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Boston-bound Andris Nelsons to leave CBSO in 2015 ‘with heavy heart’

Andris Nelsons is to leave the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in summer 2015 ‘with an extremely heavy heart’, having decided that his new appointment as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra would give him too little time with his family unless he quit the CBSO.

The Telegraph

Can art and classical music meet in harmony?

A new touring performance, Graphic Scores, attempts to bridge the gap between classical music and art and get the creative juices flowing.

US orchestras are greedy and overpaid

The lock-out at the Minnesota Orchestra reveals a tale of greed, complacency – and salaries British players can only dream of says Ivan Hewett

Classic Brits: fundamentally tacky?

The Classic Brits know they have to stir a little ‘real’ classical music into the mix, to give themselves a fig-leaf of legitimacy, says Ivan Hewett.

The Times

Film composer is the big winner at Classical Brits

Hans Zimmer, whose work includes the soundtracks for Man Of Steeland The Dark Knight Rises, was named composer of the year at the Classical Brit awards on Tuesday.

Classic FM Online

Nicola Benedetti and Hans Zimmer defend Classic BRITs

Speaking on stage at Tuesday’s award ceremony, the evening’s big winners hit back at the BRITs’ critics. In a speech that will be broadcast to over a million people on ITV1 this Sunday evening, Benedetti spoke passionately about the event bringing classical music to everyone.

The New Yorker

Woman, Gays and Classical Music

Classical musicians have traditionally shied away from making political statements and have tended to cling to the illusion of an art that floats above politics, formally pure and spiritually aloof, says Alex Ross, but times are requiring them to change.

Calgary Herald

Calgary Philharmonic co-founder and champion of the arts, Dick Matthews, dies at 93

Philanthropist Richard Matthews, who helped found the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and also made significant contributions to Calgary Opera, Honens International Piano Competition, The Mount Royal. Conservatory and the University of Calgary, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 93.

Die Zeit

“Der Countertenor ist eine neue Art Mann”

Philippe Jaroussky ist einer der besten Sopranisten der Welt. Jetzt wagt er sich an die Arien des Kastraten Farinelli. Überwindet er damit die Männlichkeit? Ein Interview

Classic FM Online

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(Written on October 4, 2013 )

The Guardian

The Rest is Noise: here comes the 20th century

Gillian Moore, head of classical music at London’s Southbank Centre, introduces the first instalment of the year-long festival – and the work of Strauss, Mahler and Schoenberg

YouTube owner Google poised to take stake in Vevo

Deal thought to be worth about £42m for stake of close to 10% in music video website founded by Universal and Sony

The Economist

The Q&A: Alex Ross: Make some noise

Some sage once quipped that writing about music is about as edifying—and evocative—as dancing about architecture. Certainly most music criticism has a lifeless quality, packed with adjectives yet tuneless on the page.

Classic FM

Antonio Pappano receives Distinguished Musician Award

Previous recipients of the award, presented by the Incorporated Society of Musicians, include Pierre Boulez, Jacqueline du Pré, and Simon Rattle.

The Strad

Violinist crowdfunds chin rest 

Project to manufacture multi-adjustable model raises nearly $25,000 on Kickstarter

BBC News

Frank Zappa score joins The Rest is Noise classical festival 

A controversial orchestral film score by music legend Frank Zappa is to have its UK premiere as part of a major celebration of modern classical music.

Music Week

Sweden: Record sales rise again in 2012

Overall recorded music sales in Sweden in 2012 showed an increase of 14%, with 90% of all digital income coming from streaming services

Elizabeth Sobol appointed President and CEO of Decca USA

Universal Music Group International have appointed Elizabeth Sobol as president and CEO of the Decca Label Group, USA.

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The Strad

(Written on January 18, 2013 )

BBC News

Soloist Lukas Kmit Hits Right Note On Phone Intrusion.

Slovakian viola player Lukas Kmit reacted coolly when a mobile phone interrupted his recital at the Orthodox Synagogue in Presov, in Slovakia.

Independent

How Debussy Keys Into Japan.

In 1862 Claude Debussy was born in Paris: the biggest musical celebrations of 2012 will mark his 150th anniversary.

The Telegraph

Should Alfie Boe Be Knocking The Business That Made Him?

Rupert Christiansen is disappointed that singer Alfie Boe is showing ingratitude to his operatic roots.

Gramophone

From Darkness To Light: Music From A Prison Cell.

Mark-Anthony Turnage joins prisoners to create new work for the Cultural Olympiad.

The Guardian

Anthony Hopkins: ‘I’ve Never Really Been Close To Anyone’.

The actor on composing music, walking out on dictatorial film directors and why he moved to the US.

The Rest Is Noise: Southbank Festival To Celebrate Contemporary Classical Music.

London’s Southbank Centre to host year-long festival inspired by Alex Ross’s study of 20th-century classical music.

Tom Service On Death In Classical Music.

I can hear tubas. Am I about to die?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2012/jan/22/critics-notebook-tom-service

 

 

(Written on January 24, 2012 )

Alex Ross: The Rest is Noise

For Montserrat Figueras

Montserrat Figueras, soprano and wife of violist Jordi Savall has passed away aged sixty nine.

Daily Telegraph

Richard Tognetti: the top dogs from Down Under

Ivan Hewett talks to the director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra on their rise to global acclaim.

Opera Chic

Drei cheers for Alex Ross

Ross has been awarded the bi-annual Belmont Prize for contemporary music.

New York Times

Classical conducting? There’s an app for that

Jeffrey Kahane performed Mozart at Avery Fisher Hall from an iPad

 

(Written on November 24, 2011 )

New York Times

A Symphony of Floorboads, Pipes and Stairs

“You’re going to have a house, and the house makes music. When you get here, you’ll figure it out.” One of New Orleans’ most recent and innovative musical offerings

Slipped Disc: Norman Lebrecht

My Demo Choirmaster Wins…An International Emmy

‘Gareth Goes To Glyndebourne’ wins an Emmy

The New Yorker

The Long Haul

Alex Ross on Nico Muhly

The Independent

Yes: From Total Discord To Sweet Harmony

Bonnie Greer’s television run-in with Nick Griffin didn’t just provoke feverish debate – it was also the catalyst for a new opera

The Times

Bringing Bach To The Blackberry Generation

Richard Morrison on an exciting new approach to the St. Matthew Passion

 

 

 

(Written on November 22, 2011 )

LA Times

Music review: ‘Powaqqatsi’ at the Hollywood Bowl 

The full title of the second film in the “Qatsi” trilogy by director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass is “Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation.” The transformation was that of the southern hemisphere in the mid ’80s.

The Telegraph

Nigel Kennedy: My plan to put Vivaldi to an electro-beat

Violinist Nigel Kennedy tells about his new mixed-genre CD – and reveals the startling update he has in store for ‘The Four Seasons’ .

The Independent

Prom 60, Fray/Netherlands RPO/Zweden (Royal Albert Hall)

Bruckner and Mahler may attract the same kind of crowd, but as characters they have nothing in common.

Gramophone

New productions of Janáček, Mozart and Ravel in Glyndebourne’s 2012 line-up

Olympic summer season includes revival of Jonathan Kent’s The Fairy Queen

The New Yorker

Memories of Music at Auschwitz

Alex Ross discusses Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera “The Passenger,” a Holocaust drama that was completed in 1968 but had its stage première only last year.

 

(Written on September 1, 2011 )