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The Guardian

Tehran’s reborn symphony orchestra: an ovation before playing a note

After a three-year hiatus, orchestra has been revived with an ambitious programme and a world-class conductor, Alexander Rahbari – and he says it’s all thanks to Rouhani’s administration

Facing the Music: Alban Gerhardt

From opera and learning to conduct it, to Jonny Greenwood and Jonas Kaufmann, cellist Alban Gerhardt reveals his musical passions, on and off the stage

The Telegraph

Video games bring new generation to classical music

Three of the top 20 from Classic FM’s Hall of Fame poll are soundtracks to video games and another 9 make the top 300

The Strad

Long-serving Boston Symphony violinist Ronald Knudsen dies aged 83

The musician performed with the orchestra for 48 years

Classic FM

Welcome to Classic FM’s Hall of Fame

You voted in your thousands, now we reveal the ultimate chart of classical works.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der große Opern-Boom

Kein Geld für Kultur? Von wegen! Überall in Europa eröffnen neue Musiktheater. Sie stehen für wirtschaftlichen Aufschwung und Selbstbewusstsein der Regionen.

Die Welt

Was Intendanten in Deutschland nicht sagen dürfen

In Rostock vergleicht der Intendant Sewan Latchinian den Angriff auf sein Theater mit der IS-Barbarei – und wird entlassen.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Klangideen aus der Kindheit

Der aus Gauting stammende Komponist Johannes X. Schachtner macht zeitgenössische Musik und zeigt bei einem eher ungewöhnlichen Heimat-Lieder-Abend Verbindungen zwischen Tradition und Moderne auf

El País

Maria João Pires: „Me he convertido en mucho más tolerante“

Maria João Pires es reconocida como una de las mejores pianistas vivas. Se ha convertido en una de las pocas artistas capaces de alzar la música clásica a las listas de superventas.

Musical Toronto

TSO dumps upcoming soloist Valentina Lisitsa over political views

In a startling turn of events, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have officially cancelled the upcoming April 8-9, 2015 appearance by Youtube superstar pianist Valentina Lisitsa over tweets expressing her political views.

Twitter

ArtsProfessional ‏@ArtsPro #Goodread: Don’t rely too heavily on the generosity of a single philanthropist, warns Michael Kaiser http://bit.ly/1DG6Npi  #artsfunding

Jessica Duchen ‏@jessicaduchen: Intriguing piece by Tim Rutherford-Johnson about Tansy Davies’s new opera ‘Between Worlds’. https://johnsonsrambler.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/too-soon-for-a-911-opera-or-about-right/ …

EMM ‏@enticottmusic : Only 12 days until @MilosGuitar plays in #HongKong! Check out his great @timeouthk interview http://bit.ly/1y0hArP !

7th April News Video Game Music

Music from the Final Fantasy video game series, by Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, is at number nine in the poll. Image: The Telegraph

(Written on April 7, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Simon Rattle: new concert hall was not precondition for accepting LSO job

Rattle, who takes over as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2017, denies appointment was dependent on venue being built

Telegraph

All hail the return of Simon Rattle!

Rattle’s return to the UK to join the London Symphony Orchestra will lift the entire British classical music scene, says Ivan Hewett

Independent

Sir Simon Rattle returns to London for his ‘last big job’

Conductor’s homecoming boosts hopes for new venue to replace Barbican

Classical Music Magazine

Simon Rattle joins the LSO: Reaction to classical music’s ‘worst-kept secret’

The reaction to news of Simon Rattle’s appointment as music director-elect of the London Symphony Orchestra has been generally positive, with the official revelation of ‘classical music’s worst-kept secret’ generating statements from across the industry.

Classic FM

Alison Balsom launches Bristol Proms with Paddington Station fanfare

Trumpeter Alison Balsom has signalled the launch of this year’s Bristol Proms with a spectacular fanfare performance at London’s Paddington Station.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Königsmacher

Am 11. Mai ist es so weit: Die Berliner Philharmoniker wählen den Nachfolger von Simon Rattle.

Die Welt

Simon Rattle geht zum London Symphony Orchestra

Der bis 2018 amtierende Chef der Berliner Philharmoniker will danach nicht nur geehrter Dirigiersenior sein.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Jazz im März

Im März hören Sie Höhepunkte vom Pori Jazz-Festival in Finnland und Vokal-Akrobatik der Legenden Al Jarreau und Bobby McFerrin.

The New York Times

Simon Rattle to Return to His Roots, Taking Over the London Symphony

Their long flirtation is over, and now they are engaged: Simon Rattle, the Liverpool-born maestro who rose to become chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, said on Tuesday that he would return to Britain in 2017 as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Eric Lu, 17, Wins National US Chopin Competition

At the end of this year’s National Chopin Competition in the United States, 17 years old Eric Lu, was awarded First Prize which includes a cash award of $75,000, concert appearances and automatic acceptance as a competitor at Warsaw’s International Chopin Competition in October.

El Mundo

Segundo ’round’ para el compositor Conrado del Campo

La Fundación Juan March, en colaboración con la Zarzuela, dedica un ciclo al compositor madrileño y recupera su ópera ‘Fantochines’

Twitter

Classicalite @Classicalite: UPDATE: @TenorKaufmann Cancels Met Performance of ‘Carmen’ Due to Illness http://www.classicalite.com/articles/18325/20150303/jonas-kaufmann-cancels-met-performance-carmen-illness-flu.htm …

Zeit Online Kultur @zeitonline_kul: Klassik-Langeweile: München diskutiert über seinen Konzertsaal. V. Hagedorn fordert stattdessen neue Spielpläne (raw) http://www.zeit.de/kultur/musik/2

Klassik.com @Klassikinfo: 24 Stunden lang Beethoven – Der neue Leiter der MaerzMusik Berlin über das Programm 2015 http://www.klassikinfo.de/Interview-Berno-Odo-Polzer.2031.0.html …

Simon Rattle leading the Berlin Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in October. Photo: Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

Simon Rattle leading the Berlin Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in October.
Photo: Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

 

(Written on March 4, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Simon Rattle is waving his baton at the wrong cause

The charismatic conductor may get his way with a new concert hall, but classical music’s problems lie elsewhere, in Britain’s music education funding

Telegraph

Jonas Kaufmann: classical music industry is run like an artistic ‘catastrophe’

The world-famous tenor says that he and his colleagues feel as though they are in ‘straight-jackets’

Classic FM

Oscars 2015 winners: Alexandre Desplat wins Best Original Score

French composer Alexandre Desplat has won an Oscar for Best Original Score, beating off competition from Hans Zimmer.

Sinfini Music

Swipe left – Don Giovanni is on Tinder

Audiences will be encouraged to stalk characters online during a new production of Don Giovanni, which sees Mozart’s opera reimagined for the age of social media.

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pickett handed 11-year sentence for historic offences

Philip Pickett, the recorder player and early music ensemble leader, has been jailed for 11 years in relation to historic sex offences which occurred in the 1970s and 80s during his time as a freelance teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Der Tagesspiegel

Lauschen wie Gott in Frankreich

Beim Gastspiel von Simon Rattle und den Berliner Philharmonikern in der neuen, von Jean Nouvel erbauten Philharmonie de Paris erweist sich die Akustik des 2400-Plätze-Saales als überwältigend.

Da lag Musike drin

DDR-Opernstar Reiner Süß ist tot

audiophil

DRUMS4PEACE

Weltrekordversuch auf der Musikmesse: 1.000 Schlagzeuger gesucht

pizzicato

Putin-Regierung kürzt Subventionen für Orchester und Opernhäuser um 10%

Die staatliche Unterstützung in Form von Zuschüssen der Regierung der Russischen Föderation für nicht-staatliche Orchester und Opernhäuser wird in diesem Jahr um 10% gekürzt.

Berliner Philharmoniker wählen am 11. Mai Rattles Nachfolger

Am 11. Mai 2015 wählen die Berliner Philharmoniker den Nachfolger von Simon Rattle.

The New York Times

‘Birdman’ Captures Best Picture Oscar

Academy Awards: ‘Birdman’ Wins Best Picture Oscar

Le Monde

Le trompettiste de jazz Clark Terry est mort

Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, gagman merveilleux d’une élégance folle, musicien supérieur, le trompettiste Clark Terry est mort le 15 février 2015 des suites d’un diabète avancé qui avait obligé à une double amputation des jambes en 2012.

El Mundo

‘Federico no se podría creer esto’

El director y compositor estrena este martes en el Teatro Real su versión operística de ‘El público’, la obra maldita de Lorca, que recibió como encargo de Gerard Mortier.

Twitter

Classicalite @Classicalite: What has Changed for Musicians Since Re-Establishing Ties With #Cuba? http://www.classicalite.com/articles/17457/20150220/what-changed-musicians-establishing-ties-cuba.htm …

Klassik.com @klassikcom: Zwei zweite Plätze bei Solti-Dirigentenwettbewerb http://klassik.com/?bfyY1  #Musikwettbewerb #Dirigent #Solti

Klassik.com @klassikcom:Frank-Peter Zimmermann gibt Stradivari zurück http://klassik.com/?rDi83  #Geige #Violine#Stradivari

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(Written on February 23, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Vintage photograph marks conductor Sir Simon Rattle’s sixth decade

National Portrait Gallery acquires photograph by Rory Coonan on plate camera and BBC shows month of special programming

The Times

Jonas Kaufmann: is this the tenor your mother warned you about?

Set to smoulder again at Covent Garden, the superstar reveals why fame means he can no longer join his fans for a pint

Classic FM

We’ve just discovered celloboxing and it’s our new favourite thing

We thought 2Cellos were pushing at all the cello-boundaries… and then we came across this guy’s amazing cover of a Meghan Trainor song.

Classical Source

Exploring the cultural impact of Simon Rattle: on BBC TWO, BBC FOUR and BBC RADIO 3

THE FIRST TELEVISION BIOGRAPHY FOR 15 YEARS, REDISCOVERED RECORDINGS AND A SERIES OF LIVE CONCERT BROADCASTS

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How tiny bits of ivory snare classical musicians crossing borders

The Obama administration has put in stiff restrictions on the transport of items containing African elephant ivory and other materials into the U.S. But this well-intentioned policy has had some unintended consequences.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Das Tutti ist noch überresonant

Nicht nur ist sie das Kronjuwel der Musikstadt Paris, sie fungiert auch als Brückenkopf zum armen Osten: François Hollande eröffnet Jean Nouvels grandiose neue Philharmonie. Einst heftig umstritten, jetzt jedoch richtig?

Süddeutsche.de

Musik unter einer weißen Haut

An der Decke Fischschuppen, dazwischen ein überdimensionaler Trichter und das Orchester in der Mitte. In der neuen Elbphilharmonie steht die Struktur im Mittelpunkt. Ein erster Rundgang in Hamburgs neuem Konzerthaus in Bildern.

Der Tagesspiegel

Exkursion in finnische Klangwelten

Sir Simon Rattle, der Chefdirigent der Berliner Philharmoniker feiert heute seinen 60. Geburtstag. Viel bleibt ihm nicht zu wünschen, außer: mehr Sibelius. Eine Gratulation.

pizzicato

Deutsche Orchester spielen für die Flüchtlinge

Um das Warten und die Langeweile zu durchbrechen, bKeginnen Theater und Orchester, Flüchtlinge zu Konzerten und anderen Veranstaltungen einzuladen.

The New York Times

Aiming to Create a Jazz Capital

Danilo Pérez Builds a Magnet for Musicians in Panama

Twitter

Classical:NEXT @ClassicalNEXT: Brazilian RC4 festival features Classical:NEXT artists http://www.festivalrc4.com.br

Klassik.com @klassikcom: Bayerischer Staatspreis für Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks http://klassik.com/?mJ3TU  #Musikpreis

KulturPort.De @kultur_port_de: #Kultur SCHULE:KULTUR! startet mit 40 Schulprojekten http://tinyurl.com/o4kf6r6 

Tito Herrera for The New York Times

Tito Herrera for The New York Times

(Written on January 19, 2015 )

Classical Music Magazine

Welser-Möst’s Vienna exit seemed inevitable after artistic disagreements

Simmering differences between Franz Welser-Möst and Dominique Meyer over the artistic direction of the Vienna State Opera led last week to what those who know the scene say was inevitable ‒ the resignation of Welser-Möst as musical director.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Singers celebrate 90

The choir will celebrate with a Radio 3 takeover and two special concerts

The Strad

Electric guitar overtakes violin on list of students’ most popular musical instruments

A comprehensive study undertaken by the UK’s ABRSM finds shifting trends from traditional to pop instruments

Pizzicato

FLAC, A New Composers Association For Luxembourg

Despite the fact that Luxembourg is a member of the International Society for Contemporary Music, it looks like there was a lack of organization on a national as well as international /European level.

Concerti

“Blicken wir nach vorn!”

Interview Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Crescendo

Vertrag mit Kurt Weill Fest Intendant Prof. Kaufmann bis 2018 verlängert

Das Kurt Weill Fest Dessau blickt auf vier äußerst erfolgreiche Festivals unter der künstlerischen Leitung von Prof. Michael Kaufmann zurück.

The New York Times

Last Night of the London Proms: A Sonic Potpourri

Any critic interested in self-preservation needs to take a deep breath and think several times before venturing an opinion on the froth-filled, flag-waving, fancy-dress party that is Last Night of the London Proms.

Seattle Times

Benaroya donates $10M as symphony hears sound of giving

At its annual gala, the Seattle Symphony raises $600,000, plus Rebecca Benaroya donates $10 million. And for her cancer charity, Fab*U*Wish, E! Network star Giuliana Rancic doles out makeovers at Westfield Southcenter.

El Mundo

Jonas Kaufmann canta para ELMUNDO.es

El tenor alemán, considerado el mejor del mundo, estrena en exclusiva su disco ‘You mean the world to me’, con canciones de la Alemania cabaretera de los años 20 y 30

Twitter

Jessica Duchen ‏@jessicaduchen: Powerful column by @queenchristina_ about children’s passion for music, when they have the chance to encounter it… bit.ly/1De0GWf

Gramophone ‏@GramophoneMag: Last chance to vote for #GramoAwards Recording of the Year! Vote now and we’ll compare result to our critics’ choice: http://bit.ly/1rCflat

Roundhouse @RoundhouseLDN: #CalltoCreate is a global collective that believes it’s time to give young creatives the spotlight – join us: http://rhou.se/1mahMyA

Warner Classics ‏@WarnerClassics: Next week the wonderful @CostelloTenor opens the @RosenblattOpera season @wigmore_hall http://www.rosenblattrecitalseries.co.uk 

StreetwiseOpera @StreetwiseOpera: Interest is building in @LizWattsSoprano‘s @bbcproms dress. Grab a piece of Proms history http://ebay.eu/1sKFJNV 

Singers625_0The BBC Singers, photo: BBC Music Magazine

(Written on September 16, 2014 )

The Telegraph

The International Opera Awards: a reminder of a vibrant operatic scene

Amid signs of gloom, the International Opera Awards are a welcome reminder of just how vibrant the operatic scene is. The 2nd International Opera Awards ceremony will take place tonight at Grosvenor House Hotel.

The Guardian

When UK pop was born: the 18th century

We take it for granted that music is all around us and endlessly accessible. But did you know that gigs, muzak, and the music business itself were all born in the 18th century in the UK?

Classic FM

Lang Lang receives honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University

This isn’t the first honorary degree the pianist has received. In 2011, the Prince of Wales awarded him a PhD from the Royal College of Music, in 2012 picked up a degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and is also an honorary fellow of Oxford University.

Classical Music Magazine

London International A Cappella Choir Competition: Tallis Scholars host tribute to Tavener

Choirs from Estonia, Spain, Poland, the US, Sweden, Ireland and the UK will compete in the competition, which was conceived as a 70th birthday tribute to Sir John Tavener and will now be held in his memory.

Royal Opera House

Marianela Nunez, Thiago Soares and Fernando Montano nominated for 2014 LUKAS awards

Royal Ballet Principals Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares, and First Artist Fernando Montaño have all been nominated for the Personality of the Year award at the Latin UK Awards (LUKAS). The LUKAS awards, which are now in their third year, celebrate the culture of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities in the UK. This year, around 1,200 people were nominated for a total of 65 awards.

Spiegel Online

Vielseitige Sopranistin: Darf ich bitten, Herr Strauss!

Ob “Alphorn” oder “Madrigal”: Die Sopranistin Christiane Karg stürzt sich gern in musikalische Abenteuer. Da findet sie eine Menge in den Liedern von Richard Strauss. Die silbrige Faszination des “Rosenkavalier”-Komponisten leuchtet auch in der kleinen Form.
Klassik Akzente

Man kennt Myung Whun Chung als Dirigenten am Pult renommierter Ensembles wie dem Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France oder der Staatskapelle Dresden. Aber er ist auch ein exzellenter, inspirierter Pianist. Beispiel Piano.

Unerhörte Spannungen – Kammermusik von Harrison Birtwistle

ECM New Series widmet der Musik des britischen Komponisten Harrison Birtwistle erstmals ein ganzes Album. Till Fellner, Lisa Batiashvili, Adrian Brendel und die Sänger Amy Freston und Roderick Williams haben es aufgenommen.

Le Monde

Jonas Kaufmann, « wunderténor »

On doit à Jonas Kaufmann l’une de nos plus belles soirées lacrymales. C’était à l’Opéra Bastille, en janvier 2010. Le ténor allemand chantait le dernier acte du Werther de Massenet dans la mise en scène sensitive de Benoît Jacquot.

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(Written on April 7, 2014 )

The Guardian

Class, race and classical music

Western classical music – performers and audiences alike – is still an almost exclusively white concern. What can be done?

Piano: Machine of Dreams Exhibition – in pictures

Part of this year’s ‘It’s All About Piano!’ festival at the Institute français is an exhibition of photographs taken by Amy T Zielinski. In this article she picks some of her favourite shots, and tells us why.

The Telegraph

The world of violin maker Florian Leonhard

Violin maker Florian Leonhard talks to Ellie Pithers about music, his childhood, and matchmaking.

Classic FM

Il Divo serenaded one of their fans

Il Divo gave one lucky audience a very special surprise, serenading them with a performance of ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story.

UT San Diego

Opera union files second NLRB complaint

The labour union representing singers, chorus members and production personnel for the San Diego Opera filed a new charge with the National Labor Relations Board over the pending closure of the opera company.

Le Figaro

Trois ténors, Jonas Kaufmann, Rolando Villazón et Juan Diego Flórez seront à l’affiche en France dans les prochaines semaines.
Die Welt
Von Lukoil unterstutzt setzt sich Teodor Currentzis geschickt als neuer Taktstock-Guru in Szene. Er machte Perm am Ural zum Mekka der Klassic. Serine Einspielung vom “Figaro” ist grandios. Ein Portrat.
Concerti

Interview Plácido Domingo: “Zum Entspannen in die Sonne”

Sein stimmlicher Glanz strahlt ungebrochen, selbst eine Lungenembolie hat Plácido Domingo nicht bremsen können

 

Classical Music on Twitter

Bristol Old Vic: @BristolOldVic Its back! Bristol Proms returns with a programme packed full of extraordinary classical music http://bit.ly/1pFzWEt 

Gramophone: @GramophoneMag A longread for your journey home: The crossroads of music literature & art w/Will Self, Iain Sinclair & Chris Gollon http://www.gramophone.co.uk/feature/at-the-crossroads-of-music-literature-and-art-with-will-self-iain-sinclair-and-chris-gollon …

Bachtrack: @Bachtrack Have you voted for your favourite classical music festival yet? Cast your all important vote here: http://bit.ly/BTwff14 

musik heute: @Musik_Heute Neuer Beitrag: Pianist Frank Dupree gewinnt Deutschen Musikwettbewerb: Bonn/Berlin (mh) – Der Pianist Frank Du… http://bit.ly/1pYXfcl

netzwerk junge ohren: @jungeohren  Das Projekt “Klangradar – Mit den Ohren sehen lernen” in Kooperation mit dem… http://fb.me/2c1MnZlgn

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(Written on April 4, 2014 )

The Times

10 great opera stars

Nine singers, one conductor — these are the people you need to know before the International Opera Awards next month

Gramophone

Spotify: threat or friend?

Martin Cullingford reflects on the changing nature of how we get our music

Music events to include Three Choirs Festival commission and Late Night Prom on the anniversary

International Arts Manager

Performing arts talent from Spain and Portugal will form the focus of the Kennedy Center’s 2015 festival.

BBC Music Magazine

Reading University unveils plaque to commemorate Gustav Holst

The composer and former lecturer is celebrated

First female organist appointed at St Paul’s

A new musical appointment at St Paul’s Cathedral makes history

Classic FM

Brooklyn Rider launch Kickstarter for new Almanac project

New York-based string quartet Brookyln Rider have launched a Kickstarter project to help fund their forthcoming album and multimedia project, ‘Almanac’

Andrea Bocelli got married to his manager and it was just lovely

The legendary tenor finally did the honourable thing and married his long-term partner and manager Veronica Berti in a gorgeous ceremony in Tuscany

Audience vote to decide pianist’s Chopin concert repertoire

Pianist Sergio Tiempo will allow the audience of his forthcoming London concert to decide which six Chopin Etudes he will play by asking them to vote online

derStandard.at

Franzose Bertrand de Billy: “Mir ist der Kragen geplatzt” – Franck springt ein

Le Monde

Ecoutez le son caverneux de l’octobasse, cet instrument hors normes

A l’occasion de la Semaine des musées, la Cité de la musique a publié une vidéo présentant cet instrument géant mis au point au XVIIIe siècle

Concerti

Interview Frank Peter Zimmermann: „Neue Gedanken zum Klingen bringen“

Der Geiger Frank Peter Zimmermann über den Reiz zeitgenössischer Werke, Kommunikation mit dem Orchester und Spontaneität im Konzert

 

Classical Music on Twitter

M Magazine: @Maria_MillerMP: “UK music industry must ensure it can sustain itself for the future” http://ow.ly/v2V57  #copyright

WildKatPR: #Crowdfunding in #music: check out WildKat PR clients who are using this right now! http://wildkatpr.com/news/blog/2014/03/27/current-crowdfunded-projects/ … @Brooklyn_Rider @InHarmonyTS

Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic10 classical music highlights this week, which one are you going to? http://bit.ly/1iDNfUJ  @officialronnies @BarbicanCentre @SwanseaUni

Gabriel Prokofiev: @gprokofiev First ever @Nonclassical in Leeds tonight. At legendary gig space: @CockpitLeeds ft @juicevocal @Damien_Harron & many Leeds based performer

Zeit Online Kultur: @zeitonline_kul Online hat gewonnen. Print auch. 12 Thesen zum Journalismus von @berndulrich (@DIEZEIT) und @Jochen (@zeitonline) http://www.zeit.de/2014/14/print-online-redaktion-thesen-journalismus

Brian Wise: @briancwise Top 5 Most Controversial Audience Behaviors (with lively comments thread) http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/top-5-most-controversial-audience-behaviors/

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(Written on March 28, 2014 )

The Arts Desk

The Last Night of the Proms, Kennedy, DiDonato, BBCSO, Alsop

The slickest Last Night in recent memory finds a woman finally in charge

Wagner at the Proms remembered

Five singers, three conductors and a director look back on a collective triumph of the bicentenary year

Classic FM Online

Joseph Calleja: “An operatic voice is not boring!”

The tenor speaks to his long standing friend and Classic FM presenter David Mellor about the appeal of his new album, Amore

The Times

Sir Simon Rattle tipped to take top job with the LSO

Britain’s most celebrated contemporary conductor is understood to have accepted the post of principal conductor of the LSO

The Washington Post

Soprano Voigt drops out of Washington Opera’s ‘Tristan and Isolde’ with ‘relief’

Deborah Voigt, the star soprano scheduled to sing Isolde in Wagner’s monumental “Tristan und Isolde” in the company’s season-opening production, starting next Sunday, is withdrawing from the role

The Guardian

Pavarotti tops the charts with remastered first recording

Posthumous release features an aria the opera singer recorded 50 years ago but which lay unheard in his archives

The Independent

‘Stop mocking the Mormons,’ says opera star Bryn Terfel who has been ‘embraced’ by the faith

The bass-baritone, recently in Salt Lake City to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, was visited at home in Wales by missionaries who tried to convert him

Die Welt

“Wir sind Zirkusartisten ohne Netz”

Es gibt so viel mehr als den hohen Ton: Plácido Domingo und Jonas Kaufmann, die berühmtesten Tenöre der Welt, über Sängerwitze, Akzente und die Liebe zu Verdi. Ein allererstes Doppelinterview

The Arts Desk

The Arts Desk

(Written on September 9, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Lang Lang and Einaudi to perform at Classic BRITs 2013

Pianists Lang Lang and Ludovico Einaudi have both been confirmed to perform at this year’s Classic BRITs award ceremony on October 2nd

Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines prompts unexpected classical hit

The R&B chart smash has driven a surge in sales for a violin and harpsichord duet of the same name

Roger Federer plays violin in Lucerne Festival tribute

Tennis maestro Roger Federer paid tribute to the Lucerne Festival’s 75th anniversary in a video made by his sponsor, Credit Suisse

Nicola Benedetti takes time off following Queen’s advice

The superstar violinist is taking a break ahead of the release of her new album, My First Decade, after being asked whether she was overworking by the Queen

Classical Music Magazine

Kaufmann among pre-announced winners of 2013 Gramophone Awards

Jonas Kaufmann’s last solo disc on Decca before his recent move to Sony Classical is among several pre-announced winners of this year’s Gramophone magazine awards

Ealing Autumn festival: Britten among friends11-27 October

Running 11 to 27 October, the Ealing Autumn Festival returns for its fourth year

The Independent

Julian Lloyd Webber: I’m doing a Dudamel over here

The Venezuelan conductor showed how poor children could become musicians. Julian Lloyd Webber explains how he was determined to do the same here. The result can be seen at the Proms on Sunday

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Das Gewitter ist vorbei, die Schäflein sind im Trockenen

Beim Stuttgarter Musikfest gab Helmuth Rilling den Stab an seinen jüngeren Nachfolger Hans-Christoph Rademann ab – Bundespräsident Joachim Gauk assistierte

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(Written on August 28, 2013 )