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The Telegraph

Julian Lloyd Webber: the majority of music competitions are corrupt

Having retired earlier this year Julian Lloyd Webber returns to the news ahead of a talk at Birmingham City University, where he will advise students that when it comes to talent competitions it is not what you know but who you know. 

 

The Guardian

How we made the Live/Revive/Lament opera performance app

Silent Opera’s latest show includes your mobile phone as one of the cast, encouraging you to use their app to delve deeper into the performance.

 

The Guardian

Both Israelis and Palestinians are losers in this conflict

Conductor and co-founder of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim,  covers his perspective on the on-going conflict. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will be performing at the BBC Proms.

 

Classicalite

Peter Gelb of Metropolitan Opera to Union Workers: Prepare for LockoutPeter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera’s general manager, warned that a lockout of union workers is imminent if the opera house’s singers, orchestra members, stagehands and other employees cannot reach a labor agreement with management by next week.

 

Die Zeit

Frank Castorf will vielleicht die Bayreuther Festspiele verklagen.

 

Die Welt 

“Es gibt keine militärische Lösung”

Der Dirigent Daniel Barenboim hat einen israelischen und einen palästinensischen Pass. Hier schreibt er, warum gerade Hoffnungslosigkeit der Situation einen Ausweg aus dem Konflikt weisen könnte.

 

Berliner Zeitung
Deutschlands einzige feste Kino-Organistin

Anna Vavilkina begleitet im Babylon am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz die Stummfilme. Mit Dutzenden von Registern und Effekten für Regen und Brandung. Sie ist Deutschlands einzige Kino-Organistin in Festanstellung.

 

Le Figaro

Le Festival de Salzbourg s’ouvre sur fond de tracas financiers

Dimanche s’ouvrira en Autriche l’un des rendez-vous musicaux les plus prestigieux du monde. Pourtant, dans la ville natale de Mozart, la mauvaise gestion financière et les querelles internes menacent la bonne tenue de cette 94e édition.

 

 

Twitter

NPR Classical@nprclassical The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera… Labor strife may trigger a shut down next week. http://n.pr/1pglmWd

 

Tasmin @tasminlittle Tonight, tonight, TONIGHT!!! @bbcproms @BBCPhilharmonic #VeryExcited

 

Glyndebourne @glyndebourne A bit late to the party, you can now follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/glyndebourne 

 

Barbican @barbicancentre One day to go to #walthamstowgardenparty have you planned your visit yet? http://ow.ly/zx1Jn 

 

Classic FM @classicFM Very soon I’ll be giving you a final chance to play to win an amazing musical trip to Europe to see Royal Concertgebouw Orch. @johnsuchet1

 

 

 

Photo: Rex Features

Photo: Rex Features

(Written on July 25, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Audience ejects crowd-surfer from classical concert

Scientist is thrown out of “accessible and informal” classical concert by fellow audience members after attempting to crowd-surf.

Classic FM

London Philharmonic Orchestra to star in Wimbledon advert

Musicians will star in an advert for ESPN, promoting Wimbledon 2014 – and met Rafael Nadal on court!

Classic FM

$10million Stradivarius violin fails to sell at auction

An antique violin hidden in a wardrobe for 25 years was expected to sell for an eight-figure sum this week – but failed to reach the reserve price.

The Guardian

Soprano Tamar Iveri released by Opera Australia for anti-gay comments

Public angry after posting on the Georgian singer’s Facebook page appears to describe gay people as ‘faecal masses’.

The Guardian

Orchestral manoeuvres in the car park

Level seven of a multi-storey car park in southeast London isn’t where you’d expect to hear Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony. Nonetheless, that’s where the Multi-Story orchestra are performing. Founders Kate Whitley and Christopher Stark explain how it works.

The Telegraph

Let’s honour the Great American Songbook

Children should be introduced to those classics sung by the likes of Frank Sinatra.

The New York Times

Lee Hyla, 61, Who Mixed Rock and Jazz Into Classical Works, dies

Lee Hyla, an American composer whose work married the formal rigor of classical music with the driving energy of rock and the improvisational abandon of jazz, died on June 6 in Chicago. He was 61.

Iowa Public Radio

Is Parity Time Here for the Classical Violin?

Have women achieved parity in the violin profession?

Die Welt

Nachhaltiges Beben

Um seine Klassikszene wird München beneidet. Jetzt sorgen unglückliche Zufälle wie der Rücktritt von Lorin Maazel bei den Philharmonikern und der Streit um die Klassikwelle B4 für Verwerfungen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Festival Young Euro Classic: Die Welt zu Gast in Berlin

In diesem Jahr wird “Young Euro Classic” zweigeteilt: Ende Juni sind die Jugendorchester im der Philharmonie zu erleben, im August dann im Admiralspalast. Und auch das Programm ist 2014 außergewöhnlich.

musik heute

Über 65.000 Besucher beim Bachfest Leipzig

Mehr als 65.000 Menschen haben das Bachfest Leipzig besucht. Die Gäste aus 32 Nationen erlebten 107 weitgehend ausverkaufte Veranstaltungen, teilten die Veranstalter am Sonntag mit. Im Mittelpunkt des Musikfestivals stand der zweitälteste Bach-Sohn Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, von dem allein 56 Werke aufgeführt wurden.

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Festivalguide: Horizont-Erweiterungen

Ein besonderer Ort, fern des Konzertalltags: Die Sommerlichen Musiktage Hitzacker leben den Festivalgeist in Reinkultur.

El Mundo

Las ‘Cuatro estaciones’ en ‘remix’

Max Richter explica cómo se rehace una de las piezas más conocidas del repertorio clásico según los parámetros de la música electrónica.

Twitter

Telegraph Classical: ‏@TeleClassical  People diary: Opera anger over ‘anti-Semitic’ claim http://tgr.ph/1ntGN2d 

Musical America: ‏@MusicalAmerica Charleston Symphony Taps Music Director http://buff.ly/1lRgAcB  

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The Bristol Old Vic

Photograph: Alamy

(Written on June 23, 2014 )

Booking for the 2014 BBC Proms opens tomorrow and like a lot of you, we’ve already budgeted well over a month’s rent for tickets. But we thought we’d each try and narrow it down to just one totally unmissable Prom. It was tough, and amazingly none of our picks were duplicates.

Our highlights include Prom 5 with the Tonhalle Orchestra and Julia Fischer; Prom 22 – the War Horse Prom; Prom 26 with the EUYO under Semyon Bychkov; Prom 48  - Jonathan Biss with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra; The Budapest Festival Orchestra in Prom 52; Marin Alsop’s return for Prom 63 after her triumphant appearance at the LNOTP last summer, and the Orkney inspired Prom 70.

Check out our reasons why on our Pinterest board, and tell us which Proms you won’t be missing.

BBC Proms 2014

(Written on May 16, 2014 )

Twinsburg Bulletin

Orchestra may face uphill battle attracting youth

Parker Perry on the difficulties of attracting young people to classical music performances

San Fransisco CBS Local

Community Rallies To Save Peninsula Symphony After Embezzlement

San Mateo – The Peninsula Symphony is making music again, thanks to the generosity of members and supporters who rallied to raise money for the volunteer organization after an embezzler emptied the orchestra’s bank accounts.

New York Times

Robert Ashley, Opera Composer Who Painted Outside the Lines, Dies at 83

Robert Ashley, an American composer who helped wrestle opera into the 20th century, and in so doing broadened the genre in strange, unexpected ways, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 83.

Blog TO

Why the TTC is playing classical music in the subway

‘Nefarious youths’ pacified by classical music

Classical Music Magazine

Analysis: What is the Arts Council’s This England report all about?

Arts Council England has published its response to the independent report Rebalancing our Cultural Capital, which last autumn showed how arts subsidy is heavily weighted in favour of London and against the regions (with 90% of government arts funding going to the capital).

Digital Music News

Music Sales in Germany Rise for the First Time in 15 Years…

Time and time again, we’ve heard about countries with declining music sales, largely due to declines in physical sales not being offset by increases in streaming revenue.  Germany now joins nations like Sweden and Norway in breaking that trend.

Die Welt

Der Schönheit weihte sie ihr Leben

Kiri Te Kanawa war die erste Māori, die als Opernsängerin Weltkarriere machte. Ihr weicher, cremiger Sopran wurde besonders von älteren Dirigenten geliebt. Heute wird sie 70 Jahre alt.
Digital Music News

Digital Music News

(Written on March 7, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Bullies almost forced me to quit Royal College of Music, says soprano Laura Wright

Soprano Laura Wright said she was bullied by students at the Royal College of Music who accused her of dumbing down classical music and almost forced her to leave

Know

Listen Like a Pro: Secrets from Classical Music Judges

At the Menuhin Competition, the pre-eminent international competition for young violinists being held at UT this week, technical excellence is expected; it’s a given for the field of 42 contestants from around the world.

Classic FM Online

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine on classical music: “It’s made me a better player”

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth explains his love of classical music ahead of his concert with the San Diego Symphony, where he’ll be performing works by Vivaldi and Bach on his very own specially modified electric guitar.

Guardian Liberty Voice

Blind Boone: African American Pianist of Classical Music and Ragtime

The inability to see did not prevent “Blind” Boone from becoming a nationally known concert pianist whose performances combined classical music and ragtime.

Gulf News

Classical music greats to gather in Dubai again

Season three of the monthly Emirates NBD Classics concert series is back this week

Limelight Magazine

Slava Grigoryan pays tribute to Paco de Lucía

Adelaide’s Guitar Festival chief writes on the passing of an inspiration

Guardian Liberty Voice

Guardian Liberty Voice

(Written on February 27, 2014 )

This week cellist and pianist David Finckel and Wu Han have been in Europe. The weekend saw a concert in Berlin where the “Power Couple” performed at Kammermusiksaal Berliner Philharmonie on Sunday 16th. Repertoire was the complete cello Sonatas, and the concert was a fantastic event for all who attended.

Live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune on Monday, Sean Rafferty introduced the Chopin piece that David and Wu Han played together on air (Largo from the Chopin cello sonata in G minor) as the first piece that David and Wu Han played together. Professional musicians to the core, the duo performed a beautiful, sensitive and technically perfect rendition of the piece despite having only flown in from Berlin the night before speaking and performing on BBC Radio 3 In Tune.

“Who’s running chamber music in New York while you’re away then?” A playful question from Sean Rafferty, however with some truth in the joke. The Lincoln Centre is the core of American chamber music and is largest performing arts complex in America. As joint artistic directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, David remarked that it is their “duty to represent chamber music”. Alongside this, David and Wu Han discussed the opportunities that Radio opened up for them over seas and the acheivements that followed in their careers, long days, a love for music, and exceeding their own expectations of what they would achieve for themselves as musicians.

A fascinating, hardworking and very musically gifted pair, it is worth having a listen to the show. You can listen again to their performance and discussion on BBC Radio 3 In Tune  and catch them live at Wigmore Hall on 14th April with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

 

(Written on February 21, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pickett charged by City of London Police

The City of London Police has charged early music specialist Philip Pickett with 15 historic offences, relating to nine separate victims, which allegedly occurred during his tenure as a freelance teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

BBC Music Magazine Online

Gravity composer takes Bafta glory

Steven Price beats John Williams and Hans Zimmer to prestigious award

NPR

Classical Music Piece Enhances Roald Dahl’s ‘Dirty Beasts’

On Sunday, the London Philharmonic debuted a new piece of music based on Roald Dahl’s Dirty Beasts. With Matilda playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory running in London’s West End, this is just the latest work by the author to get a musical soundtrack.

Classic FM Online

Torvill and Dean recreate Bolero in Sarajevo

Thirty years after their historic Olympic victory, ice skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have returned to Sarajevo to perform their Bolero routine.

Conductor stops concert to announce JFK assassination: archive recording unearthed

The audio of conductor Erich Leinsdorf halting a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert to announce the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been unearthed.

Die Welt

Aufstand der Schauspieler gegen Intendant Hartmann

Ein Großteil des Ensembles hat Burg-Chef Matthias Hartmann das Misstrauen ausgesprochen. Der Streit um Österreichs Nationalheiligtum spitzt sich zu: Wer ist schuld am Millionendefizit des Burgtheaters?

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 18, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome pianist Jean Muller to its client roster.

Jean Muller is an internationally established pianist with extraordinary artistic genuineness. Born in Luxembourg in 1979, he was only six when he took his first piano lessons with Marie- José Hengesch at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg. Jean Muller has been awarded twelve first prizes at international competitions, the most recent one in 2013 as ‘Export Artist of the Year 2013’ by Music:LX. He has also performed on several occasions during state visits of Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa of Luxembourg. In 2007 the Grand Duke of Luxembourg made him Chevalier de l’Ordre de Mérite Civil et Militaire d’Adolphe de Nassau.

Jean has given over 300 concerts in Europe, Asia and the U.S.A. at major concert halls such as the Megaron in Athens, the NCPA in Beijing, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Kings Place London, the Luxembourg Philharmonie, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Salle Cortot in Paris and the Musikverein in Vienna. He has been featured on numerous radio stations including BBC Radio 3, DeutschlandRadio Kultur, Bayern 4, France Musique, Radio Canada, Musique 3 and others.

During 2013, Jean Muller presented his new CD “Chopin Recital” during a worldwide tour. WildKat PR will be working with Jean to launch the 2014 project ‘Transcendence’ with a global tour as well as the release of a CD. He is scheduled to perform in Luxembourg, Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, New York and completing the tour in London. 

The ‘Transcendence’-album, which includes the complete set of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes and the Mephisto Waltz No. 1 in the dazzling version of Vladimir Horowitz, will be released in March 2014. Besides his tour he will be playing in the opening concert at Classical:NEXT in Vienna in May, as well as performing for the 6th time during an official state visit of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, this time in Poland.

 

(Written on February 6, 2014 )

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

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

(Written on January 31, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine to be guest soloist with San Diego Symphony

The guitarist with heavy metal band Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, will take centre stage in a concert with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Eric Whitacre reveals sketches for Nine Inch Nails a capella cover

The choral composer uploaded initial sketches of his version of Trent Reznor’s ‘Hurt’ on YouTube yesterday, performed on piano

The Washington Post

Classical music: dead or alive?

Questioning the statement: “Classical music is dead”

Reuters

Mozart museum seeks to debunk evil Salieri poison myth

It’s one of the great mysteries of music – did composer Antonio Salieri poison his onetime protege Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with arsenic?

The Telegraph

Lorde fed up with ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

Grammy-winning teenage pop star Lorde says that ‘the price tag of fame sucks’ and bemoans the ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

PR Week

Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam fall out over controversial SodaStream work

Global charity Oxfam has accepted the resignation of Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson after a spat over her commercial work for SodaStream, which has a controversial factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank

Der Tagesspiegel

Peer Gynt als Oper

Werner Egks Opernversion von Henrik Ibsens Drama “Peer Gynt” war bis in die sechziger Jahre ein viel gespieltes Stück. Dann geriet der Komponist in Verruf – wegen der Rolle, die er im “Dritten Reich” gespielt hatte. Das Staatstheater Cottbus stellt die Oper nun erneut zur Diskussion.

 

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 31, 2014 )