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Classical News

In today’s news, the Guardian announces an old manuscript of Igor Stravinsky has been rediscovered and The Times reports of Jonas Kaufmann’s upcoming appearance at the Last Night of the Proms. Also interviews with viola star Maxim Rysanov and Tosca singer Elena Stikhina. As well as this, architect Christoph Nagel reveals his incredible project for a new concert hall in Munich.

The Guardian

Key Igor Stravinsky work found after 100 years

Stephen Walsh, a world expert on the composer, tells how lost score was found in piles of dusty manuscripts

Everyone’s talking about . . . Jonas Kaufmann at the Last Night of the Proms

Rule, Britannia! Or should that be, Herrsche, Gross Britannien!? Next weekend, the superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann becomes the first German singer to perform the patriotic anthem at the Last Night of the Proms.

Gramophone

Exclusive video: The Tallis Scholars pay tribute to Arvo Pärt on his 80th birthday

Admirers of Part’s music were given a special opportunity to appear in this special filmed tribute to the composer.

Amati Magazine

EDITOR’S LUNCH: Maxim Rysanov

The Ukrainian viola star Maxim Rysanov, celebrated for his sweet, powerful tone and his passion for commissioning new works, enjoys a Turkish feast with Jessica Duchen during the 2015 Istanbul Festival

Classical Music Magazine

Representation of women on Edexcel music syllabus: update

Student Jessy McCabe, who started a petition to ensure that women are represented on Edexcel’s next A-level music syllabus, has posted an update on the change.org page.

Klassik.com

Münchener Architekt schlägt unterirdischen Konzertsaal vor

Neuesten Medienberichten zufolge hat der Münchener Architekt Christoph Nagel den Bau eines unterirdischen Konzertsaals unter dem Königsplatz vorgeschlagen. Sein Entwurf sieht ein unterirdisches Musik- und Kulturzentrum vor, das “Kunst, Musik und Geschichte vereint und zugleich spektakuläre Architektur schafft”.

Codex Flores

Verloren geglaubte Strawsinky-Partitur aufgefunden

In einem Stapel alter Manuskripte ist im Konservatorium von St. Petersburg eine Partitur entdeckt worden, von der man glaubte, sie sei unwiederbringlich verloren. Es handelt sich um Strawinskys Grablied (Pogrebal’naya Pesnya) im Andenken an seinen Lehrer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakow.

Opernnetz.de

Vermittlerin der Gefühle

Die junge Elena Stikhina hatte nicht geplant, als Opernsängerin ihren Lebensunterhalt zu bestreiten, aber nun singt sie Rollen wie Tosca und Micaela. Auf diesem Weg versucht sie, das Publikum mit großen Gefühlen zu überwältigen – so wie es ihr selbst auch passiert ist.

The Washington Post

The piano: Keys of the future

A piano, it’s said, can emulate an entire orchestra: Its range extends from thunderous fortes to streams of liquid notes. Yet the majority of people who talk about piano sound today are talking about the sound of a single manufacturer: Steinway.

npr

An Unnoticed ‘Happy Birthday’ Draft Gives Singers A Simpler Tune

It may be the most famous song in the world — but you probably don’t know it by the name it was originally called. “Happy Birthday to You,” that little ditty that floats above cakes and candles the world over, was written by Mildred and Patty Hill, two sisters from Louisville, Ky.

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ClassicalToday : Violinist Arnaud Sussmann Awarded Paris Orchestra Play/Direct Prize

Radio Classique: Les étranges photos de à voir au jusqu’au 14 septembre

NYConcert Artists : 2016 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition – For Pianists & Violinists
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For several generations of musicians and music lovers, Steinway has come to represent the acme of piano sound. Photo credit: Scott Suchman for the WP.

 

(Written on September 7, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the great American composer you’ve never heard of, Gramophone award winners are announced and how videogame soundtracks have come to be released on vinyl.

Guardian

George Walker: the great American composer you’ve never heard of

The first African American to win the Pulitzer for music is celebrated for overcoming cultural prejudice, but his work is so good this should only be a sideshow to the main event of his compositions

The Megadrive megamix – how classic videogame soundtracks went from background noise to cratedigger gold

Digital composers of the 1990s pushed the console tech far beyond its natural limits to produce warped symphonies that are buried deep in the minds of millions. Now specialist labels are reissuing them on vinyl

Classical Music Magazine

Lise Davidsen wins Queen Sonja competition

Lise Davidsen took first place in this year’s Queen Sonja International Music Competition.

Gramophone award winners announced

The recordings which have won Gramophone Awards in each of the 12 main categories have been announced.

The Strad

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra appoints new violist Hyobi Sim

The Curtis Institute and Juilliard School graduate is an active chamber musician

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Jenseits aller Grenzen

Daniel Barenboim will mit seiner Staatskapelle Berlin nach Teheran reisen, um dort zur Unterzeichnung des von Israel heftig kritisierten Atomabkommens mit Iran ein Konzert zu geben. In Israel ist man darüber empört.             

Klassik.com

Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters kritisiert geplante Theaterreform in Thüringen

Die Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters hat im öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunk Stellung zu der von der Landesregierung geplanten Theaterreform in Thüringen Stellung genommen. Grütters zufolge werden in den Ländern Thüringen und auch Mecklenburg-Vorpommern die Bühnen zu stark für Sparmaßnahmen im Kulturbereich herangezogen.

Musik heute

Weltweit erfolgreich ohne Skandale – Zum Tod von Opernregisseur Nikolaus Lehnhoff

Noch im Mai hatte seine “Turandot”-Produktion zur Weltausstellung in Mailand an der Scala Premiere. Ob in Frankreich oder an der Metropolitan Opera in New York, in Zürich oder Amsterdam – Nikolaus Lehnhoff war einer der gefragtesten Regisseure.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Bernàcer Named S.F. Opera Resident Conductor

The role of resident conductor at the San Francisco Opera is to be assistant and second-in-command to Music Director Nicola Luisotti, helping with planning, rehearsals, and production and conducting both special events and several mainstage performances.

Christoph Lieben-Seutter on Building a Concert Hall for the Future 

Germany is well known for its brass-knuckles approach to austerity programs, especially for its less well-heeled, profligate neighbors. But in the last several years the country has suffered an embarrassing series of infrastructure debacles that suggest the need to look in the mirror.

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The Amati Magazine : Together with a Gramophone Award, some devastating news from a distinguished cellist

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN : Alright, female composers: step up this fall to @DetroitSymphony competition! Application details available soon!

Classic FM : A @realaled selfie to kick off the Ultimate Classic FM ! What will be number one?

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American composer George Walker
Credit: Mike Derer/Associated Press/ Guardian

(Written on August 28, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, middle-aged musicians are missing out, Classic FM’s reaction to the One Direction split and BBC Radio 3 launches Christmas Carol Competition.

Telegraph

Middle-aged musicians are missing out

Now is the best time in human history to be middle-aged. Fifty is the new forty, forty is the new thirty, and given that working life now extends to 70 and beyond, referring to 40 as middle-aged no longer feels right. It’s less than half-way through our working life.

One Direction split: Classic FM’s brilliant ‘everything you need to know’

Classic FM had possibly the best response to the One Direction split.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Radio 3 launches its Christmas Carol Competition

Composing opportunity returns for a second year – now’s your chance!

Gramophone

Exclusive Video: Anja Harteros records ‘O Patria mia’ from Verdi’s Aida

Behind-the-scenes as Harteros records with conductor Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome

The Strad

2015 ECHO Klassik awards for violinists David Garrett, Isabelle Faust and Nemanja Radulović

The violinists are among 58 winners honoured by the German record industry

Amati Magazine

Mullovas, mother and son, release albums on same day

The young British-born double bassist, composer and arranger Misha Mullov-Abbado releases his debut album, New Ansonia, this Thursday, 28 August – on the same day as his mother, the violinist Vikoria Mullova, sees the issue of her new CD of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2, Solo Sonata and Sonata for Two Violins (Onyx Classics).

Klassikakzente

ECHO Klassik 2015 – 60 Preisträger in 22 Kategorien

Der Bundesverband der Deutschen Musikindustrie hat die diesjährigen Gewinner des ECHO-Klassik bekannt gegeben. Darunter zahlreiche Künstler der Deutschen Grammophon.

Neue Musikzeitung

Lisa Streich und Matthew Kaner erhalten die Kompositionsaufträge der Roche Young Commissions 2017

Die Künstler Lisa Streich und Matthew Kaner sind von Wolfgang Rihm für die nächsten Kompositionsaufträge der Roche Young Commissions ausgewählt worden: Jeder der beiden Komponisten erhält damit einen Werkauftrag, der innerhalb von zwei Jahren komponiert, 2016 innerhalb der LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY geprobt und 2017 im Rahmen des Sommer-Festivals zu Uraufführung gebracht werden soll.

Klassik.com

Konrad-Wolf-Preis 2015 geht posthum an Christoph Schlingensief

Die Akademie der Künste Berlin vergibt den Konrad-Wolf-Preis 2015 posthum an den 2010 verstorbenen Christoph Schlingensief und das von ihm gegründete Operndorf in Burkina Faso.

San Francisco Classical Voice

How Your Smartphone Can Bring ‘Creative Disruption’ Into the Concert Hall

Fourth of a five-part series on classical music, new initiatives in marketing, and novel “audience engagement” tools.

Le Monde

La Russie réclame aux Etats-Unis les restes de Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov ne repose plus en paix. Soixante-douze ans après la mort du célèbre compositeur et pianiste inhumé à New York, en 1943, Moscou réclame les restes de son corps.

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Kat Brown @katbrown82: Further proof that music is a force for good (and that protest songs don’t need a tune)
BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: Yes, we know it’s still August, but our October issue is on sale today!
Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: NEWS: @theoae @OAENightShift awarded residency at legendary gay club night @duckielondon

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Mark Simpson – composer in residence for the BBC Philharmonic
Photo credit: Kaupo Kikkas

(Written on August 26, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Ivan Hewett reports on the problem with the opening night of the Proms, auto-translating opera glasses are tested out in Avignon and Alan Curtis dies.

The Telegraph

The problem with the First Night of the Proms

It’s the world’s greatest music festival – so why does it always get off to such a shoddy start, asks Ivan Hewett

The Guardian

Dadaville at the First Night of the Proms – and six great Proms premieres

In the spirit of the concert series’ opening night, Tom Service honours the long tradition of presenting new music at the Proms

Classical Music Magazine

Auto-translating opera glasses trialled at Avignon

The world’s first auto-translating opera glasses made their debut at this year’s Avignon Festival.

Alan Curtis, scholar, conductor and harpsichordist, dies aged 80

The American scholar, conductor and harpsichordist Alan Curtis (17 November 1934 – 15 July 2015) has died aged 80.

Classic FM

Sharks are a little less scary thanks to Joshua Bell and the London Symphony Orchestra

In an effort to boost the image of these endangered animals, the Discovery channel has commissioned a new piece of music to represent sharks – dialling down the terror and dialling up the majesty.

Die Zeit

Von Wölfen und Menschen

Die Wunderdunkelheit der Seele. Der schottische Installationskünstler Douglas Gordon zeigt mit “Neck of the Woods” Musiktheater in Manchester.

Klassik Akzent

Klassische Ouvertüren – Große Dirigenten der Wiener Philharmoniker

Die Wiener Philharmoniker sind eines der vornehmsten Orchester Europas. Jetzt legt Decca ein klassisches Album des Traditionsorchesters neu auf: bedeutende Ouvertüren von Mozart, Beethoven und Schubert.

Die Welt

Oper Frankfurt beendet Spielzeit mit Rekordergebnis

In der Saison 2014/15 hat die Oper Frankfurt/Main für rund 7,5 Millionen Euro Eintrittskartenverkauft, teilte das Opernhaus gestern mit.

Il Messaggero

Verdi, 82 lettere del maestro salvate grazie alle donazioni: rischiavano di andare perdute

«Caro Arrivabene, ieri sera Aida benissimo, esecuzione d’insieme e di parti buonissimo, mise en scène, idem, Stolz e Pandolfini benissimo, Waldman bene… Il pubblico le ha fatto buon viso.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Summertime and Musicals Are Easy (But with Substance) 

The season of musicals has arrived with a vengeance. Here we are taking a look at just two productions opening this week for long runs, one riding on Stephen Sondheim’s illuminating/devastating lyrics, the other a West End-Broadway sensation on tour.

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Maria Camahort @mariacamahort: Back home after two gigs with the quintet and at @ArtinAction1 !!! Great place to spend the day!! 🙂

Your Call… @yourcallopera Lisa waiting for the train to the first day of rehearsals – not long until the performances @teteateteopera!

The Amati Magazine @AmatiMagazine: …and @RichardBratby‘s visit to Newark became our most-viewed piece EVER in just three days.

First night of the Proms...The First Night of the Proms 2009 in the Royal Albert Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 17, 2009. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Opening night at the Proms

Photo: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

(Written on July 17, 2015 )