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In today’s news, the great American composer you’ve never heard of, Gramophone award winners are announced and how videogame soundtracks have come to be released on vinyl.

Guardian

George Walker: the great American composer you’ve never heard of

The first African American to win the Pulitzer for music is celebrated for overcoming cultural prejudice, but his work is so good this should only be a sideshow to the main event of his compositions

The Megadrive megamix – how classic videogame soundtracks went from background noise to cratedigger gold

Digital composers of the 1990s pushed the console tech far beyond its natural limits to produce warped symphonies that are buried deep in the minds of millions. Now specialist labels are reissuing them on vinyl

Classical Music Magazine

Lise Davidsen wins Queen Sonja competition

Lise Davidsen took first place in this year’s Queen Sonja International Music Competition.

Gramophone award winners announced

The recordings which have won Gramophone Awards in each of the 12 main categories have been announced.

The Strad

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra appoints new violist Hyobi Sim

The Curtis Institute and Juilliard School graduate is an active chamber musician

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Jenseits aller Grenzen

Daniel Barenboim will mit seiner Staatskapelle Berlin nach Teheran reisen, um dort zur Unterzeichnung des von Israel heftig kritisierten Atomabkommens mit Iran ein Konzert zu geben. In Israel ist man darüber empört.             

Klassik.com

Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters kritisiert geplante Theaterreform in Thüringen

Die Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters hat im öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunk Stellung zu der von der Landesregierung geplanten Theaterreform in Thüringen Stellung genommen. Grütters zufolge werden in den Ländern Thüringen und auch Mecklenburg-Vorpommern die Bühnen zu stark für Sparmaßnahmen im Kulturbereich herangezogen.

Musik heute

Weltweit erfolgreich ohne Skandale – Zum Tod von Opernregisseur Nikolaus Lehnhoff

Noch im Mai hatte seine “Turandot”-Produktion zur Weltausstellung in Mailand an der Scala Premiere. Ob in Frankreich oder an der Metropolitan Opera in New York, in Zürich oder Amsterdam – Nikolaus Lehnhoff war einer der gefragtesten Regisseure.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Bernàcer Named S.F. Opera Resident Conductor

The role of resident conductor at the San Francisco Opera is to be assistant and second-in-command to Music Director Nicola Luisotti, helping with planning, rehearsals, and production and conducting both special events and several mainstage performances.

Christoph Lieben-Seutter on Building a Concert Hall for the Future 

Germany is well known for its brass-knuckles approach to austerity programs, especially for its less well-heeled, profligate neighbors. But in the last several years the country has suffered an embarrassing series of infrastructure debacles that suggest the need to look in the mirror.

Twitter

The Amati Magazine : Together with a Gramophone Award, some devastating news from a distinguished cellist

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN : Alright, female composers: step up this fall to @DetroitSymphony competition! Application details available soon!

Classic FM : A @realaled selfie to kick off the Ultimate Classic FM ! What will be number one?

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American composer George Walker
Credit: Mike Derer/Associated Press/ Guardian

(Written on August 28, 2015 )

The New York Times

Coming From Stephen Schwartz: A Musical About an Opera Impresario — in German

With the Broadway hits “Pippin” and “Wicked” under his belt, Stephen Schwartz tried his hand at opera, to mixed response, with “Séance on a Wet Afternoon” in 2011.

The Guardian

Opera singer Placido Domingo in hospital with clot on his lung

Seventy-two-year-old expected to make full recovery but will miss several performances, his US representative says

Gramophone

Jonathan Biss presents free online course on Beethoven piano sonatas

Thus far 19,500 people have signed up to the five-week course in partnership with the Curtis Institute and Coursera

Classic FM

Car thieves steal James Rhodes’ classical collection

The pianist discovered his car had been broken into this morning, with a surprisingly classical consequences…

Classical Music Magazine

Academy of Ancient Music launches own label, AAM Records

The Academy of Ancient Music has announced the launch of its own record label, AAM Records.

Harmonia Mundi Iberica collapse: labels paid despite fall into administration

Recording labels affected by the collapse of distributor Harmonia Mundi Iberica have managed to reduce their losses.

The Strad

Cremona’s new Museo del Violino to open in September

Cremona’s new Museo del Violino will celebrate its public opening this September with a month-long festival of concerts, workshops and exhibitions.

Classical Source

UK Premiere For Radical Re-Interpretation Of Berg’s Lulu

Olga Neuwirth’s radical re-interpretation of Alban Berg’s unfinished opera Lulu will have its UK premiere in a new production at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival.

Neue Musikzeitung 

Händel-Festspiele in Halle gerettet

Die wegen des Hochwassers bedrohten Händel-Festspiele in Halle sind dank Spenden und der Hilfe zahlreicher Beteiligter gerettet.

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The Strad

(Written on July 10, 2013 )