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In today’s news: the lack of interest in opera, British Airways criticised by musicians again, Coventry to be UK City of Culture 2021. Also, Apple intends to buy Shazam, clarinet is the less hygienic instrument and Thomas Hengelbrock leaves Elbphilarmonie. 

The Telegraph

Opera isn’t for everyone – and what’s wrong with that?

As if the opera business wasn’t already in enough of a stew, along comes a survey commissioned by Classic FM. Its findings are discouraging: half the respondents couldn’t name a single opera singer and only one in five recognised a photograph of Pavarotti.

The Sun

British Airways ‘force musicians to pay £280 each to fly their instruments to Jersey for a gig’

Violinist Rita Manning was travelling to a gig with her group Lorcian Ensemble when staff told them to put their precious instruments in the hold.

Classical Music

Coventry to be UK City of Culture 2021

Coventry has been selected as the UK’s City of Culture for 2021, beating Paisley, Sunderland, Stoke and Swansea to the title.

Audio pioneer’s estate makes major gift to University of Cambridge

The estate of Ray Dolby, founder of the audio company bearing his name, has presented the University of Cambridge with £85m.

Pocket-lint

Apple to buy music recognition app Shazam for $400 million

Apple is said to be looking at acquiring Shazam, one of the most popular apps for recognising music, TV shows, films and adverts, with an official deal potentially being announced later today.

The New York Times

James Levine Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Illinois

Law enforcement officials in Illinois said Friday that they would not bring criminal charges against the famed Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine, noting that the man accusing Mr. Levine of sexual abuse there three decades ago had been 16 at the time — which was then the age of consent.

Limelight

The clarinet is the dirtiest instrument in the band

Which instrument is the dirtiest in the band? A study has shown that it’s the clarinet that tends to harbour the most bacteria and fungi.

Zeit Online

Dirigent der Elbphilharmonie geht im Streit

Der Chefdirigent Thomas Hengelbrock verlässt das Haus im Sommer 2018. Kann sein New Yorker Nachfolger Alan Gilbert schon ein Jahr früher als geplant einspringen? 

Klassik.com

Gabriele Ferro gewinnt Bonner Beethoven-Klavierwettbewerb

Der Italiener Gabriele Ferro hat beim diesjährigen Beethoven-Klavierwettbewerb Bonn den ersten Preis gewonnen. Der erste Platz ist mit 30.000 Euro dotiert.

Bayerischer Rundfunk rudert zurück: Kein Wellentausch von BR Klassik und Jugendsender

Damit wandert der Klassiksender nicht, wie ursprünglich vorgesehen, in das Digitalangebot DAB+, sondern ist weiterhin über UKW zu empfangen.

France Musique

Julie Fuchs et Gautier Capuçon : leur hommage musical à Johnny Hallyday

La soprano Julie Fuchs et le violoncelliste Gautier Capuçon ont interprété l’Ave Maria de Schubert lors des funérailles de Johnny Hallyday samedi 9 décembre à l’église de la Madeleine.

Twitter

 “I remember the moment every time I give a concert in Berlin: the way he entered the conductor’s room, his incredible ability to fill up space and transform it instantaneously.” about firstly meeting Karajan on Dec 11, 1976 

Image: Luciano Pavarotti © Classic FM

(Written on December 11, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Benjamin Baker joins Young Concert Artists, Inc. 17-year-old cellist and winner of BBC Young Musician 2016, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, signs to Decca Classics. Also, read about The Australian Art Quartet’s project ‘Scent of Memory’, mixing the waft of handpicked perfumes with the sounds of Tchaikovsky, Gurdjieff, and Mountfort.

Classical Music Magazine

Benjamin Baker joins YCA

Violinist Benjamin Baker has joined Young Concert Artists, Inc. after winning first prize at the organisation’s final auditions.

The Guardian

Scent of Memory: smell and classical music prove an intoxicating combination

In the Australian Art Quartet’s experimental new project, the group taps into a wider movement: bringing the sense of smell to performance

Two tribes: how the theatre and music scenes are mixing it up

Rachel Mars, Matt Regan and Nwando Ebizie are among a new wave of artists moving freely between two worlds to create shows that are not quite gig and not quite drama but somewhere in between

Gramophone

17-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason signs to Decca

Decca Classics has signed 17-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the winner of this year’s BBC Young Musician 2016. The deal will not only see the label making recordings with him, but also offer what it describes as ‘long-term support’ to him through his studies.

The Times

Leonard Cohen dies aged 82

Leonard Cohen, the Canadian poet and songwriter whose devastating confessional writing, wry humour and ear for melody turned him into one of the most enduring and unlikely rock stars of his generation, has died aged 82.

Slipped Disc

Homeless in Berlin: Neighbours force US concert pianist out of his home

The pianist Soheil Nasseri has been given 13 days to leave his apartment after noise complaints from neighbours.

The Telegraph

Soweto Kinch interview: ‘There were so many people making money out of Amy Winehouse dying’

On the eve of the London Jazz Festival, the saxophonist and Radio 3 presenter Soweto Kinch talks about exploitation in the recording industry and how music can be a great leveller

IOL

Why Montreux is so much more than all that jazz

For the past 50 summers, music lovers have flocked to the banks of Lake Geneva to take in the Montreux Jazz Festival.

ArtsProfessional

Dancing with the stars

Can you teach astrophysics through dance? Academics and dancers in Manchester have been giving it a go. And tackling gender inequalities to boot, says Deb Ashby.

A bid for a cultural future

Coventry’s two universities are a crucial component of its bid for UK City of Culture 2021. Geoff Willcocks explains how they are working with the cultural sector.

Klassik.com

Millionen-Förderung für sechs deutsche Orchester

Die Förderung findet im Rahmen des Programms “Exzellente Orchesterlandschaft Deutschland” statt. Bei den geförderten Orchestern handelt es sich um die Bochumer, Hamburger und Münchner Symphoniker, die Stuttgarter Philharmoniker sowie die Jenaer und die Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie.

Musik Heute

SWR Symphonieorchester auf erster Auslandstournee

Vom 14. bis 18. November bereisen die Musiker Spanien unter der Leitung von Christoph Eschenbach. Das Orchester ist aus der Fusion des Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg (SO) und des Radio-Sinfonieorchesters Stuttgart (RSO) entstanden. Der SWR will durch die Verschmelzung jährlich fünf Millionen Euro einsparen.

Salzburger Festspiele 2017 mit fünf Opernpremieren

Der neue Salzburger Festspielintendant Markus Hinterhäuser präsentiert in seiner ersten Saison fünf Opern-Neuinszenierungen, darunter drei Werke des 20. Jahrhunderts. Gerade in diesen politisch turbulenten Zeiten seien bestimmte Opern besonders geeignet, “Strategien der Macht” offenzulegen.

Twitter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Copenhagen Phil is reinventing the model of a civic symphony orchestra – in our November edition! http://ow.ly/8qF6305AWaE

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg How to sum up a #symphony by #Beethoven in one #tweethttps://t.co/I060x26clN

The Violin Channel @violinchannel ow.ly/7bWp3063ucV Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra Promotes New 2nd Concertmaster

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Photo: AAQ

(Written on November 11, 2016 )