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In today’s news Richard Morrison asks if playing from memory is a gimmick or a bold feat of collective virtuosity ahead of the Aurora Orchestra’s BBC Proms concerts. Lesley Garrett is to record an appeal for Help Musicians UK, which will be broadcast on Radio 4 this month. Also, Tête à Tête opera festival announces it’s 2015 season including 40 new works to be performed throughout the three weeks.

Guardian

The National’s Bryce Dessner on the American landscapes that inspire him

Ahead of a concert series in London of new music exploring the American musical landscape, the musician selects seven works that provide fertile ground for his imagination

Telegraph

Christian Gerhaher: the most moving singer in the world

Ahead of his unmissable UK dates, German baritone Christian Gerhaher is mercifully modest, finds Rupert Christiansen

The Times

Richard Morrison: Is playing from memory a party trick or a musical revelation?

A gimmick or a bold feat of collective virtuosity?

Classical Music Magazine

Lesley Garrett records appeal for Help Musicians UK

Opera singer Lesley Garrett CBE is recording an appeal for Help Musicians UK, to be broadcast on Radio 4 in May.

Tête à Tête announces 2015 opera festival

Tête à Tête has unveiled the programme for its 2015 opera festival, which will feature more than 100 performances and 40 new works over the course of three weeks.

Die Welt

Ausschuss prüft Kostenexplosion bei Staatsoper

Alles wird teurer und dauert länger: Die Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper entwickelt sich ähnlich wie Hamburgs Elbphilharmonie. Jetzt soll ein Untersuchungsausschuss das Debakel aufklären.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Der Junge mit der Posaune

Der Kranzberger Felix Schlüter hat den Jugendkulturpreis des Landkreises gewonnen. Für sein Instrument, die Bassposaune, braucht er einen langen Atem – und auch für seine Traumkarriere.        

pizzicato

Neue, kostenlose ‘Opera Platform’ ist online

Ab dem heutigen 8. Mai gibt es für europäische Internetnutzer eine neue Online-Opernplattform.

The Irish Times

Béla Bartók: how music broadened the mind of a ‘nationalist’ composer

The innovative musician’s biographer traces his journey from Hungarian patriot to a synthesiser of not just folk and classical music but also of neighbouring cultures

JDCMB

Breaking news: rising star decamps from Royal Ballet

The ballerina Melissa Hamilton is to leave Covent Garden for a year in order to work with the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden during 2016, as a principal dancer.

Twitter

Sam Jackson ‏@classicjacko: What would a Conservative majority mean for music? Here’s @NickFerrariLBC‘s @ClassicFM interview with David Cameron: http://www.classicfm.com/music-news/david-cameron-music-education/ …

Manchester Camerata @MancCamerata: OUR 2015-16 SEASON ANNOUNCED! Booking opens Monday at 10am through @BridgewaterHall http://bit.ly/KUY1Sx  #LookingForSound #Redefining

(Written on May 8, 2015 )

Classic FM Online

Cricket ‘choir’ sounds like human voices

A ‘choir of crickets’ that sounds like humans singing has divided the critics after a Soundcloud clip has surfaced online

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain announces 2014 players

Following two rounds of auditions over eight weeks in Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol and London, 165 new players have been admitted to the National Youth Orchestra 2014

Gramilano

Riccardo Muti’s Ernani cancelled amid chaos at Rome Opera

Massive job losses are expec­ted at Rome Opera after it was announced that the theatre would go into receiv­er­ship after debts of 29 mil­lion euros ($39m) at the end of 2011. As the recent Bray Law states that if a theatre goes into receiv­er­ship, 50% of admin­is­trat­ive and tech­nical posts must be axed, the uni­ons are on the side of theatre dir­ector Catello De Mar­tino for maybe the first time

The Guardian

Antony Gormley: sculpting a new South Bank

Built in 1951, the Southbank Centre is an architectural landmark that attracts 25m visitors a year. But will it survive another 50 years? Sculptor Antony Gormley on why bulldozing the site would be better than the planned revamp

WQXR

Top Five Expressions of Thanks in Classical Music

There are compositional conventions for strong emotions and passions, such as love, anger, glee, and sorrow. Giving thanks, though, requires a bit more nuance—a challenge for any skilled composer. Luckily, as we prepare for Thanksgiving, there have been plenty of composers up to the task, especially in the five pieces that follow

Arts Journal

A respected Italian maestro has died

Angelo Campori, an associate of Leonard Bernstein who conducted at the Met and the Vienna Opera, has died aged 79

Winter woes: Conductor tosses lozenges at coughing Chicago audience

On Saturday night, Michael Tilson Thomas … went offstage and emerged with two large handfuls of loose cough lozenges, which he tossed underhanded into the main floor audience seats

Alberto Vilar is being held in a cell with no heating, books or music

The convicted fraudster and former opera philanthropist is being held while a judge hears his appeal against having his bail revoked, suddenly and without good reason

Die Welt

Klavier und Kitsch sind ziemlich beste Freunde

Früher hatte der Komponist Ludovico Einaudi den Respekt der Avantgarde. Bis er anfing, sentimentale Stücke und Soundtracks zu schreiben. Nun lieben ihn nur noch die Massen. Ein Besuch in Mailand

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on November 26, 2013 )