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Classical News

In today’s news, the Guardian announces an old manuscript of Igor Stravinsky has been rediscovered and The Times reports of Jonas Kaufmann’s upcoming appearance at the Last Night of the Proms. Also interviews with viola star Maxim Rysanov and Tosca singer Elena Stikhina. As well as this, architect Christoph Nagel reveals his incredible project for a new concert hall in Munich.

The Guardian

Key Igor Stravinsky work found after 100 years

Stephen Walsh, a world expert on the composer, tells how lost score was found in piles of dusty manuscripts

Everyone’s talking about . . . Jonas Kaufmann at the Last Night of the Proms

Rule, Britannia! Or should that be, Herrsche, Gross Britannien!? Next weekend, the superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann becomes the first German singer to perform the patriotic anthem at the Last Night of the Proms.


Exclusive video: The Tallis Scholars pay tribute to Arvo Pärt on his 80th birthday

Admirers of Part’s music were given a special opportunity to appear in this special filmed tribute to the composer.

Amati Magazine

EDITOR’S LUNCH: Maxim Rysanov

The Ukrainian viola star Maxim Rysanov, celebrated for his sweet, powerful tone and his passion for commissioning new works, enjoys a Turkish feast with Jessica Duchen during the 2015 Istanbul Festival

Classical Music Magazine

Representation of women on Edexcel music syllabus: update

Student Jessy McCabe, who started a petition to ensure that women are represented on Edexcel’s next A-level music syllabus, has posted an update on the page.

Münchener Architekt schlägt unterirdischen Konzertsaal vor

Neuesten Medienberichten zufolge hat der Münchener Architekt Christoph Nagel den Bau eines unterirdischen Konzertsaals unter dem Königsplatz vorgeschlagen. Sein Entwurf sieht ein unterirdisches Musik- und Kulturzentrum vor, das “Kunst, Musik und Geschichte vereint und zugleich spektakuläre Architektur schafft”.

Codex Flores

Verloren geglaubte Strawsinky-Partitur aufgefunden

In einem Stapel alter Manuskripte ist im Konservatorium von St. Petersburg eine Partitur entdeckt worden, von der man glaubte, sie sei unwiederbringlich verloren. Es handelt sich um Strawinskys Grablied (Pogrebal’naya Pesnya) im Andenken an seinen Lehrer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakow.

Vermittlerin der Gefühle

Die junge Elena Stikhina hatte nicht geplant, als Opernsängerin ihren Lebensunterhalt zu bestreiten, aber nun singt sie Rollen wie Tosca und Micaela. Auf diesem Weg versucht sie, das Publikum mit großen Gefühlen zu überwältigen – so wie es ihr selbst auch passiert ist.

The Washington Post

The piano: Keys of the future

A piano, it’s said, can emulate an entire orchestra: Its range extends from thunderous fortes to streams of liquid notes. Yet the majority of people who talk about piano sound today are talking about the sound of a single manufacturer: Steinway.


An Unnoticed ‘Happy Birthday’ Draft Gives Singers A Simpler Tune

It may be the most famous song in the world — but you probably don’t know it by the name it was originally called. “Happy Birthday to You,” that little ditty that floats above cakes and candles the world over, was written by Mildred and Patty Hill, two sisters from Louisville, Ky.


ClassicalToday : Violinist Arnaud Sussmann Awarded Paris Orchestra Play/Direct Prize

Radio Classique: Les étranges photos de à voir au jusqu’au 14 septembre

NYConcert Artists : 2016 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition – For Pianists & Violinists
For several generations of musicians and music lovers, Steinway has come to represent the acme of piano sound. Photo credit: Scott Suchman for the WP.


(Written on September 7, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Antonio Pappano talks about politicians at the opera and the fate of the ENO, Rossini’s William Tell to be performed at Covent Garden, Iestyn Davies is interviewed by The Guardian and how Andre Rieu’s concerts have inspired a cult following. Furthermore, Lesley Garrett on why opera must give more roles to older women, Albert Ostermaier speaks about the Nibelungen Festival, an interview with Kent Nagano and the Strauss Festival needs help from Munich. Finally, why classical music needs the summer and Live Science on whether music gives you math skills.

The Telegraph

Antonio Pappano: ‘I haven’t time to sit through The Ring’

The chief conductor of the Royal Opera talks to Nigel Farndale about politicians at the opera and the fate of ENO

The Guardian

I have a story to Tell

Rossini’s mammoth opera about the freedom-fighting, sharp-shooting hero William Tell is rarely staged. Working on a new Covent Garden production, Gerald Finley is grappling with ‘clever dirt’, archery skills and crowd control

Iestyn Davies: ‘Falsetto is like yodelling’

The renowned countertenor on finding those high notes, battling acid reflux and emulating the castrato Farinelli on stage

The Independent

Andre Rieu: How the Waltz King’s concerts have inspired a cult following

Rieu’s concerts prove that classical performers can engage with their audience without sacrificing their musical integrity

Classic FM

Lesley Garrett: Opera must give more roles to older women – or die

In the modern world, older women run countries and corporations. It’s time opera composers reflected this, says soprano Lesley Garrett.

Die Welt

“Ich halte die Nibelungen für ein Antikriegsepos”

Für die Nibelungenfestspiele hat Albert Ostermaier den blutrünstigen Sagenstoff neu bearbeitet. “Gemetzel” heißt sein Stück. Ein Gespräch über die Entgiftung eines von den Nazis missbrauchten Stoffs.


„Der Mensch braucht mehr als Unterhaltung“

Von der Isar an die Elbe: Als neuer Generalmusikdirektor hat Kent Nagano in Hamburg große Pläne – und hofft an Nord- und Ostsee auf die perfekte Welle


Strauss-Festival Garmisch-Partenkirchen blickt hilfesuchend nach München

Das Richard Strauss-Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, bei dem dieses Jahr Christa Ludwig die erstmals vergeben Strauss-Ehrenplakette erhielt, ging mit viel Lob für die Intendantin Prof. Dr. h. c. KS (sic!) Brigitte Fassbaender zu Ende.

RP online

Klassik für den Sommer

Zu den Binsenweisheiten unserer Kultur zählt, dass Musik an Jahreszeiten hängt: Ohne den Sommer kommt sie überhaupt nicht aus.

The New York Times

Seeking Genuine Discovery on Music Streaming Services

One day last week I woke up and decided I wanted to have the best morning ever. So I went to Songza — the music-streaming service that offers only predetermined playlists, much of them designed around mood, time of day or activity — and chose the playlist “Best Morning Ever.”

Live Science

Does Music Give You Math Skills? It’s a Tricky Equation

Naomi Eide is a master’s student in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. She contributed this article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.


ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: Dmitri Hvorostovsky opts for cancer treatment in London

I Care If You Listen @icareifulisten: Festival Reveals Piano Gems From A Siberian Prison via Unternehmer spendet eine Million an die Rom

Antonio Pappano - Photo: © ROH Photographer: CLIVE BARDA

Antonio Pappano – Photo: © ROH Photographer: CLIVE BARDA

(Written on June 29, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, an extraordinary argument has broken out between the Leipzig String Quartet and London’s Wigmore Hall, violinist Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields will be Classic FM’s first ever Artists in Residence, Jan Latham-Koenig shares the music and musicians that inspire him and the BBC on why lowbrow music hits the right note. Wales Online looks at what’s happened to some of the past winners of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports about music in shopping centres, Simone Young is named the new honorary member of the Hamburger Staatsoper, Anna Netrebko takes time off due to an infection and the Barenboim-Said-Academy opens today. McDonald’s Scottish pipes in Beethoven and Bach to quell public unrest and violinist Suyeon Kang has won the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

The Telegraph

The cancelled concert and the violinist accused of attempted murder

An extraordinary argument has broken out between the Leipzig String Quartet and London’s Wigmore Hall over a cancelled concert. At its heart is the violinist accused of attempted murder who maintains his innocence – and that he was the victim of a date-rape drug administered by a transsexual prostitute

Classic FM

Joshua Bell and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields are Classic FM’s Artists in Residence

Violinist Joshua Bell and his orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, will be Classic FM’s first ever Artists in Residence.

The Guardian

Facing the music: Jan Latham-Koenig

From Furtwängler to the Beatles to Milhaud, the conductor shares the music that and musicians that inspire him


Why does lowbrow music hit the right note?

There’s a famous line in Noel Coward’s play Private Lives. A couple – once lovers – meet by chance on the terrace of a French hotel. Because they’re middle-class English people and this is the 1930s, emotions are repressed. But off-stage a dance band is playing. The couple are moved, despite themselves. “Extraordinary,” one of them says, “how potent cheap music is.”

Wales Online

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World: Where are the former winners?

It’s just 24 hours until the 2015 contest gets underway so we look at what’s happened to some of the past winners of the biennial contest

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Mit Musik gegen Online-Shopping

Die Überlegung hinter Musik im Kaufhaus ist einfach: Je wohler sich der Kunde fühlt, desto länger bleibt er im Laden. Je länger er bleibt, desto wahrscheinlich ist ein Kauf.

Hamburger Abendblatt

Simone Young neues Ehrenmitglied der Staatsoper

Sie verlässt Hamburg nach zehn Jahren. Zum Abschied ehrte Kultursenatorin Kisseler die Intendantin. Ihr Nachfolger wird Kent Nagano.


Anna Netrebko pausiert

Wegen einer hartnäckigen Infektion hat die Sopranistin Anna Netrebko eine Gesangspause eingelegt.

Barenboim-Said-Akademie kommt voran

Die Akademie des Dirigenten Daniel Barenboim für junge Musiker aus dem Nahen Osten lädt heute (15. Juni 2015) zum Richtfest ein.


Fast Food Fight: McDonald’s Scotland Piping in Beethoven, Bach to Quell Public Unrest

If one were to scour the vast libraries of YouTube for fast food restaurant brawls, one might find a buffet of altercations taking place at Wendy’s, IHOP and so on. However, for Scotland’s busiest McDonalds, a new regiment of classical music is being played in order to simmer down the revolting public.

Otago Daily Times

Australian violinist wins Michael Hill Violin Comp

Australian violinist Suyeon Kang has won the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.


Classicalite @Classicalite: Elliot Goldenthal Talks to Classicalite About ‘Othello’ at the American Ballet Theatre + More! – Technologieunternehmen erhält Innovationspreis für Tinnitus-Software

Classical Today@ClassicalToday: New Paris conductor gets prime TV role

The Leipzig Quartet: Matthias Moosdorf (standing) and Stefan Arzberger, who is accused of attempted murder (second left)

The Leipzig Quartet: Matthias Moosdorf (standing) and Stefan Arzberger, who is accused of attempted murder (second left)

(Written on June 15, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Daniel Harding is named the new music director of the Orchestre de Paris, the Bayreuth Wagner Festival is becoming more of a soap opera than a classical opera and the Spectator states that dressing up for the opera is not elitist. Furthermore, Lisa Milne has announced she will be quitting the main stage and devoting the rest of her career to teaching, Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ is being performed in the Israeli Masada National Park and Thomas Hengelbrock will be Chef associé at the Orchestre de Paris from 2016. Today, the Leipziger Bachfest starts, music streaming services aim at Japan and composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank answers questions on I Care If You Listen.

The Times

Daniel Harding: the British conductor with a new Paris beat

Daniel Harding, 39, is following Barenboim, Solti and Karajan as the new music director of the Orchestre de Paris. Richard Morrison meets him

The Guardian

The Bayreuth Wagner festival: more soap opera than classical opera

Allegations that joint director Eva Wagner-Pasquier is not allowed even near the festival theatre are the latest twists in a long saga of offstage feuds at Bayreuth

Classical Music Magazine

Daniel Harding takes Paris post

Daniel Harding is to be the next music director of the Orchestre de Paris, succeeding Paavo Järvi.

The Spectator

Dressing up for the opera is not elitist

Evening dress is a great social leveller

Herald Scotland

Soprano Lisa Milne on quitting the stage and turning to teaching

Lisa Milne, one of the finest operatic voices Scotland has ever produced, has announced she will be quitting the main stage and devoting the rest of her career to teaching.


Oper in der Wüste

Im israelischen ’Masada National Park’ wird zurzeit Giacomo Puccinis ‘Tosca’ aufgeführt, in der Regie von Nicolas Joël und unter der Leitung von Daniel Oren, in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Israelischen Opernchor und dem Israelischen Symphonie Orchester Rischon Letzion.

Thomas Hengelbrock

Thomas Hengelbrock wird mit Beginn der Spielzeit 2016/17 Chef associé beim Orchestre de Paris. Er ist seit 2011 Chefdirigent des NDR Sinfonieorchesters und leitet seit seiner Gründung das Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble.


Bachfest Leipzig beginnt – Verbindung mit Stadtjubiläum

Das Leipziger Bachfest beginnt am (heutigen) Freitag mit einer Neuheit: Erstmals spielt das Händelfestspielorchester zur Eröffnung.

The New York Times

Music Streaming Service Aims at Japan, Where CD Is Still King

As listeners around the world turn to streaming music, there has been one important holdout: Japan. More than 80 percent of the sales in the country are still on physical formats like CDs, and the industry in Japan has been resistant to allowing streaming services to take root.

I Care If You Listen

5 Questions to Gabriela Lena Frank (composer)

Composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank is as busy as she can imagine being. She has just completed My angel, his name is Freedom, a commission from the Handel and Haydn Society which they will debut on June 18 at Symphony Hall in Boston as part of their bicentennial celebration.


London Bach Society @bachlive: Sending good wishes to our Leipzig friends for a super Bachfest starting today ..Singet dem Herrn eine neues Lied

Telegraph Classical : How to open an opera festival in your back garden

Classical Today : YOUNG ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Veronika Eberle, violinist

Daniel Harding Photo: Julian Hargreaves

Daniel Harding
Photo: Julian Hargreaves







(Written on June 12, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Hugo Ticciati finds inspiration in the sitar, Scarlatti, a hang drum and harmonics, David Patrick Stearns confiscates a Vienna concertgoer’s phone at a Philadelphia Orchestra performance, and six women are selected by the institute as women conductors. BBC Music Day is launched, 50 people gather outside Opera Holland Park to protest, the FAZ reports about the Bad Hersfelder Festspiele which have begun and Dieter Wedel talks about changes and competition. The Süddeutsche Zeitung about the argument with Eva Wagner-Pasquier, head of the Wagner Festspiele Bayreuth, Baden-Württemberg has more than doubled their Jazz subsidies, in the music industry’s hunt for royalties, no digital nook or cranny is too small to search for income — even the biggest hits, and Apple wants to create a streaming platform.

The Guardian

Facing the music: Hugo Ticciati

The violinist – and elder brother of Robin – finds inspiration in the sitar and Scarlatti, and a hang drum and harmonics

Classical phone rage: in praise of concert scourge David Patrick Stearns

The US journalist confiscated a Vienna concertgoer’s phone at a Philadelphia Orchestra performance. But it’s not just their ringing that can ruin a concert…

Dallas Opera

Six Women Selected for Institute for Women Conductors!

103 Applicants for Elite Program; Institute Makes Room for Four Additional Women Conductors to Observe. An International Inaugural Session of The Institute for Women Conductors At The Dallas Opera

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Day is launched

A day-long celebration of music begins at Hadrian’s Wall

Get West London

Protesters object to council opera house funding while services face squeeze

Around 50 gathered outside Opera Holland Park to protest, but the council defends the move

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

„Hersfeld kann sich nicht nur auf die Stiftsruine verlassen“

Die Bad Hersfelder Festspiele haben begonnen. Mit Dieter Wedel weht ein frischer Wind in der Kurstadt. Der neue Intendant spricht über Veränderungen und Konkurrenz durch andere Sommer-Theater.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Streit am Hügel

Der Clinch um ein Hügel-Verbot für Festspielleiterin Eva Wagner-Pasquier verschärft sich. Jetzt legt Anwalt Peter Raue nach. Kirill Petrenko ist entsetzt.

Neue Musikzeitung

Jazzförderung als politischer Wille – Baden-Württemberg hat die Fördermittel für Jazz mehr als verdoppelt

Mit einer Steigerung der Jazzförderung um 120 Prozent unterstreicht die baden-württembergische Landesregierung, dass ihr die Pflege dieser kreativen und anspruchsvollen zeitgenössischen Musik ein echtes Anliegen ist.

The New York Times

Going to the Ends of the Earth to Get the Most Out of Music

In the music industry’s hunt for royalties, no digital nook or cranny is too small to scour for income — even for the biggest hits.

Le Parisien

Musique : Apple veut se lancer dans le streaming

Apple, qui domine le marché des téléchargements numériques payants avec iTunes, pourrait lancer une plateforme dédiée au streaming (écoute en ligne sans téléchargement, NDLR), marché en pleine expansion avec près de 41 millions d’abonnés dans le monde.


Classical Today @ClassicalToday: Flight, Opera Holland Park

I Care If You Listen @icareifulisten: 5 Questions to Ilari Kaila (composer) by

OMTFNear the end of the day and what a weekend with talking about the !
 Hugo Ticciati: ‘Concerts need more spontaneity in every area’. Photograph: Marco Borggreve/PR

Hugo Ticciati: ‘Concerts need more spontaneity in every area’. Photograph: Marco Borggreve/PR


(Written on June 8, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news David Hare is to dramatise the birth of Glyndebourne and formidable Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes tells Ivan Hewett why he’s bringing all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos to the Proms. Also, Neil Fisher picks his top 12 proms to book, Ben Morfitt has created the ultimate CGI one-man band and a record number of tickets were sold on Saturday for the BBC Proms. Die Zeit tells us how a musician must feel when they aren’t as popular as their instrument, as well as portraits of a Stradivari Cello. As new Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Valery Gergiev plans a conducting marathon and the question of who will be Stefan Blunier’s successor in Bonn becomes a strong debate. Furthermore, Sewan Latchinian wants to continue to work as a director and Hélène Grimaud talks about the risks of being alone in an interview by the Epoch Times.


New David Hare play to dramatise the birth of Glyndebourne

The Moderate Soprano will star Roger Allam as John Christie, the war hero and producer who aimed to lift the nation’s spirits by building an opera house on his own estate


Leif Ove Andsnes: my key to a modern Beethoven

The formidable Norwegian pianist tells Ivan Hewett why he’s bringing all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos to the Proms

The Times

12 Proms to book now

As booking opens for this summer’s Proms, Neil Fisher picks his top 12

Classic FM

Musician records every part of 70-piece orchestra from his bedroom. And the result is incredible

Musician and composer Ben Morfitt has created the ultimate CGI one-man band after conducting, playing and filming a full orchestra performing his own composition.

Classical Music Magazine

Record-breaking first day of ticket sales for BBC Proms

A record number of tickets were sold on Saturday as booking opened for the 2015 BBC Proms.

Die Zeit

Oh, Mara!

Wie geht es einem Musiker, der niemals so berühmt werden kann wie sein Instrument? Stradivaris Mara macht die Musikwelt nervös und hinterlässt Spuren der Wehmut. Porträt eines Cellos

Sewan Latchinian will als Intendant weiterarbeiten

Der im März fristlos gekündigte Intendant des Rostocker Volkstheaters, Sewan Latchinian, will sein Amt erneut übernehmen. Oberbürgermeister Roland Mehtling (parteilos) hatte ihm zuvor eine Frist bis Mittwochabend gesetzt, um zu entscheiden, ob er der von der Bürgerschaft beschlossenen Wiederberufung zustimmt.


Gergiev plant Dirigier-Marathon in München

Den Rekord des Dirigenten mit den meisten Terminen im Jahr hält er schon lange. Jetzt will Valery Gergiev als neuer Chefdirigent der Münchner Philharmoniker am 15. November ein Orchestermarathon in München durchführen.

Bonn: Orchester und Findungskommission uneinig, Märkl gegen Piollet

Das Orchester will Jun Märkl, die Findungskommission nicht. Im Beethoven Orchesters ist die Nachfolge von Stefan Blunier zum Zankapfel geworden.

Epoch Times

Pianistin Hélène Grimaud weiß um die Gefahren des Alleinseins

Die französische Pianistin Hélène Grimaud ist gern für sich – weiß aber um die Gefahren des Alleinseins. “Sehr schnell wird es leichter, allein zu sein, zu leben, wo man will, wann man will, wie man will”, sagte sie in einem Interview mit der “Neuen Osnabrücker Zeitung” (Samstag).


Classical Today: @ClassicalToday Schedule and Repertoire Announced for Queen Elisabeth Competition Final

BBC Press: @bbcpress Record-breaking opening day of booking for 2015 with over 118,000 tickets sold Fünf Preisträger bei Orchesterwerkstatt Halberstadt

A vision that became reality … the audience at Glyndebourne in 1934. Photograph: Glyndebourne Archive

A vision that became reality … the audience at Glyndebourne in 1934. Photograph: Glyndebourne Archive





(Written on May 18, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Bartolomeo Cristofori is celebrated in today’s Google doodle as he invented the piano, performing arts producers talk about screenings which are negatively affecting their organisations and Emily Hall wins Corinthia Hotel’s artist in residence competition. Moreover, Grigory Sokolov, who normally does not give interviews, has now given one in Hamburg, and an outstanding project, called ‘Opera to Join,’ has come to life. Furthermore, both the Berlin Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic are searching for their next maestros.

The Independant

Who invented the piano? Bartolomeo Cristofori celebrated in today’s Google doodle

The inventor of the piano, Bartolomeo Cristofori, is celebrated in today’s Google doodle.


Sector split on need for national screening strategy

Some performing arts producers and venues report that screenings are negatively affecting their organisations, but the big players are split on whether structured reform to the industry is necessary.

Classical Music Magazine

Emily Hall wins Corinthia Hotel’s artist in residence competition

Composer Emily Hall has been selected to produce a site-specific opera-inspired project at London’s Corinthia Hotel.

Die Zeit

“Die Musik hört niemals auf”

Er gilt als der bedeutendste Pianist der Welt. Interviews gibt Grigory Sokolov keine. Wir haben ihn jetzt in Hamburg getroffen – ganz konspirativ.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Oper zum Mitmachen

Es ist ein außergewöhnliches Projekt: Jung und Alt, Profis und Laien, begeistern sich für ein gemeinsames Ziel: Sie machen “Oper in Starnberg”, und das heuer bereits zum zweiten Mal.

Berliner Zeitung

Wie die Berliner Philharmonie ihren neuen Dirigenten kürt

Klausurtagung, geheime Dirigenten-Listen und ein weltweit einmaliges Wahlverfahren: Wie Berlins berühmtes Orchester den Nachfolger für Simon Rattle kürt.


Musik-Performance gegen Handelsabkommen – Deutsche Orchesterkonferenz in Mainz

Rund 150 Musiker aus allen deutschen Kulturorchestern und Rundfunkensembles versammeln sich am Montag im Mainzer Schlosshof.

The New York Times

The Search for New York Philharmonic’s Next Maestro

Early in 2001, during the final phase of the New York Philharmonic’s hapless, embarrassingly leaky three-year search to find a successor to Kurt Masur as music director, the players of the orchestra were granted unusual input into the deliberations.

UT San Diego

San Diego Opera settlement disclosed

The San Diego Opera has closed the book on its former general director, artistic director and CEO Ian Campbell and deputy director Ann Spira Campbell.


ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday Today  Critic’s Notebook: English Ensembles Crown a Festival of Early Music, more here: 

BR Klassik @BR_KLASS Malko Dirigierwettbewerb: Erster Preis für Tung-Chieh Chuang, mehr hier:  #br_klass #klassik

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical Facing the music: Kristjan Järvi shares his wide-ranging musical passions, more: 

Der russische Pianist Grigory Sokolov  |  © Horst Ossinger/dpa

Der russische Pianist Grigory Sokolov | © Horst Ossinger/dpa



(Written on May 4, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Composers on their premieres: ‘This is the point where one has to let go’

The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has helped music lovers fund commissions through its Sound Investment scheme for almost 30 years. Ahead of their 75th commission, leading composers recall the nerves – and joy – of hearing their works come to life for the first time

The Independent

As ‘The Indian Queen’ opens, can Peter Sellars save the ENO?

As Purcell’s ‘The Indian Queen’ opens, Jessica Duchen meets the man on a mission to save an opera company in crisis

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015 finalists announced

20 singers from 15 different countries will compete in June

Philharmonia Orchestra signs £500k sponsorship with Chinese firewater manufacturer

The Philharmonia Orchestra has signed a five-year, £500,000 sponsorship deal with Chinese alcoholic beverage producer Wuliangye.

Classic FM

David Mellor on new London concert hall: ‘a power-play by Simon Rattle’

David Mellor has weighed in on the debate over whether London needs a new concert hall in a conversation with ex-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone on LBC.


Ruhrtriennale präsentiert Programm 2015

Im ersten Jahr unter der künstlerischen Leitung des Theatermachers Johan Simons bringt die Ruhrtriennale vom 14. August bis 26. September 2015 zahlreiche internationale KünstlerInnen in die Metropole Ruhr.

Komponist Charles Kálmán ist tot

Sohn des Operettenkomponisten Emmerich Kálmán wurde 85 Jahre alt.

Musik Heute

Einreichungen für ECHO Klassik starten

Ab sofort können Tonträgerhersteller ihre besten Produktionen bei der Deutschen Phono-Akademie vorschlagen, teilte der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) am Montag in Berlin mit.

Codex Flores

Stiftung Händel-Haus erwirbt mutmassliches Händel-Porträt

Die Stiftung Händel-Haus hat ein Porträt ersteigert, das nach ersten Untersuchungen mit grosser Wahrscheinlichkeit Georg Friedrich Händel darstellt.


Huge Investment To Renovate Sydney Opera’s Concert Hall

$202 million (€140 million) will be invested towards the renewal of the Sydney Opera House and specifically its largest theatre, the Concert Hall.

New Award For Conductors Named After Julius Rudel

The Mannes Orchestra at the Mannes College the New School for Music, announced the creation of a Julius Rudel Award for Conducting Studies, named after the American conductor who died in June 2014 at the age 93.

El Mundo

Mortier, sos Gardel

Un libro recopila las ‘Reflexiones sobre la ópera, el arte y la política’ de la mejor y más radical mente que se haya dedicado a la ópera en su generación.


Classical Today @ClassicalToday: Heartbroken Frank Peter Zimmerman Surrenders ‘Lady Inchiquin’ Strad to Financial Controllers

Classical:NEXT @ClassicalNEXT: RT @ruthmackenzie: “@hollandfestival: The programme 2015 has been announced. Featuring Anna Calvi in 12 Hour Prom. ” @klassikcom: Überbrückungskredit für Salzburger Festspiele  #Musikfestival #Kulturmanagement #Kulturpolitik

ECHO Klassik Photo: Monique Wuestenhagen / BVMI

ECHO Klassik
Photo: Monique Wuestenhagen / BVMI

(Written on February 25, 2015 )

Classical News


David Trendell obituary

Organist, teacher and director of music at King’s College London who ran one of the best choirs in Britain


Vivienne Price – obituary

Vivienne Price was a violin teacher who founded the influential National Children’s Orchestra

Choir boy collapses at Cenotaph

Young boy faints just yards from the Queen while National Anthem is sung during Remembrance Sunday ceremony

Classic FM

Candy Crush Soda Saga gets a classical power-up with London Symphony Orchestra soundtrack

The multi-billion-dollar puzzle game Candy Crush Saga has a new orchestral soundtrack – and our Orchestra in the City of London was playing it.

BBC News

Violin-playing patient, 93, livens up Forth Valley ward

A 93-year-old man has livened up a Forth Valley hospital by serenading fellow patients and staff with his violin.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Wunderjunge

Dirigent Duncan Ward in Orchesterakademie aufgenommen


Valery Gergiev wurde von Saar-Festspielen ausgeladen

In Polen sind die Russen und insbesondere die, die sich offen zu Putin bekennen, nicht besonders gut angesehen.

After A Two-Month Lockout The Atlanta Symphony Starts 70th Season with Freude Schöner Götterfunke

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced on Saturday that a deal with the musicians has been reached and that, after a two-month lockout, the orchestra will begin its 70th season.

Montserrat Caballé: Steuer-Deal statt Gefängnisstrafe

Die Sopranistin Montserrat Caballé hat spanischen Medienberichten zufolge mit den Behörden eine Vereinbarung erzielt, nach der sie vorerst nicht ins Gefängnis gehen muss.

Codex Flores

Claudio Abbado in Sils Maria beerdigt

Der im Januar verstorbene italienische Dirigent hat laut Angaben seiner Familie seine letzte Ruhestätte in Sils Maria gefunden.

The New York Times

Rising Quartets, Hip and Passionate

Is ours the new golden age of string quartets?


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Classical Music @ClassicMusic361: ‘The Black Horn’: Blowing Past Classical Music’s Color Barriers – WHQR 

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Anyone going to @musicforyouth #SchoolProm tonight at the @RoyalAlbertHall ? Let me know and we’ll give you a mentioned in the #SchoolRun

Violinist Alan Cairney, staff and patients at Forth Valley Royal Hospital; photograph at BBC News

Violinist Alan Cairney, staff and patients at Forth Valley Royal Hospital;
photograph at BBC News

(Written on November 10, 2014 )

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This new instrument might be the weirdest-sounding thing we’ve ever heard

Musician Görkem Şen has invented a brand-new instrument called the Yaybahar and it makes some thoroughly bizarre and delightful noises.

International Arts Manager

Concours de Genève marks 75th anniversary

The 69th Concours de Genève will take place this month, celebrating the competition’s 75th anniversary.

The Guardian

From Fargo to Hannibal, this is a golden age for TV music

Whether sparse and tense, or lavish and operatic, TV shows now have scores as impressive as their cinematic counterparts. We talk to the composers behind some of the best

BBC Music Magazine

Does listening to sad music actually make you happier?

New research suggests that sad music actually makes people feel more positive

Zeit Online

Musikdozenten ziehen andere Saiten auf

An deutschen Musikhochschulen werden freie Lehrkräfte “unter aller Sau” behandelt.

Kulturmanager Jens Cording mit Bundesverdienstmedaille geehrt

Langjähriges Engagement für die zeitgenössische Musik

Musik Heute

Bamberger Symphoniker kooperieren mit erster “Pilotschule Kultur”

Die Bamberger Symphoniker haben die Partnerschaft für die erste “Pilotschule Kultur der Stadt Bamberg” übernommen.

Le Monde

Jordi Savall fait crisser sa viole

C’est pour dénoncer « la grave incompétence » du gouvernement de Madrid en matière culturelle et son « manque d’intérêt pour défendre et promouvoir les arts » que Jordi Savall a renoncé, jeudi 30 octobre, au Prix national de la musique.


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Composer Harry Gregson-Williams Talks ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ Score

As much as the graphics and gameplay of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare help add up to one of the most anticipated video games of the year, the music behind the futuristic shooter plays a big part as well.


ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: Which comes first, the movie or the music?

Classic FM @ClassicFM: So to sum up: pics for #Sax200 #SaxophoneDay And all wrapped up in fabulous @AmyDickson music earlier. @TimLihoreau @klassikinfo: Finalisten für den Deutschen Dirigentenpreis 2015 stehen fest. @klassikcom: Interessenverein für Münchener Konzertsaal kritisiert Gasteig-Pläne  #Konzerthaus #Kulturpolitik

The violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter © Reuters/Joshua Roberts

The violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter
© Reuters/Joshua Roberts

(Written on November 6, 2014 )