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In today’s news, star violinist David Garrett receives the Frankfurter Musikpreis, and the critique of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie: accessibility not guaranteed. Finland musicians explore the fusion of classical and metal, and Handel opera gets a period punch. Drake music creates accesible music education guide, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently made a $2.5 million multi-year grant to the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth.

The New York Times

An Early-Music Ensemble Gives a Handel Opera a Period Punch

After centuries of relative neglect, Handel’s operas have come into their own.

The Guardian

Long before Brian Eno and others realised it was possible, Basil Kirchin was manipulating sounds to create a new and pioneering form of music

The List

Eicca Toppinen (Apocalyptica) – ‘Classical music is bombastic and massive and metal has the same essence’

Finnish quartet celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album Plays Metallica by Four Cellos.

Classical Music Magazine

Drake Music releases guide to accessible music education

The charity hopes that the guide will act as a simple ‘one stop shop’ for organisations, resources, venues, assistive music technology and instruments for inclusive approaches to music education.

Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Berliner Morgenpost

Opernstar Netrebko in Wien zur Kammersängerin ernannt

Anna Netrebko (45) ist in Wien mit dem Titel Kammersängerin geehrt worden. Sie sei seit Jahren eng mit der Wiener Staatsoper verbunden, so die Begründung.

Klassik.com

Kritik an Elbphilharmonie: Stolperfallen für Menschen mit Behinderung

An der Barrierefreiheit der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie ist Kritik laut geworden. Einem Bericht des Schleswig-Holsteinischen Zeitungsverlags zufolge fordern Vertreter des Blinden- und Sehbehindertenvereins (BSVH) Nachbesserungen, da die Elbphilharmonie Menschen mit Behinderung durch einige Stolperfallen gefährde.

Frankfurter Musikpreis geht in diesem Jahr an Geiger David Garrett

Der Geiger David Garrett erhält den diesjährigen Frankfurter Musikpreis. Die im Rahmen der Frankfurter Musikmesse verliehene Auszeichnung ist mit 15.000 Euro dotiert und ehrt Künstler, die einen besonderen Beitrag für die internationale Musikszene geleistet haben

Inside Philanthropy

A Foundation Goes All-In On Classical Music Education for Underrepresented Communities

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently made an unprecedented $2.5 million multi-year grant to the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY)—a consortium of music education organizations serving students all over Greater Philadelphia

Chicago Tribune

Principal trumpet Martin resigns from Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Christopher Martin, principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2005, has resigned from the orchestra, effective on Wednesday of this week, the orchestra has announced.

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Music History  in 1882 Birth of German Kurt .

Classical Music‏  Viewpoints: Eye On History: Exploring Beethoven’s African roots – Buffalo News

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(Written on February 17, 2017 )

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.

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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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(Written on February 16, 2017 )

Ben Frost who has been described by Time Out Magazine as a ‘laconic composer’ has adapted Iain Banks’ cult novel ‘The Wasp Factory’ into an opera, premiering tonight, at The Royal Opera House and showing until the 8th of October. There is much anticipation as to what the opera will be like and how this famous book will be interpreted, the Independent are confident that: ‘in all likelihood, [Banks] would have enjoyed the music.’

Ben Frost is a composer born in Australia but based in Reykjavik, Iceland, and is widely recognized for his experimental music which fuses multiple genres from post-classical electronic minimalism to dark metal. He has released a number of albums and has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Nico Muhly, and Brian Eno, by whom he was chosen to be part of the Rolex Mentor and Protegé program.

The Wasp Factory has already been performed at the Bregenz Festival in Austria and last week in Berlin, where it ‘received acclaim’ according to The Independent. With Frost’s ‘atmospheric, often presenting troubling and multilayered soundscapes’ as described by Time Out, it seems that Frost’s style is perfectly suited for the transformation of this dark novel.  In his recent interview with The Times, Frost expressed that he is ‘not interested in making works that are anything other than arresting. Good music should hit you like a suicide.’ With this approach from Ben Frost, one can imagine that The Wasp Factory is an engaging opera to experience.

To read more, pick up a copy of this week’s Time Out, and the full article from The Independent is available online, as is The Times feature on Ben Frost and The Wasp Factory. Tickets are available to buy online from the Royal Opera House.

You can also follow Ben Frost on Twitter and Facebook.

The Independent

Arifa Akbar, The Independent

(Written on October 2, 2013 )