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Last night, Kat, Olivia, James and Eliza attended the BBC Music Magazine Awards at Kings Place in London.

After a couple of glasses of fizz, we began the awards ceremony.  Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine, hobbled on stage to open proceedings, explaining how crowd-surfing at a Couperin-fuelled rave was the cause of his broken ankle a month before. Oliver then introduced his co-presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch, (standing in for James Naughtie), and things got underway.  See below for a summary of winners.

We were especially delighted to attend to see our client, Accentus Music, pick up the Best DVD Award.  Paul Smaczny, Director of Accentus Music and producer of the winning release of Berg’s Wozzeck was there to accept the award.  He gave his heartfelt thanks to his team, and read the following from soloist Christian Gerhaher:  “I feel so incredibly satisfied that this Wozzeck production, which was—and every director should please forgive me—the most exhilarating in my life, receives the greatest acclamation. The result of visualising this extraordinary staging in that simple but nearly fully conveying way is just admirable. It brings to life the wonderful months that we and the audience spent with Berg’s masterwork one and half years ago. I would definitely call this a defining criterion of opera DVDs. Thank you all!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special guest presenters included all-round fahionista and style guru, Gok Wan, who recently released his own curated album of opera entitled ‘Gok’s Divas’.  Comedian Alastair McGowan tickled the audience with a series of stunning impressions and tenuous puns, before presenting Best Instrumental Award to Mahan Esfahani for his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. With his customary loud-mouth, Mahan gave an impassioned and thoughtful acceptance speech, leaving us with a call to action: ‘Extend classical music, and it will be limitless in what it gives back to you.’

Dame Joan Bakewell, who presented the Recording of the Year Award offered a thought-provoking address on the great value the BBC has in the classical music world, and the impact it had on her own appreciation of music. She announced the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Vasily Petrenko performing Tchaikovsky Symphonies as Recording of the Year.

Throughout the evening, a number of references were made to the Proms Launch, which takes place today. BBC Radio 3 Controller, Alan Davey, slightly let the cat out of the bag when he said there would be lots of concerts in a big round hall.  Unfortunately, we can’t confirm this at the moment, but watch this space.

Vocal Award Matthias Goerne, Synergy Vocals, BBC SO, Josep Pons

Opera Award Mozart Don Giovanni, MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

Chamber Music Award Martinu Piano Trios, Smetana Trio

Orchestral Award Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Instrumental Award Bach Goldberg Variations, Mahan Esfahani, Deutsche Grammophon

DVD Award Berg Wozzeck, Christian Gerhaher, Opernhaus Zurich, Accentus Music

Newcomer Award Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos, Beatrice Rana, Antonio Pappano, Orchestra Dell-Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia

Concerto Award CPE Bach Cello Concertos, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo, Hyperion

Premiere Award Julian Anderson, Vladimir Jurowski, Carolin Widmann, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Choral Award Jonathan Harvey, Deo, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha, Signum Records

Record of the Year Award  Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Many congratulations from all of us at WildKat PR to Accentus Music, and all the other winners! We’re looking forward to next year’s awards already.

 

(Written on April 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Pianist Stephen Hough calls for shorter classical shows to attract younger audiences, Classic FM’s Composed app is to shut down at the end of this month, and Aziz Shokhakimov wins Salzburg Festival Young Conductor award. Also, musicians plan further Dirty Dancing protests, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus announces its 25th season.

BBC News

Pianist calls for shorter classical shows to attract younger audiences

Pianist Stephen Hough has called for classical concerts to be overhauled to attract younger audiences. Performances should be shorter with no interval, he argues, while orchestras could drop their formal dress code.

Classical Music Magazine

Composed app to shut down

Classic FM’s Composed app is to shut down at the end of this month. Launched in November 2014, the subscription music service allows users to stream music from the Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon catalogues, including archive and new recordings.

Aziz Shokhakimov wins Salzburg young conductor award

Aziz Shokhakimov has won the 2016 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival young conductors award. The 27-year-old Uzbekistani wins €15,000 (£12,730) and a concert as part of the Salzburg Festival 2017, which will be released on disc.

The Stage

Musicians plan further Dirty Dancing protests

Musicians are planning further protests outside venues hosting the touring production of Dirty Dancing following a dispute over the use of a backing track in the show.

The Telegraph

Meet conducting’s next superstar: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

This young Lithuanian has been generating huge excitement since taking on her first orchestral directorship in Heidelberg, in 2010. Since then, successes have come thick and fast.

WQXR

National Sawdust Broadens Its Scope in Second Season

National Sawdust, the Williamsburg-based art and music venue that quickly established itself as one of the more ambitious and enterprising presenters in the city, announced its second season Monday with an even broader mission.

The New York Times

Brooklyn Youth Chorus Announces 25th Season

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus will celebrate its 25th season with newly commissioned pieces from acclaimed composers, including Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw and Rhiannon Giddens.

klassik.com

Kranichsteiner Musikpreis 2016 für Celeste Oram und Weston Olencki

Die Komponistin Celeste Oram und der Posaunist Weston Olencki haben den Kranichsteiner Musikpreis 2016 erhalten. Der im Rahmen der 48. Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt vergebene und mit 6.000 EUR dotierte Preis ist zu gleichen Hälften auf die Bereiche Komposition und Interpretation aufgeteilt.

RBB Kulturradio

Saisoneröffnung der Berliner Philharmoniker auch im Kino

Das Konzert der Berliner Philharmoniker zur Saisoneröffnung wird in rund 100 Kinos live übertragen. Unter der Leitung von Sir Simon Rattle spielt das Orchester am 26. August Gustav Mahlers Siebte Symphonie, zum Auftakt gibt es Pierre Boulez’ “Éclat”.

Klassik Akzente

Potsdamer Schlössernacht 2016 – Fernando Varela auf dem Mopke

Am 20. August 2016 lädt die Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg zum 19. Mal in die Parkanlagen von Schloss Sanssouci nach Potsdam. Dieses Jahr mit von der Partie ist der talentierte Tenor Fernando Varela, der die Besucher mit einem eleganten Stilmix aus Klassik und Pop unterhalten wird.

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New York Times Music @nytimesmusic Bobby Hutcherson, Vibraphonist With Coloristic Range of Sound, Dies at 75 http://nyti.ms/2aY0un1

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nmz @musikzeitung  will nicht beim Super Bowl auftreten: „Es geht nicht um “: Die britische…

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Conducting’s next superstar: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Credit: Rii Schroer

(Written on August 16, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, 15-year-old violinist Daniel Lozakovich signs to Deutsche Grammophon, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra announces new assistant conductor Jonathan Bloxham and the Canadian Orchestre Métropolitain is to present a video game symphony. Also, the National Opera Studio announces its young artists for 2016/17 and Artemis Quartet musician’s Carl Becker violin was stolen on german train.

The Strad

15-year-old violinist Daniel Lozakovich signs to Deutsche Grammophon

The multi prize-winning young musician will record Beethoven’s Violin Concerto as his first DG release

Classical-music.com

CBSO appoints new assistant conductor

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra announced today that Jonathan Bloxham will be its new assistant conductor. The british conductor will take up the post in 2017.

Classical Music Magazine

National Opera Studio announces 2016/17 young artists

The National Opera Studio has announced its young artists for 2016/17. The young artists will undertake nine months of professional training, commencing in September.

Singers embark on SongCycle challenge for Help Musicians UK

A group of opera singers are planning to cycle 500 miles from Glasgow to London in order to raise money for Help Musicians UK and raise awareness of the charity’s work.

San Francisco Opera to present John Adams premiere

San Francisco Opera will give the premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West in November 2017. A co-commission with Teatro La Fenice, Dutch National Opera and Dallas Opera, the opera focuses on three women living in a small mining community in the Sierra Nevada mountains during the 1850s California gold rush.

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Orchestra To Perform Video Game Symphony for Montreal’s 375th anniversary

Canadian Orchestre Métropolitain will present in November 2017 the Montreal Video Game Symphony as part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations. The work will take the form of a multimedia show in which the orchestra’s musicians will play music from landmark video games developed in Montreal.

Classic FM

This visualisation of a Bach prelude lets you see just how clever the piece really is

J.S. Bach’s Prelude in C major from the first Well Tempered Clavier volume is a gem of mathematical beauty. And now you can see exactly how beautiful it really is.

SFCV

Petaluma’s Opera House Is Well Worth a Visit

The Cinnabar in Petaluma is one of the theater gemstones within one hour of San Francisco. It was built in 1908 as a school house and converted into an opera house in 1972 by a baritone named Marvin Klebe.

BR_KLASSIK

Artemis-Quartett bittet um Hinweise

Gestern Mittag wurde der Geigerin Anthea Kreston im ICE ihre wertvolle Violine gestohlen. Die Musikerin und ihre Kollegen des Artemis-Quartetts waren auf dem Weg zu einem Konzert in Freiburg. Das Quartett bittet nun auf Facebook um Mithilfe bei der Suche nach dem Instrument.

klassik.com

Thüringen will Subventionen für Theater und Orchester bis 2021 erhöhen

Das Land Thüringen plant, die Förderung der Theater und Orchester bis 2021 auf 77 Millionen pro Jahr zu erhöhen. Es sei vorgesehen, die Unterstützung bis zum Jahr 2025 in gleicher Weise fortzuführen, 2021 müsse jedoch die Machbarkeit überprüft werden.

Musik heute

Oper Stuttgart: Cornelius Meister wird neuer GMD

Die Staatsoper Stuttgart und ihr Orchester bekommen einen neuen Generalmusikdirektor: Cornelius Meister (36) übernimmt den Posten zur Saison 2018/19, teilte das baden-württembergische Kunstministerium am Mittwoch mit. Der Vertrag werde zunächst für sechs Spielzeiten bis 2024 vereinbart.

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neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung Theater & Konzert im Livestream: Zur Lage der Kulturinstitutionen im Internet

klassik.com @klassikcom Einigung im Streit zwischen Berliner Sing-Akademie und Senat

Digital Music News @digitalmusicnws Apple Says YouTube Is “Built On the Backs of Free, Stolen Content” http://bit.ly/28EM2Ha

Artemis Quartet musician’s Carl Becker violin stolen on German train: Anthea Kreston’s 1928 instrument was taken from the overhead rack. The group is asking for help to find the instrument. Photo credit: Ian Perkins

Artemis Quartet musician’s Carl Becker violin stolen on German train: Anthea Kreston’s 1928 instrument was taken from the overhead rack. The group is asking for help to find the instrument. Photo credit: Ian Perkins

(Written on June 16, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Deutsche Grammophon is partnering with Apple’s iTunes, Berkeley Festival & Exhibition is adding a new dimension, and it’s revealed what Apple Music pays its artists for streaming. Also, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande dismisses composer in residence, and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Berlin names Adrian Jones as its new director.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical:NEXT 2016: Day one

Deutsche Grammophon is partnering with Apple’s iTunes to tackle one of the key challenges for classical music: Gainining visibility in the vast digital space of the worldwide web, Clemens Trautmann, president of the Germany-based label, announced at the opening of the Classical:NEXT congress in Rotterdam.

Evening Standard

Cinemas across the UK to screen entire Royal Opera House season live

A trip to the Royal Opera House is a prestigious event and comes with plenty of spectacle. But it also involves a fair bit of expense — and that’s if you can even get tickets.

New Statesman

Enescu’s Oedipe at the Royal Opera House: a neglected work worth revisiting

A new production of this little-heard Romanian piece shows that neglected doesn’t necessarily mean second-rate when it comes to opera.

The Economist

From trebles to Take That

Reality television shows such as The X Factor may have forged the likes of One Direction and JLS, but it is from choirs that the next generation of male heartthrobs will emerge.

SFCV

Berkeley Festival & Exhibition Adds Film Series

The biennial Berkeley Festival & Exhibition has always been a varied and attractive event, presenting music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. This year it is adding a new dimension.

Tucson.com

Bach Society keeps classical music scene humming

St. Andrew’s Bach Society kicks off its summer series next weekend and if you’re jonesing for classical music, this is the biggest and pretty much only game in town.

Digital Music News

What Apple Music Pays Artists In 42 Different Countries

What is Apple Music paying artists? Digital Music News asked an artist with more than 32,000 streams across 42 countries for the answer.

Le Temps

Un compositeur attaque l’Orchestre de la Suisse romande en justice

Plusieurs projets de résidence et de commandes n’ayant pas abouti, le compositeur Richard Dubugnon se tourne vers la justice contre la direction de l’OSR. La présidente de la fondation se défend

klassik.com

Südfassade des Bayreuther Festspielhauses fertiggestellt

Im Rahmen der Sanierungsarbeiten des Bayreuther Festspielhauses ist die Südfassade fertiggestellt worden.

Klassik heute

Beethovenring für Nicolas Altstaedt

Ob als Solist oder Kammermusiker, Konzerte mit Nicolas Altstaedt versprechen stets herausragende Konzerterlebnisse. Für seinen Auftritt beim Beethovenfest Bonn im Vorjahr wird dem Cellisten nun eine besondere Ehre zuteil.

Kulturradio rbb

Adrian Jones wird Orchesterdirektor beim RSB

Der neue Orchesterdirektor des Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Berlin steht fest: Adrian Jones übernimmt die Position ab Januar 2017.

Twitter

Limelight Magazine @LimelightEd Jonathan Church quits as Artistic Director

MDR Klassik @MDRKLASSIK Plan & save tix

WDR 3 @wdr3 #Echo #Jazz für Pianisten Wolfgang Dauner

From trebles to Take That: Choirs and boy bands. Photo credit: REX Shutterstock for The Economist

From trebles to Take That: Choirs and boy bands. Photo credit: REX Shutterstock for The Economist

(Written on May 26, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Mark Wigglesworth breaks the silence about his resignation as music director of English National Opera, Radio 3 has reached its highest audience in three years and new opera house in Surrey approved. Also, one in six albums sold worldwide is by a UK star and Classic FM reveals which pieces of classical music will help students get the most out of their revision.

Classical Music Magazine

‘I think I have a right to defend myself’ – Mark Wigglesworth

Mark Wigglesworth has broken his silence for the first time since resigning as music director of English National Opera. Wigglesworth announced that he was stepping down on March 22, confessing in a letter to ENO musicians and technical staff that the company was ‘evolving into something I do not recognise’.

Radio 3 achieves greatest reach in three years

Radio 3 has reached its highest audience in three years. RAJAR figures for the first quarter of 2016 show Radio 3’s audience reach as 2.12 million (up from 2.05m last quarter and 2.08m last year).

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Joanna Lumley attends meeting as new West Horsley Place opera house gets approved

Plans to build a new opera house in the grounds of West Horsley Place have been approved by Guildford Borough Council. Members of the council’s planning committee were joined by actress Joanna Lumley in the public gallery at the meeting on Wednesday.

Huffington Post

The Lighthouse: Opera Parallèle’s Chamber Opera Considers a Scottish Mystery in San Francisco

After seeing Champion, Opera Parallèle‘s inventive commissioned “jazz opera,” by Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, at SFJazz a few months ago, who could fail to be interested in seeing whatever this imaginative company produced next?

NorthJersey.com

Radio Waves: Contemporary classical music podcast launches fundraiser for third season

Q2 Music’s contemporary classical music podcast “Meet the Composer” — on the heels of its recent Peabody Award win — is launching a Kickstarter campaign for its third season.

Independent

Classical music and studying: The top 10 pieces to listen to for exam success

Classic FM reveals which pieces of classical music will help students get the most out of their revision

theguardian

Cliveden’s Jacobean surround sound system to open to the public

Visitors to enjoy new sound installation in chamber under mansion’s south terrace built to channel sounds of invisible orchestra.

BBC News

One in six albums sold worldwide is by a UK star

The huge success of artists like One Direction and Adele means that British artists accounted for one in every six albums sold worldwide last year. The UK music industry accounted for 17.1% of the global music market – its highest ever share.

Klassik Akzente

Andris Nelsons und Deutsche Grammophon verkünden exklusive Partnerschaft

Mit Andris Nelsons unterzeichnet einer der herausragendsten Dirigenten unserer Zeit einen Exklusivvertrag mit dem traditionsreichen Klassiklabel Deutsche Grammophon.

klassik.com

Solotrompeter des Basler Sinfonieorchesters gewinnt Prager Frühling-Wettbewerb

Der britische Trompeter Huw Morgan, Solotrompeter des Basler Sinfonieorchesters, hat den ersten Preis des Prager Frühling-Wettbewerbs gewonnen.

Musik heute

Streit um Arbeitsverhältnis von Dresdner Chefdirigent beigelegt

Der Streit um das Arbeitsverhältnis des Chefdirigenten der Dresdner Philharmonie, Michael Sanderling, ist beigelegt.

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New York Times Arts @nytimesarts Stephen Gosling, Queens New Music Festival, biennial & more classical music in

Music History @today_classical  in 1896 Death of German and composer Clara Wieck

Royal Academy Music @RoyalAcadMusic Behind the scenes at , opening tonight at @.

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Photograph: Sim Canetty Clarke

(Written on May 20, 2016 )

Cantate Domino is the first album ever to be recorded in the Sistine Chapel by the resident choir.

The recording includes Renaissance music written for the Sistine Chapel Choir by Allegri, Palestrina, Lassus and Victoria.

The story goes that Mozart heard Allegri’s Miserere on a visit to Rome and wrote it down from memory later that day. Pope Clement XIV awarded him the Chivalric Order of the Golden Spur for his genius despite the fact that transcription of the piece had been forbidden. 

The album was released on Deutsche Grammophon on September 25, have a listen to this excerpt from Allegri’s Miserere.

(Written on October 7, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news soloists from the BBC Proms discuss how they cope with performance stress and The Vatican has permitted the first ever recording in the Sistine Chapel. Also, Jonathan Nott has extended his tenure with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and violinist Hilary Hahn announces the birth of her baby girl.

Guardian

It’ll be alright on the night: how musicians cope with performance stress

Soloists at the Proms perform in front of a live audience of 6,000 people, and thousands more on radio, TV and online. How do musicians deal with nerves when playing to large audiences in public?

The Times

Chineke! Changing the face of classical music

When the Chineke! Orchestra plays its first concert, in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Sunday, history will be made.

Classical Music Magazine

DG makes first recording in the Sistine Chapel

The Vatican has permitted the first ever recording in the Sistine Chapel.

Classical Source

Jonathan Nott extends tenure as Music Director of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra through 2025/26 Season

The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, (Hideo Sawada, Chairman) has announced that Jonathan Nott, who has served as Music Director since 2014, will be extending his tenure to March 2026.

The Strad

Violinist Hilary Hahn announces birth of baby girl

The star performer shared the happy news via her Facebook page

Die Welt

Besser kann ein Sachbuch gar nicht sein

Die “Winterreise” als Wunderkammer: Der Tenor Ian Bostridge hat ein unfassbar kluges Buch über Franz Schuberts Liederzyklus geschrieben. Er erklärt viel und nimmt der Musik nichts von ihrem Geheimnis.

Neue Musikzeitung

Mehr Geld für Berliner Kultur? – Opposition: falsche Schwerpunkte

Für die einen ist es eine „Sensation“, für die anderen „Krimskrams“: Der Berliner Kulturhaushalt soll deutlich steigen – im kommenden Jahr um 32,2 Millionen auf 504,5 Millionen Euro, 2017 auf 521,6 Millionen Euro, also dann gut zehn Prozent mehr als bisher.

Musik heute

Neubrandenburger Philharmonie: Neuer Chefdirigent will Orchester unverzichtbar machen

Neubrandenburg – Der neue Generalmusikdirektor der Neubrandenburger Philharmonie Sebastian Tewinkel will dafür sorgen, dass das Musikerensemble in der Größe erhalten bleibt. “Ich will mit Konzerten erreichen, dass ein Bewusstsein entsteht, dass das Orchester in der Form unverzichtbar wird”, sagte Tewinkel am Dienstag in Neubrandenburg.

France Musique

L’Opéra de Vienne se passera de directeur musical

Un an après la démission de Franz Welser-Möst de son poste de directeur musical de l’Opéra de Vienne, Dominique Meyer, le directeur de la maison lyrique, a annoncé qu’il ne cherchait personne pour le remplacer.

Classicalite

Call for Scores: Royal Northern Sinfonia, Lars Vogt Seek Chamber ‘Mozarts of Tomorow’

Having stirred the personnel pot earlier with the appointment of pianist Lars Vogt as music director, the Royal Northern Sinfonia–the United Kingdom’s only full-time chamber orchestra stationed there at Sage Gateshead–is now challenging young U.K. composers to stir up its repertoire.

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Fran Wilson: Fabulous solo violin concert with . Wonderful to hear specially commissioned new works by Piers Hellawell & Sally Beamish

DCMS: We will launch a new, far-reaching cultural strategy, the first in 50 yrs. We want your views & ideas on

Classic FM: We say congratulations to Her Majesty. Today, every piece every of music we play is by UK & Commonwealth composers!

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(Written on September 9, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Clemens Trautmann has been appointed as the new president of Deutsche Grammophon. BBC Music have launched the Ten Pieces Secondary film, with presenters including James May and Pixie Lott. Also, Yo-Yo Ma has won a prestigious award given by the Academy of Music for his promotion of the works of Dvořák.

Classic FM

Yo-Yo Ma wins top Czech music prize

Cellist honoured for his promotion of the works of Dvořák

Classical Music Magazine

Clemens Trautmann appointed president of Deutsche Grammophon

Senior media executive and award-winning Juilliard scholar Clemens Trautmann is to take over operational management of the classical label.

Classical Source

BBC Music Launch Ten Pieces Secondary Film

BBC Music has today announced the presenters for its brand new Ten Pieces Secondary film, which will launch for schools in cinemas across the UK in October.

Arts Professional

Jeremy Corbyn plans to reverse arts funding cuts

The Labour leadership candidate has outlined his national strategy for the arts, which includes reversing arts cuts, introducing minimum fees for performances and exhibitions and setting up a cabinet committee on the arts.

The Spectator

Orchestral conductors would be much better if they tried performing Renaissance music

Peter Phillips on his not entirely successful attempts to persuade orchestral conductors to take on the great choral masterpieces of the Renaissance

Der Tagesspiegel

Musikfest Berlin: Wolfgang Rihm im Interview “Schönberg knirscht vor Kraft und Gegenwart”

Ein Gespräch mit dem Komponisten Wolfgang Rihm über Arnold Schönberg, zeitlose Klassiker und das Sinnliche in der Musik.

Die Welt

Auschwitz-Prozess mit Streichquartett

Der Komponist Frederic Rzewski ist ein noch zu entdeckender Unbequemer der Moderne. Sein Kammermusiktheater “Der Triumph des Todes” erlebte beim Kunstfest Weimar seine deutsche Erstaufführung.

Musik heute

Barenboim erfreut über Publikumszuspruch – Plädoyer für moderne Musik – Musikfest Berlin beginnt

Der argentinisch-israelische Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim (72) freut sich über das “wunderbare Geschenk”, dass seine Konzerte noch immer besucht werden. “Man könnte denken, dass nach 65 Jahren das Publikum sagt: ‘Es reicht, warum sollen wir noch einmal kommen, das habe ich schon gehört, lass uns etwas Neues hören.’

France Musique

Zubin Mehta s’émeut du sort des réfugiés en Europe

Le chef d’orchestre indien Zubin Mehta fustige les leaders occidentaux pour leur absence de réaction concrète. Le maestro  se dit très touché par le sort de ces millions de réfugiés fuyant la  Syrie et l’Irak.

The New York Times

The National Music Museum, an Unlikely Eden in South Dakota

As you walk toward the cello believed to be the oldest in the world, the nearly 500-year-old instrument has its back turned to you. But the discourtesy grows forgivable on approach: The Amati “King” cello’s rear side is its most seductive feature, with richly colored paintings — crowns, winged putti, columns, fleurs-de-lis, Justice hoisting a sword — that take on glowing depth beneath the varnish.

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The Royal Opera : Es Devlin, the designer who works with , and… us ^E

BBC Press Office: . launches Secondary film with presenters incl &

Classical Music: . director on the city’s need for a new medium-sized concert hall (via ):

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An opera about Auschwitz… Kunstfest Weimar welcomes Frederic Rzewski’s disturbing work. Photo: Nationaltheater Weimar/© Candy Welz

(Written on September 3, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the best classical music hoaxes, BBC Ibiza Prom is most downloaded and Birmingham Conservatoire tops student satisfaction ratings. Also, violinist Lynn Blakeslee has died.

The Guardian

Don’t believe your ears: the best classical music hoaxes

From the devious aristocrat to the invention of an entire genre, we pick some of classical music’s best hoaxes and hoaxers

The Telegraph

‘Take that, Mozart’: BBC Ibiza Prom is most downloaded

Radio 1’s Ibiza Prom is the most downloaded of the Royal Albert Hall concerts so far this year, according to BBC figures

Classical Music Magazine

Birmingham is top conservatoire for student satisfaction

Birmingham Conservatoire has emerged as the best UK conservatoire for overall student satisfaction, scoring 91% for this category in the 2015 National Student Survey results.

DG commits to next Chopin winner

Deutsche Grammophon will release a recording of the winner of the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition as part of a new partnership with the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.

The Strad

Eastman School violin professor Lynn Blakeslee has died

The US violinist joined the Eastman faculty in New York state in 1987, after 23 years abroad

Die Welt

“Mit diesen Industriehallen muss man kämpfen”

Johan Simons eröffnet seine erste Ruhrtriennale-Saison als Intendant. Ein Gespräch über die Poesie von Kohlenmischhallen, Arbeitslosenquoten als Inspiration und das Gefühl, im Revier zu Hause zu sein.

BR Klassik

“Berlin, wir kommen!”

Dabei sein beim Festival der Jugendorchester der Welt, dem Young Euro Classic in Berlin. Das war der große Traum des ukrainischen Jugendorchesters. Fast wäre er gescheitert, aber dann kam die Rettung per Crowdfunding.

Köln Nachrichten

Beziehungskiste Politik-Verwaltung in der Zerreißprobe

Der Internet-Auftritt der Kölner Oper verkündet noch die Premiere von Berlioz’ „Benvenuto Cellini“ am 7. November im Opernhaus.An dem Tag wurde die Eröffnung des sanierten Oper-Schauspiel-Ensembles ein Jahr verschoben. Oder noch weiter in die Zukunft?

France Musique

Disparition de Serge Collot, maître français de l’alto

L’altiste Serge Collot est décédé mardi 11 août, à l’âge de 92 ans. Derrière lui, le musicien laisse une carrière splendide et un amour pour les répertoires de son instrument, qu’il a permis de faire évoluer tout au long de sa vie.

San Francisco Classical Voice

S.F. Opera Season Through the Eyes (and Ears) of the Chorus

After the grand adventure of Berlioz’ Les Troyens, the sensation of the summer (and SFCV readers agree), the 90-member S.F. Opera Chorus is preparing for the fall season in the War Memorial with fond memories of that “choral opera.”

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Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Composer John Ireland was born on this day in 1879.

BBC Proms Team @bbcpromsThis evening @BBCPhilharmonic perform Messiaen’s monumental Turangalîla Symphony, & @LSChorus sing John Foulds’ Three Mantras. Listen 7.30pm

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: Devastated by death of organist John Scott, erstwhile organist of St Paul’s Cathedral and, for the past 10 years, of St Thomas’s New York

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(Written on August 13, 2015 )

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Frank Huang Appointed Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic

Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic announced today that Frank Huang has been appointed Concertmaster, The Charles E. Culpeper Chair, of the New York Philharmonic, beginning with the Opening Gala Concert of the 2015–16 season, September 24, 2015.

International Arts Manager

Manchester Camerata announces a blend of classical music and coffee

Coffee and classical music are coming together as Caffè Nero and Manchester Camerata brew up a new partnership.

Sinfini

Paganini’s 24 Caprices in 3 minutes

Ever thought that you’d love to hear all 24 of Paganini’s Caprices for Solo Violin played simultaneously? No, us neither.

Gramophone

Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra sign deal with Deutsche Grammophon

DG to release five live albums centred on Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos 5-10

New York Times

Toronto Orchestra Drops Pianist Over Tweets About Ukraine

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra abruptly canceled a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto on Wednesday after parting ways with a Ukrainian soloist over concerns that her ribald Twitter commentary had crossed the line into “intolerance.”

Die Welt

Tim Renner sollte Claus Peymann rausschmeißen

Claus Peymann, Intendant des Berliner Ensembles, verhöhnt Berlins Kulturstaatssekretär Tim Renner als „Lebenszwerg“ und „leeres, weißes Hemd“. Das sollte sich Renner nicht länger bieten lassen.

Berliner Zeitung

Gründungsintendant ist ein Glücksgriff für das Humboldt-Forum

Wenn einer das Humboldt-Forum in Gang bringen kann, dann Neil MacGregor, der Gründungsintendant. Er ist einer der rar gewordenen europabegeisterten Briten. Und er kennt Deutschland mit einer sehr hilfreichen kulturellen Intimität.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der nächste Karajan

Peter Ronnefeld war eine ganz große Begabung, sowohl als Dirigent wie als Komponist. Jetzt erinnert ein Berliner Gedenkkonzert an den brillanten Künstler, der 1965 starb, im Alter von nur 30 Jahren.

El País

Claudio Prieto, compositor en perpetua reinvención

Recorrió múltiples caminos para crear una obra poliédrica

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Twitter outrage takes Toronto, canceling two pianists

Valentina Lisitsa is a pianist whose worldwide reputation was built on social media. She is now experiencing a major blacklash due to what she’s been writing on Twitter.

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Opera North @Opera_North: ‘Meet The Woman Bridging Innovative Fashion And #Classical Music’ http://thewindow.barneys.com/sugar-vendil/  via @BarneysNY #FashionFriday #TGIF

BBC ConcertOrchestra ‏@BBCCO: The BBC CO USA tour bus taking a break in Georgia yesterday with 330 miles to go ’til Florida!!! #roadtrip #BBCCOtour

Classic FM @ClassicFM: One of this country’s best-loved sopranos celebrates her birthday today – many happy returns to Lesley Garrett!

simultaneous-paganini-caprices-658x325Ever thought that you’d love to hear all 24 of Paganini’s Caprices for Solo Violin played simultaneously? No, us neither. Photo: Sinfini

(Written on April 10, 2015 )