puls Open Air war sie auf der Bühne Dolmetscherin für alle, die die Konzerte nicht hören konnten. Was Laura auf der Bühne genau macht, ist gar nicht so einfach zu definieren. Eigentlich ist sie Gebärdensprachen-Dolmetscherin, aber irgendwie auch selbst Performance-Künstlerin, so wie sie tanzt, springt und gestikuliert.

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Lebe dein Leben und deine Musik

Irene Kurka etabliert einen Podcast rund um den zeitgenössischen Gesang. Wer sich ihren Terminkalender, ihre Repertoireliste anschaut, glaubt ihr ‘neue musik leben’, diesen schönen, diesen redenden Titel für ihren brandneuen Podcast sofort. Irene Kurka lebt in der Neuen Musik, lebt für sie.

Klassik.com

Sachsen: Land erhöht Finanzmittel für Theater und Orchester

Mitarbeiter kommunaler Theater sollen in Sachsen künftig mehr Geld erhalten. Das Kabinett stimmte einem entsprechenden Entwurf aus dem Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst zu, nun muss noch der Landtag zustimmen.

Le Monde

Le business des concerts se porte à merveille

A la tête d’un réseau de 29 salles et de dizaines de stades aux Etats-Unis, Tim Leiweke, le patron d’Oak View Group, se développe à marche forcée dans un secteur florissant. “L’industrie des concerts n’a jamais été aussi florissante”, assure Tim Leiweke, le PDG d’Oak View Group, qui compte un réseau de 29 salles de concert et des dizaines de stades aux Etats-Unis.

Platea Magazine

La Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias presenta “Perspectivas”, su temporada 18-19

La Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias ha presentado la que será su próxima temporada, 2018-2019, bajo el título “Perspectivas”, que ha ideado su director artístico y titular Rossen Milanov. Los conciertos se celebrarán en Oviedo (15 conciertos) y Gijón (9 programas).

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Composer Simon Holt

 

(Written on June 13, 2018 )

In today’s news: Jaume Santonja Espinós is appointed assistant conductor at the CBSO, Myleene Klass on cuts to music tuition in schools, Andrew Lloyd Webber to be honoured at Classic Brit Awards. Musical Director Evan Christ takes legal actions against the Staatstheater Cottbus. An interview on how the state funding the arts in Germany may need to be rethought, and three young conductors reach the second phase of the “Maestros of tomorrow” program. The French accordion icon Yvette Horner has died. An Aids researcher debuts as a composer.

Rhinegold

CBSO appoints new assistant conductor

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has appointed Jaume Santonja Espinós assistant conductor. He succeeds Jonathan Bloxham, who has held the position since 2016.

Classic FM 

Myleene Klass: cuts to music in schools are ‘a travesty’

Presenter and musician Myleene Klass has condemned cuts to music lessons in schools, saying music “helped me with my algebra. It helps with your interpretation and learning of different languages.”

The Telegraph

Male dancer who is gender fluid wins part with English National Ballet’s female ensemble

For the first time in the modern era, a male dancer – who identifies as being ‘gender fluid’ – is performing as part of the female ensemble in The Sleeping Beauty.

The Times

Auctioneer will score big with Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto manuscript

A two-page manuscript from one of Beethoven’s most popular concertos is expected to sell for as much as $350,000 when it goes up for auction in New York today. The documents, in the German composer’s own hand, date from 1809 and show ideas for the second and third movements of the Emperor Concerto.

The Stage

Andrew Lloyd Webber to be honoured at Classic Brit Awards

Andrew Lloyd Webber is to receive a special Classic Brit award for his services to musical theatre and arts education. Lloyd Webber will be presented with the special recognition award for musical theatre and education during a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 13.

Slipped Disc

Aids Research Pioneer makes his concert debut as composer

Dr Joseph Sonnabend was among the first to identify the Aids syndrome in New York in the early 1980s and one of the foremost campaigners for the needs of his patients.

Berliner Zeitung

Denkbar: Kunstförderung per Losverfahren Auch unter dem Radar entsteht Bemerkenswertes 

Als Ende Mai im Hebbel Theater vom bundesweiten Fonds Darstellende Künste zum neunten Mal der George-Tabori-Preis für freies Theater vergeben wurde, rechnete der Vorstandsvorsitzende Wolfgang Schneider bei der Begrüßung vor, dass man in den letzten 30 Jahren rund 3000 Projekte gefördert habe – mit insgesamt 17 Millionen Euro.

Deutscher Musikrat

Drei neue Maestros von Morgen

Die Juroren haben entschieden: Gábor Hontvári, Clemens Mohr und Yura Yang erreichen die 2. Stufe im Förderprogramm des Dirigentenforums und werden „Maestros von Morgen“. Zudem kann sich Gábor Hontvári über den Ernst-von-Schuch-Preis freuen.

RBB Kulturradio

Krise am Staatstheater Cottbus beschäftigt jetzt auch Justiz

Im Streit um den Führungsstil wendet sich Generalmusikdirektor Evan Alexis Christ mit einer Kündigungsschutzklage gegen seinen Arbeitgeber.

France musique

Yvette Horner, la reine de l’accordéon, s’éteint à 95 ans

La célèbre accordéoniste et reine des bals populaires Yvette Horner est décédée lundi à l’âge de 95 ans à Courbevoie.

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Jaume Santonja Espinós

(Written on June 12, 2018 )

In today’s news: Spotify shares jump to record high, Rosemary Johnson and other leading figures from the classical world are recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, Schott Music and MPI Music Production International are to publish a new Academic Edition of the Complete Works of Tchaikovsky, the 1ooth anniversary of librettist Arrigo Boito, and Spotify algorithms decide what is the best music for you.

Shares in the company scaled a new high on Friday afternoon, jumping as much as 4 per cent to a record high of $172.76. The reason for the sudden jump was not immediately clear, but it came as Recode reported that Spotify has started licensing songs directly from artists and their managers.

Classic FM

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Simon Keenlyside, and Classic FM’s Composer in Residence Debbie Wiseman recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Leading figures from the classical world have been honoured alongside actor Emma Thompson – who’s made a Dame – and author Kazuo Ishiguro, who is given a Knighthood.

Rhinegold

New cohort of Genesis Sixteen singers

The Sixteen has announced the new cohort of Genesis Sixteen singers, and the appointment of Royal Academy of Music student Harry Bradford as conducting scholar for 2018-19.

Schott Music

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – The Project of a Century

Work on the Academic Edition of the Complete Works by P.I. Tchaikovsky has now begun. Comprising about 120 volumes, this edition will be a big undertaking. The first volumes will be published in 2018.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Als hätte man eine zehnte Beethoven-Symphonie entdeckt

Ein verloren geglaubtes Album von John Coltrane ist aufgetaucht. Es ist musikalische Höchstleistung und spirituelle Ekstase in einem.

Neue Musikzeitung

Das «Ruhrepos»-Projekt – Brechts nie realisierte Industrie-Oper

Vor gut 90 Jahren bestellte die Stadt Essen bei Bertolt Brecht und Kurt Weill eine Industrie-Oper.

Concerti

100. Todestag von Arrigo Boito

Legendärer Librettist celebrates 100th anniversary.

El País

Tengo una ‘playlist’ para usted

Los algoritmos de Spotify deciden cuál es la mejor música para ti

Wired

The aural magic of Stanford’s Laptop orchestra

Ten days before the big concert, the members of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra are performing technology triage.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

(Written on June 11, 2018 )