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In today’s news: Igor Levit wins the Gilmore Award. Robert Mann has died. Christoph von Dohnányi will take over a new Salome Production at the Berlin Staatsoper. A new electronic organ is being installed at the Vatican. The Bayrische Staatsoper is celebrating 100 years Staatsoper and 200 years National theatre. A piece on cultural heritage in europe and an article with Gustavo Dudamel on Venezuela and music.

The Spectator

Debussy, Tippett and Wagner: the musical treats of 2018

Events that are due to take place in the months to come, most notably the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Debussy Festival.

Gramophone

Igor Levit receives 2018 Gilmore Artist Award

The prestigious award, worth $300,000, goes to 2016’s Gramophone Recording of the Year winner.

Bury Times

Talented young musicians fundraise for CAFOD at festive concert 

The group, compromising of 28 children played a special seasonal concert last December.

The Guardian

How Mongolia went wild for opera

Discover the reason why so many Mongolians are winning international singing awards.

Digital streaming behind biggest rise in UK music sales for 2 decades

Platforms such as Apple Music and Spotify plus renaissance in vinyl records help fuel fastest annual growth since 1998.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera House tenor rejects ‘in your face’ sexual violence against women on stage

Michael Fabiano resists demands to perform sexually violent scenes on stage and argues the treatment of women in productions should better reflect the modern world.

NPR

Robert Mann, A Founder Of The Juilliard String Quartet, Has Died

Robert Mann, a violinist and one of the founders of the Juilliard String Quartet, died on Monday at home in Manhattan. He was 97 years old.

Musik Heute

Dohnányi übernimmt für Mehta Berliner “Salome”

Bei der Neuproduktion von Richard Strauss’ “Salome” an der Berliner Staatsoper übernimmt Christoph von Dohnányi die musikalische Leitung. 

Klassik.com

Petersdom: Elektronische Orgel ersetzt bisherige Pfeifenorgel

Der Vatikan setzt im Petersdom auf Digitalisierung: bei großen Ereignissen erklingt statt der traditionellen Pfeifenorgel künftig ein digitales Instrument.

Klassik-heute

GMD Kirill Petrenko leitet zwei “Ring”-Zyklen an der Bayerischen Staatsoper

In diesem Jahr begeht die Bayerische Staatsoper zwei Jubiläen: 100 Jahre Bayerische Staatsoper und 200 Jahre Nationaltheater. 

Berliner Zeitung

Kulturerbejahr Europa, Kontinent der Möglichkeiten 

Vor drei Tagen begann das Europäische Kulturerbejahr unter dem Motto „Sharing Heritage“. Am 8. Januar wird in Hamburg die nationale Auftaktveranstaltung zu diesem internationalen Großprojekt stattfinden.

El Mundo

Gustavo Dudamel: “Me duele el conflicto entre hermanos en Venezuela”

Gustavo Dudamel (Barquisimeto, 1981) está en medio de muchos frentes. Por un lado, tiene que lidiar con la responsabilidad de ser el director de orquesta más candente del momento […]

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(Written on January 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: David Lewis leaves Opera Australia after child sexual abuse allegations, classical music events app Jubal goes online, ECM Records makes entire catalogue available on streaming platforms. Also, San Francisco Opera presents the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West, Brexit-Big-Band goes on tour and the French organist Michel Chapius is dead.

The Guardian

Singer David Lewis leaves Opera Australia after child sexual abuse charges

Allegations against 58-year-old tenor and longstanding member of nation’s top opera company date back to the 1990s.

BBC Music Magazine

ECM launches entire catalogue to major streaming platforms

Having previously resisted making their content available on streaming services, ECM Records have now launched on Apple Music, Spotify and more.

Opera Wire

British Opera Director Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Sexual harassment scandals continue the opera world as British theater and opera director Ramin Gray has been accused of sexually molesting a number of actresses.

Classical Music

Classical music events app launched

The new Jubal app allows users to access details of classical music concerts involving specific artists, venues and dates.

Delia Derbyshire honoured with posthumous PhD

Delia Derbyshire, best known as creator of the Doctor Who theme tune, will be awarded an honorary PhD from Coventry University for her contribution to electronic music.

The Herald

Former RSNO chief to lead Los Angeles Philharmonic

The former chief executive of Scotland’s national orchestra is to lead one of the world’s most prestigious ensembles.

Broadway World

San Francisco Opera presents World Premiere of GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST

On November 21, San Francisco Opera will present the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West, the newest opera by American composer John Adams.

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EU-Austritt vertont: Brexit-Big-Band geht auf Tour

Während sich die Politik darum streitet, wie der EU-Austritt Großbritanniens aussehen soll, hat ein Künstler den Brexit bereits musikalisch interpretiert.

Klassik.com

Französischer Organist Michel Chapuis gestorben

Chapuis war vor allem als Spezialist für das Barockrepertoire bekannt; so machte er sich als einer der führenden Interpreten der Orgelwerke von Dietrich Buxtehude und Johann Sebastian Bach einen Namen.

Musik Heute

Mehr Orgeln von Schimmel befallen – Experten erforschen Ursachen

Seit 20 Jahren rätseln Organisten, Kantoren und Restauratoren immer öfter über Schimmel an historischen Orgeln. Die Ursachen seien vielfältig und nicht pauschal auf Klimaveränderungen zu reduzieren.

Codex Flores

Die Umwegrentabilität des Lucerne Festivals

Laut einer Studie der Universität St. Gallen beläuft sich der volkswirtschaftliche Mehrwert, den Lucerne Festival in der Region schafft, auf jährlich rund 22,6 Millionen Franken.

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Christoph Heesch gewinnt Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreis

Die Jury des Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreises hat den Preis dem jungen Cellisten Christoph Heesch verliehen. « Er überzeugte nicht nur durch sein intensives und facettenreiches Spiel, sondern auch durch ein innovatives Aufnahme-Konzept für seine Debüt CD », heißt es in einer Mitteilung.

Platea Magazin

José Bros celebra con un recital los 25 años de su debut en el Liceu de Barcelona

El próximo 26 de noviembre el tenor barcelonés celebrará los 25 años de su debut en el Gran Teatro del Liceu, desde que cantara Anna Bolena de forma un tanto inesperada junto a la soprano Edita Gruberova.

France Musique

Le milieu de la musique classique réagit après les réformes chocs du ministère de la Culture

Le document confidentiel du ministère de la Culture que France Musique a pu se procurer fait réagir le milieu de la musique classique. Entre inquiétude et incompréhension, les principaux intéressés regrettent la vision exclusivement comptable des réformes envisagées.

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  in 1937 FP of ‘s 5th Symphony with Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

 

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(Written on November 21, 2017 )

In today’s news: Creating a piano with electric paint, Hans Zimmer’s fear of the stage, AudioCoin and its future in the music industry, Blockchain as the new P2P file sharing technology, The rise of mobile apps in the music industry, An interview with clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, rediscovery of lost Kurt Weill’s song, Menuhin Competition announces record-breaking applications.

Classic FM

Here’s how to create a piano on any surface with electric paint (no, seriously)

Use this incredible electric paint to paint a piano on any surface, and play it using MIDI technology. 

Hans Zimmer: ‘Everybody needs to wake up, speak out and to care a little bit more. And we all need to be a lot more decent’ 

Award-winning composer faces his greatest fears with live theatre tour.

The Strad

Menuhin Competition receives record number of applications

Event taking place in Geneva in April 2018 receives 317 applications across junior and senior categories.

Digital Music News

Will AudioCoin Change the Music Business and Get Artists Paid?

Can cryptocurrency AudioCoin truly revolutionise the music industry.  Or will it end up as yet another failed initiative?

Business Insider UK

Blockchain tokens could transform the music industry

Twenty years after peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing decimated the music industry, blockchain is emerging as a new P2P technology that could rip the industry anew.

IT Pro Portal

Banging the drum: How mobile apps drive the music industry

The music industry must take advantage of mobile-first strategies to stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Der Tagesspiegel

In der Musik gibt es keine Grenzen

Eine Begegnung mit dem Klarinettisten Kinan Azmeh, der sich selbstbewusst zwischen den kulturellen Welten bewegt.

Die Welt

Und der Käse, der hat Schimmel – Weill-Song entdeckt

Seit den frühen Dreißigern galt Kurt Weills „Lied vom weißen Käse“ als verschollen. Lotte Lenya, Sängerin und Weill-Witwe, hat jahrzehntelang nach ihm gesucht. Jetzt wurde es wiedergefunden.

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Außen pfui – innen hui

Den Schweizern sagt man bedächtige Langsamkeit nach. Ein Vorurteil. Der Gotthard-Basistunnel wurde ein Jahr früher fertig als geplant. Und innerhalb eines Jahres bekam die sanierungsbedürftige Tonhalle in Zürich eine Ersatzspielstätte. Kosten durfte es auch nur 10 Millionen Franken, weil das Geld für ein Provisorium im Etat des Umbaus vergessen wurde.

The New York Times

Henze’s ‘The Bassarids’ Will Return to the Salzburg Festival

Hans Werner Henze’s “The Bassarids” — a retelling of Euripides’s “The Bacchae” with a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman — will return to the Salzburg Festival next summer, the site of its premiere in 1966, festival officials announced on Wednesday.

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Menuhin Competition announces record-breaking applications

The Menuhin Competition has today announced a record-breaking year for the number of young musicians applying to participate in the next edition of the Competition in Geneva in April 2018.

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CIassicalMusic @CIassicalMusic ‘Steinway Family’ turns 25

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(Written on November 9, 2017 )

The digital revolution is still proceeding and affecting nearly every aspect of our everyday life. Talking about music industry, we consider streaming, podcasting concerts and interviews, social media campaigns and online music magazines. The majority of our generation is used to Spotify, Youtube, Instagram and Snapchat.

But what is the impact of digitalisation on classical and contemporary music? One may think that the classical music domain is archaic, old fashioned and still follows old standards. It is undoubtedly a big challenge to apply new technologies to an established sector. Then again, we should consider that new technologies might also bring new opportunities and even encourage the creativity.

Streaming

Music streaming is immediately overtaking downloading as the favoured method of accessing music digitally. Streaming has changed the way the majority of people now listens to music but also the way musicians, agents and companies deliver music to their recipients. Nowadays one can find a big amount of classical and contemporary music on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. On the other hand there are also services that specialise in classical music streaming only, including Primephonic.

The main challenge in classical music streaming is the correct use of metadata. This field of music industry has some of the most complex metadata regulations. The rules are sometimes not clearly defined. Although, the information tagged to each file, is important for searching, matching and allocating music.

Networking

We are facing diverse and connecting times. Internet and peer-to-peer technology is essential in sharing ideas and creating more perspectives. Everyone is talking about communities and peer-to-peer. Networking on this new level connects different types of music genres and also encourages collaborations between different types of musicians on an international level.

There are several networking platforms for musicians like Hello Stage and Reverbnation to help musicians to collaborate and unfold their potential and creativity.

Podcasting

One more way to reach an auditory is podcasting. Podcasting is a digital recording of music, news or other media that can be downloaded from the Internet to a portable media player.

A popular synonym for podcasting is audio-videoblogging. Spotify, Google Play and some major labels are already benefiting from music podcasts. Classical and other musicians are using podcasts to transmit concerts, interviews and music sessions to their auditory. The advantage of podcasting is building a closer relationship to recipients, appearing more personal providing a face-to-face connection. A popular classical music podcast is Sticky Notes.

There are many ways digitalisation affects classical music. Also disciplines like archiving, composing, teaching etc. are driven by computer-based methods nowadays. Increasing number of musicians is using iPads instead of music sheets and musicologists are digitally combining early editions and manuscripts to get to the bottom of composer’s intentions. Some of the tools can help musicians, teachers, researchers or agents to work more dynamic and efficient. Any other may confuse some people or even slow down the creative process. Nonetheless, it’s necessary to acknowledge that the world is different from even 20 years ago. The digital age is networked, global, and constantly changing. Digitalisation has a huge impact on society, culture and music culture in particular and the utilisation of digital tools and computer-based methods in classical music may bring challenges but also benefits for all the participants.

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(Written on October 25, 2017 )

In today’s news: Sir Peter Hall, RSC founder and former National Theatre director, dies aged 86, Meurig Bowen steps down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival, and thanks to Facebook, a refugee violinist will play a Stradivarius at the Royal Albert Hall. Expert Guide to Classical Concerts in NYC 2017 Fall Season, how mice singing determines their social behaviour, and Saxonia Art Minister is called to be in the Richard-Wagner-Foundation. 

The Guardian

Sir Peter Hall, RSC founder and former National Theatre director, dies aged 86

Tributes paid to legendary director and ‘great impresario of the age’ following his death in London

Opera Now

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa quits public performance

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has announced her retirement from public performance.

Music Teacher

NYO announces CPD days

Music education hubs, music services, schools and music education professionals are invited to CPD days run by the National Youth Orchestra.

Classical Music Magazine

Meurig Bowen steps down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival

Meurig Bowen is to step down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival after ten years in the role. He is leaving to take up the post of artistic planning manager at the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.

Music Business Worldwide

Apple Music is now playable via the new Apple watch

That means people can stream 40m+ songs on their Apple Watch straight from the device – via Bluetooth headphones – just like they can from their smartphone.

Classic FM

Thanks to Facebook, a refugee violinist will play a Stradivarius at the Royal Albert Hall

A young musician and Syrian refugee will be playing one of the world’s finest instruments, thanks to Florian Leonhard Fine Violins and a Facebook post.

WQXR

Here’s Your Expert Guide to Classical Concerts, 2017 Fall Season

Excitement is building in New York City as major concert halls and music venues prepare to launch their fall seasons.

Codex flores

Lieder der Mäuse helfen ihr Sozialverhalten entschlüsseln

Mäuse haben ein Tonrepertoire über fünf Oktaven. Die Analyse der Mäuselieder kann wichtige Informationen über ihr Sozialverhalten oder für die Erforschung neuropsychischer Krankheiten liefern. 

Klassik.com

Dirigent Siegfried Köhler gestorben

Der Dirigent Siegfried Köhler ist tot. Er starb nach Angaben der Allgemeinen Zeitung im Alter von 94 Jahren in Wiesbaden.

Musik Heute

Sachsens Kunstministerin in Wagner-Stiftung berufen

Die Leipziger Richard-Wagner-Stiftung hat Sachsens Kunstministerin Eva-Maria Stange (SPD) zum 1. September in den Stiftungsrat berufen.

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Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

(Written on September 13, 2017 )

In today’s news: Euphonium player mixes it with a sax mouthpiece, and Spotify and Apple Music jumped by more than 69% subscribers in the US during first half of the year. Moritzburg Festival close to Dresden starts today, and Unesco chair for musicology Weimar/Jena inaugurated. How historic bassoons bring together generations, and Federal Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr shows his oboe skills in public.

Choir and Organ

Psallite Women’s Choir: Sing a Song of Joy

The premiere of a new work by Janet Wheeler was given on 29 June by the female voice choir Psallite at The Old Church, Stoke Newington, in London.

Cmuse

Euphonium Player Mixes it with a Sax Mouthpiece

Brian Wilson, renowned euphonium player introduced us to the most unconventional musical instrument recently when he merged a euphonium with a baritone saxophone mouthpiece.

Music Business World

YouTube loses ground on US subscription music streaming in first six months of 2017

The volume of subscription streams on the likes of Spotify and Apple Music jumped by more than 69% in the US during the first half of this year to 141.3bn – dramatically outperforming the number of online music video streams in the same period.

Classic FM

This is why fast food restaurants play classical music at night

Playing classical music in the late hours of the day appears to be part of the mass fast-food chain effort to combat rowdy behaviour in their branches.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Das Leben, das Leben, das Leben

Die Berliner Volksbühne verabschiedet sich von Intendant Frank Castorf – und sagt mit Feiern und einer späten Christoph-Schlingensief-Filmpremiere adieu.

Concerti

Musik im Märchenschloss

Am Rande des idyllischen Dresden liegt ein noch idyllischeres Schloss. Dort hob der Cellist Jan Vogler 1993 das Moritzburg Festival aus der Taufe.

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Alexandre Bloch verlängert bei Düsseldorfer Symphonikern

Der französische Dirigent hat seinen Vertrag als Erster Gastdirigent der Düsseldorfer Symphoniker um weitere drei Jahre verlängert.

Kulturradio

Unesco-Lehrstuhl für Musikwissenschaft eingeweiht

Mit einem Lehrstuhl an den Hochschulstandorten Weimar und Jena will die deutsche Unesco-Kommission die Erforschung von Musiktraditionen fördern.

KQED

Historic Bassoon Brings Two Generations of Musicians Together for a Special Concert in Palo Alto

Much like a Stradivarius is to the violin world, a Heckel is considered one of the gold standards in bassoons.

CTV News

Oboe-playing minister trades cabinet duties for centre-stage with WSO

Federal Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr has hit many high notes in his career. Before he entered politics, he was a journalist, a CEO — and a professional oboe player.

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: Artcodes. Ólafur Elíasson vs. Krzysztof Warlikowski.

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(Written on July 5, 2017 )

In today’s news: German broadcast license fee decreases, and conductor Frieder Bernius celebrates his 70th birthday. Fete de la musique has begun in Berlin and Brandenburg, and Dina Gilbert becomes music director in Kamloops. ABO announces first recipients of sirens fund.

Classical Music Magazine

VCM Foundation launches composition competition

The Voces Cantabiles Music (VCM) Foundation has launched its inaugural composition competition. Composers are invited to submit an original composition for SATB divisi a cappella lasting a maximum of four minutes. The compositon must not have been performed before.

The Strad

Remembering Bernard Millant 1929-2017

The esteemed bow maker, dealer, author and expert died in April aged 87. Jean-François Raffin, who worked with Millant and co-authored the celebrated three-volume work L’Archet with him, remembers his friend and colleague

Music Business Worldwide

Now Apple wants to reduce royalty rate it pays record labels

Last year, MBW broke the news that Spotify was trying to negotiate the royalty rate it paid record labels down from 55% of revenue closer towards 50%. Now Apple is believed to be on a similar mission.

Classical Music Magazine

ABO announces first recipients of Sirens funding

The Association of British Orchestras has announced the first recipients of its Sirens awards made to UK orchestras for projects to raise awareness of historic women composers

Berliner Zeitung

Rundfunkbeitrag GEZ-Einnahmen sinken auf knapp acht Milliarden Euro

Die Einnahmen aus dem Rundfunkbeitrag zur Finanzierung der öffentlich-rechtlichen Sender sinken. – Quelle: http://www.berliner-zeitung.de/27836904 ©2017

Concerti

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Frieder Bernius!

Der Stuttgarter Dirigent Frieder Bernius feiert heute seinen 70. Geburtstag. Seit einem halben Jahrhundert setzt er mit dem Kammerchor Stuttgart neue Maßstäbe

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Fête de la musique in Berlin und Brandenburg

Zum Sommeranfang erklingt Live-Musik von vielen Freilichtbühnen, Plätzen und Parks.

Broadway World

NEA Awards Orpheus Chamber Orchestra $40,000 Art Works Grant
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017.

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Dina Gilbert named Music Director in Kamloops, British Columbia
Born in Québec, Gilbert has served as an assistant conductor of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 2013 to 2016.

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:By our reckoning, the mighty will just have completed her 24 piano marathon for Macmillan Cancer Support! Well played, Anna!
2 in 1911 FP of ‘s Coronation March at the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in London.
Classical Music Magazine: ABO announces first recipients of Sirens funding

(Written on June 22, 2017 )

In today’s news, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) receives a generous grant of $600,000 from the Dresner Foundation, and Spotify has surpassed 50 million subscribers, extending its lead over rivals Apple Music, SoundCloud and Google as the world’s largest paid music streaming service. The New School’s College of Performing Arts in New York will adopt the tiny but influential experimental music hub, The Stone, and Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians will get the chance to spend three to six months in Leipzig, Germany.

The New York Times

Boston-Leipzig Exchange: Andris Nelsons’ Orchestras Collaborate

Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians will get the chance to spend three to six months in Leipzig, Germany, performing with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Leipzig Opera, and playing Sunday cantatas at St. Thomas’s Church, where Bach was the cantor.

The Stone, an Influential Music Space, to Move to the New School

The Stone, a tiny but influential performance space that has been a fixture of the New York experimental music scene since it opened in 2005, has a new home. Its founder and artistic director, the composer John Zorn, announced on Wednesday that it will move from the East Village to Greenwich Village and take up residence at the New School’s College of Performing Arts.

Neil Ferris appointed as new BBC Symphony Chorus director

He will join the ensemble in May 2017 and will be responsible for steering its vocal and artistic development as well as leading its relationships with Radio 3, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor Sakari Oramo, and the BBC Proms. His first project will be to prepare the ensemble for its annual appearance at the First Night of the BBC Proms.

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Grant Of $600,000 Boasts Detroit Symphony’s Education Program

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced that it has received a generous grant of $600,000 from the Dresner Foundation to provide comprehensive music education for underserved youth in Detroit. The grant will enable the DSO’s Wu Family Academy to launch a new, free entry-level program to be named the Dresner Foundation Allegro Ensemble in addition to expanding the reach of its Educational Concert Series and Classroom Edition webcasts.

International Arts Manager

Young Chinese pianist speaks out after sexist online tirade

A 25-year Chinese pianist has spoken out following a stream of sexist comments after she caught public attention by playing Rachmaninov’s arrangement of Flight of the Bumblebee on two pianos simultaneously in a video that was shared by British radio station Classic FM.

Bloomberg Technology

Spotify Hits 50 Million Paid Subscribers, Lifting Music Industry

Spotify has surpassed 50 million subscribers, extending its lead over rivals Apple Music, SoundCloud and Google as the world’s largest paid music streaming service.

Berliner Morgenpost

Janine Jansen überrascht mit ihrem Mozart-Spiel

NHK Symphony Orchestra gastiert in der Philharmonie

Der Tagesspiegel

Hals über Kopf

Voller Emotion und mit stupender Technik: Die russische Sopranistin Julia Lezhneva singt im Konzerthaus Arien von Vivaldi und Rossini

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„Geht das so weiter oder hängt die CD?“

Klarinettist Andreas Ottensamer hört und kommentiert CDs von Kollegen, ohne dass er erfährt, wer spielt

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

Virtuosic Listening: Vicky Chow’s Aorta on New Amsterdam

Pianist and chamber musician Vicky Chow has been taking careful steps in not only performing contemporary works for piano and electronics but by establishing herself and her practice

WXQR

20 Classical Music Recordings to Help You Study

We’ve decided to put together a list of classical pieces that will keep you calm when studying, but also keep your gears moving

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Music History   in 1875 FP of ‘s opera Carmen, at the Opera Comique, in Paris.


Image: The New York Times. John Zorn, left, with Richard Kessler, the executive dean for performing arts at the New School.

(Written on March 3, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, Rory Kinnear talks about directing a brand new opera, and Naxos closes its failed streaming platform after only a year. Violinist Annelle Gregory wins the 2017 Sphinx Competition, on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, the 2017 Grammy Awards in Classical Music were announced, and is streaming changing the cultural impact of music?

The Guardian

Rory Kinnear on his opera debut: ‘If it’s a disaster, I apologise’

He’s played Macheath, an M16 chief and Mr Thatcher, but can he breathe life into a brand new opera? Rory Kinnear explains why he agreed to direct The Winter’s Tale – a 400-year-old text that suddenly feels horribly contemporary.

Rhinegold

Naxos closes Classics Online

Naxos has closed its high-audio-quality streaming platform Classics Online just a year after it launched, underlining the financial crisis classical labels face because of the digital technology. Klaus Heymann, Naxos’ owner, said the Singapore-based platform was dogged by technical problems which delayed its launch for a year, and in the interim several other streaming services, such as Apple Music, entered the market.

Inaugural Dare Art Prize winner to explore beyond human hearing

A composer working with sounds below the limits of human hearing has been announced as the winner of the inaugural £15,000 Dare Art Prize.

The Strad

Violinist Annelle Gregory wins 2017 Sphinx Competition $50,000 first prize

The annual Detroit contest, including senior and junior divisions, is open to black and Latino US string players.

Balkan Insight

Classical Music Boosts Bulgaria’s Public Radio

The audience of Bulgarian National Radio has enjoyed a 20 per cent boost in audience figures since a bitter dispute with the Bulgarian copyright society forced it to play only music produced before 1945.

Die Welt

Er war wie ein Trampolin, auf dem die Töne herumhüpften

Er konnte uns auch mit banalsten Versen zum Lächeln bringen, und seine Imitationen aller möglichen Instrumente auf offener Bühne waren ein Naturereignis: Zum Tod des Jazz-Musikers Al Jarreau.

Fono Forum

Dorothea Röschmann und Mitsuko Uchida 

Für das beste klassische Solo-Album haben die Sopranistin Dorothea Röschmann und die Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida einen Grammy erhalten. Mit Liedern von Schumann und Berg überzeugten sie die Jury.

Musik Heute

Über drei Millionen Laienmusiker in Deutschland

In Deutschland sind rund 3,1 Millionen Menschen in einem verbandlich organisierten Laienchor oder -ensemble aktiv. Das entspreche 38 von 1.000 Personen, die in ihrer Freizeit musizieren, teilte das Statistische Bundesamt (Destatis) am Dienstag in Wiesbaden mit.

Classical MPR

2017 Grammy Winners in Classical Music

On Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, the 2017 Grammy Awards in Classical Music were announced. 

The Smart Set

Why Music Ownership Matters

Is the shift from owning songs to streaming them eroding listener loyalty and reducing the cultural impact of music?

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Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ends West End run

Music History @today_classical  in 1880 Birth of Maria .

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Image: Rory Kinnear

(Written on February 14, 2017 )

Classical News

In our last classical news round-up of the year, Apple Music introduced a new feature to sort classical music by composer, allowing music in a user’s library to be more organised. BBC Music Magazine rounds up their big highlights of 2016. Facebook is to start making its own original music, as it puts together its internal ‘sound design’ team with experienced composers. Warner Music Group partners with MelodyVR, to create more Virtual Reality contents. Also, Jeremy Nicholas gives a brief history of classical music on Gramophone.

CMUSE

Apple Music introduces option to sort tracks by composer

Apple Music has introduced a feature on one of its recent updates to allow users to sort their music by composer. While it is not yet functional for Apple Music’s entire collection, the change does allow music in a user’s library to be organised in this way.

Gramophone

A brief history of classical music

Jeremy Nicholas offers a guided tour of the key players and movements that have made classical music the rich art-form that today still entrances, moves and uplifts.

BBC Music Magazine

2016: A Year in Music

It’s been a year full of dramatic world events, but what has 2016 meant for classical music? We take a look back at the big news stories of the last twelve months.

Music Business Worldwide

Warner To Launch ‘Hundreds of Virtual Reality Experiences’ With MelodyVR Deal

Warner Music Group is getting busy creating virtual reality (VR) content for fans after inking a worldwide partnership with MelodyVR.

Facebook Looks Set To Start Making More of its Own Music

Facebook is bulking up its internal ‘sound design’ team – and recruiting for an experienced composer to help spearhead the creation of its own music.

Npr music

A Year Of Listening Desperately: 10 Classical Albums That Saved 2016

In surveying the year’s classical releases, I discovered similar nostalgic and escapist trends that revealed themselves slowly as the months of political sniping dragged on.

Boadway World

Pittsburgh Symphony Welcomes Jukka-Pekka Saraste to Conduct BNY Mellon Grand Classics Concert

Acclaimed Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste returns to Heinz Hall for the first time since 1999 to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Seventh and Sibelius’ Fifth symphonies during the BNY Mellon Grand Classics weekend on January 13 and 15.

Artsjournals

Apple Music Positions Itself As Platform, Promoter, Reinventor Of The Music Biz

We all have to reinvent ourselves now that paid streaming is starting to lock in. There’s going to be a lot of new technology, and everyone’s going to be reforming their roles.

Zeit Online

Ich, der junge Bach?

Wenn das Weihnachtsoratorium erklingt, ist das für Hannes Leitlein besonders erhebend: Denn in seiner Familie hält sich das Gerücht, er sei mit Johann Sebastian Bach verwandt. Kann das wahr sein? Eine Spurensuche, von Baden-Württemberg bis Leipzig.

Klassik.com

Badisches Staatstheater: Gefühl der Unsicherheit bei Opernbesuchern?

Die Außenbereiche des Badischen Staatstheaters Karlsruhe seien einer Stellungnahme der SPD-Fraktion im Karlsruher Gemeinderat zufolge zu wenig beleuchtet.

Musikexpress.de

Donald Trump lehnt Andrea Bocelli ab und hat immer noch keinen Act für seine Amtseinführung

Eigentlich darf Donald Trump gar nicht so wählerisch sein. Die Suche nach einem musikalischen Begleiter bei seiner Amtseinführung am 20. Januar gestaltete sich als schwieriger als gedacht.

Nmz

Choreografin Sasha Waltz weiht Elbphilharmonie-Foyers ein

Mit einem Festakt wird der Konzertsaal der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie am 11. Januar eröffnet. Doch schon zuvor lässt sich in dem spektakulären Bau Besonderes erleben: Am Neujahrstag erkundet die weltweit gefeierte Choreografin Sasha Waltz mit einer Performance die sechsstöckigen Foyers.

Codex Flores

Die falsche These von der Krise der klassischen Musik

Im Januar präsentieren die deutschen Musikhochschulen erstmalig gemeinsam neue Konzertformate ihrer Studierenden in Berlin. Künstlerischer Leiter der Reihe ist Sebastian Nordmann, Intendant des Konzerthauses Berlin. Er widerspricht der These von der Krise der klassischen Musik.

France Musique

La région liquide le festival d’Ile-de-France

Une mesure devant être adoptée en janvier par le Conseil régional prévoit une baisse de la subvention du festival d’Ile-de-France de 68%. Principal financeur de l’événement, la Région pourrait bien être son fossoyeur.

Le Monde

La Scala, saga d’une salle aux mille visages

Ouvert en 1873, maintes fois fermé et transformé, le théâtre parisien s’apprête à renaître de ses cendres.

El Mundo

William Christie expulsa a un espectador por interrumpir el ‘Mesías’ con un móvil

El director de orquesta riñó al público por ‘destruir’ la interpretación de la obra de Händel durante una velada navideña en el Auditorio Nacional.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 28 carols in 2 minutes? That’ll be the @theLondon4tet http://bbc.in/2hDq1FG

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1806 FP Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classic FM @ClassicFM Very sad news from @AndreRieu‘s Johann Strauss Orchestra: https://t.co/ComWqH8vZ8

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(Written on December 23, 2016 )