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In our news today, a recent brain scan study provides clues how music pieces can evoke goosebumps, the voting for the 2016 Artist of the Year in the Gramophone Classical Music Awards is now open, and the Bachfest Leipzig attracted more international visitors than ever. Also, Winston-Salem Symphony appoints Art Bloom as their chief operating officer and grass artist creates colossal portrait of Beethoven.

The Guardian

Breakthrough in understanding the chills and thrills of musical rapture

How certain pieces of music send tingles up the spine has stumped researchers for centuries, but a recent brain scan study may have provided some clues.

Mothers of invention: the women who pioneered electronic music

A new festival celebrates Daphne Oram, Laurie Spiegel and other female synth wizards.

Peter Moores’ operatic philanthropy

While Bill Harpe’s obituary for Peter Moores (Other lives, 18 June) covers some of this remarkable philanthropist’s achievements, much is missing.

The New York Times

Leading the Orchestra, an Outsider Invited In

Kazem Abdullah, general music director in Aachen, Germany, who was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Washington and Dayton, Ohio, said he would like to return to the United States next year after his contract in Germany is up. The only problem, he said, is that he is most likely to find his opportunities limited in part because of his outsider status as an African-American, and a Muslim, in the world of classical music.

Beethoven in the grass

There is no question that Ludwig van Beethoven was a larger-than-life figure, one of the greatest composers of all time. And at the edge of the Catskills, Beethoven is very big indeed. The canvas is a huge field where cows once grazed. The artist is a man who was inspired while listening to Beethoven’s piano sonatas on long-playing records that he found at a yard sale. His tools include four tractors.

Winston-Salem Journal

Symphony hires short-term chief operating officer

The Winston-Salem Symphony has appointed Art Bloom, a business consultant and former marketing executive, to be its chief operating officer.

Gramophone

Voting for the 2016 Artist of the Year in the Gramophone Classical Music Awards is open

Once again, Gramophone is inviting its readers and visitors to its website to vote for its new Artist of the Year. From a shortlist of 10, drawn up by the magazine’s editors, readers are invited to vote.

Belfast Telegraph

Glastonbury to celebrate David Bowie with first classical music headliner

David Bowie will be celebrated at Glastonbury with the festival’s first ever classical music headliner. American composer Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony, written in 1996 in homage to Bowie’s 1977 album Heroes, will be brought to life with an immersive laser performance by Chris Levine on the Park Stage on June 25.

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: the diva who put the sex into Sussex

The sun is up over Glyndebourne and the first opera lovers begin to arrive in crisp dinner jackets and floor-length ballgowns,  picnic hampers under arms, shawls and furs over shoulders.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Victorian Opera conducts first members-only live stream to celebrate winter solstice 2016

Victorian Opera is hosting its first ever live stream in a one-hour event designed to test its members’ appetite for performances streamed directly to their devices at home or on the move.

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Lego-Oper: Wie man Plastikfiguren zum Singen bringt

Normalerweise inszeniert BR-KLASSIK ja keine Opern, sondern berichtet darüber. Eine Ausnahme gibt es – und die ist aus Lego. Mozarts “Zauberflöte” und Humperdincks “Hänsel und Gretel” gibt es schon als Kurzfilm im Netz, nun kommt ein weiterer Teil dazu: “Aida”.

klassik.com

Basler Regierung fördert Orchester nach neuem Subventionsmodell

Die Stadt Basel hat die Orchesterförderung für die Jahre 2017 bis 2019 festgelegt. Sie erfolgt erstmals nach dem kontrovers diskutierten neuen Modell, nach dem eine unabhängige siebenköpfige Jury aus Musikfachleuten anhand eingereichter Programmkonzepte über die Subventionen entscheidet.

Musik heute

Bachfest Leipzig lockt mehr internationale Besucher an

Das Bachfest Leipzig hat in diesem Jahr so viele internationale Besucher angelockt wie nie zuvor. Karten wurden neben Deutschland in 17 europäische und 16 außereuropäische Länder verkauft.

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MUSIK HEUTE @Musik_Heute Sänger gewinnen Robert-Schumann-Wettbewerb – Kein Klavier-Sieger

WDR 3 @wdr3 Die ganze Woche nur Fußball? Abwechslung mit den WDR 3 Kulturtipps zum Wochenstart:

Top Classical News @topcmnews Berlin & San Francisco Orchestras to perform free concerts for Orlando victims

Giuseppe Verdis "Aida" goes LEGO: BR KLASSIK presenting opera classics in short animation films. Photo credit: BR

Giuseppe Verdis “Aida” goes LEGO: BR KLASSIK presenting opera classics in short animation films. Photo credit: BR

(Written on June 20, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news 92-year-old pianist Harriette Thompson has become the oldest-ever woman to complete a marathon. Opera singer Bryn Terfel will celebrate his 50th birthday with a Royal Albert Hall concert to include stars such as Sting, Danielle de Niese, Rebecca Evans and Daniel Evans. Also, violinist Alina Ibragimova tells Ivan Hewett that she still feels emotionally attached to her country of birth, despite her busy international career.

Telegraph

Alina Ibragimova: ‘My heart is still Russian’

Despite a busy international career, violinist Alina Ibragimova still feels emotionally attached to her country of birth, she tells Ivan Hewett

Classic FM

92-year old Carnegie Hall pianist becomes oldest-ever woman to complete a marathon

Harriette Thompson, who is a classically trained musician, completed the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego in 7hr 24min 36sec.

Classical Source

Bryn at 50

Opera star Bryn Terfel to be joined by stars, including Sting, Danielle de Niese, Rebecca Evans and Daniel Evans, for birthday concert celebration

Classical Music Magazine

Saffron Hall announces third full season

Saffron Hall has announced its 2015/16 season, which will see the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Alison Balsom, Sir András Schiff and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields make their debut appearances at the venue.

Gramophone

Peter Cropper, first violin of The Lindsays, has died

Peter Cropper, the first violin of the Lindsay Quartet (later The Lindsays), has died; he was 69. He was also the founding Artistic Director of Sheffield’s Music in the Round.

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Siemens Musikstiftung + BR + Lucerne Festival = zeitgenössische Musik

Der Förderung zeitgenössischer Orchestermusik dient eine jetzt angekündigte Kooperation der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, des ‘Lucerne Festival’ und ‘musica viva’ des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Belgian [PIAS] To Become The Major Shareholder Of Harmonia Mundi

In the next months an important merger will occur in the recording industry.

MUSIK HEUTE 

Oper Halle: Generalmusikdirektor bleibt bis 2018

Der katalanische Dirigent Josep Caballé-Domenech hat seinen Vertrag an der Oper Halle verlängert.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

The Invention of Opera?

Boston Early Music Festival’s presentation all three of the extant operas of Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)—“The Monteverdi Trilogy”—with a cohesive artistic and scholarly vision, constitutes a signal moment in the modern revival of Baroque opera. BMInt had conversations with the BEMF publiscist and stage director.

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Berlin Philharmonic: Happy Birthday, Edward ! Find many more works by Elgar in our concert archive at

Classic FM 8 staggering world records in classical music:

The Royal Opera ‘The lines become an indivisible part of something else’ Insights into libretto-writing: ^C

(Written on June 2, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Classical music in 2014 – still dominated by dead white men’s music performed by living white men

Bachtrack’s statistics, and Christina Scharff’s research, prove yet again that the classical music industry needs to change

Classic FM

Violinist sues repairman for snapping $80k bow

Greek violinist and Gramophone Award-winner Leonidas Kavakos has sued a violin shop in California for allegedly snapping his bow, worth $80,000.

Classical Music Magazine

Who’s who in the musical honours ‒ quotes and reaction

While some have questioned the list’s failure to fully recognise the quality at the top end of UK music-making (eg no knight/damehoods in sight), there can be little doubting its reflection of the national musical scene at all levels.

Classical Source

A New Baby for Glyndebourne: Danielle De Niese and husband Gus Christie announce they are expecting their first child

World-renowned opera star Danielle De Niese and her husband, Glyndebourne’s executive chairman Gus Christie, are thrilled to announce that they are expecting their first child.

Gramophone

Naxos launches new high-definition music streaming and download service

ClassicsOnline HD●LL is specially tailored for classical music listeners

Klassik.com

Opera Australia: Kein Zugang mehr für missliebige Kritiker

Auf Betreiben des künstlerischen Direktors der Opera Australia, Lyndon Terracini, wird mehreren Journalisten, die in der Vergangenheit kritisch über einzelne Produktionen und die Programmpolitik des Hauses berichtet hatten, die Berichterstattung künftig erschwert.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Weltmusikcharts vor dem Aus?

Monatlich erstellen ehrenamtliche Juroren aus 25 Ländern die Weltmusikcharts – und das seit 1991.

Codex Flores

Konzertstatistiken des Jahres 2014

Die Webseite Bachtrack hat ihre Statistiken zum Klassikbetrieb für 2014 veröffentlicht.

Le Monde

Julien Jalal Eddine Weiss, musicien et compositeur

Le musicien et compositeur français Julien Jalal Eddine Weiss, talent créatif du qanûn (la cithare sur table orientale) et du répertoire savant arabo-musulman, est décédé des suites d’un cancer, vendredi 2 janvier, à Paris, sa ville natale.

Pizzicato

Conductors Are Getting Younger

The average age of the top ten busiest conductors has fallen, with three conductors in their 30s (Nelsons, Dudamel, Nézet-Séguin).

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nprmusic @nprmusic: How do some of the greatest composers begin their pieces? Test you knowledge in our puzzler. http://n.pr/1xAk2mE 

Barbican Centre @BarbicanCentre: Take a walk with @SinfiniMusic as pianist Benjamin Grosvenor talks about his life, instruments and music http://ow.ly/GRSfZ 

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: Singing for the truth: What makes the story of #Orfeo so powerful? A closer look: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/singing-for-the-truth-what-makes-the-story-of-orfeo-so-powerful … ^C

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Greek violinist and Gramophone Award-winner Leonidas Kavakos. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on January 7, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Y=X factor: how to write the perfect song

Can science help us write a hit? Mezzo soprano and physicist Christine Rice goes in search of a formula for the most popular songs – from Handel to Weill to Harry Styles

Independent

Pumeza Matshikiza on soprano megastardom, her township education and why the ANC is a stuck record

She is the leading light of a generation of opera stars to have burst out of the townships post-Apartheid. But the superstar soprano Pumeza Matshikiza has little faith that the ANC is making it any easier for ambitious young South Africans to call their own tune

Classical music’s new movement: Bob Riley and the Manchester Camerata

On the hunt for new audiences, Bob Riley and the Manchester Camerata are going where other orchestras fear to tread

Telegraph

Myleene Klass: a deadly force of nature, pure and simple

Her bruising encounter with Ed Miliband proves that there’s far more to the bikini-wearing pop star than meets the eye

The Times

Meet Milos, the Montenegrin pin-up with plenty of pluck

The guitar virtuoso on discovering his talent growing up in Montenegro and becoming a player on the world stage

Classical Source

Star Guests, Spectacular Proms and Festive Music in the BBC Classical Line-up for Christmas: John Wilson, Vivienne Westwood, Roger Moore, Antonio Pappano, Gareth Malone, Simon Rattle, Alfred Brendel, Danielle de Niese

The BBC is delighted to reveal its classical music programming on television, radio and in the concert hall across the Christmas season.

Zeit Online

Die Luft im Klang

Gelassen erobert der tschechische Komponist Ondřej Adámek den Elfenbeinturm der neuen Musik.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wer wird Nachfolger von Simon Rattle?

Warum die Berliner Philharmoniker Mariss Jansons zum Nachfolger von Simon Rattle wählen sollten – oder Staatsopern-Chef Daniel Barenboim.

Pizzicato

Generalmusikdirektoren sollen mehr arbeiten, aber weniger entscheiden

In ihrer Sitzung an diesem Wochenende in Hamburg hat sich die Deutschsprachige Opernkonferenz ausgiebig mit den für Opernhäuser in Deutschland abgeschlossenen Verträgen für Generalmusikdirektoren befasst.

Klassik.com

Metropolitan Opera mit Defizit von 22 Millionen US-Dollar

Höchstes Defizit im Verhältnis zum Budget seit 1984

Codex Flores

Müller-Preis für Filmmusik geht an Martina Eisenreich

Der mit 10’000 Euro dotierte Rolf-Hans Müller Preis für Filmmusik 2014 ist der in Bockhorn lebenden Komponistin Martina Eisenreich überreicht worden.

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Paris Opera Awards For Six Singers

Under president Sir Richard Bonynge, the jury of the Paris Opera Awards has awarded six prizes.

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ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: ‘The investment we make to become an opera singer is not worth the return’ http://bit.ly/1tegSiC

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: BBC Radio 3 is facing ‘cacophony of criticism’ says @FT. BBC’s Helen Boaden denies station has dumbed down: http://ow.ly/EMrQT  (£ish)

KlassikInfo.de @Klassikinfo: München darf nicht zur Dumpfbackenmetropole verkommen. Ein Beschluss für einen neuen Konzertsaal ist überfällig! http://www.KlassikInfo.de 

Ondřej Adámek's funny Air Machine  |  © Ondřej Adámek

Ondřej Adámek’s funny Air Machine | © Ondřej Adámek

 

 

(Written on November 24, 2014 )

At 8pm last night BBC viewers and listeners everywhere were in for a treat…

In their first ever pan-channel broadcast the BBC launched BBC Music, an ambitious wave of new programmes, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives with a spectacular version of God Only Knows. The reworking of the song, originally by The Beach Boys, was performed by 27 musicians from all genres of music, uniting to create ‘The Impossible Orchestra’.

The launch of this new initiative shows the BBC’s strongest commitment to music in over 30 years. Bob Shennan, Director BBC Music, said: “This is an exciting moment for BBC Music as we launch to a global audience. With the 80-piece BBC Concert Orchestra at its heart and comprising an array of iconic music stars, from a wide range of musical genres, this ‘impossible’ orchestra is a celebration of all the talent, diversity and musical passion found every single day throughout the BBC. Our audiences are very clear in their passion for music and that’s why BBC Music exists: to create, curate and celebrate music – for the love of it.”

God Only Knows features the song’s original writer and creator, Brian Wilson, alongside a list of world-famous musicians including Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Baaba Maal, Jamie Cullum, Gareth Malone, Jools Holland and, of course, the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Brian Wilson said that he felt “incredibly humbled that the BBC would choose God Only Knows to promote their new music initiative. All of the artists did such a beautiful job I can’t thank them enough. I’m just honoured that God Only Knows was chosen. God Only Knows is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written.”

The location of the film is also very special as the Alexandra Palace Theatre is the home of the first ever BBC broadcast over 90 years ago!

The song has now been released as a single in a first-time collaboration between Sony, Warner and Universal Music and all of the proceeds are going to BBC Children in Need. It is already available to download and will be in shops later in the week.

During 2013/14 the BBC has broadcast over 41,000 hours of musical content making it the world’s largest music broadcaster. This has included 600 classical music concerts a year on Radio 3, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and The Proms. BBC Four is also the biggest commissioner of music documentaries in the UK.

Also this week, BBC Ten Pieces has launched in cinemas and on iPlayer as the BBC Learning team joins with over 200 partners and classical musicians to help inspire primary school children and introduce them to classical music. Approximately 100,000 children will see the film at over 300 screenings across the UK and eventually the DVD of the film will be made available to primary schools for free.

All information about BBC Music can be found on their new homepage.

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(Written on October 8, 2014 )

BBC News

Orchestras ‘still hostile to women’

Although there are hundreds of female musicians, very few orchestras have female directors and conductors

Limelight Magazine

Classical Grammy Awards 2014

Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dawn Upshaw head the impressive list of this years winners

Gramophone

The Bolshoi Theatre has a new music director: Tugan Sokhiev

Sokhiev replaces Vassily Sinaisky at the Bolshoi

Classic FM Online

Boy with no arms learns to play trumpet with toes

Jahmir Wallace, a 10-year-old student from Phillipsberg, New Jersey, has learned to play the trumpet despite being born without arms

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre looks to 21st century in 2014/15 season

The Southbank Centre itself has commissioned works from Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, Terry Riley, Unsuk Chin, Kaija Saariaho, Simon Holt and, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, James MacMillan

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: New generation of opera stars to combat ‘fat lady sings’ parody

Danielle de Niese, the opera singer, argues outdated stereotypes about the genre must go, and signals the end of ‘the fat lady sings’

The Independent

British orchestras are in danger of losing top billing despite rising ticket sales

Funding reductions mean our leading ensembles may have to cut back on the things that give them world status

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 27, 2014 )

The Guardian

Danielle de Niese: ‘I’m ripe and ready for Donizetti now’

Danielle de Niese dreamed of becoming an opera singer from early childhood. Now, as she stars in another lead role at Glyndebourne, she reveals how she became one of the world’s most sought-after sopranos.

Happy 70th birthday Composer of the Week

Radio 3’s longest-running programme is 70 today. Long-time presenter Donald Macleod reflects on a truly unique show

Classic FM

Sven Helbig’s Pocket Symphonies pop-up concerts

To celebrate the release of his album Pocket Symphonies, composer Sven Helbig took his music to the people with a series of pop-up concerts around London, including pubs, the Apple store and Oxford Circus.

Jennifer Bell on taking musical risks at the Bristol Proms

Exploring intimate stories through song, Jennifer Bell talks internet dating, childhood memories, and personal journeys – told through the medium of music at the Bristol Proms.

Welsh National Opera presents Puccini’s operatic thriller Tosca

From the first shattering bars Puccini’s mastery puts you on the edge of your seat and keeps you there. Tosca features some of his most moving arias including Recondita armonia, Vissi d’arte and E lucevan le stelle.

Gramophone

Kenneth Woods named English Symphony Orchestra principal conductor

The promotion follows Woods’ appointment as the orchestra’s artistic director in 2012

Berliner Zeitung

Neues Album “Opus”

Christopher von Deylen ist besser bekannt unter seinem Pseudonym Schiller. Jetzt hat der Musiker, der einer erfolgreichsten des Landes ist, ein neues Album produziert. Unter anderem mit Weltstars wie Anna Netrebko.

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(Written on August 5, 2013 )

The Guardian

Thom Yorke blasts Spotify on Twitter as he pulls his music

Radiohead star says ‘new artists get paid fuck all’ on streaming service, as producer Nigel Godrich adds ‘it’s bad for new music’

Interview: Salvatore Sciarrino – ‘My problem is I want to change the world’

His stage works are performed and acclaimed throughout Europe, but this week’s Buxton opera festival production is a UK first. Salvatore Sciarrino talks to Andrew Clements about how, and why, he composes

The Times

Danielle de Niese: lady of the manor

When the soprano Danielle de Niese goes home after a performance at Glyndebourne she doesn’t have far to go, says Neil Fisher

The Telegraph

A new app gives fresh insight into the music of Liszt

A new app from Touch Press describes Liszt’s great B minor sonata as we actually hear it, not as we ought to hear it. It’s a triumph, says Ivan Hewett.

The Independent

Proms 2013: Jewish conductor Daniel Barenboim defends performance of anti-Semitic Wagner’s Ring cycle

‘It is Wagner’s greatest misfortune that he became Hitler’s favourite composer’, says Israeli conductor

Gramophone

Sir John Eliot Gardiner named president of the Bach Archive, Leipzig

The leading conductor brings expertise and an international reputation to the role

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 

Seine erste Liebe war doch die Laute

Sowohl Gitarre als auch Laute beherrscht der Brite Julian Bream meisterlich. Der Virtuose mit seiner ausgefeilten Klanglichkeit wird achtzig Jahre alt.

Music Week

Spotify hires former iTunes PR Jason Roth

Former iTunes PR Jason Roth has been named communications director for Spotify US.

Universal Music to launch crowd-funded vinyl re-release service

Universal Music is to launch a service to re-print limited editions of vinyl records that are out of print.

International Cassette Store Day to take place in September

The first-ever International Cassette Store Day will take place in September with events in London, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo, plus other cities across the globe.

Touch Press Liszt App

 

The Telegraph

(Written on July 16, 2013 )

Classic FM

Eric Whitacre and Danielle de Niese to host Gramophone Awards 2012

The votes are in, the classical artists and record companies are ready to go – and two of the world’s most in-demand performers are gearing up for the glamourous award ceremony.

More acts announced for Classic BRIT Awards

The Classic BRIT Awards will feature performances from Gary Barlow, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Russell Watson and more, it has been announced.

Glenn Gould’s classical music gesture app

The great pianist once had the idea that music would be created using gestures – and now a new app has made his dream a reality.

Trademark causes choc crisis for Mozart Balls

Sweet manufacturers in Austria will now be allowed to freely use the Mozart name to market their products after a ban on using the name has been lifted.

LA Times

Philip Glass, Cai Guo-Qiang named Praemium Imperiale laureates

Composer Philip Glass and artist Cai Guo-Qiang are among the recently announced laureates of the 2012 Praemium Imperiale awards, organized by the Japan Art Assn. The annual awards are considered one of the most prestigious cultural honors in the world.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

A fistful of dollars: how the Charles Ives House was sold

We have received the inside working of the transaction from one of the activists who worked, with great dedication and in close cooperation with the local authorities, to save the house for posterity.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music and Ballet Blog

Breaking news: Music is left out of education reform again

Legacy? What legacy? The runaway success of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival looked set to prove to everyone that the UK’s arts scene is second to none. But that’s meaningless without the follow-up of lasting care and attention at grass-roots level – ie, in education.

Classical-music, BBC Music Magazine

Mozart’s The Magic Flute at ENO

Nicholas Hytner’s production stands the test of time

NPR, Deceptive Cadence

Trifonov’s Triumph: Tchaikovsky, Twice Over

At just 21 years old, Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, the most recent winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition, is zooming into the classical music stratosphere — and with his new album he’s out to prove he’s here to stay.

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(Written on September 19, 2012 )

The Guardian

Music Nation – from Shetland to Suffolk

Tom Service takes a look at this weekend’s festival which spans the entire UK.

Daily Telegraph

Eurovision: why not turn to Englebert Humperdinck?

Is choosing Humperdinck to represent us at the Eurovision Song Contest an act of desperation or a stroke of genius?

Independent

The wheel of fortune turns for new opera

Jessica Duchen meets Emma Bell, star of Judith Weir’d Miss Fortune which makes it UK premiere at the Royal Opera House next week

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

First Brahms, now an ‘unknown’ Mozart piano piece turns up…

The Mozart Foundation in Salzburg is announcing the world premiere of a little piano piece.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Girl Power.

Hooray for classical music’s most powerful women!

(Written on March 2, 2012 )