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WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fourth time. Music@Malling brings world-class artists to historic local venues in West Malling, Kent, combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music. This year sees the seventh iteration of the festival, in which 24 events will take place over 10 days, featuring music of leading contemporary composers, alongside classical, jazz and folk music. The festival aims to engage with the local community through education and outreach work and to provide events that both enrich and entertain audiences. Music@Malling aspires to develop innovative and creative projects that are of high quality and that raise the profile of music. The artists are involved in mentoring and supporting young musicians and composers across Kent.

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This year, outreach work includes 1400 primary school children from 16 schools partaking in a project focusing on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes as well as 480 children performing in four concerts alongside the festivals resident ensemble, Chamber Domaine, and narrator Matthew Sharp. Furthermore, in conjunction with Sound and Music, Go compose!, gives 10 young composers from Kent the opportunity to compose a piece of music that is performed and recorded in one day under the expert guidance of Simon Pearce (Royal College of Music and Purcell School) and Chamber Domaine. The festival also offers Meet the Composer events with composers such as Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson, and mentoring workshops with the Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s, James Pearson.

Concerts will include Chamber Domaine performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Artists range from harpsichord player Steven Devine, violinist Thomas Bowes to guitarist Craig Ogden performing Bach, Dowland, Britten, and Albeniz. Flute player Sami Junnonen will perform music by Bach, Sciarrino, Debussy, Berio, Takemitsu, as well as the premiere of a new work by Tomi Räisänen.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Our seventh festival promises to be our best yet with a wide range of music and lots of interesting programmes and opportunities for music lovers young and old. Contemporary music by Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson rubs shoulders with works by Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Gershwin as well as jazz, world, folk and vocal music across 24 events. I am particularly proud of our work with local schools –engaging young people in creative activities – many for the first time.’

(Written on July 17, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, Wigmore Hall announces their 2017/18 season, and NYCGB search for their first Chief Executive. In Suffolk a new exhibition, ‘Queer Talk: Homosexuality In Britten’s Britain’, is inaugurated today.   In Nantes, toddlers are introduced to classical music in an attempt to break down cultural boundaries, and musical tips for your four-legged friends.

Rhinegold

NYCGB launches search for first chief executive

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain are launching a search for their first ever chief executive. The new position was created in response to the organisation’s rapid growth over the past few years. Since 2012, NYCGB has gained ACE National Portfolio status, launched Widening Access & Engagement partnerships with music hubs in Cornwall, Cumbria and Nottinghamshire, and established the NYCGB fellowship programme.

Wigmore Hall announces 2017/18 season

Wigmore Hall’s 2017/18 season will include residencies from Isabelle Faust, Christian Tetzlaff, Sir András Schiff, Jörg Widmann and Sonia Prina.  The season will include a 17-concert survey of Haydn’s string quartets with the Castalian, Doric, Heath and Schumann string quartets, including all of Haydn’s quartets from the Opus 20s onwards, and the Cuarteto Casals will present a complete cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets, alongside new works by living composers.

Vulture

How Moonlight’s Composer Chopped and Screwed Classical Music

Host Hrishikesh Hirway interviews Oscar-nominated Moonlight composer Nicholas Britell about the process of creating the themes for the movie’s protagonist, who’s called “Little” when he’s a kid, “Chiron” as a teen, and “Black” when he’s fully grown. As Britell explains, he borrowed techniques from hip-hop to create three different themes from the same piece of music.

New Republic

Breaking Elgar’s Enigma

Bob Padgett used to work for large insurance companies in northern California, assessing property damage from fires and floods. But he was also a talented classical violinist, and he would moonlight for different orchestras, which is how he came to plumb a century-old mystery called the Enigma.

Pizzicato

Queer Talk: Homosexuality in Britten’s Britain Exhibition Inaugurated

 At the Red House in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, where Benjamin Britten and his partner Peter Pears lived for almost 40 years, a new exhibition, Queer Talk: Homosexuality In Britten’s Britain, is inaugurated today. It will outline the life and work of Benjamin Britten during the period of social change that led to the 1967 decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Klassik Heute

Henle-Klavierwettbewerb 2017

Junge Klavierspieler zwischen 6 und 11 Jahren sind aufgefordert, ihr Video auf YouTube zu stellen! Zu spielen ist ein Satz aus den Wunderkind-Sonaten von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, zu gewinnen sind Noten oder Geldpreise. 

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Himmel der Carnegie Hall

Neun Konzerte, geballt an elf Tagen: Daniel Barenboim und die Berliner Staatskapelle zelebrieren in New York ihren Bruckner-Zyklus. Ein Wagnis, das vollends zu begeistern weiß.

Abendblatt

Das erste “Konzert für Hamburg” in der Elbphilharmonie

Das NDR-Orchester, Geigerin Patricia Kopatchinskaja und Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt warfen “Klassik-Köder” aus.

Galileo

Diese Musik solltest du spielen, damit dein Hund entspannen kann

Ja, auch Hunde haben Musikgeschmack. Genau den haben Wissenschaftler jetzt untersucht. Denn natürlich wollen wir, dass es unseren Vierbeinern gut geht. Und da hilft es manchmal schon, wenn man die richtige Musik an macht.

Le Monde

Les femmes donnent de la voix aux Victoires de la musique classique

Unique émission de musique classique sur une chaîne de télévision du service public en prime time, les 24es Victoires de la musique classique, qui se tenaient mercredi 1er février à l’auditorium de Radio France, à Paris, ont été diffusées en direct sur France 3 et France Musique. La mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa a été récompensée dans la catégorie artiste lyrique.

La Croix

Nantes, la Folle Journée initie les enfants à la musique classique

Dans le cadre du festival de musique classique la Folle Journée qui se tient du 1er au 5 février, la compagnie Musiqu’Éveil a imaginé des concerts adaptés aux enfants de 18 mois à 3 ans, pour mieux faire tomber les barrières culturelles.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1875 Birth of Austrian-American #violinist Fritz #Kreisler #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Mondoweiss @Mondoweiss The Palestine Philharmonie — an orchestra is born in Bethlehem

3sat Kulturzeit @kulturzeit Hamburg: Schauspielhaus-Intendantin Karin Beier verlängert um weitere drei Jahre.

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Image: Wigmore Hall

(Written on February 2, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the story behind the architectural battle of the Sydney Opera House is to become a movie, new composer-in-residence for Opera Philadelphia and the 2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports released next week. Also, J. Reilly Lewis dies at 71 and philharmonie.tv Cologne awarded with Eco Internet Award.

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Architectural Battle For The Sydney Opera House To Become A Movie

Today the Opera house in Sydney is considered as one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Yet, the project’s genesis was tough and dramatic, since Danish architect Jorn Utzon upset Australia’s conservative architectural scene after winning the competition to design the building.

philly.com

New composer-in-residence for Opera Philadelphia

A recent Curtis Institute of Music graduate is a new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Rene Orth, 30, is the sixth composer to go through the program, starting her term June 1.

Classicalite

J. Reilly Lewis, Washington Metro Area Concertmaster & Organist, Dies at 71

Lewis, a prominent authority on Bach, founded the Washington Bach Consort and served as music leader at Clarendon United Methodist Church for over 40 years. Also music director of the Cathedral Choral Society, Reilly was a one of the most important musicians in the Washington classical music scene.

The Guardian

The rebuilt Snape Maltings: Britten’s artistic dream rises again

No one thinks they are going to sit the Queen on a packing-case when she opens the rebuilt Maltings Concert Hall less than a month from now, but completion of the work is touch and go.

Orpheus for the age of Trump: Anaïs Mitchell on her folk opera Hadestown

Mitchell’s hit off-Broadway show about a tyrannical billionaire building a wall to ‘keep out the enemy’ was written in 2006 but could hardly be more topical. The folk singer discusses retelling an ancient myth at a time of ‘political horror’

Adaptistration

Orchestra Compensation Reports Are Right Around The Corner

Next week is the beginning of the 2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports, an annual series that examines the compensation trends among orchestra executives, music directors and concertmasters, at more than 65 professional U.S. orchestras.

The Telegraph

The return of Rossini: watch a live stream of Glyndebourne’s The Barber of Seville

Watch Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) by Rossini for free on the Telegraphwebsite, from next week. The opera will be streamed live from 6.30pm on Tuesday June 21, and is available on demand for the following seven days.

The Strad

Cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The musician, who survived the Holocaust, joins fellow performers Paul Lewis and Alison Balsom on the list.

Classical Music Magazine

Small and regional arts organisations testify to funding difficulties

Representatives of small and regional arts organisations have submitted evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee about the funding difficulties which they face. Prompted by complaints that ‘London has long received a disproportionate share of arts funding’ at a previous investigation into the work of Arts Council England, the Countries of Culture inquiry is examining funding opportunities for cultural organisations in the regions.

The Times

Opera: The Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne

Janácek takes just 90 minutes to tell the story of his Vixen, from cub years to marriage, motherhood to sudden death. At Glyndebourne that means the dinner interval is actually longer than the opera (chicken and rabbit, both scoffed by the leading lady, would make good hamper options).

klassik.com

SPD will Künstlersozialabgabe senken

Nach Plänen der Bundesministerin für Arbeit und Soziales, Andrea Nahles (SPD), soll die Künstlersozialabgabe sinken.

codex flores

Eco Internet Award für philharmonie.tv

Das Kölner Konzertportal philharmonie.tv ist mit dem eco Internet Award des eco Verbands der Internetwirtschaft e. V. ausgezeichnet worden.

nmz

Singpause – Das große Singen für Tausende Kinder

Mit der Düsseldorfer «Singpause» haben Zehntausende Grundschüler nebenbei in ihrer Schulzeit nicht nur singen, sondern auch Noten lesen gelernt. Das erfolgreiche Bildungsprojekt lässt andere Städte aufhorchen.

Twitter

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung JazzZeitung: Dresdner Drum & Bass 2016 – 10th Anniversary

KlassikInfo.de @Klassikinfo Alessandro De Marchi verlängert bei Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik http://bit.ly/1tqatri

Limelight Magazine @LimelightEd Wagnerian tenor Alberto Remedios has passed away aged 81

Rene Orth, 30, is the new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Photo credit: Andrew Bogard

Rene Orth, 30, is the new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Photo credit: Andrew Bogard

(Written on June 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news Jon Vickers dies, Glyndebourne Festival plans to mark Shakespeare’s death and Sollazzo Ensemble win YEMF Young Artist Competition.

The Guardian

Mendelssohn’s missing opera: the course of true love was never smooth

He worshipped Shakespeare, and Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream is among the most perfect musical responses to any of his plays – so why did Mendelssohn never write a complete Shakespearean opera?

Classic FM

Opera legend Jon Vickers dies, aged 88

Imposing Canadian tenor stormed the world’s stages in heroic roles.

Classical Music Magazine

Glyndebourne to mark Shakespeare anniversary in 2016 and 2017

The 2016 Glyndebourne Festival will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with productions of two operas based on his work: Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Sollazzo Ensemble win YEMF Young Artist Competition

The Sollazzo Ensemble has won the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition. They received a cash prize of £1,000, opportunities to work with Radio 3, a performance in the 2016 York Early Music Festival, and a CD recording produced by Linn Records.

British Library

Recording discovered of 1938 world premiere performance of Britten Piano Concerto

For his first appearance at the Proms, the twenty-four year old Benjamin Britten gave the premiere of his Piano Concerto Op. 13 on 11th August 1938.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Wind hat mir ein Lied erzählt

Zwei deutsche Frauen leiten die wichtigsten Festivals im österreichischen Burgenland in Mörbisch und St. Margarethen – und trotzen bei ihren Premieren widrigen Bedingungen.

Musik-heute

Stuttgarter Oper: Leitlinien für Sanierung verabschiedet

Die Sanierungspläne für die Oper Stuttgart nehmen Gestalt an. Erste Leitlinien verabschiedete der Verwaltungsrat der Stuttgarter Staatstheater am Montag.

Klassik.com

Österreichischer Tenor Josef Hopferwieser ist tot

Der österreichische Kammersänger Josef Hopferwieser ist im Alter von 77 Jahren in seiner Heimatstadt Graz gestorben. Dies teilte die Wiener Staatsoper mit, an der Hopferwieser über viele Jahre als Ensemblemitglied wirkte.

The Washington Post

Jon Vickers, acclaimed Canadian operatic tenor, dies at 88

Jon Vickers, a Canadian tenor whose voice — titanic and yet delicate — was regarded as one of the finest sounds to fill an opera house in the past half-century, died July 10 in Ontario, Canada. He was 88.

Le Monde

La garde républicaine escorte Branford Marsalis à Strasbourg

Plus de 2 000 saxophonistes sur les places de Strasbourg, les marches de la cathédrale, dans les rues, les winstub, les salles, le conservatoire, le Palais des congrès, la Maison de la musique et de la danse, partout…

Twitter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic: @marinalsop is to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in a historic concert later this year

Rich Mix @RichMixLondon: Looking forward to seeing students from @cmsounds take the stage @ tonight’s Music Space Live!

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Coming up with @johnsuchet1: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 as you’ve never heard it before!

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Jon Vickers dies
Photo: Classic FM

(Written on July 14, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Netia Jones: punk it up

It is one of the most visually riotous shows of the year – an Alice in Wonderland that takes live action and video to surreal extremes. Imogen Tilden meets Netia Jones, the nerdy young director with her finger firmly on the button

10 of the world’s best concert halls

A world-class classical music venue in London may be years away so where can music lovers find truly outstanding acoustics? Trevor Cox picks 10 landmark concert halls around the world where brilliant design means beautiful sound

The Telegraph

Glyndebourne 2015: watch Mozart and Britten operas live on the Telegraph site

Glyndebourne to show key productions for free, in partnership with the Telegraph

The Strad

New York’s last classical sheet music store to close

Frank Music Company, which opened in 1937, will cease trading on Friday

Classical Music Magazine

This could be the beginning of a golden age for the LSO and Rattle

There you have it, Simon Rattle has finally been officially anointed as the next music director of the LSO. It is true that we’ve all sort of known for ages, or at least strongly suspected, ever since his decision to leave the Berlin Phil was announced in January 2013 at more or less the same time as Valery Gergiev revealed he would be heading to Munich after his LSO contract ran out.

International Arts Manager

25th IAMA conference comes In From the Margins

At the imminent 2015 edition of the International Arts Managers’ Association (IAMA) Conference, the central theme – In From the Margins – will aim to create an ongoing discussion focussing on classical music’s place in the mainstream.

pizzicato

Naske mit schrägen Zahlen im Konzerthaus Wien

Die Zwischenbilanz des Wiener Konzerthauses sieht uneben aus: Die Zahl der Veranstaltungen wurde um 15 Prozent gesteigert.

Händel-Haus in Halle ersteigert bisher unbekanntes Händel-Portrait

Die Stiftung Händel-Haus in Halle hat kürzlich ein Portrait erworben, bei dem es sich mit höchster Wahrscheinlichkeit um Georg Friedrich Händel handelt.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Oh, Happy Day – Der Wupper-Chor aus Wuppertal

Der Wupper-Chor hat sich in die Herzen der Wuppertaler gesungen. Eine große Besonderheit ist das breite Altersspektrum seiner 60 aktiven Sängerinnen und Sängern: sowohl 20-Jährige als auch über 80-Jährige machen mit.

Musik Heute

Bremer Philharmoniker werden Paten für Jugendsinfonieorchester

Die Bremer Philharmoniker übernehmen die Patenschaft für das Jugendsinfonieorchester Bremen-Mitte.

Codex Flores

Nana Mouskouri wird mit Lebenswerk-Echo geehrt

Der Deutsche Musikpreis Echo in der Kategorie Lebenswerk geht in diesem Jahr an die griechische Sängerin Nana Mouskouri.

The New York Times

David Geffen Captures Naming Rights to Avery Fisher Hall With Donation

Perhaps it’s about injecting Hollywood glamour into New York’s classical musical world.

Twitter

EMM ‏@enticottmusic: Intimate & intense: the world’s most charismatic #classical guitarist http://bit.ly/1GmMwFa  @MilosGuitar @ClassicFM

LSO St Luke’s ‏@lsostlukes :HELLO! to @4tetmeta4 who join us at 1pm today. Come along for your dose of #Haydn & #Bartok.

WigmoreHallLearning @WigmoreLearning: It’s today! Looking forward to welcoming @heathquartet @ValentineNeil @mrjulianwest + 120 school children to @wigmore_hall #CHAMBERCHALLENGE

 

Netia Jones NewsAlice (Rachel Gilmore) and the mouse (Christopher Lemmings) in Netia Jones’s multimedia production of Alice in Wonderland. Photograph: Greg Grudt/Mathew Imaging/Greg Grudt/Mathew Imaging

(Written on March 5, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Suite scandal: why Bach’s wife cannot take credit for his cello masterwork

A film detailing an Australian music professor’s theory that Bach’s second wife Anna Magdalena composed one of his most famous works is causing a classical stir. Renowned cellist Steven Isserlis debunks the claim

Telegraph

The Theory of Everything – official soundtrack – album stream

Listen to the soundtrack for the biographical drama The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking

Classical Music Magazine

Cardiologist who treated Britten rejects syphilis claims, in peer-reviewed journal

Controversial claims made in a biography of Benjamin Britten that the composer was suffering from syphilis at the time of his death have been dismissed in a peer-reviewed article published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

BBC Music Magazine

Dame Felicity Lott announced as patron of City of London Sinfonia

The legendary soprano will appear at family concerts across London

The Strad

Timothy Ridout wins inaugural Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition

The UK competition was open to violists of all nationalities under the age of 21

Pizzicato

Beethoven-Festspielhaus Bonn: Architekten aus Aachen, London und Luxemburg in der Finalrunde

Für das geplante Beethoven-Festspielhaus hat das Preisgericht für den Architektenwettbewerb drei Siegerentwürfe ausgewählt.

Klassik.com

Beethoven-Ring 2014 für Fagottistin Sophie Dartigalongue

“Bürger für Beethoven” entscheiden sich für französische Holzbläserin

Codex Flores

Erik Nielsen wird Musikdirektor des Theaters Basel

Der amerikanische Dirigent Erik Nielsen wird mit Beginn der Spielzeit 2016/2017 Musikdirektor des Theaters Basel.

The New York Times

Met’s Divisive Opera Is Selling Tickets

‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ Helps Box Office

Il Messaggero

La Scala vende l’Aida di Zeffirelli al Kazakistan.

«Una sorta di vendetta da parte dei “cervelloni” della Scala che stanno pensando a me come un artista da dimenticare».

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Ooh… Harry Christophers has just been asked what’s the most annoying thing about being a conductor: http://classfm.co/ypEtTu  @TheSixteen

Opera North @Opera_North: 5 reasons why you should SING and why it’s good for your health: http://bit.ly/1wuMLXJ  via @etribune #WellnessWednesday

IntArtsManager @IntArtsManager: What does composer & digital producer @rjbirkin think is the next big thing? We ask him this (and 19 other questions) http://bit.ly/1wELjRI 

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Dame Felicity Lott, Photo: BBC Music Magazine

(Written on October 29, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Living Symphonies: when an ecosystem becomes an orchestra

24 speakers have been installed in Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent to create a natural symphony.

The Guardian

Why does the BBC assume its audience won’t like new music?

The BBC have cut Harrison Birtwistle’s Sonance Severance 2000 from the televised performance by the National Youth Orchestra. While they suggest that it will be performed in a special programme, concerns are mounting over the BBC’s fear of televising new music.

The Telegraph

Laura Wright: ‘I want to show that strength can be sexy’

Soprano, rugby player and official RFU anthem singer, Laura Wright tells the telegraph all about her perfect weekend and her wish to inspire young female athletes.

The Independent

Salomé’s feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

The independent’s article explores Salome as both an opera and Wilde’s story ahead of the BBC Prom tomorrow and the conversation between Pacino and Stephen Fry at the BFI Southbank, which will be screened nationwide.

The New York Times

The Dissatisfied: To Leave or Not to Leave?

Spectators Walk Out of a Show for Many Reasons

The New York Times

France’s New Music Temple

Philharmonie de Paris Prepares to Open Amid Controversy

Die Welt

Der Meister ist tot. Wer wird der neue Meister?

Im schweizerischen Luzern merkt man, wie schwer es ist, einen Nachfolger für das von Claudio Abbado gegründete Festivalorchester zu finden. Auch bei der Musikakademie steht die Nachfolgersuche an.

Klassik.com

Bayreuther Festspiele in der Krise?

Ein Tief über dem Grünen Hügel

Klassik.com

Musikwettbewerb der ARD in München startet

Deutschland sucht den Klassik-Superstar

La Croix

Les 25 ans du festival Sinfonia en Périgord 

Le festival célèbre dignement son quart de siècle avec une programmation centrée sur la voix.

Twitter

Southbank Centre: @Southbankcentre 70 couples are getting married @southbankcentre this weekend! http://j.mp/1rYpqtP  #BigWeddingWeekend

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Placido Domingo and @TheSixteen’s Harry Christophers take the Ice Bucket Challenge. Brilliant! http://classfm.co/vYzZOQ  #ClassicFMnews

London Bach Society: @bachlive Congrats @MahanEsfahani @BBCRadio3 @BBCInTune on his @GramophoneMag award. He plays JSB’s Well-Tempered Clavier Bk1 at LBS Bachfest 3/4/ Nov

Benjamin Britten: @BrittenOfficial Today at 3pm, Lucy Walker plays and discusses Britten’s solo piano music in his beautiful Library. The Red House itself is open 2-5pm today.

 

The grass is singing … Living Symphonies Image from Guardian

The grass is singing … Living Symphonies
Image from Guardian

(Written on August 29, 2014 )

Classical News

The  Telegraph

$10m Stradivarius violin found in New York heiress Huguette Clark’s wardrobe

The home of eccentric copper heiress Huguette Clark has already turned out a trove of valuable items – a collection of jewellery including a rare pink 9-carat diamond fetched a total of $21 million at a Manhattan auction last year. But three years after her death, aged 104, Huguette Clark’s sprawling 42-room apartment on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue has just revealed its rarest treasure yet.

The Telegraph 

The Man who gave China piano fever

His piano recitals attract billions; he won’t do ‘crossover’; and he’s making Chopin hip. But what does the Chinese classical superstar Yundi think of his famous rival?

The Guardian 

New York’s Met opera house on edge of precipice, says Peter Gelb

Grand opera is dying along with its increasingly ancient audience, according to Peter Gelb, general manager of one of the grandest operas in the world, the Metropolitan in New York.

Classical-Music.com

Rethinking Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

It’s music that has captured the imaginations of audiences and musicians for centuries, and is always being presented in new guises. We have picked five reworked versions that stand out on the web…

The Guardian

Owen Wingrave: A private peace

Benjamin Britten’s ‘pacifist’ opera was written while war was at the forefront of people’s minds. In this year of centenaries, director Neil Bartlett explains why the time is right for a revival.

Twitter

HopeMob: @HopeMob If you like classical music or if you are a classical musician – read this – http://hp-m.org/25a  #music #hope #classical

ClassicalEar: @Classical Ear  Discover more music, in the palm of your hand each weekday: the #Classical Ear app. http://georiot.co/2wdj

ISM: @ISM_music It takes five minutes to respond to the consultation! Ten days left to #protectmusic http://ow.ly/xM7up 

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Photo: REUTERS – The Telegraph

(Written on June 9, 2014 )

The Guardian

National Children’s Orchestras faces fight over its musical soul

Petition set up by parents and staff highlights discontent over actions of NCO board.

The Telegraph

Hay Festival 2014: Schoenberg was a prophet in the wilderness

Jewish, Christian, German nationalist, anti-Hitler – Arnold Schoenberg was an elusive genius.

Financial Times

Piette-Laurent Aimard on Aldeburgh and Britten

Ever since Pierre-Laurent Aimard took on the role of artistic director at the Aldeburgh Festival in 2009, he has been plagued by a polite but persistent band of doubters.

Classic FM

Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry to release debut classical album

Richard Reed Parry, multi-instrumentalist with Arcade Fire, is to release his first solo classical album on Deutsche Grammophon.

Gramophone

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland returns

Will Todd’s popular opera for children is reprised by Opera Holland Park in July and August.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Salzburger Domquartier: Es muss nicht immer Mozart sein

Macht hoch die Tür: Salzburg will nicht länger nur Musikstadt sein, das reiche Erbe der Fürsterzbischöfe soll die Welt begeistern – mit dem Domquartier will die Stadt in die erste Museumsliga.

Spiegel Online

Feine Kammermusik: Einmal Feuer für Herrn Beethoven, bitte!

Das Quartetto di Cremona spielt Beethoven mit italienischer Lust und Leidenschaft. Sowohl live als auch auf CD blühen bei den vier Musikern die Streichquartette vielfarbig auf. Und bei Verdi kennen sich die Kammer-Könner auch aus.

Concerti

Interview: Artemis Quartett: “Wir sind heute rebellischer”

Eckart Runge und Vineta Sareika vom Artemis Quartett über jugendlichen Klang, Superlative und exklusive Hauskonzerte

Klassik.com

Dirigent Peter Gülke mit Ernst von Siemens-Musikpreis geehrt

Weitere Preisträger sind Luis Codera Puzo, Simone Movio und Brigitte Muntendorf

The New York Times

What’s New? Ask the Philharmonic

Times Critics Preview the NY Biennal

Washington Post

Arvo Pärt’s music celebrated at D.C. events

Pärt, 78, is coming to the East Coast for the first time in 30 years. His free concert in Washington on Tuesday — presented by the Estonian Embassy as part of an initiative called The Arvo Pärt Project— will be held not in a small space but in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, which seats 2,400.

Le Figaro

Kaija Saariaho, réflexion, action, composition

La compositrice finlandaise ouvre demain le Festival de Saint-Denis avec une nouvelle version de « La Passion de Simone », inspirée par Simone Weil.

Classical Music on twitter

Spiegel Online @SPIEGEL_Kultur Heute in den Feuilletons: “Ein gut bestellter Acker, ein neugieriges Publikum”… http://spon.de/aeeVY

Guardian Culture @guardian culture Nils Frahm: music for piano and toilet brush: http://gu.com/p/3pggj/tf

Pianist Magazine @pianistmagazine You can now watch Federico Colli’s recent London debut recital at the QEH right here. It was amazing. You can… http://fb.me/2NvJE4GOR

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Artemis Quartett - photographed by Molina Visuals via concerti.de

Artemis Quartett – photographed by Molina Visuals via concerti.de

 

 

(Written on May 26, 2014 )

Bamberg Symphony reveals 2014/15 concert season

On their annual press conference the Bamberg Symphony not only revealed their plans for the next concert season but also the brand-new design of their logo and re-launch of their website. The Hamburg studio Peter Schmidt, Belliero & Zandée, long-standing partners of the orchestra, designed the new logo and season brochure. The top-class orchestra from Bamberg – a town with UNESCO World Heritage status – will now be playing under the adequate slogan ‘extraordinary city. extraordinary orchestra.’ The musical programming, too, has some exciting innovations in store for audiences in Bamberg and abroad.

Three internationally renowned artists will take newly created positions in Bamberg: composer and clarinettist Jörg Widmann will be Composer in Residence at Bamberg for the next two years; Principal Organist Christian Schmitt will showcase the ‘queen of instruments’ in concert performances as well as curating the Organ Series in Bamberg’s Joseph-Keilberth Saal; and pianist Piotr Anderszewski will be featured in Bamberg Symphony’s Artist Portrait, performing in the city several times next season.

Another innovative undertaking is the encore!-project as part of which the Bamberg Symphony commissioned around 40 composers to write encores for the orchestra to serve as a meaningful addition to the orchestral canon. The orchestra aims to not only extend their repertoire – especially when touring – but also to prove that contemporary music can also be entertaining, in the best sense of the term.

The musical theme of the season will be ‘Symphonic Landscapes’, including musical depictions of nature by Claude Debussy, Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen, Benjamin Britten, Aaron Copland and Peteris Vasks.

 

Die Bamberger Symphoniker stellen die Konzertsaison 2014/15 vor

Auf ihrer jährlichen Pressekonferenz stellten die Bamberger Symphoniker gestern nicht nur die Konzertsaison 2014/15 vor, sondern enthüllten auch ihren neuen Slogan und ein Neudesign ihres Logos, der Website und der Saisonbroschüre. Das Hamburger Studio Peter Schmidt, Belliero & Zandée, die schon zuvor mit dem Orchester zusammen gebarbeitet haben, ist für das innovative, moderne Design verantwortlich. Außerdem sind die Bamberger nun unter dem Motto ‚extraordinary city. extraordinary orchestra.’ unterwegs – ein passender Leitsatz für das Spitzenorchester aus der Weltkulturerbe-Stadt. Doch auch musikalisch haben die Bamberger Symphoniker einige Neuerungen für ihr Publikum vor Ort und auf Tournee in Planung.

Drei international renommierte Künstlerpersönlichkeiten werden in der Saison 2014/2015 neue Rollen im Orchesterleben der Bamberger übernehmen: Komponist und Klarinettist Jörg Widmann wird das Orchester zwei Jahre lang als Composer in Residence mit seinen bedeutendsten Werken begleiten; Pianist Piotr Anderszewski wird als Portrait-Künstler mehrmals in der kommenden Saison zu erleben sein; und Principal Organist Christian Schmitt, der sich selbst musizierend und als Kurator der Orgelreihe um die „Königin der Instrumente“ im Bamberger Joseph-Keilberth-Saal kümmern wird.

Das encore!-Projekt ist eine weitere Neuheit, für das das Orchester bei rund 40 Komponisten Zugaben in Auftrag gegeben hat. Damit möchten die Bamberger Symphoniker in den nächsten Jahren nicht nur ihr Repertoire – vor allem auch für Tourneen – erweitern, sondern zudem den Beweis antreten, dass zeitgenössische Musik im besten Sinne auch unterhaltend sein kann.

Den programmatischen Schwerpunkt bilden Werke unter dem Motto Symphonische Landschaften: tönende Naturschilderungen u.a. von Claude Debussy, Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen, Benjamin Britten, Aaron Copland oder Pēteris Vasks.photo

(Written on May 22, 2014 )