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In today’s news: The number of people watching live music has risen in the past year, OAE announces first Rising Stars cohort, and John Axelrod’s big plans for the Bernstein Centennial. Spotify denies it is playlisting fake artists, and at G-20 Beethoven sends a mixed message to Trump.

The Times

Festival, gig and concert crowds soar

The number of people watching live music has risen in the past year, according to research which found that audiences at concerts and festivals were up 12 per cent and brought in £4 billion to the economy.

Classical Music Magazine

OAE announces first Rising Stars cohort

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) has announced its first Rising Stars of the Enlightenment cohort: a group of up-and-coming singers the ensemble believes to be ‘the opera and vocal stars of the future’.

Pizzicato

John Axelrod’s big plans for the Bernstein Centennial

John Axelrod will turn Sevilla into the epicentre of European activities for the Bernstein at 100 worldwide events, the conductor told Pizzicato.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify denies it’s playlisting fake artists. So why are all these fake artists on its playlists?

Last summer, MBW ran a widely-read story which blew the lid off the fact that Spotify’s platform was being deliberately clogged up with music by ‘fake’ artists.

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Kein Ausweis für den Hund – Barrie Kosky über seinen Bayreuther „Meistersinger“ im Gespräch mit Joachim Lange

Barrie Kosky bereitet auf dem Grünen Hügel in Bayreuth die „Meistersinger“ vor. Am 25. Juli werden damit die Richard-Wagner-Festspiele eröffnet.

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„Die Musik geht einfach direkt ins Herz“

Die russische Sopranistin Julia Lezhneva über ihre Karriereanfänge, Gesangswettbewerbe und die Musik von Karl Heinrich Graue.

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Plácido Domingo hofft auf 4.000. Auftritt

Der spanische Opernsänger Plácido Domingo hofft, in seiner Karriere die Zahl von 4.000 Auftritten voll machen zu können.

El País

Max Richter, el músico que se propone dormirnos

El estreno español de ‘Sleep’, una nana de ocho horas para escuchar por la noche, genera una enorme expectación en Madrid.

The New York Times

At G-20, Beethoven Sends a Mixed Message to Trump

Littered streets were lined by police officers outside the Elbphilharmonie concert hall here on Friday evening after a concert put on for world leaders attending the Group of 20 summit meeting. Inside the security bubble: Beethoven.

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Classical Music Magazine: Rising Stars of the Enlightenment cohort

(Written on July 10, 2017 )

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced further details of their August/September 2017 tour taking place on mainland Europe and the UK.

The orchestra is embarking on an extensive summer programme, following on from a successful tour in Hong Kong and China earlier in 2017. The CSO most recently toured Europe in 2008, before Maestro Louis Langrée took up the position as conductor and Music Director in the 2013/14 season.

In addition to the BBC Proms performance on Sunday 27th August, the orchestra will be performing at the following venues:

25th August: Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh
29th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
30th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
31st August: Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Santander
3rd September: Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven
4th September: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht
5th September: Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp
8th September: Seine Musicale, Paris
9th September: Seine Musicale, Paris

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(Written on May 15, 2017 )

We are delighted to announce that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 27th August as part of the 2017 BBC Proms programme.

Led by Musical Director Louis Langrée, the programme for the evening will be in keeping with the CSO’s history of championing American music, with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Symphonic Suite’ from On the Waterfront, a highly descriptive symphonic portrait of New York City. In 1942, at the height of World War Two, the CSO premiered Aaron Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’ written as a musical tribute to the former president, and will perform it again with a special guest speaker to be announced soon. Tchaikovsky’s majestic Symphony No. 5 will conclude the second half of the concert.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States, and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. This concert coincides with an extensive European tour in which the CSO will visit countries including Scotland, Spain, and others to be announced soon.

Details of all concerts and events in the 2017 Proms season were announced today. Tickets are now available to purchase from the Royal Albert Hall website.

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(Written on April 20, 2017 )

“We are delighted to welcome back the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for their European tour in the summer of 2017, having executed a successful creative PR campaign for the release of ‘Concertos for Orchestra’. The CSO is an incredibly versatile and forward-thinking ensemble, and we look forward to developing and sharing their stories with European audiences.” – Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing

The orchestra will visit several cities in countries around Europe this summer, with dates at the Edinburgh International Festival and San Sebastian already confirmed and more to be announced shortly. In March 2017 it was announced that Louis Langrée was to remain Music Director of the CSO for the 2019-2020 season.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. With a rich history of music making directly linked to the community in the state of Ohio, the CSO ordinarily reside in the Venetian gothic ‘Music Hall’ building, which recently underwent extensive renovation and restoration. The 2017 tour will bring American musical excellence to audiences across Europe, delighting fans new and old with their ‘richness, precision and intensity’ of performance.

CSO previously released live recorded album ‘Concertos for Orchestra’ in November 2016 on the orchestra’s own label ‘Fanfare’, featuring world premieres of seven pieces by contemporary composers. Works from this album will feature among a varied concert programme performed on the European tour.

Stay tuned for more news and announcements from the CSO by checking the WildKat blog. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

(Written on April 11, 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.

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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.

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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 today’s news, watch Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim play the last movement of Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos. Another pianist, Lang Lang, also speaks to the Guardian about his musical tastes which includes Pharrell and Bernstein. Elsewhere, there is an obituary for Brian Couzens, the founder of Chandos Records. He was also a champion in classical music recordings for audio engineering. Dolly the Sheep also features in today’s classical news: Steve Reich and Beryl Korot’s video-opera Three Tales comes to the Science Museum in London. It is the first opera to ever be performed live at an IMAX Theatre. Also, can you spot a Strad? Classic FM’s new game puts your ear to the test.

The Guardian

Watch Argerich and Barenboim perform the final movement of Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos – video

Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim, two legendary musicians – both born in Buenos Aires in the early 1940s – are friends and musical partners.

Facing the music: Lang Lang

Kempff and Kleiber, Rubinstein and Bernstein, and getting Happy with Pharrell – pianist Lang Lang on the music that inspires him

Classical Music Magazine

Obituary: Brian Couzens, 17 January 1933 ‒ 17 April 2015

Brian Couzens, the founder of Independent label Chandos Records and for three decades a standard-setter in audio engineering of the classical recording industry, has died after a short illness. He was 82.

Sinfini

Dolly the Sheep will make a surprise reappearance in London this week, as a Steve Reich opera examining the increasing dominance of science in society receives a performance at the world-famous Science Museum. 

Three Tales is the result of a creative collaboration between the minimalist composer Reich and his wife, the pioneering video artist Beryl Korot.

Classic FM

Blind test: can you recognise the sound of a Stradivarius?

Just how good does a Stradivarius sound, and could you pick one out in a blind test? The Strad magazine staged one to find out.

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Das junge Gesicht der Alten Musik

Jazz, Renaissance, Moderne: Nuria Rial ist offen für Vieles – doch ihr Herz gehört den Arien des Barocks

pizzicato

Pietari Inkinen Named Chief Conductor Of The Japan Philharmonic

Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen (he turns 35 by the end of the month) has been named the Chief Conductor of The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pereira wärmt alte Ideen auf: Oper auf dem Flughafen

Der Intendant der Mailänder Scala, Alexander Pereira, will im September 2015 die Oper ‘L’elisir d’amore’ von Gaetano Donizetti am Mailänder Flughafen Malpensa aufführen.

klassik.com

Deutscher Pianistenpreis für Yekwon Sunwoo

Der Koreaner Yekwon Sunwoo (26) ist vom “International Piano Forum” mit dem Deutschen Pianistenpreis ausgezeichnet worden.

Le Figaro

Des mélomanes pas toujours dans le tempo

Le nouveau public de la Philharmonie de Paris applaudit parfois à des moments jugés inopportuns par ceux qui maîtrisent les codes du concert. Mais qu’importe le rituel  si l’enthousiasme est là!

NPR Music

Julia Wolfe Wins Music Pulitzer For ‘Anthracite Fields’

Julia Wolfe, a composer associated with the new-music collective Bang on a Can, has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for Anthracite Fields.

MIT Technology Review

What Makes a Violin Powerful

Study identifies features that boost a violin’s sound.

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Phil Miller ‏@PhilipJEMiller : Big announcement for Scottish Opera today, unveiling it’s new music director.

Opera Rara ‏@OperaRara : Missed Sir Mark Elder on @MusicMattersR3 on Sat? Catch up here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05qyhfz … – inc an extract from our new release #LesMartyrs

Opera North ‏@Opera_North : WOW. As if #singing #QueenoftheNight isn’t HARD enough, try hanging upside down by silks. @rainellesara #coloratura http://bit.ly/1D93NuI 

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Lang Lang. Photo: Pro Musica

(Written on April 21, 2015 )

In just under three weeks, the UK’s premiere symphony orchestra for children will take to the stage at one of London’s most prestigious venues for their Winter Concert.

The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Main Orchestra and Under 13 Orchestra will both perform challenging works, demonstrating their impressive musical talents and outstanding professionalism.

Principal Music Director of the NCO, Roger Clarkson, will conduct the Under 13 Orchestra who will perform Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, Grofé’s ‘Sunrise’ and ‘On The Trail’ from Grand Canyon Suite, as well as works by Tchaikovsky.

The NCO’s Main Orchestra will perform Holst’s The Perfect Fool, Bernstein’s West Side Story – Symphonic Dances and Moncayo’s Huapango, with guest conductor Natalia Luis-Bassa.

Come along on 7th December 2014 to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall at 7:30pm to be inspired by the NCO. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website here.

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(Written on November 18, 2014 )

The Guardian

Class, race and classical music

Western classical music – performers and audiences alike – is still an almost exclusively white concern. What can be done?

Piano: Machine of Dreams Exhibition – in pictures

Part of this year’s ‘It’s All About Piano!’ festival at the Institute français is an exhibition of photographs taken by Amy T Zielinski. In this article she picks some of her favourite shots, and tells us why.

The Telegraph

The world of violin maker Florian Leonhard

Violin maker Florian Leonhard talks to Ellie Pithers about music, his childhood, and matchmaking.

Classic FM

Il Divo serenaded one of their fans

Il Divo gave one lucky audience a very special surprise, serenading them with a performance of ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story.

UT San Diego

Opera union files second NLRB complaint

The labour union representing singers, chorus members and production personnel for the San Diego Opera filed a new charge with the National Labor Relations Board over the pending closure of the opera company.

Le Figaro

Trois ténors, Jonas Kaufmann, Rolando Villazón et Juan Diego Flórez seront à l’affiche en France dans les prochaines semaines.
Die Welt
Von Lukoil unterstutzt setzt sich Teodor Currentzis geschickt als neuer Taktstock-Guru in Szene. Er machte Perm am Ural zum Mekka der Klassic. Serine Einspielung vom “Figaro” ist grandios. Ein Portrat.
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Interview Plácido Domingo: “Zum Entspannen in die Sonne”

Sein stimmlicher Glanz strahlt ungebrochen, selbst eine Lungenembolie hat Plácido Domingo nicht bremsen können

 

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Bristol Old Vic: @BristolOldVic Its back! Bristol Proms returns with a programme packed full of extraordinary classical music http://bit.ly/1pFzWEt 

Gramophone: @GramophoneMag A longread for your journey home: The crossroads of music literature & art w/Will Self, Iain Sinclair & Chris Gollon http://www.gramophone.co.uk/feature/at-the-crossroads-of-music-literature-and-art-with-will-self-iain-sinclair-and-chris-gollon …

Bachtrack: @Bachtrack Have you voted for your favourite classical music festival yet? Cast your all important vote here: http://bit.ly/BTwff14 

musik heute: @Musik_Heute Neuer Beitrag: Pianist Frank Dupree gewinnt Deutschen Musikwettbewerb: Bonn/Berlin (mh) – Der Pianist Frank Du… http://bit.ly/1pYXfcl

netzwerk junge ohren: @jungeohren  Das Projekt “Klangradar – Mit den Ohren sehen lernen” in Kooperation mit dem… http://fb.me/2c1MnZlgn

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(Written on April 4, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Protest disrupts Met’s Eugene Onegin first night

The Metropolitan Opera’s season-opening production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin on 23 September was disrupted briefly by a lone protester urging the house and its cast to take a public stand against Russia’s repression of homosexuals

Los Angeles Times

Renée Fleming sings Top 10 on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’

Renée Fleming lent her lush soprano voice to CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” on Wednesday night, singing a humorous rendition of the show’s Top 10 list

Classic FM Online

Inflatable concert hall to open in Japan

A bright purple inflatable concert hall resembling giant plum is touring areas devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Matsushima, Japan

British Paraorchestra win Prime Minister’s Big Society Award

A year on from playing with Coldplay at the Paralympics 2012, the British Paraorchestra is to be honoured with a Big Society Award

Star Tribune

New Minnesota Orchestra offer includes $20K signing bonuses

Musicians are “offended” board went public with proposal that includes $20,000 one-time bonus

Limelight Magazine

Hilliards to hang up vocal cords after 40th anniversary tour

The Hilliard Ensemble are to launch their 40th anniversary season with a special reunion concert at the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival on December 11 – four decades to the day since their debut concert in 1973

Arts beat

Gerard Mortier Named Artistic Adviser of Teatro Real Opera House in Madrid

The Teatro Real said Wednesday that it had created a new advisory post for Gerard Mortier, two weeks after abruptly ousting him as artistic director of the opera house here

Pacific Standard

Want Quick, Accurate Thinking? Ask a Musician

New research finds musical training appears to sharpen our ability to detect our own mistakes, and rapidly make needed adjustments

The Telegraph

New York Opera set to enter bankruptcy within a week

New York City Opera could be sounding its final note this weekend – at least for a while

The Guardian

Classical music is at the heart of Manchester’s radical music scene

Manchester’s classical music tradition and culture is full of names just as stellar and characters just as large and significant as the likes of Oasis, The Smiths and New Order, writes Stuart Maconie

BBC Music Magazine

John Williams’s Star Wars theme named nation’s favourite film score

Classic film score beats competition from Morricone, Bernstein and Herrmann

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(Written on September 27, 2013 )

This week at the Proms we talked to many young Prommers about their thoughts on the link between fashion and classical music. Many of them were attending the Proms for the first time, so had really thought about what to wear to the Royal Albert Hall.

We really enjoyed talking to 17-year-old twins, Shannon and Jo, who visited Prom 32 to see their sister perform Bernstein’s Mass. They normally attend pop or rock music concerts but admitted that the change in musical styles for them that evening meant that they dressed smarter than usual. As both girls are interested in fashion, they said they would be looking out for what the performers were wearing, and hoped it wouldn’t be distracting or inappropriate.

Two musicians, Justin and Joe, had contrasting views on the fashion of performers and the audience. As Joe doesn’t care about the audience’s style when he is on stage, he tends to wear exactly what he likes to a concert. On the other hand, Justin really considered the details of the repertoire when choosing his outfit for the Proms. As he had performed the piece of music before, he thought about the meaning of it and how he could express that himself as a spectator in the Royal Albert Hall.

Read more about the Prommers’ opinions, with many more photos and stories, on our Fashion at the Proms Pinterest Board.

(Written on August 7, 2012 )