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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.

thelocal

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”.

thedallasopera

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.

pizzicato

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.

KlassikAkzente

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

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

(Written on May 2, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Mark Wigglesworth resigns as ENO’s music director, Timothy Ridout wins 2016 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, David Bowie mural in Brixton, London to be listed, the impact of music on early childhood development and more…

BBC Music Magazine

Mark Wigglesworth resigns as music director of English National Opera

English National Opera has revealed that Mark Wigglesworth has resigned as music director and will leave at the end of the current season.

The Strad

Timothy Ridout wins 2016 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition

The young violist receives a cash prize, performance opportunities and a viola bow

BBC News

David Bowie mural in Brixton ‘to be listed’

A mural of David Bowie that became a shrine to the musician after his death is to be listed by the council to ensure its long-term protection.

Classicalite

“Why Making Music Matters”: Carnegie Hall research paper commissioned on childhood development

As part of a project that is actively trying to understand the relationship between music and early childhood development, Carnegie Hall has commissioned a research paper from Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf called “Why Making Music Matters.”

Los Angeles Times

Musco Center’s sound decisions might make it the best opera house in the West

Yasuhisa Toyota has done it again. The Japanese acoustician became an international sensation with the 2003 opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall, his first assignment outside of Asia

International Arts Manager

RNCM to install world’s largest BOXY modular studio for its students

Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced plans to transform its former Studio Theatre into a state-of-the-art rehearsal and recording area by fitting the world’s largest BOXY modular studio system.

International Arts Manager

Oxford University Press announces new head of repertoire promotion

OUP has announced the appointment of Jenny Wegg to the position of Head of Repertoire Promotion in its music department. Wegg was previously senior promotion manager at Music Sales, where she worked for nearly seven years until summer 2015, managing a roster of composers, including Peter Maxwell Davies, John Tavener and Tarik O’Regan.

Die Zeit

Schafft mehr Konzertsäle!

München kriegt jetzt einen, Paris und Bochum haben welche: Diese Häuser sollte man sich leisten, auch an ungewöhnlichen Orten

NMZ

Reformation in Mecklenburg kommt als Oper auf die Bühne

Die Geschichte der Reformation in Mecklenburg kommt als Oper auf die Bühne: Mehr als 50 Mitwirkende der Reformationsoper «Ritter, Tod und Teufel» haben sich am Wochenende erstmals in Schönberg getroffen

Klassik.com

Beethoven-Haus erwirbt Brief des Komponisten

Das Bonner Beethoven-Haus hat einen Brief aus der Feder des damals 43-jährigen Komponisten erwerben können

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English National Opera @E_N_O: ICYMI – we’re now on #! Be one of our first Snapchat friends. Our username is enopera.

Royal Music College @RCMLondon: We welcome back the outstanding @ for music by @, # & # on 14 April – book now:

BBC Music Magazine @Music Magazine: ENO misery continues. Now Mark Wigglesworth has resigned as music director:

Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke

Mark Wigglesworth became Music Director at English National Opera in 2015. Photograph: Sim Canetty-Clarke

(Written on March 23, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, former director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera teaching choir of the homeless, Cressida Pollock to save the English National Opera and RCM reports on study, revealing that drumming has a positive impact on the mental health. Also Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra meets dance music and Yuri Temirkanov on his BSO return, plus more.

The Times

The Marxist at the Met and her choir of the homeless

The last time Penny Woolcock was in a rehearsal room, she was at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, walking the Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien through her production of Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers.

The Independent

ENO head Cressida Pollock’s exclusive manifesto to save her company: ‘I can’t allow it to fail’

​Cressida Pollock, chief executive of the English National Opera, is no opera buff. Nonetheless, she thinks she has a plan to turn the troubled company’s fortunes around. Here, she outlines her bold rescue strategy

Classical Music Magazine

RCM study reveals that drumming has a positive impact on mental health

A study conducted by the Royal College of Music provides further evidence of the positive effect of music on mental health.

The Mirror

Cream Classics event will see dance and classical music collide in final nightclub and cathedral hurrah

Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra take on dance giant’s anthems at city’s Anglican Cathedral in unique merging of musical styles

Baltimore Sun

Yuri Temirkanov on his BSO return and, yes, still disliking the idea of female conductors

After a decade-long absence, Yuri Temirkanov is back in town this week to conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which he led for seven memorable seasons

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Teen classical musicians learn how to throw out the sheet music and improvise

As if being a teenager doesn’t come with enough anxiety, try deciding to pursue a career as an artist at the same time. Luckily for aspiring creatives, organizations such as the National Young Arts Foundation have been guiding high schoolers through this process since 1981.

Musik heute

Rossini-Oper “Die Reise nach Reims” als Comic – Koproduktion der Theater Kiel und Lübeck

Es erinnert an Filme wie “Mary Poppins” oder “Falsches Spiel mit Roger Rabbit”, wird aber eine Opern-Produktion: Gioachino Rossinis “Die Reise nach Reims” mit Sängern und Comic-Figuren in den Hauptrollen, die gemeinsam auf Leinwand und Bühne agieren

Die Zeit

Kent Nagano mit Widmann-Oratorium in der Elbphilharmonie

Mit einem Auftrags-Oratorium für Soli, Chor und Orchester von Jörg Widmann wird sich das Philharmonische Staatsorchester Hamburg unter Kent Nagano am 13. Januar 2017 erstmals in der Elbphilharmonie präsentieren

MDR.de

Ohne Kapellmeister in die neue Saison

Der designierte Gewandhauskapellmeister Andris Nelsons wird schon in der nächsten Spielzeit 15 Konzerte mit dem Leipziger Orchester spielen

France musique

Le Phono Museum menacé de fermeture

Ouvert en septembre 2014, le Phono Museum à Pigalle est menacé de disparition. Des tout premiers phonographes, à l’arrivée du mp3 en passant par les gramophones et les tournes disques, ce petit musée parisien retrace 140 ans de l’aventure du son

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Classic FM @ClassicFM: Need some great music to get you going this morning? @TimLihoreau is here to help:  #MoreMusicBreakfast

Top Classical News @topcmnews: ENO’s new mantra: Not pricey, not posh  #ClassicalMusic

ENO peforms ‘Akhnaten’ by Philip Glass Richard Hubert Smith

Photograph: Philip Glass Richard Hubert Smith, ENO performs ‘Akhnaten’

(Written on March 22, 2016 )

Classical news

In today’s news, Ennio Morricone wins first ever Oscar and LaSalle Quartet violist Peter Kamnitzer dies aged 93. Also, Antonio Pappano and ENO chorus and orchestra nominated for Olivier Awards and music could cut costs for dementia care

Classic FM

Antonio Pappano and English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra nominated for Olivier Awards

The nominations for this year’s Oliver Awards, recognising excellence across theatre, dance and opera, have been announced

BBC Music Magazine

Ennio Morricone wins first ever Oscar

Leading film composer enjoys Academy Award success for The Hateful Eight

The Strad

LaSalle Quartet violist Peter Kamnitzer has died aged 93

The New Indian Express

Why are people losing interest in pure classical music: Amjad Ali

JODHPUR: Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, who has enthralled audiences all across the globe with his music, is concerned that people are today more interested in fusion than pure classical music

Kulturport

Intendantenwechsel bei den Berliner Philharmonikern zur Spielzeit 2017/2018

Martin Hoffmann, Intendant der Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker, wird seinen im Sommer 2017 auslaufenden Vertrag nicht verlängern

NMZ

BDMV stellt sich neu auf – Paul Lehrieder neuer Präsident

Der CSU-Bundestagsabgeordnete Paul Lehrieder aus Würzburg ist neuer Präsident der Bundesvereinigung deutscher Musikverbände (BDMV)

Musik-heute

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra zu UN-Botschafter ernannt

Das West-Eastern Divan Orchestra ist von den Vereinten Nationen zum globalen Botschafter für kulturelle Verständigung ernannt worden

Arts Journal

Music Might Cut Costs For Dementia Care

“Manchester Camerata orchestra’s Music in Mind (MIM) projects, which involved 7,200 people in care homes and community projects across Greater Manchester last year, have had such dramatic effects on participants

Philly

Otto-Werner Mueller, 89; longtime teacher of conducting at Curtis

Otto-Werner Mueller, 89, an old-world maestro whose teaching technique and formidable mien inspired reverence – and no small measure of fear – in generations of conductors and orchestral players, died Thursday evening

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New York Times Arts ‏@nytimesarts  Have we been playing Gershwin wrong for 70 years? http://nyti.ms/21FYXEl 

The Opera Awards ‏@TheOperaAwards  We feel like kids on Christmas morning…#OperaAwards2016 shortlists announced today at 11am.

Making Music UK ‏@MakingMusic_UK   So many great musical initiatives are taking place around the UK in 2016. Here’s a roundup of some of the best: http://ow.ly/YvxzR 

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Sir Antonio Pappano/ IMG Artists

(Written on March 1, 2016 )

In today’s news, the new artistic director at ENO will face some hard decisions and the ICMA held its General Assembly at the Grand Resort in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland. Also, Downton Abbey has been named as Britain’s favourite classical TV theme and a lost joint composition by Mozart and Salieri has been found

The Guardian

ENO in crisis: who can keep the magic alive?

Last week English National Opera advertised for an artistic director. Applications close on Wednesday. Get your skates on if you have a “broadly ranging knowledge of opera” and can “lead an artistic vision”.

Classic FM

Downton Abbey named nation’s favourite classical TV theme after poll of Classic FM listeners

Just weeks after the final episode of Downton Abbey, the theme, composed by John Lunn, has won the Classic FM TV Top 20 with the Sunday Express

BBC Music Magazine

Music’s Great Romantics

Love, requited or otherwise, was a huge inspiration for many of our greatest Romantic composers. We take a look at some of the best romantic tales of classical music…

NMZ

Zweites Internationales Musikfest Hamburg steht in den Startlöchern

Die Betreiber der Elbphilharmonie und Laeiszhalle bereiten sich auf das zweite Internationale Musikfest Hamburg vor

Die Zeit

Schön schleierhaft

Musik für unsere effektivitätskranke Gesellschaft: Der umjubelte Nils Frahm und seine Band Nonkeen legen ihre erste CD vor

Codex Flores

Interdisziplinäre Musikwissenschaft in Bochum

Die Folkwang Universität der Künste und die Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) bieten ein neues Studienprogramm an

Pizzicato

A Very Fit ICMA Jury Met At The Grand Resort In Bad Ragaz

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) held its General Assembly this weekend during the Next Generation Festival at the Grand Resort in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

Le Figaro

Une “précieuse” composition de Mozart et Salieri retrouvée

Deux siècles après la disparition des compositeurs, un morceau composé à quatre mains a été redécouvert

New York Times

Amid Tension, Met and James Levine Mull Last Bow

The question of when and how to say farewell to a leader is one that bedevils all kinds of institutions

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ARTE Concert  Die offenbaren ihr Talent – heute u.a. mit und .

Manuel Brug  Interview: Jaap van Zweden und New York

dw_reise  Berliner Philharmoniker in 360 Grad! Video:

Photograph: Classicfm

Photograph: Classicfm

(Written on February 15, 2016 )

In today’s news, The Guardian reports that ENO singers are to vote strike action and hundreds protest arts cuts in Cardiff. Also, Moscow wants Rachmaninoff’s body back and Paris inaugurates Europe’s most powerful organ

Classical Music Magazine

Leading opera figures protest plans for a ‘part-time’ ENO

A change.org petition is asking the board of English National Opera ‘to reconsider its plans to turn the company into a part-time organisation’

BBC Music Magazine

Daniel Hyde takes New York choir post

Daniel Hyde has been named as the new organist and director of music at St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue in New York

The Strad

Cellist Thomas Mesa wins 2016 Sphinx Competition $50,000 first prize

The annual Detroit contest, including senior and junior divisions, is open to black and Latino US string players

Arts Professional

Hundreds protest arts cuts in Cardiff

400 people gathered to challenge a potential £700k cut to the arts budget in the Welsh capital, which protesters say will threaten “the future of culture in the city”

Daily Mail

Battle between Classic FM and Radio 3 continues as BBC station accuses rival of being ‘put together by computer’ ahead of review into its output

The on-going battle between Classic FM and Radio 3 rumbles on after staff at the BBC station accused its rival of being ‘put together by a computer’

The Guardian

English National Opera singers to vote on strike action

On Friday, the chorus of English National Opera were on stage in front of more than 2,000 people as part of an exhilarating opening night of Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Die Welt

Russland will Rachmaninow zurück

Der Name des kleinen Ortes erinnert eher an Wagner, aber in Valhalla liegt einer der größten russischen Komponisten begraben: Sergej Rachmaninow

Musik-heute.de

Berenberg Kulturpreis an Musiktheater-Regisseurin Kautz

Die Musiktheater-Regisseurin Luise Kautz hat den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Berenberg Kulturpreis erhalten

Klassic.com

Placido Domingo erhält Ehrendoktorwürde der Universität Pécs

Der Sänger und Operndirektor Placido Domingo hat eine weitere Ehrendoktorwürde erhalten. Die Auszeichnung wurde ihm von der Universität im ungarischen Pécs verliehen

Le Figaro

La Philharmonie de Paris inaugure «l’orgue le plus puissant d’Europe»

Composé de quatre claviers, de 91 jeux et d’un ventre capable de rendre les plus incroyables sonorités, l’orgue de la Philharmonie est un géant

The Washington Post

In Pedja Muzijevic’s recital, talk gets in the way of ‘Haydn Dialogues’

Classical concerts shouldn’t be locked into the same old formats. Unfortunately, the process of discovering new formats for them is fraught

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MasterclassFoundat’n @MMFmasterclass #AlbanBerg was born on this day in 1885. Here’s a clip from one of his most famous works – the opera #Wozzeck. http://bit.ly/1SmER0a 

BR_Klassik 100 Jahre – auch in der Musik. Würdigung einer Kunstrevolte.

neue musikzeitung – Grossprojekt des Netzwerk Neue Baden-Württemberg: Wie sieht das…

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(Written on February 9, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, classical music finds way to the Super Bowl halftime show and ENO chorus expects a 25% pay cut. Also, Norwegian Air changes hand baggage policy to allow violins and violas in the cabin and the 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture, which will take place in Malta

PostBulletin.com

Classical music finds way to biggest stage of the year

The announcement that Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel will conduct members of Youth Orchestra Los Angeles in the Super Bowl halftime show is big news for the world of classical music

Classical Music Magazine

ENO Chorus expecting 25% pay cut

The union Equity has confirmed that the English National Opera Chorus has been told to expect a 25% cut in pay and the loss of at least four jobs

The Strad

Norwegian changes hand baggage policy to allow violins and violas in the cabin

Norwegian Air has changed its hand baggage rules to allow violins and violas inside the cabin in response to widespread criticism from musicians

International Arts Manager

7th World Summit on Arts and Culture to take place in Malta

IFACCA has announced details of the 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture, which will take place in Valletta, Malta, next October

NMZ

Walcker-Orgel in Synagoge in Buenos Aires wird restauriert

Eine deutsche Orgel in der ältesten Synagoge von Buenos Aires soll mit Unterstützung der Bundesregierung restauriert werden

Klassik.com

Leonard Bernstein Award 2016 für Hornist Felix Klieser

Der Hornist Felix Klieser erhält den Leonard Bernstein Award 2016. Die mit 10.000 Euro dotierte Auszeichnung wird vom Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival mit Unterstützung einer Bankengruppe verliehen

Klassik-heute.de

CIVIS Medienpreis 2016 mit Rekordbeteiligung

Neuer Rekord beim CIVIS Medienpreis für Integration und kulturelle Vielfalt in Europa. 2016 wurden in den Preiskategorien Radio, Film, Fernsehen und Internet insgesamt über 900 Produktionen zum Wettbewerb eingereicht

Le Figaro

Opéra de Paris: les seize mois agités de Benjamin Millepied

Nommé directeur de danse en novembre 2014, le chorégraphe âgé de 38 ans a annoncé le 4 février qu’il démissionnait de ses fonctions

Classicalite

Atlanta Symphony’s Jane Little, 87, Inducted into Guinness Book of World Records

Normally a classical musician wouldn’t be equated with world records, but one member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has defied expectation

Twitter

MonteverdiChoir&Orch @mco_london  With Handel’s birthday coming up, we’ve made our Handel Bach Scarlatti CD album of the month http://monteverdi.co.uk/shop/albums/other-releases/handel-bach-scarlatti

Opera Anywhere@OperaAnywhere  Planning something special to give to schools at our stand @MusicEdExpo encouraging an opera & drama boost. Come & see us on E7 #Musicedexpo

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Gustavo Dudamel conducts a performance with YOLA, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles at Walt Disney Concert Hall on May 10, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times/TNS)/ Postbulletin.com

Gustavo Dudamel conducts a performance with YOLA, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles at Walt Disney Concert Hall  2014 in LA (Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times/TNS)/ Postbulletin.com

(Written on February 5, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, English National Opera begins the new year in offstage turmoil and the Telegraph critics present the highlights of the new season. Also, fears arise that the new London concert hall might be too expensive and in the wrong location and jazz singer Natalie Cole has passed away

Gramophone

Classical music’s New Year’s honours

A pair of pianists, a conductor and a violinist on the 2016 list

The Guardian

ENO’s woes: opera company begins new year in offstage turmoil

Chorus contract renegotiations and limited productions are not doomsday scenario, says management, but a way to help company remodel and grow

The Telegraph

Culture Calendar: the best of 2016

From Bowie to Botticelli, Dad’s Army to Uncle Vanya – our critics pick the must-see highlights of the new season

The Guardian

New London concert hall ‘too expensive and in wrong place’

Proposal for world-class venue for Simon Rattle’s LSO in City of London is rejected by leading musicians

Der Tagesspiegel

Oh Freunde, diese Töne!

Eine legt zu, eine bleibt gleich, eine verliert leicht – die Jahresbilanzen 2015 der drei Berliner Opernhäuser

FAZ

Er setzt den Flügel in Flammen

Der Jazzpianist Wolfgang Dauner kann alles und hat alles gespielt: Bebop, Free Jazz, Fusionmusik. Nun wird der große Stilist und Vorkämpfer des neuen, europäischen Jazz achtzig Jahre alt

nmz

«Unforgettable»: Jazz-Sängerin Natalie Cole gestorben

Der Schatten ihres Vaters war lang. Zunächst schaffte es Natalie Cole nicht, sich vom Ruhm der Jazz-Legende Nat King Cole zu lösen. Doch spätestens im virtuellen Duett mit ihm kam der Durchbruch. Nun ist die Sängerin an den späten Folgen ihrer Drogenabhängigkeit gestorben

La Croix

Diego Ares et Padre Soler, le jeune homme et le moine musicien

Le claveciniste espagnol retrouve avec émotion la musique du Padre Soler, moine compositeur du XVIIe siècle, qu’il a découvert à l’âge de 13 ans

Washington Post

Ivory, at the tip of a complex issue for traveling orchestra members

It’s a mere quarter of a gram of ivory embedded at the bottom tip of many violin bows. But because it comes from the tusks of the African elephant, its presence has become a major headache for U.S. orchestras and soloists leaving the country for tours overseas

Twitter

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic : ‘MORNING, EVERYONE! Banish back-to-work blues with a playlist of inspiring classical tunes:

The Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse : Find out when to watch our Rhapsody/Two Pigeons cinema relay. We’re in scores of countries^E

Royal Conservatory @the_rcm : The quest for the perfect reed:

The alternative proposed location for a new concert centre, at Blackfriars. Photograph: NQHO Trust/The Guardian

The alternative proposed location for a new concert centre, at Blackfriars. Photograph: NQHO Trust/The Guardian

(Written on January 4, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Arts Council Ireland is suffering from ‘unnecessarily damaging’ cuts, Classic FM is to mark the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin with a 20-part series, and opera stars warn that cuts ‘threaten to destroy’ the English National Opera

The Guardian

Opera stars warn that cuts ‘threaten to destroy’ the English National Opera

In an open letter to the Times, Sir Antonio Pappano has called for the reinstatement of full seasons at the ENO, in the face of drastic cuts

Classical Music Magazine

Classic FM to mark Menuhin centenary with 20-part series

Classic FM is to mark the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin with a 20-part series presented by the conductor and violinist’s official biographer Humphrey Burton

Irish Times

Classical music: The Arts Council allows a crisis to go to waste

Times have been hard, but the decision to cut funding to three musical organisations is unnecessarily damaging

Classical Music Magazine

Liverpool Phil announces inaugural Christopher Brooks prize recipient

Bethan Morgan-Williams has been named as the winner of the inaugural Christopher Brooks Composition Prize

The Strad

Hadelich, Tetzlaff, Takács, Eighth Blackbird receive classical Grammy nominations

The nominations for the 58th annual Grammy Awards were announced on 7 December

FAZ

Knödelfabrik wird Konzertsaal

Bayern hat entschieden: Der neue Münchner Konzertsaal entsteht nun doch nicht im Stadtzentrum, sondern auf einem Industriegelände an der Peripherie. Damit setzt das Kabinett einen Schlussstrich unter eine fast 15 Jahre währende Debatte

Klassik Akzente

Musikalisches Schlüsselerlebnis – die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft forscht in Sachen Klassik

Die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft ist für ihre exzellenten Forschungseinrichtungen überall auf der Welt bekannt. Eine neue Studie widmet sich nun intensiv der klassischen Musik und den Hörgewohnheiten ihrer Fans

Pizzicato 

Dirigent Heinz Fricke gestorben

Der langjährige Generalmusikdirektor der Deutschen Staatsoper in Berlin, Heinz Fricke, ist tot. Fricke, der an der Musikhochschule in Weimar u.a. bei Hermann Abendroth studierte hatte, starb bereits am Montag im Alter von 88 Jahren in Berlin-Buch

El Pais

El embajador del tango

El pianista argentino Juan Esteban Cuacci, considerado desde niño como un músico prodigio, cuenta su experiencia durante siete años como director musical de Raphael

Hoy es arte

La locura musical de Nietzsche en cinco piezas

Detrás del gran bigotón de la filosofía moderna, del más arrebatado y original de los pensadores, había un melómano incurable que afirmó que “sin música la vida sería un error” y que quiso ser compositor y lo fue aunque con escaso éxito

Twitter

James MacMillanAwarded Knighthood in person this morning by HRH Prince William at Windsor Castle

Classic FMWe’ve teamed up with to find the Nation’s Favourite Christmas Carol – vote and win some gorgeous prizes:

BBC Music Magazine: Have a very Victorian Christmas.

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Sir Antonio Pappano has petitioned the ENO board to engage in a public examination of ways to protect the company. Photograph: David Rose/Rex/The Guardian

(Written on December 9, 2015 )

 

Classical News

In today’s news, the arts world is being love-blitzed by government ministers, and The Arts Desks discusses music in other cultures. Also, the Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2016 is launched, and interviews with Andrea Bocelli and Andrew Shore

The Times

Richard Morrison: Finally the arts world is being love-blitzed by government ministers

David Cameron isn’t the only Tory rushing to seize the centre ground with a show of cuddly, caring conservatism. After years in which his party huffed and puffed about the importance of youngsters getting qualifications in “hard” academic disciplines, the arts world is suddenly being love-blitzed by his education ministers

Telegraph

Andrea Bocelli: ‘It’s beautiful to sing for everybody’

If Andrea Bocelli had his way, he would never speak, only sing. So it seems almost unfair to subject him to an interview

The Guardian

Baritone Andrew Shore: from baring all for Beckmesser, to toupees and timing

He’s always wanted to play a panto dame, eyebrows are crucial, and the best singers are those that simply listen to the music. The great buffo-baritone talks us through some of his greatest comic roles for English National Opera

The Arts Desk

Extract: The Other Classical Musics

Michael Church prefaces a collection of essays on the Great Tradition in different cultures

Classical Music Magazine

Royal College of Music development gets green light

The Royal College of Music (RCM) has been granted planning permission for the development of its site on Prince Consort Road

Classic FM

Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2016 launched

The Arts Club has announced details of this year’s Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2016

Der Tagesspiegel 

Der Nachwuchs kommt aus Fernost

Alle Finalisten spielten beim Max-Rostal-Wettbewerk an der Universität der Künste das gleiche Werk. Gewonnen hat nur einer: Diyang Mei aus China

Concerti

„Heute will sich das Publikum amüsieren“

Nikolai Lugansky gilt als Exponent der russischen Klavierschule, er selber will von solchen Klassifizierungen jedoch nichts wissen

Pizzicato 

Rare Mozart Letter Sold For $217,000 At Auction

A rare letter written by Mozart sold for $217,000 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The one-page signed note in German is undated, but was probably written in the summer of 1786 to the composer’s close friend, the great Austrian botanist Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin

Pacific Standard

Music Is a Potent Source of Meaning

But new research finds younger and older people largely listen for different reasons. The source of music’s power has long been debated, with many psychologists concluding its primary benefit is emotional regulation. For many of us, that has always seemed awfully reductive and recently published research suggests we may be right

Le Figaro

Les Gipsy Kings au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco?

La rumba catalane, musique emblématique de groupes gitans de Barcelone ou Perpignan comme celui de la famille Reyes, est candidate pour être inscrite sur la liste du patrimoine culturel immatériel des Nations unies

Twitter

Arts Council England ‏@ace_national : #culturematters: share our EDM with your MP, recognising economic impact of arts&culture http://bit.ly/1L1tSW3 

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic  : Mr @LudovicoEinaud‘s new album dropped today! We quizzed him about Euclid, Eminem & an extremely full iPhone… http://bit.ly/1LQr2ok 

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM  :10 pieces of classical music that will change your life: http://classfm.co/tzsPBl  (and all of them are on @composed)

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The Kyrgyz ensemble Tengir Too/The Arts Desk

 

(Written on October 16, 2015 )