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In today’s news: José Carreras to retire after half a century in the industry, violinist Gidon Kremer receives Federal Cross of Merit, and Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková has died. Behind the scenes at the ENO, myths about music streaming and new theme for Attenborough’s ‘Blue Planet’.

The Guardian

Radiohead and Hans Zimmer collaborate on new ‘Blue Planet’ theme

The band and the composer have released the track, which is a reworking of Radiohead’s Bloom and will be the theme to the forthcoming nature series.

Kwame Kwei-Armah named new Artistic Director of the Young Vic

Award-winning British playwright, who is currently director of Baltimore’s Center Stage, will take over role next year

Music Business Worldwide

3 myths about streaming, and 3 truths about the music industry today

How much of it is worth listening to – and how much is complete hogwash?

The Telegraph

Alfie Boe and Michael Ball to duet with West Side Story medley

The popular classical-crossover duo will record another LP after the success of previous collaborations.

Behind the Scenes at ENO’s new production of ‘Aida’

Exclusive pictures offer a backstage look at Verdi’s tale of love and betrayal in ancient Egypt.

Pizzicato

Conductor Jean-Yves Ossonce charged with moral harassment

Conductor Jean-Yves Ossocne, the former director of the Opera in Tours, France, has been charged with moral harassment, La Nouvelle République reports.

Kultur Radio

Tenor José Carreras beendet Sängerkarriere

Der Tenor José Carreras wird seine Sängerkarriere beenden. Das gab Carreras in einem Interview mit der New York Times bekannt, wie das online-Magazin klassik.com berichtet.

Klassik.com

Bundesverdienstkreuz für Geiger Gidon Kremer

Der Geiger Gidon Kremer erhält den Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

Musik Heute

Tschechische Cembalistin Zuzana Růžičková gestorben

Die tschechische Cembalistin Zuzana Růžičková ist im Alter von 90 Jahren gestorben. Das berichtete die Agentur CTK am Mittwoch unter Berufung auf ihren Stiftungsfonds für Musiker.

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@MusicMagazine: ‘We’re quite humbled and proud that Roland Rat is a subscriber to BBC Music Magazine.’

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(Written on September 28, 2017 )

In today’s news: the Convent Garden music director about Jonas Kaufmann and Otello, and Nishat Khan about Indian music. The last ten minutes of Shostakovich, and Daniil Trifonov cancels concerts. The Kissinger Sommer starts today, and Placido Domingo cancels his Aida tour.

Guardian

Otello: opera, identity politics and blacking-up

Opera companies now eschew the once traditional black makeup for the lead in Verdi’s masterpiece, but it remains a controversial issue that highlights the need to nurture more diverse talent

Telegraph

Nishat Khan: ‘Indian music has been spoiled by mediocre people’

Nishat Khan has the air of a man who knows he is the heir to something lofty, precious and ancient. Acknowledged round the world as one of the great performers on the sitar, the pre-eminent instrument of Indian classical music, he belongs to an illustrious line of musicians that stretches back seven generations

The Times

Antonio Pappano on risky tenors, baton fatigue and leaving the Royal Opera

The Covent Garden music director explains why casting Jonas Kaufmann in Otello is well worth the risk

Welt 24.de

Das sind die letzten zehn Minuten Schostakowitsch

Ein russischer Forscher hat drei unbekannte Orchesterstücke Dmitri Schostakowitschs entdeckt.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Daniil Trifonov sagt Konzerte ab

Verhindern neue Regularien die Ausreise aus den USA? Für die nächsten zwei Monate hat Pianostar Trifonov Konzerte unter anderem in Baden-Baden und Verbier abgesagt. Die Gründe sind unklar.

Klassik Heute

Heute beginnt das Festival Kissinger Sommer 2017

Der Kissinger Sommer, in diesem Jahr erstmals unter der Intendanz von Tilman Schlömp, geht ab 2017 eine auf fünf Jahre angelegte Partnerschaft mit der Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie Bremen und ihrem Chefdirigenten Paavo Järvi ein und wird als Festivalorchester jährlich drei bis vier hochkarätige Konzerte in Bad Kissingen spielen, darunter mit Hilary Hahn das Eröffnungskonzert.

Pizzicato

Placido Domingo’s Aida tour is cancelled

In March 2017, Placido Domingo announced, his gigantic Aida open air tour would be postponed to 2018 due to technical reasons.

Classic FM

Here’s a recording of Beethoven’s actual tuning fork

In amongst the many treasures in the British Library is Beethoven’s laundry list, a set of his kitchen accounts… and his tuning fork.

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NEW TO YOUTUBE | Ioana Cristina Goicea – 2017 Michael Hill Violin Comp 1st Prize [VIDEO]

 

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(Written on June 16, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, a recent brain scan study provides clues how music pieces can evoke goosebumps, the voting for the 2016 Artist of the Year in the Gramophone Classical Music Awards is now open, and the Bachfest Leipzig attracted more international visitors than ever. Also, Winston-Salem Symphony appoints Art Bloom as their chief operating officer and grass artist creates colossal portrait of Beethoven.

The Guardian

Breakthrough in understanding the chills and thrills of musical rapture

How certain pieces of music send tingles up the spine has stumped researchers for centuries, but a recent brain scan study may have provided some clues.

Mothers of invention: the women who pioneered electronic music

A new festival celebrates Daphne Oram, Laurie Spiegel and other female synth wizards.

Peter Moores’ operatic philanthropy

While Bill Harpe’s obituary for Peter Moores (Other lives, 18 June) covers some of this remarkable philanthropist’s achievements, much is missing.

The New York Times

Leading the Orchestra, an Outsider Invited In

Kazem Abdullah, general music director in Aachen, Germany, who was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Washington and Dayton, Ohio, said he would like to return to the United States next year after his contract in Germany is up. The only problem, he said, is that he is most likely to find his opportunities limited in part because of his outsider status as an African-American, and a Muslim, in the world of classical music.

Beethoven in the grass

There is no question that Ludwig van Beethoven was a larger-than-life figure, one of the greatest composers of all time. And at the edge of the Catskills, Beethoven is very big indeed. The canvas is a huge field where cows once grazed. The artist is a man who was inspired while listening to Beethoven’s piano sonatas on long-playing records that he found at a yard sale. His tools include four tractors.

Winston-Salem Journal

Symphony hires short-term chief operating officer

The Winston-Salem Symphony has appointed Art Bloom, a business consultant and former marketing executive, to be its chief operating officer.

Gramophone

Voting for the 2016 Artist of the Year in the Gramophone Classical Music Awards is open

Once again, Gramophone is inviting its readers and visitors to its website to vote for its new Artist of the Year. From a shortlist of 10, drawn up by the magazine’s editors, readers are invited to vote.

Belfast Telegraph

Glastonbury to celebrate David Bowie with first classical music headliner

David Bowie will be celebrated at Glastonbury with the festival’s first ever classical music headliner. American composer Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony, written in 1996 in homage to Bowie’s 1977 album Heroes, will be brought to life with an immersive laser performance by Chris Levine on the Park Stage on June 25.

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: the diva who put the sex into Sussex

The sun is up over Glyndebourne and the first opera lovers begin to arrive in crisp dinner jackets and floor-length ballgowns,  picnic hampers under arms, shawls and furs over shoulders.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Victorian Opera conducts first members-only live stream to celebrate winter solstice 2016

Victorian Opera is hosting its first ever live stream in a one-hour event designed to test its members’ appetite for performances streamed directly to their devices at home or on the move.

BR_KLASSIK

Lego-Oper: Wie man Plastikfiguren zum Singen bringt

Normalerweise inszeniert BR-KLASSIK ja keine Opern, sondern berichtet darüber. Eine Ausnahme gibt es – und die ist aus Lego. Mozarts “Zauberflöte” und Humperdincks “Hänsel und Gretel” gibt es schon als Kurzfilm im Netz, nun kommt ein weiterer Teil dazu: “Aida”.

klassik.com

Basler Regierung fördert Orchester nach neuem Subventionsmodell

Die Stadt Basel hat die Orchesterförderung für die Jahre 2017 bis 2019 festgelegt. Sie erfolgt erstmals nach dem kontrovers diskutierten neuen Modell, nach dem eine unabhängige siebenköpfige Jury aus Musikfachleuten anhand eingereichter Programmkonzepte über die Subventionen entscheidet.

Musik heute

Bachfest Leipzig lockt mehr internationale Besucher an

Das Bachfest Leipzig hat in diesem Jahr so viele internationale Besucher angelockt wie nie zuvor. Karten wurden neben Deutschland in 17 europäische und 16 außereuropäische Länder verkauft.

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WDR 3 @wdr3 Die ganze Woche nur Fußball? Abwechslung mit den WDR 3 Kulturtipps zum Wochenstart:

Top Classical News @topcmnews Berlin & San Francisco Orchestras to perform free concerts for Orlando victims

Giuseppe Verdis "Aida" goes LEGO: BR KLASSIK presenting opera classics in short animation films. Photo credit: BR

Giuseppe Verdis “Aida” goes LEGO: BR KLASSIK presenting opera classics in short animation films. Photo credit: BR

(Written on June 20, 2016 )

The Guardian

Polish tenor hits back after a ‘fanatical minority’ boos La Scala production

Piotr Beczala says he will not take another role in Italy after section of audience boos new production of La Traviata

Limelight Magazine

What’s the value of sacred music in a secular age?

Is sacred music past is sell-by? Religious leaders, musicians and non-believers share their views

Classic FM Online

Joseph Calleja hangs out with Snoop Dogg at Kennedy Center Honors

Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja performed an aria from Verdi’s Aïda last night at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony

Andrea Bocelli Foundation donates $500k to MIT

Tenor Andrea Bocelli’s charity foundation has donated a sum of around $500,000 to aid MIT in researching new technology products for the blind

ABO

New Directions – Conference 2014

In 2014, after a break of 25 years, the ABO Conference returns to the capital for three days of crucial debate and discussion, networking and learning, and analysing of the future of the orchestral sector in the UK and around the world

Manassas Patch

Holiday Flash Mob: Manassas Cellist Leads First-Ever By Air Force Band

The flash mob took place in the middle of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Drowned in Sound

Drowned in sound reveal their Top 20 albums of this year

A mix of genres and styles for the ‘ listmas’ of 2013

Der Tagesspiegel

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Hat der 32-jährige Gustavo Dudamel das Zeug dazu, 2018 Sir Simon Rattles als Chefdirigent der Berliner Philharmoniker zu beerben? Jetzt war der Dirigent aus Venezuela mit Werken von Schubert, Beethoven und Strawinsky bei dem Orchester zu Gast

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on December 10, 2013 )

London Evening Standard

Stradivarius violin which thieves tried to flog for £100 set to fetch £2m at auction

A Stradivarius violin stolen by thieves who tried to sell it for £100 could make more than £2 million when it is sold at auction next month

The Guardian

How can musicians afford to buy such expensive violins?

The price of a really good violin such as a Stradivarius can reach millions of pounds. Which is where wealthy benefactors and charitable trusts step in

Charleston City Paper

Classical music isn’t just for white people anymore

With the Colour of Music festival, director Lee Pringle aims to show how black contributions go beyond gospel

Reuters

Famed Hungarian music academy gets new lease on life

The Liszt Academy music school founded by Franz Liszt, the first piano superstar, reopens its main concert hall on Tuesday

LA Times

Critic’s notebook: Nearly 10 years old, Disney Hall needs upgrades

Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall design and Yasuhisa Toyota’s acoustics have made the hall a destination but the hall needs new elements

The Economist

Who will sing Aida?

Are we ruining young opera singers? Today lots of young singers take roles that are far too big for their voices

PR Week

Metro Bank’s CEO on why PR matters more than advertising

You would expect the first new bank on the British high street for more than a century to burst on to the scene with a multi-million-pound advertising blitz

Der Tagesspiegel

Berliner Singakademie wird 50

1961 verlor die historische Sing-Academie zu Berlin die Hälfte ihrer Mitglieder – jene Sängerinnen und Sänger, die in Ostberlin wohnten. 1963 aber gelang es dem Staatsopern-Intendanten Hans Pischner, die Neugründung einer Singakademie durchzusetzen. Schnell erwarb sich der ambitionierte Laienchor einen guten Ruf. Jetzt feiert er Jubiläum

The Guardian

The Guardian

 

 

(Written on October 23, 2013 )