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In today’s news, the Royal College of Music’s Museum of Music is to receive a £3.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Birtwistle strikes gold again at annual British Composer Awards 2015. Also, The Times analyse how streaming boosts vinyl and CD sales, and The Guardian discuss why Shostakovich was a great communicator

The Guardian 

‘He speaks to us’: why Shostakovich was a great communicator

Shostakovich liked a joke. He also loved great Russian novels – and his love of wordplay is evident in his music, if you care to join the conversation. Composer and Shostakovich expert Gerard McBurney explains

Classical Music Magazine

RCM Museum to receive £3.6m from Heritage Lottery Fund

The Royal College of Music’s Museum of Music is to receive a £3.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to fund a three-year conservation and redevelopment programme

BBC Music Magazine

British Composer Awards 2015

Birtwistle strikes gold again at annual awards for new music

The Times

For the record: streaming boosts vinyl and CD sales

Video killed the radio star and the internet killed the CD, or so the theory goes

Classic FM

Alexandre Desplat and Ennio Morricone nominated for best original score at the Golden Globes

The music for Carol, The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight, Steve Jobs and The Revenant have all been nominated for best original score at the Golden Globes – the winner will be announced on 10th January 2016

Klavier.de

Alfred Brendel wird Ehrenmitglied der Wasmuth-Gesellschaft

Die Johannes-Wasmuth-Gesellschaft hat “in Würdigung seiner langjährigen Verbindung mit Johannes Wasmuth und dem Bahnhof Rolandseck” Alfred Brendel zum Ehrenmitglied ernannt

Pizzicato

Scala: Chailly von Regisseur beschimpft

Durch ein Online-Video wurde es publik: Nach wochenlangen Streitigkeiten über Sexszenen, die Chailly verurteilte, kam es zum Eklat nach der Premiere von ‘Giovanna d’Arco’ an der Mailänder Scala

Klassik.com

Sänger und Dirigent Herbert Prikopa gestorben

Der Sänger, Dirigent, Komponist und Moderator Herbert Prikopa ist im Alter von 80 Jahren nach schwerer Krankheit in Wien gestorben. Prikopa war fast 40 Jahre als Ensemblemitglied der Wiener Volksoper tätig

El Pais 

Tocar la guitarra en el aire… y que suene

Un aparato para amantes del ‘air guitar’ registra los movimientos y los hace sonar en el móvil

Scherzo

Opera XXI convoca un concurso de composición de ópera para público juvenil

Opera XXI, la Asociación de Teatros, Festivales y Temporadas Estables de Opera convoca el primer concurso de composición de ópera dirigida al público juvenil (12-16 años)

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Arts Council England“Set up to take great art and culture to people wherever they are, whoever they are”

Family Arts CampaignFamily Audiences: what have we learned? Evaluation of Family Arts Campaign released today:

Sinfini Music: How well do you know festive music? We think ‘s quiz is one of the hardest ever!

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Dmitri Shostakovich, working at his piano in 1950. Photograph: Sovfoto/Universal Images Group/Rex/The Guardian

 

(Written on December 11, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Facing the music: Noah Stewart

Nat King Cole, Nina Simone and New York City – tenor Noah Stewart on his musical passions on and off the stage

The pitfalls and perks of playing a concert hall piano

The tone and touch of a piano might be terrific or terrible, so how does a performer prepare? Pianist Boris Giltburg describes the keyboard of his dreams

The Times

10 things to know about Simon Rattle’s new concert hall

As debate rages about whether London needs a new £200m venue to keep up with the best in Europe, Richard Morrison conducts his own feasibility study

The Strad

Frank Peter Zimmermann forced to hand back ‘Lady Inchiquin’ Stradivarius

The violinist, who turns 50 this Friday, is attempting to buy the instrument, which was previously on loan from failed bank WestLB AG

International Arts Manager

Digital marketing for the arts discussed in free session

The secrets of digital success are being shared at The Art of Digital, a free workshop aimed at arts organisations hosted by arts administration specialists Spektrix and digital agency AD.

Süddeutsche.de

Rattles Wunschkonzert

Diskussion um neue Tonhalle für London

Berliner Zeitung

Berliner Straßenchor feiert mit „Straßen-Carmina“ Premiere

Der Berliner Straßenchor ist ein Chor für Menschen ohne Wohnung, ohne Arbeit, Menschen mit Behinderung, Drogenabhängige oder Prostituierte.

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Businessplan für Bonner Beethoven-Festspielhaus vorgestellt

Zwar ist noch nicht gewusst, welcher Architekt das Beethoven-Festspielhaus in Bonn bauen wird, aber der Bau, der komplett privat finanziert werden soll, hat jetzt bereits einen Businessplan, der die Wirtschaftlichkeit des Unternehmens voraussagt.

Classicalite

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Whiplash’ Top Contenders at Oscars, Alexandre Desplat Wins Best Original Score

Now with the Oscars at a close, the results proved to be a normal get together of acting talent abound.

nprmusic

Composing The Folk Music Of A Made-Up Country

Composer Alexandre Desplat is competing against himself in this year’s Oscars: He’s up for two awards in the category of Best Original Score.

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Intermusica ‏@IntermusicaLtd :@colincurrieperc & Pavel Haas Quartet at @wigmore_hall at the weekend – more photos here http://ow.ly/Jz1OS 

Bachtrack ‏@bachtrack : Strongly cast revival of Die Zauberflöte at @royaloperahouse @JanaiBrugger @tobyspence

Royal College Music @RCMLatest: Congrats to RCM pianist Luka Okrostsvaridze, chosen for the #TillettTrust‘s Young Artists’ Platform with a recital @wigmore_hall in December

NEWS 24th Piano

‘The finest pianos achieve the best results’ … Boris Giltburg. Photograph: Sasha Gusov

(Written on February 24, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Simon Rattle is waving his baton at the wrong cause

The charismatic conductor may get his way with a new concert hall, but classical music’s problems lie elsewhere, in Britain’s music education funding

Telegraph

Jonas Kaufmann: classical music industry is run like an artistic ‘catastrophe’

The world-famous tenor says that he and his colleagues feel as though they are in ‘straight-jackets’

Classic FM

Oscars 2015 winners: Alexandre Desplat wins Best Original Score

French composer Alexandre Desplat has won an Oscar for Best Original Score, beating off competition from Hans Zimmer.

Sinfini Music

Swipe left – Don Giovanni is on Tinder

Audiences will be encouraged to stalk characters online during a new production of Don Giovanni, which sees Mozart’s opera reimagined for the age of social media.

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pickett handed 11-year sentence for historic offences

Philip Pickett, the recorder player and early music ensemble leader, has been jailed for 11 years in relation to historic sex offences which occurred in the 1970s and 80s during his time as a freelance teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Der Tagesspiegel

Lauschen wie Gott in Frankreich

Beim Gastspiel von Simon Rattle und den Berliner Philharmonikern in der neuen, von Jean Nouvel erbauten Philharmonie de Paris erweist sich die Akustik des 2400-Plätze-Saales als überwältigend.

Da lag Musike drin

DDR-Opernstar Reiner Süß ist tot

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DRUMS4PEACE

Weltrekordversuch auf der Musikmesse: 1.000 Schlagzeuger gesucht

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Putin-Regierung kürzt Subventionen für Orchester und Opernhäuser um 10%

Die staatliche Unterstützung in Form von Zuschüssen der Regierung der Russischen Föderation für nicht-staatliche Orchester und Opernhäuser wird in diesem Jahr um 10% gekürzt.

Berliner Philharmoniker wählen am 11. Mai Rattles Nachfolger

Am 11. Mai 2015 wählen die Berliner Philharmoniker den Nachfolger von Simon Rattle.

The New York Times

‘Birdman’ Captures Best Picture Oscar

Academy Awards: ‘Birdman’ Wins Best Picture Oscar

Le Monde

Le trompettiste de jazz Clark Terry est mort

Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, gagman merveilleux d’une élégance folle, musicien supérieur, le trompettiste Clark Terry est mort le 15 février 2015 des suites d’un diabète avancé qui avait obligé à une double amputation des jambes en 2012.

El Mundo

‘Federico no se podría creer esto’

El director y compositor estrena este martes en el Teatro Real su versión operística de ‘El público’, la obra maldita de Lorca, que recibió como encargo de Gerard Mortier.

Twitter

Classicalite @Classicalite: What has Changed for Musicians Since Re-Establishing Ties With #Cuba? http://www.classicalite.com/articles/17457/20150220/what-changed-musicians-establishing-ties-cuba.htm …

Klassik.com @klassikcom: Zwei zweite Plätze bei Solti-Dirigentenwettbewerb http://klassik.com/?bfyY1  #Musikwettbewerb #Dirigent #Solti

Klassik.com @klassikcom:Frank-Peter Zimmermann gibt Stradivari zurück http://klassik.com/?rDi83  #Geige #Violine#Stradivari

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(Written on February 23, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

New concert halls – the good, the bad, and the rumours

Jonathan Nott’s move to Geneva will coincide with a new concert hall for the city, Jansons battles on for a hall in Munich fit for his world-class orchestra; and if rumours are to be believed, a similar project might help lure Rattle back to the UK….

Classic FM

Alexandre Desplat wins Bafta for Grand Budapest Hotel score

French composer Alexandre Desplat has won the Original Music Bafta award, beating off competition from Hans Zimmer.

Gramophone

Alan Gilbert to leave the New York Philharmonic

Another major orchestra begins the search for a new music director

BBC Arts and Entertainment

World premiere of Vivaldi’s earliest known work

The newly-discovered earliest known work by Italian baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi is being premiered at a concert on Monday in Florence, at the city’s renowned Uffizi art museum.

‘Phantom of the Opera’ arrested in police chase

An audience member has been arrested at the Vienna State Opera for persistently sneaking into more expensive seats.

Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin

Sagen Sie jetzt nichts, Gregory Porter

Der Jazz-Sänger über seine größte Schwäche, ein imaginäres Treffen mit Nat King Cole und seine Ballonmütze.

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‘Neue Stimmen’-Wettbewerb startet in die Edition 2015

Junge Operntalente aus aller Welt können sich bis zum 31. März 2015 für den Internationalen Gesangswettbewerb ‘Neue Stimmen’ der Bertelsmann Stiftung bewerben.

Klassik.com

Thomas Quasthoff debütiert in Verbier als Dirigent

Nach Aufgabe der Gesangskarriere 2012 nun Wechsel der Profession

Musik Heute

Düsseldorfer Symphoniker: Ádám Fischer wird Erster Konzertdirigent – Alexandre Bloch Principal Guest Conductor

Ádám Fischer wird ab der Saison 2015/16 Erster Konzertdirigent der Düsseldorfer Symphoniker.

The New York Times

Voices Fresh and Familiar at the Grammy Awards

Grammy Winners 2015: Beck, Sam Smith, Pharrell and Beyoncé Thrive

Le Figaro

Pumeza Matshikiza, la Callas des townships

Avec sa voix chaude, son timbre de velours et son vibrato élégant, l’artiste sud-africaine a tout d’une star lyrique en devenir.

Twitter

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: And the classical Grammy winners are… http://bit.ly/1DVyAxh

Klassik.com @klassikcom: WestLB-Sammlung soll mit Stiftung und Sponsoren gerettet werden http://klassik.com/?4sU33  #Kulturpolitik #Geige #Stradivari

KlassikAkzente @klassikakzente: Anfang Februar hat das Warten ein Ende! Wir zeigen einen ersten Einblick in The French Collection von Piotr Beczala https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u6rcTnqBOM …

Pumeza Matshikiza Photo: Le Figaro

Pumeza Matshikiza
Photo: Le Figaro

(Written on February 9, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

La Philharmonie de Paris: is this a new musical and social future for Paris?

The controversial concert hall might not have been quite finished and its architect might have elected to stay away from the opening concert, but it still sounded amazing, reports Tom Service

The Times

The Paris Philharmonie beats any concert hall in London

In a week of funerals and post-mortems, France desperately needs a mood lifter. However, the question is whether the Philharmonie de Paris concert hall will provide it.

Classic FM

Oscar nominations: Alexandre Desplat leads nominations for best soundtrack

The nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Score have been announced.

BBC Music Magazine

Vote in the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015!

Choose the best classical recordings of 2014

Gramophone

Video: the launch of Ólafur Arnalds’s Chopin Project – with a twist at the end!

Pianist Alice Sara Ott and composer Ólafur Arnalds show some surprising hidden talents…

Zeit Online

In der Kapelle brennt noch Licht

Vor 500 Jahren begann die Entwicklung der Orchester in Deutschland. Jetzt wurden sie als immaterielles Unesco-Weltkulturerbe geadelt.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Eine Provokation der Muslime ist das nicht

In dem kleinen Theater „Ciné13“ auf dem Montmartre war seit längerem ein Theaterstück über die Liebe zwischen einer Niederländerin und einem Jemeniten geplant. Nun ist es vorzeitig abgesetzt worden.

Die Welt

Ein Fanal für die Freiheit im Namen der Künste

Acht Tage früher hätte Frankreichs Präsident einfach einen schönen, langersehnten Konzertsaal eröffnet. Jetzt weihte Francois Hollande die neue Pariser Philharmonie als stolzes Symbol der Kunst ein.

Musik Heute

“Akademie Musiktheater heute” startet 15. Stipendien-Ausschreibung

Studenten und Berufsanfänger können sich vom (heutigen) Donnerstag an um ein Stipendium der “Akademie Musiktheater heute” bewerben.

El Mundo

Nouvel boicotea su obra

El Premio Pritzker no asiste a la apertura de ‘su’ Filarmónica de París por no respetarse las pruebas de acústica que cree necesarias.

Twitter

Alexandra Coghlan ‏@AlexaCoghlan: What’s new classical soap Mozart in the Jungle really like? @dfordalrymple tells it like it is http://bit.ly/1ubUFCB

London Symphony Orch @londonsymphony: Back on it this morning: rehearsals for Sunday’s concert are go. A warm welcome to Xian Zhang and Valentina Lisitsa http://bit.ly/17ODAtY 

Help Musicians UK ‏@HelpMusiciansUK: What do you love about #HelpMusiciansUK? Take a look back over our highlights http://bit.ly/1sxBiIL 

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The opening concert at the Paris Philharmonie
Photo: Charles Platiau / AFP / Getty Images

(Written on January 16, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Dame Fanny Waterman retires from Leeds Piano competition

The co-founder, chair and artistic director of the prestigious competition steps down from her position, aged 95.

Telegraph

Manuscript showing ‘birth’ of 1,000 years of choral music discovered

The earliest practical example of polyphonic music has been discovered on the bottom of a manuscript at the British Library

The Times

Alexandre Desplat: ‘Angelina knows very quickly what she wants’

Alexandre Desplat, Hollywood’s go-to composer, is picky about directors, but when Angelina Jolie called he had to say oui.

Classical Music Magazine

Classic FM’s Darren Henley appointed Arts Council England chief executive

Classic FM managing director Darren Henley is to succeed Alan Davey as chief executive of Arts Council England. Davey starts as controller of Radio 3 in January, replacing Roger Wright.

BBC Music Magazine

Radio 3 Christmas carol competition finalists announced

Hear all six shortlisted carols performed by the BBC Singers

The Strad

Germany’s ‘orchestral landscape’ recognised by UNESCO as ‘intangible cultural heritage’

The move follows years of orchestral mergers and closures throughout the country

Zeit Online

Deutschlands Puls in BPM

Von VW-Ingenieuren zu Techno-DJs: Wie elektronische Musik das Selbstverständnis der Berliner Republik geprägt und Deutschlands Bild in der Welt verändert hat

Pizzicato

Karel Mark Chichon erwägt Gerichtsverfahren wegen Anomalien bei Postenbesetzung in Sevilla

Nachdem die Leitung der Oper in Sevilla dem spanischen Dirigenten Pedro Halffter und das Symphonieorchester dem Amerikaner John Axelrod anvertraut wurden, erwägt nun ein leer ausgegangener Kandidat gerichtliche Schritte.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wie Rot klingt

Der junge Schweizer Baritonsaxophonist Matthias Tschopp durchwandert auf musikalischem Wege die Werke Joan Mirós.

Codex Flores

Bilanz 13/14 von Konzert Theater Bern

Konzert Theater Bern hat in der Saison 2013/14 die Gesamtzuschauerzahl im Vergleich zur Vorjahressaison um mehr als sechs Prozent gesteigert.

Le Monde

L’Hôtel de Ville met la Philharmonie au régime

Contesté par la Mairie de Paris depuis l’élection d’Anne Hidalgo, le 30 mars, le budget de fonctionnement annuel de la Philharmonie de Paris, qui doit ouvrir ses portes le 14 janvier 2015, vient de subir un sérieux coup de rabot.

Twitter

MusicSalesClassical ‏@MSClassical: Loving @GramophoneMag cartoon summary of major events of 2014. Judith Weir + corgi! http://www.gramophone.co.uk/sites/default/files/september.jpg …

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest: In this @Telegraph article RCM Composition for Screen prof @vascohexel explains why #Frozen‘s Let It Go is so popular http://bit.ly/1AajsMS 

Boosey & Hawkes ‏@Boosey_NewYork: Looking ahead—celebrations planned worldwide for Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday http://www.boosey.com/cr/news/Leonard-Bernstein-at-100-Looking-Ahead-to-2018/100536 …

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The yard of the Philharmonic, Paris, 19 March 2014 Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

(Written on December 17, 2014 )

Gramophone

Taylor Swift donates $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra

The singer-songwriter makes a birthday gift

The Guardian

Synthesisers are killing film and TV music, say British composers

Carl Davis and Christopher Gunning claim synthesised orchestras are preferred to the real thing to save money

Classic FM Online

John Williams, Alexandre Desplat and more on soundtrack Oscar longlist

Soundtrack legends and newcomers alike have made the long list for the soundtrack category at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony, due to take place in February

Vote For The Best Classical Music Education Initiative

The Best Classical Music Education Initiative will honour an education project which has used classical music in an innovative way, shown musical excellence and had a positive impact on a significant number of participants

Pianist plays Chopin in front of Ukraine riot police

An unnamed pianist has been playing the works of Chopin in front of riot police in Ukraine

Salon

Was Wagner inspired by migraines?

Three German researchers present evidence that the German composer interwove his headache pain into his operas

The National

Pandit Jasraj brings his Mewati style of Hindustani classical music to Dubai

A conversation about Indian classical music is incomplete without the mention of Pandit Jasraj, one of India’s top classical musicians who represents the Mewati style of Hindustani classical music

Ria novosti

Kurgan Greets Sochi Olympic Flame with Classical Music

On Sunday December 15th, strains of Verdi and Tchaikovsky greeted the Sochi Olympic Flame in the Russian city of Kurgan

Daily Inter Lake

Bionic musician: Miraculous cure restores oboist’s ability to make music

When the Glacier Symphony conductor cues principal oboe player Reid Merley to blow an A — that unmistakable standard pitch by which the orchestra tunes — Merley is in perfect control of the note

Der Tagesspiegel

Die neue Kulturstaatsministerin

Mit Monika Grütters als neuer Kulturstaatsministerin folgt auf den Machtmenschen Bernd Neumann eine Frau, die aus der Kultur kommt. Die Wahlberlinerin wird in der Szene für Kompetenz und Begeisterungsfähigkeit geschätzt

Classic FM Online

(Written on December 16, 2013 )

The Guardian

How we made the Beethoven’s 9th Symphony app

The mind behind this immersive classical music app tells story of its design, development and delivery.

The Independent

Proms star soloist Joyce Donato to sing for ‘voices silenced’ over gay rights

The star soloist for this year’s Last Night of the Proms will dedicate performance of ‘Over the Rainbow’ to LGBT community.

The New York Times

Minnesota Orchestra Musicians Reject Latest Contract Offer

The labor standoff that cost the Minnesota Orchestra its entire last season was extended when the players voted to reject the latest contract offer put forward by management. Music director Osmo Vanska has threatened to resign if November’s Carnegie Hall concerts are cancelled.

Otago Daily Times

Violinist may take a bow on skis too

Violinist Vanessa-Mae had her first competitive ski race in New Zealand last week as preparation for representing Thailand in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The Japan Times

Rare tapes of classical greats found

Rare recordings by famous visiting classical musicians broadcast in the 1950s and ’60s, including a performance by cellist Mstislav Rostropovich on his first trip to Japan, have been found in the archives of Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings Inc.

Classic FM Online

Alexandre Desplat to compose new Godzilla score

The french composer of the music for The King’s Speech and the Harry Potter films will write the soundtrack for the forthcoming Godzilla movie, due for release in May 2014.

Gramophone

Obituary: John Whitworth, countertenor

The British countertenor instrumental in bringing about a resurgence of high male singing in the mid-20th century has died at the age of 91.

Crescendo

Live-Stream: ARD Musikwettbewerb 2013

Vom 8. bis 20. September überträgt der ARD Musikwettbewerb live die Semifinal- und Finalkonzerte im Internet. Insgesamt bewarben sich für den 62. Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD 371 Instrumentalistinnen und Instrumentalisten sowie Ensembles aus 48 Ländern und vier Kontinenten in den Kategorien Violine, Viola, Fagott und Klaviertrio.

The Guardian

The Guardian

 

 

(Written on September 6, 2013 )