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Classical News

In our news today, Beethoven as most popular composer, Karina Canellakis wins Solti award, the David Bowie memorial concert to be streamed via Skype for charity & The New York Times gives an insight into Metropolitan Opera.

The New York Times

A Night (and Many Days) Backstage at the Metropolitan Opera

Behind its facade of white travertine and auditorium of red velvet and gold leaf, the Metropolitan Opera is essentially a factory.

Classicalite

Beethoven overtakes Mozart as most popular composer in new poll

A new listener’s poll conducted by Classic FM has Beethoven besting Mozart as the most popular composer. The classical music station’s annual poll results have historically had Mozart in the top position.

Music Week

SoundCloud launches subscription service, SoundCloud Go, in the US

SoundCloud has unveiled SoundCloud Go, a subscription service that offers an “additional layer of music and supporting features, created to complement and enhance the existing” SoundCloud experience.

Classical Music Magazine

Karina Canellakis wins Solti Award

Karina Canellakis has won the $25,000 (£17,500) Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award.

Classical Music Magazine

Orchestre National de Lille appoints Alexandre Bloch as music director

The Orchestre National de Lille has named Alexandre Bloch as its next music director. He will take up the position at the start of the 2016/17 season, succeeding the orchestra’s founding conductor Jean-Claude Casadesus.

BBC News

David Bowie memorial concert streamed live for charity

A David Bowie memorial concert will be streamed live internationally in exchange for charitable donations, organisers have said. Due to “unprecedented interest” promoters have teamed up with Skype, so that fans, in exchange for a minimum donation of £15, can watch the event.

Zeit Online

US-Jazzkomponist mit 84 Jahren gestorben

Der US-amerikanische Jazzmusiker David Baker ist tot. In seinem langen Musikerleben komponierte er mehr als 2.000 Stücke.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Souveräner Mr. Swing

Jazz und Swing waren seine Markenzeichen, an denen er gegen den Zeitgeist festhielt – mit Erfolg. Zum Tode von Roger Cicero, der viel zu früh starb.

Der Tagesspiegel

Flimm: “Staatsoper ab Herbst 2017 wieder Unter den Linden”

Kaum sind die Festtage vorbei, geht’s sofort weiter: Daniel Barenboim und Jürgen Flimm haben die Pläne der Berliner Staatsoper für die kommende Spielzeit vorgestellt.

Le Monde.fr

Toujours déficitaire, Pandora rappelle son fondateur à la rescousse

A la recherche d’un second souffle, Pandora change de patron. Lundi 28 mars, le service américain de streaming musical a remercié Brian McAndrews, qui occupait le poste de directeur général depuis deux ans et demi.

Il Messagero.it

Rita Sala, il ricordo di Riccardo Muti: «Quei nostri dialoghi dominati dalla meraviglia»

La notizia della morte di Rita mi è giunta all’improvviso e assolutamente inaspettata.

El Mundo

Música contemporánea: no muerde

El compositor Tomás Marco inicia hoy una serie de conferencias dirigidas a acercar a la música de los siglos XX y XXI al público general, es decir, interesado pero no experto en la materia.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: We’re heading back to the late Classical era for Music in Time, with Beethoven’s Missa solemnis #

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Coming up shortly @ gives a first play to the stunning # soundtrack:

klassik.com @klassikcom: Osterfestspiele Salzburg 2016 mit erfolgreicher Bilanz # #

Wildkat PR Metropolitan Opera

A rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera of the new production of “Roberto Devereux” by Donizetti. Photograph: James Estrin/The New York Times

(Written on March 30, 2016 )

The live streaming of operas has really taken off and this week Wigmore Hall  announced that it’s first online streamed event will take place on 28 January.  Opera Platform has partnerships with 15 theatres across Europe and Cultural broadcaster ARTE links the opera houses with the platform, offering subtitles in six languages. According to The Strad  up to one Wigmore Hall concert a month might be made available online and free of charge.

Wigmore Hall/ The Strad

Wigmore Hall/ The Strad

Streaming live operas and concerts is a great idea but is it the way forward for classical music and opera in terms of expanding audiences and benefiting the companies? The option of seeing opera at the cinema probably suits older audiences in many ways; in the cinema one faces the screen avoiding craning necks and the majority of people live closer to a cinema than to a theatre. Indeed, hotel and travel costs to a concert/opera (particularly in London) can amount to more than the price of the tickets themselves. Furthermore cinema and online audiences need not feel pressured to dress up.

Another advantage of concert/opera streaming is that we get to see the performers close up and focus on every detail including their facial expressions. Perhaps this makes it harder for the performers as they can be scrutinised more closely than they are in the theatre, forcing them to pay even greater attention to their acting (in the case of opera). Live streaming offers the audience many different views of the stage and backstage interviews during the interval are another bonus.

Berlin Philharmoniker's 'digital concert hall', offers 40 live-streams every year. A screenshot from their trailer

Berlin Philharmoniker‘s ‘digital concert hall’, offers 40 live-streams every year. A screenshot from their trailer

The New York Met’s Live in Schools programme brings opera productions to students through screenings at their local cinemas. Educator guides and classroom resources are also on offer, The Met aims to “make opera first accessible, then thrilling, to their students.” Might British opera companies and concert halls follow this lead? 

Whilst Wigmore Hall‘s online concert streams will be free, cinema screenings of opera certainly make financial sense for the companies, as tickets cost much the same as the cheapest seats at theatres.  The local cinema lacks the glamour and excitement of Royal Opera House but it’s probably more practical. One might ask whether the option of seeing an opera or concert at the cinema or online decreases the number attending the actual performance. However the two are completely different experiences and one cannot replace the other. The possibility of going to a cinema screening or streaming a concert online is an extra, yet very worthwhile experience. Certainly Wigmore Hall‘s ‘digital concert hall’ will make their concerts very accessible worldwide and no doubt performances from Berlin’s Armida Quartet, soprano Anna Lucia Richter with pianist Michael Gees, and baritone Andrè Schuen with pianist Daniel Heide on 28 January will attract large online audiences.

 

 

 

(Written on January 15, 2016 )

In September at a concert in Turin, lead singer of U2, Bono called for “humanitarian leadership” in response to Europe’s refugee crisis. Whilst Europe’s leaders have been discussing solutions; musicians have also made a concerted effort to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and to give them some pleasure through music.

It was unfortunate that in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris this November, Spanish viol player and conductor Jordi Savall had to make the decision to postpone a concert. He was due to perform at the ‘Calais Together’ event with his ensemble Hespèrion XXI on 17th December at the refugee camp in Calais. His safety and the safety of his musicians couldn’t be guaranteed amid fears of unrest, however the event will take place by the Spring.

The Yehudi Menuhin School is also due to perform for refugees in Calais. On 20th January students and staff will work with volunteers at the ‘Jungle’ to distribute food parcels before performing a concert for around 6,000 refugees. The school hopes that it won’t just be a one off event and that they will return to Calais. The project is very much in line with Menuhin’s vision of the relationship the school should have with the outside world.

Yehudi Menuhin/ Yehudi Menuhin School "The violin, through the serene clarity of its song, helps to keep our bearings in the storm, as a light in the night, a compass in the tempest, it shows us a way to a haven of sincerity and respect."

Yehudi Menuhin/ Yehudi Menuhin School
“The violin, through the serene clarity of its song, helps to keep our bearings in the storm, as a light in the night, a compass in the tempest, it shows us a way to a haven of sincerity and respect.”

In October a demonstration and concert took place in Vienna to show solidarity with refugees in Europe, it featured the German punk band ‘Die Toten Hosen’, ‘Conchita Wurst’ and a speech by Austrian President Heinz Fischer. In London this November, Paloma Faith joined forces with Peace for a concert to raise money for Help Refugees; these are just two concerts among many throughout Europe. Rap singer M.I.A. released a track ‘Borders’, which charts the journey of refugees across Europe and criticises governments for not doing enough.

Perhaps the most extraordinary case of music raising awareness of the refugee crisis, is Syrian rock band Khebez Dawle, who made their journey from Lebanon to Germany fun by performing gigs along the way. Syria offered the group no hope of a career in music so they sold their instruments to pay smugglers to get them across the Mediterranean. Through their music, they aim to tell the stories of desperate migrants looking for refuge.

Khebez Dawle/ Yahoo

Khebez Dawle/ Yahoo

These musicians are aware of the power of their music and the hope and comfort it can offer to people with nothing else left. Some of these events have political undertones, whilst some aim to raise awareness of the plight of refugees on a purely humanitarian level. With the Yehudi Menuhin school’s concert in Calais in January and Jordi Savall’s soon to follow, the New Year could bring new hope. We often feel helpless in the face of such crises but whilst governments battle with big decisions, musicians are sharing their music and working according to Yehudi Menhin’s ethos of supporting minority communities.

(Written on December 22, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Music charity Urban Development receives funding from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme, Gramophone magazine discusses the Meludia method & Royal New Zealand Ballet announces it’s 2016 scholarship recipient. Also, Jordi Saval postpones his Calais refugee camp concert, citing security concerns

Classical Music Magazine

Urban Development receives ACE Ambition for Excellence award

Music charity Urban Development is one of three organisations to receive funding from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme

Gramophone

Introducing a new way of learning music online: Meludia

The Meludia method allows you to absorb the principles of musicianship through listening and imitation

The Strad

Jordi Savall postpones Calais refugee camp concert

The Spanish viol player and conductor has cited security concerns following last month’s Paris attacks

International Arts Manager

Royal New Zealand Ballet awards scholarship

Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) has announced 18-year-old Georgia Powley as its 2016 scholarship recipient

NMZ

Studenten bringen Flüchtlingen mit Musik Deutsch bei

Mit Rhythmus, Bewegung und Musik wollen Trossinger Musikstudenten Flüchtlingen den Zugang zur deutschen Sprache erleichtern

Klassik.com

Preisträger des Bertold Hummel-Wettbewerbs stehen fest

Die Preisträger des diesjährigen Bertold Hummel-Wettbewerbs im Instrumentenfach Flöte stehen fest. Der erste Preis mit einem Preisgeld von 2.500 Euro ging an den Taiwanesen Chien-Chun Hung

Codex Flores

Forschungsinstitut zu künstlerischen Therapieformen

Die in der Praxis erprobte Wirksamkeit der künstlerischen Therapieformen wissenschaftlich nachzuweisen, hat sich ein neues Forschungsinstitut an der Alanus Hochschule für Kunst und Gesellschaft auf die Fahnen geschrieben

Pizzicato

Beethoven Signature Up For Auction

A rare Ludwig van Beethoven signature will be auctioned by Boston-based, RR Auction, together with items by Wagner and Debussy

Scherzo

Sony Classical y la Filarmónica de Viena renuevan su acuerdo

En una conferencia de prensa conjunta en Viena, Sony Classical y la Filarmónica de Viena anunciaron la ampliación a largo plazo de su actual alianza

Twitter

Ella Marchment: @EllaMarchment Tonight’s @E_N_O #ENODestiny feels a little too close to comfort given what’s happening in the UK right now!

ICA:@ICALondon Art flows, money flows, life flows, but how do these flows sustain or oppose each other? Explore at our Symposium http://ow.ly/Vq8wG

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Jordi Savall/ The Strad

Jordi Savall/ The Strad

 

(Written on December 3, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine reports that four of Scotland’s arts and education institutions will collaborate to celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, a double bass is battered on a flight from Atlanta and Vasily Petrenko extends his contract with the Oslo Philharmonic. Also, The Western Gazette discusses the results of Armenia’s Classical Music Festival

Classical Music Magazine

Scottish arts institutions celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary

Four of Scotland’s education and arts institutions will join forces for New Dreams, a programme of music, dance, drama and visual arts events in celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary

Western Gazette

The 8th “Return” Classical Music Festival has summed up the results

The 8th “Return” Classical Music Festival, held owing to the support of Armenia’s leading telecommunications operator VivaCell-MTS, has become a unique cultural event for the Armenian audience and the foreign guests of the capital

BBC Music Magazine

Vasily Petrenko extends Oslo Philharmonic stay

In a year of major maestro moves from one orchestra to another, conductor Vasily Petrenko has bucked the trend by extending his contract with the Oslo Philharmonic until at least 2020

Classic FM

Double bassist ‘heartbroken’ after his instrument was mercilessly battered during a flight

Double bassist Colin Corner was flying from Atlanta with Southwest Airlines to play a concert in Rochester. His instrument did not have a good flight

Crescendo

Gustav Kuhn ist “Künstler des Jahres” in China

Gustav Kuhn ist für seine musikalischen Dienste in China mit einem der renommiertesten Auszeichnungen der chinesischen Musikszene ausgezeichnet worden

Pizzicato

Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt erhält Beethoven-Ring 2015

Der Beethoven-Ring 2015 geht an den Cellisten Nicolas Altstaedt. Das teilte der Vorsitzende der ‘Bürger für Beethoven’, Stephan Eisel mit

Klassik.com

Maler und Komponist Ernst Fuchs gestorben

Der österreichische Künstler Ernst Fuchs war vor allem als Maler und Mitbegründer der “Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus” bekannt. Gleichzeitig war er als Komponist, Bühnenbildner, Grafiker, Bildhauer, Architekt, Autor und Philosoph tätig, weshalb er auch als “Universalkünstler” bezeichnet wurde

El Pais

La picadura de Ludovico Einaudi

Una picadura llevó a otra y así nació Taranta Project, obra reciente del prolífico y versátil pianista y compositor Ludovico Einaudi

Scherzo

Forma Antiqva en el Teatro Real

Forma Antiqva vuelve al mundo de la ópera durante el mes de diciembre, nada menos que en el Teatro Real de Madrid. Los hermanos Zapico se unen a un ensemble de la JORCAM para interpretar, bajo la dirección de Aarón Zapico

Twitter

BBC Radio 3:@BBCRadio3  If this is the image of Baroque grandeur, Bach’s overture would certainly be the soundtrack #EssentialClassics

Record Label A&R:@recordlabel_ar Prominent publishing company is looking for talented artists for publishing representation #musicpublishing http://bit.ly/1Ngezos

Royal College Music:@RCMLatest Thrilled to welcome back RCM alumna Alina Ibragimova, star of the 2015 @bbcproms, for a #violin masterclass today http://bit.ly/1WoI3s5

Vasily Petrenko BBC Music Magazine

Vasily Petrenko
BBC Music Magazine

 

(Written on November 10, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Arts Professional reveals a stark gender pay gap in arts salaries and Classic FM reports that ‘1 in 10 violin prodigies attempt suicide’. Also, First Lady of China visited the Royal College of Music and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales embarks on a tour of South America

Classic FM

Terrifying new study suggests ‘1 in 10 violin prodigies attempt suicide’

The harsh truth of being a virtuoso musician at a young age is spelled out in a new book – and violinists don’t come out of it well

Classical Source

First Lady of China visits the Royal College of Music

Today, the Royal College of Music open its doors to the First Lady of the People’s Republic of China, Madame Peng Liyuan

The Strad

Trio Isimsiz wins Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition 2015

The London-based piano trio receive €15,000 and concert engagements

Arts Professional

Arts salary survey reveals stark gender pay gap

Full-time working women earn less than men doing the same level of work at all stages in their careers, with the gap at senior levels having grown since 2006

BBC

BBC National Orchestra of Wales first for Patagonia

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW) is embarking on its first tour of South America

Concerti 

Keine Zeit für Nettigkeiten

Die Cellistin Alisa Weilerstein schätzt das Musizieren mit Familienmitgliedern – und das nicht nur, weil der Vater ihr schon früh eine Begegnung mit Don Giovanni bescherte

Audiophil 

HOUSE OF MARLEY

The House of Marley setzt auf nachhaltige Eleganz mit Premiumklang: „One Love, One World“ – der Speaker-Experte The House of Marley lässt die Botschaft von Musik-Legende Bob Marley weiterleben

Pizzicato 

Salzburger Festspiele verlängern Zusammenarbeit mit Wiener Staatsopernchor

Die Salzburger Festspiele und die Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor haben gestern in Wien einen 5-Jahresvertrag für den Zeitraum 2017 bis 2021 unterzeichnet

El Mundo 

Muere Gloria Van Aerssen, mitad superviviente de Vainica Doble

Ha fallecido a los 83 años, 15 después que Gloria Santonja, con quien formó dúo creando uno de los fenómenos musicales más singulares de la escena española

El Pais 

García Calvo: “La ignorancia y la intuición han guiado mi carrera”

Guillermo García Calvo (Madrid, 1978) no consta en Wikipedia. Y no por falta de méritos. Se deshizo del anonimato y del trabajo gregario cuando una indisposición de Daniele Gatti en la Ópera de Viena precipitó su debut en el teatro más carismático de Europa

Twitter

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic : The truth behind the spirits, sprites and spooks haunting concert halls. @auroraorchestra http://www.sinfinimusic.com/uk/features/other-features/scary-creepy-and-ghostly-classical-music-for-halloween-2015 …

Classical Diary ‏@ClassicalDiary : Music is a big family. We fully support @Music_in_Exile and all musicians against those who’d like to silence us > http://www.theywillhavetokillusfirst.com/ 

Gramophone ‏@GramophoneMag : Here is your complete guide to #Beethoven‘s symphonies explored by 9 leading conductors. http://bit.ly/beethovensymphonies …

 newsoct23

First Lady of China visits the Royal College of Music/Classical Source

(Written on October 23, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, violinist Augustin Hadelich wins the Warner Music Prize, Classic FM reports on a grand piano falling off the stage shortly before a performance by pianist Stefan Vladar & Sir Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award 2016 is launched by The Arts Club

Classical Music Magazine

Augustin Hadelich wins inaugural Warner Music Prize

Violinist Augustin Hadelich has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Warner Music Prize. He receives a cash prize of $100,000 (£64,613)

Classic FM

This piano fell off a stage 90 minutes before a concert and it’s too distressing for words

A concert grand piano plunged from the stage to the floor just 90 minutes before pianist Stefan Vladar was due to play a Brahms concerto on it

South Wales Evening Post

Sir Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award 2016 launched by The Arts Club in association with Classic FM

The Arts Club has announced details of the Sir Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award in association with Classic FM. This follows the success of the inaugural award last year, which was won by violinist Joo Yeon Sir

The Guardian

We lack a strong enough workforce of professional ‘portfolio’ musicians

Musicians must excel as performers, but also as teachers, leaders and creative collaborators- and their professional development must reflect this

Pizzicato

Preisverteilung beim Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb für Kinder und Jugendliche

Glückliche Gesichter im Kulturstall von Schloss Britz in Berlin: Preise im Wert von mehr als 10.000 Euro vergab die Carl Bechstein Stiftung am vergangenen Sonntag beim Preisträgerkonzert des zweiten Carl Bechstein Wettbewerbs für Kinder und Jugendliche

Codex Flores

Softwaregestütztes Klavierstimmen auf dem Vormarsch

Mit Hilfe einer kostenfrei im Internet erhältlichen Software von zwei Physikern der Universität Würzburg lässt sich ein Klavier selber stimmen

Klassik.com

Oberbayerischer Kulturpreis für Brigitte Fassbaender

Die Kammersängerin, Intendantin und Regisseurin Brigitte Fassbaender ist mit dem Oberbayerischen Kulturpreis ausgezeichnet worden

El Pais

La destilación genética

Johann Sebastian Bach pertenecía a una numerosa familia de músicos que durante varias generaciones fueron depurando sus talentos

Twitter

Aldeburgh Music: ‏@aldeburghmusic Young musicians: apply for our @BrittenPears 2016 courses http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk/bpp  and watch this for a taster https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk-FwZY5fvM

Family Arts Festival: ‏@FamilyArtFest  Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra musicians carve a recorder from a carrot #FamilyArtsFest #edibleorchestra

Record Label A&R:@recordlabel_ar Dedicated label is seeking passionate new artists to represent & promote http://bit.ly/1MFjBAb

Augustin Hadelich Photo: Paul Glickman, Classical Music Magazine

Augustin Hadelich
Photo: Paul Glickman, Classical Music Magazine

 

(Written on October 20, 2015 )

Yesterday in Madrid, eight pianos were placed in different spots about the city for everyone to play.

The initiative was taken in connection with a concert by Ukrainian pianist Stanislav Khristenko at the Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid, which took place yesterday evening. 

Stanislav Khristenko won the ‘Concurso de Música Maria Canals’, a competition held annually in the Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona.

The idea of placing these eight pianos about the city was to get the public into the spirit of the concert that evening.

In this video, members of the public play one of the pianos and discuss the project.

(Written on October 15, 2015 )

 At a concert at the Sendesaal in Bremen, Anna Reszniak catches falling pages of music during a performance by violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt.

(Written on October 13, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Facing the music: Tansy Davies

From Monteverdi to Ligeti, via Prince, Carla Bley and Stockhausen – the composer whose Re-greening is premiered this week by the NYO – reveals her musical passions

Greenpeace performs Arctic requiem in effort to touch hearts over Shell drilling

Activists hand workers copies of the music and encourage them to help the oil company ‘avert disaster’ on plans to drill for oil under ice cap

Classical Music Magazine

Violinist wins appeal against border fine

Violinist Yosuke Kawasaki is to have more than CA$100k (£48,895) returned to him after winning an appeal against the Canada Border Services Agency.

ONL marks 40th anniversary with RAVENNA

The Orchestre National de Lille (ONL) used a full RAVENNA digital networking setup for its 40th anniversary concert: the first time that the technology had been used at a live event of this scale.

BBC News

Music in the operating room off-putting, study suggests

Playing music in the operating theatre can be disruptive and surgeons should think twice about pressing the play button, according to a small study.

Der Tagesspiegel

Zusammen sind wir Beethoven

Am Donnerstag beginnt Young Euro Classic. Spezialität des Berliner Jugendorchesterfestivals sind multinationale Ensembles – so auch das neu gegründete Friedensorchester.

klassik.com

Nach 33.000 im Vorjahr wurden insgesamt 30.000 Eintrittskarten verkauft

Verbier Festival mit leichtem Besucherrückgang

Das Orchester

Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden bekommt neuen Intendant

Der Schweizer Peter Theiler wird Intendant der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden

El País

El piano asiático impone su ley

Dos japoneses, dos coreanos, un chico y un español esperan ganar el Concurso Paloma O’Shea, cuyo veredicto se anuncia hoy en Santander

The New York Times

An old songbook could put ‚Happy Birthday‘ in the public domain

Yet ‚Happy Birthday to you‘, far from being as free as a piece of cake at a party, is actually considered private property.

Twitter

Classic FM: This is what Mozart’s own violin actually sounds like:

The Royal Opera: ‘Don’t expect harmonies…’ previews his new avant-garde opera : ^C

Sinfini Music: ‘In many ways, Hildegard von Bingen was the first feminist icon.’ ‘s picks her :

(Written on August 5, 2015 )