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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.

Klassik

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

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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.

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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.

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Image: BBC News

(Written on February 16, 2017 )

Classic FM

Ukraine protesters disrupt London Symphony Orchestra concert

The London Symphony Orchestra’s open air concert in Trafalgar Square last night was interrupted by protesters who were making a stand against conductor Valery Gergiev’s support of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

‘Drunk’ man climbs Sydney Opera House

A man has been rescued from the roof of the iconic Sydney Opera House after walking up and down the ‘sails’ for over an hour. An eyewitness told news.com.au that the man was shouting “Where’s my wallet?” and drinking from a can of beer he produced from his trouser pockets.

The Telegraph

Alison Balsom: Government cutbacks to music lessons make me furious

Alison Balsom, the virtuoso trumpeter and former Young Musician of the Year finalist, attacks Government policy on music lessons in schools, saying she would not have become a professional musician under current levels of funding.

BBC Music Magazine

New electronic musical instrument created from pebbles and sticks

Created by Italian designers Fabrica, the ‘Stone Pad’ makes its debut.

B Tommy Andersson appointed as BBC National Orchestra of Wales Composer-in-Association

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has announced that B Tommy Andersson will be its Composer-in-Association for the 2014-15 season. The Swedish composer will work closely with the orchestra for one year, culminating in a specially commissioned work.

Emmanuel Krivine appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has announced that French conductor Emmanuel Krivine will be their new Principal Guest Conductor, starting in September 2015.

The Independent

A comeback for the humble cassette?

Show a child an old cassette and you’ll probably get a snigger or two. But, says Rhodri Marsden, a breakthrough from Sony could make them regard tapes with a certain awe.

The New York Times

I’m a Cellist, Not a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 

David Finckel about travelling as a musician

Met Orchestra Authorizes Strike Vote if Talks Fail

This weekend the musicians in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra wore buttons during performances to call attention to the fact that the opera house is seeking concessions from them in contract talks

Klassik.com

Australian String Quartet erhält Spende von 510.000 Dollar

Geld soll für Kauf eines Guadagnini-Cello genutzt werden

“Goldener Schikaneder” für Edita Gruberova

Die Opernsängerin Edita Gruberova erhält beim diesjährigen Österreichischen Musiktheaterpreis für ihr Lebenswerk den “Goldenen Schikaneder”.

Klassik Heute

Gotthold Schwarz vertritt Thomaskantor beim Bachfest Leipzig

Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller wird aus gesundheitlichen Gründen noch bis zum Schuljahresende pausieren. Gotthold Schwarz vertritt den Thomaskantor ab sofort in dessen Amt und zeichnet somit auch für die Konzertaufführungen mit dem Thomanerchor im Bachfest Leipzig verantwortlich.

 

Classical Music on Twitter

OperaSpace@OperaSpace Here’s a reminder of the @RoyalPhilSoc #RPSMusicAwards shortlist for this evening: http://rpsmusicawards.com/shortlist

Southbank Centre@southbankcentre 20 composers have been commissioned to write for #NewMusicBiennial. Meet Alistair Anderson in this quick video: http://j.mp/1l7JTcg

The Musical Brain ‏@themusicalbrain We’re crowdfunding to improve access at arts/science events for those with #hearingloss. Can you help?Donate & RT: http://bit.ly/RavCmd

Gdn Culture Pros ‏@GdnCulturePros Arts fundraising tips: setbacks don’t have to be failures http://dlvr.it/5fXbRn #arts #culture
Guardian Classical ‏@GdnClassical ‘Opera can make us see, feel and hear the world differently’: UK’s opera chiefs on why it matters http://gu.com/p/3p3k4/tw #insideopera

Guardian Classical ‏@GdnClassical Inside Opera: did it convince three sceptics? http://gu.com/p/3p662/tf

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(Written on May 13, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Petrenko: I don’t believe women conductors are a distraction

Vasily Petrenko’s interview in which he appeared anti-women caused outrage. He defends himself in an interview with Adam Sweeting.

Classic FM Online

Studying music increases blood flow to the brain

30 minutes of musical training can increase blood flow to the left hemisphere of the brain, so says a new study carried out by the University of Liverpool.

Classical Music Magazine

Sir John Tomlinson to receive RPS Gold Medal

Bass Sir John Tomlinson has been named as the latest recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal, the society’s highest honour.

The Daily Telegraph – Sydney

Adelaide philanthropist Diana Ramsay gives $510,000 towards Australian String Quartet’s Guadagnini cello

Adelaide arts benefactor Diana Ramsay has given $510,000 to the fundraising drive for the Guadagnini cello on loan to the Australian String Quartet.

Concerti

Interview Anne-Sophie Mutter: „Im August breche ich endlich nach Botswana auf“ 

Seit 25 Jahren kann Anne-Sophie Mutter und Lambert Orkis nichts trennen. Nun gehen die beiden auf „Silber-Tournee“ und erfüllen einen Kindheitstraum der Geigerin

Klassik Akzente

Max Richters “Vivaldi Recomposed” im Finale von Germany’s Next Top Model

Der Top 20 Walk ist ein Höhepunkt im Finale von Heidi Klums Germany’s Next Top Model. Die Modells werden dabei von den angesagtesten Stars und ihrer Musik begleitet. Diesmal tritt der britische Erfolgskomponist Max Richter mit “Vivaldi Recomposed” auf.

MDR

Semperoper mit neuem Leitungs-Team

Die traditionsreiche Semperoper in Dresden hat zwei leitende Positionen in ihrem Haus neu besetzt. Am Dienstag wurden Ronald Adler als Künstlerischer Berater und Anna Melcher als Chefdramaturgin vorgestellt.

Le Figaro

Les bons tuyaux de Cameron Carpenter

À 32 ans, le musicien bouscule le milieu de l’orgue avec un tout nouvel instrument, créé spécialement pour lui par le facteur du Massachusetts Marshall & Ogletree.

Classical Music on Twitter

TED Talks ‏@TEDTalks  “Classical music is for everybody.” A truly delightful music lesson: http://on.ted.com/sqxX

Philharmonic Society@RoyalPhilSoc We have shortlisted @Opera_North for their fantastic festival of Britten last year. Best of luck, only 4 days left to wait! #RPSMusicAwards

The Art Fund ‏@artfund What was Handel’s relationship with the British monarchy? Music for Royal occassions @FoundlingMuseum – closes 18 http://po.st/svL4PI

Michel van der Aa@vanderaanet Interestingly only 1 out of these 7 UK artistic directors picks a new opera as “best for first-timer” http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/may/09/inside-opera-live-why-opera-matters-uk-opera-chiefs #insideopera

Artsfundraising@artsfundraising Arts orgs in London, North & the South West: 1 week to go to apply to host a Fundraising Fellow! Deadline 16 May http://bit.ly/1fscJGU

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on May 9, 2014 )