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London Symphony Orchestra tops first chart ranking UK classical ensembles

The London Symphony Orchestra is the UK’s most popular according to the first chart to rank classical ensembles, the i reports.

Recordings by the London institution, led by Sir Simon Rattle, have racked up the most plays on Britain’s television and radio stations over the past decade, music licensing body PPL calculated.

The LSO, which performs more than 120 concerts a year, finished ahead of the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic orchestras.

PPL, which collects royalties from music radio and TV broadcasts, found that orchestras have to be versatile to make a popular impact. Just 40 per cent of the total UK radio and TV airplay over the decade, from recordings performed by the top 20 orchestras, was considered “classical” music.

One in three of the top 100 most played new recordings on TV and radio in each of the last ten years included a contribution from at least one member of the top 20 orchestras.

In 2017 almost half (47 per cent) of UK number one songs contained at least one performance from a member of the orchestral top 20.

(iNews)


European Parliament backs copyright changes

Controversial new copyright laws have been approved by members of the European Parliament, reports the BBC.

Many musicians and creators claim the reforms are necessary to fairly compensate artists, but opponents fear that the plans could destroy user-generated content, memes and parodies.

Article 13 puts the onus on web giants to take measures to ensure that agreements with rights holders for the use of their work are working.

Critics say that would require all internet platforms to filter content put online by users, which many believe would be an excessive restriction on free speech.

Earlier this week, YouTube’s chief business officer Robert Kyncl said that endorsement of Article 13 risked “discouraging or even prohibiting platforms from hosting user-generated content”.

Musician Wyclef Jean also spoke out against the directive, appealing to MEPs before the vote to “embrace and improve the internet, rather than attempt to block and hinder it”.

But many other musicians, including Sir Paul McCartney, had expressed their support for the changes. Impala, the association for European independent music companies, said after the vote that it was “a great day for Europe’s creators”.

(BBC)


Deutscher Musikrat: EU-Parlament macht den Weg für ein zeitgemäßes Urheberrecht frei

Die Abgeordneten des EU-Parlamentes haben heute mit deutlicher Mehrheit von 438 zu 226 Stimmen für die geplante EU-Richtlinie zum Urheberrecht im digitalen Binnenmarkt gestimmt. Damit kann das Parlament die Trilog-Verhandlungen mit Europäischem Rat und EU-Kommission aufnehmen.

Dazu Christian Höppner, Generalsekretär des Deutschen Musikrates: „Der 12. September ist ein guter Tag für Europa und die Kreativschaffenden. Der Schutz der Urheber und die faire Vergütung kreativer Leistungen sind Voraussetzung dafür, dass weiterhin attraktive Inhalte produziert und bereitgestellt werden können. In den nächsten Monaten wird es darum gehen, den gesellschaftlichen Dialog zur Zukunft eines fairen Internets zu etablieren, der sich von dem bisherigen Schlagabtausch durch eine differenzierte und gesellschaftspolitisch grundierte Argumentation absetzen sollte.“

MEPs voted today by a clear majority of 438 to 226 votes in favour of the proposed EU directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. This will allow Parliament to start negotiations with the European Council and the European Commission.

Christian Höppner, Secretary General of the German Music Council: “September 12th is a good day for Europe and the creative industries. The protection of authors and the fair remuneration of creative achievements are a prerequisite for the continued production and provision of attractive content. In the coming months, it will be a question of establishing the social dialogue on the future of a fair Internet”.

(Neue Musikzeitung)

(Written on September 13, 2018 )

Leading actors, comedians and composers have joined Prince Charles in his campaign to help every child have access to the arts.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Lenny Henry, Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Myleene Klass and Meera Syal were among the guests at an event at the Royal Albert Hall hosted by Children and the Arts, a charity that was set up by the Prince of Wales.

Sir Lenny Henry, one of the stars supporting the campaign, told Sky News: “The arts is vital to society. The contribution to gross national products alone is immense – between £8bn and £20bn. So why is the arts in schools being deprivileged? It’s hard to understand.”

Industry leaders, government ministers and headteachers were all invited to join round-table discussions to look at what can be done to reach young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who feel the arts aren’t open to them, and may be missing out on cultural experiences as a result.

The government insists it does take the arts seriously and that’s why music and art is compulsory until the age of 14. But campaigners want more investment and believe there has to be a change in how creative subjects are viewed by schools and wider society.

They realise that not all children will grow up to be performers or work in the industry but believe they should at least have the opportunity to watch or participate if they want to give it a try.


Auf Kommando das Zusammenspiel verweigert

Gibt es einen „rheinischen Originalklang“ für Beethovens Siebte Symphonie? Und wovon singt das Oratorium „Der Sieg des Glaubens“ von Beethovens Schüler Ferdinand Ries? Das Beethovenfest sucht Antworten.

Christoph Spering, der vor dreißig Jahren Das neue Orchester gründete, um Ideen der Originalklangbewegung auf das romantische Repertoire zu übertragen, führte jetzt, am dritten der 24 Tage des Bonner Beethovenfests, die Siebte mit dem Orchester Rheinton auf – einem weiteren neuen Orchester, dessen Mitglieder auf die Erforschung des Instrumentariums und der Spielpraxis der Rheinlande im neunzehnten Jahrhundert spezialisiert sind. Die Ausdifferenzierung des konzertierenden Historismus schreitet also fort, zur regionalhistorischen

Beethovenfest in Bonn, Germany, kicked off this year on 31st August. It featured performances from the Rheinton Orchestra under Christoph Spering. The orchestra specialise in historically informed performance, showcasing their interpretation of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.


Pascal Nègre : « Ne sacrifions pas la prochaine génération de musiciens »

Le producteur de musique s’élève, dans une tribune au « Monde », contre l’article 13 de la directive européenne sur le droit d’auteur qui menace l’émergence des futurs jeunes artistes.

Cet article, dans sa rédaction actuelle, impose à toute plate-forme de détecter et de bloquer systématiquement toute mise en ligne par un utilisateur d’un contenu potentiellement protégé par le droit d’auteur (pas uniquement de la musique), sauf lorsqu’un accord de licence a auparavant été conclu avec l’ayant droit ou ses représentants.

Cette disposition qui est très large pourrait en fait avoir un impact négatif sur la création puisqu’elle aboutirait à une certaine forme de censure aveugle, automatique et systématique. Trente-cinq années d’expérience dans l’industrie musicale me portent à croire que cette directive s’avérerait négative pour les artistes, pour l’industrie et, à terme, pour le bien public.

Il est essentiel que les plates-formes se comportent de manière responsable et maintiennent leurs accords avec les labels, éditeurs et sociétés de gestion collective. Cela est indéniable. Mais l’article 13 de la directive européenne sur le droit d’auteur ne prend pas le bon chemin

Music producer Pascal Nègre has spoken out against Article 13 of the European Parliament’s Copyright Directive, stating that it threatens the emergence of future young artists. Currently, the article requires any platform to detect and block the uploading of potentially copyright-protected content, including music, unless a license agreement has already been arranged.

Nègre worries that this could lead to ‘blind, automatic and systematic censorship’, limiting artists’ creativity.

Article 13 will put limitations on uploading content – for example budding instrumentalists may be blocked from uploading their performance of an existing piece of music:

But apparently it’s not all bad, as memes are exempt from copyright.

Whilst Nègre acknowledges that it is important for creators to have access to copyright protection and fair renumeration, he maintains that Article 13 is too broad and must be amended.

(Written on September 6, 2018 )

In today’s news: Homophobia in Hungary leads Hungarian National Opera to cancel Billy Elliot shows. World Choir Games to be held in Belgium in 2020. Royal Opera House warns politicians to act on freedom of movement following Brexit. UK Music urges British MEPs to back copyright reform. BBC Proms to hold free event outside of Royal Albert Hall.

The Irish News

Royal Opera House issues warning on ease of movement with EU

The Royal Opera House has warned politicians to act on the issue of ease of movement of international talent following the EU referendum.

The Telegraph

Royal Ballet musical director steps in to save the day… only for audience members to leave

When the harpist of the Royal Opera House failed to turn up to a performance of Swan Lake, Koen Kessels, the musical director of the Royal Ballet, bravely stepped forward and decided to accompany the orchestra on the piano himself.

The Strad

Nicola Benedetti joins ESTA UK as president

Scottish violinist is expected to sit for a three- to four-year term as head of European String Teachers Association’s UK chapter.

Limelight

Homophobic press sees Hungarian Billy Elliot season cut short

Hungarian National Opera has cancelled over half the performances in its production of Billy Elliot following a barrage of homophobic press from the daily newspaper Magyar Idők, which ran a series of articles claiming the production could “transform Hungarian boys into homosexuals”, the Daily Star reported, with another article claiming such shows promoted a “deviant way of life”.

Music Week

UK Music urges British MEPs to back copyright reform

UK Music has urged British MEPs to back major changes to copyright law. CEO Michael Dugher called on the UK’s European parliamentarians to back the proposed Copyright Directive following its approval by the JURI committee.

Rhinegold

BBC Proms announces free ‘curtain raiser’ event

The BBC Proms has announced a free evening event to be held outside the Royal Albert Hall on 12 July.

Pizzicato

11th World Choir Games 2020 to be held in Flanders

The region of Flanders in Belgium, with the cities Antwerp and Ghent, will host the 11th World Choir Games. The event, which is also considered the ‘Olympics of Choral Music’ will take place from July 5-15, 2020 and attract thousands of singers from Europe and all over the world.

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Fritz-Gerber-Awards an Nachwuchsmusiker vergeben

Die Fritz-Gerber-Stiftung zeichnet in diesem Jahr den Geiger Alexandre Guy, die Saxophonistin Sara Zazo Romero und den Schlagzeuger Thomas Soldati mit dem stiftungseigenen Award aus.

Der Tagesspiegel

Horaz und das Harmonium

Salonkonzert in der Truman-Villa: Das „Quatuor Bestaendig“ spielt im Rahmen der Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci Werke jüdischer Komponisten.

Musik Heute

Frischer Wind beim Richard-Strauss-Festival

Alexander Liebreich ist ein Mann klarer Worte. “Nein, in diesem Saal wird kein Konzert stattfinden. Das ist ein Unort.” Der Dirigent und neue Intendant des am Freitag beginnenden Richard-Strauss-Festivals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen meint den reichlich ungemütlichen Werdenfels-Saal im Kongresszentrum der Olympiastadt.

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Hungarian National Opera’s production of Billy Elliot. Photo © Attila Nagy, Zsófia Pályi, Péter Rákossy

(Written on June 22, 2018 )

In today’s news: New campaign SWAP’ra targets gender inequality in opera, Albert Einstein’s violin comes to auction in New York, PRS For Music and its European sister societies relaunch #MakeInternetFair petition,  John Williams donates his scores and sketchbooks to Julliard School in New York, the first German Choir center will be built in Berlin-Neukölln, and organist Iveta Apkalna becomes to receive the Annual Latvian Music Recording Award and more.

Classical Music

New campaign targets gender inequality in opera

Supporting Women and Parents in Opera (SWAP’ra) aims to effect positive change by redressing the gender disparity in the opera industry.

The Strad

Violin belonging to Einstein comes to auction in New York

Instrument gifted to scientist in 1933 is estimated to sell for between $100,000 and $150,000.

Petition to save Indiana University’s violin making and restoration programme

Responding to the retirement of the current director with no apparent replacement, students and alumni are concerned the Jacobs School of Music intends to quietly shut down the Violin Shop.

M Magazine

PRS For Music calls for copyright overhaul with #MakeInternetFair petition

PRS for Music and its European sister societies have relaunched the #MakeInternetFair petition, calling for EU law makers to protect the rights of music creators’ – in what will be the first copyright overhaul in 17 years.

The Guardian

‘Diversity in classical music: quality and equality’

Committing to giving women composers the same chances as their male colleagues does not threaten excellence – it promotes it.

nmz

In Rixdorf ist Musike – In Berlin-Neukölln entsteht das Deutsche Chorzentrum

Selten ist bei einer Pressekonferenz eine so hohe Dichte von Politikerinnen zu beobachten. Doch die der Erteilung der Baugenehmigung für das Deutsche Chorzentrum in Berlin war gewichtig […].

Polen steht bei Festival «jazzahead» im Fokus

Polen steht in diesem Jahr im Fokus des Musifestivals «jazzahead» in Bremen. Zahlreiche Konzerte geben vom 6. bis 22. April einen Einblick in die polnische Kulturszene.

klassik.com

Basler Musikwissenschaftler Max Haas gestorben

Der Basler Musikwissenschaftler Max Haas ist tot. Er starb Angaben seiner Familie zufolge nach kurzer Krankheit in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Haas genoss internationale Anerkennung als Spezialist für mittelalterliche Musik sowie das Musikdenken dieser Zeit.

Thüringer Kompositionspreis für Alex Vaughan

Der australische Komponist Alex Vaughan hat den Thüringer Kompositionspreis erhalten.

Musik Heute

Organistin Apkalna Musikerin des Jahres in Lettland

Riga – Die Orgelvirtuosin Iveta Apkalna ist in ihrer Heimat Lettland zur Musikerin des Jahres 2017 gekürt worden.

Platea Magazine

John Williams lega todas sus partituras a la Julliard School de Nueva York

El compositor estadounidense John Williams, de gan fama y prestigio por sus trabajos en bandas sonoras de películas como Star wars, E.T, Tiburón, Indiana Jones o Harry Potter entre muchas otras, ha anunciado que donará todas sus partituras (bandas sonoras, conciertos, sinfónico… además de sus bocetos).

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Un musicien accuse United Airlines d’avoir endommagé sa viole de gambe

Le gambiste Andrew Arceci a retrouvé son instrument très abîmé après un vol en soute sur la compagnie aérienne United Airlines. Il a déposé une réclamation.

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 A History of Classical Music (The Women-Only Version) in http://bit.ly/2D9gldr 

SWAP’ra founding member Jessica Cottis

(Written on March 8, 2018 )

In today’s news: Munich’s piano spring – thousands of classical fans arrive for concerts featuring Trifonov to Barenboim, and the change in music listening habits through the increased move among listeners from radio to internet streaming providers. Google releases new technology that allows musicians to collaborate with AI, and UK Government cracks down on Google and Bing over music piracy. Is Berlin’s state opera meeting the deadline for planned opening date?

Gramophone

Debate: When is film music ‘classical’?

Classical composers Philip Glass and John Corigliano have both had success scoring for the big screen. They debate that relationship with Jed Distler in New York

Classical Music Magazine

Google’s AI Duet lets you make music with a computer

Google has launched a new musical experiment with artificial intelligence, which allows users to make music with their computer.

The Register

Google agrees to break pirates’ domination over music searches

UK government-hosted talks spanning two Parliaments have culminated in Google and Bing at last agreeing to tweak their search results in response to copyright-holders’ concerns, thereby heading off threatened legislation on their conduct.

International Arts Manager

ACE supports new transgender arts company

A new Arts Council England (ACE) funded company has launched in Manchester, with a stated goal of promoting performing arts created by transgender artists. Trans Creative, which is led by performer and activist Kate O’Donnell, opened for business on 10 February during Queer Contact festival.

Biggleswade Today

Classical music but played in an unexpected way

The mantra is to make classical music more social, meaningful and dramatic, without losing depth or sincerity.

Der Tagesspiegel

Kann der Eröffnungstermin eingehalten werden?

Eigentlich soll die Berliner Staatsoper nach Bauarbeiten am 3. Oktober wieder eröffnen. Die Senatsverwaltung sagt nun, es gäbe da noch “Abstimmungsbedarf”. Intendant Flimm ist aber zuversichtlich.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Münchner Klavierfrühling

Zehntausende Klassikfans strömen zu Konzerten und Klavierabenden, von Trifonov bis Barenboim. Und der Pianist Radu Lupu wird als Altmeister bejubelt – zu Recht.

neue musikzeitung

Auf der Suche nach sich selbst

Die „Klassik/Kultur-Wellen“ der Öffentlich-Rechtlichen im Internet.

The New York Times

This Maestro Is Turning 90. He’s Also Conducting Over 90 Concerts This Year

Maestro Herbert Blomstedt, who will turn 90 in July and is conducting more than 90 concerts this year with the world’s leading orchestras.

classicalworld.com

C4 to Present Student Competition Winners and More in ‘EMERGING’ Concert

C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective will present Emerging – Winners of C4’s First Student Competition and Other Works, the second concerts of its Collaboration 2016-17 New York season.

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Classical Music News ROH commissions new Benjamin opera

Music History  in 1911 was Gustav final public appearance conducting with a temperature of 40 °C

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Image: International Arts Manager

(Written on February 21, 2017 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, Sonya Yoncheva replaces Anna Netrebko at the Royal Opera House’s “Norma”, Amalia Hall wins Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition and “Boléro’s” heirs ask for copyright extension. Also, the fifth annual Doris Duke Artist Award’s recipients are announced and Moritz Eggert is nominated for Deutscher Musikautorenpreis 2016.

Classical Music Magazine

Sonya Yoncheva to sing Norma at ROH

Sonya Yoncheva will sing the title role in the Royal Opera House’s production of Bellini’s Norma.The Bulgarian soprano will replace Anna Netrebko, who announced her withdrawal from the role last week.

Yehudi Menuhin School raising funds for the violinist’s centenary

Artist Geraldine van Heemstra will exhibit work created during her artist residency at the Yehudi Menuhin School in June and July, with all proceeds going to the School’s centenary fundraising appeal.

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Boléro: Heirs Ask For Copyright Extension

After seventy years of protection, Ravel’s Boléro is a work of public domain since 1 May 2016, and performers do not have to pay rights anymore. Yesterday however, the heirs asked for an extension of the copyright for 20 years.

The Strad

Violinist Amalia Hall wins Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition

The New Zealand musician has won both the String section and the overall award.

The Telegraph

Opera doesn’t need sex, drugs or blood to win new audiences, Glyndebourne says

Sex, drugs and rock’n’roll may not be the way to a young audience’s heart after all, according to Glyndebourne, as its new director launches a bid to reinstate ‘conservative’ as a “positive thing”.

New music box

2016 Doris Duke Artist Awards Announced

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has named the recipients of the fifth annual Doris Duke Artist Awards.

Classical-music.com

Menuhin the Miracle Boy

In the April issue of BBC Music Magazine, we celebrated the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth. As part of an in-depth examination of Menuhin’s life, we explored the importance of the relationship between the teenage Menuhin and his teacher, George Enescu. Menuhin’s biographer Humphrey Burton tells us more…

klassik.com

Mainzer Kammerorchester vor dem Aus?

Dem Mainzer Kammerorchester droht wegen finanzieller Schwierigkeiten das Aus. Aufgrund mangelnder finanzieller Ausstattung hat der Deutsche Kulturrrat das Orchester nun auf die rote Liste bedrohter Kultureinrichtungen gesetzt.

Klassik heute

Moritz Eggert für den Deutschen Musikautorenpreis nominiert

Am 12. Mai 2016 verleiht die GEMA in Berlin zum achten Mal den Deutschen Musikautorenpreis. Eine siebenköpfige Fachjury um Max Herre, Charlotte Seither und Wolfgang Niedecken wählte aus rund 80 Einreichungen Komponisten und Textdichter aus, die für ihr musikalisches Schaffen geehrt werden sollen.

Musik heute

Festival Mitte Europa fällt 2016 aus – Zukunft unklar

Plauen – Das Festival Mitte Europa im Dreiländereck von Bayern, Böhmen und Sachsen steht vor dem Aus. Wie Insolvenzverwalter Christian Heintze am Dienstag mitteilte, fällt es in diesem Jahr definitiv aus.

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@klassik.com Karriere-News: Marc Grandmontagne (Deutscher Bühnenverein) http://klassik.com/?VzO68 #Kulturmanagement

@DetroitSymphony @MichelleMerrill receives the 2016 #SoltiFoundation Career Assistance Award for young American conductors

@wdr3 Kölner Zentralmoschee öffnet für @achtbruecken ihre Pforten. Das Konzert mit @Musikfabrik in #Konzertplayer http://ow.ly/4nmq9I

Sonya Yoncheva to sing Norma at ROH. Photo credit: Gregor Hohenberg / Sony Classical

Sonya Yoncheva to sing Norma at ROH. Photo credit: Gregor Hohenberg / Sony Classical

(Written on May 4, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the ENO announces Glenn Close as star in Sunset Boulevard, and ‘Happy Birthday’ is ruled out of copyright. Also, The Guardian reveals career tips for opera singers, and reports on Met director Bartlett Sher’s decision not to use blackface in his new production of Otello

BBC

‘Happy Birthday’ ruled out of copyright

The company collecting royalties to ‘Happy Birthday To You’ does not hold a valid copyright to the song, a US federal judge has ruled

The Telegraph

Glenn Close to make West End debut in Sunset Boulevard

English National Opera announces Glenn Close to star in semi-staged production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard

The Guardian

Career tips for opera singers

From selecting a teacher to cultivating your vocal strength, four opera singers offer some sound advice

The Guardian

Decision to scrap blackface from Otello not complicated, says Met director

Bartlett Sher says the cultural implications in the US made its use ‘completely unthinkable’ despite its persistence in performances of Verdi’s opera

Classic FM

Classic FM extends partnership with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

RLPO principal conductor Vasily Petrenko spoke to Classic FM’s Jane Jones backstage at the Royal Albert Hall about extending the partnership between the orchestra and the UK’s favourite classical music radio station.

klassik.com

Auszeichnung für soziales und kulturelles Engagement wird erstmals vergeben

Komponistenverband ehrt ehemaligen Bundesinnenminister Gerhart Baum

neuen musikzeitung

Musik-Dienst Deezer plant Börsengang

Der Musik-Streamingdienst Deezer setzt noch vor dem Marktführer Spotify zum Börsengang an.

Die Zeit

„Happy Birthday“ ist Allgemeingut

Ein US-Gericht hat klargestellt, dass das Urheberrecht an dem weltweit bekannten Geburtstagskind ungültig ist. Ein Musikkonzern hatte die Rechte seit 1988 beansprucht.

The New York Times

San Francisco Opera picks Matthew Shilvock, an insider, to be its leader

The San Francisco Opera mounted a 10-month international search to find a general director to succeed David Cockily when he steps down after this season.

Le Parisien

Chassol, la Martinique pour partition

Chez Chassol, pianiste inventif se promenant entre pop, jazz et musique concrète, la vidéo constitue la matière première dont il use pour composer une musique hypnotique et rendre hommage à ses origines martiniquaises.

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Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_  :@BBCRadio3 to air the premiere live broadcast of @maxrichtermusic‘s SLEEP: http://bit.ly/1V8iZCd 

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic  :The latest #OperaStrip gives #Stravinsky‘s The Rake’s Progress the graphic novel treatment: http://bit.ly/1JzZhsU 

BBC Radio 3 ‏@BBCRadio3  :”…music is an illusion of a better world.” La Divina Maria Callas speaking in 1958: http://bbc.in/1Wfguk1 

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Lloyd Webber and Glenn Close rehearsing Sunset Boulevard for the Los Angeles and New York production of the show which went onto win 7 Tony awards/The Telegraph

 

(Written on September 23, 2015 )

The Guardian

Spotify to take on iTunes Radio with free tier for its music apps

11 December event expected to expand free mobile access from US, although on-demand streams will be limited

The New York Times

Kennedy Center Names New Chief

Deborah F. Rutter, who as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra helped it navigate the financial shoals that have sunk other orchestras, will become the president of the Kennedy Center next fall, the center announced on Tuesday

Voice of America

San Francisco Musicians Create ‘New’ Classical Music

A group of young artists in San Francisco are continuing that trend, giving new life to an old field: opera and European classical music

Star Tribune

Italian opera house La Scala: Riccardo Chailly to replace Barenboim as musical director

The Milanese opera house La Scala took another step in its artistic and managerial transition on Tuesday by confirming that Riccardo Chailly will be its new musical director, replacing Daniel Barenboim

Minnesota Orchestra: Board reports deficit of $1.1 million for fiscal 2013

Minnesota Orchestral Association reported revenue of roughly $12 million, nearly all through contributions and investment income

New Music Box

FAIR AND BALANCED

“Until we rid ourselves of the notion that the best music of all time was created by a handful of men who lived an ocean away from us and who all died more than a century before any of us were born, we will never have programming that truly reflects the vast array of musical creativity all around us.”

Digital Music News

A Tiny Percentage of Artist Income Comes from Copyright, Study Finds…

According to a study conducted by Peter DiCola of the Northwestern University School of Law, artists are now, on average, deriving a relatively tiny percentage of their income directly from copyrights

FONO FORUM

“Reden – das kann ich einfach so”

Die Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida ist nicht nur eine weltweit gefeierte Mozart-Interpretin, sondern weiß auch sachkundig und unterhaltsam über Musik zu erzählen. Im Januar gibt sie ein Gesprächskonzert zu Beethovens „Diabelli-Variationen“ in der Essener Philharmonie

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FONO FORUM

(Written on December 12, 2013 )

Since its much anticipated release on May 28th of this year, the Open Goldberg project has gained a vast amount of attention, and press interest spanning Europe. The initiative has enabled the pianist Kimiko Ishizaka to record a new interpretation of the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach, in a project entirely funded by Goldberg fans.  In the ‘Spiegel’, the project’s funding has sparked debate: unlike previous recordings, this version is free ‘for all, for ever’. It highlights the move by the Director of the project, Robert Douglass, to create a better link between classical music and the internet, which he says ‘lags behind’, requiring a ‘new way’ for classical music to be released legally and fairly.

Whilst the issue of copyright is at the core of the project, the ‘beautiful music and beautiful art’ is not to be forgotten (newsbloggers.ch) The music itself has clearly been a success, one that Jessica Duchen’s blog highlights: ‘In its first three days Open Goldberg had 200,000 listens and 50,000 downloads’. The recording quality of the release has also gained praise, with ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’ noting that ‘its technical sound is on the highest level’.

The recording can be listened to on SoundCloud, and is ‘available for anyone to download, own and use without limitations’ – its greatest quality according to ‘Wired Magazine’.

(Written on June 7, 2012 )

Gramophone

Shostakovich Fragment To Receive UK Premiere.

Violin sonata section performed at Manchester University.

New York Times

New York City Opera Announces Deal With Unions.

New York City Opera cleared a major obstacle in its effort to forge ahead in reduced form and without its Lincoln Center home, saying on Wednesday that it had reached agreements with both of its major unions.

Public Domain Works Can Be Copyrighted Anew.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a federal law that restored copyright protection to works that had entered the public domain.

The Times

Mozart And Da Ponte – Why We Adore You.

Five star singers choose the dream roles created by opera’s ultimate double act.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/article3286143.ece

 

(Written on January 19, 2012 )