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On the final day of 2013, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra played two New Year’s concerts almost at the same time – but on two continents. While one half of the orchestra stayed in Bamberg for the traditional New Years Eve concert, the other half travelled to China. In the Great Hall of the People they performed the official Chinese New Year’s concert under the baton of Principal Conductor Jonathan Nott.

Take a look at the video below for a unique type of performance.

(Written on January 31, 2014 )

New York Times

Detroit Symphony Agrees to New Contract With Musicians

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which endured a bitter six-month strike a few years ago, settled its latest contract eight months early, orchestra officials announced Wednesday

BBC Music Magazine

HMV closes flagship Oxford Street store

HMV’s flagship store in Oxford Street has been shut down this week. Covering over 60,000 square-feet and set over three floors, the iconic HMV store at 150 Oxford Street has been at the forefront of the company’s UK presence since it was opened in 1986

NPR Music

A Gramophone And Mozart, Or How I Fell For Opera

British conductor Nicholas McGegan celebrates his ‘Beatle’ birthday today (64, that is). To mark the occasion, he recalls how he first fell in love with opera.

The ‘Ode To Joy’ As A Call To Action

Candaele has turned his obsession with Beethoven’s Ninth into a documentary film called Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony. He follows the Ninth around the world, to Chile and China, where it became an empowering anthem of solidarity, and to Japan, where performances of daiku — the Great Nine — are a cherished annual tradition.

The New York Times

The Echoes of War, From One Century to the Next

‘Shostakovich for the Children of Syria,’ a Benefit Concert “to promote the awareness of significant international humanitarian crises and other public interest issues”

The Metro

A real-life fairytale: Peter Pan performer proposes to his Wendy on stage

A Peter Pan performer surprised his very own Wendy when he got down on one knee near the end of a packed show in Glasgow

The Metro

The Metro

 

(Written on January 17, 2014 )

New York Times

A Page of Beethoven May Fetch More Than $200,000

A rare Beethoven manuscript — actually, a leaf from a late-period sketchbook that the composer apparently tore out and carried in his pocket while composing the “Missa Solemnis” — will be auctioned on Jan 15th at RR Auctions in Amherst

The Guardian

Guardian to raise cover price

Weekday and Saturday editions of newspaper to cost 20p more as the Times also increases price by same amount

Classic FM Online

Gergiev and San Francisco Symphony top busiest conductor and orchestra list

The annual stats for classical concerts across the world have been released by classical events finder website Bachtrack, with Valery Gergiev coming out on top as the world’s busiest conductor

Sir Thomas Allen to receive Queen’s Medal for Music

Operatic baritone and director Sir Thomas Allen CBE has been announced as the recipient of the 2013 Queen’s Medal for Music

‘H2Orchestra’ play charity concert

Performers from Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra gave up their instruments to perform in concert – using only glasses of water

South China Morning Post

Pros and cons: the Hong Kong Philharmonic turns 40

As the Hong Kong Philharmonic marks its 40th anniversary, Oliver Chou looks back at the trials and triumphs involved in creating an orchestra to be proud of

Die Welt

Tanzkrisen reflektieren das Klima des Landes

Ihr Name bedeutet “Sauerkirsche”, sie selbst strahlt zuckersüß und ist stahlhart: Die Russin Diana Vishnewa, eine der besten Ballerinen weltweit, über die Zustände am Mariinksy und Bolschoi Theater

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on January 7, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

PRS for Music Foundation and British Council announce Musicians in Residence ‒ China

The Performing Rights Society for Music Foundation and British Council’s Musicians In Residence ‒ China programme has announced the names of the next five musicians to spend up to six weeks in China. Anna Meredith, Arun Ghosh, Oliver Coates, Sam Genders and Sid Peacock will travel to five cities across China from spring 2014.

The Telegraph

Christmas 2013: the best classical music books of the year

The Telegraph’s pick of the best classical music books of 2013, from Bach to Britten.

BBC News

Jingle sells: The lure of the Christmas album

With classics continuing to top the Christmas album, do we need new Christmas music?

The Stage

ENO’s Income Up 12%

Increased performances and audience numbers together with a 71% increase in income from sponsorship and donations gave English National Opera a 12% boost in total income to just over £40 million in the year to the end of March.

Sinfini

Nine lessons and carols: a King’s chorister recalls

Just who will be chosen to sing that coveted ‘Once in Royal’ solo? Tenor Christopher Gillett reminisces about being a chorister on Christmas Eve at King’s College Cambridge.

Independent

Christmas number ones from the past 50 years

From the Beatles to the X Factor Machine.

Chicago Tribune

‘Health issues’ sideline Boulez from CSO residency

Pierre Boulez, who turns 89 next spring, has suffered a number of health problems in recent years which have lead him to cancel his upcoming residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Sinfini

Sinfini

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on December 24, 2013 )

Forbes

IMG Artists To Launch TV Scouting Of Classical Music Talents In China

IMG Artists will join hands with China Arts and Entertainment Group to expand its business in China and bring Chinese performing arts programs abroad. The joint venture will be an investment of several hundred million dollars and aims to introduce a wide array of Chinese programs with an emphasis on classical music and dance artists.

Guardian

Vladimir Putin to purchase Sergei Rachmaninoff’s archive and estate?

Pianist Denis Matsuev claims that the Russian president has shown interest in Rachmaninov’s Swiss villa, which holds much of the late composer’s manuscripts and mementos.

Ideas Tap

Alexis Smith and Joe Henson on composing for video games

Music can completely alter the way a player experiences a video game. The composers behind the latest instalment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Alexis Smith and Joe Henson, explain their process and tell us why it’s an exciting time to be in the industry.

Chicago Classical Review

Tilson Thomas throws out the first lozenge at bronchial CSO concert

A Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance of Mahler 9 was so plagued with audience coughing that conductor Tilson Thomas went offstage & emerged with handfuls of lozenges which he threw into the audience.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Acclaimed Australian theatre and opera director Elke Neidhardt dies aged 72

One of Australia’s most noted opera and theatre directors, Elke Neidhardt, has died at the age of 72.

Telegraph

No-one works harder than the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Given the cuts to arts funding, esteemed organizations such as the RPO must now explore new money-making avenues, says Rupert Christiansen.

Classic FM Online

David Bowie’s Peter and the Wolf to be reissued

A recording of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf featuring David Bowie as narrator is being re-released by Sony Classical in time for Christmas.

Die Zeit

Mehr Klebeband ins Klavier!

Diese verrückten Deutschen. In Amsterdam gaben der Techno-DJ Henrik Schwarz und der Klavierdompteur Hauschka ein erstes gemeinsames Konzert. Ganz erstaunlich.

Ideas Tap

Ideas Tap

 

 

 

(Written on November 27, 2013 )

United Press International

Ancient bone flute suggests 9000 year old music tradition in China

Three flutes made from bird bones found in an tomb in central China are evidence remote ancestors played music long before they could write, archaeologists say.

Gramophone

Maxim Vengerov named Oxford Philomusica artist-in-residence

The Oxford Philomusica, which is currently celebrating its 15th anniversary, has named Maxim Vengerov as the orchestra’s new artist-in-residence. The violinist begins his three year residency in November.

Classical FM Online

One Direction’s Niall Horan reveals violin-playing past in new video

Is the 1D superstar actually a failed classical musician? New video shows Niall Horan playing as a child.

Lindsey Stirling wins Best Response at YouTube Music Awards

Stirling’s version of the Imagine Dragons song ‘Radioactive’ won the prize at the first ever YouTube Music Awards, decided by YouTube viewers.

Valery Gergiev LSO concert disrupted by Peter Tatchell

The human rights activist strode onto the stage to protest about the conductor’s support for Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Arts Desk

Opinion: Why I won’t attend Gergiev’s concerts

“When a conductor unequivocally endorses a murderous state policy, it’s time to draw the line,” says David Nice.

BBC Music Magazine

Winners of Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2013 announced

Luke McWatters, aged 13, and Laura Barraclough, aged 11, have been named Radio 2’s Young Choristers of the Year 2013.

Der Tagesspiegel

Es werden Platten gereicht

Seit 100 Jahren arbeiten die Deutsche Grammophon und die Berliner Philharmoniker zusammen. Wie stellt man da eine repräsentative Jubiläums-Box zusammen? Die Grammophon delegierte die heikle Aufgabe an die Fans: Sie durften ihre Lieblingsaufnahmen wählen. So entstand eine 50-CD-Box mit Sternstunden der Schallplattengeschichte.

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on November 5, 2013 )

Gramophone

Jonathan Manners named chief executive of Academy of Ancient Music

Jonathan Manners replaces Michael Garvey, who leaves to become director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in December

Classic FM Online

Runners encouraged to ‘Beat Beethoven’ in charity race

Classical music-loving runners are being encouraged to run 5k or walk 2.75k in the time of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

Ocarina-playing world record attempt under threat

A choir of schoolchildren hoping to break the record for the greatest number of ocarina players gathered together at one time are desperately seeking volunteers to help their attempt take place

The Telegraph

The Battle of Ideas: are we still able to listen to music properly?

The noise all around us is robbing us of our ability to hear, says Ivan Hewett

Let’s be upstanding for our hymns of praise

‘Worship songs’, feebly crooned to the sound of strummed guitars, are no substitute for the inspiring paeans of the past

CRI English

Experts Urge Classic Music Traditions Back in China

Scholars specializing in Chinese music traditions recently gathered in Beijing to discuss how the decline of classical music education, which also emphasizes ethical education, may cause many problems in contemporary Chinese society

The New York Times

As Downloads Dip, Music Executives Cast a Wary Eye on Streaming Services

As sales of CDs have plunged over the last decade, the music industry clings to one comfort: downloads continue to sell briskly as people fill their computers and iPods with songs by the billions

The Washington Post

Valentina Lisitsa: The pianist who won the Internet

Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa, 43, has dared to tamper with traditional formula, using YouTube as her empty stage

Klassik.com

Spannungen zwischen Stadtführung und Festspielleitung?

Diskussion um Einfluss der Stadt Bayreuth auf Richard Wagner-Festspiele

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on October 21, 2013 )

Gramophone

Leila Josefowicz puts her violin up for sale

The 1750 instrument by Michele Angelo Bergonzi will be auctioned through Ingles and Hayday

Classic FM Online

Jack Topping to enter race for Christmas No. 1

Jack’s hoping he’ll be ‘Topping’ the charts come Christmas Day, fending off competition from this year’s X factor winner

The Globe and Mail

Once banned, classical music finds an unlikely future in China

Having been banned during the time of Mao, classical music has had a boom since it was allowed back into China. Shi Shuai is the face of classical music’s most promising new frontier

New York Times

Columbia to House a Trove of Prokofiev’s Items

A foundation dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev will give a priceless trove of musical manuscripts, letters and other items belonging to the composer — including a suitcase — to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia in an effort to make them more accessible to scholars

Muscle and Speed Win a Crowd’s Adulation

Mariinsky Orchestra Closes Carnegie Run With Rachmaninoff

Arts Professional

Festivals in the frame

Why do we need festivals? Do we simply enjoy coming together to celebrate culture − or is it more than that? Debate today at 5pm for discussing this topic

FONO FORUM

„Ehrliche Virtuosität macht Spaß“

Seit Jahren gehört Hélène Grimaud zu den erfolgreichsten und beliebtesten Pianistinnen der Klassik-Szene. Anders als viele ihrer französischen Klavierkollegen hat sie auch ein besonderes Faible für die Werke von Johannes Brahms. Nun hat sie beide Klavierkonzerte eingespielt

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on October 17, 2013 )

New York Times

Gay Rights Protests Follow Gergiev to Carnegie Hall

Gay rights advocates protested against a performance of the Mariinsky Orchestra led by Valery Gergiev outside Carnegie Hall on Thursday night. There was heckling inside the concert hall until the protesters were removed from the auditorium.

Telegraph

Soaring violin prices force professionals to borrow

Jason Price, of auction house Tarisio, told The Daily Telegraph that prices had gone up so much – by an average of almost 12 per cent a year – that it was becoming prohibitive for a professional to buy a top of the range instrument given that many of the best ones are so valuable. Professional violinists are having to borrow their instruments from collectors. 

Features Exec

Mark Allen Group acquires Gramophone

Gramophone is to be acquired by the Mark Allen Group, a family-owned independent company with 50 magazines and journals in different markets. Subject to contract and completion of staff consultation, it is hoped that completion will take place by the end of October or early November 2013.

China Digital Times

Corruption at China’s Top Classical Academies

Allegation of corrupt admissions and hiring practices at China’s top conservatoires, including Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music. “This is an environment that breeds sexual favors and bribery,” says Lao Kaisheng, head of the School of Education at Capital Normal University.

San Jose Mercury News

Police investigate theft of $500,000 from Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony

Police have launched an investigation into the apparent theft of $500,000 from the Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony of Northern California.

Gramophone

Naxos to launch free Christmas advert app

Naxos has announced an advent calender app, with 25 complete tracks revealed behind numbered doors. Each day, a new door can be ‘unlocked’ to reveal a piece of seasonal music from Naxos’s classical music catalogue.

BBC Music Magazine

The British Academy explores the link between autobiography and music

Which discs would you take to your metaphorical island and why? That’s the question the British Academy is looking into in a day of events this November. Musicians including cellist Steven Isserlis will relive their experiences as castaways on Radio 4’s famous desert island disks.

Classic FM Online

Zimmer on Batman vs. Superman score: “It’s creating a problem in my head”

Hans Zimmer has admitted that the prospect of composing the score for the new Batman vs. Superman movie for director Zack Snyder has been giving him problems.

Die Zeit

Mitten durch die Eingeweide

Bernd Alois Zimmermanns “Soldaten” erzählen von gefallenen Mädchen und der Brutalität des Krieges. Gleich drei Opernhäuser spielen die 1965 uraufgeführte Oper in dieser Saison: Was macht sie so attraktiv?

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph

 

 


 

 

 

 

(Written on October 14, 2013 )

The New York Times

Spotlight on Safety for Shows Outdoors

Jim Digby, the tour manager for Linkin Park, knows better than most how dangerous a rock ’n’ roll show can be, after a piece of equipment he was operating came off a faulty overhead track, plummeted toward the floor and killed a young woman standing just a few feet from him. During the past year he has organized a campaign to improve safety at outdoor events.

Gramophone

Britten’s Peter Grimes to be performed on Aldeburgh beach

Special Aldeburgh Festival production celebrates composer’s 100th birthday in 2013.

Classic FM

Hazlewood’s British Paraorchestra appear in Paralympics ceremony

The Paralympic Closing Ceremony featured a performance from Charles Hazlewood’s British Paraorchestra, who played alongside Coldplay.

NPR Music: Deceptive cadence

Atlanta Symphony Locked Out

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its musicians are at an impasse, pushing the musicians to go on strike. The symphony is facing a $20M budget deficit, and it’s seeking millions in concessions from the musicians. Both sides say they want to reach an agreement, but they’ve left the bargaining table putting the orchestra’s 68th season in jeopardy.

Classical Music

Concern over budget cuts as music education hubs launch

Regional music education hubs, the new infrastructure for music education in England prescribed by the government’s National Plan for Music Education, have come into operation.

Limelight magazine

Classical music for September 11: a tribute to the victims

Five American composers respond to the tragedy of 9/11 in different ways.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC announces Britten centenary celebrations

The BBC dedicates 2013 to the life and work of Benjamin Britten.

The New York Times

(Written on September 11, 2012 )