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In today’s news, Vienna celebrates the 150th anniversary of Strauss’ Donauwaltz, and an insight into the role classical crossovers play in radio broadcasting. A classical revolution is arising in Madras, and Mandy Parnell surfaces as a hidden powerhouse influence in modern music. The Grammys tackle race politics from last weekend’s award ceremony, and the Vienna Philharmonic plays an homage to Schubert.

The Guardian

Master blaster: the woman making Björk, Aphex Twin and Eno sound so good

Parnell is one of the country’s leading mastering engineers, and this is where the likes of the Chemical Brothers, Max Richter and Brian Eno come to hear their finished tracks. Parnell has polished a huge number of albums here including, last year, Jamie xx’s In Colour and Aphex Twin’s Syro.

Classical Music Magazine

Chamber concert in aid of Arco project

Students at Birmingham Conservatoire are holding a chamber music concert later this month in aid of the Arco (Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music & Birmingham Conservatoire) project, which sees strings students aged between eight and 16 in South Africa participate in weekly instrumental Skype lessons given by academics, current students and alumni of Birmingham Conservatoire.

The Washington Post

Do the Grammys have a race problem? No, their president says — they’re like Trump’s election

The Grammys’ race problem followed the awards show all the way to the stage this year, when a white singer once again beat an acclaimed black artist for the top honor — but this time called attention to the fact.

BBC News

How an Indian maestro is taking classical music to the masses

India’s southern Indian city of Chennai (Madras) is witnessing a musical revolution of sorts.

The Harvard Press

Warner Free Lecture: The ‘other’ sounds of nature in music

Explosive, turbulent, violent—these are not the usual words to describe classical music inspired by the sounds of nature. And yet, by contrast, their musical presence adds richness to the perfect pitch of the hermit thrush’s song, the jazz riffs depicting clouds, the rhythmic sound of the surf at the seaside, and more.


Wien feiert 150-jähriges Jubiläum des Donauwalzers von Johann Strauss

Die Johann-Strauss-Gesellschaft Wien hat eine Feier zum 150-jährigen Jubiläum des sogenannten Donauwalzers von Johann Strauss (Sohn) ausgerichtet.

neue musikzeitung

Eine kleine Tagesbegleitmusik

Was Crossover für klassische Musik in öffentlich-rechtlichen Kulturradios bedeutet


Interview Daniel Barenboim

Man kann seine Visionen wie ein Prophet in die Welt hinaustragen, man kann sie aber auch ganz einfach verwirklichen. Daniel Barenboim gehört zu letztgenannter Spezies: als genialer Pragmatiker, der seine Kräfte und Mittel dazu nutzt, seine Ideen in die Wirklichkeit umzusetzen.

The New York Times

Highlights From the Met Opera’s 2017-18 Season

A starry new production of “Tosca”; the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s “The Exterminating Angel,” based on a Buñuel film; and a Mozart work set in Coney Island are among the highlights of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 season.

The Vienna Philharmonic Remembers Schubert

Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, nicknamed “Unfinished,” forms the centerpiece of a three-part concert series by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra that opens on Friday, Feb. 24.


Classical Music News Vienna remembers Jewish roots of its most famous tune

Music History  in 1884 FP of ‘s Orchestral Suite No. 2, in Moscow.


Image: BBC News

(Written on February 16, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news a man has been charged with murder after Natalia Strelchenko was found dead of head and neck injuries. The Guardian looks inside Max Richter’s vinyl collection and answer the question: why does music give us chills? Also, Chi-chi Nwanoku talks to Jessica Duchen about the launch of Europe’s first professional orchestra of black and minority ethnic musicians.


Inside Max Richter’s vinyl collection: Aphex Twin, Bach, Grouper and more

In the lead-up to the release of his eight-hour lullaby album, Sleep, the composer creates a playlist of some his favourite music, from noise-rockers Girl Band to Aphex Twin

Why does music give us chills? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Every day, millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries


Chineke! Europe’s first professional orchestra of black and minority ethnic musicians launches

Its founder double-bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku talks to Jessica Duchen

Classic FM

Man charged with murder of pianist Natalia Strelchenko and attempted murder of teenager

John Martin has been charged with murder after Natalia Strelchenko was found dead of head and neck injuries. Martin is understood to be Strelchenko’s partner.

Classical Music Magazine

ROSL ARTS director dies after being hit by bus

Roderick Lakin, director of ROSL ARTS since 1984, died on 28 August from head injuries suffered when he was struck by a bus.

BR Klassik

“Barockmusik hat immer gerockt”

Mittwoch Abend startet in Füssen die 13. Ausgabe des Festivals “vielsaitig”, künstlerisch verantwortet vom Kölner Verdi Quartett. Unter dem Motto “BaRock” wollen die Veranstalter eine Brücke schlagen von der Barockmusik hin zur modernen Rockmusik.

Musik heute

MDR Sinfonieorchester blickt musikalisch nach Süden

Das MDR Sinfonieorchester stellt die Spielzeit 2015/16 unter das Motto “Go South”. Damit komplettiert Chefdirigent Kristjan Järvi den in den Vorjahren unternommenen Blick in die vier Himmelsrichtungen, teilte der MDR am Dienstag in Leipzig mit.

Pianistin Natalia Strelchenko in ihrer Wohnung getötet

Die norwegisch-russische Pianistin Natalia Strelchenko ist mutmaßlich Opfer eines Gewaltverbrechens geworden. Die Musikerin war am vergangenen Wochenende mit schweren Kopf- und Halsverletzungen in ihrem Haus in Manchester gefunden worden.

France Musique

Amine Bouhafa remporte le prix France Musique – Sacem de la musique de film 2015

Le compositeur Amine Bouhafa a remporté mardi 2 septembre le 9ème prix France Musique – Sacem de la musique de film pour sa bande originale de “Timbuktu”, réalisé par Abderrahmane Sissako.

The New York Times

Nikolaus Lehnhoff, German Opera Director, Dies at 76

Nikolaus Lehnhoff, a German opera director who staged “Salome” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Wagner’s “Ring” cycle in San Francisco in the 1980s, but who was best known for his productions in Europe, died on Aug. 22 at his home in Berlin. He was 76.


Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_Essential operas for 205/16 from our friends @theartsdesk 

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest : Join @PeterStark16 & the RCM Phil for our first #OrchestralMasterworks concert, 4 weeks today 

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nwanoku-richmondIts founder double-bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku talks to Jessica Duchen. Photo: Independent

(Written on September 2, 2015 )