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The Guardian

Alan Titchmarsh: the joy of Christmas carols

Carols such as Away in a Manger and God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen make Christmas – and we have John Rutter to thank

The Independent

Christmas 2014: ‘Silent Night’ named nation’s favourite carol

The carol ousted long-running favourite ‘O Holy Night’ from the top spot

BBC Music Magazine

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge performs ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’

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International Arts Manager

New prize for young classical musicians

Warner Music Group has announced the creation of the Warner Music Prize, a new award to be given to a classical musician aged 18-35 ‘who demonstrates exceptional talent and promise, regardless of any label affiliation’.

Classic FM Online

Pierre Boulez awarded Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award

Conductor and composer Pierre Boulez will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th GRAMMY Awards on 7 February 2015.

Pizzicato

Orchestersterben in Italien geht weiter

Vier italienische Orchester wurden in den letzten zwei Jahren liquidiert

Klassik.com

Mailand: Wer zu spät kommt, wartet nun doch im Foyer

Intendant Pereira rudert nach Protest der Pünktlichen zurück

Concerti

Der schöne Glanz der Vergangenheit

Schein oder Sein? Ungarns Regierung lässt in Budapest die Pracht der k.u.k.-Monarchie neu erblühen – das lockt Kulturtouristen an

Codex Flores

Bilanz 13/14 des Zürcher Opernhauses

Das Opernhaus Zürich hat in der Saison 13/14 330 Vorstellungen präsentiert, die 233‘021 Eintritte generiert haben.

El Mundo

Adjudicado el decorado del Teatro Real para el caballero de la esquina

La segunda edición de la subasta de objetos de vestuario y ‘atrezzo’ del Teatro Real de Madrid se salda con el 75% de las piezas vendidas.

Twitter

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Tim Ashley’s introduction to opera: Politics http://gu.com/p/44bbc 

Classicalite @Classicalite: The Gershwin Hotel Updates Facade and Renames to #TheEvelyn, Remembers Art and Music Past http://www.classicalite.com/articles/13615/20141222/gershwin-hotel-updates-facade-renames-evelyn-remembers-art-music-past.htm?exe=reporter …

Klassik.com @klassikcom: Bariton Wolfgang Koch als Kammersänger ausgezeichnet http://klassik.com/?G662J  #Oper #Gesang #Bariton

Skyline of Budapest photo: Hungarian National Tourist Office (via concerti)

Skyline of Budapest
photo: Hungarian National Tourist Office (via concerti)

(Written on December 23, 2014 )

The New York Times

Choosing emotion over virtuosity

In his recent solo recital, Soheil Nasseri went in search of virtuosic extremes in a selection of works that demonstrated the piano’s ability to reflect the whole gamut of human emotions

Metro

Expect thunderous applause for Joseph Calleja at the BBC Proms

Due to sing arias by Verdi at tonight’s Prom, Joseph Calleja is expected to perform with that undefinable something that only the greatest singers possess

Classic FM Online

Overdue Tchaikovsky returned to library after 59 years

Librarians in Westminster are pleased to be reunited with a score of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 – almost six decades after it was borrowed

Pavarotti’s label want you to sing Nessun Dorma

A competition inviting the public to submit recordings of themselves singing Puccini’s aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ has been launched to celebrate the release of the new Pavarotti best-of album

The Telegraph

The Chinese woman conductor set to storm the Proms

Against the odds of her gender and nationality, Chinese conductor Xian Zhang has become a rising musical star

Joyce DiDonato: ‘Stop selling opera by dumbing it down’

Ahead of her appearance at the Last Night of the Proms, Joyce DiDonato talks to Rupert Christiansen about her love of Mozart – and Over the Rainbow

Simon Callow: ‘I was a terrific show-off as a child’

Simon Callow on how he’s getting to grips with Wagner, and why life gets better once you’ve ‘peaked’

Euronews

Celebrating classical music at George Enescu festival

Named after one of Romania’s most famous composers, the George Enescu festival is a month-long celebration of classical music. The festival aims to offer a unique cultural mix: great orchestras and artists who interpret Enescu plus pieces by other famous composers like Wagner, Verdi and Britten.

Die Zeit

“Wir wollten ein neues Evangelium”

Er war das Superhirn der musikalischen Avantgarde, als Dirigent in Bayreuth hat er Wagner vom Waber befreit. Vor zehn Jahren gründete Pierre Boulez die Lucerne Festival Academy für junge Komponisten und Musiker. Eine Begegnung aus Anlass des Jubiläums

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

 

(Written on September 5, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

John Williams exhibition to open in Hollywood

John Williams is to be the subject of a new exhibition at the Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles, beginning this weekend

Debussy Google Doodle boosts music sales

After Google featured Debussy’s dreamy Clair de lune as an animated Google Doodle, sales of the track have soared on iTunes

Gareth Malone’s new choir covers Death Grips song

Gareth Malone’s new choir, Voices, have released a taster from their new album – a choral cover of experimental hip-hop duo Death Grips’ song, ‘Guillotine’

Gramophone

LA Philharmonic celebrates 10th anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall

A series of special events feature Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yo-Yo Ma, Leif Ove Andsnes and Julie Andrews

Paul McCreesh and his Gabriele musicians to release Britten’s War Requiem

Large-scale recording, featuring 300 performers, is due for release on September 2 on Signum Classics/Winged Lion

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2013 category winners revealed!

Read full reviews and listen to tracks from each of the winners

The Times

Simon Callow on getting inside the head of Richard Wagner

Simon Callow sees Wagner’s life as an energetic one-man show

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Ausstellung “Unternehmen Oper”

Digitale Desdemona: Bertelsmann zeigt Einblicke ins Ricordi-Archiv

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The Times

(Written on August 29, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Lang Lang and Einaudi to perform at Classic BRITs 2013

Pianists Lang Lang and Ludovico Einaudi have both been confirmed to perform at this year’s Classic BRITs award ceremony on October 2nd

Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines prompts unexpected classical hit

The R&B chart smash has driven a surge in sales for a violin and harpsichord duet of the same name

Roger Federer plays violin in Lucerne Festival tribute

Tennis maestro Roger Federer paid tribute to the Lucerne Festival’s 75th anniversary in a video made by his sponsor, Credit Suisse

Nicola Benedetti takes time off following Queen’s advice

The superstar violinist is taking a break ahead of the release of her new album, My First Decade, after being asked whether she was overworking by the Queen

Classical Music Magazine

Kaufmann among pre-announced winners of 2013 Gramophone Awards

Jonas Kaufmann’s last solo disc on Decca before his recent move to Sony Classical is among several pre-announced winners of this year’s Gramophone magazine awards

Ealing Autumn festival: Britten among friends11-27 October

Running 11 to 27 October, the Ealing Autumn Festival returns for its fourth year

The Independent

Julian Lloyd Webber: I’m doing a Dudamel over here

The Venezuelan conductor showed how poor children could become musicians. Julian Lloyd Webber explains how he was determined to do the same here. The result can be seen at the Proms on Sunday

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Das Gewitter ist vorbei, die Schäflein sind im Trockenen

Beim Stuttgarter Musikfest gab Helmuth Rilling den Stab an seinen jüngeren Nachfolger Hans-Christoph Rademann ab – Bundespräsident Joachim Gauk assistierte

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(Written on August 28, 2013 )

The Times

Joseph Calleja is tipped as the heir to Luciano Pavarotti

Plácido Domingo once called Joseph Calleja “the baby tenor” but as Calleja has grown on to the world’s greatest opera stages, another moniker has attached itself: the new Pavarotti?

Classic FM Online

Gramophone Awards 2013 winners announced today

We’ll have information on all 11 recordings crowned category winners at this year’s Gramophone Classical Music Awards as they are announced this morning

From the Back Desk – Gareth Davies, London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO’s principal flautist and host of The Show Must Go On on Classic FM, Gareth Davies, lets us in on some orchestral secrets – and tells us why he’ll always check his trousers before going on stage

Kobe Bryant plays Beethoven in new TV ad

Basketball player Kobe Bryant has appeared in a new TV commercial playing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata on the piano

Gramophone

BBC Two and Four to present new 18th-century arts season

The series will include programming on Handel’s Messiah and the rise of British anthems

The Telegraph

No one is pulling Nicola Benedetti’s strings

Forthright violin virtuosa Nicola Benedetti, 26, on fame, beauty and the power of a fierce work ethic

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Erhabenes Ende einer Pilgerreise

Bevor sie ab nächstem Jahr die künstlerische Leitung des Beethovenfests in Bonn übernimmt, verbindet Nike Wagner im letzten Weimarer Kunstfest unter ihrer Federführung Schreckensmusikgedenken und Richard-Idyll

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The Telegraph

(Written on August 27, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Welsh male voice choir cover Chic’s ‘Good Times’

Chic’s classic funk hit ‘Good Times’ has been given a choral reworking by the Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir as a teaser for a forthcoming music festival

Anna Netrebko’s album is pop chart smash in Europe

Anna Netrebko’s new album, Verdi, has enjoyed no. 1 chart success in Austria, as well as placing in the pop charts in several other countries in Europe

Summer classics

What’s the best music for the summer time? Here’s a Top Ten suggested by you

The Independent

When Britten’s world was all at sea: How Billy Budd reflects the composer’s own turbulent times

A full programme of Britten’s works at the Proms culminates in a semi-staged performance of Michael Grandage’s acclaimed Glyndebourne production of the story of an outsider fighting the establishment

Gramophone

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra saved by donations exceeding £70,000

Successful fundraising campaign ensures the orchestra’s 2013-14 season will go ahead

Andrew Litton named Colorado Symphony music director

The conductor has served as the orchestra’s artistic advisor since June 2012

Joyce DiDonato interviews Dame Janet Baker for her 80th birthday

Exclusive video interview available on the Gramophone Player

Obituary: Richard Angas, bass

Born April 18, 1942; died August 20, 2013

Obituary: John Amis, broadcaster and music critic

Born June 17, 1922; died August 20, 2013

Der Tagesspiegel

Das neue Klassik-Portal des Tagesspiegels

Reden ist Silber, Geigen ist Gold

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Gramophone

 

(Written on August 23, 2013 )

The Guardian

Claude Debussy: Google orchestrates a doodled Clair de lune

To mark 151st anniversary of French composer’s birth, an animation is set to Clair de lune, one of his best-known pieces

Media Week

YouTube signs UK licensing deal with PRS for Music

YouTube has signed a new licensing deal with PRS for Music, the body responsible for collecting royalties for UK performers

Classic FM Online

Berlin Philharmonic to release 100-year-old recording as digital single

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is to celebrate the centenary of its relationship with the Deutsche Grammophon label by releasing an epic 50CD set called The Centenary Edition

The Independent

When Britten’s world was all at sea: How Billy Budd reflects the composer’s own turbulent times

A full programme of Britten’s works at the Proms culminates in a semi-staged performance of Michael Grandage’s acclaimed Glyndebourne production of the story of an outsider fighting the establishment

Star Tribune

Opera singer collapses and dies in rehearsal

Veteran bass Richard Angas, made famous as Jonathan Miller’s Mikado, has passed away at 71

Minnesota Orchestra recording sessions cancelled

Planned September recording dates scratched due to ongoing labor dispute

Slate

How ashamed should you feel about using Spotify?

Music-streaming services really don’t exploit performers. Songwriters, though—that’s another story

Crosscut

The ‘Ring’ is the thing: Seattle Opera and the future of an arts institution

With Wagner, Seattle made it to the world cultural stage. But how does the company build on the legacy?

Die Zeit

Mit Rüsch und Fliege

In der Oper herrscht noch der hohe Ton

Googe doodle – Debussy

The Guardian

(Written on August 22, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Classical music doesn’t improve brain function, study claims

The Mozart effect could be completely non-existent, according to a new neuro-scientific study in America

Katherine Jenkins and José Carreras head to Abu Dhabi

Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins ans Spanish tenor José Carreras are to perform together in Abu Dhabi on October 25th

Brighton Philharmonic saved from closure

The Brighton Philharmonic has been saved from closure thanks to a series of late donations before yesterday’s board meeting that was to decide the orchestra’s fate

90-year-old Ethiopian nun is classical composer

The compositions of Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guebrù who was in near seclusion for nearly 30 years have been discovered by an Israeli pianist, who describes them as a “strange combination of classical, Ethiopian and blues”

National Children’s Orchestra in Tim Lihoreau’s Wednesday Web Chat

What’s it like playing in one of the world’s best children’s orchestras? We’ll be talking to former percussionist Benjamin Glassberg and Sarah Derbyshire in our Wednesday Web Chat from 9am on 21 August

Gramophone

2014 Gilmore Young Artist Award winners announced

Andrew Hsu and Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner receive the biennial award for promising American pianists

Classical Music Magazine

Last-ditch £70,000 fundraising effort hailed as success for Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

A campaign to raise £70,000 in less than two weeks in order to save the freelance Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra has claimed success, after garnering pledges of £72,200

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Jeder giert nach seinem Gut

Abschluss der vielleicht kürzesten Ring-Inszenierung zu Wagners 200. Geburtstag. Der Schauspieler Stefan Kaminski erklärt Wagners Ring in vier Videos: „.Rheingold“, „Walküre“, „Siegfried“ und „Götterdämmerung“

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Classic FM Online

(Written on August 21, 2013 )

The Guardian

Digital magazines: how popular are they?

The latest magazine circulation figures from the PPA show promising digital results for the industry – but is it enough to offset the fall in print?

In praise of… Janet Baker

The opera singer’s continuing sale of her classic recordings means she seems not to  have really stopped singing at all

The New York Times

Stravinsky’s many rites of passage are distilled

Bard Music Festival focuses on Works in France and U.S.

Classic FM Online

The Recycled Orchestra: making music on a landfill site

Meet some of the incredible youngsters from Paraguay experiencing the power of music in the Recycled Orchestra, playing on instruments made from rubbish. They’re the stars of a new documentary film, Landfill Harmonic, which explores their extraordinary day-to-day lives

Classical singers judged by actions not voice

Never mind the quality of the singer’s voice, audiences judge performances on what they see rather than what they hear, according to a new study

Edible pianos and flame-driven organs in instrument competition

Judges are searching for weird and wonderful instruments as part of a competition in America – which has previously championed an edible piano and a voice activated synthesiser

From The Back Desk – Nigel Downing, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

We take five minutes with Nigel Downing, horn player for the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, to chat about Bruckner, losing your music on stage and attention from the over-60s

The Independent

Marin Alsop: First Lady of the Last Night of the Proms

For the first time in 118 years, the conductor on the Royal Albert Hall podium will be a woman. It’s a chance she is keen to take to promote equality. Paul Bignell meets Marin Alsop

Gramophone

Celebrating 100 years of recording the Berlin Phil

Gramophone’s editor introduces the September issue of the magazine

Berliner Zeitung

Digital-Geschäft beschert Musikbranche mehr Umsatz

Der Abwärtstrend im deutschen Musikmarkt wächst. Erstmals seit zehn Jahren verzeichnet die Branche wieder ein Umsatzplus

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The Independent

(Written on August 20, 2013 )

The Guardian

Tine Thing Helsen: blowing her own trumpet

Tine Thing Helsen is on a mission. She explains why all that matters in music making is an open mind and open ears

Classic FM Online

Joshua Bell will judge Miss America competition

The American Violinist Joshua Bell has been confirmed as one of the judges in next year’s Miss America contest

McDonald’s uses classical music to stop anti-social behaviour

The Stockport branch of fast-food restaurant McDonald’s has started playing classical music late at night in an attempt to put an end to rowdy behaviour

The New York Times

Composers Chime In as Minnesota Orchestra Dispute Drags On

The latest salvo in the battle between the players and management of the Minnesota Orchestra

Opera and Classical Music Listings for Aug. 16-22

Full reviews of recent classical performances

Gramophone

London Philharmonic Orchestra to give free performances of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde

Concerts form part of the orchestra’s season-opening Britten celebrations

London Evening Standard

Trumpet trailblazer: Tine Thing Helseth on women in the classical music world

Tine Thing Helseth, who is making her Proms debut this month, is breaking the mould for brass players — she gives Igor Toronyi-Lalic her take on women in the classical music world

Die Zeit

Katholische Kirche gesteht 700.000 illegale Kopien

Durch widerrechtliche Vervielfältigung von Noten spart die Kirche jährlich rund fünf Millionen Euro. Das brachte eine freiwillige Datenauskunft zufällig ans Licht

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London Evening Standard

(Written on August 16, 2013 )