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In today’s news: Sixteen and Britten Sinfonia perform for the Pope, The Phantom of the Opera score big at West End Eurovision 2018,  EU to investigate Apple’s purchase of Shazam, Daniel Barenboim returned his Echo-Awards, Hsin-Chien Fröhlich received the Chordirigentenpreis/ German Choir Conductor Prize, and Madrid celebrates International Jazz Day over 10 days.

The Times

The Sixteen: the British choir who blew the ceiling off

The Pope asked the Sixteen and the Britten Sinfonia in to the Sistine Chapel to play James MacMillan’s modern choral classic.

RTÉ urged to spin off symphony orchestra

Helen Boaden, former director of BBC Radio and of BBC News suggests that the station’s second orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, should remain within RTÉ.

Broadway World

The Phantom of the Opera were victorious at the West End Eurovision 2018

The cast of the West End’s longest running musical, The Phantom of the Opera, were hailed the stars of West End Eurovision 2018, scoring a remarkable double victory.

Hyperallergic

Over Two Millennia of Music play in Met Museums’s Instrument Galleries 

The newly reopened galleries combine disparate instruments the world over, grouping them by time period and type, rather than dividing them into the cultures by which they were created.

Teaching Drama

Bloomsbury Digital Resources is marking the fifth anniversary of its Drama Online library by allowing access to each of its most popular video, audio play and playtext for one week

The Verge

Apple’s purchase of Shazam is now under investigation by the EU

The EU has launched an investigation into Apple’s acquisition of music identification service Shazam. It’s concerned that the deal could shrink consumer options for mobile music streaming services within the EEA (European Economic Area).

Zeit Online

Auch Daniel Barenboim gibt Auszeichnungen zurück

“Kommerzielle Interessen dürfen nicht überwiegen”: Der Pianist und Dirigent Barenboim schließt sich dem Protest gegen die Echos für Kollegah und Farid Bang an.

Der Tagesspiegel

Hsin-Chien Fröhlich gewinnt deutschen Chordirigentenpreis

Seit drei Jahren gibt es den deutschen Chordirigentenpreis zur Förderung junger Talente. Diesmal geht er an Chordirektorin Hsin-Chien Fröhlich vom Theater Hof.

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Deutsche Orchesterkonferenz: Professionelle Orchester bereichern mit Musikvermittlung die Gesellschaft

Anlässlich der morgen stattfindenden Deutschen Orchesterkonferenz betont die DOV die enorme Bedeutung der professionellen Orchester und Chöre für den Zusammenhalt unserer Gesellschaft.

SWR 2

Brief Wagners soll in Jerusalem versteigert werden – Es grüßt der Antisemit

In Israel gibt es so gut wie keine Aufführungen der Musik Richard Wagners. In Jerusalem ist aber ein handgeschriebener Brief von ihm zu ersteigern, für geschätzte 8.000 $.

El País

Nueva Orleans inunda Madrid

International Jazz Day Madrid trae a la capital a artistas de jazz, rock y flamenco en 80 citas durante 10 días

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Chordirektorin und Kapellmeisterin Hsin-Chien Fröhlich © Kai Bienert

 

(Written on April 24, 2018 )

In today’s news: Dartington announces 70th anniversary programme, British Museum to host first major music festival, Deezer partners with Amazon, Serge Dorny to become director of Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Irish festival organiser Eamonn Quinn awarded Belmont Prize, leaked Apple email sparks fears over future of music downloads, and more.

Classic Music

Dartington announces 70th anniversary programme

Dartington International Summer School & Festival has announced the programme for its 70th anniversary season, which features 100 concerts.

British Museum to host first major music festival

The museum will open its galleries for a festival of musical performance from 16–29 April 2018.

The Telegraph

‘Music is a valuable tool, but calling it a human right is ridiculous’

Music has always been known as a good thing. But now it seems that music is more than that – it’s a human right.

Music Week

Deezer partners with Amazon Alexa

Deezer has partnered with Amazon to make the streaming platform compatible with Alexa voice control in 66 countries.

Metro

Leaked Apple email sparks fears over future of music downloads

Apple has written a letter to the music industry which has sparked fears it’s planning to kill off iTunes.

The New York Times

Time’s Up Co-Founder Will Head Recording Academy Task Force on Diversity

In the days following the Grammy Awards in January, as the president of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, came under fire for saying that women in music should „step up“ to advance their careers, the academy announced the formation of a task force to examine its practices — but gave no details about who would run it, or what exactly it would do.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Serge Dorny wird Intendant

Die Nachfolge von Nikolaus Bachler und Kirill Petrenko an der Bayerischen Staatsoper ist geklärt. Zum September 2021 kommen Serge Dorny und Vladimir Jurowski nach München.

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Russisch-bulgarisches Liedduo gewinnt Wettbewerb ‘Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne’

Beim Wettbewerb ‘Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne’ in Graz war ein Duo der Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar erfolgreich: Der Bassbariton Mikhail Timoshenko (Russland) und die Pianistin Elitsa Desseva (Bulgarien) gewannen den mit 9.000 Euro dotierten 1. Preis.

Rektorin der Dresdner Musikhochschule zurückgetreten

Wegen ihrer Wahl zur Rektorin war 2015 der Hochschulrat der Hochschule für Musik in Dresden geschlossen zurückgetreten. Jetzt ist Judith Schinker selber zurückgetreten.

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Irischer Festivalmacher Eamonn Quinn bekommt hochdotierten Preis

Der irische Festivalmacher Eamonn Quinn, Kurator und Begründer von LCMS Louth Contemporary Music Society in Dundalk, bekommt den mit 20 000 Euro dotierten Belmont-Preis der Forberg-Schneider-Stiftung.

Klassik Heute

Neuer Konzertchef für die Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg

Die Stiftung Mozarteum hat einen neuen Konzertchef. Andreas Fladvad-Geier, derzeit Leitender Opern- und Ballettreferent am Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, wird seine Position in Salzburg mit 1. Juli 2018 antreten.

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  in 1875 Birth of French Maurice

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(Written on March 7, 2018 )

In today’s news: Lutosławski Cello Competition enters its final stage, Madison Square Garden announces a new venue in London, more younger people prefer classical music. Also, composer Johann Johannsson dies at 48 and Sylvain Cambreling is the new chief conductor of Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.

Classical Music

LSO announces Panufnik Composers intake for 2018

The London Symphony Orchestra has announced the six individuals selected for its Panufnik Composers Scheme 2018.

The Strad

Lutosławski Cello Competition heads into finals

The Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition has entered its final stage with four musicians under the age of 24: Chen Yibai (China), Herbert Oliver (USA), Sato Haruma (Japan) and Ueno Michiaki (Japan).

M Magazine

Under-25s are switching on to classical music, new figures show

The figures, which cover mid-September to mid-December 2017, show that listeners tuned into the station for 40 million hours every week.

Music Business Worldwide

Madison Square Garden company to take on O2 arena in London with new venue

The Madison Square Garden Company has confirmed that it is building a ‘large-scale, state-of-the-art, music and entertainment venue’ in the East End of London.

Forbes

Can The Apple HomePod Ignite A New Hi-Fi Era?

The initial reports are in and virtually everyone agrees that the Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker is one fine-sounding unit that handily beats the competition in the sound quality category.

Spiegel Online

Johann Johannsson tot in Berliner Wohnung gefunden

Er war einer der vielversprechendsten Filmmusikmacher Hollywoods: Der Komponist Johann Johannsson ist mit 48 Jahren gestorben.

Klassik Heute

Die Symphoniker Hamburg – Laeiszhalle Orchester geben bekannt, dass Sylvain Cambreling zur Spielzeit 2018/19 Chefdirigent des Orchesters werden wird. Er folgt auf Sir Jeffrey Tate, der am 2. Juni 2017 verstarb.

Klassik.com

Der Mozartwettbewerb, der in diesem Jahr zum 13. Mal an der Universität Mozarteum Salzburg ausgetragen wird, hat in der Sparte Streichquartett die Gewinner gekürt. Den mit 20.000 Euro dotierten ersten Preis erhielt das französische Quatuor Tchalik.

El País

Ferran Cruixent da vida orquestal a los teléfonos en ‘Deus ex machina’

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La finale de la 4e édition du concours de chant lyrique Voix Nouvelles s’est tenue le samedi 10 février à l’Opéra-Comique à Paris. C’est la soprano Hélène Carpentier, originaire d’Amiens, qui a été désignée grande lauréate de la compétition.

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  in 1894 Death in of German and conductor Hans Von

Image: Jóhann Jóhannsson © Jónatan Grétarsson/DG

(Written on February 12, 2018 )

In today’s news: The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has become the first symphony orchestra in the world to have a professional ensemble led by disabled musicians as a core part of its activities, Help Musicians UK has re-launched its Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme and the final round of voting is now open for The Global Awards 2018. Also, Salzburg votes against application for becoming the European Capital of Culture, and South Korean group Baum Quartett wins the Berenberg Kulturpreis.

The Guardian

EU to review Apple’s reported $400m purchase of music app Shazam

European Commission to investigate deal following requests from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

Classical Music

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra establishes disabled-led ensemble

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has become the first symphony orchestra in the world to have a professional ensemble led by disabled musicians as a core part of its activities.

Help Musicians UK expands Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme

Help Musicians UK has re-launched its Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme, expanding it to additional clinics and more music professionals.

The Strad

Venezuelan violinist Rubén Rengel wins $50,000 Sphinx Competition

The Detroit-based competition, which includes senior and junior divisions, is open to Black and Latino US string players.

Classic FM

The Global Awards 2018: shortlist announced, vote now!

The final round of voting is now open for The Global Awards 2018! Vote for your favourite artists from the shortlist.

klassik.com

Tonhalle Zürich mit knapp 110.000 Besuchern in der Spielzeit 2016/17

Die Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich hat ihren Geschäftsbericht für die Spielzeit 2016/17 vorgelegt. Bei 145 Konzerten mit 95 verschiedenen Programmen konnten eigenen Angaben zufolge 108.472 Zuschauer gezählt werden.

pizzicato

Salzburg will nicht Kulturhauptstadt werden

Eine breite politische Mehrheit hat gestern im Gemeinderat der Stadt Salzburg gegen eine Bewerbung Salzburgs als Europäische Kulturhauptstadt 2024 gestimmt.

Musik Heute

Berenberg Kulturpreis an “Baum Quartett”

Das aus Südkorea stammende “Baum Quartett” hat den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Berenberg Kulturpreis erhalten.

france musique

Dans le métro à Tokyo, Debussy et Chopin détendent les voyageurs

Au Japon, les trajets de métro sur la ligne Hibiya sont désormais bercés par la musique de Chopin, Mendelssohn et Debussy. Une initiative expérimentale, qui semble séduire les utilisateurs.

Platea Magazine

Adam Fischer debuta con los Berliner Philharmoniker, sustituyendo a Bernard Haitink

Ocupando el lugar previsto para Bernard Haitink, indispuesto, el director de orquesta húngaro Adam Fischer (Budapest, 1949) debuta estas semana al frente de los Berliner Philhamoniker, los días 8, 9 y 10 de febrero.

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Konzerthaus Berlin @_konzerthaus: Singen macht sozial, gesund und glücklich! Warum, das erfahrt ihr auf unserem Blog!

Image: Rubén Rengel © The Strad

(Written on February 8, 2018 )

In today’s news: the lack of interest in opera, British Airways criticised by musicians again, Coventry to be UK City of Culture 2021. Also, Apple intends to buy Shazam, clarinet is the less hygienic instrument and Thomas Hengelbrock leaves Elbphilarmonie. 

The Telegraph

Opera isn’t for everyone – and what’s wrong with that?

As if the opera business wasn’t already in enough of a stew, along comes a survey commissioned by Classic FM. Its findings are discouraging: half the respondents couldn’t name a single opera singer and only one in five recognised a photograph of Pavarotti.

The Sun

British Airways ‘force musicians to pay £280 each to fly their instruments to Jersey for a gig’

Violinist Rita Manning was travelling to a gig with her group Lorcian Ensemble when staff told them to put their precious instruments in the hold.

Classical Music

Coventry to be UK City of Culture 2021

Coventry has been selected as the UK’s City of Culture for 2021, beating Paisley, Sunderland, Stoke and Swansea to the title.

Audio pioneer’s estate makes major gift to University of Cambridge

The estate of Ray Dolby, founder of the audio company bearing his name, has presented the University of Cambridge with £85m.

Pocket-lint

Apple to buy music recognition app Shazam for $400 million

Apple is said to be looking at acquiring Shazam, one of the most popular apps for recognising music, TV shows, films and adverts, with an official deal potentially being announced later today.

The New York Times

James Levine Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Illinois

Law enforcement officials in Illinois said Friday that they would not bring criminal charges against the famed Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine, noting that the man accusing Mr. Levine of sexual abuse there three decades ago had been 16 at the time — which was then the age of consent.

Limelight

The clarinet is the dirtiest instrument in the band

Which instrument is the dirtiest in the band? A study has shown that it’s the clarinet that tends to harbour the most bacteria and fungi.

Zeit Online

Dirigent der Elbphilharmonie geht im Streit

Der Chefdirigent Thomas Hengelbrock verlässt das Haus im Sommer 2018. Kann sein New Yorker Nachfolger Alan Gilbert schon ein Jahr früher als geplant einspringen? 

Klassik.com

Gabriele Ferro gewinnt Bonner Beethoven-Klavierwettbewerb

Der Italiener Gabriele Ferro hat beim diesjährigen Beethoven-Klavierwettbewerb Bonn den ersten Preis gewonnen. Der erste Platz ist mit 30.000 Euro dotiert.

Bayerischer Rundfunk rudert zurück: Kein Wellentausch von BR Klassik und Jugendsender

Damit wandert der Klassiksender nicht, wie ursprünglich vorgesehen, in das Digitalangebot DAB+, sondern ist weiterhin über UKW zu empfangen.

France Musique

Julie Fuchs et Gautier Capuçon : leur hommage musical à Johnny Hallyday

La soprano Julie Fuchs et le violoncelliste Gautier Capuçon ont interprété l’Ave Maria de Schubert lors des funérailles de Johnny Hallyday samedi 9 décembre à l’église de la Madeleine.

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 “I remember the moment every time I give a concert in Berlin: the way he entered the conductor’s room, his incredible ability to fill up space and transform it instantaneously.” about firstly meeting Karajan on Dec 11, 1976 

Image: Luciano Pavarotti © Classic FM

(Written on December 11, 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

Kulturradio vom rbb

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.

Pizzicato

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: Yukata Sado conducts DSO, and Dresdner Symphoniker play at the mexican side of the wall between the USA and Mexico. Mendelssohn and the Protestant Reformation at the centre of Music Festival Speyer, and NSO announces new executive director. Apple unveils a new ‘HomePod’ speaker system, the real-life influence behind ENO’s ‘Yardbird’ opera, ‘One Love’ concert raises £2million for victims of hate attack, and Warner Music Group announce new non-pop division.

The Guardian

My journey to Charlie Parker: ENO’s Yardbird

Bridgette Wimberly’s uncle idolised his jazz-legend friend so much that he took up the saxophone – and copied his heroin use.

M Magazine

‘One Love Manchester’ raises £2million for victims of Manchester bombing attack

Ariana Grande’s benefit concert on Sunday has, to date, raised over £2million.

The Week

NYPD sergeant connects with the community through classical music

Over the course of a decade, New York Police Sgt. Chris Yip went from not knowing how to play a note to being a classically trained pianist who performs at venues across New York City to benefit nonprofit organisations.

Billboard.com

Warner Music Group creates arts music division and joint venture with Sh-k-Boom

Kevin Gore joins as as president of new division focusing on classical, musical theatre, jazz and non-pop genres

Independent

Apple-designed ‘HomePod’ is the latest release at the WWDC to join the smart home market

Apple has officially launched HomePod, a Siri-powered talking music system for the home. It looks unusual, like a cross between Google Home and the Mac Pro, wrapped in mesh.

Tagesspiegel

Echos des anderen Amerika – Yutaka Sado dirigiert das DSO

Ein transatlantischer Gedankenflug: Der japanische Dirigent Yutaka Sado und das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester zwischen „Apalachian Spring“ und „Aconcagua“

Spiegel.de

Anti-Trump-Konzert am Grenzzaun -Dresdner Sinfoniker in Mexiko

Musizieren gegen Trump: Die Dresdner Sinfoniker traten am Grenzzaun zwischen Mexiko und den USA auf. Ein Parallelkonzert auf der anderen Seite des Bollwerks hatten die US-amerikanischen Behörden verboten.

Concerti

Eine Sinfonie als Glaubensbekenntnis

Das Musikfest Speyer stellt dieses Jahr Mendelssohn und die Reformation ins Zentrum.

Le Monde

Disparition du chef d’orchestre Jeffrey Tate

Le grand chef britannique, qui avait fait une partie de sa carrière en France, s’est éteint en Italie à l’âge de 74 ans, le 2 juin.

The Washington Post

NSO announces new executive director

The National Symphony Orchestra named its next executive director, Gary Ginstling, currently the chief executive of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, on Monday morning.

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Clash Music (@clash_music): Listen: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture is online now and it is simply incredible http://bit.ly/2sMLdLJ

The Telegraph (@TeleMusicNews): ‘I Think It’s Going To Rain Today’: 30 great songs about rain  http://bit.ly/2sMSpI1 

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: conductor Bernard Haitink awarded highest Dutch civil honour, and thousands urge council to reject proposals to scrap music tutors in Aberdeen. Famous US festival takes place in Berlin concert hall, and there’s a new record of candidates for Richard Strauss competition. Composers Márta and György Kurtág receive this year’s Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, the European Union Baroque Orchestra quits Britain over Brexit migration clampdown, and a classical lover’s guide to the Oscars

Music Business Worldwide

Are the Major Labels in Danger of Turning Music Streaming into a Monopoly Owned by Apple?

While streaming services are losing millions of dollars, artists and songwriters are fighting to get compensated fairly for creating the songs that make those services popular.  The rates paid per stream remain fractions of pennies.

The Violin Channel

Conductor Bernard Haitink Appointed Highest Dutch Civil Honour

Conductor Bernard Haitink has been appointed a ‘Commander of the Order of the Netherlands’ – the country’s oldest and most distinguished civil order

Press and Journal 

Thousands urge council to reject proposals to scrap music tutors in Aberdeen schools

Thousands of people have signed a petition in protest at proposals which could result in the city council scrapping music tuition in its schools.

Der Tagesspiegel

Start des USA-Festivals im Konzerthaus des Berliner Gendarmenmarkt

Schmelztiegel-Kultur: Gershwin und Bernstein zum Auftakt des zehntägigen USA-Festivals im Konzerthaus.

klassik-heute.de

Neuer Rekord an Bewerbungen beim Richard-Strauss-Wettbewerb 2017

Für den diesjährigen Richard-Strauss-Gesangswettbewerb sind 78 Bewerbungen eingegangen.

klassik.com

Komponist György Kurtág und Ehefrau Márta erhalten Preis des Borletti-Buitoni Trust

Der ungarische Komponist György Kurtág ist zusammen mit seiner Ehefrau Márta Preisträger des diesjährigen Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.

The Guardian

Top orchestra quits Britain over Brexit migration clampdown

One of Britain’s most successful orchestras is moving to Belgium amid fears that its musicians may be among the victims of a post-Brexit crackdown on immigration.

wqxr.org

A Classical Lover’s Guide to the Oscars

Music and movies are inseparable – Of all the big four media awards, it’s arguably the Oscars that have the closest connection with classical music.

Music History @today_classical in 1897 Birth of German Johannes

klassik.com @klassikcom  Petition gegen Kürzungspläne bei der Norddeutschen Philharmonie Rostock  

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Credit: theguardian.com

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Credit: theguardian.com

(Written on February 20, 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 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Classical Music Project increases amount of student involvement in classical music viewing, UK classical music supergroup London Conchord Ensemble heads to New Zealand, and Singers unite for first ever International Youth Choir Festival. Also, accordion ambassador Ksenija Sidorova aims to educate and delight audiences, and Staatsballett Berlin protests against Sasha Waltz.

Daily Collegian

Classical Music Project makes crescendo with Penn State students

The Classical Music Project is a collaborative effort to enhance students’ exposure and enjoyment to classical music. Started in 2011, there has since been an increased amount of student involvement in classical music viewing.

Scoop Culture

UK Classical Music Supergroup Tours NZ

UK classical music supergroup London Conchord Ensemble heads to New Zealand in October for Chamber Music New Zealand’s final concert tour of the year and performs two concerts in Wellington.

BBC Music Magazine

Singers unite for first ever International Youth Choir Festival

In April 2017, eight choirs from around the world will arrive in London for the inaugural International Youth Choir Festival.

Vancouver Sun

Accordion ambassador Ksenija Sidorova aims to educate and delight audiences

For Ksenija Sidorovas debut program in Vancouver, there’s a lot of variety: music by Mozart, Moszkowski, and Rachmaninov, a trio of compositions by Russian composers, and even a work by Alfred Schnittke.

Knoxville Mercury

KSO Launches Knoxville’s Fall Classical Music Season With a Debut by its New Director, Aram Demirjian

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will open its 2016-17 season on Thursday and Friday of this week under its new music director and conductor, Aram Demirjian.

New China

Flute sound breathes life into ravaged old Aleppo city

In the eerily ravaged old city of Aleppo, nothing indicates the existence of life, but the flute sound of a 70-year-old man, known as Abu Nadim.

NRK

Youtube er verdens største strømmetjeneste

Musikkbransjen taper enorme summer på at Youtube slipper unna regelverket som de øvrige tjenestene forholder seg til, forteller Marte Thorsby til NRK.

Die Zeit

Der Wunsch nach Weltspitze

In Berlin wird Kulturpolitik im Hauruckverfahren gemacht. Das zeigt sich im Protest des Staatsballetts gegen Sasha Waltz. Welches Ballett braucht die Stadt wirklich?

nmz

Spotify meldet 40 Millionen Abo-Kunden

Der Streaming-Marktführer Spotify gewinnt im Wettlauf um das Musikgeschäft der Zukunft deutlich schneller zahlende Abo-Kunden als die Nummer zwei Apple.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Suggerierte Spiellust und Spannungsabbau

Musik machen ist Hochleistungssport: Deswegen bieten die deutschen Hochschulen Mental- und Auftrittstraining an. Karoline Knappe hat einen Kurs an der Universität der Künste in Berlin besucht.

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Missed an episode of the ? Catch up with our summary here.

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg First ever international festival planned in London

klassik.com @klassikcom Töne zu Farben: Aquarelle zu 350 Werken Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts werden ausgestellt

staatsballett-berlin

Staatsballett Berlin © Carlos Quezada

(Written on September 15, 2016 )