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In our news today, Yannick Nézét-Séguin takes over as music director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) has been secured with short-term funding & Ayana Tsuji wins the Montreal International Violin Competition. Also, Bavarian State Opera’s stalwart conductor Heinrich Bender dies at the age of 91 and Detroit Symphony Orchestra receives a huge donation.

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Yannick Nézét-Séguin to take over at New York Met

Yannick Nézét-Séguin has been named as the next music director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The Canadian conductor, 41, will succeed James Levine, 72, who stepped down last month due to ill health.

Classical Music Magazine

European Union Youth Orchestra secures short-term funding

Following an international campaign, the future of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) has been secured, at least in the short term. It was announced on 1 June by Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, that a resolution had been passed to ensure the ensemble would continue to exist.

Classic FM

An 18-year-old Japanese violinist has won pretty much everything at the Montreal International Violin Competition

Ayana Tsuji has won the Montreal International Violin Competition, and managed to take home a huge range of special prizes too.

International Arts Manager

Big donation for Detroit Symphony

Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) – which brands itself as ‘the world’s most accessible orchestra’ – has received a USD2.9m (€2.6m) donation for education projects. It is the largest bequest DSO has received in over a decade, and ensures the short-term future of its education and outreach efforts.

BBC

The importance of a one-handed saxophone

As this year’s top instrument for one-handed musicians is announced, we look at what’s out there if you’re unable to make music by traditional means.

Examiner

Opera singer Rhianydd Beaumont shares her talents with Huddersfield youngsters

She has appeared in top theatre shows across the country and Europe. But singer Rhianydd Beaumont was more than happy to share her skills with a group of Huddersfield youngsters.

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin wird neuer Chefdirigent der Metropolitan Oper

Nur eine gute Stunde Zugfahrt trennt Philadelphia von New York. Dank dieser Nähe und seiner herausragenden künstlerischen Arbeit übernimmt Dirigent Nézet-Séguin nun eine Doppelrolle.

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Heinrich Bender verstorben

Über 50 Jahre war Heinrich Bender in verschiedenen Rollen an der Bayerischen Staatsoper tätig. Das Münchner Publikum kannte ihn aus fast 2000 Abenden am Dirigentenpult.

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Bolschoi-Säureanschlag: Tänzer kommt vorzeitig aus Haft frei

Der ehemalige Tänzer des Moskauer Bolschoi-Theaters, Pawel Dmitritschenko, der für einen Säureanschlag auf den damaligen Ballettchef Sergej Filin verantwortlich ist, kommt frühzeitig aus der Haft frei.

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The New York Times @nytimes For the first time in four decades, The Metropolitan Opera has a new music director

BBC Singers @BBCSingers Sound checking for our performance from Bristol’s warehouse! Listen 11.20am

Top Classical News @topcmnews Faccio’s Amleto: A Serious and Absorbing Opera Brought Back to Life

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(Written on June 3, 2016 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, a stolen three century old violin returns, BBC Proms sells record number of tickets in first hour of booking and the BBC Young Musician Competition 2016 announces the winner of the strings category final. Also, composer Joseph Bertolozzi creates a composition from the sounds of the Eiffel Tower and James Levine leads his last opera as Met Music Director after 40 years.

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Stolen Three Century Old Violin Mysteriously Returned

Rosemary Siemens wasn’t sure if she’d ever see her signature violin again after it went missing last week.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Proms sells record number of tickets in first hour of booking

A record 57,551 tickets were sold in the first hour of booking for the BBC Proms 2016.

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BBC Young Musician strings winner announced

The winner of the strings category final of the BBC Young Musician competition 2016 has been announced as 16-year-old Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

The Strad

Cellist Yoon-Kyung Cho wins Musicians’ Company Prince’s Prize Competition

Korean cellist Yoon-Kyung Cho has been named the winner of the Musicians’ Company Prince’s Prize Competition, held at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London last week. She receives £10,000 and a Musicians’ Company silver medal, in addition to the £500 audience prize.

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Paris Will Have One Viale Di Canti

In May, the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris will inaugurate their Viale dei Canti, an innovating work on the exterior walls of their building in the 7th arondissement.

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How One Man Made The Eiffel Tower Sing

Composer Joseph Bertolozzi has created a composition from the sounds of the Eiffel Tower, striking practically every surface he could reach and recording it.

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Levine Leads Last Opera as Met Music Director After 40 Years

The cast walked off the stage and left conductor James Levine to watch and listen Saturday as the orchestra cheered and the Metropolitan Opera House audience broke into rhythmic applause.

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Budapest Festival Orchestra protestiert gegen Subventionskürzungen

Das Budapest Festival Orchestra hat in der ungarischen Hauptstadt mit einem spontanen Freiluftkonzert gegen Subentionskürzungen protestiert. Chefdirigent und Mitgründer des Orchester Ivan Fischer sicherte den rund 2.000 Zuhörern zu: “Wir lieben Budapest, wir lassen Budapest nicht im Stich”.

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Karl-Amadeus-Hartmann Gesellschaft ehrt Kirill Petrenko

In Anerkennung seiner herausragenden Verdienste um das Werk Karl Amadeus Hartmanns, des bedeutendsten deutschsprachigen Symphonikers des 20. Jahrhunderts und Gründers der musica viva-Konzertreihe, beschlossen die Mitglieder der Karl-Amadeus-Hartmann-Gesellschaft e. V. einstimmig, Maestro Kirill Petrenko die Ehrenmitgliedschaft der Karl Amadeus-Hartmann-Gesellschaft zu verleihen.

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Feigenblatt oder Essenz des Musiklebens?

Ob moderierte Konzerte für Kinder, partizipative Tanz- und Musikprojekte mit Jugendlichen, inklusive Musikfestivals oder Kammerkonzerte im Lounge-Ambiente – unter dem Etikett „Musikvermittlung“ firmiert eine schier unerschöpfliche Bandbreite an Formaten.

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Top classical news: Man robbed banks to get into music school http://bit.ly/1TOlYBp #ClassicalMusic

kulturport.de: Deutscher Orchesterwettbewerb 2016 – 4.500 Musizierende messen sich in Ulm #Kultur http://tinyurl.com/grajr6k

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Rosemary Siemens wasn't sure if she'd ever see her signature violin again after it went missing last week. Photo: www.pembinavalleyonline.com

Rosemary Siemens wasn’t sure if she’d ever see her signature violin again after it went missing last week. Photo: www.pembinavalleyonline.com

(Written on May 9, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news James Levine, music director at New York’s Metropolitan Opera retires for health reasons, David Bowie’s Blackstar is the best-selling vinyl of the past year, Alan Loveday has died at age of 88 and John Wilson explains how the BBC Proms audience is different to any other.

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Met Opera director James Levine to retire after 40 years

James Levine, the music director at New York’s Metropolitan Opera for 40 years, is to retire for health reasons. Levine, 72, will step down in May at the end of the current 2015-16 season.

BBC

David Bowie’s Blackstar is the best-selling vinyl of the past 12 months

The star’s swansong even outsold Adele’s 25 – despite the fact it was only released on 8 January.

The Strad

Long-time Academy of St Martin in the Fields violinist Alan Loveday has died aged 88

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields has announced the death of violinist Alan Loveday on 12 April at the age of 88.

Classical Music Magazine

Vinyl sales continue to surge

637,056 LP albums were purchased between January and March 2016, representing an increase of 61.8% on the corresponding three-month period in 2015.

The Telegraph

John Wilson: ‘The Proms audience is unlike any other’

The John Wilson Orchestra made their debut at the Proms in 2009 with a unique selling point. They are a symphonic orchestra with a big jazz band, which means they can combine classical music with lighter fare, such as Hollywood musicals from the Fifties.

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Generalmusikdirektor James Levine tritt zurück

40 Jahre lang war James Levine Chef des Metropolitan Opera Orchesters in New York. Heute gab die Met bekannt: Der Generalmusikdirektor gibt zum Ende der laufenden Saison 2015/16 sein Amt aus gesundheitlichen Gründen auf.

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Nachwuchspreise der Opernstiftung: Christina Gansch, Marc Jubete Bascompte und Andre Schoch ausgezeichnet

Die Sopranistin und Mitglied des Internationalen Opernstudios der Hamburgischen Staatsoper Christina Gansch und der Tänzer des Hamburg Ballett Marc Jubete Bascomptesind die diesjährigen Träger des Dr. Wilhelm Oberdörffer-Preises. Der Eduard Söring-Preis geht in diesem Jahr an den Solo-Trompeter Andre Schoch.

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Rundfunkbeitrag: Mal ‘runter, mal ‘rauf

Für die Jahre 2017 bis 2020 fordern ARD, ZDF und Deutschlandradio einen Betrag von 38,5 Milliarden Euro, rund 10 Prozent mehr als in der laufenden Gebührenperiode. Die Kommission zur Ermittlung des Finanzbedarfs der Rundfunkanstalten (KEF) hat dagegen vorgeschlagen, den Rundfunkbeitrag in den nächsten vier Jahren um einen Cent pro Tag zu senken.

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The Vinyl Factory @TheVinylFactory Vinyl sales expected to smash 3 million mark in the UK this year:

Black Dress Code @black_dresscode Condolences to all # & # but HUGE congrats to @ and the success of his # album

Classic FM @ClassicFM Wishing Sir Neville Marriner a very happy 92nd birthday! @ has one of his finest recordings coming up.

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(Written on April 15, 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

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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

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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:

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(Written on February 15, 2016 )

The Guardian

Sergei Rachmaninov symphony manuscript to go under the hammer

Sotheby’s estimates 320-page document detailing composer’s second symphony will fetch up to £1.5m at auction in May

The Telegraph

James Levine: ‘I doubted I’d ever make it back’

America’s greatest conductor, the Metropolitan’s James Levine, tells John Allison how he beat paralysis to return to the podium – in a wheelchair

The Messiah: Handel’s gift to the poor of London

One of the world’s greatest choral works has its roots in the composer’s compassion for the shamed and destitute

Classic FM

Julian Lloyd Webber awarded ISM’s Distinguished Musician Award

The British cello star picked up the award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) in partnership with Classic FM at the ISM conference in Birmingham Conservatoire this afternoon.

BBC Music Magazine

Royal Opera House’s Les Vepres siciliennes named Best New Opera Production at the Olivier awards

 The Royal Opera House and English Touring Opera are both awarded prizes

Die Welt

Klassik-Borschtsch mit regimetreuen Künstlern

Mit kräftiger Putin-Unterstützung: In Novosibirsk möchte der dort geborene Geiger Vadim Repin ein großes Kunstfestival etablieren. Doch man erfährt dort mehr über russisches Dasein als über Musik.

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ONLINE-INTERVIEW: In der Welt von… Martin Stadtfeld 

In unserer Reihe „In der Welt von…“ begleiten wir, vernetzt durch Smartphone und Social Media, Künstler auf Reisen, zu spannenden Projekten und besonderen Ereignissen.

 

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Gramophone: @GramophoneMag Richard Egarr, AAMorchestra music director, tells us about recording Bach’s St John Passion in our new podcast: http://www.gramophone.co.uk/news/exploring-bachs-st-john-passion-the-new-gramophone-podcast

Classic FM: @ClassicFM  Great story from Neville Marriner – the perfect recording that never was. Coming up my Album of the Week johnsuchet1 pic.twitter.com/wxl36W8T0o

Classical:NEXT: ‏@ClassicalNEXT social action through music – listen to the El Sistema session at Classical:NEXT 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9-E_Ld_dsU …

BAFA: @BritArtsFests New BBC initative Ten Pieces: introducing a generation of children to classical music as a stimulus for creativity http://bbc.in/1irXpbV 

Neue Musikzeitung: @musikzeitung Lammert nennt SWR-Orchesterfusion “unsensible Fehlentscheidung… http://goo.gl/fb/mHBfb 

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(Written on April 17, 2014 )

Gramophone

James Levine returns to the Metropolitan Opera podium

The Met’s music director conducts his first performance on the New York company stage since damaging his spine two years ago

Classic FM Online

Lang Lang wins International Artist of the Year Classic BRIT Award

The Classic BRIT Award for International Artist of the Year will go to Chinese pianist Lang Lang, it has been announced. Les Misérables stars Samantha Barks and Alfie Boe will also perform at the ceremony on October 2nd

Classical music “gives calming feeling” to school corridors

A South London secondary school has started playing classical music in the corridors to make a more relaxed and peaceful atmosphere at busy times

Random New Yorkers conduct orchestra on street corner

A New York orchestra pitched up on a street corner and simply put a sign up saying ‘Conduct Us’, and then filmed the results

The Guardian

My vision of Beethoven’s Fidelio

You won’t recognise the words, and you certainly won’t be expecting to see a string quartet suspended in cages, but my take on Fidelio is true to Beethoven’s spirit, writes Calixto Bieito

Is jazz good for babies?

When jazz musician Michael Janisch had his first child, he put the theories to the test with a specially recorded album

Nazi gold: does a music score hold the key to buried treasure?

Dutch film-maker starts excavations in Bavarian town, believing Martin Bormann’s annotations will lead him to Hitler’s diamonds

Music Week

Wimp to offer unlimited music in Thon hotels and restaurants

Owned by the Olav Thon Group, Thon Hotels will use WiMP strategically with different music profiles in various locations, such as the Thon Hotel Opera which has a dedicated classical music profile

Classical Music Magazine

Family Arts Festival puts orchestras centre stage

The first UK-wide arts festival for families will take place 18 October-3 November with a programme covering music, theatre, dance, circus and visual arts

PR Week

Deadline extended for PRWeek ’30 under 30′ entries

The deadline has been extended to Tuesday 1 October for PRWeek’s annual search for the best young talent in the PR industry

Der Tagesspiegel

Putins Liebe zu Tschaikowsky

Am Montag sang Anna Netrebko an der Metropolitan Opera in New York in der Premiere von Tschaikowskys “Eugen Onegin”. Es gab Proteste: Weil die Oper sich nicht mit den Homosexuellen in Russland solidarisiert, die unter drastischen Strafen zu leiden haben, und weil Netrebko eine gute Freundin Putins ist

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(Written on September 25, 2013 )

The Independent

Composing an opera? It’s just child’s play, says Britain’s newest classical music prodigy

Having written her first sonata at the age of five, Alma Deutscher is, unavoidably, being likened to Mozart. Simon Usborne joins the audience

Classic FM

Mice capable of singing, scientific study says

Mice are capable of manipulating their vocal pitch depending on their setting and any surrounding mouse friends, a new study confirms.

Piano scores turned into dazzling visualisations

Piano works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Mozart, Liszt and more have been turned into incredible visualisations

Gramophone

Viola player Roger Tapping to join Juilliard String Quartet

Tapping replaces current Juilliard viola player Samuel Rhodes in September 2013

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Choir of the Year grand finalists announced

The six choirs that will take part in the Grand Final of Choir of the Year 2012 on 28 October in the Royal Festival Hall, London, have been announced, following the four category finals held at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, on 6 October.

Breathing space for The Space as funding extended to March 2013

The Space, the digital arts service jointly developed by Arts Council England and the BBC, that brought many London 2012 Festival and the wider Cultural Olympiad events to a new audience of millions of the summer, is to be extended by an initial six months to March 2013.

Lord Lipsey defends conservatoire funding

The Labour peer Lord Lipsey has called on the government to recognise the importance of conservatoires to the British economy as funding is being reviewed in Whitehall.

Slipped Disc

Exclusive: LA police arrest man who ran amok at the Opera

Local media have failed to report the violent attacks at LA Opera by a young man who was out of control. Slipped Disc published an account by an eye-witness and there has been followup by the authorities.

New York Times

Saying ‘It’s Miraculous for Me,’ Levine Will Conduct Again at Met

James Levine is making a comeback.

The Independent

(Written on October 12, 2012 )

New York Times

Emboldened Orchestras Are Embracing the New.

New music increases in popularity.

As New Composers Flourish, Will They Be Heard?

Club kids are storming music museums.

Gramophone

Belcea Quartet Sign to Zig-Zag Territories.

Label to release ensemble’s complete Beethoven Quartet cycle.

Slipped Disc

The Next Stradivarius Will Be Made Of Mushrooms.

Last week, scientists were using health authority CAT scanners to discover the secrets of Stradivarius violins and make a modern replica.

Chicago Classical Review

Lyric Opera Appoints Renée Fleming’s manager as director of public relations.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago announced late Friday that Alexandra Day has been appointed to the newly created position of director of public relations.

LA Times

James Levine Won’t Return To The Metropolitan Opera Until At Least 2013.

James Levine, the music director for the Metropolitan Opera, will not be back to conduct the orchestra for performances until at least 2013.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/12/james-levine-wont-return-to-metropolitan-opera-until-at-least-2013.html

 

(Written on December 13, 2011 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.

The Guardian

An opera for Auschwitz

Art can’t do justice to the Holocaust’s full horror, but it can ask questions, provoke and remind us. English National Opera’s The Passenger, partly set in Auschwitz, has had mixed reviews.

The Guardian

Shattering boundaries? Can’t we just go to hear the music?

Next spring’s Reverb festival has some great looking gigs. So why the need for fighting talk? Conductor Sir Mark Elder and Imogen Heap on the same bill?

The New York Times

Met Orchestra And New Chief, Out of the Pit

Fabio Luisi has been under the opera world’s microscope since last season, when it became clear that the Metropolitan Opera, which had made him its principal guest conductor in 2010, was grooming him to succeed James Levine as its music director

Gramophone

Lang Lang coming to a cinema near you

Pianist broadcasts live performance in Europe and Asia.

 

 

(Written on October 18, 2011 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music news.

Gramophone

HJ Lim signs exclusive deal with EMI Classics

Pianist found wide following through internet. By Mark Seow.

New York Times

Maestro’s Injury Ignites Game of Musical Chairs

A man falls in Vermont. Classical music shudders.

The effects of James Levine’s accident this month and his replacement as conductor at the Metropolitan Opera have rippled across two continents. By Daniel J. Wakin.

The Telegraph

Sir Paul McCartney ballet premieres in New York

Former Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney writes his first original orchestral score for dance.

BBC Radio 3 hits all the wrong notes

The corporation should maintain its commitment to serious classical music, says Max Davidson.

The Times

Philharmonia/Hall at the Festival Hall, London SE1

An evening called ‘The Best of British’ celebrated 200 years of popular choral, orchestral and film music published by Novello. Hilary Finch reports.

Slipped Disc

Does the soprano voice change with ovulation?

Researchers in Germany have been working on the age-old legend that sopranos have their monthly ups and downs. Norman Lebrecht reports.

(Written on September 22, 2011 )