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In today’s news, Gramophone asks ‘The Shostakovich Question’, and The Guardian reveal 10 pieces that will give you nightmares. Also, Sinfini Music analyse music’s relationship with the brain, and The Telegraph analyse the effects of Richter’s ‘Sleep’


The Shostakovich Question

An isolated figure, working under one of the 20th century’s most terrifying dictatorships, his music is emotional, controversial, misunderstood – and a guaranteed hall-filler. David Fanning asks: why are we obsessed with Shostakovich?

The Guardian

Music to give you nightmares – 10 of the best

Radio 3 are broadcasting Max Richter’s eight-hour lullaby Sleep on Saturday night, live from the Wellcome Collection. Here, by contrast, are 10 works that certainly won’t give you sweet dreams

Sinfini Music

Music and the brain

If you’ve ever wondered exactly how it is that classical music can engage your senses, change your mood or even send a delicious tingle up your spine, then this weekend may give you the opportunity to find out

Classical Source

Welsh National Opera Announces New Music Director and New Conductor Laureate

Welsh National Opera announced their new Music Director today as Czech conductor Tomáš Hanus who will take up the position from autumn 2016

The Guardian

Wanted: eccentric singer of dead languages to produce uncategorisable music

Asked if she fancied making ‘extreme early music’, Stef Conner couldn’t resist. Little did she realise how extreme. She explains how she has breathed life into a 4,000-year-old language

The Telegraph

Can Radio 3’s eight-hour lullaby soothe our frazzled brains?

Max Richter’s new project, unambiguously titled Sleep, which will be broadcast for the first time on Radio 3 tomorrow

The New York Times

For the Philharmonic’s Opening Night, a New Name and a Big Gift

The opening of the New York Philharmonic’s 174th season on Thursday felt like the start of a new chapter, as the orchestra played for the first time in the newly rechristened David Geffen Hall and announced that it was getting the largest individual donation in its history


Expertenjury nominiert 21 Bewerber für die Europäischen Kulturmarken-Awards 2015

Die Shortlist der Kulturmarken-Awards 2015 steht. Unter dem Vorsitz von Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheytt, Präsident der Kulturpolitischen Gesellschaft e.V., wählte am 22. September eine 29-köpfige Expertenjury aus Kultur, Wirtschaft und Medien, bei der auch crescendo durch den Herausgeber Winfried Hanuschik vertreten ist, 21 Nominierte aus


Musik ohne Harmonie: Streit in Luxemburger Dachverband UGDA

Vier von elf Vorstandmitgliedern der UGDA, dem Dachverband der Musikvereine in Luxemburg, haben gestern, einer Meldung von ‘Radio 100,7′ zufolge, ihr Amt niedergelegt

Unternehmer spendet Millionen für Kirchenorgel

Der Unternehmer Günther Weber will der Stadt Neubrandenburg zum Bau einer neuen Konzertorgel eine Spende in Millionenhöhe zukommen lassen . Die Planung und der Bau der Orgel mit voraussichtlich 70 Registern wird Schätzungen zufolge zwei Millionen Euro kosten


Appel aux dons : les orgues parisiens sont en danger

Sur ces 234 instruments à vent que compte la ville de Paris, une immense partie d’entre eux sont en mauvais état et nécessitent une restauration. Certains diocèses sont aujourd’hui à la recherche de mécènes

El Mundo

La investigación contra Apple Music pasa de Europa a a Estados Unidos

Nueva York y Connecticut investigan si la compañía presiona a los productores para que dejen de proveer música a sus competidores


BBC Music MagazineWould you like to appear in BBC Music Magazine, simply by telling us about your favourite music? Here’s how you can…

BBC Radio 3What was the first music composed to fit the two sides of an LP? has the answer:

Sinfini MusicWho knew Hans Zimmer wasn’t so good with the whole music-reading thing…?! Fascinating interview by

News 25th Sep

Wake up, it’s Wagner … Max Richter/The Guardian

(Written on September 25, 2015 )

New York Times

Detroit Symphony Agrees to New Contract With Musicians

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which endured a bitter six-month strike a few years ago, settled its latest contract eight months early, orchestra officials announced Wednesday

BBC Music Magazine

HMV closes flagship Oxford Street store

HMV’s flagship store in Oxford Street has been shut down this week. Covering over 60,000 square-feet and set over three floors, the iconic HMV store at 150 Oxford Street has been at the forefront of the company’s UK presence since it was opened in 1986

NPR Music

A Gramophone And Mozart, Or How I Fell For Opera

British conductor Nicholas McGegan celebrates his ‘Beatle’ birthday today (64, that is). To mark the occasion, he recalls how he first fell in love with opera.

The ‘Ode To Joy’ As A Call To Action

Candaele has turned his obsession with Beethoven’s Ninth into a documentary film called Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony. He follows the Ninth around the world, to Chile and China, where it became an empowering anthem of solidarity, and to Japan, where performances of daiku — the Great Nine — are a cherished annual tradition.

The New York Times

The Echoes of War, From One Century to the Next

‘Shostakovich for the Children of Syria,’ a Benefit Concert “to promote the awareness of significant international humanitarian crises and other public interest issues”

The Metro

A real-life fairytale: Peter Pan performer proposes to his Wendy on stage

A Peter Pan performer surprised his very own Wendy when he got down on one knee near the end of a packed show in Glasgow

The Metro

The Metro


(Written on January 17, 2014 )

Buffalo News

Gerard Catalano: everybody knows some classical music

Why do we say we do not know classical music when it is everywhere in movies, television shows and commercials?

Global News

Katy Perry applauds Chinese orchestra’s version of ‘Roar’

Pop superstar Katy Perry was brought to tears Saturday by a unique rendition of her smash hit “Roar.”

GMA News

Italian violinist strikes a chord with street kids

A leading Italian violinist has swapped gilded concert halls for audiences of street children around the world, using music therapy to help those less fortunate

The Telegraph

Why opera directors must stop patronising people

Rupert Christiansen hopes that financial constraints might herald the end of directors who want to shock rather than entertain


The Menuhin Competition returns to London in 2016

Just five weeks ahead of the 2014 Menuhin Competition – the world’s most prestigious competition for violinists, taking place this year in Austin, Texas – plans were announced last night for the 2016 event, marking the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth

The Guardian

Arts head: Mark Tinkler, English Pocket Opera Company

The artistic director on opera as a learning tool and why schools, not hubs, need to be the main deliverer of music education

Classic FM Online

How I Wrote… Breaking Bad — Ozymandias – Sung Jin Hong

You know you’re addicted to Breaking Bad when you’re compelled to write an opera about it

Die Welt

Abbados Mozart-Orchester steht vor dem Aus

Der Traum des Star-Dirigenten ist zu Ende: Wegen finanzieller Schwierigkeiten und der Dauer-Krankheit des Dirigenten und Gründers musste das Orchestra Mozart “vorläufig” seine Aktivitäten einstellen

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 15, 2014 )