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In today’s news, the Royal College of Music’s Museum of Music is to receive a £3.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Birtwistle strikes gold again at annual British Composer Awards 2015. Also, The Times analyse how streaming boosts vinyl and CD sales, and The Guardian discuss why Shostakovich was a great communicator

The Guardian 

‘He speaks to us’: why Shostakovich was a great communicator

Shostakovich liked a joke. He also loved great Russian novels – and his love of wordplay is evident in his music, if you care to join the conversation. Composer and Shostakovich expert Gerard McBurney explains

Classical Music Magazine

RCM Museum to receive £3.6m from Heritage Lottery Fund

The Royal College of Music’s Museum of Music is to receive a £3.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to fund a three-year conservation and redevelopment programme

BBC Music Magazine

British Composer Awards 2015

Birtwistle strikes gold again at annual awards for new music

The Times

For the record: streaming boosts vinyl and CD sales

Video killed the radio star and the internet killed the CD, or so the theory goes

Classic FM

Alexandre Desplat and Ennio Morricone nominated for best original score at the Golden Globes

The music for Carol, The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight, Steve Jobs and The Revenant have all been nominated for best original score at the Golden Globes – the winner will be announced on 10th January 2016

Klavier.de

Alfred Brendel wird Ehrenmitglied der Wasmuth-Gesellschaft

Die Johannes-Wasmuth-Gesellschaft hat “in Würdigung seiner langjährigen Verbindung mit Johannes Wasmuth und dem Bahnhof Rolandseck” Alfred Brendel zum Ehrenmitglied ernannt

Pizzicato

Scala: Chailly von Regisseur beschimpft

Durch ein Online-Video wurde es publik: Nach wochenlangen Streitigkeiten über Sexszenen, die Chailly verurteilte, kam es zum Eklat nach der Premiere von ‘Giovanna d’Arco’ an der Mailänder Scala

Klassik.com

Sänger und Dirigent Herbert Prikopa gestorben

Der Sänger, Dirigent, Komponist und Moderator Herbert Prikopa ist im Alter von 80 Jahren nach schwerer Krankheit in Wien gestorben. Prikopa war fast 40 Jahre als Ensemblemitglied der Wiener Volksoper tätig

El Pais 

Tocar la guitarra en el aire… y que suene

Un aparato para amantes del ‘air guitar’ registra los movimientos y los hace sonar en el móvil

Scherzo

Opera XXI convoca un concurso de composición de ópera para público juvenil

Opera XXI, la Asociación de Teatros, Festivales y Temporadas Estables de Opera convoca el primer concurso de composición de ópera dirigida al público juvenil (12-16 años)

Twitter

Arts Council England“Set up to take great art and culture to people wherever they are, whoever they are”

Family Arts CampaignFamily Audiences: what have we learned? Evaluation of Family Arts Campaign released today:

Sinfini Music: How well do you know festive music? We think ‘s quiz is one of the hardest ever!

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Dmitri Shostakovich, working at his piano in 1950. Photograph: Sovfoto/Universal Images Group/Rex/The Guardian

 

(Written on December 11, 2015 )

Gramophone

Ryan Wigglesworth to make Covent Garden debut after Pappano withdraws from conducting The Minotaur

Award-winning young conductor steps up for Birtwistle revival

The Guardian

The orchestra as mass collaboration

Tod Machover is democratising classical music – by inviting Totonto’s 2.6 million inhabitants to be composers

Tom Service’s Blog – The Guardian

A Guide to Morton Feldman’s music

Don’t be daunted by his five-hour-long string quartet – Feldman offers a truly intimate encounter with the substance of sound

Deceptive Cadence

John Williams’ Inevitable Themes

For more than 50 years, John Williams’ music has taken us to galaxies far, far away through adventures here on earth, made us feel giddy joyand occasionally scared us to death.

Daniel Barenboim Remembers Elliott Carter

Over the course of an exceptionally long and productive life, the lateElliott Carter was championed by many leading conductors, soloists and ensembles. Among the most prominent is pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, who has premiered many of Carter’s works.

The Telegraph

George Osborne’s night at the opera didn’t come cheap

George Osborne, Michael Gove and Ed Vaizey are thought to have accepted tickets for all four parts of the Ring cycle at the Royal Opera House that were worth £2,664.

LA Times

Marvin Hamlisch makes posthumous cameo on ‘The Simpsons’

Before he died in August at the age of 68, Marvin Hamlischrecorded a brief cameo for “The Simpsons,” playing a version of himself in an episode involving Abe Simpson’s hidden past.

LA Times

(Written on November 13, 2012 )

In May 2013, Andrew Staples will perform the role of Tamino in the Royal Opera House’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He will join Sophie Bevan (Pamina), Simon Keenlyside (Papageno), and Albina Shagimuratova (Queen of the Night)..

Other highlights in the 12/13 season include Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen with Bryn Terfel and Sarah Connolly, La bohème with Rolando Villazon, a new production of Nabucco with Placido Domingo, Simon Boccanegra with Thomas Hampson and the return of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur.

For a full list of productions, visit the Royal Opera House website.

Credit: Richard Ecclestone

(Written on March 15, 2012 )