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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

In today’s news, the great American composer you’ve never heard of, Gramophone award winners are announced and how videogame soundtracks have come to be released on vinyl.

Guardian

George Walker: the great American composer you’ve never heard of

The first African American to win the Pulitzer for music is celebrated for overcoming cultural prejudice, but his work is so good this should only be a sideshow to the main event of his compositions

The Megadrive megamix – how classic videogame soundtracks went from background noise to cratedigger gold

Digital composers of the 1990s pushed the console tech far beyond its natural limits to produce warped symphonies that are buried deep in the minds of millions. Now specialist labels are reissuing them on vinyl

Classical Music Magazine

Lise Davidsen wins Queen Sonja competition

Lise Davidsen took first place in this year’s Queen Sonja International Music Competition.

Gramophone award winners announced

The recordings which have won Gramophone Awards in each of the 12 main categories have been announced.

The Strad

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra appoints new violist Hyobi Sim

The Curtis Institute and Juilliard School graduate is an active chamber musician

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Jenseits aller Grenzen

Daniel Barenboim will mit seiner Staatskapelle Berlin nach Teheran reisen, um dort zur Unterzeichnung des von Israel heftig kritisierten Atomabkommens mit Iran ein Konzert zu geben. In Israel ist man darüber empört.             

Klassik.com

Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters kritisiert geplante Theaterreform in Thüringen

Die Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters hat im öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunk Stellung zu der von der Landesregierung geplanten Theaterreform in Thüringen Stellung genommen. Grütters zufolge werden in den Ländern Thüringen und auch Mecklenburg-Vorpommern die Bühnen zu stark für Sparmaßnahmen im Kulturbereich herangezogen.

Musik heute

Weltweit erfolgreich ohne Skandale – Zum Tod von Opernregisseur Nikolaus Lehnhoff

Noch im Mai hatte seine “Turandot”-Produktion zur Weltausstellung in Mailand an der Scala Premiere. Ob in Frankreich oder an der Metropolitan Opera in New York, in Zürich oder Amsterdam – Nikolaus Lehnhoff war einer der gefragtesten Regisseure.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Bernàcer Named S.F. Opera Resident Conductor

The role of resident conductor at the San Francisco Opera is to be assistant and second-in-command to Music Director Nicola Luisotti, helping with planning, rehearsals, and production and conducting both special events and several mainstage performances.

Christoph Lieben-Seutter on Building a Concert Hall for the Future 

Germany is well known for its brass-knuckles approach to austerity programs, especially for its less well-heeled, profligate neighbors. But in the last several years the country has suffered an embarrassing series of infrastructure debacles that suggest the need to look in the mirror.

Twitter

The Amati Magazine : Together with a Gramophone Award, some devastating news from a distinguished cellist

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN : Alright, female composers: step up this fall to @DetroitSymphony competition! Application details available soon!

Classic FM : A @realaled selfie to kick off the Ultimate Classic FM ! What will be number one?

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American composer George Walker
Credit: Mike Derer/Associated Press/ Guardian

(Written on August 28, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, an interview with John Mauceri, ‘Rode’ Stradivari loaned to Ashmolean Museum and the results of the fifth Northern Ireland International Organ Competition are announced.

Guardian

Facing the music: John Mauceri

Carousel, Callas, Czerny playing Beethoven … conductor John Mauceri shares the music and people that inspire him

Classical Music Magazine

‘Rode’ Stradivari on loan to Ashmolean

The 1722 ‘Rode’ Stradivari and a 1646 Amati violin have been loaned to Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum to mark the reopening of its music and tapestry gallery.

Results of fifth NIIOC announced

Alexander Hamilton, organ scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, won the senior category of the fifth Northern Ireland International Organ Competition (NIIOC), which was held in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral in Armagh between 24 and 26 August.

I Care If You Listen

5 Questions to Nathalie Joachim (eighth blackbird, Flutronix)

Flutist and composer Nathalie Joachim, perhaps best known as half of the funky genre-blurring duo Flutronix, has just joined the multiple Grammy winning Chicago-based sextet eighth blackbird. We caught up with Nathalie just after her first official 8bb rehearsal to find out more.

Classical MPR

How Brahms kept me centered in a time of terror

The one-inch piece of invisible tape had not been disturbed. I reached up and peeled it off the door jamb, unlocked the door, and entered my apartment. If the guy who’d threatened my life had been waiting for me inside, broken tape would have warned me.

Der Tagesspiegel

Israel protestiert gegen angeblichen Barenboim-Auftritt

Israels Kulturministerin Miri Regev empört sich über das Gerücht, Daniel Barenboim wolle angeblich im Iran auftreten. Deutschland müsse das verhindert, fordert sie auf Facebook.

Der Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Missklänge um Iran Israel kritisiert Daniel Barenboim

Die israelische Kulturministerin Miri Regev fordert die Bundesregierung dazu auf, einen angeblich geplanten Auftritt des Dirigent Daniel Barenboim in Iran zu verhindern.

Klassik.com

David Hefti mit Hindemith-Preis ausgezeichnet

Der Schweizer Komponist David Hefti ist mit dem Hindemith-Preis des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals ausgezeichnet worden. Die mit 20.000 Euro in Form eines Kompositionsauftrags dotierte Auszeichnung wurde im Rahmen eines Festkonzertes im Kulturwerk am See in Norderstedt vergeben.

France Musique

Le chef d’orchestre québécois Jacques Lacombe dirigera l’Opéra de Bonn

Le chef attitré de l’Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières (OSTR), Jacques Lacombe vient d’être nommé chef principal de l’Opéra de Bonn. Il prendra ses fonctions pour la saison 2016-2017.

Classicalite

The British Library’s ‘Save Our Sounds’ Program Creates Directory of UK Sound Collections

The long-feared deterioration of the world’s sound collections is a coming to a head with the British Library’s last-ditch initiative called “Save Our Sounds”. The initiative began in January 2015 with a survey that called upon archivists from across the UK to report their sound collections to the British Library before the ravages of time can further mar the fragile media formats.

Twitter

The Classical Source : Sian Edwards, conductor, Many happy returns to her @IngpenWilliams

NYCGB : Fantastic sounds coming from the choir this morning! The bottle playing is spot on  @AEdenroth

Telegraph Music : Keith Richards says he sleeps with his – and that helped him write Satisfaction

John Mauceri

John Mauceri faces the music
Photo:  Columbia Artists Management Inc/ Guardian

(Written on August 27, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, middle-aged musicians are missing out, Classic FM’s reaction to the One Direction split and BBC Radio 3 launches Christmas Carol Competition.

Telegraph

Middle-aged musicians are missing out

Now is the best time in human history to be middle-aged. Fifty is the new forty, forty is the new thirty, and given that working life now extends to 70 and beyond, referring to 40 as middle-aged no longer feels right. It’s less than half-way through our working life.

One Direction split: Classic FM’s brilliant ‘everything you need to know’

Classic FM had possibly the best response to the One Direction split.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Radio 3 launches its Christmas Carol Competition

Composing opportunity returns for a second year – now’s your chance!

Gramophone

Exclusive Video: Anja Harteros records ‘O Patria mia’ from Verdi’s Aida

Behind-the-scenes as Harteros records with conductor Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome

The Strad

2015 ECHO Klassik awards for violinists David Garrett, Isabelle Faust and Nemanja Radulović

The violinists are among 58 winners honoured by the German record industry

Amati Magazine

Mullovas, mother and son, release albums on same day

The young British-born double bassist, composer and arranger Misha Mullov-Abbado releases his debut album, New Ansonia, this Thursday, 28 August – on the same day as his mother, the violinist Vikoria Mullova, sees the issue of her new CD of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2, Solo Sonata and Sonata for Two Violins (Onyx Classics).

Klassikakzente

ECHO Klassik 2015 – 60 Preisträger in 22 Kategorien

Der Bundesverband der Deutschen Musikindustrie hat die diesjährigen Gewinner des ECHO-Klassik bekannt gegeben. Darunter zahlreiche Künstler der Deutschen Grammophon.

Neue Musikzeitung

Lisa Streich und Matthew Kaner erhalten die Kompositionsaufträge der Roche Young Commissions 2017

Die Künstler Lisa Streich und Matthew Kaner sind von Wolfgang Rihm für die nächsten Kompositionsaufträge der Roche Young Commissions ausgewählt worden: Jeder der beiden Komponisten erhält damit einen Werkauftrag, der innerhalb von zwei Jahren komponiert, 2016 innerhalb der LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY geprobt und 2017 im Rahmen des Sommer-Festivals zu Uraufführung gebracht werden soll.

Klassik.com

Konrad-Wolf-Preis 2015 geht posthum an Christoph Schlingensief

Die Akademie der Künste Berlin vergibt den Konrad-Wolf-Preis 2015 posthum an den 2010 verstorbenen Christoph Schlingensief und das von ihm gegründete Operndorf in Burkina Faso.

San Francisco Classical Voice

How Your Smartphone Can Bring ‘Creative Disruption’ Into the Concert Hall

Fourth of a five-part series on classical music, new initiatives in marketing, and novel “audience engagement” tools.

Le Monde

La Russie réclame aux Etats-Unis les restes de Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov ne repose plus en paix. Soixante-douze ans après la mort du célèbre compositeur et pianiste inhumé à New York, en 1943, Moscou réclame les restes de son corps.

Twitter

Kat Brown @katbrown82: Further proof that music is a force for good (and that protest songs don’t need a tune)
BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: Yes, we know it’s still August, but our October issue is on sale today!
Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: NEWS: @theoae @OAENightShift awarded residency at legendary gay club night @duckielondon

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Mark Simpson – composer in residence for the BBC Philharmonic
Photo credit: Kaupo Kikkas

(Written on August 26, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the winners of ECHO Klassik are announced, Friedrich Doležal has died and reimagining Alice in Wonderland as a hip-hop opera.

Classical Music Magazine

ECHO Klassik Prizewinners Announced

The winners of this year’s ECHO Klassik awards have been announced.

Classic FM

Piano virtuoso Lang Lang just raced sprinter Usain Bolt (on the keyboard) – and it was a tie

The Chinese pianist’s fast fingers took centre stage at the Beijing National Stadium for world athletics championships 2015 – but 100m title-holder Usain Bolt was just bemused.

The Strad

Vienna Philharmonic principal cellist Friedrich Doležal has died aged 68

The musician performed with the orchestra from 1968 until 2014

US Airways criticised for ‘passing the buck’ after losing eight violins

The instruments were finally recovered after five days and ‘hundreds of calls’, according to St Louis cello professor Ken Kulosa

PRI

Reimagining ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as a hip-hop opera

Ibrahim Maalouf says he always loved the story of “Alice in Wonderland” because it’s all about the freedom to imagine.

Klassik.com

Sanierung des Bayreuther Festspielhauses beginnt

Kurz vor Beginn der Sanierungsarbeiten am Bayreuther Festspielhaus wurde über einzelne Details der Maßnahme informiert. Bei einer Veranstaltung der Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth bekräftigte der Architekt Detlef Stephan, er gehe aufgrund des guten Bauzustandes davon aus, dass das Gesamtbudget von 30 Millionen Euro ausreiche.

Musik heute

Musikfest Berlin erwartet internationale Spitzenorchester

Das Musikfest Berlin widmet sich in diesem Jahr vor allem den Komponisten Carl Nielsen (1865-1931), Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951) und Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). Vom 2. bis 20. September treten in der Berliner Philharmonie rund 30 internationale Orchester, Instrumental- und Vokalensembles sowie Solisten auf, wie die Veranstalter am Montag mitteilten.

Pizzicato

Thüringer Orchesterkonferenz verurteilt Fusionspläne und Stellenabbau

Die Pläne der Regierung von Thüringen zur Schließung, Fusion und Verkleinerung von Orchestern und Theatersparten stossen auf starke Ablehnung. Die Thüringer Orchesterkonferenz stellt fest, dass seit der Wende bereits mehr als 400 von ehemals über 1000 Orchesterstellen in Thüringen abgebaut wurden

Classicalite

The Salzburg Festival Adapts ‘The Barber of Seville’ as an Opera for Children

Members of the Young Singers Project may finally have found a remedy for opera’s reputation for standoffishness with their unique adaptation of Rossini’s Barber of Seville for children as young as four years old.

France Musique

La construction de l’opéra de Dubaï s’achèvera en mars 2016

Pièce maîtresse d’un nouveau quartier, les travaux du Dubaï Opera House s’achèveront en mars 2016 et laisseront place à un nouvel espace culturel multi format pouvant accueillir pas moins de 2000 personnes.

Twitter

London Youth Choir  @LonYouthChoir: Happy summer school memories of fun musicianship session with @Voices_Found Musicianship is so vital for singers

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: Just had a marketing email which begins with the line: ‘Christmas is almost upon us’.

Arts & Health SW @ArtsHealthSW: Playlist For Life More on and . Check out @PlaylistForLife

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Barber of Seville adapted as children’s opera
Credit: DeAgostini/Getty Images/ Classicalite

(Written on August 25, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas, Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education and 7 tips for performing from memory from The Strad.

The Times

Richard Morrison: ‘The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas’

It’s a bit of a memento mori to realise that I’m attending my 43rd Edinburgh Festival and my 39th as a journalist.

The Independent

Royal Opera House unveils colourful hand-painted silk installation telling its story

London’s Royal Opera House has unveiled the huge hand-painted silk installation that will hang in the Paul Hamlyn Hall next month.

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education

Author Philip Pullman has stated that he considers music to be the most important school subject.

Classic FM

We’ve got our hands on Andrea Bocelli’s new album (and we’ll be the first in the world to play it!)

The Italian tenor has always looked like a dashing hero from a cinematic classic, so it’s fitting that his new album is all about the best movie music. We’re so excited about it that we’re going to play it before anyone else.

The Strad

7 tips for performing from memory

Guidance from The Strad’s archive on performing and practising from memory – and how to deal with memory lapses

Klassik.com

Kölner Opernsaison droht zu platzen

Nachdem die Wiedereröffnung des Kölner Opernhauses aufgrund von Planungsfehlern und der Insolvenz des Bauunternehmens Imtech weiter aufgeschoben werden musste (klassik.com berichtete), steht die kommende Opernsaison auf der Kippe. Voraussichtlich wird das Haus weder in der Saison 2015/16 noch 2016/17 zur Verfügung stehen.

Klassikakzente

Musik als einziger Freund: Wie Keith Jarrett seine Einsamkeit in Kreativität verwandelte

Bei der Vorstellung von Wolfgang Sandners neuer Keith-Jarrett-Biographie unterhielt sich der Autor mit dem ECM-Produzenten Manfred Eicher über den Pianisten.

Musik heute

Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester reformieren

Die Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester in dem Freistaat umbauen. Dazu führe man seit Jahresbeginn Gespräche mit Intendanten und den kommunalen Trägern, sagte Regierungssprecher Alexander Fischer am Donnerstag in Erfurt.

Le Figaro

Moscou cherche à rapatrier les restes de Rachmaninov, inhumé à New York

Les autorités russes souhaitent que le grand compositeur repose dans sa région natale de Novgorod, dans le nord-ouest de la Russie. Les descendants du musicien s’opposent au transfert de ses restes.

Classicalite

Miguel Vásquez on Panama, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and His Grandpa

At the age of nine, Miguel Vásquez was an aspiring classical violinist/cellist in Panama. There on the isthmus, though, getting proper musical education proved difficult–especially as his skills improved. His grandfather, Luis Vásquez–a professional double bassist, guitarist and English horn player–first inspired the would-be musician.

Twitter

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Update: nearly 2k sigs on petition to include female composers on A-level syllabus. Story:

Sam Jackson @classicjacko: If anyone ever says studying music isn’t a good idea, show them this. Especially pleased to see @TrinityLaban at No.2

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I feel like an ambassador’

Times

Edinburgh Festival should look to Manchester for ideas
Credit: James Glossopp/ Times

(Written on August 21, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, perspiration-proof concert wear, are young people scared of the Proms or the audience and is it snobbery to wait until the end of a piece to applaud? Also, Oslo Philharmonic reveals plans for new hall.

The Times

No sweat! Now the orchestra can play it cool

Please don’t mention it over a Glyndebourne picnic but sometimes, whisper it, orchestra members sweat.

The Telegraph

Are young people scared of the Proms – or the audience?

The classical music establishment has never been more desperate to shake its elitist image.

It’s not snobbery to wait until the end of the music before you clap

It isn’t difficult: you buy your ticket, you listen in silence to the music, and at the end, should you feel like it, you applaud

Classical Music Magazine

Oslo Philharmonic unveils plans for new hall

The Oslo Philharmonic has announced plans for a new concert hall in Oslo. The new cultural centre will be situated on the waterfront at Filipstad.

Rare Poul Henningsen piano up for auction

A rare PH Andrea Christiansen grand piano will be up for auction at London’s Conway Hall next month.

The Strad

Violinist James Clark to step down as leader of Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Clark, who is also co-leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, will spend more time on chamber pursuits

Sinfini

Call for female composers to be taught in schools

A student-led petition to include female composers on the music A-level syllabus has gained over 1,000 signatures.

BR Klassik

“Die Leute wissen bei uns nie, was sie erwartet”

Das auf zeitgenössiche Musik spezialisierte US-amerikanische JACK Quartet spielt gleichermaßen in Clubs und Bars wie in traditionellen Konzertsälen – Mittwoch Abend etwa bei den Salzburger Festspielen. BR-KLASSIK hat mit dem Bratschisten John Pickford Richards gesprochen.

Klassik Akzente

Große Sinfonien – Sternstunden der Berliner Philharmoniker

Sie gelten als eines der ausdrucksstärksten Orchester weltweit. Jetzt veröffentlicht Deutsche Grammophon Schlüsselaufnahmen der Berliner Philharmoniker: Große Sinfonien in Meistereinspielungen Herbert von Karajans, Claudio Abbados u.a.

Concerti

“Liebe auf den ersten Blick”

François-Xavier Roth will das Kölner Gürzenich-Orchester für alle in der Stadt öffnen.

Classical MPR

Women’s contributions to classical music are still underappreciated

I’ve never been told that I cannot achieve something as a musician because of my gender. I grew up surrounded by female musicians. They were my piano teachers, choir directors, people who taught privately and in churches and schools.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Chailly: From the War Memorial to the Apex of Music

Just as there are claims by zillions to have been at Woodstock (actual attendance: 400,000), San Francisco Opera’s famed 1977 Turandot premiere was apparently seen by at least 10 times of the War Memorial’s 3,200 capacity.

Twitter

Fran Wilson @CrossEyedPiano: It’s not snobbery to wait until the end of the music before you clap | via @Telegraph

Halle Orchestra @‏the_halle: “Leeds Piano Competition names new artistic directors” via @GramophoneMag

BBC Radio 5 live @bbc5live: It’s a skill to sing opera, but to do it through brain surgery…

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Are young people scared of the Proms?
Photo credit: Ben Stansall/ AFP/ Getty Images/ Telegraph

(Written on August 20, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the RSNO launches new composers’ hub, a campaign to ensure women are included on next A-level music syllabus and the Titanic violin will go on display in the US next year.

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO launches composers’ hub

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has launched a new initiative aimed at composers in the early stages of their career.

Campaign to include women on A-level music syllabus

Student Jessy McCabe has started a campaign to ensure that women are represented on Edexcel’s next A-level music syllabus.

BBC Music Magazine

Six of the best: Schubert songs

We profile some of Schubert’s greatest Lieder

The Strad

Titanic violin to go on display in two US museums in 2016

The instrument, thought to have been played by bandmaster Wallace Hartley as the ship went down, sold for a record sum in 2013

Gramophone

Dima Slobodeniouk appointed Principal Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Slobodeniouk will replace Okko Kamu in autumn 2016

Die Welt

Auch die Klassik hat ihre Transgender-Debatte

Oper nichts Neues. Nun entdecken auch Sänger und Musiker die Transgender-Identität im wirklichen Leben. Obwohl gerade in vielen Orchestern Diversity eher selten ist.

BR Klassik

Leere Kassen in Italien: Sparpläne für die Kultur

Die Ankündigung von Italiens Kulturministerium, die staatlichen Mittel neu zu verteilen und 20 Millionen Euro einzusparen, hat für einen Aufschrei in der Musikszene des Landes gesorgt. Zum Beispiel beim Opernfestival von Macerata.

Musik-Heute

Daniel Barenboim feiert 65-jähriges Bühnenjubiläum

Bei einem Konzert mit seinem West-Eastern Divan Orchestra hat der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim an sein 65-jähriges Bühnenjubiläum erinnert. Es sei ein besonderer Tag für ihn, sagte der 72-Jährige am Dienstagabend nach dem Auftritt in London.

BWW Classical World

Long Yu and the China Philharmonic Travel the Silk Road

From Athens to Tehran, the China Philharmonic ‘builds a cultural bridge’ across six countries that recreates the famous Silk Road trade route from China – and plays Dvorak’s New World Symphony in Tehran.

France Musique

Comment l’Asian Youth Orchestra a changé la vie d’un réfugié vietnamien

Alors que l’Asian Youth Orchetra vient de célébrer ses 25 ans et sa réussite sur la scène culturelle locale, l’orchestre revient sur le parcours atypique d’un de ses anciens membres, Khac-Uyen Nguyen, réfugié vietnamien devenu musicien suite à une audition qui a changé le cours de sa vie.

Twitter

Constella @constella_UK: @edfringe @Cvenues – come along and meet one of the clowns @SusanScraper 13.35 every day!

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: Now on our @bbcproms artist of the week @DBarenboim with Chopin’s Three Nocturnes Op. 9

John Suchet @johnsuchet1: What is it? Plumbers box of tricks. Clears a U bend – sounds like it too. Save the bassoon! Find out how @ClassicFM

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Titanic Violin to go on display
Photo credit: The Strad

(Written on August 19, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, an interview with Kitty Whately, BBC will offer of pay-to-keep downloads and ‘The Violin Teacher’ film is to be screened worldwide.

The Guardian

Facing the music: Kitty Whately

From the Swingles to Sondheim, Sir Thomas Allen, Jonathan Dove and Abba, mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately shares her musical passions

The Strad

‘The Violin Teacher’ film to be screened worldwide

The story of a down-at-luck violinist bringing music to disadvantaged teens in São Paulo has generated positive early reviews

French violist Serge Collot has died aged 91

The musician was principal violist with the Paris Opera from 1957 to 1986, and taught at Conservatoire de Paris for 20 years

Classical Music Magazine

BBC to offer radio programmes as pay-to-keep downloads

The BBC is to announce in the autumn that it will offer for sale downloads of radio programmes including concerts broadcast on Radio 3.

Classic FM

Shostakovich’s 5th has been turned into a righteous heavy metal symphony

One of the most epic symphonic movements of the 20th century has been rearranged for electric guitar, courtesy of this metal-inspired video.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Trompeten von Beirut

Hauptsache Experiment: Der Libanese Mazen Kerbaj lebt mit seiner Familie für ein Jahr als Gast des DAAD in Berlin und gibt zahlreiche Konzerte.

BR Klassik

Eine Woche Ausnahmezustand

Beim internationalen Gitarrenfestival in Hersbruck kann man die ganze stilistische Vielfalt der Gitarre erleben: von Klassik über Jazz bis Pop. Angeboten werden auch Workshops für Amateur- und Profigitarristen. BR-KLASSIK hat einen davon besucht.

Musik Heute

Beifall für Dirigent Eschenbach bei Geburtstagskonzert

Bei einem Geburtstagskonzert für den Dirigenten Christoph Eschenbach im Rahmen des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals hat das Publikum am Sonntag immer wieder minutenlangen Beifall gespendet.

France Musique

Le ténor australien Kanen Breen victime d’homophobie lors d’une finale de basket à Melbourne
Le chanteur de l’Opéra d’Australie Kanen Breen a été victime d’insultes homophobes criées depuis le public après sa performance samedi soir pendant la finale de basketball du championnat d’Océanie à Melbourne.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Oakland Symphony, Not Absent, Returns

There is a tricky announcement from Michael Morgan’s Oakland East Bay Symphony, saying the orchestra opens the 2015-2016 season on Oct. 2 “with a new name.” That would be “Oakland Symphony,” and thereby hangs a tale.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: Sian Phillips remembers singing Purcell’s Nymphs and Shepherds at school, her first choice now on

New York Times Arts @nytimesarts: Taking the Starch Out of Orchestra Attire

 

Classic FM @ClassicFM: .@JohnSuchet1‘s Album of the Week celebrates the 70th of one of the greatest violinists:

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Kitty Whately faces the music
Photo credit: Natalie J Watts/ The Guardian

(Written on August 18, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Riccardo Chailly announced as new musical director, Organist and choirmaster John Scott dies and music can reduce pain and anxiety for surgery patients.

BBC Music Magazine

Lucerne Festival announces new musical director

Riccardo Chailly succeeds Claudio Abbado as musical director of the festival orchestra

John Scott 1956-2015

World-renowned organist and choirmaster dies aged 59

Classical Music Magazine

Music can reduce pain and anxiety for surgery patients

A new study has found that listening to music before, during and after an operation can help to reduce pain and anxiety, even if it did not reduce the length of hospital stays.

Nottingham Post

Southwell to host Classical Music Festival

Nottingham has its Splendour, Newark its blues and Southwell an annual folk weekender. But now the market town is adding classical music to its summer festival diary.

Classic FM

This man used his own hair to string a violin – and it actually sounds pretty good

A Lithuanian actor and musician has his hair turned into violin strings while still attached to his head in this amazing video.

BR Klassik

Frühe Shakespeare-Oper wiederentdeckt

“The Fairies” ist der Titel einer Oper des Ansbacher Komponisten John Christopher Smith. Der hat sich mit Shakespeares “Sommernachtstraum” beschäftigt, lange bevor Mendelssohn-Bartholdys bekannte Version dazu entstanden ist. Das Nürnberger Originalklang-Festival “Musica Franconia” hat die 250 Jahre alte Musik wiederentdeckt und bringt sie jetzt auf die Bühne.

Der Süddeutsche Zeitung

Der Sound der Heilung

Musik kann vor, während und nach chirurgischen Eingriffen positive Effekte für Patienten haben. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommen Forscher nach der Auswertung von 72 Studien zu dem Thema.

Musik-heute

Johan Simons – Der neue Intendant der Ruhrtriennale

Vom gemütlichen München ins raue Ruhrgebiet – die Ruhrtriennale ist für den neuen Intendanten Johan Simons eine Rückkehr in bekanntes Revier. Fünf Jahre hielt es den niederländischen Theatermacher an den Kammerspielen in München, deren Erfolgskurs er fortsetzte. Nun leitet der 68-Jährige bis 2017 das renommierte experimentelle Theater- und Musikfestival.

San Francisco Classical Voice

It’s news to me

Clarinetist Takes Music on Curious Flights

France Musique

Les effets bénéfiques de la musique pendant une opération chirurgicale

Ecouter de la musique avant, pendant ou après une intervention chirurgicale a un effet bénéfique sur les patients en diminuant leur anxiété et leurs douleurs et en facilitant leur rétablissement.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: There’s been a UFO sighting on ! @DameEvelyn Glennie plays Daugherty’s UFO (pic: Jim Callaghan)

Nicola Benedetti @NickyBenedetti: So so excited to see my friends @ncogb tonight and to perform w them @GCHalls . Please come along and support this wonderful children’s orch

Classic FM @ClassicFM: The new @LudovicoEinaud single – the only catch is YOU have to play it:  @DeccaRecords
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Human hair violin
Photo credit: Classic FM

(Written on August 14, 2015 )