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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.


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.


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.


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.

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. 

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.


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.


Photograph: Steve Schapiro, published by the Powerhouse Books

(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…


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


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


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 )

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.


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.


Classical Music on Twitter

Gramophone: @GramophoneMag Richard Egarr, AAMorchestra music director, tells us about recording Bach’s St John Passion in our new podcast:

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

Classical:NEXT: ‏@ClassicalNEXT social action through music – listen to the El Sistema session at Classical:NEXT 2013 …

BAFA: @BritArtsFests New BBC initative Ten Pieces: introducing a generation of children to classical music as a stimulus for creativity 

Neue Musikzeitung: @musikzeitung Lammert nennt SWR-Orchesterfusion “unsensible Fehlentscheidung… 

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on April 17, 2014 )


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



(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


Viola player Roger Tapping to join Juilliard String Quartet

Tapping replaces current Juilliard viola player Samuel Rhodes in September 2013


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.


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.


(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


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.


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 )

The Arts Desk 

My Summer Reading: Violinist Vadim Gluzman 

Some violinists just play; others have a voice.

The Guardian

Salvatore Licitra obituary

Operatic tenor with exemplary phrasing, dramatic charisma and a rare sensitivity  

The Evening Standard

Big ideas for small opera

Unless the major institutions learn the lessons of smaller companies and get closer to their audiences they run the risk of reducing opera to a museum piece, director John Fulljames tells Nick Kimberley

The LA Times

Conductor James Levine cancels fall performances after new injury 

James Levine, the ailing music director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, has suffered from recurring back problems in recent years that have forced him to cancel a number of appearances. On Tuesday, the company announced that Levine has had to withdraw from all fall appearances this season due to an accident last week that damaged one of his vertebrae.

The Times

Le nozze di Figaro at the Peacock, WC2

It is back to school week. But for the singers of British Youth Opera this month marks their final farewell from music college and graduate opera courses. 







(Written on September 7, 2011 )