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In today’s news: The rise of musical apps, live music stats reveal that small venues are facing significant challenges, conductor Nezhat Amiri overcoming taboos over music and women, University of York announces Enlightenment and Invention programme, physical music sales’ steady decline, German Cuture Council calls for authorities to revise music business policies, abuse accusations against Peter Martins not corroborated, submission period for Echo Klassik 2018 begins, Dutch National Opera of Amsterdam announces 2018/19 season, Russian soprano Anna Netrebko replaced by Marina Rebeka for the role of Violetta Valéry in La Traviata.

Classical Music

Live Music Census reveals problems faced by small venues

Live music events make large contributions to local economies but small venues continue facing significant challenges.

Gramophone

Mobile music-making: the best new apps

A low-down of the top musical apps from score-reading to music streaming.

The Guardian

The conductor smashing Iranian taboos over women, and music

Nezhat Amiri’s recent high-profile performance caps a 38-year fight for recognition.

York Press

National Centre for Early Music plans for an enlightening and inventive May and June

The University of York Baroque Day, Enlightenment and Invention, will open the programme on May 5.

Complete Music Business

Physical music sales continue to decline over the holiday season

Sales of physical music products over the recent festive period were down 5.8% year-on-year.

Klassik.com

Belästigungsvorwürfe gegen früheren New Yorker Ballettchef entkräftet

Die Vorwürfe sexueller Belästigung und körperlicher Übergriffe, die gegen Peter Martins, den früheren Chef des New York City Ballet und Leiter der School of American Ballet, erhoben wurden (klassik.com berichtete), haben sich nach zweimonatiger unabhängiger Untersuchung nicht erhärtet.

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[Deutscher Kulturrat] Urheberrecht: Dringender Handlungsbedarf auf europäischer Ebene

Der Deutsche Kulturrat fordert die für das Urheberrecht Verantwortlichen auf der europäischen Ebene, also Europäisches Parlament, Europäische Kommission und Europäischer Rat, auf, die Verlegerbeteiligung, die Schrankenregelung und die weiteren Themen, Vergriffene Werke, Value Gap und das Framing rasch neu zu regeln.

Musik Heute

Einreichungen für 25. Echo-Klassik-Verleihung starten

Der Einreichungszeitraum für den Echo Klassik 2018 hat begonnen. Ab sofort können Tonträgerhersteller ihre besten Produktionen bei der Deutschen Phono-Akademie vorschlagen, teilte der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) am Montag in Berlin mit.

Concerti

Das Gewinner-Publikum steht fest

Das lange Warten hat ein Ende: Die Duisburger Philharmoniker erhalten den von concerti erstmals ausgelobten Preis „Das Publikum des Jahres 2017“

Platea Magazine

La Dutch National Opera de Amsterdam presenta su temporada 2018/2019

La Dutch National Opera de Ámsterdam ha presentado hoy su programación para la temporada 2018/2019, con dirección artística de Pierre Audi, a la sazón director de escena de algunas de las siguientes propuestas.

Por ‘motivos familiares’ Ainhoa Arteta suspende su Nedda de ‘Pagliacci’ en Bruselas

Tal y coo recoge la página web del teatro de La Monnaie en Bruselas, la soprano vasca Ainhoa Arteta se ha visto obligada a cancelar su participación como Nedda en las funciones de Pagliacci, de Leoncavallo, en un programa doble que incluye también Cavalleria rusticana bajo la batuta de Evelino Pidò.

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Anna Netrebko, absente de La Traviata à Paris

Souffrante, la soprano russe Anna Netrebko ne pourra pas interpréter le rôle de Violetta dans La Traviata à l’Opéra Bastille, à Paris.

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  in 1816 FP of Gioacchino ‘s opera The Barber of Seville, in Rome.

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(Written on February 20, 2018 )

In today’s news: Applications open for Noted Fellowship, and Virtuoso sisters claim to have solved Proust’s musical puzzle. Hossein Pishkar wins German conductor’s prize, Berlin State Operato re-open, and France Musique dedicates this week to Barbara Hannigan.

The Times

Revealed: the lusty lungs of the (not so) innocent choirboys

Why do we sing? Why do choirboys exult to the heavens, their transcendent tones filling cathedrals at evensong?

The Guardian

Virtuoso sisters claim to have solved Proust’s musical puzzle

Melody that plays role in author’s masterpiece may be work of little-known French composer .

Classical Music

Applications open for Noted Fellowship

The Noted Fellowship is inviting applications from young innovators in the arts administration and creative fields.

Music Week

Bristol Music Trust hosts event to help disabled people work in music industry

The Bristol Music Trust is hosting a major event today (September 29) to highlight the barriers faced by young disabled people trying to break into the music industry.

Limelight

Sydney Symphony Orchestra supports marriage equality

The orchestra’s board, musicians and CEO have affirmed their support for the YES campaign following community backlash.

Klassik.com

Deutscher Dirigentenpreis für Hossein Pishkar

Der iranische Dirigent Hossein Pishkar ist Gewinner des diesjährigen Deutschen Dirigentenpreises, der mit 20.000 Euro dotiert ist.

Klassik Heute

Wiedereröffnung der Staatsoper Unter den Linden

Die Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden wird morgen nach sieben Jahren Sanierung und Umbauzeit wiedereröffnet.

Codex Flores

Bilanz des Beethovenfestes Bonn 2017

Das Beethovenfest Bonn 2017 bilanziert mit einer durchschnittlichen Auslastung von «deutlich über 70 Prozent» leicht besser als im Vorjahr. Gut ein Drittel der insgesamt 55 Konzerte war ausverkauft.

France Musique

Journée Barbara Hannigan sur France Musique

France Musique consacre la journée du lundi 2 octobre à la soprano et chef d’orchestre canadienne Barbara Hannigan, journée accompagnée d’une série de grands entretiens diffusée dans la semaine du 2 au 6 octobre.

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Hossein Pishkar ©WDR/Thomas Kost

 

 

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(Written on October 2, 2017 )

The last minute cancellation of a performance last week by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra at the World Wrestling Cup, infuriated its conductor Ali Rahbari. As the orchestra was about to play the national anthem, it was announced that women weren’t allowed to perform; Rahbari refused to perform if the orchestra could not play all together.  

Since the Islamic revolution in 1979, women have been forbidden from performing solo on stage. Outside the capital, performances are often cancelled if there is a female musician, even when tickets have been sold. To perform music in Iran, it is necessary to have a permit from the ministry of culture, however even with the permit, anti -music groups call off concerts; conservatives and some religious leaders claim music can “excite and cause deviation” among the country’s youth. Last week’s incident was the first time a performance by the Symphony Orchestra had been cancelled because of its female members.

Only this April, after a three year interlude, was the orchestra revived by Alexander Rahbari. According to Rahbari, this is thanks to Rouhani’s relatively moderate administration. Under the previous president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the orchestra was broken up, due to negligence and financial stringency.

Tehran Symphony Orchestra performs in Tehran in March after a 25 month break/ photo: Payvand Iran news

Tehran Symphony Orchestra performs in Tehran in March after a 25 month break/ photo: Payvand Iran news

It is odd that there are such gender issues in Iran’s entertainment industry. In many ways, the country is one of the more progressive middle Eastern countries; 70% of university graduates in Iran are women. The cancellation of concerts which have been permitted by the ministry of culture is considered wrong, and there doesn’t seem to be much clarity or consistency on the issue; Iranian law allows women to perform as part of an ensemble, however sometimes concerts go ahead and on some occasions they are called-off. Women aren’t allowed to sing solo either, as a result many are forced to go abroad in order to pursue careers in music. Are the restrictions on women performing just an extreme method of limiting music in Iran rather than restricting women? It seems that women in other industries aren’t discriminated against as severely, but according to some conservatives, music can “excite and cause deviation.”

The restrictions on the performance of music, the necessity of a permit and the cancellation of concerts because of female performers seem bizarre to Europe. Although females in the European music industry – most notably composers and conductors – do face gender issues, we have progressed considerably. This week, it was announced that Xian Zhang will be guest conductor at BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Although female conductors are still a rarity, the idea of women in this role is becoming normalised.

Conductor Ali Rahbari

Conductor Ali Rahbari

The human rights of women in Iran have been infringed upon; the orchestra was quite right not to perform rather than bow to the demands of the authorities, who prohibited the women from playing. Not only is it a kind of gender segregation, but audiences are deprived of music, which they have paid to hear. The head of the Wrestling Federation, Rasoul Khadem, has asked the orchestra to play the national anthem at another wrestling event in Tehran in January; let’s hope it goes ahead uninterrupted! 

(Written on December 4, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Berlin State opera concert angers Israel, dead woman named as Norwegian pianist Natalia Strelchenko and violinist Gil Shaham gives a Mozart masterclass. Also, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 tops Classic FM Hall of Fame poll.

Guardian

Berlin orchestra’s planned Tehran concert angers Israel

Israeli-Argentinian conductor Daniel Barenboim in talks to take Berlin State Opera to Iran, but Israel wants Angela Merkel to block performance

BBC 

Dead woman named as concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko

A woman found with fatal head injuries in Manchester has been named by police as Norwegian concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko.

Classic FM

Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 tops 20-year poll of classical music

Star Wars composer John Williams is named most popular living composer in Ultimate Classic FM Hall of Fame, which combines 20 years’ worth of polling data from annual Hall of Fame poll.

Classical Music Magazine

Whitechapel Gallery hosts experimental music season

Whitechapel Gallery is hosting a season of experimental performances, ranging from live contemporary performances to multi-sensory visuals and immersive electronic mixes.

The Strad

Violinist Gil Shaham gives Mozart masterclass

‘Can you play that with twice as much bow? OK, now twice as much again!’

Der Tagesspiegel

Vom Gleiten über den Saiten

Er ist die Geige hinter dem berührenden Violinensolo aus “Schindlers Liste”: Itzhak Perlman. Wir gratulieren dem Ausnahmegeiger zum 70. Geburtstag.

Die Welt

Der berühmteste Geiger der Welt

Er spielte die Melodie von “Schindlers Liste”: Der israelische Geiger Itzhak Perlman feiert seinen 70. Geburtstag. Kein Wunderkind, aber ein früh Vollendeter, ein Meister des vollen Tons.

Opernnetz

„Die hergebrachte Distanz zum Künstler überwinden“

Neun Jahre erlebte die Klassikszene im Rheinland Ilona Schmiel als Intendantin des Beethovenfests Bonn. Im Interview mit Opernnetz spricht sie über Innovationen der ersten Spielzeit und und die Pflicht, junge Leute für die klassische Musik zu begeistern.

Classicalite

How the ‘Now’ Generation Caused the Death of Sheet Music Retail

The encroaching “paperless society”, while stubborn and elusive, has stepped forward to deliver a devastating blow. Frank Music, the last devoted sheet music retail store in New York City, has closed down.

The Globe and Mail

Russell Smith: I don’t have to meditate, I have art

A lot of contemporary art is deliberately boring. Endurance is a feature of viewing it. It involves spectacles that unfold over hours, changing minutely (videos on loops, projected to empty galleries; artists sitting still in boxes, etc.). A lot of this sort of thing fails because one is not forced to endure it…

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The Amati Magazine : Amati goes to…the Gstaad Menuhin Festival

BBC Proms Team : Listen to @murraygold‘s ‘Albatross – Reunion’ performed by @BBCCO conducted by @jeremyhs1

Classic FM : Ever wondered how fast a pianist’s fingers move in Rach 2? We got @ValLisitsa in for this experiment:

Classic FM

Classic FM Hall of Fame results
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(Written on September 1, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Gramophon reports that the Performing Rights Organisation will take legal actions against Soundcloud and Concerti publishes an interview with Christian Thielemann. Also, Classicallite announces that long lost opera “Andina” will receive its world premiere in Chicago.

Gramophone

PRS for Music begins legal action against SoundCloud

The performing rights organisation is set to take legal action against SoundCloud in a royalties dispute

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A saga of lost violins, from Barcelona to (finally) St. Louis

The trip home was a traveler’s nightmare, and that was before they knew what was to come.

Arts Professional

New focus and less cash for touring

Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme has been cut back after applications for the previous funding round failed to make the grade.

Der Tagesspiegel

Mein Land, so weit… Carl Nielsen beim Musikfest Berlin

Die Terz als Gottesgeschenk: Das Musikfest Berlin feiert den 150. Geburtstag des dänischen Komponisten Carl Nielsen.

Concerti

„Ich habe nie Dirigierunterricht gehabt”

Dennoch zählt Christian Thielemann inzwischen zu den gefragtesten Wagner-Experten. In Bayreuth ist der Dirigent denn auch schon bis 2022 gebucht.

Neue Musikzeitung

Saisoneröffnung der Tonhalle Zürich mit vier Orchesterkonzerten zum 25. Jubiläum der Orpheum Stiftung

Namen wie Baiba Skride, Renaud und Gautier Capuçon oder Alice Sara Ott sind heute aus dem internationalen Konzertleben nicht mehr wegzudenken. Doch auch für Stars dieses Kalibers kam der Erfolg nicht über Nacht.

France Musique

L’Iran s’oppose à son tour à la venue de Daniel Baremboïm.

Après Israël la semaine dernière, c’est à présent Téhéran qui s’oppose à la venue du chef d’orchestre israélo-argentin Daniel Barenboïm. Il espérait donner un concert dans le pays avec son orchestre allemand, la Staatskapelle.

Classicalite

Long-Lost Opera ‘Andina’ to Receive Its World Premiere in Chicago, 80 Years Late

An opera manuscript discovered in a basement in Chicago will finally receive its world premiere, 80 years later, at Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre. The opera, Andina, was written by Eustasio Rosales in the early 1930s.

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klassik.com : Concours Clara in diesem Jahr ohne ersten Preisträger

Marina Baranova : next in at Center with brilliant meets

BR_KLASSIK : 31. August 1951: Die erste deutsche Langspielplatte wird vorgeführt.

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Für Christian Thielemann wäre Tristan und Isolde die härteste Opern-Droge

(Written on August 31, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

The musical and environmental mindfulness of John Luther Adams

The activist and composer is inspired by the natural processes he sees all around him – but refuses to let politics take charge of the music

The Times

Richard Morrison: Classical music cannot turn a deaf ear to sexual abuse

The recent film Whiplash has put psychological abuse in music firmly into the public consciousness

Classic FM

Andrew Collins joins Classic FM as new host of Saturday Night at the Movies

Award-winning writer and Film Editor for Radio Times to host weekly film music programme.

BBC News Magazine

The Iranian and Israeli who make chamber music together

Mahan Esfahani and Avi Avital are an unusual musical partnership.

Classical Music Magazine

Mark Simpson joins BBC Phil as composer in association

The BBC Philharmonic has announced that 26-year-old Mark Simpson will be its new composer in association, with a term beginning in September 2015 and ending in 2019.

Süddeutsche.de

Furioses Instrumentalduo rockt auf zwei Cellos

Zwei junge kroatische Musiker begeistern unter dem passenden Namen “2Cellos” die Musikwelt.

Die Welt

Sie ist einfach immer die Süßeste

Wer sich mit Luciano Pavarotti schon die Milch teilte, muss einfach Sängerin werden: Die wundervolle Sopranistin Mirella Freni, die zärtlich großäugige Mimì für Generationen, feiert 80. Geburtstag.

audiophil

ECHO 2015

Und die Nominierten sind…

BMW WELT JAZZ AWARD 2015

BMW Welt Jazz Award 2015 unter dem Motto „Playing my Guitar“

Le Figaro

José Van Dam, le maître chanteur

INTERVIEW - Pour les 75 ans du baryton-basse, Warner Classics lui consacre un coffret d’anthologie dans sa nouvelle collection « Autograph ». L’occasion de revenir sur sa carrière et de refaire le monde de l’opéra.

El Mundo

Palabras que son notas que son Historia

Tomás Marco relaciona en un curso obras literarias y musicales con su propio contexto en un ciclo en la Casa del Lector.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM: 12 pictures to prove Jonas Kaufmann is the best-looking man in classical music: http://classfm.co/4N1Kha 

The National Lottery @TNLUK: From the @RoyalOperaHouse to singing groups for the elderly, you’ve helped fund 16,900 music projects…pass us a recorder #ThankYouThursday

Southbank Centre @southbankcentre: Explore the rich history & architecture of #SouthbankCentre on one of our fascinating tours: http://j.mp/SCtours 

db65efe1-8698-4df4-8511-4bb9b26f88b0-1020x612‘If my work doesn’t function as music, then all the poetic programme notes and extra-musical justifications in the world mean nothing’ … John Adams. Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty Images

(Written on February 27, 2015 )

Stay Close, the exciting composition project led by Soosan Lolavar, will come to a close with its final performing this evening. Stay Close is a ten-month project harnessing contemporary classical music as a means of cultural exchange between the UK and Iran. Following research periods in both Iran and the UK, Soosan has produced a new piece of music that considers ethnic identity in the UK through the lens of the Iranian-British community.

A core part of Stay Close was a trip to Tehran where Soosan spent a month with Hermes Records which promotes contemporary and avant-garde classical music in Iran, as well as workshops in the UK with Farsi speaking young people and their families in South London.

You can find out more about Stay Close in this video which was produced by the BBC, and you can book a free place at tonight’s performance here.Stay Close V&A IMG_1577

(Written on May 20, 2014 )

In a fantastic article for International Arts Manager released today, Soosan Lolavar talks about the music, rehearsal process and travels behind her project Stay Close, an artistic exchange between Iran and the UK. The yearlong project will result in a new piece of music composed by Soosan that considers ethnic identity through the lens of the British-Iranian community.

Soosan Lolavar is a British-Iranian composer and sound artist. As part of the project, Soosan explored her own cultural heritage by travelling to Iran where she met with composers at Hermes Records, a Tehran-based record label. On returning to the UK, Soosan lead a series of workshops at the IYDA, (Iranian Youth Development Association), a community group for Iranian diaspora and migrant Farsi-speakers in South-East London.

You can find out more about Soosan’s travels to Iran, the combining of Iranian and Western music, the outreach that is an essential and special part of Stay Close and the beginnings of the rehearsal process for the first project concert at the V&A on 11th April by reading the full International Arts Manager article here.

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(Written on April 1, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Soosan Lolavar and Stay Close to its client roster.

Soosan is a British-Iranian composer, musicologist and educator who works with both electronic and acoustic sound in a wide variety of genres. Her music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and performed at prestigious venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the ICA, Circus Space, and Blackheath Concert Halls.

Her ten month project Stay Close, harnesses contemporary classical music as a means of cultural exchange between the UK and Iran. Following research in Iran and the UK, a new piece of music will be composed by Soosan that will consider ethnic identity in the UK through the lens of the British-Iranian community. WildKat PR will be promoting Stay Close’s concerts in at the V&A on April 11th and at City University on May 20th, as well as raising the project’s profile.

With Soosan Lolavar’s eclectic musical background and passion for cross-cultural work, there is no doubt that Stay Close will be a fascinating and educational cultural exchange.

(Written on February 5, 2014 )

The Washington Post

Opera singer Renee Fleming chosen to sing anthem at Super Bowl

Renée Fleming has hit some important pop-culture markers in the past few months. In September, she went on David Letterman’s show to sing the Top Ten list. Now, she’s going to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl

CNN

i(ce)-Tunes: Sweden’s incredible ice orchestra

They’re among the rarest instruments in the world, but they’ll be discarded come spring. They’re so fragile even the players’ breath risks nudging them out of tune.

The Guardian

English National Opera’s Edward Gardner to leave

Highly regarded conductor to take up new role at Bergen Philharmonic from 2015, and be replaced by Mark Wigglesworth

BBC News

Iran: Rule banning musical instruments on TV is broken

Iran’s Channel One television has caused a sensation by showing musical instruments on screen for the first time in 30 years, it’s reported.

West End stars downplay theatre safety issue

Theatre audiences are “a hardy lot” who will not be put off by recent incidents at London venues where patrons have been injured, according to the stars of a newly opened West End show.

Marie Claire

The Women Who Are Ruling The Music Industry, Right Now

The ladies who’ve bagged the best jobs backstage, from inside music magazines and record labels, to studio techs and bloggers

Daily Herald

Teen entrepeneur takes on music industry

Breje Whitt was only 15 years old when he began performing onstage with a nationally renowned Christian rock band. Two years later, the Elgin teen is running his own DJ, sound and lighting company.

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(Written on January 23, 2014 )