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We love to see artists returning to us with new projects, and we’re really excited about this one! Six years ago, Matthew Sharp joined the WildKat family for the very first time. Matthew Sharp is not only an exceptional cellist, who has worked with the best British Orchestras including the LPO and RPO, and recorded for labels such as Sony, EMI and Decca, but he is also an internationally-recognised baritone, director… and actor!

‘Extraordinary cellist, virile baritone, compelling actor – Matthew Sharp’s astonishingly comprehensive versatility.’ The Daily Telegraph

Matthew Sharp © Raphael Klatzko

Matthew Sharp is known as an artist who is not afraid of taking risks and exploring new artistic paths. So it is no surprise that his new recording project reflects this pioneering spirit: 2018 will see the world premiere recording of Hans Gál’s “Concertino for Cello and Strings”, played by Matthew Sharp and the English Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Woods.

Gál’s style is rooted in the Austro-German musical tradition to which he remained true throughout his long career. He never followed prevailing twelve-tone fashions, nor abandoned his belief in the importance of tonality. This work, the “Concertino for Cello and Strings”, which was written by the Austrian-British composer in the mid 60s, never reached the level of popularity it deserved, despite its incredible music: fragile, rigorous, powerful and sensitive at the same time.

Matthew was approached by Kenneth Woods, conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, to play the piece in 2013. The concert received such great acclaim – not only from the press but also from a descendant of Hans Gal himself – that they simply had to record the piece. While preparing for this first modern performance, Matthew shared his thoughts in a series of YouTube videos, under the name “Gal Concertino Diary”. Check this out, it is worth a watch!

WildKat PR is now working on spreading the word through Germany and Austria, ahead of the album release by Avie, which will take place in February 2018.

(Written on November 8, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: The RSNO announces its Composer Hub Intake, A take on sexism in the musical world, the St. John’s Smith Square Christmas Festival and a celebration of Opera The Konzerthausorchester Berlin wins the award for innovative orchestra and at the Staatsoperette Dresden the stage is flooded by the sprinkler system. Also Karajans compete recordings on 356 CDs, some gossip about Franz Liszt and former German Home Secretary Otto Schily will be conducting a concert.

The Times

Richard Morrison: The world of classical music has had many quasi-Weinsteins

Pudgy, wrinkled and repellent; shamelessly predatory, detested and feared — no, this isn’t another article about Harvey Weinstein.

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO announces 2017/18 Composer Hub intake

The five composers selected for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s 2017/18 Composer Hub programme have been announced.

St John’s Smith Square announces Christmas Festival 2017

The 32nd Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square will take place 9-23 December. The festival, which comprises 14 concerts, will open with the City of London Choir’s Carols by Candlelight, featuring festive classics, new favourites and audience participation.

Opera Now

Celebrating in song

As the UK celebrates Opera Passion Day, we look ahead to an event that focuses on the power of the human voice to move and inspire audiences

The Guardian

Trio Da Kali: the Malian musicians defying jihad – with help from Kronos Quartet

The first time David Harrington met Trio Da Kali, they made him cry. The lead violinist and founder of Kronos Quartet was at the home of a colleague in London where he was to be introduced to the three Malian musicians.

WQXR

The Liszt List! 5 Absurd Moments From the Eccentric Pianist’s Life

Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was a celebrated composer and pianist, but at his peak, he was also regarded as a premiere showman. He enjoyed being a celebrity, and as long as attention was on him, he made sure to act the part.

Limelight

Karajan release sets record for biggest box set ever produced

Legendary conductor’s complete recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca, on 356 discs.

Reaction

The Star-Spangled Banner and its sleazy origins

Despite the more pressing matters of Puerto Rico, gun reform, and an impending nuclear holocaust, President Trump has recently been devoting a lot of energy — and Twitter characters — to NFL players refusing to stand during the national anthem.

Codex flores

Konzerthausorchester Berlin ist Innovatives Orchester 2017

Der in diesem Jahr erstmals vergebene und mit 10’000 Euro dotierte Preis «Innovatives Orchester 2017» der Deutschen Orchesterstiftung geht an das Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Einen Sonderpreis erhält das Staatsorchester Mainz.

Musik-heute

Ex-Innenminister Schily wird Konzert dirigieren

Der frühere Bundesinnenminister Otto Schily (85) geht unter die Dirigenten – zumindest für einen Abend: Am 5. Januar 2018 leitet der Rechtsanwalt und SPD-Politiker ein Neujahrskonzert im münsterländischen Borken.

Klassik.com

Staatsoperette Dresden: Sprinkleranlage flutet Bühne

Bei einer turnusmäßigen Überprüfung der Sprinkleranlagen in den Spielstätten im Kraftwerk Mitte kam es gestern zu einer folgenschweren Havarie: auf die Bühne der Staatsoperette strömten Unmengen Wasser.

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Classical Music News‏ @CIassicalMusic RCM announces Master of Education course http://dlvr.it/PwYZJy  #ClassicalMusic

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(Written on October 20, 2017 )

In today’s news, a free online music app, Classical 100 increases its popularity in over 3,000 UK primary schools. Royal Albert Hall conducts study on gender association with various instruments, and Classical:Next announces the 2017 live performances at their conference. The Music Institute of Chicago appoints Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras to their Academy programme for gifted pre-college students, and today John Williams celebrates his 85th birthday. Yasuhisa Toyota’s unique concert hall designs engage audiences on a higher level.

Rhinegold

Royal Albert Hall survey reveals instrument gender bias

A study conducted by the Royal Albert Hall has revealed that brass instruments are associated with men, and string instruments with women. Of the 2,000 adults who took the survey, only 2% linked the trumpet with women and 3% thought that women were likely to play the French horn and the tuba.

Two thousand schools in England signed up for Classical 100

Over 3,000 schools and 5,000 teachers have now signed up for Classical 100 – a free online music app for UK primary schools created by ABRSM, Classic FM and Decca, and supported by the Department for Education.

The New Yorker

THE ARDOR OF JANE LITTLE, A WORLD-RECORD-SETTING ORCHESTRA MUSICIAN

Jane Little died like a warrior on the field of valor, clutching her bow so tightly that it had to be pried from her cold fingers. Her field was the stage of the Atlanta Symphony, in which she had played the bass from the age of sixteen until she keeled over in the middle of a performance, last year, at eighty-seven, having won a title that she had long coveted: the American musician with the longest tenure in any orchestra.

International Arts Manager

Classical:NEXT’s new adventure

Classical:NEXT has announced that its 2017 conference will include a new mini-festival. Titled ‘Seriously? – Adventures in Music’, it will see six showcase artists from Classical:NEXT’s programme perform for a public audience, along with groups such as Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The selected artists are collectif9 (Canada), Jerez Le Cam Quartet (Argentina/France/Belgium), Park Jiha (South Korea), Sven Helbig (Germany), Trip Trip Trip (Columbia) and Zwerm (Belgium).

The Strad

Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras joins Music Institute of Chicago faculty

The Music Institute of Chicago has appointed Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras to the faculty of its Community Music School and Academy programme for gifted pre-college students.

The Guardian

Study challenges view of arts subjects being pushed out of education

Arts subjects remain as popular as ever among pupils taking GCSEs in England, research has found, challenging the view that the government’s policies are forcing subjects such as drama and music out of classrooms in favour of subjects considered more academic.

Merkur

Klage gegen Konzertsaal-Wettbewerb

Kommentar: Kulturkrampf um Braunfels

Neue Musikzeitung

Dresden rechnet mit «sportlichem Finale» bei Umbau des Kulturpalastes

Dresden will den Umbau seines Kulturpalastes pünktlich abschließen, rechnet aber mit einem «sportlichen» Finale.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Grand Prix of Nations in Berlin

Seit 1988 trägt Interkultur internationale Chorwettbewerbe aus. In der vergangenen Woche fand der Grand Prix of Nations erstmals in Berlin statt: Dreißig Chöre aus 15 Ländern präsentierten in der Philharmonie ihr Können und ihre jeweilige Gesangskultur.

The Washington Post

Concert halls call on this Japanese engineer to shape sound

Behind some of the world’s most reputed concert halls is a Japanese engineer whose finesse in shaping sound is so perfectly unobtrusive that all listeners hear is the music — in all its subtlety, texture and fullness.

Pizzicato

Moscow’s Subway Organizes Competition For Musicians

A professional jury has been set up to select musicians who will be allowed to play in the subway stations in Moscow.

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Music History  in 1908 FP of ‘s Symphony No. 2 in St. Petersburg. Composer conducting.

Classic FM  Happy 85th birthday to the great John Williams! Tune on now for an hour of his epic music!

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Image: Yasuhisa Toyota

 

(Written on February 8, 2017 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, Pierre-Laurent Aimard wins 2017 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, PRS Foundation announces latest Composers’ Fund beneficiaries, and Bournemouth Symphony announces partnership with Trinity Laban. Also, Riccardo Chailly starts a new series of recordings with Decca, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center announce $25,000 Composer’s Prize Winner.

Classical Music Magazine

Pierre-Laurent Aimard wins 2017 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize

Worth €250,000 (£212,000), the award is given in recognition of a life devoted to the service of music; former recipients include Aimard’s mentors Pierre Boulez, Olivier Messiaen, György Kurtàg and György Ligeti.

PRS Foundation announces latest Composers’ Fund beneficiaries

The Fund awards £150,000 annually to support composers and enable them to realise projects and ambitions that may not be possible through traditional commissioning models.

Bournemouth Symphony and Trinity Laban announce partnership

BSO and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance have announced a new long-term partnership aimed at improving the diversity of the UK orchestral profession and increasing professional development opportunities for young musicians across southwest England.

International Arts Manager

Riccardo Chailly begins a new series of recordings with Decca

Teatro alla Scala in Milan is to release a new series of recordings. The announcement comes following the beginning of Riccardo Chailly’s tenure as music director, which began on 1 January this year.

The Violin Channel

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Announce $25,000 Composer’s Prize Winner

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has announced Welsh composer Huw Watkins as the recipient of the 2017 Elise L. Stoeger Prize.

The New York Times

The Big Debuts Of Carnegie Hall’s Next Season

It might seem as if every major classical musician has played Carnegie Hall — but its next season, which begins in October, features some big debuts.

Die Zeit

Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard mit Musiknobelpreis ausgezeichnet

Der französische Pianist hat den Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis verliehen bekommen. Er sei eine “Schlüsselfigur im Musikleben unserer Zeit”, heißt es in der Begründung.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Was man den Zugvögeln ablauschen kann

Zu Lebzeiten konnten Brahms, Dvořák, Tschaikowsky und Bruckner nicht an seinen Erfolg heranreichen. Doch Niels Wilhelm Gade geriet in Vergessenheit. Jetzt feiern Dänen und Deutsche den 200. Geburtstag des Komponisten.

neue musikzeitung

Barenboim plant Konzert in Flüchtlingslager für Syrer in Nahost

Mit der Aktion wolle sich das von arabischen und israelischen Musikern gebildete West-Eastern Divan Orchester stärker als Friedensbotschafter der Vereinten Nationen profilieren.

Klassik heute

Afghanisches Frauenorchester auf Tournee

Mehr als 30 Schülerinnen des Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) aus Kabul sowie zehn Schülerinnen und Schüler des Hochbegabtenzentrums der Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar musizieren gemeinsam bei Konzerten in Berlin.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM ., Mitsuko Uchida, , will all play shows

London Philharmonic @LP Tim Walker explains our continuation of & new festival in our new 17/18 season

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung nmz-news: Ein Anflug von Weltenharmonie – Jordi Savall in der Alten Oper Frankfurt https://goo.gl/fb/xgt75z

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Photo credit: Marco Borggreve

(Written on January 26, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Violist Gerhard Marschner has been promoted to the new Principal Violist of The Vienna Philharmonic, effective from September 2017. Decca launches publishing division, and appoints Natasha Baldwin as head of the division. Also, Hungarian cellist István Várdai has been granted an extended loan of the ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivari.

Classical Music Magazine

Barbican celebrates record breaking year

The Barbican programmed a record breaking 3,910 arts and learning events over the 2015/16 season.

The Violin Channel

Vienna Philharmonic Promotes New Principal Violist From Within

The Vienna Philharmonic has today announced the appointment of 32 year old Viennese violist Gerhard Marschner as their new Principal Violist.

Music Week

Decca launches new publishing division, Natasha Baldwin appointed SVP

Decca has announced the launch of a new publishing division, with former Imagem executive Natasha Baldwin joining the company to head up the department. Opening this week, Decca Publishing will look to compliment the classical division of Universal Music Publishing.

The Strad

István Várdai receives ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivarius cello on extended loan

Hungarian cellist István Várdai has been granted an extended loan of the ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivari, purchased recently by a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous.

El Pais

Años de peregrinaje

Un volumen reúne por fin en español los ensayos completos del pianista Alfred Brendel.

Klassik.com

Bundesverdienstkreuz für Generalsekretär des Deutschen Musikrats

Prof. Christian Höppner, Präsident des Deutschen Kulturrates und Generalsekretär des Deutschen Musikrates, hat das Bundesverdienstkreuz erhalten.

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Dresdens Theaterszene bekommt neue Spielstätten

Die Dresdner Theaterszene erhält an diesem Freitag auf einen Schlag vier neue Bühnen. Das frühere Kraftwerk Mitte wurde mit rund 100 Millionen Euro als Musentempel hergerichtet. Künftig residieren dort die Staatsoperette und das Theater Junge Generation (TJG).

Kein Vertrauen mehr: Trierer Stadtrat wählt Kulturdezernenten ab

Das unkontrollierte Schuldenwachstum am Trierer Theater hat nun auch Kulturdezernent Thomas Egger (SPD) den Job gekostet. Im Trierer Stadtrat wurde der Jurist am Montagabend abgewählt. Begründung: Das Gremium habe das Vertrauen in Eggers Arbeit verloren.

Musik Heute

Jonas Kaufmann verteidigt Spitze der Klassik-Charts

Die CD “Dolce Vita” von Jonas Kaufmann bleibt an der Spitze der deutschen Klassik-Charts. Daneben platziert der Tenor noch drei weitere Tonträger in den Top 20, wie GfK Entertainment am Dienstag in Baden-Baden mitteilte.

Codex Flores

Wirkung gedehnter Zeit als Forschungsprojekt

Der Europäische Forschungsrat unterstützt das Projekt «Slow Motion: Transformations of Musical Time in Perception and Performance» von Clemens Wöllner vom Institut für Systematische Musikwissenschaft der Universität Hamburg.

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Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK In response to our ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’ survey results, we hope to the launch a nationwide service in early 2017 to support musicians. https://twitter.com/NoiseyMusic/status/808854043703574528

The Royal Ballet @TheRoyalBallet Painting with the colours of the orchestra. Tchaikovsky, of course:

Kallaway @kallawaylive The Arts Desk visits ‘the world’s best concert hall” @theartsdesk @MupaBudapest http://bit.ly/2hkTXE9

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Photo: Decca Publishing Natasha Baldwin

(Written on December 14, 2016 )

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.

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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 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Deutsche Phono-Akademie announced its 2016 ECHO Klassik awards. Pentatone, a Dutch music label, appoints new vice president, Renaud Loranger. Also, Marriott Classical Music Festival returns for its third year.

The Strad

Cellist Sol Gabetta and violinist Pinchas Zukerman win 2016 ECHO Klassik awards

The Deutsche Phono-Akademie (German record industry) has named the 57 winners of its 2016 ECHO Klassik awards, honouring ‘the most successful and outstanding achievements’ of German and international classical musicians over the last 12 months. Among the string players recognised by the industry are Sol Gabetta, who wins the Instrumentalist Cello title for her Vasks ‘Presence’ recording on Sony Classical, and Pinchas Zukerman, who takes home the Instrumentalist Violin prize for his recording of Vaughan Williams and Elgar on Decca.

Opera Now Magazine

4.48 Psychosis wins UK Theatre award

Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis has won the UK Theatre award for achievement in opera.

Classical Music Magazine

Pentatone appoints new vice president

Renaud Loranger will join Pentatone as vice president for artists and repertoire on 1 November. He will be tasked with developing the label’s roster and expanding its activities internationally.

Cape Times

‘Marriott Classic Music Festival’ returns

The hills of Franschhoek will once again be alive with the sound of music as the Marriott Classic Music Festival returns to the scenic village for the 14th time from October 21 to 23 October with an inspiring programme of classical music from South Africa’s foremost musicians, plus acclaimed international artists.

Evening Standard

Orchestras should hold blind auditions to increase diversity

Orchestras should hold blind auditions to increase the number of ethnic minority players in major ensembles, according to a leading figure in the music world, Chi-chi Nwanoku.

Naperville Sun

Black Violin blends hip-hop, classical music

Black Violin is changing stereotypes about who plays the violin and what gets played on it. Black Violin consists of Wil Baptiste and Kev Marcus — two young, hip, black guys who are just as comfortable busting out some Bach or Vivaldi as they are playing Kanye West.

klassik.com

Hessischer Kulturpreis für Countertenor Andreas Scholl

Die Auszeichnung, die der Countertenor zusammen mit seiner Frau, der israelischen Pianistin Tamar Halperin, erhält, ist mit 45.000 Euro der höchstdotierte Kulturpreis in Deutschland. Beiden gelinge es, musikalische Brücken zu bauen.

Musikerbe-Stätten in Leipzig sollen Europäisches Kulturerbe werden

Die Bewerbung Leipzigs ist damit die einzige einer deutschen Stadt, die für den Bewerbungsdurchgang 2017 ausgewählt und an die Europäisch Kommission weitergeleitet wurde.

Musik heute

Elisabeth Brauß gewinnt Kissinger KlavierOlymp

Die 21-jährige hat den diesjährigen Kissinger KlavierOlymp gewonnen. Die Hannoveranerin setzte sich unter sechs Wettbewerbsteilnehmern im Alter zwischen 13 und 26 Jahren durch. Brauß habe die Jury “aufgrund ihres eigenständigen Zugriffs und ihrer Direktheit in der musikalischen Gestaltung” überzeugt.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Reich at 80: we celebrate the master of minimalism in CM October! http://ow.ly/ts5r304EvG6 

Mental Health Fdn @mentalhealthnz Raising awareness of mental health issues through classical music #MHAWNZ https://t.co/1v7Vw0rLQl

Opera Magazine @operamagazine Opera’s November 2016 preview

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Cellist Sol Gabetta, who just won the Instrumentalist Cello title for her Vasks ‘Presence’ recording on Sony Classical. Photo taken by: Uwe Arens

(Written on October 11, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Syrian soprano singer performs together with US refugee orchestra in New York, Dutch composer JacobTV creates multimedia opera & Decca DJs go classical. Also, South Africa will host the World Choir Games (WCG) 2018 for the first time & Judith Weir succeeds Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as president of the Royal Society of Musicians.

Daily Mail

Syrian opera singer performs with US refugee orchestra

Performing Puccini to a rapt New York audience, her soprano voice soaring to the rafters, Lubana al-Quntar may be the last person most Americans would think to be a Syrian refugee.

Classicalite

JacobTV, Dutch composer, creates multimedia opera of current events

Dutch experimental composer JacobTV, né Jacob ter Veldhuis, employed a unique collaging method to arrange his new multimedia piece, The News. The avant-pop orchestration uses clips of news footage to create a sensory-straining “reality opera.”

International Arts Manager

Decca DJs go classical

A new album has paired up some of the world’s biggest DJs with some of the best-known pieces of classical music. Re:works makes use of the Decca Classical catalogue, and features remixes by Kate Simko, Mr Scruff, Henrik Schwarz, Starkey, Fort Romeau, Patrice Bamuel and Martin Buttrich.

World Choir Games set for South Africa

For the first time in its history the World Choir Games (WCG) will take place on the continent of Africa, with South Africa selected as the 2018 host. The event, which has run since 2000 for amateur choirs, is billed as ‘the Olympic games of choral music,’ and will feature thousands of participants from all over the world.

The Telegraph

The Barber of Seville: ‘The most beautiful comic opera in existence’

This is how Verdi described Rossini’s opera. Ahead of our live stream of Glyndebourne’s production of Barber, Richard Osborne, Rossini’s biographer, underlines what makes it great.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Society of Musicians appoints Judith Weir as new president

The Royal Society of Musicians has appointed Judith Weir as its new president following the death of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies earlier in 2016.

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Gateshead-born Jonathan Bloxham lands plum role with top orchestra

The former member of Gateshead Youth Orchestra is to join City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

BBC News

Only 14% of the UK pays to stream music

Only 14% of the British public pays for a music streaming subscription, according to new research. The report, for trade paper Music WeekAlban Berg , also showed that one in 10 people regularly borrowed someone else’s subscription.

Adaptistration

2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Executives

When it comes to executive compensation, the 2013/14 season was the first in a while where a number of the traditionally highest paying executive positions which went unfilled for a number of years were finally occupied.

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Denkmal für Alban Berg in Wien enthüllt

Der Komponist Alban Berg wird in Wien mit einem neuen, modernen Denkmal gewürdigt, das am Montag neben der Staatsoper auf dem Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz installiert worden ist.

klassik.com

Proteste gegen kulturelle Sparpläne der Stadt Karlsruhe

In Karlsruhe haben Kulturschaffende gegen die Sparpläne der Stadt protestiert. Der Protest wurde von der “Aktion Kollektiv Theatral” (AKT) angeführt.

Codex flores

Bilanz des Richard-Strauss-Festival 2016

In 20 Veranstaltungen an sieben Festivaltagen hat das Richard-Strauss-Festival 2016 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen rund 5500 Eintritte gezählt. Die Auslastung lag mit 70 Prozent höher als im Vorjahr.

Salzburger Nachrichten

Klavier-Konzert in der Arktis: Greenpeace fordert Schutzgebiet

In Teneriffa startet am Montag eine OSPAR-Meeresschutz-Konferenz. Zu diesem Anlass veranstaltete Greenpeace mit dem italienischen Pianisten und Komponisten Ludovico Einaudi ein Klavierkonzert in der Arktis.

Twitter

Sony Music South @SonyMusicSouth Happy to all the music lovers around the world!

Top Classical News @topcmnews Insights: In Conversation with Janet Baker and Joyce DiDonato

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Take a bow: eller previews the best music festivals with strings at their heart

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Photograph: Don Emmert (AFP)

(Written on June 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Yo-Yo Ma talks about his biggest challenge so far, The Independent on how the National Youth Orchestra is inspiring a new generation and Kaufmann warns against Decca release.

The Guardian

Yo-Yo Ma: Bach, Big Bird and me

He has played for eight presidents and jammed on Sesame Street. But Yo-Yo Ma is now facing his biggest challenge yet – a Bach marathon at the Proms

The Independent

How the National Youth Orchestra is inspiring a new generation of musical teenagers

The benefits of a musical education on the development of all young people, the warning cries about cuts in music education in the state sector and the need for government to reverse their refusal to make arts education part of the national curriculum have been shouted from the rooftops.

The Strad

5 essential recordings by violinist Itzhak Perlman

The cover star of The Strad’s August 2015 edition is turning 70. Julian Haylock rounds up some of the master violinist’s finest recordings

Air Canada refuses to carry cello, blaming lack of advance warning

Cellist Andrea Stewart had purchased an extra seat for the instrument

Classical Music Magazine

Kaufmann warns against Decca release

Jonas Kaufmann has posted a message on his Facebook page warning fans not to buy an upcoming release on Decca Classics.

Berliner Zeitung

Salzburg — Das glanzvollste Fest sucht sein Profil

Salzburg erlebt eine Schrumpfkur: Es gibt nur drei Opern-Neuproduktionen, dafür viele Wiederaufnahmen und konzertante Aufführungen, und besonders desillusionierend ist der Blick aufs Schauspiel bei den Salzburger Festspielen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Neonhelle

Reines Wort, reiner Klang: Der Kammersänger hat viele Partien gesungen, als Evangelist der Passionen war er unvergesslich. Dem Tenor Peter Schreier zum 80. Geburtstag.

Codex Flores

Jonas Kaufmann legt sich mit Decca an

So etwas gibt’s auch nicht gerade häufig: Jonas Kaufmann rät seinen Fans, eine neue CD von ihm nicht zu kaufen, weil sie nicht halte was sie verspreche. Dahinter steckt eine gehörige Portion Label-Politik.

The New York Times

A Student Startup and Its Outsize Wagnerian Dream

Some people suffer from the familiar let’s-put-on-a-show urge, and others from the let’s-put-on-a-grand-opera-by-Richard-Wagner urge, which is several orders of magnitude more difficult.

France Musique

Décès de Vic Firth, roi des baguettes de percussionniste

Vic Firth, musicien talentueux qui a révolutionné les baguettes de percussion pour des générations de batteurs et de percussionnistes, est décédé à l’âge de 85 ans.

Tweets

Mahler Chamber @Mahler_Chamber: Two weeks until our visit to for George Benjamin’s at @LincolnCenter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: Jonas Kaufmann warns fans against an upcoming @deccaclassics release:

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: On @BBCTaster we’re using playlists to tell stories about classical music. Try it out and tell us what you think:

Yoyo

Yo-Yo Ma faces his biggest challenge to date
Photo: The Washington Post/Getty Images

(Written on July 29, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Boulez in his own words

As the conductor and composer celebrates his 90th birthday, we look back at some of his most notorious pronouncements

Opera world pays tribute to Germanwings crash victims Maria Radner and Oleg Bryjak

Bryjak’s beautiful bronzed tone and Radner’s rich, deep and true contralto will be missed on the stages of Europe

The Telegraph

The modernist maverick: Pierre Boulez at 90

Ivan Hewett pays tribute to classical music’s most contentious revolutionary

The Strad

Johansen International Competition for Young String Players names winners

The triennial event, held in Washington DC, is open to young violinists, violists and cellists

Gramophone

The Montreal Symphony return to Decca

A five-year recording contract starts with a stage rarity by Jacques Ibert and Arthur Honegger

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Die Opernwelt trauert

Beim Absturz der Germanwings-Maschine in Südfrankreich zählten auch die Opernsänger Maria Radner und Oleg Bryjak zu den Opfern. Trauerbekundungen kommen aus ganz Europa.

Verständlich sein!

Er ist der mächtigste Musiker der Moderne und braucht kein C-Dur, um in die Ewigkeit zu finden: Zum neunzigsten Geburtstag des Komponisten und Dirigenten Pierre Boulez.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Der vollkommene Musiker

Pierre Boulez ist nicht nur einer der besten lebenden Komponisten. Er ist auch Dirigent, Intellektueller und Ensemblegründer. Jetzt wird er 90.

Die Welt

Dieser Opernsprenger hasste “lackierte Friseure”

Er ist die mächtigste noch lebende Figur der Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts: Der Komponist, Dirigent und Theoretiker Pierre Boulez wird 90. Der Kunstrevolutionär geriet 2001 sogar unter Terrorverdacht.

Musik Heute

Hamburger Symphoniker und Jugendorchester besiegeln Patenschaft

Die Hamburger Symphoniker und das Felix Mendelssohn Jugendsinfonieorchester (MJO) haben ihre Patenschaft besiegelt: Wie die Symphoniker am Mittwoch mitteilten, ist die Zusammenarbeit beider Ensembles seit Sonntag als “tutti pro” Orchesterpatenschaft anerkannt.

The New York Times

Apple and Beats Developing Streaming Music Service to Rival Spotify

In what would be the biggest change to its music strategy in years, Apple is pressing ahead with a sweeping overhaul of its digital music services that would allow the company to compete directly with streaming upstarts like Spotify.

pizzicato

Stockholm To Launch Biggest Sibelius/Nielsen Celebration

In 2015, the musical world commemorates the 150 years anniversary of two grand composers of symphonic music: Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen.

Twitter

Resident Advisor ‏@residentadvisor : Jeff Mills to perform with BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre http://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=28902 …

Aldeburgh Music ‏@aldeburghmusic : The brilliant Pierre Boulez is 90 today. June’s #AldeburghFestival has a major retrospective: https://tickets.aldeburgh.co.uk/Online/2015-festival-pierre-boulez-at-90 …

Culture Republic ‏@culture_public : Musicians can now share full-length tracks on #Twitter thanks to a partnership with Rhapsody http://on.mash.to/1D0XoZ2  #digitalmarketing

Composer Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez, photographed in 1981. Photograph: Jacques Haillot/Jacques Haillot/Corbis

(Written on March 26, 2015 )