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In today’s news: Spotify shares jump to record high, Rosemary Johnson and other leading figures from the classical world are recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, Schott Music and MPI Music Production International are to publish a new Academic Edition of the Complete Works of Tchaikovsky, the 1ooth anniversary of librettist Arrigo Boito, and Spotify algorithms decide what is the best music for you.

Shares in the company scaled a new high on Friday afternoon, jumping as much as 4 per cent to a record high of $172.76. The reason for the sudden jump was not immediately clear, but it came as Recode reported that Spotify has started licensing songs directly from artists and their managers.

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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Simon Keenlyside, and Classic FM’s Composer in Residence Debbie Wiseman recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Leading figures from the classical world have been honoured alongside actor Emma Thompson – who’s made a Dame – and author Kazuo Ishiguro, who is given a Knighthood.

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New cohort of Genesis Sixteen singers

The Sixteen has announced the new cohort of Genesis Sixteen singers, and the appointment of Royal Academy of Music student Harry Bradford as conducting scholar for 2018-19.

Schott Music

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – The Project of a Century

Work on the Academic Edition of the Complete Works by P.I. Tchaikovsky has now begun. Comprising about 120 volumes, this edition will be a big undertaking. The first volumes will be published in 2018.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Als hätte man eine zehnte Beethoven-Symphonie entdeckt

Ein verloren geglaubtes Album von John Coltrane ist aufgetaucht. Es ist musikalische Höchstleistung und spirituelle Ekstase in einem.

Neue Musikzeitung

Das «Ruhrepos»-Projekt – Brechts nie realisierte Industrie-Oper

Vor gut 90 Jahren bestellte die Stadt Essen bei Bertolt Brecht und Kurt Weill eine Industrie-Oper.

Concerti

100. Todestag von Arrigo Boito

Legendärer Librettist celebrates 100th anniversary.

El País

Tengo una ‘playlist’ para usted

Los algoritmos de Spotify deciden cuál es la mejor música para ti

Wired

The aural magic of Stanford’s Laptop orchestra

Ten days before the big concert, the members of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra are performing technology triage.

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(Written on June 11, 2018 )

In today’s news: Children & Wildlife in Harmony charity to host classical music concert to aid refugee children, pop-opera group IDA to perform, winners of RPS duets announced, Philip Roth appreciation for classical music, more embarrassment at the theatre Cottbus, A look back on this years biggest youth music competition in Germany, Martha Argerich moves her Festival to Hamburg and Cecilia Bartoli returns to the Scala.

Classic FM

Charity concert will raise money for music education for refugee children

The Born Free Foundation and Keys of Change will present Children & Wildlife in Harmony, a charity concert to raise money to provide classical music education to children in Kenya, Siberia, Japan, and Ecuador.

What’s the difference between an opera and a musical?

In a musical, the singing is interspersed with passages of dialogue, while in an opera, the singing never stops (very broadly speaking). But there are a few other elements which separate the two theatrical worlds…

Classical Music

Winners of RPS duet prizes announced

The biennial RPS duet prizes recognise outstanding young musicians under the age of 18 who study at a mainstream school.

Music Teacher

University creates mental health documentaries to attract new students

Anglia Ruskin University has created two new short documentary films about mental health as part of a marketing campaign to recruit new students.

The Telegraph

Club nights, drum machines, and game-show hosts: welcome to the brave new world of classical music

We’re often told classical music is in crisis. Audiences are getting older, and aren’t being replenished from below.

Broadway World

London’s leading Pop-Opera girl group Ida bring their show ‘IDA Girls’ to The Other Palace

Ida, will perform an impressive collection of re-worked operatic arias, chart-topping hits and musical theatre favourites.

PlayBill

The Opera House Documentary, chronicling the building of the Met Opera House, airs May 25

The film from Susan Froemke explores the creation of the Met’s home at Lincoln Center over the past 50 years.

WQXR

What Roth thought of Bach

Best known for works like Goodbye, Columbus and Sabbath’s Theater, American literary icon Philip Roth had a deep appreciation for classical music.

Tagesspiegel

Debakel am Staatstheater Cottbus

Der Vorstandsvorsitzende der Brandenburgischen Kulturstiftung Cottbus-Frankfurt/Oder, Martin Roeder, wurde am Donnerstag fristlos entlassen.

Concerti

Strahlende Gesichter in Lübeck

Mit großem Erfolg ging am heutigen Donnerstag der 55. Bundeswettbewerb von Jugend musiziert in Lübeck zu Ende.

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Martha Argerich zieht nach Hamburg weiter

Die Symphoniker Hamburg und ihr Intendant Daniel Kühnel etablieren ein neues Festival in der Laeiszhalle, das als Pilot zum ersten Mal Ende Juni 2018 stattfinden wird.

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Cecilia Bartoli torna alla Scala: tre opere barocche in collaborazione con il San Carlo

Cecilia Bartoli torna alla Scala e già questa è una notizia. Perché è il mezzosoprano più famoso del mondo e perché all’ultimo concerto (che apriva la stagione della Filarmonica nel 2012) venne giù il teatro e si sfiorò la rissa fra chi fischiava e chi invece applaudiva freneticamente, in un clima che ricordava più San Siro di un teatro d’opera.

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(Written on May 25, 2018 )

In today’s news: Further success for the performers of the Royal Wedding, Kyle Albertson flies cross-state 6 hours before show to save the Dallas Symphony, a study of Stradivarius violins revealed voice-like acoustics, Antonio Mendez appointed conductor of Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, and two opera singers receive important awards from the country Azerbaijan.

Classic FM

Royal Wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is now a chart-topper

The Royal Wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has shot to the top of the US iTunes pop chart with his album ‘Inspiration’.

BBC News

Royal wedding 2018: The story behind the music

The couple hand-selected the music to accompany the ceremony, which ranged from gospel to traditional hymns.

Financial Times

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/Gražinytė-Tyla, Carnegie Hall, New York — a conductor to watch

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is probably the most talked-about young conductor around, regardless of gender, yet she is relatively unknown in New York.

Opera Wire

Kyle Albertson Makes Heroic Role Debut At The Dallas Symphony

Kyle Albertson flew from San Fransisco to Dallas 6 hours before the show to replaceMatthias Goerne in a highly anticipated performance of Wagner’s “Die Walküre.”

The Times

Stradivarius violins really do match a sweet voice

A study of the acoustics of antique violins found that they have remarkable similarities to the acoustics of human singers, especially the violins of Antonio Stradivari.

PlayStation Life Style 

Music From PlayStation Games Will Echo at the Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied by the City of London Choir is going to perform several soundtracks from a variety of PlayStation games.

Observer

Opera House presents ‘Van Gogh – A New Way of Seeing’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present “Van Gogh – A New Way of Seeing,” a new cinematic profile of the beloved artist, as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series.

The New York Times

BAM’s Outgoing Leader Announces His Final Next Wave Festival

he Brooklyn Academy of Music on Monday unveiled the lineup of the final Next Wave Festival to be overseen by Joseph V. Melillo, the institution’s executive producer.

Pizzicato

Tenerife Symphony hires Antonio Mendez as Principal Conductor

Spanish conductor Antonio Mendez (*1984, Palma de Mallorca) has been appointed principal conductor of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra from the 2018-2019 season. His contract is signed for three years.

Die Zeit

Metropolitan Opera reicht Klage wegen Missbrauchs ein

Nach einer internen Untersuchung zieht die New Yorker Met gegen ihren früheren Chefdirigenten James Levine vor Gericht: Er habe sieben Männer sexuell missbraucht.

Klassik.com

Auszeichnung für Anna Netrebko und Yusif Eyvazov

Die beiden Opernsänger Anna Netrebko und Yusif Eyvazov haben zwei wichtige Auszeichnungen des Landes Aserbaidschan erhalten.

BR Klassik

Menschenfreund und Grenzüberschreiter

Dieter Schnebel – evangelischer Pfarrer, Pädagoge, Musikwissenschaftler, poetischer Philosoph und Visionär, vor allem aber: unkonventioneller Komponist und Grenzüberschreiter. Eine der wichtigsten deutschen Künstlerpersönlichkeiten des 20. Jahrhunderts ist am Sonntag im Alter von 88 Jahren gestorben.

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Kyle Albertson steps in at Dallas Symphony © OperaWire

(Written on May 22, 2018 )

In today’s news: YouTube adopts streaming, people trade morning shows for classical music, opera lags behind the industry’s acceptance of maternity leave, more ‘under 35s’ are turning to classical music, Bridget Jones’ Diary to tour with live orchestra, call for women to write ‘human rights’ music, former Munich University Director Siegfried Mauser faces over 2 years imprisonment, and Deutsche Schallplattenkritik – German Record Critics published its awards for February 2018.

BBC News

YouTube unveils new music streaming service

YouTube is launching a music streaming service, offering both videos and audio tracks, in an attempt to compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music.

The Times

Today programme loses 65,000 listeners as audience tunes out

BBC listeners are ditching politics for classical music in the morning, according to official figures showing Radio 4’s Today programme losing its audience while the Radio 3 breakfast show soars.

Music Teacher

Call for women to write new music ‘for human rights’

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Office has launched a campaign to promote, engage and reflect on human rights.

Classic FM

More huge increases in Classic FM listeners under 35

According to figures released today, 5.6 million people now listen to Classic FM every week – and over a million of them are under 35.

The Guardian

Why the pregnant pause? Women in performing arts still face baby barriers

Soprano Julie Fuchs was asked to leave an opera cast because her pregnancy would ‘compromise its artistic integrity’. Why are companies not looking at different kind of compromises?

Cosmopolitan 

Bridget Jones’s Diary with a live orchestra is touring the UK

Bridget Jones’s Diary is about to commence a tour across the country for the first time ever this November with a full live orchestra.

Opera Now

The Eden Project to stage its first ever opera

The Unsung Heroes of the Planet is a collaboration between music theatre company Gestalt Arts and leading scientists, and is about trees’ ability to communicate through underground networks of fungus.

The New York Times

A ‘Mile-Long Opera’ Is Coming to the High Line

David Lang has established himself as a master of powerful, large-scale public music through ambitious projects like “the public domain,” for 1,000 voices at Lincoln Center, and “symphony for a broken orchestra,” for hundreds of broken school instruments in Philadelphia.

Limelight

Melbourne Recital Centre receives $1 million bequest

The Betty Amsden Foundation has given $1 million to Melbourne Recital Centre, the largest bequest that the venue has received in its history. In memory of the late arts philanthropist Betty Amsden and her passion for music education, the significant sum will help fund a dedicated families and children’s program.

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Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik: die Bestenliste 2/2018 ist erschienen

Der Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik hat seine zweite Vierteljahresliste 2018 veröffentlicht. Insgesamt haben 157 Juroren aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz alle im letzten Quartal neu veröffentlichten Tonträger gesichtet und in 32 Kategorien die Besten der Besten ermittelt.

Klassik Heute 

Juan Diego Flórez ersetzt David Garrett bei Klassik am Odeonsplatz

Der Geiger David Garrett muss aus gesundheitlichen Gründen seinen für den 14. Juli geplanten Auftritt bei Klassik am Odeonsplatz absagen. Bereits gekaufte Karten für das seit langem ausverkaufte Open Air Konzert behalten ihre Gültigkeit. Die Münchner Philharmoniker konnten mit dem Tenor Juan Diego Flórez einen Gesangs-Weltstar als Einspringer für das Konzert verpflichten.

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Urteil: Mehr als 2 Jahre Haft für Ex-Hochschulrektor Siegfried Mauser

Der ehemalige Rektor der Münchner Musikhochschule und des Salzburger Mozarteums ist aufgrund von drei Fällen der sexuellen Nötigung verurteilt worden. Staatsanwaltschaft und Gericht glaubten durch hinreichende Beweise sowohl der Haupt-, als auch den beiden Nebenklägerinnen.

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The Eden Project © Opera Now

 

(Written on May 17, 2018 )

In today’s news: Classic BRITs announce sponsors, BBC radio wary of streaming services, queer Korean opera, orchestra performs Prince’s repertoire alongside Questlove, Conductor Currentzis and his „Fokus“-programme in the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Pianists Danae und Kiveli Dörren invite chamber music lovers to their Molyvos Music Festival, and acoustics seem off in the newly opened Elbphilharmonie.

Music Week 

Apple Music, Classic FM and PPL partner with Classic BRITs

The Classic BRIT Awards has revealed its official partners for this year’s ceremony. The awards show, which will air on ITV, takes place on June 13 at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Telegraph 

Radio could be killed by streaming services, head of BBC radio warns

BBC radio is under threat from streaming giants and must reinvent itself to survive, the corporation’s most senior music executive has said.

Classical-music.com

An unusual competition for young musicians

Most people enter a competition in order to win. The Two Moors Festival’s Young Musicians scheme, however, looks for four winners instead of one and provide a mini masterclass to each candidate.

The Guardian

Trojan Women: the Greek tragedy that became a queer Korean opera

A bold new show retells the Euripides classic through traditional pansori, K-pop and the story of ‘comfort women’ in the second world war.

Billboard

4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince Tour Slated for Fall

Prince will be celebrated with the 35-city 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince, comprising of a full symphony orchestra for the first time, playing alongside a live band featuring vocalists.

Broadway World

Pianist Boris Giltburg Joins Pacific Symphony For A Night Of Russian Classical Music

Making his first appearance with Pacific Symphony, Moscow-born Israeli pianist, Boris Giltburg, brings fresh dynamism to one of the world’s best known piano concertos-Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Mehr als ein Dirigent: Der auf den Klippen tanzt

Seit Jahren schafft Teodor Currentzis es schon, die Klassik-Szene in Atem zu halten. Nun beschließt der Dirigent die ihm gewidmete „Fokus“-Reihe in der Alten Oper mit einem Rameau-Programm.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Doktor Faustus

Alfred Huber ist Arzt und im Nebenberuf Komponist.

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Schubert mit Schafen

Die Pianistinnen Danae und Kiveli Dörken laden ihre Künstlerfreunde zum Molyvos Music Festival ein, um auf Lesbos ein rauschendes Fest der Kammermusik zu feiern.

El País

Bioética del instrumento musical

Bernard Sève ahonda en las relaciones entre música y filosofía en un sorprendente ensayo.

The New York Times

Remembering Glenn Branca: Hear 10 of His Essential Works

Glenn Branca died this week at 69. The musician and composer spent decades shaping the worlds of avant-garde rock and contemporary classical music.

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Zumutung oder Offenbarung?

Nicht mehr und nicht weniger als ein gebautes Wunder erwartete die Welt, als am 11. Januar 2017 die Elbphilharmonie ihre Pforten öffnete.

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Prince performs at Skanderborg Festival 2013 in Denmark © PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images

 

 

 

(Written on May 16, 2018 )

In today’s news: Ben Chaplin reflects on Mood Music, classical music used to calm conflict between Muslim and Buddhist communities in Thailand, General Music Director Evan Christ is put on probation for the duration of the season, new music channel, Deutsche Grammophon+ is released, and Herbert Blomstedt receives ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ achievement award in Tokyo.

Classical Music 

Canal+ partners with Universal Music to launch new music channel

The channel, called Deutsche Grammophon+, will provide a range of curated music showcasing Deutsche Grammophon’s catalogue.

The Guardian 

Songs in the key of strife: the explosive force of musical conflict

Gender politics and creative differences are explored in Joe Penhall’s drama about the record industry. He shares his journey through music psychology.

BBC News

Crossing Divides: Thai orchestra fights bloodshed with music

The 14-year conflict between Muslim insurgents and authorities in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces has claimed more than 7,000 lives. But can music help bridge the sectarian divide?

Forbes

Worshipping At The Altar Of Bach

In this interview, the cellist, Sébastien Hurtaud reflects on the place of Bach, and music in general, in his life, and the particularities of performing in a church.

Classic FM

‘Some competitions haven’t been good at keeping their integrity’ – violinist Ray Chen

Ray Chen is one of the brightest stars of his generation and we caught up with him at the Malta International Music Festival where he was performing a new work by Alexey Shor.

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Brahms und die Fremde – Lübecker Brahms-Festival startet am 4. Mai

Seit 1992 widmet die Lübecker Musikhochschule im Frühjahr dem Komponisten Johannes Brahms ein eigenes Festival. In diesem Jahr steht es unter dem Motto «Fremde». Zum Eröffnungskonzert wird auch Ministerpräsident Günther erwartet.

Klassik

Staatstheater Cottbus beurlaubt GMD Christ

Nach Wochen des Konflikts hat das Staatstheater Cottbus seinen umstrittenen Generalmusikdirektor Evan Christ bis zum Ende der Spielzeit beurlaubt. Danach werde eine vollständige Trennung von dem amerikanischen Dirigenten angestrebt, so die Brandenburgische Kulturstiftung Cottbus-Frankfurt (Oder).

Pizzicato

Herbert Blomstedt erhält ‘Orden der Aufgehenden Sonne’

Herbert Blomstedt, ‘Honorary Conductor Laureate des NHK Symphony Orchestra’ in Tokio, erhält den ‘Orden der Aufgehenden Sonne’ als Anerkennung seiner Leistungen und Beiträge zur Förderung der Musikkultur in Japan.

Klassik heute

Diana Damrau & Nikolas Testé mit dem Münchner Rundfunkorchester auf Tour

VERDIssimo – Diese festliche Gala mit den schönsten Auszügen aus Opern von Guiseppe Verdi wird die Sopranistin Diana Damrau und der Bassbariton Nicolas Testé zusammen mit dem Münchner Rundfunkorchester und seinem Chefdirigenten Ivan Repušić präsentieren: In vier renommierten europäischen Musikstädten stehen Verdi und seine Opernklassiker auf dem Programm.

Platea Magazine

Igor Levit se entrega a Beethoven en el Palau de la Música Catalana de Barcelona

El próximo 2 de mayo, el pianista Igor Levit ofrecerá un recital en el Palau de la Música Catalana de Barcelona, donde ofrecera un programa íntegro de Beethoven, compuesto por las sonatas 13 “Cuasi una fantasia” y 14 “Claro de luna”, así como por las Variaciones Diabelli, que recientemente ha llevado a los estudios de grabación.

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Ben Chaplin in rehearsals for Joe Penhall’s Mood Music © Sarah Lee for the Guardian

 

(Written on April 30, 2018 )

In today’s news: Paavo Järvi talks Brexit impact for musicians, Alexander Pushkin poetry transformed into opera by a direct descendent, Roxanna Panufnik to release new album, conductor Hartmut Haenchen receives prize from Leipzig Richard Wagner Foundation, conductors Thielemann and Sächsische Staatskapelle return Echo-Award, and Bamberger Symphoniker receive award for best concert program.

Classic FM

‘Brexit will isolate British musicians,’ warns Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi

“Brexit won’t make the lives of British musicians any easier. It will isolate a lot of them and create logistical and financial barriers,” the Estonian maestro told Classic FM.

Diana Adamyan has won the 2018 Menuhin Competition

17-year-old Diana Adamyan from Armenia managed to take the night’s big prize, followed by 10-year-old Christian Li and 11-year-old Chloe Chua for a joint Junior Award.

The Guardian

Pushkin descendant puts Russian poet’s turbulent life on stage for first time

Alexander Pushkin’s direct descendant, the London-based writer and lyricist Marita Phillips, has created the first stage version of his turbulent life story to be written in any language.

Classical Music 

Roxanna Panufnik celebrates her 50th birthday with two commissions and an album release

Celestial Bird is due to be released on Signum Records on 7 September and will feature two tracks commissioned by Ex Cathedra.

The Academy of Ancient Music appoints new leader

The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has appointed Bojan Čičić as leader of the orchestra.

Limelight

Details announced for 2018 Accompanists’ Guild of SA Festival

Pianists Lisa Moore and Sonya Lifschitz headline the festival, where they’ll be playing a two piano rendition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Prospect Magazine

Leonard Bernstein invented how we do modern classical music

Whether he was conducting, composing or communicating, Bernstein was a stylish innovator.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Auch Dirigent Thielemann und Staatskapelle geben Echos zurück

Von einem „Symbol eines Zynismus“ spricht die Sächsische Staatskapelle, die nicht länger in derselben Siegerliste stehen mag wie Kollegah und Farid Bang.

BR Klassik

Von Richard-Wagner-Stiftung ausgezeichnet

Der Dirigent Hartmut Haenchen erhält den diesjährigen Preis der Leipziger Richard-Wagner-Siftung. Er ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert. Der gebürtige Dresdner soll die Auszeichnung während der Wagner-Festtage im Mai in Leipzig entgegennehmen.

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Bamberger Symphoniker erhalten Auszeichnung für bestes Konzertprogramm

Der Preis für das beste Konzertprogramm, der vom Deutschen Musikverleger-Verband (DMV) verliehen wird, geht für die Spielzeit 2017/18 an die Bamberger Symphoniker.

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Rebell, Visionär, Bewahrer, Erneuerer – Jean Guillou in der Elbphilharmonie

Bezeichnend ist es allemal, dass das Geburtstagskonzert für Jean Guillou in Hamburg stattfindet – und nicht etwa in Paris.

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Bamberger Symphoniker © Andreas Herzau

 

 

 

 

(Written on April 23, 2018 )

“Why does the world need a Piano Day? For many reasons. But mostly, because it doesn’t hurt to celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most important, the listener.” – Nils Frahm

As already assumed, the Piano Day is an annual worldwide event founded by a group of passionate people like Nils Frahm, which takes place on the 88th day of the year. The first World Piano Day was launched in 2005 and caused a buzz in the audience. Since then, music enthusiasts and piano lovers honour this event every year. In 2018 we celebrated the World Piano Day at the Blüthner Piano Centre with amazing artists like Andrew James Johnson, Alina K, Doug Thomas and Marta Cascales Alimbau.

Andrew James Johnson, Alina K, Doug Thomas and Marta Cascales Alimbau

In the first part of the evening, Andrew James Johnson presented some of his exceptional pieces from the album ‘Winter Heart’, which recently passed 1 million streams on Spotify. He was accompanied by cellist Klara Schumann giving Andrew’s piano performance a unique passionate touch.

Followed by his female colleagues Alina K and Marta Cascales Alimbau with their 25-minute sets of original, contemporary classical piano music, Andrew could take a break before his second set. We had the privilege to see two different performances by two different female artists, each of one of which created its own atmosphere of sound by playing self-composed authentic pieces. Alina K’s straight, clear and outspoken sound made a great contrast to Marta’s performance which was touching and beautifully emotional. Personal stories coupled with outstanding piano play impressed everyone who was lucky to be in the audience.

Not to forget Doug Thomas who gave an amazing host of the evening, introducing every artist warmly and welcoming.

The whole event was supported by Blüthner UK, letting the musicians play the its finest instruments in an amazing location in central London at the Blüthner Piano Centre on Baker Street.

Andrew James Johnson at Blüthner UK

What’s more, Andrew James Johnson’s performance of ‘Taylor’s Theme’ was shared by Classic FM on Facebook, so everyone who couldn’t attend this event had a chance to enjoy the music and be apart of Piano Day at the Blüthner Piano Centre.

The next event from Blüthner will take place on 17th of April at St. John’s Smith Square, featuring the pianist Martin Sturfält.

Katja Latz-Voinich (editor) 

(Written on April 13, 2018 )

In today’s news: First Nation composer releases debut album, mysteries behind the Sydney Opera House revealed, Sony to share net profits with artists from Spotify sale, the Radio France Choir celebrates it’s 70th anniversary, Zubin Mehta has to cancel more concerts, and Spanish protests circle around a fusion of two theatres.

Classic FM

Anna Netrebko: ‘nobody will ever force you to do anything if you don’t want’

The leading soprano has expressed doubts about reports of sexual assault in the classical music industry.

Broadway World

First Nation Composer Jeremy Dutcher Shares New Album on Billboard

Jeremy Dutcher is a composer, classically trained operatic tenor, and member of indigenous community, Tobique First Nation, who just released his debut album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (Our Maliseet Songs).

The Sydney Morning Herald 

Inspirations behind the design for the Sydney Opera House to be revealed  

Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik officially opens the centenary celebrations of Utzon including an exhibition, which will explain his inspirations, and help sort out much of the mythology and misunderstanding over Sydney’s most famous building.

Music Business Worldwide

How much will artists get paid from the major labels’ Spotify profits?

A spokesperson for Sony claimed the firm would ‘share with their artists and distributed labels any net gain they may realize from a sale of Sony Music’s equity stake in Spotify’

mixmag

Orchestra performs iconic tracks from the Ed Banger Catalogue

Rather than commemorate their 15-year anniversary with a line-up of electronic music superstars, the imprint commissioned a 70-piece concert orchestra to play beloved tracks from the Ed Banger catalogue.

Limelight

ABC Classic FM appoints new Content Manager

Toby Chadd has been appointed as the new Content Manager for ABC Classic FM and ABC Jazz, ABC’s Head of Music Chris Scaddan announced in an email to staff today.

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Vielfältige Lernprozesse in Gang gesetzt

„Kultur macht stark. Bündnisse für Bildung“: Unter diesem Titel startete das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) im Jahr 2013 ein großangelegtes kulturpolitisches Programm.

Pizzicato

Zubin Mehta sagt weitere Konzerte ab

Zubin Mehta kann « aus gesundheitlichen Gründen » mehrere geplante Konzerte mit den Wiener Philharmonikern nicht wahrnehmen.

Klassik.com

Wirbel um tschechische Nationalhymne

Das tschechische Olympia-Komitee hat sich für die Überarbeitung der Landeshymne ausgesprochen.

Codex Flores

Landesjazzpreis Baden-Württemberg für Bernd Konrad

Der zum vierten Mal in der Kategorie Sonderpreis für das Lebenswerk vergebene und mit 10’000 Euro dotierte Landesjazzpreis Baden-Württemberg geht an den Saxofonisten, Klarinettisten und Komponisten Professor Bernd Konrad.

Le Figaro

Tous en chœur à Radio France

Radio France célèbre les 70 ans de son chœur symphonique par un grand week-end.

El Mundo

Los partidos de la oposición, frente a la fusión del Teatro Real con la Zarzuela: o “más información” o “parar el proyecto”

Los trabajadores del Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (INAEM) iniciaron este jueves los paros en protesta contra el proyecto de fusión entre el Teatro Real y el Teatro de la Zarzuela.

 

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Jeremy Butcher © Matt Barnes

 

(Written on April 6, 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 )