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In today’s news: Weapon found inside a flute at Munich airport. The disabled musicians coming to the proms. Watch this awesome 5-year-old play Chopin’s Minute Waltz like it’s nbd. Warner Music Group letter reveals Spotify windfall terms for artists. Richest US Millennials Listen to Classical Music, TD Ameritrade Survey Says. In Berlin, a project tries to drive out homeless people with atonal music. The russian Polina Semionova was voted the ballerina of the year. At Frankfurt Musikmesse there is a new program devised to search for different instruments to be used in music therapy. A forgotten Liszt Opera is staged in Weimar. A portrait of Sofia Coppola Traviata production going to Japan.

Classic FM

Weapon found inside a flute at Munich airport

Customs officials have discovered a sword with a 50cm blade packed inside a flute at Munich airport.

The Guardian

Batons not barriers: The disabled musicians coming to the proms

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Resound Ensemble explain why it’s not about the disability, it’s about the quality of music-making

Classic FM

Watch this awesome 5-year-old play Chopin’s Minute Waltz like it’s nbd

Evan Le is an amazing young pianist who’s made a name for himself performing music by some of the greatest composers on YouTube – and millions of people have been wowed by his talent

Music Week

Warner Music Group letter reveals Spotify windfall terms for artists

Music Week has obtained a letter issued by Warner Music Group that reveals a starkly different approach between the majors in how the proceeds from the equity sale in Spotify will be passed on to artists.

The Epoch Times

Richest US Millennials Listen to Classical Music, TD Ameritrade Survey Says

The type of music that Americans listen to may say a lot about their bank account.

Limelight

Germany employs atonal music in fight against crime

Atonal music might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but Germany’s national rail operator is convinced that it is disliked enough to drive away drug users at one of its stations. The unusual initiative will be trialled next month by the Deutsch Bahn at the Hermannstrasse station, a known crime spot.

Berliner Morgenpost

Primaballerina Polina Semionova ist Tänzerin des Jahres

Die russische Primaballerina Polina Semionova (33) ist zur Tänzerin des Jahres gewählt worden. Die am Staatsballett Berlin auftretende Tänzerin wurde in der am Dienstag veröffentlichten Jahresumfrage der Fachzeitschrift „Tanz“ unter internationalen Kritikern zur Favoritin gewählt.

Musik Heute

Musikmesse Frankfurt sucht neue Therapie-Instrumente

Die Musikmesse Frankfurt schreibt einen Wettbewerb für Therapie-Instrumente aus. Gesucht seien sowohl handwerklich erstellte Instrumente als auch neue digitale Anwendungen wie Musik-Apps, teilten die Veranstalter am Dienstag mit. Instrumentenbauer, Künstler und Musiktherapeuten können bis zum 31. Januar 2019 Prototypen inklusive Produktinformation einreichen.

NMZ

Chamäleon Liszt: Uraufführung des Opernfragments „Sardanapalo“ in Weimar

Franz Liszt ist im kollektiven Gedächtnis der Musikwelt abgespeichert als umschwärmter Tasten-Löwe, als Dirigent und Pädagoge, als ingeniöser Komponist von hoch virtuoser und klangschillernder Klaviermusik und als Schöpfer groß angelegter sinfonischer Dichtungen.

Il Messaggero

Sofia Coppola, da Roma a Tokyo: lost in Traviata

«La musica travolgente, i costumi che sono opere d’arte, l’eleganza italiana per raccontare una storia così passionale. Credo che anche il Giappone sarà stordito da Violetta, perso per questa eroina verdiana, così come lo sono stata io».

 

 

‘It’s nice to have people expect more from you’ … conductor James Rose, centre, with members of BSO Resound, an ensemble of disabled musicians. (c) Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

(Written on August 22, 2018 )

In today’s news: A weekend of celebratory concerts to mark Royal Northern Orchestra’s 60th anniversary. British music’s annual trade mission to India is set for 21 to 24 August. Opera writer and director Ingunn Lára Kristjánsdóttiron on #echochamber. Why concert hall private boxes in Italy have a bad reputation. How are opera stars really cast? House arrest for Russian opera director Kirill Serebrennikov extended. Chopin is having a moment.

Rhinegold

Royal Northern Sinfonia announces 60th anniversary season

The 2018-19 season will open on Friday 21 September, coinciding with the chamber orchestra’s 60th anniversary weekend.

M Magazine

BPI’s Chris Tams on opportunities in India for UK music

British music’s annual trade mission to India is set for 21 to 24 August, providing an open door for independent businesses to explore commercial opportunities in the world’s seventh largest economy.

Diva Magazine

Putting queer characters centre stage in opera

Operatic writer and director Ingunn Lára Kristjánsdóttir talks queer characters and how she came to create #echochamber.

The Independent

Jules Buckley: the man bringing grime and disco to the concert hall

The composer and conductor has worked with everyone from Arctic Monkeys to Stormzy, and filled the Royal Albert Hall with the sounds of Ibiza. But he’s still trying to win over the sceptics.

Music Ally

Music-streaming services now 8% of audio listening in the UK

British communications regulator Ofcom has published a new report, Media Nations, which is making headlines with its claim that TV-streaming services have now overtaken traditional pay-television in the UK. The report also claims that music-streaming services now account for 8% of all audio listening in the UK – and 29% for 15-24 year-olds.

The Wall Street Journal

With TV, Books and Film, Chopin Is Having a Moment

The 19th-century pianist, whose sonatas, waltzes and other works defined the Romantic era, is back in the spotlight.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Warum Privatsphäre in Theatern verschrien ist

Lange ist es her, als sich die mächtigen Persönlichkeiten Italiens in den privaten Logen der prunkvollen Theater trafen. Bis auf wenige Ausnahmen sind die exponierten Plätze heute meist leer.

Die Welt

Wie werden eigentlich Opernstars gecastet?

Der Norweger Pål Christian Moe ist der „Casting-Guru“ der Opernszene – er entscheidet, welche Sänger in welchen Stücken auftreten. Was tut man, wenn der Star in letzter Minute abspringt? Ein Gespräch.

klassik.com

Hausarrest für Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikow erneut verlängert

Ein Moskauer Gericht hat den gegen Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikow verhängten Hausarrest erneut verlängert.

El País

La industria musical catalana deja la crisis

La industria musical catalana ha salido de la crisis de forma definitiva gracias a la reconversión profunda del sector.

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Royal Northern Sinfonia

(Written on July 19, 2018 )

With great pleasure we introduce to you the fabulous Inbal Segev, an internationally renowned Israeli-American cellist whose playing has been described as “richly inspired,” and “very moving,” by Gramophone.

As a soloist, Inbal has performed with the world’s best orchestras and conductors, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Mazeel and Zubin Mehta. She brings interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to her vast repertoire.

Dario Acosta

Inbal began playing the cello at the age of five and at sixteen was invited by Isaac Stern to travel to the U.S. to continue her studies. With degrees from Juilliard School and Yale University, she stayed in the States and now lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Inbal has already released several recordings which were critically acclaimed, and we are thrilled to be working with her on her next album release with Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen. The disc features romantic sonatas and fantasies, as well as poetically-inspired cello masterpieces
 by Chopin, Schumann and Grieg.

The album will be available from 20th July under the AVIE label and its release will be accompanied by a concert at Berlin’s Piano Salon Christophori on 28th June 2018.

Inbal Segev’s repertoire includes all of the standard concerti and solo works for cello, as well as new pieces and rarely performed gems. In 2017, she gave the world premiere of Dan Visconti’s cello concerto, Tangle Eye, with the California Symphony led by Donato Cabrera. In April 2018, Inbal premiered a new piece by composer Timo Andres at The Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Inbal Segev is a founding member of The Amerigo Trio with former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus, and has collaborated with internationally-renowned artists such as Emanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, Jeremy Denk, Anthony McGill, Jason Vieaux, Gilbert Kalish, Michael Tree, Anne Akiko Meyers, the American Chamber Players and the Vogler Quartet.

For her new album with Juho Pohjonen, finding a sympathetic playing partner was crucial given the essentially ‘pianistic’ inspiration of the programme. Juho was Inbal’s natural choice. She said: “I first heard Juho in New York a couple of years ago and was then introduced to him by my long-time producer, Da-Hong Seetoo. I was looking for an equal partner rather than an accompanist, and Juho is not onlya wonderful chamber musician but also a formidable soloist, so it was only natural that he played an important role in selecting the repertoire.”

(Written on June 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: James Murphy is appointed chief executive of RPS, Classic FM release third instalment of Case Notes, Maria João Pires reveals reasons for retirement, Gary Numan announced UK tour with the Skaparis Orchestra, and violinist Ray Chen uses social media to lighten up the genre.

Classical Music

RPS names James Murphy as new chief exec

James Murphy has been appointed as chief executive of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS).

Kristin Scott Thomas to appear with London Philharmonic Orchestra

Actor Kristin Scott Thomas will join the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Thomas Adès on 11 April to narrate Stravinsky’s Perséphone at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Classic FM

Third instalment of true crime podcast, Case Notes, is available 

In Classic FM’s Case Notes, they investigate what happened to Min Kym’s million-pound-violin.

International Piano

Maria João Pires reveals reason for retirement

Maria João Pires has told art-lifestyle magazine Platea that she has never had a ‘good relationship’ with the piano.

The List

Gary Numan announces Skaparis Orchestra UK tour

Gary Numan has announced a UK tour with the Skaparis Orchestra to support his ‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ album, including a night at London’s Royal Albert Hall

Toronto Star

It boy of classical music embraces social media to lighten up the genre

The violinists posts are lighthearted, often they’re laugh-out-loud funny. Taiwanese-born violinist Ray Chen, who just turned 29, is one of the “It Boys” of the international classical concert circuit. He also manages to find time to create his own YouTube videos and Instagram posts.

Die Welt

Elbphilharmonie startet Vorverkauf für Abonnements von Klassikkonzerten

Ab sofort gibt es Abonnements für die Klassikkonzerte der Saison 2018/19 in der Elbphilharmonie. Der Veranstalter spricht von einem „Run auf die Karten“.

nmz

Wegkommen von der Best-Practice-Rhetorik

Mitglieder des Rats für kulturelle Bildung im Gespräch über Musikvermittlung, Diversität und Demokratiestärkung. Die Bedeutung kultureller Bildung für gesellschaftliche Entwicklungsprozesse sowie die Persönlichkeitsentwicklung junger Menschen ist heute von politischer, gesellschaftlicher als auch schulischer Seite anerkannt.

Klassik.com

Salzburger Osterfestspiele mit positiver Bilanz

Die Osterfestspiele Salzburg sind mit der zweiten Vorstellung von Giacomo Puccinis Oper “Tosca” zu Ende gegangen. Auch im Jahr nach dem 50. Jubiläum lockte die Veranstaltung zahlreiche Musikliebhaber in die Stadt. Mit 19.000 verkauften Karten bei 15 Veranstaltungen wurde eigenen Angaben zufolge eine Sitzplatzauslastung von etwa 93 Prozent im Großen Festspielhaus erreicht, die Opernpremiere, das Konzert für Salzburg und das Chorkonzert am Karfreitag waren gar ausverkauft.

Klassik Heute

Das Schweizer Label Claves feiert 2018 sein 50-jähriges Jubiläum

Claves ist ein Schweizer Traditionslabel für klassische und zeitgenössische Musik & Jazz, das im Jahr 1968 von der engagierten Marguerite Dütschler-Huber in Thun gegründet wurde und in diesem Jahr sein fünfzigjähriges Bestehen feiert.

El Pais

Premio ‘Ópera Real’ al Teatro Real

En un acto celebrado hoy en Barcelona, el presidente del Teatro Real, Gregorio Marañón, ha recibido el premio Ópera Actual 2018, un reconocimiento que la prestigiosa publicación ha otorgado a la institución en el 20º aniversario de su reinauguración y el 200 aniversario de su fundación.

 

Violinist Ray Chen

 

(Written on April 5, 2018 )

In today’s news: Boosey & Hawkes to start publishing works by Leokadiya Kashperova, Spotify to go public on the New York Stock Exchange and Klaus Doldinger receives the German Music Authors’ Price for his lifetime achievement – our blogpost offers more information and news!

Classical Music

Boosey & Hawkes to start publishing works by Leokadiya Kashperova

Kashperova is Stravinsky’s piano teacher and one of Russia’s earliest and most talented female composers.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority announces £7m culture investment

Twenty-eight organisations are set to receive a share of £7m investment over the next two years.

PPL and PRS for Music launch joint venture, PPL PRS Ltd

The joint venture will provide customers with a streamlined service, a single point of contact, and one licence covering both companies’ respective rights.

Harpist Danielle Perett jailed for sexual abuse

Perett and her former partner have been sentenced to prison for sexually abusing a school boy.

Opera Now

Opera North announces 40th anniversary season

The 2018/19 season – the company’s 40th – will explore the theme of conflict.

The Strad

Competitors announced for International Paulo Cello Competition in Finland

Twenty-six competitors have been accepted for the event taking place in October across three Finnish cities.

BBC

Is Spotify really worth $23bn?

The world’s biggest music streaming service has filed paperwork to start trading its shares publicly on the New York Stock Exchange.

The Washington Post

Why listening to local music matters

Local music? I love the stuff. I’ve spent the past 20 years listening — ravenously, rapturously — to music made by my neighbors, and it keeps getting better.

Zeit.de

GEMA würdigt Klaus Doldinger

Der Filmmusik-Komponist und Jazzmusiker Klaus Doldinger wird beim Deutschen Musikautorenpreis 2018 für sein Lebenswerk geehrt.

klassik.com

Grazer Schubert-Wettbewerb kürt Gewinner

Der Schubert-Wettbewerb der Kunstuniversität Graz (KUG) hat die Gewinner in den drei Sparten Lied, Klaviertrio und Streichquartett gekürt.

pizzicato

Christopher Ward soll Generalmusikdirektor in Aachen werden

Die Stadt Aachen will zwar erst am 7. März über die Besetzung des Generalmusikdirektorenpostens beraten, doch die ‘Aachener Nachrichten’ glauben schon zu wissen, wer da ernannt werden soll: Der Brite Christopher Ward (37), seit 2014 Erster Kapellmeister am Saarländischen Staatstheater.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical:

#Today in 1810 Birth of Polish #composer Frédéric #Chopin. #MusicHistory#classicalmusic

Klaus Doldinger (c) Peter Hönnemann

(Written on March 1, 2018 )

In today’s news: The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has become the first symphony orchestra in the world to have a professional ensemble led by disabled musicians as a core part of its activities, Help Musicians UK has re-launched its Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme and the final round of voting is now open for The Global Awards 2018. Also, Salzburg votes against application for becoming the European Capital of Culture, and South Korean group Baum Quartett wins the Berenberg Kulturpreis.

The Guardian

EU to review Apple’s reported $400m purchase of music app Shazam

European Commission to investigate deal following requests from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

Classical Music

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra establishes disabled-led ensemble

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has become the first symphony orchestra in the world to have a professional ensemble led by disabled musicians as a core part of its activities.

Help Musicians UK expands Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme

Help Musicians UK has re-launched its Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme, expanding it to additional clinics and more music professionals.

The Strad

Venezuelan violinist Rubén Rengel wins $50,000 Sphinx Competition

The Detroit-based competition, which includes senior and junior divisions, is open to Black and Latino US string players.

Classic FM

The Global Awards 2018: shortlist announced, vote now!

The final round of voting is now open for The Global Awards 2018! Vote for your favourite artists from the shortlist.

klassik.com

Tonhalle Zürich mit knapp 110.000 Besuchern in der Spielzeit 2016/17

Die Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich hat ihren Geschäftsbericht für die Spielzeit 2016/17 vorgelegt. Bei 145 Konzerten mit 95 verschiedenen Programmen konnten eigenen Angaben zufolge 108.472 Zuschauer gezählt werden.

pizzicato

Salzburg will nicht Kulturhauptstadt werden

Eine breite politische Mehrheit hat gestern im Gemeinderat der Stadt Salzburg gegen eine Bewerbung Salzburgs als Europäische Kulturhauptstadt 2024 gestimmt.

Musik Heute

Berenberg Kulturpreis an “Baum Quartett”

Das aus Südkorea stammende “Baum Quartett” hat den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Berenberg Kulturpreis erhalten.

france musique

Dans le métro à Tokyo, Debussy et Chopin détendent les voyageurs

Au Japon, les trajets de métro sur la ligne Hibiya sont désormais bercés par la musique de Chopin, Mendelssohn et Debussy. Une initiative expérimentale, qui semble séduire les utilisateurs.

Platea Magazine

Adam Fischer debuta con los Berliner Philharmoniker, sustituyendo a Bernard Haitink

Ocupando el lugar previsto para Bernard Haitink, indispuesto, el director de orquesta húngaro Adam Fischer (Budapest, 1949) debuta estas semana al frente de los Berliner Philhamoniker, los días 8, 9 y 10 de febrero.

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Konzerthaus Berlin @_konzerthaus: Singen macht sozial, gesund und glücklich! Warum, das erfahrt ihr auf unserem Blog!

Image: Rubén Rengel © The Strad

(Written on February 8, 2018 )

In today’s news: Alfonso Scarano becomes Chief Conductor of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore International Violin Competition announces 2018 participants and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala plans big extension. 60th anniversary of Ingo Metzmacher and impact of music lessons on the aging process. 

Classical Source

Alfonso Scarano named Chief Conductor of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra

Alfonso Scarano has been named Chief Conductor of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2017-18 season after having served as Guest Conductor for six seasons between 2011-12 and 2016-17.

Classic FM

Steven Isserlis: This cello was played in the trenches of the First World War

This cello was once played in the trenches of Ypres, one of the most deadly frontlines of the First World War. One hundred years later, Steven Isserlis is letting it sing again.

The Strad

Singapore International Violin Competition announces 2018 participants

Event returns for second edition with $100,000 total prize fund, of which half goes to the winner.

Music Teacher

LPO launches Creative Classrooms Connect

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has launched Creative Classrooms Connect, a collection of resources for Key Stage 2 teachers created in collaboration with primary teachers and other experts in music education.

RNCM launches Pathfinder programme

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has launched a new three-year programme to help aspiring young musicians within Greater Manchester progress their musical talent.

The New York Times

At the Met Opera, a Note So High, It’s Never Been Sung Before

It lasts just a split second, almost imperceptible in a two-hour score. It’s over too quickly to summon the dogs of the Upper West Side or to break any nearby windows.

Irish Times

Can RTÉ effectively axe an orchestra?

Cuts in RTÉ’s pool of musician employees is fuelling speculation about a merger of RTÉ’s two orchestras.

Pizzicato

Milan: Scala plans big extension

Milan’s Teatro alla Scala is building new spaces behind the old theatre, in Via Verdi, where a building which had been acquired years ago, has already been demolished to allow the new construction designed by architect Mario Botta. 

Tagesspiegel

Hommage an Claudio Abbado

Die Orchester-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker verleiht den Claudio-Abbado-Kompositionspreis an den Slowenen Vito Zuraj.

Concerti

Würdigung zum 60. Geburtstag

Heute Abend beschäftigt sich Margarete Zander um 21:26 Uhr auf NDR Kultur mit der Karriere des Dirigenten Ingo Metzmacher.

Codex Flores

Besser älter werden mit Musikunterricht

Das Institut für Musikphysiologie und Musikermedizin der Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover will gemeinsam mit einem Genfer Forschungskonsortium und der Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover erforschen, in welcher Weise Musikmachen im höheren Alter die Denkfertigkeiten und die Lebensqualität älterer Menschen steigern kann.

Il Messagero

Chopin, mistero risolto: uno studio rivela la causa della morte del compositore polacco

I suoi notturni sono tra le composizioni musicali più famose e citate di tutti i tempi. E finora il buio, e il mistero, continuavano ad avvolgere le circostanze della sua morte.

France Musique

Les artistes de Broadway se plaignent de la grossièreté de certains spectateurs

Entre les téléphones portables qui sonnent et les papiers d’emballage qui crépitent, les artistes de Broadway (New York) dénoncent le comportement parfois peu respectueux du public.

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Image: Alfonso Scarano

(Written on November 8, 2017 )

In today’s news: AI could become the next Mozart, violins that incorporate spiders’ silk, nominations for 2018 International Opera Awards are open. A missing Weill song is rediscovered and the German theatre prizes are awarded.

The Telegraph

Royal Academy of Music sacks lecturer over student guide that referred to string players as ‘pond life’ and violinists as ‘gypos’

The advice note circulated to students at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music was intended to help them get jobs and keep them. Instead, it caused a student revolt leading to the sacking of the senior lecturer who wrote it.

Classical Music

Nominations open for 2018 International Opera Awards

Members of the public can submit nominations in with categories including Male and Female Singer of the Year, New Production of the Year, Opera Company of the Year, and awards for Philanthropy and Education and Outreach initiatives.

Opera Now

Wexford Festival Opera awards artistic bursaries

Wexford Festival Opera artistic director David Agler has revealed the winners of three artistic bursaries following the company’s 66th season.

Futurism

Will the Next Mozart be a Robot?

The Creative AI.

NewStatesman

Why classical purists should start taking video game music seriously

The best music stays with you long after you finish playing.

Classic FM

These violins are made from spiders’ silk, and they sound beautifully mellow

An engineering student from Imperial College London has built a violin with a composite that incorporates spiders’ silk.

Codex flores

Verschollenes Weill-Lied in Berlin wiederentdeckt

In einem Berliner Archiv ist ein bislang als verschollen gegoltenes Lied Kurt Weills wieder aufgefunden worden. Das dreiseitige Notenblatt enthält das für Lotte Lenya geschriebene «Lied vom weissen Käse».

Pizzicato

‘rainy days’ in Luxemburg: « Für Musik, die es schwer hat »

„How does it feeI?“ nennt sich das Festival für Neue Musik ‘rainy days’, das gestern in der Luxemburger Philharmonie begann und noch bis zum 19. November dauert.

Klassik.com

Faust-Theaterpreis 2017 für Christoph Marthaler

Der Schweizer Regisseur Christoph Marthaler hat den Deutschen Theaterpreis “Der Faust” 2017 in der Kategorie “Regie Musiktheater” erhalten.

Spettacoli e Cultura

Chopin, mistero risolto: uno studio rivela la causa della morte del compositore polacco

I suoi notturni sono tra le composizioni musicali più famose e citate di tutti i tempi. E finora il buio, e il mistero, continuavano ad avvolgere le circostanze della sua morte.

Twitter

  in 1934 FP of ‘s Rhapsody On A Theme of Paganini with & Leopold Stokowski

 

Image: Opera Now

(Written on November 7, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: classical music calms pets scared of fireworks, scientists solve the riddle of Chopin’s early death, Brit Trust reaches £20m milestone. VR demonstrates what music feels like to a deaf person. Das Berliner Jazzfest attracts young auditory, Harold Faltermeyer wins the German Film Music Award (Deutscher Filmmusikpreis).

The Times

Beethoven soothes pets spooked by fireworks

It may sound barking mad, but on Bonfire Night, pet behaviourists say that dogs can calm down if they listen to Beethoven’s 6th Symphony while cats may prefer hearing Handel’s Sarabande in D minor.

The Guardian

Examination of Chopin’s pickled heart solves riddle of his early death

Scientists diagnose rare complication of tuberculosis following analysis of heart stored in jar of cognac for 170 years.

The Telegraph

The doyenne of French composers Betsy Jolas brings a new work to London, plus November’s best classical concerts

At 91, Betsy Jolas has long been the doyenne of French composers. But she has never shown any sign of resting on those laurels, and seems to be working as hard as ever.

Opera Now

Simona Genga wins COC vocal competition

Mezzo-soprano Simona Genga has won the first prize at the Canadian Opera Company’s annual Ensemble Studio Competition. She receives a $10,000 cash prize and a performance opportunity at Ontario’s Elora Festival.

Classical Music

Brit Trust reaches £20m milestone

The Brit Trust has awarded £20m since it was established in 1989.

The New York Times

How We Used VR to Explore What Music Feels Like to a Deaf Person

Seven years ago, when Rachel Kolb was 20, her friends pitched in to help her learn how to hear music.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Schweißtreibend leichtfüßig

Das Berliner Jazzfest schafft den Anschluss an die Gegenwart. Jazz wirkt im Jahr 2017 aber nicht allein deshalb wieder zeitgenössisch, weil er von jungen Menschen für ein junges Publikum gespielt wird.

concerti

Für Clara zum Geburtstag

Ein radikales Formkonzept, eine vom Publikum unverstandene Erstaufführung und eine jahrzehntelange Phase der Umarbeitung – Robert Schumanns Sinfonie Nr. 4 benötigte mehrere Anläufe, um sich im Konzertrepertoire zu etablieren.

klassik.com

Ehrenpreis wurde in Halle verliehen

Deutscher Filmmusikpreis für Harold Faltermeyer.

El País

La música del exilio

La arpista Cristina Montes abre el ciclo en memoria de los compositores españoles exiliados en la Guerra Civil.

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Image: The Times

 

(Written on November 6, 2017 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to be working with Blüthner on their inaugural Piano Series. Seven virtuosi will showcase the piano with its unique Golden Tone in a series of seven recitals held at St John’s Smith Square over the 2017/18 season.

From its founding in 1853 by Julius Blüthner, the eponymous firm has remained family-run. Current CEO, Dr Christian Blüthner-Haessler, enjoyed a successful career as a cancer surgeon, before taking the reins in 1996, and being named Businessman of the Year in Germany in 2004 after just 8 years in the industry.

From its inception, Blüthner has been an innovative company, which can be seen today in its impressive range of Design Pianos, and the extraordinary PH Grand. Blüthner has also pushed boundaries exploring the mechanics of tone production, with the creation of the Aliquot string, an added fourth string which vibrates sympathetically, cylindrical soundboards, and angle cut hammers, resulting in a truly special sound.

The starry list of Blüthner advocates includes Brahms, Mahler, Bartók, Debussy, Reger, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Liberace, Stevie Wonder, and Ariana Grande.

The seven programmes held at St John’s Smith Square will be performed by outstanding talents from across the world, highlighting the versatility, depth, and character of the Blüthner instrument. Repertoire will include Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven; Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Brahms; Stravinsky and transcriptions of Chinese music; Sjogren, Nielssen, and Nilsson. Tom Poster’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective will open the series performing Clara Schumann, Brahms, Schubert, and Robert Schumann.

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(Written on September 14, 2017 )