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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.

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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.

nmz

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).

Twitter

Composer Simon Holt

 

(Written on June 13, 2018 )

In today’s news, Tagesspiegel discusses the construction site fiasco at Berlin State Opera and streaming services are supposed to boost music business. Also, Morricone is nominated for an Oscar, Pavarotti-Villa becomes a meeting place for artists and Philippe Jaroussky cancels Parthenope

Gramophone

First BBC Proms 2016 concerts revealed as the Ten Pieces project continues

Secondary school students will be given the opportunity to perform at the Proms on July 23 and 24

Daily Nation

Kenya’s jazz and classical music culture in the spotlight

Kenya’s Afrosync’s musical journey will be beamed to global audiences in a special feature that explores how musical genres are evolving in Kenya and influencing a new generation of musicians

Gramophone

Exclusive video: Grigory Sokolov plays an extract from Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata

Watch Grigory Sokolov play an extract from the Allegro of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata, part of his new album

dnaindia

Five-day classical music event begins in Dombivli

The South Indian community in Dombivli celebrated this festival by attending a classical music and dance event, Makara Mahotsavam

PRS for Music Foundation

New Music Biennial 2017 Commissions announced

The winning commissions present a snapshot of contemporary music in the UK including ten brand new works and ten pre-existing works that have been composed within the last 15 years

Der Tagesspiegel

Stuck für Stuck

Zu viel, zu schnell: Architekt Klaus Roth und Senatsbaudirektorin Regula Lüscher erklären dem Untersuchungsausschuss, warum die Staatsopern-Baustelle aus ihrer Sicht ein Fiasko wurde

NMZ

Tübinger Forscher: Streamingdienste können Musikgeschäft ankurbeln

Kostenpflichtige Musik-Streamingdienste aus dem Internet können nach Einschätzung von Tübinger Forschern das Geschäft der Musikbranche ankurbeln

Klassik.com

Pavarotti-Villa soll Künstler-Begegnungsstätte werden

Die Villa des Tenors Luciano Pavarotti in der mittelitalienischen Hafenstadt Pesaro soll nach dem Willen seiner Familie zu einer künstlerischen Begegnungsstätte umfunktioniert werden

The Guardian

Ennio Morricone: back in the saddle

The movie maestro told his wife he’d stop scoring films at 40. But, at 87, he’s just scooped an Oscar nomination for The Hateful Eight

Forum Opera

Philippe Jaroussky contraint de renoncer à Partenope

C’est l’événement attendu de tous les baroqueux parisiens en ce début d’année : Partenope, l’opéra de Georg Friedrich Haendel créé à Londres en 1730

Twitter

BR Klassik @BR_Klassik Musikgeschichte als frecher Graphic Novel auf arte. Unsere TV-Kritik.

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 Artist of the Week Zoltan Kocsis indulges us in Debussy’s Images, including Reflets dans l’eau #EssentialClassics

Manuel Brug @ManuelBrug Exklusiv: Artemis fängt Anthea. Eine neue Geigerin für das Erfolgsquartett

Ennio Morricone. Photograph: Muthmedia GmbH/PR/The Guardian

Ennio Morricone. Photograph: Muthmedia GmbH/PR/The Guardian

(Written on January 18, 2016 )

LA Times

Meryl Streep Explains How Opera Training Helps Her Vocal Control.

Among the many pleasures of Meryl Streep’s “Fresh Air” interview that aired Monday on NPR is the actress’ discussion of her operatic training during her youth.

Telegraph

Mozart Goes To Africa In A Large Lorry.

Rupert Christiansen applauds a new plan to take a flat-pack version of Die Zauberflöte through Africa.

The Opera Novice: Passion For Puccini’s Tosca.

Benjamin Britten looked down on Puccini’s Tosca. But Sameer Rahim was thrilled by his first taste of the ‘shabby little shocker’.

Gramophone

Nicola Luisottie To Head Teatro Di San Carlo.

Conductor named music director of the Naples theatre.

The Harpsichordist János Sebestyén Has Died.

Born March 2nd, 1931, died February 4th, 2012.

ENO Announces The Charles Mackerras Fellowship.

New conducting award for emerging talent.

Guardian

Purcell And A Pint – Welcome To A New Kind Of Classical Concert.

Maggie Faultless and her fellow musicians from the OAE are on a pub crawl which is changing the way they play and audiences listen.

Pass Notes No. 3,119: Curse Of The Ninth Symphony.

Composers have a tendency to pop off after their ninth symphony.

Thelma: An Opera World Premiere.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s opera Thelma is getting its very belated premiere this week. In 2012, the centenary of his death, will Croydon’s most famous musical son finally get the recognition that has so long been denied him?

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

What The Dickens?

Jessica Duchen wonders why isn’t there more music inspired by the works of Dickens.

New Yorker

Number Nine.

A new symphony and classic works by Philip Glass.

The composer in New York City in 1983. Photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe (http://nyr.kr/zMNliL)

(Written on February 8, 2012 )

Tenor Andrew Staples was featured in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph discussing his work away from the stage – directing and producing, and his upcoming plans to tour Africa from Nairobi to Cape Town with a travelling production of Die Zauberflöte. To read the full interview visit the Daily Telegraph’s website. More information about Opera for Change, visit operaforchange.com.

(Written on February 7, 2012 )