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Pavel Šporcl wins ‘Torch-Bearer Award’ for his services to music

The Czech violinist Pavel Šporcl is in New York to receive a special prize that recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to their cities, communities and countries.

The ‘Torch-Bearer Award’, which is often given to sports personalities, honours the work Šporcl has done to bring society together through music. It was presented outside the United Nations building last weekend in front of fellow luminaries and UN national delegates.

Receiving his award alongside fellow winner, Broadway and film actor Richard Kind, Šporcl said ‘I am deeply proud to receive the Sri Chimnoy Torch-Bearer Award. It means a great deal to me and gives me strength to continue my work, not only as an artist, but as one of a community of artists around the world who believe that art can change lives — that this is our gift and our responsibility.’


Chinese violinist Sheng Zhongguo dies aged 77

China’s best-known violinist Sheng Zhongguo, who was famous for his musical interpretation of “Butterfly Lovers,” died of heart disease at the age of 77.

As a national level soloist of the China National Symphony Orchestra, Sheng was among the first to win honors for China on international stages.

In 1980 the Australian Broadcasting Corporation listed him as one of ‘the world’s greatest artists’ after he performed a twelve-date concert tour in six Australian cities. He was recognised as a cultural ambassador by the government of Japan following the disastrous Kobe earthquake of 1995, when he toured the worst-hit areas to offer encouragement and inspiration to those affected.

In 1979 he performed the Bach ‘Double’ Violin Concerto with Yehudi Menuhin, during the latter’s first visit to China; of all Menuhin’s performing partners during the visit, he said that the best was Sheng, who subsequently became known as the ‘Chinese Menuhin’.


Wie künstliche Intelligenz die Klassik neu erweckt

Die Gegenwart ist laut. Die Gegenwart ist hässlich. Der isländische Neoklassikstar Olafur Arnalds arbeitet an ihrer Verschönerung. Seit Neuestem mit künstlicher Intelligenz und drei Klavieren. Könnte klappen.

Jetzt endlich kommt Olafur Arnalds ins Spiel. Der Isländer, 1986 in Mosfellsbaer geboren, dem Heimatort von Halldor Laxness, ist abgebrochener Highbrow-Klassiker und inzwischen mit seinem Kumpel Nils Frahm, mit Hauschka und Max Richter einer der Helden der sogenannten Neoklassik, ohne die es in den Kinos und unter Fernsehserien (Arnalds schrieb unter anderem die Musik zu „Broadchurch“) doch ziemlich still wäre.

Zu der hatte Arnalds mit seinem schwerphilosophischen Noirgedudel „Eulogy for Evolution“ vor elf Jahren einen der Startschüsse gegeben. Arnalds tat sich zusammen mit dem elektronischen Feinmechaniker Halldór Feldjárn und entwickelte ein musikalisches Softwareprogramm namens Stratus.

Arnalds, ein begnadeter Kleinmotivmelodiker, wollte herausfinden, „wie man den kreativen Prozess durch das Verändern des eigenen Klavierspiels manipulieren kann“. Mit Stratus ist es möglich, von einem zentralen Klavier aus zwei selbstspielende weitere Klaviere anzusteuern, künstliche Intelligenz quasi zum Teil des Spiels zu machen, Kreativität in Teilen an den Computer abzutreten.

Artifical intelligence is rekindling is sparking a revival in classical music. Icelandic artist Ólafur Arnalds, known for his work on the “Broadchurch” soundtrack, has teamed up with Halldór Eldjárn to create a musical software program called Stratus. 

The award-winning artist uses his new software to turn the piano into a very different instrument. The Stratus Pianos are two “self-playing, semi-generative player pianos” – and, augmented by strings, electronics, and beats (which were co-produced by Bngrboy), they sit at the centre of Arnalds’ new compositions.


Gewandhausorchester Leipzig und Staatskapelle Dresden gegen Fremdenfeindlichkeit

Das Gewandhausorchester Leipzig und die Staatskapelle Dresden geben gemeinsame Konzerte für ein friedliches Miteinander. Damit reagieren die beiden großen sächsischen Orchester auf die zunehmende Intoleranz und Aggression gegenüber anders aussehenden oder anders denkenden Menschen, eine Entwicklung, die die Musiker « mit großer Sorge“ beobachten, wie sie mitteilten.

Herbert Blomstedt, Ehrendirigent beider Orchester, wird die beiden Konzerte am 15. September in Leipzig und am 12. November in Dresden leiten.

Im Gewandhausorchester und der Staatskapelle wirkten Menschen aus 20 Nationen « respekt- und achtungsvoll“ zusammen, erklärten die Orchester. « Wir vertreten mit Nachdruck zwischenmenschliche Werte wie Achtung, Toleranz und Weltoffenheit.“ Nur durch das Wiedererlangen eines respektvollen Umgangs miteinander sei eine angstfreie und lebenswerte Gesellschaft möglich. Für diese Botschaften sollen die Konzerte ein Zeichen setzen.

Two orchestras from Leipzig and Dresden are coming together to perform two joint concerts promoting peaceful coexistence. The two major Saxon orchestras react to the increasing intolerance and aggression towards people who look or think differently – a development that the musicians observe “with great concern“.

Herbert Blomstedt, Honorary Conductor of both orchestras, will conduct the concerts on 15 September in Leipzig and on 12 November in Dresden.

In the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Staatskapelle, people from 20 nations work with great respect for one another. The orchestras said “we emphatically represent interpersonal values ​​such as respect, tolerance and cosmopolitanism.” 

(Written on September 11, 2018 )

In today’s news: Paavo Järvi talks Brexit impact for musicians, Alexander Pushkin poetry transformed into opera by a direct descendent, Roxanna Panufnik to release new album, conductor Hartmut Haenchen receives prize from Leipzig Richard Wagner Foundation, conductors Thielemann and Sächsische Staatskapelle return Echo-Award, and Bamberger Symphoniker receive award for best concert program.

Classic FM

‘Brexit will isolate British musicians,’ warns Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi

“Brexit won’t make the lives of British musicians any easier. It will isolate a lot of them and create logistical and financial barriers,” the Estonian maestro told Classic FM.

Diana Adamyan has won the 2018 Menuhin Competition

17-year-old Diana Adamyan from Armenia managed to take the night’s big prize, followed by 10-year-old Christian Li and 11-year-old Chloe Chua for a joint Junior Award.

The Guardian

Pushkin descendant puts Russian poet’s turbulent life on stage for first time

Alexander Pushkin’s direct descendant, the London-based writer and lyricist Marita Phillips, has created the first stage version of his turbulent life story to be written in any language.

Classical Music 

Roxanna Panufnik celebrates her 50th birthday with two commissions and an album release

Celestial Bird is due to be released on Signum Records on 7 September and will feature two tracks commissioned by Ex Cathedra.

The Academy of Ancient Music appoints new leader

The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has appointed Bojan Čičić as leader of the orchestra.

Limelight

Details announced for 2018 Accompanists’ Guild of SA Festival

Pianists Lisa Moore and Sonya Lifschitz headline the festival, where they’ll be playing a two piano rendition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Prospect Magazine

Leonard Bernstein invented how we do modern classical music

Whether he was conducting, composing or communicating, Bernstein was a stylish innovator.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Auch Dirigent Thielemann und Staatskapelle geben Echos zurück

Von einem „Symbol eines Zynismus“ spricht die Sächsische Staatskapelle, die nicht länger in derselben Siegerliste stehen mag wie Kollegah und Farid Bang.

BR Klassik

Von Richard-Wagner-Stiftung ausgezeichnet

Der Dirigent Hartmut Haenchen erhält den diesjährigen Preis der Leipziger Richard-Wagner-Siftung. Er ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert. Der gebürtige Dresdner soll die Auszeichnung während der Wagner-Festtage im Mai in Leipzig entgegennehmen.

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Bamberger Symphoniker erhalten Auszeichnung für bestes Konzertprogramm

Der Preis für das beste Konzertprogramm, der vom Deutschen Musikverleger-Verband (DMV) verliehen wird, geht für die Spielzeit 2017/18 an die Bamberger Symphoniker.

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Rebell, Visionär, Bewahrer, Erneuerer – Jean Guillou in der Elbphilharmonie

Bezeichnend ist es allemal, dass das Geburtstagskonzert für Jean Guillou in Hamburg stattfindet – und nicht etwa in Paris.

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(Written on April 23, 2018 )

In today’s news: New musical director steps up for first concert with Guisborough Choral Society, New Record set for Vuillaume violin once owned by Eugène Ysaÿe, Canberra International Music Festival has unveiled its 2018 programme. A shoulder operation is forcing conductor Zubin Mehta, 81, to take a break for at least three months. Beat Fehlmann to be the new artistic director of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.

Darlington and Stockton Times

New musical director steps up for first concert with Guisborough Choral Society

Rebecca Johnson will lead the group’s performance of Handel’s Messiah on 9th December.

Music Week

Spotify’s Who We Be live event becomes a riotous success

The company is set to make sold-out show a yearly event in London.

The Strad

New Record set for Vuillaume violin once owned by Eugène Ysaÿe

Vichy Enchères sale of Bernard Millant collection sees J.B.Vuillaume reach €260,000.

Limelight

Canberra International Music Festival 2018 unveiled

Canberra International Music Festival has unveiled its 2018 programme, with medieval harpist and performer Benjamin Bagby’s Beowulf and a large-scale performance of Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt among the highlights.

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Zubin Mehta takes break after shoulder operation

A shoulder operation is forcing conductor Zubin Mehta, 81, to take a break for at least three months. Mehta has cancelled all concerts and opera performances.

Christian Thielemann bleibt bis 2024 in Dresden

Der Freistaat Sachsen konnte Christian Thielemann (58) um weitere fünf Jahre als Chefdirigent der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden verpflichten.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Progressiv und traditionell

Heute beginnt das 2. Jazzfest der Fabrik in Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen. Es treten die Eva Klesse Quartett und die Roman Babik Urban Wedding Band auf. Das ist aber nicht alles.

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Beat Fehlmann neuer Intendant

Seit heute steht fest, wer die Nachfolge von Michael Kaufmann als Intendant der Deutschen Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz antreten wird: Beat Fehlmann.

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BR-Intendant: Frequenztausch für Jugendwelle noch nicht beschlossen

«Ich habe in dieser Frage bisher nichts in Bewegung gesetzt», sagte der BR-Intendant Ulrich Wilhelm am Donnerstag in München. Er sei weiter im Gespräch mit den Verlegern und den privaten Rundfunkbetreibern.

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L’édition de la dernière chance pour le festival Avenches Opéra ?

En grande difficulté financière, le festival Avenches Opéra, qui se tient en Suisse, proposera une toute nouvelle formule pour son édition 2018. Son président, Jean-Pierre Kratzer, espère sauver l’événement avec un programmation qui se veut grand public.

Platea Magazine

Zubin Mehta suspende su agenda por espacio de al menos tres meses, por una operación en su hombro

Según ha informado el Teatro alla Scala de Milán, afectado por dicha cancelación, el maestro Zubin Mehta ha suspendido su agenda durante al menos los próximos tres meses, para someterse a una intervención en su espalda, con la consiguiente recuperación.

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(Written on December 1, 2017 )

In today’s news: Winehouse charity helps young singers with chronic health conditions, ‘Make Some Noise Campaign’ raises over £3.5million, and Sweden to hold women-only festival. The Lincoln Center is scaling down it’s renovation plans. The Dresdner Sinfoniker recieve a special honour, Thomas Eitler-de Lint is taking over the Choir of Leipzig Opera, at the Hamburg State Opera Christof Prick is hospitalised, and El Mundo on the transformation of classical music.

The Guardian

Hitting a note: one of the world’s largest pianos finds a grand stage

The near 6 metre-long instrument was built in a farm shed in New Zealand and has become an international attraction.

BBC Newsbeat

Amy Winehouse, music, arthritis and me

Winehouse charity helping young singers with chronic health conditions make their mark in the singing world

BBC News

The Scottish sisters taking classical music uptown

Ayoub sisters shoot to the top of the classical music charts with their debut album of pop covers

Classic FM

Global’s ‘Make Some Noise’ campaign raises over £3.5million for charity

Celebrity guests and classical musicians spend day busking at Leicester Square HQ – including our very own Andrew James Johnson!

The Independent

Sweden to hold women-only festival ‘until men learn how to behave’

Funding campaign reaches its £47,000 target to run Statement Festival for ‘non-men’

The New Yorker

Is David Geffen’s Gift to Lincoln Center Enough to Inspire Half a Billion More?

Now it’s getting ugly. On Tuesday, Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic announced that after “deep review and thoughtful evaluation,” the renovation of David Geffen Hall would be scaled back from an ambitious gut renovation of the iconic 1962 building […]

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Eitler-de Lint übernimmt Chor der Oper Leipzig

Der Österreicher Thomas Eitler-de Lint, der an der Zürcher Oper auch schon als Gastchordirigent tätig war, übernimmt die Leitung des Chores der Oper Leipzig.

Klassik Heute

Auszeichnung für die Dresdner Sinfoniker

Die Dresdner Sinfoniker e.V. sind in diesem Jahr Preisträger des Initiativpreises für Kunst und Kultur.

Klassik.com

Staatsoper Hamburg: Vorstellungsabbruch

An der Hamburgischen Staatsoper musste am vergangenen Donnerstag die Aufführung von Carl Maria von Webers Oper “Der Freischütz” abgebrochen werden. Dirigent Christof Prick konnte aufgrund gesundheitlicher Probleme die Vorstellung nicht zu Ende dirigieren.

El Mundo

La música clàssica ha d’estar en evolució contínua

«És important que parlem de la música, del món, de la vida», comença contant Josep Vicent.

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«Lulu» ist die «Aufführung des Jahres». Wie arbeitet Christoph Marthaler? Ein Gespräch mit seinem Dramaturgen:

 

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(Written on October 9, 2017 )

In today’s news: Juillard School named Argus Quartet as Juilliard’s New Graduate Resident String Quartet, and look at the new Steinway piano. The Kulturpalast Dresden reopened last friday, and Douglas Bostock will leave Argovia Philharmonic in 2019. Antonello Manacorda fills in for Elbphilharmonics principal conductor Thomas Hengelbrock, and the Barber of Seville in the Hong Kong Opera.

The Violin Channel

Argus Quartet Announced as Juilliard’s New Graduate Resident String Quartet

The Juilliard School in New York has today announced the appointment of the Argus Quartet as their new graduate resident string quartet.

 Classic FM

This new Mussorgsky-themed Steinway piano is utterly stunning to look at

Designed by Steinway artist Paul Wyse and based on ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, this Steinway Model D grand piano is completely crazy, in the best possible way.

The Strad

Ask the Experts: can beginner violin lessons be given by a cellist?

Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to our experts.

The Guardian

Fight the Power: which songs define Trump’s first 100 days?

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has ridiculed the president by releasing a scathing Spotify playlist.

Berliner Zeitung

Dresden  – Der alte Kulturpalast ist nach fünf Jahren Umbauzeit fertig

Die Quälerei hat ein Ende, die Musiker können aufatmen. Sie können spielen, sie werden überall gehört.

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Douglas Bostock verlässt ‘Argovia Philharmonic’ 2019

Das Schweizer Orchester ‘Argovia Philharmonic’ in Aarau hat den in der Saison 2017/18 auslaufenden Vertrag mit seinem Chefdirigenten Douglas Bostock um ein weiteres Jahr verlängert. Der 1955 geborene Brite will aber 2019 nach 18 Jahren seine Tätigkeit in Aarau beenden.

Klassik-heute

Antonello Manacorda übernimmt Dirigate von Thomas Hengelbrock

Thomas Hengelbrock ist erkrankt und musste seine Auftritte mit dem NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester am 4., 5. und 7. Mai absagen. Für ihn übernimmt Antonello Manacorda die Leitung der Konzerte in der Elbphilharmonie.

Le Parisien

Strasbourg: le métal investit pour la première fois une scène d’opéra en France

Plusieurs centaines d’amateurs de heavy metal se trouvaient rassemblés samedi soir à l’Opéra national du Rhin (OnR) à Strasbourg pour assister à Metal Oper’Art, premier festival du genre en France, a constaté un journaliste de l’AFP.

South China Morning Post

Rossini as rom-com: Opera Hong Kong sets The Barber of Seville in Hollywood’s golden age

Director turns to the theatre of Hollywood musicals for production of Rossini comic opera, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Lauricella, making her Asian debut, relishes the challenge of singing Rosina, gutsy girl in a man’s world.

The Irish Times

National Concert Hall needs to go beyond classical music

‘The building looks imposing, officious. Getting people in the door is a big thing’

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(Written on May 2, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: why Wagner’s Die Meistersinger strikes a chord in the age of Brexit, and classical music schow hits wrong note in ‘extravagance’ row.  Apple Music partners with Royal College of  Music. Conductor Ton Koopman as a guest of Berlin’s Orchestra Academy, and Dresden rebuilds an arts centre. A portrait of pianist Gerhard Oppitz, and a guide to 2017’s bold, inventive Oscar’s Music, and the artistic director of English National Opera is the “wrong man for the job.”

The Guardian

Why Wagner’s Die Meistersinger strikes a chord in the age of Brexit

Embraced by the Nazis, Wagner’s operatic masterpiece has long been shrouded in controversy. Its debate about cultural unity is now more relevant than ever

Birmingham Mail

Classical music show hits wrong note in ‘extravagance’ row

A £100,000 subsidised summer outdoor classical music concert in Sutton Park has been branded a costly vanity project by opposition councillors.

Music Week

Apple Music partners with Royal College of Music for classical playlist curation

The first playlist is designed to highlight the RCM’s prestigious history, featuring works from British composers linked with the conservatoire, including Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, along with some of the famed musical manuscripts in its collection.

Der Tagesspiegel

Entdecker bei der Arbeit

Ein aufschlussreicher Abend mit dem Dirigenten Ton Koopman und den jungen Musikerinnen und Musikern der Orchesterakademie.

Dresden kann auch anders

Das ehemalige Kraftwerk Mitte ist zum Kulturzentrum geworden. Auch die Staatsoperette residiert jetzt hier.

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Pilot mit Bodenhaftung

Kaum ein Pianist beherrscht ein so großes Repertoire so formvollendet wie Gerhard Oppitz. Nur eine Sache liegt ihm nicht: Eitelkeit

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The Ones Who Dream: A Guide To 2017’s Bold, Inventive Oscars Music

When it comes to music, the Oscars often get it wrong. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tends to wobble in the Best Score category, nominating old hands with familiar names but frequently rewarding strangers who emerge out of left field and then disappear from the scene

The Times

Poisoned ENO is run by the wrong people, says top tenor

The artistic director of English National Opera is the “wrong man for the job” and its chief executive is out of her depth, according to one of its most prominent performers

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(Written on February 27, 2017 )

In today’s news, Archie Roach discusses the healing powers of music, and in May the London Philharmonic Orchestra will perform as guests in Dresden. Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ proves itself to be a piece of classical music that makes you scream at your own funeral, and Performing Arts Union Equity calls on secretary to intervene on massive art cuts in Bath, England.

The Guardian

Arnold Schoenberg: Do not approach with caution

Schoenberg’s music is too often considered intimidating and inaccessible. On the contrary, argues pianist Pina Napolitano, who finds in it beauty and passion. All you need is an open mind.

Archie Roach on the healing power of song: ‘Music was great therapy for me’

In the lead-up to his Womadelaide appearance, the elder statesman of Indigenous music reflects on 27 years of songwriting and activism.

Classical Music Magazine

Equity calls on culture secretary to intervene in arts cuts

Performing Arts Union Equity has called on culture secretary Karen Bradley to ‘urgently intervene’ following 100% arts cuts in Bath and North East Somerset.

Haaretz

A Piece of Classical Music That Makes You Scream at Your Own Funeral

Besides the musical experience it offers, Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ is also a type of soap opera. A new recording adds an intriguing interpretation to the work’s many performances.

Pizzicato

Boston Symphony Plans Extension In Tanglewood

Tanglewood, the music center in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937, will undergo a $30 million extension. The new four-building complex is designed to support the performance and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s Summer Music Academy.

Concerti

Paradiesischer Sound aus London

Mit dem London Philharmonic Orchestra ist erstmals einer der großen englischen Klangkörper Orchestra in Residence in Dresden

Neue Musikzeitung

Die Zerstückelung liegt in der Autonomie des Hörers

Ein Gespräch mit Johannes Bultmann, Künstlerischer Gesamtleiter von SWR Classic

The New York Times

Hear How ‘Moonlight’ Got Its Sound: Violins, Chopped and Screwed

Chamber music might not seem like an obvious candidate to be “chopped and screwed”: remixed and slowed down in the style pioneered by DJ Screw when he transformed Houston’s hip-hop scene a generation ago

NPR Music

Beloved Conductor Of The Minnesota Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Dies

The Polish-born conductor and composer Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, who led the Minnesota Orchestra for nearly two decades and worked with that symphony for well over 50 years in total, died Tuesday at age 93

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(Written on February 22, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, BBC Music Magazine reviews the first night of the BBC Proms, SWR Symphony gave final performance & applications are open for NCO auditions. Also, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe launches record label – Globe Music.

BBC Music Magazine

The First Night of the BBC Proms

The excitement exuding from the Royal Albert Hall on Friday night could be felt even in Hyde Park. As I made my own way through the grand gardens from Paddington station, others bustled past. Some were dressed up for the occasion, others were in jeans and backpacks, and all had a palpable air of expectation.

Classical Music Magazine

SWR Symphony gives final performance

Audience members held up placards with red hearts on them as a mark of solidarity as the SWR Symphony Orchestra gave its final concert in Freiburg on 17 July.

NCO invites applications for auditions

Children aged between seven and 13 from across the UK are invited to audition for a place in one of the National Children’s Orchestras ensembles.

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Globe launches label

A new series of recordings will capture the candlelit ambience and warm acoustics of Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe. Globe Music is a new record label launched by Shakespeare’s Globe, and will feature live recordings made in its famous wooden theatre.

Wallander – the opera

Kurt Wallander’s latest challenge isn’t solving a crime: it’s singing on stage. A new opera titled W: The Truth Beyond starring the fictitious Swedish sleuth premiered this weekend in Tübingen, Germany. It will now travel to Ystad, Sweden, Wallander’s hometown.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Winged Piano Victorious at Newport

At last week’s debut for the press and selected guests at the Elms, Newport Music Festival director Mark Malkovich IV invited Bogányi to describe the powerful emotions that led him on a quest for an instrument that could convey the music in his soul.

Gramophone

Classical music gets my pulse racing

Shouldn’t we be talking about how riveting and, yes, stressful great art can be? Now that would make a change…

York Press

Composer, prince and murderer: classical music’s goriest story to be told at Ryedale Festival

Soprano turned playwright Clare Norburn explores the dissonant music and life of Italian composer, prince and murderer Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa in Breaking The Rules, a concert cum play that The Marian Consort and Gerald Kydd will perform at the Ryedale Festival on Wednesday.

Broadwayworld

Kansas City Symphony Reveals 2016-17 Classics Uncorked Series; Tickets on Sale Next Week!

No matter if you like rock or Bach, the Kansas City Symphony’s packed 2016-17 season includes a wide array of concerts to satisfy a variety of tastes.

Klassik heute

Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy: 7 Wochen Musik und Emotionen

Am Sonntagabend haben die Schwestern Katia und Marielle Labèque mit ihrem atemberaubenden Konzertauftritt in der Kirche Saanen die Anker des 60. Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy gelichtet.

Tagesspiegel

Thielemanns Terminkalender

Auf den ersten Blick mag es erscheinen, als lege der Dresdner-Musikchef die Beine hoch. Doch der Maestro steht seinen Kollegen Barenboim und Runnicles in ihrem Pensum in nichts nach.

BR Klassik

Mozart, Bond und die Chinesische Mauer

Am 20. Juli beginnen die Bregenzer Festspiele, die 2016 ihr 70-jähriges Jubiläum feiern. 1946 fand die erste Opernaufführung auf zwei Kiesfrachtern statt – heute steht in Bregenz die größte Seebühne der Welt.

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BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine We take a look at the sunny side of classical music 

Classic FM @ClassicFM Today on Classic FM, an entire day of sunny classical music for the ! Listen here:

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera ‘Classical music reduces blood pressure’, studies say But that’s not the full story, argues: ^M

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(Written on July 19, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the story behind the architectural battle of the Sydney Opera House is to become a movie, new composer-in-residence for Opera Philadelphia and the 2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports released next week. Also, J. Reilly Lewis dies at 71 and philharmonie.tv Cologne awarded with Eco Internet Award.

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Architectural Battle For The Sydney Opera House To Become A Movie

Today the Opera house in Sydney is considered as one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Yet, the project’s genesis was tough and dramatic, since Danish architect Jorn Utzon upset Australia’s conservative architectural scene after winning the competition to design the building.

philly.com

New composer-in-residence for Opera Philadelphia

A recent Curtis Institute of Music graduate is a new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Rene Orth, 30, is the sixth composer to go through the program, starting her term June 1.

Classicalite

J. Reilly Lewis, Washington Metro Area Concertmaster & Organist, Dies at 71

Lewis, a prominent authority on Bach, founded the Washington Bach Consort and served as music leader at Clarendon United Methodist Church for over 40 years. Also music director of the Cathedral Choral Society, Reilly was a one of the most important musicians in the Washington classical music scene.

The Guardian

The rebuilt Snape Maltings: Britten’s artistic dream rises again

No one thinks they are going to sit the Queen on a packing-case when she opens the rebuilt Maltings Concert Hall less than a month from now, but completion of the work is touch and go.

Orpheus for the age of Trump: Anaïs Mitchell on her folk opera Hadestown

Mitchell’s hit off-Broadway show about a tyrannical billionaire building a wall to ‘keep out the enemy’ was written in 2006 but could hardly be more topical. The folk singer discusses retelling an ancient myth at a time of ‘political horror’

Adaptistration

Orchestra Compensation Reports Are Right Around The Corner

Next week is the beginning of the 2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports, an annual series that examines the compensation trends among orchestra executives, music directors and concertmasters, at more than 65 professional U.S. orchestras.

The Telegraph

The return of Rossini: watch a live stream of Glyndebourne’s The Barber of Seville

Watch Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) by Rossini for free on the Telegraphwebsite, from next week. The opera will be streamed live from 6.30pm on Tuesday June 21, and is available on demand for the following seven days.

The Strad

Cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The musician, who survived the Holocaust, joins fellow performers Paul Lewis and Alison Balsom on the list.

Classical Music Magazine

Small and regional arts organisations testify to funding difficulties

Representatives of small and regional arts organisations have submitted evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee about the funding difficulties which they face. Prompted by complaints that ‘London has long received a disproportionate share of arts funding’ at a previous investigation into the work of Arts Council England, the Countries of Culture inquiry is examining funding opportunities for cultural organisations in the regions.

The Times

Opera: The Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne

Janácek takes just 90 minutes to tell the story of his Vixen, from cub years to marriage, motherhood to sudden death. At Glyndebourne that means the dinner interval is actually longer than the opera (chicken and rabbit, both scoffed by the leading lady, would make good hamper options).

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SPD will Künstlersozialabgabe senken

Nach Plänen der Bundesministerin für Arbeit und Soziales, Andrea Nahles (SPD), soll die Künstlersozialabgabe sinken.

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Eco Internet Award für philharmonie.tv

Das Kölner Konzertportal philharmonie.tv ist mit dem eco Internet Award des eco Verbands der Internetwirtschaft e. V. ausgezeichnet worden.

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Singpause – Das große Singen für Tausende Kinder

Mit der Düsseldorfer «Singpause» haben Zehntausende Grundschüler nebenbei in ihrer Schulzeit nicht nur singen, sondern auch Noten lesen gelernt. Das erfolgreiche Bildungsprojekt lässt andere Städte aufhorchen.

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neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung JazzZeitung: Dresdner Drum & Bass 2016 – 10th Anniversary

KlassikInfo.de @Klassikinfo Alessandro De Marchi verlängert bei Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik http://bit.ly/1tqatri

Limelight Magazine @LimelightEd Wagnerian tenor Alberto Remedios has passed away aged 81

Rene Orth, 30, is the new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Photo credit: Andrew Bogard

Rene Orth, 30, is the new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Photo credit: Andrew Bogard

(Written on June 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, copyright expires on Ravel’s “Bolero”, Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition announces its winners and Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory is reopened. Also, the English National Opera appoints Daniel Kramer as new artistic director and Toronto Symphony Orchestra appears to be stuck in former CEO’s legal splash zone.

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Copyright expires on Bolero, French classical favourite

Almost 90 years after it was first performed in Paris, the copyright runs out on Sunday on one of the most popular and unique pieces of classical music, Ravel’s “Bolero”.

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Winners Announced at the 28th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition

After two days of intense competition by some of the most talented young singers in the country, the winners of the 28th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition were announced.

Adaptistration

Toronto Symphony Appears To Be Stuck In Former CEO’s Legal Splash Zone

Toward the end of March, 2016 we examined the nasty PR mess the Toronto Symphony Orchestras (TSO) has been caught up in by way of the very public annulment legal battle between former president and CEO, Jeff Melanson, and his estranged wife, Eleanor McCain.

theguardian

English National Opera appoints Daniel Kramer as artistic director

ENO hoping American-born director will bring stability to company that has lurched from crisis to crisis over past two years.

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Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory Reopened

The Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory has reopened after a major renovation on April 30 with a concert by pianist Denis Matsuev.

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Peter und das iPhone – Die interaktive App zu “Peter und der Wolf in Hollywood” gibt es nun auch für das iPhone

Mit Peter und seinen Freunden virtuell nach Hollywood verreisen und musikalische Abenteuer erleben – das ermöglicht die interaktive App jetzt auch ganz mobil auf dem iPhone.

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Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis für dänischen Komponisten Per Nørgård

Der dänische Komponist Per Nørgård wird heute mit dem Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis ausgezeichnet. Er bekommt den Preis für ein Leben im Dienste der Musik.

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Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen als Orchester des Jahres ausgezeichnet

Die in diesem Jahr zum ersten Mal vergebene Auszeichnung wurde durch Bundestagspräsident Dr. Norbert Lammert und den Programmchef von Deutschlandradio Kultur, Hans-Dieter Heimendahl, im Rahmen des Musikfestivals “Heidelberger Frühling” verliehen.

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@klassikcom Göttinger Händel-Festspiele: Sämtliche 42 #Händel-Opern zum 100. Geburtstag #Oper #Musikfestival http://klassik.com/?ihRZM

@Musik_Heute: Nach Kritik der Türkei – #Konzertprojekt #Aghet in Dresden gefeiert http://bit.ly/1YZOv8l

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Per Nørgård in Kopenhagen. Foto: Manu Theobald/EvS Musikstiftung

Per Nørgård in Kopenhagen. Foto: Manu Theobald/EvS Musikstiftung

(Written on May 2, 2016 )