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In today’s news, an extraordinary argument has broken out between the Leipzig String Quartet and London’s Wigmore Hall, violinist Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields will be Classic FM’s first ever Artists in Residence, Jan Latham-Koenig shares the music and musicians that inspire him and the BBC on why lowbrow music hits the right note. Wales Online looks at what’s happened to some of the past winners of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports about music in shopping centres, Simone Young is named the new honorary member of the Hamburger Staatsoper, Anna Netrebko takes time off due to an infection and the Barenboim-Said-Academy opens today. McDonald’s Scottish pipes in Beethoven and Bach to quell public unrest and violinist Suyeon Kang has won the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

The Telegraph

The cancelled concert and the violinist accused of attempted murder

An extraordinary argument has broken out between the Leipzig String Quartet and London’s Wigmore Hall over a cancelled concert. At its heart is the violinist accused of attempted murder who maintains his innocence – and that he was the victim of a date-rape drug administered by a transsexual prostitute

Classic FM

Joshua Bell and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields are Classic FM’s Artists in Residence

Violinist Joshua Bell and his orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, will be Classic FM’s first ever Artists in Residence.

The Guardian

Facing the music: Jan Latham-Koenig

From Furtwängler to the Beatles to Milhaud, the conductor shares the music that and musicians that inspire him

BBC

Why does lowbrow music hit the right note?

There’s a famous line in Noel Coward’s play Private Lives. A couple – once lovers – meet by chance on the terrace of a French hotel. Because they’re middle-class English people and this is the 1930s, emotions are repressed. But off-stage a dance band is playing. The couple are moved, despite themselves. “Extraordinary,” one of them says, “how potent cheap music is.”

Wales Online

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World: Where are the former winners?

It’s just 24 hours until the 2015 contest gets underway so we look at what’s happened to some of the past winners of the biennial contest

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Mit Musik gegen Online-Shopping

Die Überlegung hinter Musik im Kaufhaus ist einfach: Je wohler sich der Kunde fühlt, desto länger bleibt er im Laden. Je länger er bleibt, desto wahrscheinlich ist ein Kauf.

Hamburger Abendblatt

Simone Young neues Ehrenmitglied der Staatsoper

Sie verlässt Hamburg nach zehn Jahren. Zum Abschied ehrte Kultursenatorin Kisseler die Intendantin. Ihr Nachfolger wird Kent Nagano.

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Anna Netrebko pausiert

Wegen einer hartnäckigen Infektion hat die Sopranistin Anna Netrebko eine Gesangspause eingelegt.

berlin.de

Barenboim-Said-Akademie kommt voran

Die Akademie des Dirigenten Daniel Barenboim für junge Musiker aus dem Nahen Osten lädt heute (15. Juni 2015) zum Richtfest ein.

Classicalite

Fast Food Fight: McDonald’s Scotland Piping in Beethoven, Bach to Quell Public Unrest

If one were to scour the vast libraries of YouTube for fast food restaurant brawls, one might find a buffet of altercations taking place at Wendy’s, IHOP and so on. However, for Scotland’s busiest McDonalds, a new regiment of classical music is being played in order to simmer down the revolting public.

Otago Daily Times

Australian violinist wins Michael Hill Violin Comp

Australian violinist Suyeon Kang has won the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

Twitter

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Classical Today@ClassicalToday: New Paris conductor gets prime TV role

The Leipzig Quartet: Matthias Moosdorf (standing) and Stefan Arzberger, who is accused of attempted murder (second left)

The Leipzig Quartet: Matthias Moosdorf (standing) and Stefan Arzberger, who is accused of attempted murder (second left)

(Written on June 15, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Daniel Harding is named the new music director of the Orchestre de Paris, the Bayreuth Wagner Festival is becoming more of a soap opera than a classical opera and the Spectator states that dressing up for the opera is not elitist. Furthermore, Lisa Milne has announced she will be quitting the main stage and devoting the rest of her career to teaching, Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ is being performed in the Israeli Masada National Park and Thomas Hengelbrock will be Chef associé at the Orchestre de Paris from 2016. Today, the Leipziger Bachfest starts, music streaming services aim at Japan and composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank answers questions on I Care If You Listen.

The Times

Daniel Harding: the British conductor with a new Paris beat

Daniel Harding, 39, is following Barenboim, Solti and Karajan as the new music director of the Orchestre de Paris. Richard Morrison meets him

The Guardian

The Bayreuth Wagner festival: more soap opera than classical opera

Allegations that joint director Eva Wagner-Pasquier is not allowed even near the festival theatre are the latest twists in a long saga of offstage feuds at Bayreuth

Classical Music Magazine

Daniel Harding takes Paris post

Daniel Harding is to be the next music director of the Orchestre de Paris, succeeding Paavo Järvi.

The Spectator

Dressing up for the opera is not elitist

Evening dress is a great social leveller

Herald Scotland

Soprano Lisa Milne on quitting the stage and turning to teaching

Lisa Milne, one of the finest operatic voices Scotland has ever produced, has announced she will be quitting the main stage and devoting the rest of her career to teaching.

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Oper in der Wüste

Im israelischen ’Masada National Park’ wird zurzeit Giacomo Puccinis ‘Tosca’ aufgeführt, in der Regie von Nicolas Joël und unter der Leitung von Daniel Oren, in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Israelischen Opernchor und dem Israelischen Symphonie Orchester Rischon Letzion.

klassik.com

Thomas Hengelbrock

Thomas Hengelbrock wird mit Beginn der Spielzeit 2016/17 Chef associé beim Orchestre de Paris. Er ist seit 2011 Chefdirigent des NDR Sinfonieorchesters und leitet seit seiner Gründung das Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble.

MUSIK HEUTE

Bachfest Leipzig beginnt – Verbindung mit Stadtjubiläum

Das Leipziger Bachfest beginnt am (heutigen) Freitag mit einer Neuheit: Erstmals spielt das Händelfestspielorchester zur Eröffnung.

The New York Times

Music Streaming Service Aims at Japan, Where CD Is Still King

As listeners around the world turn to streaming music, there has been one important holdout: Japan. More than 80 percent of the sales in the country are still on physical formats like CDs, and the industry in Japan has been resistant to allowing streaming services to take root.

I Care If You Listen

5 Questions to Gabriela Lena Frank (composer)

Composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank is as busy as she can imagine being. She has just completed My angel, his name is Freedom, a commission from the Handel and Haydn Society which they will debut on June 18 at Symphony Hall in Boston as part of their bicentennial celebration.

Twitter

London Bach Society @bachlive: Sending good wishes to our Leipzig friends for a super Bachfest starting today ..Singet dem Herrn eine neues Lied

Telegraph Classical : How to open an opera festival in your back garden

Classical Today : YOUNG ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Veronika Eberle, violinist

Daniel Harding Photo: Julian Hargreaves

Daniel Harding
Photo: Julian Hargreaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on June 12, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Opera, festivals and a legendary pianist: the Southbank Centre announces 2015-16 programme

Next season’s highlights include Opera North’s semi-staged Ring cycle, and anniversary celebrations for Barenboim, Shakespeare and Menuhin

Classic FM

Barenboim to perform with Dudamel to mark 60th anniversary of his Royal Festival Hall debut

Daniel Barenboim performing with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and a performance by Nicola Benedetti are just two of the highlights of Southbank Centre’s 2015/16 season.

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank and resident ensembles announce 2015/16 seasons

The Southbank Centre and its four resident ensembles, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, have announced their 2015/16 seasons.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Proms launches 2015 ‘Inspire’ competition for young composers

Winning works will be performed at the 2015 Proms

Gramophone

Watch: Esa-Pekka Salonen named New York Philharmonic’s Composer-in-Residence

The Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra assumes his first resident composer position, with video interview

Sinfini

Multi-sensory classical music

The Manchester Camerata has announced a new concert programme that will use sensory stimuli – from scent bombs to blindfolds to custom-made cocktails – to encourage their audience to experience music in a new and different way.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

So sieht Europas neues Urheberrecht aus

Das europäische Urheberrecht soll harmonisiert werden. Zwei Deutsche sind federführend: Günther Oettinger für die Kommission, Julia Reda für das Parlament.

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Pianistin Elisso Bolkvadze wird ‘UNESCO Artist for Peace’

Die georgische Pianistin Elisso Bolkvadze (*1967) wurde zum ‘UNESCO Artist for Peace’ ernannt.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Kollektive Musik

Ultraschall Berlin 2015 – das Festival für Neue Musik

concerti

„So ernst nimmt man mich zuhause nicht“

Anne-Sophie Mutter über die Abnabelung ihrer Kinder, Fitnesstraining für die Bühne – und die Weisheit im Alter

CLASSICALITE

Hungarian Pianist Gergely Bogányi Creates “Revolutionary” New Piano with Composite Soundboard, Unveils it in Budapest

A new piano has been introduced by Hungarian pianist Gergely Bogányi that he believes will revolutionize the world of piano playing.

Twitter

The Guardian ‏@guardian: A temporary reprieve for the troubled Ulster Orchestra http://trib.al/BbFeJMJ 

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse: How do such beautiful performances emerge from such cramped conditions? Orch pit insights: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/going-underground-a-day-in-the-life-of-the-orchestra-pit … ^C

Classic FM @ClassicFM: For the flautists. Sorry, ‘flutists’. Whatever it is. http://classfm.co/i7RoeA 

81d84063-0e28-41e6-a48e-0b741a3c8108-620x372Intelligent and accessible … Opera North’s Ring cycle is part of Southbank Centre’s 2015-16 programme. Photo: Clive Barda/PR

 

(Written on January 23, 2015 )

The Guardian

Spotify to take on iTunes Radio with free tier for its music apps

11 December event expected to expand free mobile access from US, although on-demand streams will be limited

The New York Times

Kennedy Center Names New Chief

Deborah F. Rutter, who as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra helped it navigate the financial shoals that have sunk other orchestras, will become the president of the Kennedy Center next fall, the center announced on Tuesday

Voice of America

San Francisco Musicians Create ‘New’ Classical Music

A group of young artists in San Francisco are continuing that trend, giving new life to an old field: opera and European classical music

Star Tribune

Italian opera house La Scala: Riccardo Chailly to replace Barenboim as musical director

The Milanese opera house La Scala took another step in its artistic and managerial transition on Tuesday by confirming that Riccardo Chailly will be its new musical director, replacing Daniel Barenboim

Minnesota Orchestra: Board reports deficit of $1.1 million for fiscal 2013

Minnesota Orchestral Association reported revenue of roughly $12 million, nearly all through contributions and investment income

New Music Box

FAIR AND BALANCED

“Until we rid ourselves of the notion that the best music of all time was created by a handful of men who lived an ocean away from us and who all died more than a century before any of us were born, we will never have programming that truly reflects the vast array of musical creativity all around us.”

Digital Music News

A Tiny Percentage of Artist Income Comes from Copyright, Study Finds…

According to a study conducted by Peter DiCola of the Northwestern University School of Law, artists are now, on average, deriving a relatively tiny percentage of their income directly from copyrights

FONO FORUM

“Reden – das kann ich einfach so”

Die Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida ist nicht nur eine weltweit gefeierte Mozart-Interpretin, sondern weiß auch sachkundig und unterhaltsam über Musik zu erzählen. Im Januar gibt sie ein Gesprächskonzert zu Beethovens „Diabelli-Variationen“ in der Essener Philharmonie

FONO FORUM

FONO FORUM

(Written on December 12, 2013 )

Telegraph

Paralympics Opening Ceremony playlist

The LSO, Britten, and new commissions at the Paralympics opening ceremony.

Classic FM

David Garrett, Lang Lang, and Lady Gaga?

The classical music stars reveal their penchant for pop after attending Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball concert in Vienna.

Piano tuning changes brain structure

You don’t need tuning forks or perfect pitch to tune a piano – in fact, listening to minute differences between notes can improve your brain structure, according to a new study

Kent Nagano appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

He adds his name to a host of master-conductors, including composers Sibelius and Nielsen, as well as Herbert von Karajan, Neeme Järvi and Gustavo Dudamel.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Top conservatory leader drops out without a whimper

We have just been informed that the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester replaced its director last month.

NPR Music

Barenboim’s Beethoven: A Soloist And Conductor In Complete Agreement

Conductor, pianist and peace advocate Daniel Barenboim first recorded all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos in 1967. Barenboim, a brash and fantastically smart 24-year-old, was paired with an elder statesman, conductor Otto Klemperer. There was real magic in that collaboration, yielding recordings that still set a benchmark.

Playbill Arts

The London Symphony Orchestra Returns

Fresh from its starring role in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, the London Symphony Orchestra returns to Lincoln Center next month for its annual New York residency

Lang Lang and Garrett at a Lady Gaga concert – Classic FM

 

(Written on August 30, 2012 )

It is nigh on impossible to be in London this week and avoid the Olympics; whilst the Big Smoke may be quieter than usual in some parts of the town, there still seems to be an Olympic official, a fan or #teamGB T-shirt-wearer in every (nearly deserted) tube carriage.
And so the world of Classical Music has been infiltrated by the Olympics, too. Or rather, Classical Music has infiltrated the Olympics.

Nineteen members of the Canadian Olympic team have this week been revealed to be classical musicians, members of Conservatoires back in Canada but are, this month, just focusing on the sporting side of their talents.

There was no nod to popular music in the selection of Olympic flag bearers of 2012 but it was conductor Daniel Barenboim, who proudly stood as one of the eight great humanitarians, chosen for his services to music and peacekeeping. This was most notably due to his creation of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, bringing together young musicians in his home country of Israel regardless of their political position or origin either side of the Palestine/Israel border.

The Arts Desk

During a celebration of ‘England’s green and pleasant lands’, Parry’s Jerusalem was touchingly sung by 11-year-old Humphrey Keeper, leading The Dockhead Choir. Handel’s Water Music and Elgar’s Nimrod both featured at the dramatic moments of the event, whilst Ode to Joy was a debated contender for the show’s repertoire after David Beckham performed it in a Samsung advert using just his feet, talent and a football; however it never made the bill.

Speaking of Ode to Joy, this week Barenboim proclaimed Beethoven to be a ‘bit of an Olympian’ himself after conducting his medal worthy First to Ninth Symphonies all in eight days at the BBC proms. After the performance of the Ninth last Friday Barenboim was then rushed (most certainly using those Olympic traffic lanes!) to get to the Olympic stadium to carry the all-important flag.

Classical music was also given the chance to show its modern face and its sense of humour, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting whilst Mr. Bean was on the keyboard, contributing to the famous Vangelis music from Chariots of Fire. Whilst Rattle’s role was small, it featured a wonderful combination of classical music from the London Symphony Orchestra with Bean’s electronic input – probably the most crucial part of Vangelis’ wonderful theme tune. And so a famous Maestro and Britain’s famous comedian shared the stage. With even the Queen herself showing a sense of humour in her James Bond sketch, it was great to see Sir Simon Rattle dispersing stereotypes of stuffiness within classical music courtesy of his witty performance with Mr. Bean.

Classical music and its musicians actually feature in the most important moment for every single Olympian out there.  This year the London Philharmonic Orchestra recorded all 205 Olympic countries’ anthems in the legendary Abbey Road Studios with just 12 minutes allocated to record each individual piece. Despite the tight schedule that the anthems were completed in, they sound fantastic and boost every nation’s spirits each time a Gold is won. We just hope to hear ‘God Save the Queen’ a lot more over the next week…

The Daily Mail

(Written on August 3, 2012 )

The Independent

An inventive addition to the Proms: Wallace promises a grand day out

Multi-talented Wallace is turning his hand to composing, with a new commission for this year’s Proms.

The Guardian

Proms 2012 celebrates best of Britain – youth, royalty, and Wallace & Gromit

Festival’s 118th season also features Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s Beethoven cycle and marks Delius, Debussy and John Cage anniversaries.

The Times

São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra debuts at the Proms

São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra amazes audience with their new maestro, the American conductor Marin Alsop.

Commentary: Richard Morrison’s view of the Proms 2012

With an emphasis on youth and visits from three of Europe’s greatest orchestras, the Proms should more than hold its own against the Olympics.

Classical Music Magazine

New Sam letter is conciliatory after ‘divisive and unhelpful’ furore

A further open letter has been sent in the ongoing public debate over the current and future work of contemporary music organisation Sound and Music (SAM).

Norman Lebrecht

Wow! My Fair Lady at the BBC Proms

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, this summer promises to be unlike any other, and as such the Proms is delighted to be part of the London 2012 Festival.

The political maestro they just can’t fire

We’ve been receiving further messages of discontent from South Korea about the conductor Shinik Hahm, who is now taking legal action against seven players in the KBS Symphony Orchestra for supposedly blackening his character.

Eminent cellist ends his playing career

Heinrich Schiff has pulled out of a festival in Southwest Germany, saying he no longer wants to play cello.

 

(Written on April 20, 2012 )

The Times

Proms, Politics And Israel Philharmonic.

Avi Shoshani, the secretary-general of the orchestra, talks to Neil Fisher.

Classical Music In 2012.

There’s no escaping Daniel Barenboim and new kid on the block Gustavo Dudamel this year, according to Richard Morrison.

New York Times

A Packed Schedule For Spoleto Festival.

A preview of what’s on at the 2012 Spoleto Festival.

LA Times

Vanger vs. Wagner? 

‘Dragon Tattoo’ family has familiar ring.

Faces To Watch In 2012: Pop Music, Classical And Jazz.

The LA Times puts together an exciting gallery of faces to watch in 2012.

The Telegraph

Ronald Searle Was Britain’s Greatest Graphic Artist.

Harry Mount describes the qualities of the late Ronald Searle.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/harrymount/100059284/ronald-searle-was-britains-greatest-graphic-artist/

 

(Written on January 4, 2012 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music news.

LA Times

Cultural Exchange: The diplomatic view of classical music

US State Department cables released by WikiLeaks offer sometimes-vivid glimpses into cultural diplomacy involving musical performances abroad. By Marcia Adair.

Gramophone

The conductor Kurt Sanderling has died

Born September 19, 1912; September 17, 2011

BBC Proms celebrates ticket sales success

More than two-thirds of events sold out.

The Telegraph

Berlin Staatskapelle/Barenboim, Lucerne Festival, review

On its final weekend the Lucerne festival made an extravagant flourish with three concerts by Daniel Barenboim and his Berlin Staatskapelle orchestra. Ivan Hewett Reports.

Don Giovanni, WNO, Wales Millenium Centre, review

John Caird’s new production for Welsh National Opera seems devoid of any thoughtfulness at all, says Rupert Christiansen.

The Arts Desk

Faust, Royal Opera House

Simple but stunning McVicar production achieves a level of profundity that almost had reviewer Igor Toronyi-Lalic in tears.

(Written on September 19, 2011 )