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In today’s classical news, in order to raise money for young musicians facing challenging circumstances, National Orchestra for All is inviting members of the public to play as part of a professional orchestra. Winners of International Classical Music Awards 2017 have been announced and applications are now open for the 1st Bartok World International Violin Competition, taking place in Budapest, Hungary, later this year. Festival Ultraschall is underway in Berlin, which this year focuses on the voice, and The Elbphilharmonie’s first piano evening featured Mitsuko Uchida. Also, listen to the Konzerthausorchester Berlin’s recreation of the sounds of Berlin.

Classical Music Magazine

NOFA announces Musical Chairs event details

The National Orchestra for All is offering members of the public the chance to play as part of a professional orchestra and raise money for young musicians facing challenging circumstances.

The Violin Channel

Applications Open for Inaugural Bartok World International Violin Competition

Applications are now open for the inaugural 2017 Bartok World International Violin Competition, which is to be held at Budapest, Hungary from September 10th to 17th.

Pizzicato

ICMA Awards 2017: The Winners

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) today announced the winners for 2017.

CMUSE

Berlin orchestra recreates the sounds of the city

Most classical music fans, when asked their opinion of the sound of Berlin, would likely assume you meant the acoustics in the Berlin Philharmonie or the sound of the city’s world famous Berlin Philharmonic. But, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin has different ideas.

The Strad

Man arrested for throwing mobile phone at orchestral musicians

The Madrid Community Orchestra was performing at National Auditorium of Music in Spain when the incident took place.

Music Teacher Magazine

University of Liverpool launches MA course with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

The University of Liverpool and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic are launching a new postgraduate course in the business of classical music.

The New York Times

Obama Understood the Power of Art. And He Wanted You to Get It, Too.

Mr. Obama brought all kinds of art and culture into the White House, and he sought culture out.

Broadwayworld

Seoul Philharmonic to Perform Asian Premiere of Rediscovered Work by Stravinsky

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) presented the program of its subscription concerts on January 20-21, featuring the recently rediscovered work by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971).

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Die Stimme als Spiegel der Gesellschaft

Ganz im Zeichen der Stimme steht das diesjährige “Ultraschall”-Festival von Deutschlandradio Kultur und RBB-Kulturradio. 14 Veranstaltungen präsentieren das “persönlichste aller Instrumente”: vom Liederabend bis zur experimentellen Performance, sagt Rainer Pöllmann.

Musik heute

Erster Klavierabend in der Elbphilharmonie: Mitsuko Uchida umjubelt

Der erste Klavierabend in der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie ist am Mittwoch vom Publikum gefeiert worden. Mitsuko Uchida, britische Pianistin japanischer Herkunft, spielte im 2.100 Besucher fassenden Großen Saal Werke von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Schumann und dem zeitgenössischen deutschen Komponisten und Klarinettisten Jörg Widmann.

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Goldmünzenschatz in altem Klavier entdeckt

In einem rund 110 Jahre alten Klavier ist im englischen Shrophire ein versteckter Goldmünzenschatz entdeckt worden. Die Entdeckung wurde beim Versuch gemacht, das Instrument zu stimmen.

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Ultraschall Berlin @UltraschallB Bis heute Abend:Karten gewinnen für Abschlusskonzert am So mit #MarisolMontalvo, @DSOBerlin & #DennisRussellDavies! https://ultraschallberlin.de/kartenverlosung/ …

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Hitting the right note: the orchestra helping stroke survivors recover – video – The Guardian https://t.co/9vXxhWAw3P

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Photo: International Classical Music Awards

(Written on January 19, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, German government has announced a budget of €27 million for a year of celebrations to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. English National Opera has announced the postponement of The Mikado performance in Blackpool, which is now scheduled for 2018. In addition, read about the reality that American orchestras are now facing.

Opera Now Magazine

ENO postpones Blackpool Mikado

English National Opera has announced that its performances of The Mikado in Blackpool have been postponed.

CMUSE

German government to spend €27 million to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday

The German government announced a budget of €27 million last week for a year of celebrations to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

The New York Times

It’s Official: Many Orchestras Are Now Charities

There is a stark reality increasingly facing American orchestras: They are now charities, relying more, on average, on philanthropy than on the ticket sales that used to buttress them.

For Composer Lei Liang, Technology Brings a Different Transcendence

On Sunday afternoon, the composer Lei Liang looked on silently as the ensemble Loadbang made its second pass through his “Lakescape V.”

The Huffington Post

From Bach To Beyoncé: Is Classical Music Dead?

Many critics and skeptics have made the bold claim that classical music is dead. It’s true that classical music isn’t what it used to be — but neither is music in general.

Classical Music Magazine

Welsh arts organisations to mark Russian Revolution centenary

Arts organisations across Wales will present a season of performances and events throughout 2017 to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Thorsten Seif, Mitinhaber und einer der Geschäftsführer des Musikverlags Tod’s & Fred’s sagt, der Urteil zur GEMA sei “eine falsche Entscheidung”

Thorsten Seif, Mitinhaber und einer der Geschäftsführer des Musikverlags “Tod’s & Fred’s”, sagt, das Gerichtsurteil entspreche nicht der “Praxis, wie gearbeitet” werde: “Es spiegelt eben gar nicht die Konstellation wider, wie es in der Realität aussieht in diesem Gefüge Musikverlag, GEMA, Urheber. Deshalb finde ich das eine falsche Entscheidung.”

Klassik.com

Placido Domingo wird Ehrenmitglied der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

Placido Domingo hat von der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien eine Auszeichnung als Ehrenmitglied erhalten. Damit honoriert die Ausbildungsinstitution Domingos vielfältige Tätigkeit als Sänger, Dirigent, Operndirektor, Mentor und Gründer des Gesangswettbewerbs Operalia.

Musik Heute

Urteil im Bayreuther Wagner-Prozess verschoben

Das Ringen um die Macht auf dem Grünen Hügel in Bayreuth zieht sich hin. Im Zivilverfahren am Landgericht Bayreuth um den Pachtvertrag des Festspielhauses laufen derzeit noch immer Verhandlungen um einen Vergleich. Zunächst wollte das Gericht am 17. November ein Urteil verkünden. Der Termin sei aber auf den 15. Dezember verschoben worden, sagte ein Sprecher am Dienstag. “Es besteht noch die Möglichkeit, dass sich die Parteien einig werden.”

Music News Italy

Elvis Presley: nuovo documentario in arrivo

La vita di Elvis Presley verrà presto raccontata attraverso un documentario con fatti e immagini del tutto inedite. HBO, in collaborazione con la Presley Estate, produrrà un’opera che narrerà molti aneddoti sulla leggenda del rock, dalla nascita fino alle ultime sessioni di registrazione.

France Musique

Disparition du musicien de blues et de jazz Mose Allison

Le pianiste américain Mose Allison est décédé mardi 15 novembre à l’âge de 89 ans dans le sud des Etats-Unis. Egalement chanteur et compositeur, on le surnommait le « William Faulkner du jazz ».

Twitter

The Economist @TheEconomist How do you get people to listen to classical music in a profoundly non-classical age? From the archive http://econ.st/2f0YtZv

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Economic ear: how much has the UK government spent on the arts since the end of world war two? http://ow.ly/J9KE306bBxQ

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Yo Yo Ma mourns his role model http://dlvr.it/Mgd574 #ClassicalMusic

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(Written on November 16, 2016 )

WildKat PR wishes Steve Reich a very Happy Birthday today!

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WildKat PR recently worked with Steve and Metal Liverpool on their “Different Trains” project, which took place last week. The performance was given a five-star review by The Times, who described the performance as “an exuberant, sometimes dark blend of music and film — this was a superb performance of one of Steve Reich’s most poignant works.” “Different Trains” was performed as an open-air concert at Metal’s Liverpool home at Edge Hill station, the oldest active passenger railway station in the world, with a film accompaniment, which was  a newly commissioned work by artist and filmmaker Bill Morrison. Take a look at Steve’s interview with the London Contemporary Orchestra on Boiler Room, where he talked about the production.

Besides the Different Trains project, Steve also collaborated with The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, Wayne McGregor, to create a new one-act work, in celebration of Reich’s 80th birthday as well as Wayne McGregor’s ten years as Resident Choreographer at Royal Opera House. The world premiere performance will take place in November 2016. For more details about the performances, please refer to ROH’s website.

In addition, Steve Reich recently collaborated with Kristjan Järvi on his Sound Project and released a double CD “Steve Reich Duet,” in celebration of Reich’s 80th birthday.

Steve Reich will also be presenting his works with the Barbican. “Steve Reich’s music changed the way we hear our world,” as said by the Barbican. In his 80th birthday year, the Barbican begins a year-long celebration, with Britten Sinfonia launching the festivities with the European premiere of his work “Pulse”: just part of an evening of music and visuals that demonstrates his profound engagement with the events of our time: air travel, atomic testing, and genetic engineering. Visit the Barbican’s website for more details.

 

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Photo: WildKat PR. Steve speaks with Radcliffe and Maconie for their BBC 6Music show

 

“Without Steve Reich’s rhythms, pulses and phasing, contemporary culture would be a much poorer place,” says the Guardian. Reich has given the contemporary musical world a licence to groove. He created a model of a self-sustaining ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, to play, record and remain a living laboratory for his music, and he has inspired musicians from Michael Gordon to Nico Muhly, from Björk to DJ Spooky. And that means that we all live in a Reichian musical world.

WildKat is also very excited to work with Berlin-based label, FILM, on their release of Reich’s “Six Pianos,” with pianists Gregor Schwellenbach, Volker Bertelmann alias Hauschka, John Kameel Farah, Erol Sarp from Grandbrothers, as well as Daniel Brandt and Paul Frick from the techno ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, read more about it here.

(Written on October 3, 2016 )

Tomorrow the Sacconi Chamber Music Festival kicks off in Folkestone, Kent. From 20 – 22 May it brings many well-known chamber music ensembles and musicians together to celebrate the thrill of live music. The festival will open with the world premiere of a new work for tenor and string quartet by world-renowned British composer Jonathan Dove for which the festival’s hosts, the Sacconi Quartet, are joined by tenor Mark Padmore. The festival will continue over the weekend starring outstanding soloists and ensembles such as the Royal College Of Music Chamber Orchestra, guitarist Morgan Szymanski, RCM viola quartet, as well as pianist Charles Owen and many more.

This is the ninth Sacconi Chamber Music Festival and is a unique experience that should not be missed!

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Folkestone is not only worth visiting for the musical event this weekend. There is the possibility of getting an extraordinary cultural experience: Visitors are given the chance to book a Folkestone Artworks tour that takes them to see a collection of high calibre works displayed around the town.

To get a taste of what you can expect, have a listen to the Sacconi Quartet’s appearance on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

There are still tickets left to be purchased at the door, starting at £24 for one performance and £85 for the whole festival.

The Sacconi Quartet and Mark Padmore will perform Jonathan Dove’s In Damascus in London at their 15th birthday concert at Kings Place, London on 13 July 2016.

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(Written on May 19, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, there are plans to support London’s smaller music venues, and The Times writes that classical music can learn from rock festivals. Also, The Guardian look back at the highlights of Kovacevich’s career, and Seong-Jin Cho wins the 2015 Chopin Competition

The Guardian

Stephen Kovacevich at 75: his best recordings

In the week that the US-born but UK-based pianist celebrates his 75th birthday, we look back at the highlights of a career characterised by technical skill and intellectual clarity

The Times

What classical music can learn from rock festivals

We hope that a sense of adventure and exploration will be generated at the Barbican during our two-day Sound Unboundfestival. It is an entirely new concept for classical music. Concert-goers will be presented with music, talks, debates, cinematic events, an amplified cactus, a DJ set and an overnight musical meditation

The Strad

Violist Scott Ligocki has died aged 51

The American musician was an experienced orchestral performer and teacher

Arts Professional

Campaign to boost grassroots music in London

Plans to support London’s smaller music venues aim to reverse the declining number of performance opportunities for up-and-coming artists and bands

Classical Music Magazine

Seong-Jin Cho wins the 2015 Chopin Competition

Seong-Jin Cho was announced as the winner of the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Im Exil fehlt der Schnürboden

Die Kölner Opern-Intendantin Birgit Meyer stellt nach dem Bauchaos ihre Pläne für die neue Spielzeit vor – eine Musicalbühne ist Ausweichquartier. Und einige Stücke fallen flach

audiophil.de

ELIPSON

Schöne Klänge heißen Elipson: Wireless Vinyl by Elipson. Edle Lifestyle-Audio-Systeme, die Auge und Ohr verwöhnen: Elipson präsentiert in diesem Herbst seine neue Vinyl Kollektion. Dabei wagt das Pariser Unternehmen den Brückenschlag zwischen den Welten

Klassik.com

Münchener Konzertsaal: Standortentscheidung bis Ende des Jahres

Das bayerische Kabinett hat gestern beschlossen, bis Ende des Jahres eine Entscheidung über den Standort eines neuen Konzertsaals in München zu treffen. Dabei stützt man sich auf das soeben erschiene Gutachten des Büros Albert Speer und Partner, das wie erwartet zwei Standorte favorisiert

Pizzicato

South-Korean Pianist Wins Chopin Competition

Yesterday evening (20 October) the Jury of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw announced the prizes for their 2015 edition. Winner of the First prize and gold medal ist Seong-Jin Cho, 21, from South-Korea

The Washington Post 

Opera Philadelphia announces new festival for 2017

Over the past few years, Opera Philadelphia has been working on becoming the very model of a modern opera company. Opera Philadelphia announced Tuesday the launch of a new opera festival at the start of its 2017-2018 season. Called O17, the festival will blanket the city with opera

Twitter

Help Musicians UK ‏@HelpMusiciansUK  :Since 2007, London has lost 35% grassroots music venues. Support @MusicVenueTrust & #VenuesDay and help spread the word

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic  : The @BarbicanCentre‘s Classical Weekender is next weekend! Plan your festival with this Musical Personality quiz: http://bit.ly/1jYGKBl 

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_  :Nominate an artist manager, orchestra manager &/or concert hall manager for the @aborchestras @RhinegoldDigi awards: http://bit.ly/1WGmhjP 

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Speak Percussion, who are performing as part of Sound Unbound by Jeff Bubsy/The Times

 

(Written on October 21, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Times highlights a new “chill-out” movement in classical music, while Klassik Akzente announces that John Williams is composing the soundtrack for the new Star Wars film. Also a conversation with Arvo Pärt in the Neue Musikzeitung, as we celebrate his birthday today, and an interview with Jonas Kaufmann.

The Guardian

Not just a cute girl on a podium: how to get more women conducting

This time two years ago, Marin Alsop was preparing to conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms – the first woman to do so.

The Telegraph

British Youth Opera: Footlights Fannies not welcome

It’s the most sensitive moment in any classical singer’s career. You’ve spent up to eight years in training, coddled and monitored and subsidised within the warm embrace of a conservatoire, and suddenly you are on the verge of being flung out into the big wide world without experience or protection.

The Times

An eight-hour lullaby and a yoga opera: classical goes chill-out

A slow movement is emerging in classical music. A manifesto for its soothing power — if we can tune in over the hubbub of our busy lives. And a quiet rejection of the onward march of flashy concert tech.

The Yorkshire Post

Bringing classical music to Leeds: A finely-tuned operation

The return of the Leeds International Piano Competition is welcomed by classical music buffs eager to watch the world’s finest young pianists perform some of the greatest works ever composed.

Neue Musikzeitung

Kult-Komponist Arvo Pärt wird 80: «Musik sagt, was ich zu sagen habe»

Seit Jahrzehnten prägt er die Musikszene und genießt international höchstes Ansehen: Der estnische Komponist Arvo Pärt gilt als einer bedeutendsten und meistgespielten lebenden Komponisten.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Leipziger Perspektiven

Das Karussell für Chefdirigentenposten bei den großen Orchestern dreht sich rasant. Nächste Neubesetzung: Der 36-jährige Andris Nelsons wird als Nachfolger von Riccardo Chailly Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig.

Klassik Akzente

John Williams komponiert Soundtrack zu “Star Wars 7: Erwachen der Macht”

Die berühmteste Science Fiction-Saga der Filmgeschichte geht in die 7. Runde. Für die musikalische Untermalung des galaktischen Abenteuers sorgt kein geringerer als Filmkomponist John Williams.

France Musique

Entretien exclusif avec Jonas Kaufmann

Pour sa journée spéciale sur France Musique, le ténor Jonas Kaufmann a accordé un entretien exclusif à Stéphane Grant, retranscrit ici.

The New York Times

New Leader for Atlanta Symphony

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which has been led by an interim president since its last one resigned last year in the midst of a two-month lockout during a heated labor dispute, announced Thursday that it had selected a new leader: Jennifer Barlament, currently the general manager of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Twitter

Damian Marhulets: Hypersuites – Barock meets Gypsy München Gasteig – Carl-Orff-Saal am Do, 01.10.15, 19:30 Uhr

Anneleen Lenaerts: Great fun yesterday with Sean Rafferty!

BR_KLASSIKArvo Pärt zum 80. Geburtstag: Auf der Suche nach der Liebe zum einzelnen Ton

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JJ. Abrams promised a tribute to the old Trilogy and that’s why John Williams was called back to take charge of the soundtrack of the new episode. Photo credit: trailer’s screenshot.

(Written on September 11, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news John Rutter celebrates his 70th birthday, and violinist David Garrett cancels his Proms in the Park appearance in London. Classical Music Magazine asks if the John Lewis model can be applies to orchestras, and The Little Orchestra Society plans to cut performances by half as it tries to get back on firmer financial footing and reinvent itself for a younger audience.

Guardian

Monteverdi’s Orfeo: ‘a brilliant and compelling fable to the inalienable power of music’

Monteverdi might be surprised to find himself hailed as the inventor of the opera, and he disclaimed the role of revolutionary, but his Orfeo is a radical, innovative and extraordinary work

Classic FM

John Rutter celebrates his 70th birthday: ‘I’m still 27 inside’

John Rutter reflects on his career as one of the most celebrated and popular composers of the modern era – and he’s looking forwards, not backwards.

The Strad

Violinist David Garrett cancels Proms in the Park appearance in London

The German musician announced his withdrawal on his Facebook page

Classical Music Magazine

Could the John Lewis model be applied to our orchestras?

In the July issue of CM, my article ‘Are our orchestral musicians “violin operators” or “evangelists for our art”?’ challenges us to find a way to make our musicians both employees and owners of their orchestras.

All Africa

Nigeria: I Want to Change Perception About Classical Music – Chichi Nwanoku

Chichi Nwanoku is a United Kingdom-based Nigerian artiste who is making her mark in Chamber Music. The recipient of the MBE Award from the Queen of England, speaks about her love for music and making a difference in black and minority ethnic groups with her foundation, Chineke! She also talks about her upcoming Europe’s first Black and Minority Ethnic professional orchestra.

Die Welt

Kirill Petrenko nimmt Abschied von Bayreuth

Der Dirigent Kirill Petrenko geht mit sinfonischer Wucht. Sein Regisseur Frank Castorf hat sich im dritten Jahr weniger Mühe gegeben mit dem “Ring”. Als Konsequenz seiner nihilistischen Ziellosigkeit.

Der Tagesspeigel

Sommermatineen im Musikinstrumenten-Museum Weißwein und Wachtraum

Bei der vierten Sommermatinee im Musikinstrumenten-Museum spielt das Quartet Tokio Berlin einen heiteren Haydn – und einen viel zu ernsten Beethoven.

Klassik Akzente

Aus alt mach’ neu – 64 neue alte Titel bei “Manufacture on Demand”

Insgesamt 5000 Aufnahmen erscheinen in maßgeschneiderter kleiner Auflage wieder auf dem Markt. Mit dabei: Raritäten des Klassik-Labels Mercury Living Presence.

The New York Times

The Little Orchestra Society Limits Schedule and Aims for Younger Audience

The orchestra — an important part of New York City’s music scene since 1947 that has focused in recent years on classical music for children — plans to cut the number of performances it gives next season nearly in half as it tries to get back on firmer financial footing and reinvent itself to appeal to new generations of concertgoers.

France Musique

Le chef Andris Nelsons prolongé à Boston

Le chef d’orchestre letton Andris Nelsons a prolongé son contrat de directeur artistique de l’Orchestre symphonique de Boston. Il est maintenant lié avec la phalange américaine jusqu’au terme de la saison 2021-2022.

Twitter

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Southbank Centre: Grab a coffee & head for the gongs!! Enjoy a new type of elevenses with our Javanese orchestra. Today 11am:

Sinfini Music: Regietheater: high art or pretentious claptrap? A Y-fronted weighs in on the debate

Ludwigshafen_23.03.09_031Violinist David Garrett cancels Proms in the Park appearance in London. Photo: Wikipedia

(Written on August 4, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Apple has introduced its new music service, promising that ‘it will change the way you experience music forever’. Sky also launches its new Sky Arts channel today, starting this evening with a new Guitar talent search, the play Birthday starring Stephen Mangan and a new series of The South Bank Show, with Melvyn Bragg interviewing Game of Thrones’ George R R Martin. Also, a new study shows that Verdi’s music can lower blood pressure.

Telegraph

Sky Arts: everything you need to know about the new channel

The new Sky Arts channel launches today. Here’s an essential guide.

Independent

Want to relax? Listen to Verdi, scientists say

Research shows the Italian composer’s music can lower blood pressure

Apple

Introducing Apple Music

All The Ways You Love Music. All in One Place.

Classical Music Magazine

Former Chetham’s teacher found not guilty of rape

Former violin teacher Malcolm Layfield, 63, has been found not guilty of raping a former pupil.

Sinfini

Silver music-making

Participating in musical activities is helping older people in England’s North East combat loneliness, according to data collected by the Sage Gateshead.

Der Tagesspiegel

Daniel Barenboim: “Das ist menschenunwürdig”

Irritationen in Bayreuth: Hat Christian Thielmann tatsächlich damit gedroht, nicht zu dirigieren, falls Eva Wagner-Pasquier den Grünen Hügel betritt? Jetzt hat sich auch Daniel Barenboim zu Wort gemeldet.

Die Welt

Der stachligste Romantiker der Moderne

Loser Vogel, kantiger Kopf, eigenwilliger Riese: Carl Nielsen ist der Nationalkomponist Dänemarks. Da kennt jeder seine Lieder. Zum 150. wird es Zeit für eine Entdeckung. Nicht nur der Sinfonien.

Frankfurter Neue Presse

Stephan Pauly bleibt bis 2022 Intendant der Alten Oper

Stephan Pauly bleibt bis 2022 Intendant der Alten Oper Frankfurt. Der Aufsichtsrat des Konzerthauses beschloss am Montag, den bis 2017 laufenden Vertrag um fünf Jahre zu verlängern, wie die Stadt mitteilte.

New Music Box

New Music Needs Curators

At a time when the definition of curation is expanding rapidly, stretching from professionals in galleries, to curating your Google profile, to “tossers making a cup of tea,” there remains a lack of genuine curators and curatorial thought in the field of new music.

NPR Music

Amid Violence In Baghdad, A Musician Creates A One-Man Vigil

The roar of a car bomb has been the prelude to Karim Wasfi’s performances of late. The renowned conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra has been appearing at the sites of explosions across Baghdad. Just hours after attacks, Wasfi can be seen seated amid ash and rubble in a black suit jacket, long hair combed back, playing his cello.

Twitter

Help Musicians UK: Interested in fundraising for us? We’re looking for two to help set up pop up shops

The Economist : Apple, having already transformed the music business once, is trying to do so again

Classic FM Want to be a conductor? popped in to the office to share some top tips

sage-gatesheads-silver-programme-658x325Sage Gateshead’s Silver Programme. Photo: Sinfini Music

(Written on June 9, 2015 )

Classical News

The Times

LSO needs a new hall to lure Rattle

The London Symphony Orchestra’s illustrious conductor’s podium looks set to welcome a homecoming star in Sir Simon Rattle, although he may have a condition — a new concert hall.

ENO battles another backstage civil war

Our chief cultural writer on what to make of chairman Martyn Rose’s resignation and the leaked letter accusing his colleagues of mishandling the budget

The Strad

Boris Goldstein Violin Competition names second-round candidates

Fourteen violinists have made it through to the second round of the International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition Bern.

Classical Music Magazine

Parting shot from ENO chairman declares John Berry ‘the problem not the solution’

The outgoing chairman of English National Opera, Martyn Rose, has called ENO’s direction under artistic director John Berry ‘wholly unsustainable’ in a letter sent to Sir Vernon Ellis, ENO’s president.

BBC Music Magazine

Download the prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1

The original manuscript for JS Bach’s Six Cello Suites is lost, making it difficult to know exactly when they were written.

Berliner Zeitung

Die Botschaft der Geigen

Auf manchen von Amnon Weinsteins wurde in den Orchestern der Konzentrationslager gespielt.

pizzicato

Berufschoristen verärgert über Pariser Philharmonie

Weil die Pariser Philharmonie den Chor ihres residierenden ‘Orchestre de Paris’ als residierenden Chor auserwählt hat, protestieren die Pariser Berufschoristen, die sich in dem Kollektiv ‘Colère lyrique’ zusammen geschlossen haben, um ihrem Ärger besser Ausdruck zu verleihen.

Park schlägt zurück: Chung in Bedrängnis

Im Kampf zwischen dem Dirigenten Myung-Whun Chung und der am 29. Dezember zurückgetretenen Orchesterdirektorin des ‘Seoul Philharmonic’, Hyun-jung Park, war diese zwar offiziell unterlegen, aber sie hat mittlerweile ein Lauffeuer gegen den von ihr gehassten Chefdirigenten angefangen.

Klassik.com

Lösung in Streit um Kopien an Musikschulen

VG Musikedition schließt Vertrag mit dem Verband deutscher Musikschulen

The New York Times

Met Opera Cancels Premiere; Broadway Shows Canceled

The snowstorm forced the Metropolitan Opera to cancel one of the highlights of its season: Monday night’s planned premiere of a new production of a double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta,” starring Anna Netrebko, and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle.”

Tweets

Springfield School ‏@SpfldUK : Are you a budding composer? @soundandmusic are offering a summer school opportunity from 2-8 August 2015 – http://soundandmusic.org/summerschool 

The Mozart Project ‏@themozartproj : Born today in 1756, here’s Mozart birth certificate showing his extremely long full name. Happy 259th Wolfgang!!

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse :We’re now on sale for Spring Season! Let us know if you need any help ^E http://bit.ly/1GXtI0y 

ENO News 27th Jan The English National Opera. Photo: Donald Cooper/Photostage

 

(Written on January 27, 2015 )

Classical News

theartsdesk.com

Brigitte Fassbaender is 75 today

A great singer and musical force for the good talks about opera from two sides and Lieder.

Classical-music.com

Stéphane Denève is appointed chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic

The French conductor takes the helm at Brussels Philharmonic and a new research centre for 21st-century repertoire.

Classical-music.com

Music streaming to be counted in the classical chart

Consumer behaviour drives changes in the music charts.

The Telegraph

Gerald Finley: Don Giovanni is the Mick Jagger of opera

Ahead of the streaming of Glyndebourne’s 2010 production of Don Giovanni, baritone Gerald Finley explains what it takes to play Mozart’s rakish seducer.

Washington Post

Wolf Trap to unveil new tech for opera performance

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts plans to experiment with new technology for smartphones for an upcoming production of the opera “Carmen.”

klassik.com

Kurt Masur sagt Geburtstagskonzert in Paris ab

Dirigent Kurt Masur, der am 18. Juli seinen 87. Geburtstag feiert, hat sein Geburtstagskonzert mit dem französischen Nationalorchester abgesagt. Im Oktober 2012 hatte er bekannt gegeben, an Parkinson zu leiden.

klassik.com

Wiener Staatsoper meldet Einnahmen- und Besucherrekord

Die Wiener Staatsoper meldet für die Saison 2013/14 einen neuen Einnahmen- und Besucherrekord. Laut Staatsoperndirektor Dominique Meyer wurde eine Summe von 33.509.761 Euro erzielt, was eine leichte Steigerung gegenüber dem Vorjahr (33.060.588 Euro) darstellt. Auch die Besucherzahlen stiegen von 599.525 in der Saison 2012/13 auf nun 603.652 Gäste, was einer Auslastung von 99,0 Prozent entspricht.

Klassik heute

75. Geburtstag von Brigitte Fassbaender

Heute feiert die Mezzosopranistin, Regisseurin und Intendantin Brigitte Fassbaender ihren 75. Geburtstag. Seit ihrem Bühnendebüt 1961 gehört sie zu den international renommierten Interpretinnen von Partien von Mozart bis Richard Strauss.

Le Figaro

Premiers incidents à Avignon

Dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi, alors que se déroulait l’avant-dernière répétition du Prince de Hombourg de Kleist, des éléments étrangers au personnel du festival ont envahi la scène et perturbé un moment la répétition qui a été suspendue mais a repris. Armelle Héliot, spécialiste théâtre au Figaro, déplore ces actions.

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Brigitte Fassbaender

 

Brigitte Fassbaender

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(Written on July 3, 2014 )