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In today’s news: New campaign SWAP’ra targets gender inequality in opera, Albert Einstein’s violin comes to auction in New York, PRS For Music and its European sister societies relaunch #MakeInternetFair petition,  John Williams donates his scores and sketchbooks to Julliard School in New York, the first German Choir center will be built in Berlin-Neukölln, and organist Iveta Apkalna becomes to receive the Annual Latvian Music Recording Award and more.

Classical Music

New campaign targets gender inequality in opera

Supporting Women and Parents in Opera (SWAP’ra) aims to effect positive change by redressing the gender disparity in the opera industry.

The Strad

Violin belonging to Einstein comes to auction in New York

Instrument gifted to scientist in 1933 is estimated to sell for between $100,000 and $150,000.

Petition to save Indiana University’s violin making and restoration programme

Responding to the retirement of the current director with no apparent replacement, students and alumni are concerned the Jacobs School of Music intends to quietly shut down the Violin Shop.

M Magazine

PRS For Music calls for copyright overhaul with #MakeInternetFair petition

PRS for Music and its European sister societies have relaunched the #MakeInternetFair petition, calling for EU law makers to protect the rights of music creators’ – in what will be the first copyright overhaul in 17 years.

The Guardian

‘Diversity in classical music: quality and equality’

Committing to giving women composers the same chances as their male colleagues does not threaten excellence – it promotes it.

nmz

In Rixdorf ist Musike – In Berlin-Neukölln entsteht das Deutsche Chorzentrum

Selten ist bei einer Pressekonferenz eine so hohe Dichte von Politikerinnen zu beobachten. Doch die der Erteilung der Baugenehmigung für das Deutsche Chorzentrum in Berlin war gewichtig […].

Polen steht bei Festival «jazzahead» im Fokus

Polen steht in diesem Jahr im Fokus des Musifestivals «jazzahead» in Bremen. Zahlreiche Konzerte geben vom 6. bis 22. April einen Einblick in die polnische Kulturszene.

klassik.com

Basler Musikwissenschaftler Max Haas gestorben

Der Basler Musikwissenschaftler Max Haas ist tot. Er starb Angaben seiner Familie zufolge nach kurzer Krankheit in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Haas genoss internationale Anerkennung als Spezialist für mittelalterliche Musik sowie das Musikdenken dieser Zeit.

Thüringer Kompositionspreis für Alex Vaughan

Der australische Komponist Alex Vaughan hat den Thüringer Kompositionspreis erhalten.

Musik Heute

Organistin Apkalna Musikerin des Jahres in Lettland

Riga – Die Orgelvirtuosin Iveta Apkalna ist in ihrer Heimat Lettland zur Musikerin des Jahres 2017 gekürt worden.

Platea Magazine

John Williams lega todas sus partituras a la Julliard School de Nueva York

El compositor estadounidense John Williams, de gan fama y prestigio por sus trabajos en bandas sonoras de películas como Star wars, E.T, Tiburón, Indiana Jones o Harry Potter entre muchas otras, ha anunciado que donará todas sus partituras (bandas sonoras, conciertos, sinfónico… además de sus bocetos).

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Un musicien accuse United Airlines d’avoir endommagé sa viole de gambe

Le gambiste Andrew Arceci a retrouvé son instrument très abîmé après un vol en soute sur la compagnie aérienne United Airlines. Il a déposé une réclamation.

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 A History of Classical Music (The Women-Only Version) in http://bit.ly/2D9gldr 

SWAP’ra founding member Jessica Cottis

(Written on March 8, 2018 )

In today’s news, The National Endowment for Music aims to support pupils’ musical ability by donating £1 million to the Arts Council of Wales to aid after-school music services that were affected by cuts. Frank Ocean tackles the topic of artist ownership at the Grammy’s, and the Welsh National Opera is to establish a fully integrated international opera school at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Valentin Uryupin wins Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition, and Anne Midgette takes a look at the relevance of opera in correlation with the modern human psyche.

BBC

£1m endowment fund for children to take up music

A new £1m fund to encourage children to become musicians has been announced by the Welsh Government.

The Washington Post

How to survive the next four years on social media? Opera can help.

We are living in operatic times. Forget what you’ve heard about opera being remote and elitist. Opera is also the art form that, perhaps more than any other, specializes in heightened emotion, and in finding ways to communicate it. And heightened emotion, and big feelings, are the order of the day, everywhere you look.

The Guardian

Facing the music: conductor Daniele Rustioni

From a teenage obsession with Wagner to the inspirational Giulini and the daily necessity of Bach, the conductor shares his musical passions

Music Business Worldwide

FRANK OCEAN LETS RIP AT THE GRAMMYS. AND REALLY, WHO CAN BLAME HIM?

In the coming days, we’ll ponder what this means for the future of artist empowerment and the ultimate fate of major record companies.

Rhinegold

RWCMD and WNO to launch opera school

Welsh National Opera (WNO) is to establish a fully integrated international opera school at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), enabling emerging artists to receive teaching from the College’s staff, members of WNO and leading figures from the wider opera world.

The New York Times

Adele Dominates the Grammys; Beyoncé Stops the Show

Adele swept the 59th annual Grammy Awards with her album “25,” an enormous hit around the world, in a night that shut out Beyoncé from the major awards and also featured reverent tributes and, at times, pointed political commentary.

Die Zeit

Die anderen nannten es Singen

Er hatte die wohl kühnste, unglaublichste Stimme des Jazz: Al Jarreau zeigte den Deutschen das Scatten und sie liebten ihn dafür. Ein Nachruf.

Klassik

Valentin Uryupin gewinnt Sir Georg Solti Dirigentenwettbewerb

Der russische Dirigent Valentin Uryupin hat den ersten Preis beim 8. Dirigentenwettbewerb Sir Georg Solti in Frankfurt am Main gewonnen. Die Auszeichnung für den 31-Jährigen ist mit 15.000 dotiert.
Musik heute

Grammy für deutsche Sopranistin Dorothea Röschmann

Die 49-Jährige erhielt den Musikpreis am Montag in Los Angeles für ihr Liederalbum “Schumann & Berg”, aufgenommen mit der britisch-japanischen Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida.

NRK

Universal kjøper rettigheter til Prince

Plateselskapet Universal har kjøpt rettighetene til flere av Prince sine album. I avtalen skal selskapet også få tilgang til materiale som ikke har vært utgitt.

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Classical Music News Jonas Kaufmann ends London residency with second cancellation
Classic FM  John Williams won his 23rd Grammy Award, and they played the wrong music.
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Image: RWCMD

(Written on February 13, 2017 )

In today’s news, a free online music app, Classical 100 increases its popularity in over 3,000 UK primary schools. Royal Albert Hall conducts study on gender association with various instruments, and Classical:Next announces the 2017 live performances at their conference. The Music Institute of Chicago appoints Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras to their Academy programme for gifted pre-college students, and today John Williams celebrates his 85th birthday. Yasuhisa Toyota’s unique concert hall designs engage audiences on a higher level.

Rhinegold

Royal Albert Hall survey reveals instrument gender bias

A study conducted by the Royal Albert Hall has revealed that brass instruments are associated with men, and string instruments with women. Of the 2,000 adults who took the survey, only 2% linked the trumpet with women and 3% thought that women were likely to play the French horn and the tuba.

Two thousand schools in England signed up for Classical 100

Over 3,000 schools and 5,000 teachers have now signed up for Classical 100 – a free online music app for UK primary schools created by ABRSM, Classic FM and Decca, and supported by the Department for Education.

The New Yorker

THE ARDOR OF JANE LITTLE, A WORLD-RECORD-SETTING ORCHESTRA MUSICIAN

Jane Little died like a warrior on the field of valor, clutching her bow so tightly that it had to be pried from her cold fingers. Her field was the stage of the Atlanta Symphony, in which she had played the bass from the age of sixteen until she keeled over in the middle of a performance, last year, at eighty-seven, having won a title that she had long coveted: the American musician with the longest tenure in any orchestra.

International Arts Manager

Classical:NEXT’s new adventure

Classical:NEXT has announced that its 2017 conference will include a new mini-festival. Titled ‘Seriously? – Adventures in Music’, it will see six showcase artists from Classical:NEXT’s programme perform for a public audience, along with groups such as Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The selected artists are collectif9 (Canada), Jerez Le Cam Quartet (Argentina/France/Belgium), Park Jiha (South Korea), Sven Helbig (Germany), Trip Trip Trip (Columbia) and Zwerm (Belgium).

The Strad

Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras joins Music Institute of Chicago faculty

The Music Institute of Chicago has appointed Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras to the faculty of its Community Music School and Academy programme for gifted pre-college students.

The Guardian

Study challenges view of arts subjects being pushed out of education

Arts subjects remain as popular as ever among pupils taking GCSEs in England, research has found, challenging the view that the government’s policies are forcing subjects such as drama and music out of classrooms in favour of subjects considered more academic.

Merkur

Klage gegen Konzertsaal-Wettbewerb

Kommentar: Kulturkrampf um Braunfels

Neue Musikzeitung

Dresden rechnet mit «sportlichem Finale» bei Umbau des Kulturpalastes

Dresden will den Umbau seines Kulturpalastes pünktlich abschließen, rechnet aber mit einem «sportlichen» Finale.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Grand Prix of Nations in Berlin

Seit 1988 trägt Interkultur internationale Chorwettbewerbe aus. In der vergangenen Woche fand der Grand Prix of Nations erstmals in Berlin statt: Dreißig Chöre aus 15 Ländern präsentierten in der Philharmonie ihr Können und ihre jeweilige Gesangskultur.

The Washington Post

Concert halls call on this Japanese engineer to shape sound

Behind some of the world’s most reputed concert halls is a Japanese engineer whose finesse in shaping sound is so perfectly unobtrusive that all listeners hear is the music — in all its subtlety, texture and fullness.

Pizzicato

Moscow’s Subway Organizes Competition For Musicians

A professional jury has been set up to select musicians who will be allowed to play in the subway stations in Moscow.

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Music History  in 1908 FP of ‘s Symphony No. 2 in St. Petersburg. Composer conducting.

Classic FM  Happy 85th birthday to the great John Williams! Tune on now for an hour of his epic music!

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Image: Yasuhisa Toyota

 

(Written on February 8, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, Sir Jonathan Mills speaks about the “domination of London” in culture and politics, Dudamel Fellows announces 2016/17 partcipating conductors, and a live symphony orchestra will perform the entire Harry Potter film score in a new series of concerts. Also, Britain’s church bell ringers don’t limit themselves to sunday services, and John Williams confirms he will score eighth Star Wars film.

The Times

London’s ‘domination of culture’ must now end, says ex-director

Sir Jonathan Mills, who curated his final international festival programme in 2014, said the “domination of London” in culture and politics could no longer be sustained.

Classical Music Magazine

Dudamel Fellows 2016/17 announced

Paulo Bortolameolli, Elim Chan and Kachun Wong have been announced as Dudamel Fellows for 2016/17. They will participate in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s orchestral, education and community programmes, and will also receive personal mentoring.

The Guardian

Daniel Barenboim on ageing, mistakes and why Israel and Iran are twin brothers

At 73, the conductor is still lobbying presidents and bellowing at the violins in five languages. But has his passion project – an orchestra of players from across the Middle East – achieved any real change?

Evening Standard

A live symphony orchestra will perform the entire Harry Potter film score in a new series of concerts

Fans will get the chance to hear music from the films performed in their entirety by a live symphony orchestra, with music from the first film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone kicking off proceedings.

The New York Times

Britain’s Church Bell Ringers Don’t Limit Themselves to Sunday Services

There are about 5,000 churches in Britain, and almost everyone lives within hearing range of one of them. Bell-ringing enthusiasts are called campanologists, and the country has about 40,000 of them.

CMUSE

John Williams confirms he will score eighth Star Wars film

John Williams, Hollywood’s most decorated film composer, has relieved Star Wars fans by confirming that he will be scoring the soundtrack for the upcoming eighth film in the series.

nmz

Zeitung: Bund erwägt Übernahme der Berliner Philharmoniker

Der Bund hat einem Zeitungsbericht zufolge Interesse an einer Übernahme der Berliner Philharmoniker. Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters (CDU) schwebe im Rahmen der Verhandlungen für den neuen Hauptstadtkulturvertrag ein finanzielles Engagement für das weltberühmte Ensemble vor.

Klassik heute

Musikfest Bremen 2016 vor dem Start

Am Samstag, 20. August, beginnt mit der Großen Nachtmusik das 27. Musikfest Bremen. Beim Eröffnungsabend „Große Nachtmusik“ stehen 27 Konzerte in drei Zeitschienen rund um den illuminierten Bremer Marktplatz auf dem Programm.

Musik heute

Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen für Streicher ausgeschrieben

Der Internationale Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen wendet sich im kommenden Jahr an junge Musiker der Fächer Viola und Kontrabass. Bewerbungen aus aller Welt würden bis zum 31. Januar 2017 angenommen.

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BBC Proms Team @bbcproms Our Virtual Orchestra is nearly complete, but you can still take part! UK kazoo players: your time has come. http://bbc.in/2bG0wmu

Tido Music @tidomusic Slow practice… did it! Excellent article by on how to enjoy ultra-slow practice

BR Klassik @BR_Klassik In voller Länge nachhören: die Oper “Thaïs” von Jules Massenet beim mit u http://bit.ly/2aYtmbx

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A live symphony orchestra will perform the entire Harry Potter film score in a new series of concerts. Credit: Warner Bros

(Written on August 17, 2016 )

In today’s news, Classic FM reports that David Bowie has died at the age of 69 and Gustavo Dudamel conducts Star Wars. Also, a video is released of passengers enjoying an impromptu classical music concert at a train station in Ternopil and Bachtrack announces classical music statistics for 2015

Classical Music Magazine

Making connections: A carefully programmed concert is greater than the sum of its parts

Today we have incredible access to a seemingly infinite amount of music: Spotify, YouTube, apple-music – not to mention an abundance of online score libraries

Classic FM

RIP David Bowie – we’re remembering his genius version of Peter and the Wolf

The music legend David Bowie has died from cancer at the age of 69. The world of pop music will never be the same – but he also made his mark on the classical world

Ukraine Today

Passengers enjoy impromptu classical music concert at train station in Ternopil

Musicians bring Christmas cheer to weary passengers

The Telegraph

Gustavo Dudamel: ‘I thought John Williams was joking when he asked me to conduct his Star Wars music’

There is awe in Gustavo Dudamel’s voice as he describes the moment he watched the words “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” crawl across the screen in front of him

Classical Music Magazine

Bachtrack announces classical music statistics for 2015

Listings database Backtrack has published an analysis of its data from 2015’s classical performances

Der Tagespiel

An der Himmelspforte

Erste Aufnahmen und die Pläne für den neuen Konzertsaal: Wie Simon Rattle und das London Symphony Orchestra sich für die Zukunft warmspielen

Pizzicato

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg eröffnet in einem Jahr

Genau in einem Jahr am 11. und 12. Januar 2017 wird das NDR Sinfonieorchester unter der Leitung von Thomas Hengelbrock das Eröffnungskonzert im Großen Saal geben

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Nicht allein

Solisten beherrschen manches, was andere Musiker nicht können. Nur im Ensemble zu spielen, fällt vielen schwer. Über die Kunst der Kammermusik, an der die Größten scheitern – oder wachsen

New York Times

For One Night, China’s Great Hall of the People Reverberates With Music

There is sort of an invisible rule in China that rock musicians cannot perform in big concert halls or opera houses,” said Tan Dun

Washington Post

How a classical critic introduced her child to music (not very well)

Ever since my son was born in 2011, it seemed inevitable that I would produce an article on introducing children to music

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Telegraph@Telegraph  With his new album, David Bowie returned to his first love http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what-to-listen-to/david-bowie-blackstar-first-listen-extraordinary/

Music Mark@musicmarkuk  #MemberVoice “Music can give a voice to those who have no voice” @paterson2_diane @ArtFormsLeeds

Philharmonia@philharmonia  This week’s Spotify playlist honours Pierre Boulez, featuring some of his best work as both conductor & composer http://spoti.fi/1PZqPiU

David Bowie/ Classic FM

David Bowie/ Classic FM

 

(Written on January 11, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Guardian lists the best classical music of 2015, Apple enhances classical music browsing in Apple Music with an iTunes update and opera critic Rodney Milnes has died aged 79. Also, clarinetist Sebastian Lambertz builds a new audience for classical music and Los Angeles Times talks about the soothing power of classical music in troubled times

The Guardian

Fiona Maddocks: the best classical music of 2015

There was trouble at the Coliseum, a whirl of orchestral manoeuvres – plus some unforgettable turns at the piano

Classical Source

Rodney Milnes dies aged 79

Rodney Milnes, the opera critic, has died aged 79

Apple Insider

Apple enhances classical music browsing in Apple Music with iTunes update

Apple on Friday released a minor update for the OS X version of iTunes, adding enhanced classical music listening options for the company’s streaming Apple Music service that bring it in line with Music on iOS

Epoch Times

Clarinet Player Builds a New Audience for Classical Music

Lambertz wants people today to feel personally connected to musical traditions and their meanings; otherwise they lose their relevance

Los Angeles Times

Classical music’s soothing powers in troubled times can help open minds and inspire dialogue

In times of tragedy, classical music is automatically summoned for comfort

Die Welt

Bayreuth ist, wo die Kanzlerin am meisten schwitzt

Zum ersten Mal haben die Bayreuther Festspiele das Raumklima im Zuschauerraum untersucht – und Spitzentemperaturen von knapp 45 Grad gemessen. Einen besonders schlechten Sitzplatz hat die Kanzlerin

KlassikAkzente

Gelber Strom – Die Yellow Lounge mit Ludovico Einaudi im Live-Stream

Gerade hat Ludovico Einaudi seinen 60. Geburtstag gefeiert. Am 15. Dezember ist der kreative italienische Musiker zu Gast in der Yellow Lounge und wird für das Publikum dabei erstmals auch in einem Live-Stream zu erleben sein

Pizzicato

Filippo Gorini gewinnt Beethoven-Wettbewerb

Der 20-jährige Italiener Filippo Gorini hat den Internationalen Beethoven Wettbewerb 2015 in Bonn 2015 gewonnen. Er setzte sich gegen Ben Cruchley und Moritz Winkelmann durch

El Pais

Por qué siempre nos emocionamos con la música de ‘Star Wars’

John Williams ha creado en la saga la banda sonora más popular de la historia del cine

The New York Times

Evgeny Kissin Will Indulge His Love of Yiddish Poetry at Carnegie Hall

Describing his affinity for Yiddish verse recently, the pianist Evgeny Kissin closed his eyes, bowed his head slightly and in a mellifluous, expressive baritone began to recite a poem from memory

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews : David Pershall to make Met debut http://bit.ly/1lHpT7m #opera #ballet

Classical Diary @ClassicalDiary : Watch John Williams conduct the new Star Wars score for @60Minutes! The Force Awakens #TheForceAwakens #StarWars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_AckgwzB1s

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera : Watch: Acclaimed Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov on Eugene Onegin, ‘The story that touches everyone’ ^E http://bit.ly/1QmIEtb

Sebastian Lambertz plays the clarinet, accompanied by pianist Babette Hierholzer at a German Forum concert at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center in New York on Nov. 18, 2015. (Rick Maiman)

Sebastian Lambertz plays the clarinet, accompanied by pianist Babette Hierholzer at a German Forum concert at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center in New York on Nov. 18, 2015. (Rick Maiman)

(Written on December 14, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Christoph von Dohnányi is reflecting his remarkable career, Liverpool Philharmonic opens the doors and John Williams is to receive the Lifetime achievement award. Also, Conductor Riccardo Chailly puts life on hold and Óscar Navarro about freshness and talent

The Guardian

Gergiev and the LSO: fond farewells or sighs of relief?

Valery Gergiev has not served the London Symphony Orchestra well as their chief conductor, nor has he lived up to the brilliance his earlier career promised

Gramophone

New Podcast: Christoph von Dohnányi reflects on his remarkable career

Includes excerpts of his latest recording – Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony, with the Philharmonia Orchestra

Classical Source

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Open House Marks Completion of Major Refurbishment Programme

Liverpool Philharmonic throws open the doors of its Hope Street home today, Friday, 9 October, for Open House (from 7.30pm to 9.30pm), signalling the completion of the major refurbishment of the 1939 Grade II* listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

BBC

Star Wars composer John Williams to receive film honour

Star Wars composer John Williams is to receive the American Film Institute’s (AFI) Lifetime achievement award

The Guardian

Riccardo Chailly: ‘I want to do things differently, to put life on hold’

Conductor Riccardo Chailly is at the height of his powers, so why is he determined to slow down? He tells Fiona Maddocks about leaving Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and his return to La Scala, Milan

Pizzicato

DG und Decca nun auch in der ‘Naxos Music Library’

Die Klassiklabel Deutsche Grammophon und Decca sind nun im Angebot der ‘Naxos Music Library’

Codex Flores

Lucerne Festival Ark Nova in Fukushima

Vom 24. Oktober bis 3. November 2015 kommt die mobile Konzerthalle Lucerne Festival Ark Nova zum dritten Mal zum Einsatz, diesmal in Fukushima. Erneut findet ein Musikfestival mit traditioneller japanischer Musik und europäischen Klassik- und Jazz-Musikern statt

Futurebiz.de

Erster Test mit Facebook Reactions & Auswirkungen auf den News Feed Algorithmus

Mit Reactions hat Facebook seinen neuen Interaktionsmöglichkeiten mit Facebook Beiträgen vorgestellt. Facebook Reactions, oder die Emojis, stellen eine Ergänzung zum Gefällt mir Button dar und bieten Menschen vielfältigere Möglichkeiten mit Inhalten zu interagieren und ihre Meinung zu äußern

Le Figaro

Le chanteur Leny Escudero est mort à 82 ans

L’épouse de l’interprète de Pour une amourette a annoncé ce vendredi le décès de l’artiste des suites d’une insuffisance respiratoire

El Mundo

Óscar Navarro: ‘Es vital que los grandes auditorios se abran a los jóvenes’

Ganador del Jerry Goldsmith por ‘Sueños de sal’ que estrena en España su pieza ‘Legacy’ en el Auditori Teulada Moraira sobre la frescura y el talento en la industria de la musica

Twitter

Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic : Where’s the best place in the world to be a classical music fan? @operalastnight finds out: http://bit.ly/1VJbHKN

Classic FM: @ClassicFM : Announcing… At the next #ClassicFMlive, hear one of our finest cellists: @StevenIsserlis! http://classfm.co/CFMlive

The Strad: @TheStradMag : ‘I emphasise tone, not technique, because it’s so important’ – #violinist Aaron Rosand

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Williams composed the well-known themes for blockbusters such as Superman and the Harry Potter films. AP/BBC

(Written on October 12, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Times highlights a new “chill-out” movement in classical music, while Klassik Akzente announces that John Williams is composing the soundtrack for the new Star Wars film. Also a conversation with Arvo Pärt in the Neue Musikzeitung, as we celebrate his birthday today, and an interview with Jonas Kaufmann.

The Guardian

Not just a cute girl on a podium: how to get more women conducting

This time two years ago, Marin Alsop was preparing to conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms – the first woman to do so.

The Telegraph

British Youth Opera: Footlights Fannies not welcome

It’s the most sensitive moment in any classical singer’s career. You’ve spent up to eight years in training, coddled and monitored and subsidised within the warm embrace of a conservatoire, and suddenly you are on the verge of being flung out into the big wide world without experience or protection.

The Times

An eight-hour lullaby and a yoga opera: classical goes chill-out

A slow movement is emerging in classical music. A manifesto for its soothing power — if we can tune in over the hubbub of our busy lives. And a quiet rejection of the onward march of flashy concert tech.

The Yorkshire Post

Bringing classical music to Leeds: A finely-tuned operation

The return of the Leeds International Piano Competition is welcomed by classical music buffs eager to watch the world’s finest young pianists perform some of the greatest works ever composed.

Neue Musikzeitung

Kult-Komponist Arvo Pärt wird 80: «Musik sagt, was ich zu sagen habe»

Seit Jahrzehnten prägt er die Musikszene und genießt international höchstes Ansehen: Der estnische Komponist Arvo Pärt gilt als einer bedeutendsten und meistgespielten lebenden Komponisten.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Leipziger Perspektiven

Das Karussell für Chefdirigentenposten bei den großen Orchestern dreht sich rasant. Nächste Neubesetzung: Der 36-jährige Andris Nelsons wird als Nachfolger von Riccardo Chailly Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig.

Klassik Akzente

John Williams komponiert Soundtrack zu “Star Wars 7: Erwachen der Macht”

Die berühmteste Science Fiction-Saga der Filmgeschichte geht in die 7. Runde. Für die musikalische Untermalung des galaktischen Abenteuers sorgt kein geringerer als Filmkomponist John Williams.

France Musique

Entretien exclusif avec Jonas Kaufmann

Pour sa journée spéciale sur France Musique, le ténor Jonas Kaufmann a accordé un entretien exclusif à Stéphane Grant, retranscrit ici.

The New York Times

New Leader for Atlanta Symphony

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which has been led by an interim president since its last one resigned last year in the midst of a two-month lockout during a heated labor dispute, announced Thursday that it had selected a new leader: Jennifer Barlament, currently the general manager of the Cleveland Orchestra.

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Damian Marhulets: Hypersuites – Barock meets Gypsy München Gasteig – Carl-Orff-Saal am Do, 01.10.15, 19:30 Uhr

Anneleen Lenaerts: Great fun yesterday with Sean Rafferty!

BR_KLASSIKArvo Pärt zum 80. Geburtstag: Auf der Suche nach der Liebe zum einzelnen Ton

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JJ. Abrams promised a tribute to the old Trilogy and that’s why John Williams was called back to take charge of the soundtrack of the new episode. Photo credit: trailer’s screenshot.

(Written on September 11, 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…

Twitter

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
Credit: Classic FM

(Written on September 1, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Terry Riley’s masterpiece – and minimalism, African style

It can be over in 15 minutes. It can last several hours. It can be done with a Wurlitzer – or 20 guitars. Now In C, the defining work of minimalist music, has been tackled by Damon Albarn and Africa Express. Its composer Terry Riley reveals how it all began

Classic FM

John Williams’ Jurassic Park theme gets haunting rework in new Jurassic World trailer

The trailer for Jurassic World features a haunting, stripped-down piano version of John Williams’ classic theme from the original Jurassic Park.

The Strad

French cellist Aurélien Pascal wins Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann

The 19-year-old artist receives €15,000 and concert opportunities

Gramophone

Come and hear ‘Sir James Galway in Conversation’ at Foyles

The first ‘EFG Gramophone Conversation at Foyles’ will take place on Thursday, December 11 at 7pm

Sinfini

Chailly takes over at La Scala

Riccardo Chailly, now recognised as one of the greatest conductors in the world, takes over as principal conductor at La Scala, Milan, on 1 January 2015 and will become its music director in 2017.

KlassikAkzente

Daniel Hope und die Waldpiraten – Spendenaktion für die Deutsche Kinderkrebsstiftung

Jährlich erkranken in Deutschland rund 2000 Kinder und Jugendliche an einer bösartigen Krankheit.

Das Orchester

Armin Köhler ist tot

Armin Köhler, langjähriger künstlerischer Leiter der Donaueschinger Musiktage und Leiter der SWR2 Redaktion “Neue Musik und Jazz”, ist am 15. November 2014 im Alter von 62 Jahren verstorben.

Klassik.com

New York City Opera soll im Januar verkauft werden

Die New York City Opera, die im Oktober 2013 Konkurs anmelden musste, erhält über den 18. Dezember hinaus keine Fristverlängerung zur Vorlage eines Reorganisationsplan.

Le Figaro

Love Circus: histoires de passions aux Folies Bergère

La nouvelle comédie musicale de Stéphane Jarny alterne numéros de cirque et tableaux chantés. Imparable.

Pizzicato

Australia Launches A Vast Singing Program

The Australian Government announced a vast singing pilot program which will see professional music educators mentor selected classroom teachers across Australia in order to implement singing in school classes.

Publisher Edition Peters Launches Own Record Label

The classical CD market is definitely not dying.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM: A little…Violin Birthday Sandwich. Hilary Hahn @violincase [Respighi] Then @ViktoriaMullova Happy Birthdays. @TimLihoreau

BR_KlASS @BR_KLASS: BR-Symphonieorchester in Japan: Asiatische Euphorie nach Konzert in Tokyo http://dlvr.it/7f9fXP  #br_klass #klassik

KlassikInfo.de @Klassikinfo: Wertschöpfung des Festspielhauses Baden-Baden für die Stadt liegt bei Jährlich 49 Millionen Euro http://www.KlassikInfo.de

performers of the new musical 'Love Circus' photo: Cyrille George Jerusalmi

performers of the new musical ‘Love Circus’
photo: Cyrille George Jerusalmi

(Written on November 27, 2014 )