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In today’s classical news, Beethoven’s manuscript is to be auctioned at Sotheby’s, however the authenticity of the manuscript is being disputed between an academic based in University of Manchester and Sotheby’s Director of books and manuscripts. German ensemble, The Vision String Quartet, won the first prize of Geneva International String Quartet Competition 2016 in Switzerland. Also, pianist Menahem Pressler played Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 595 with Boston Symphony Orchestra at the age of 92.

Belfast Telegraph

Classical music experts out of tune over Beethoven manuscript

A bad-tempered row erupted in the world of classical music after experts clashed over the authenticity of a Beethoven manuscript that is up for auction.

The Strad

Vision String Quartet wins Geneva Competition

The Vision String Quartet from Germany has won first prize, worth CHF 20,000 ($19,700), at the Geneva International String Quartet Competition in Switzerland.

Royal Academy of Music’s head of strings responds to criticism from violinist Nigel Kennedy

The British violinist accused music colleges of producing ‘factory lines’ of pianists and violinists

CMUSE

92-year-old pianist plays Mozart concerto with Boston Symphony Orchestra

92-year-old Menahem Pressler was guest soloist last week with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27.

Choir and Organ Magazine

London Concord Singers mark 50th anniversary

The London Concord Singers are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a concert under new musical director Jessica Norton.

Classical Music Magazine

Julian Lloyd Webber presents cello highlights of BBC archive

Julian Lloyd Webber will highlight some the best cello performances in the BBC Archive in a new BBC Four programme.

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Streit um Dresdner Kulturpalast – Intendant verärgert

Wenige Monate vor der Wiedereröffnung des Dresdner Kulturpalastes gibt es Streit über die Kosten der Bespielung. Nach Philharmonie-Chefdirigent Michael Sanderling reagierte am Montag auch Musikfestspiel-Intendant Jan Vogler verärgert auf die in der vergangenen Woche überraschend vom Stadtrat beschlossene Budgetkürzung für die beiden städtischen Institutionen.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Valery Gergiev muss Konzerte absagen

Der russische Dirigent muss wegen einer Knieoperation mehrere Konzerte absagen. Bereits bei einem Auftritt in Bern musste Gergiev aufgrund einer Meniskusverletzung Teile des Konzerts im Sitzen dirigieren. Im Anschluß wurden weitere Konzerte in Belgien und Luxemburg abgesagt. Gleiches gilt für Auftritte mit dem London Symphony Orchestra, bei denen nun Thomas Sondergard für Gergiev einspringt.

Musik Heute

Jana Baumeister gewinnt Bundeswettbewerb Gesang

Die Sopranistin Jana Baumeister hat den diesjährigen Bundeswettbewerb Gesang gewonnen. Die 28-Jährige erhielt den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten 1. Preis und den Sonderpreis der Leipziger Bach-Stiftung für Konzertengagements.

Klassik Heute

Hamburg kürt Deutschlands innovativste Gründung in der Musikwirtschaft

Sechs deutsche Gründerteams wetteifern beim Music WorX Day am 30. November 2016 um den Förderpreis der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg für junge, innovative Unternehmen aus der Musikwirtschaft. Die Gründer und Gründerinnen präsentieren ihre Geschäftsideen vor einem Fachpublikum – das beste Team erhält den mit 5.000 Euro dotierten Jurypreis.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 The 50 greatest Schubert recordings – part 3 – Gramophone http://dlvr.it/MmGQkJ

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera A Londoner through and through! Fancy a stroll around Handel’s home town? http://www.roh.org.uk/news/a-trip-ar…

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(Written on November 29, 2016 )

Sven Helbig is one of the biggest talents in the pool of composers of the new generation. He is known for his residence at Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar but also for his creative collaborations with artists of other genres such as hard rock band Rammstein or the Pet Shop Boys. He just released the video trailer for his newest piece: the album I Eat The Sun And Drink The Rain introduces bewitching, delicate choral voices and a fascinating sound.

The album features the Baroque-specialists Vocalconsort Berlin, one of the most renowned German choirs, conducted by cosmopolite conductor Kristjan Järvi whose concerts have been proclaimed a “life-enhancing experience” (The Herald, Scotland).

I Eat The Sun And Drink The Rain will be released on 9th September 2016 on Berlin-based record label Neue Meister (Berlin Classics / Edel Germany). The album will be premiered live at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany on 23rd September 2016 and will then go on tour. You can pre-order the album here.

Keep up to date with Neue Meister’s releases via their website, Facebook and Twitter.

 

(Written on August 8, 2016 )

Schubert (1797 – 1828) wrote over 600 Lieder, some of which became immediately popular, whilst others remained unknown until after his death.

Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, composers including Schumann, Brahms, Wolf and Richard Strauss also wrote Lieder, and they all acknowledged Schubert as the pioneer of the form. Unfortunately, Goethe (1749-1832) never opened a package of Schubert’s Lieder, which was sent to him in 1816. Had he done so, Schubert would probably have become well known further afield while he was still alive. 

Schubert set to music the works of a wide range of poets and Goethe in particular was a constant inspiration. Goethe had a special interest in the relationship between poetry and music; to him, music was essential. In a letter from 1822, he wrote: “He who does not love music does not deserve to be called a human being; he who merely loves it is only half a human being; but he who makes music is a whole human being.” The musicality of his poetry attracted many composers.

Here are some of Schubert – Goethe’s most famous compositions.

Gretchen am Spinnrade (Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel): written when Schubert was just 17 years old. The music is set to a text from Goethe’s Faust, in which Gretchen is anxious about her love for Faust, whom she barely knows. This is Schubert’s first setting of a text by Goethe.

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Heidenroeslein (Wild Rose): this is a very sweet piece, and you can hear elements of German folk song which, along with a sense of unaffected simplicity and closeness to nature, were important for composers of Lieder.

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Der Erlkoenig (The Erlking): this was the first of Schubert’s works to be published. The text tells a dark tale of the death of a young boy who encounters a supernatural being. Schubert uses different vocal ranges, as one singer unusually plays all four characters.

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Goethe measured the success of a Lied by whether the meaning of the text had been produced in musical form. In his renditions, Schubert unites his music with Goethe’s words successfully, just as Goethe would have wished.

 

(Written on November 2, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news John Rutter celebrates his 70th birthday, and violinist David Garrett cancels his Proms in the Park appearance in London. Classical Music Magazine asks if the John Lewis model can be applies to orchestras, and The Little Orchestra Society plans to cut performances by half as it tries to get back on firmer financial footing and reinvent itself for a younger audience.

Guardian

Monteverdi’s Orfeo: ‘a brilliant and compelling fable to the inalienable power of music’

Monteverdi might be surprised to find himself hailed as the inventor of the opera, and he disclaimed the role of revolutionary, but his Orfeo is a radical, innovative and extraordinary work

Classic FM

John Rutter celebrates his 70th birthday: ‘I’m still 27 inside’

John Rutter reflects on his career as one of the most celebrated and popular composers of the modern era – and he’s looking forwards, not backwards.

The Strad

Violinist David Garrett cancels Proms in the Park appearance in London

The German musician announced his withdrawal on his Facebook page

Classical Music Magazine

Could the John Lewis model be applied to our orchestras?

In the July issue of CM, my article ‘Are our orchestral musicians “violin operators” or “evangelists for our art”?’ challenges us to find a way to make our musicians both employees and owners of their orchestras.

All Africa

Nigeria: I Want to Change Perception About Classical Music – Chichi Nwanoku

Chichi Nwanoku is a United Kingdom-based Nigerian artiste who is making her mark in Chamber Music. The recipient of the MBE Award from the Queen of England, speaks about her love for music and making a difference in black and minority ethnic groups with her foundation, Chineke! She also talks about her upcoming Europe’s first Black and Minority Ethnic professional orchestra.

Die Welt

Kirill Petrenko nimmt Abschied von Bayreuth

Der Dirigent Kirill Petrenko geht mit sinfonischer Wucht. Sein Regisseur Frank Castorf hat sich im dritten Jahr weniger Mühe gegeben mit dem “Ring”. Als Konsequenz seiner nihilistischen Ziellosigkeit.

Der Tagesspeigel

Sommermatineen im Musikinstrumenten-Museum Weißwein und Wachtraum

Bei der vierten Sommermatinee im Musikinstrumenten-Museum spielt das Quartet Tokio Berlin einen heiteren Haydn – und einen viel zu ernsten Beethoven.

Klassik Akzente

Aus alt mach’ neu – 64 neue alte Titel bei “Manufacture on Demand”

Insgesamt 5000 Aufnahmen erscheinen in maßgeschneiderter kleiner Auflage wieder auf dem Markt. Mit dabei: Raritäten des Klassik-Labels Mercury Living Presence.

The New York Times

The Little Orchestra Society Limits Schedule and Aims for Younger Audience

The orchestra — an important part of New York City’s music scene since 1947 that has focused in recent years on classical music for children — plans to cut the number of performances it gives next season nearly in half as it tries to get back on firmer financial footing and reinvent itself to appeal to new generations of concertgoers.

France Musique

Le chef Andris Nelsons prolongé à Boston

Le chef d’orchestre letton Andris Nelsons a prolongé son contrat de directeur artistique de l’Orchestre symphonique de Boston. Il est maintenant lié avec la phalange américaine jusqu’au terme de la saison 2021-2022.

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Southbank Centre: Grab a coffee & head for the gongs!! Enjoy a new type of elevenses with our Javanese orchestra. Today 11am:

Sinfini Music: Regietheater: high art or pretentious claptrap? A Y-fronted weighs in on the debate

Ludwigshafen_23.03.09_031Violinist David Garrett cancels Proms in the Park appearance in London. Photo: Wikipedia

(Written on August 4, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

ENO’s Mastersinger’s frontcloth of famous German artists – how many can you identify?

The frontcloth to ENO’s new production of The Mastersingers of Nuremberg features a collage of 103 of the most famous cultural figures from the German-speaking world. How many can you name? And no, Wagner himself is not there.

Telegraph

Petrus Alamire: the musical spy at Henry VIII’s court

In Tudor times you could be a businessman, musician and a spy: Ivan Hewett investigates the murky history behind a musical manuscript

The Times

Rufus Wainwright on Prima Donna, his first opera

Rufus Wainwright has his opera hat on. He’s at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios (where he films this exclusive video for The Times) for ten intense days with the BBC Symphony Orchestra recording Prima Donna, his first opera.

Classic FM

Big audience increase for Classic FM

5.6 million people listen every week, according to latest figures.

Classical Music Magazine

Why not take some simple steps to demystify concertgoing?

Behaviour rules are only elitist if you don’t tell people what they are ‒ and there are some simple steps that many of us could take which would make classical music more open.

Zeit Online

Das Herz des Jazz

Der große Bassist Eberhard Weber hatte vor sieben Jahren einen Schlaganfall. In Stuttgart stand er nun erstmals wieder auf der Konzertbühne – und wurde gefeiert.

KlassikAkzente

Rolf Zuckowski führt Kinder an die Klangwelt der Klassik heran

Mit seinem neuen Doppelalbum “3 Klassiker für Kinder” wird der bekannte Kinderliedermacher Rolf Zuckowski zum Erzähler dreier musikalischer Reisen in die Klassik.

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In Konzertsaaldebatte breiter Widerstand gegen Standortentscheidung

München – Nach der Festlegung von Freistaat und Landeshauptstadt gegen einen weiteren Konzertsaal in München formiert sich breiter Widerstand.

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Besançon 2015: 41 Dirigentinnen und 229 Dirigenten aus 5 Kontinenten registriert

Insgesamt 270 Kandidaten (41 Frauen und 229 Männer) aus fünf Kontinenten haben sich für den diesjährigen Dirigentenwettbewerb in Besançon eingeschrieben.

Klassik.com

Mehreinnahmen durch Rundfunkbeitrag vermutlich bei 1.500.000.000 Euro

Die haushaltsgebundene Zwangsabgabe (sog. “Rundfunkbeitrag”) bringt nach neuesten Prognosen der Kommission zur Ermittlung des Finanzbedarfs von ARD und ZDF (Kef) deutlich mehr Einnahmen als die bislang vermuteten 1,2 Milliarden Euro.

The New York Times

Rapping a Revolution

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Others From ‘Hamilton’ Talk History

Twitter

Carnegie Hall @carnegiehall: Meet Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda, who fuses Colombian music with American jazz: http://bit.ly/1CZrnOm  (1/2)

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: ACE should redistribute ENO’s millions, says @Igortoronyi. Let it sink, to reinvigorate the form http://ow.ly/Ix8HU  #artsfunding

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: To celebrate Monopoly’s 80th birthday, we’re taking you on a whistle-stop musical tour of London – the game’s first… http://spoti.fi/1zcpmvY 

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(Written on February 6, 2015 )

On air this Saturday on BBC Radio 6 Music, will be Nils Frahm who has been described as ‘One of the finest pianists in the world’. The German musician and composer will be joining Mary Anne Hobbs for the show at 7:00am for some heartbreaking, beautiful piano and synth pieces from the Erased Tapes label.

Now based in Berlin, Frahm was taught in his childhood to play by Nahum Brodski, a student of the last scholar of Tchaikovsky. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. For a musician this early in his career, Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, catching the ear of many fans.

Nils Frahm has also recently produced art and music book SHEETS, published by Manners McDade. The book features sheet music from ten of Nils Frahm’s piano pieces taken from his albums: Felt, The Bells and Wintermusik, now available in print for the first time in the form of a hardback art & music book.

The book includes specially commissioned photographs from London-based artist, Stuart Bailes, and Frahm has written a personal introduction to each piece with diagrams and instructions explaining how to convert your piano to achieve his signature Felt sound.

Tune into BBC Radio 6 Music with Mary Anne Hobbs on Saturday 11th January at 7:00am to listen live, and you can take a look at Frahm’s book SHEETS with Faber Music.

For more information visit:

www.nilsfrahm-sheets.com

www.mannersmcdade.co.uk

(Written on January 10, 2014 )

Gramophone

Taylor Swift donates $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra

The singer-songwriter makes a birthday gift

The Guardian

Synthesisers are killing film and TV music, say British composers

Carl Davis and Christopher Gunning claim synthesised orchestras are preferred to the real thing to save money

Classic FM Online

John Williams, Alexandre Desplat and more on soundtrack Oscar longlist

Soundtrack legends and newcomers alike have made the long list for the soundtrack category at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony, due to take place in February

Vote For The Best Classical Music Education Initiative

The Best Classical Music Education Initiative will honour an education project which has used classical music in an innovative way, shown musical excellence and had a positive impact on a significant number of participants

Pianist plays Chopin in front of Ukraine riot police

An unnamed pianist has been playing the works of Chopin in front of riot police in Ukraine

Salon

Was Wagner inspired by migraines?

Three German researchers present evidence that the German composer interwove his headache pain into his operas

The National

Pandit Jasraj brings his Mewati style of Hindustani classical music to Dubai

A conversation about Indian classical music is incomplete without the mention of Pandit Jasraj, one of India’s top classical musicians who represents the Mewati style of Hindustani classical music

Ria novosti

Kurgan Greets Sochi Olympic Flame with Classical Music

On Sunday December 15th, strains of Verdi and Tchaikovsky greeted the Sochi Olympic Flame in the Russian city of Kurgan

Daily Inter Lake

Bionic musician: Miraculous cure restores oboist’s ability to make music

When the Glacier Symphony conductor cues principal oboe player Reid Merley to blow an A — that unmistakable standard pitch by which the orchestra tunes — Merley is in perfect control of the note

Der Tagesspiegel

Die neue Kulturstaatsministerin

Mit Monika Grütters als neuer Kulturstaatsministerin folgt auf den Machtmenschen Bernd Neumann eine Frau, die aus der Kultur kommt. Die Wahlberlinerin wird in der Szene für Kompetenz und Begeisterungsfähigkeit geschätzt

Classic FM Online

(Written on December 16, 2013 )

Variety

‘Invisible Cities’ Opera Gets Immersive With Wireless Technology

It’s billed as the future of opera, live performance, technology and art, at least according to German audio company Sennheiser. But to judge from “Invisible Cities,” the new opera for wireless headphones performed in L.A.’s Union Station, the future of immersive theater is already here.

BBC News

Good music education only ‘for minority of pupils’

A quality music education only reaches a minority of pupils in England’s schools, an Ofsted report has said

The New York Times

If It All Doesn’t Fit, Build a Bigger Box

Classical Music Boxed Sets Multiply

Daily Mail

Queen’s composer says every young person should study classical music 

Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music, blames governments for treating classical music as an ‘elitist fringe activity’

CBS News

Price of success: Will the Recycled Orchestra last?

A group of very poor children in Paraguay changing their lives through making music with what they have found in a dump

Los Angeles Times

Herb Alpert gives $300,000 to L.A. City College music department

Herb Alpert is giving $300,000 to the Los Angeles City College music department. The trumpet player and former A&M Records owner is a leading arts philanthropist

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Sol Gabetta und Ivan Monighetti: “Er ist wie ein musikalischer Vater für mich.”

Ein Gespräch mit den Cellisten Sol Gabetta und Ivan Monighetti über ihre besondere Geschichte, den Einfluss ihrer Lehrer und das Unterrichten an sich

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on November 18, 2013 )

This morning, David Green will be appearing on Midweek to discuss his grandfather – Ignatz Waghalter.

Waghalter, a German-Polish Jewish composer, was renowned and celebrated during his lifetime for his rich, Romantic works. He was the first Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and introduced many of Puccini’s operas to the German public: he conducted debut performances of both Tosca and La Bohème. Due to his flight from Nazi Germany, followed by a stark change in compositional style after the Second World War, Waghalter’s works were lost and forgotten.
However, a chance meeting between violinist Irmina Trynkos and David Green led to the foundation of The Waghalter Project in order to reincarnate the composer’s repute through the performance and recordings of his works, together with conductor Alexander Walker. The Waghalter Project has recorded a CD of Waghalter’s complete violin repertoire, which has received a coveted “Supersonic Pizzicato” award, and was released on Naxos this October
To hear the personal stories of such an extraordinary musical figure, tune in to Midweek at 9:00 am on BBC Radio 4 here.
For more information on the Waghalter Project, visit its official website here, or the CD’s page on the Naxos website here.

(Written on December 12, 2012 )