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In today’s news, Rolf Hind examines whether a composer’s sexual identity can influence their music, and The Telegraph asks, ‘are the Proms becoming too safe?’ Also, The Guardian reports that a ‘Refugees Welcome’ banner joined Union Jack flags at the Last Night of the Proms.

The Guardian

Queer pitch: is there such a thing?

Does a composer’s sexual identity influence their music? Rolf Hind examines what it means to be a queer composer

The Times

The magnificent seven: the greatest opera superstars of all time

In our celebrity-obsessed age, classical musicians rarely make it into the gossip columns. However, it was opera singers who invented the concept of modern celebrity

The Telegraph

Are the Proms becoming too safe?

As the 121st season of Promenade Concerts draws to a close, Ivan Hewett looks back on a high-quality season of surprising novelties, dependable delights and the odd turkey, but one that lacked the pioneering spirit of the past

Classic FM

There was a massive traffic jam on the M5 – but a string quartet performed Pachelbel’s Canon and made it all better

Hundreds of travellers were brought to a standstill on one of the UK’s busiest motorways this weekend – because a horse was on the loose. But then a string quartet appeared and played Pachelbel

The Guardian

‘Refugees Welcome’ banner steals show at Last Night of the Proms

Sign joins Union Jacks at Royal Albert Hall hours after tens of thousands of people stage solidarity march in London

Die Welt

“Immer frage ich mich: Wie kann ich nützlich sein?”

Yo-Yo Ma ist der beste Cellist der Welt. Spezialistentum mag er dennoch nicht. Ein Gespräch über das Verhältnis zu seiner liebsten Klavierpartnerin, den Neid auf Yuja Wang und seine Beziehung zu China.

neue Musikzeitung

TTIP und Kultur – Rede des Präsidenten des Deutschen Kulturrates Christian Höppner

Am Tag der kulturellen Vielfalt 21.05.2015 fanden in den Räumen des Deutschen Kulturrates in Berlin mehrere Informations- und Diskussionsrunden zum Thema, wie TTIP auf die den Kulturbereich einwirkt statt.

Klassik.com

Lucerne Festival meldet Auslastung von 90 Prozent

Die Sommerausgabe des Lucerne Festival ist in diesem Jahr bei insgesamt 78.600 Besuchern mit einer Auslastung von 90 Prozent zu Ende gegangen. Damit liegt das Ergebnis leicht unter dem des Vorjahres mit 80.000 Besuchern, die dem Veranstalter eine Auslastung von 95 Prozent beschert hatten.

The New York Times

The Concert Hall as Refuge in a Restless, Web-Driven World

For all the wonders of the web, it “threatens habits of deeper inquiry,” Ian Leslie argues in “Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It.” This book is among a growing number exploring what might be lost as we “lean on search engines and offload our memories to cloud storage,” to quote a review of four contributions to the topic last year by Jacob Silverman in The New York Times.

WQXR

New York Orchestra Cancels Season Opener Amid Labor Dispute

The Binghamton Philharmonic, a central New York orchestra that draws many of its musicians from the New York City area, has cancelled its Sept. 26 opening concert because of a labor dispute.

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Jonas Kaufmann performs Puccini arias with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop at the Last Night of the Proms 2015. Photo: BBC/Chris Christodoulou

(Written on September 14, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Tagesspiegel announces Jakub Hrůša as the new Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony and Sinfini investigates the price of an opera education. Also a strike at the Opera de Paris and Hungarian conductor delays concert to criticise Europe’s response to refugee crisis.

Gramophone

Jakub Hrůša named new Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony

Jakub Hrůša has been named as the new Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, from the beginning of the 2016 season.

Classical Music Magazine

Guildhall announces new creative entrepreneurs

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama has announced its third cohort of Creative Entrepreneurs.

Sinfini Music

Opera education: Overpriced/unnecessary?

When Christopher Gillett started out as a singer, his education came free (courtesy of a Government grant) and lessons were arranged at his discretion. Yet aspiring young opera singers these days can face up to a decade of postgraduate education (with a correspondingly eye-watering pricetag).

Classic fm

Top Hungarian conductor delays concert to criticise Europe’s response to refugee crisis

In a speech before a concert in Berlin yesterday the great conductor Iván Fischer called the EU’s policies ‘dated’ and ‘obsolete’ and called on European countries to allow refugees to register in whichever country they choose.

Royal Opera House

The Opera Platform to offer more live relays during 2015/16

Streaming platform to offer more opportunities to catch productions from Europe’s top opera houses during the coming season.

Der Tagesspiegel

“Wir atmen die gleiche musikalische Luft”

Der Tscheche Jakub Hrusa wird im Sommer 2016 Chefdirigent der Bamberger Symphoniker. Damit tritt er in die Fußstampfen von Jonathan Nott, der nach Genf wechselt.

BR Klassik

“Wir haben ein Kribbeln gespürt” Jakub Hrůša wird neuer Chef der Bamberger Symphoniker

Bis zur Pressekonferenz wurde sein Name geheim gehalten. Nun ist es raus: Jakub Hrůša wird ab 2016 am Pult der Bamberger Symphoniker stehen. Der 1981 geborene tschechische Dirigent löst dann Jonathan Nott ab.

Musik heute

Wiener Philharmoniker geben Benefizkonzert für Flüchtlinge

Die Wiener Philharmoniker veranstalten am 28. September ein Benefizkonzert für die Flüchtlingshilfe. Christoph Eschenbach dirigiert im Wiener Konzerthaus die beiden letzten Mozart-Sinfonien sowie Richard Wagners “Wesendonck-Lieder” mit der Mezzosopranistin Elisabeth Kulman, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit.

France Musique

Grève reconduite à l’Opéra de Paris : la représentation de Platée annulée

Après Madame Butterfly samedi dernier, c’est au tour de Platée de Rameau d’être annulé ce lundi soir à l’Opéra de Paris en raison d’une grève.

Le Figaro

Une œuvre de Stravinsky retrouvée à Saint-Pétersbourg

La partition du Chant funèbre, datant de 1909, a été récupérée au conservatoire de Saint-Pétersbourg. Jouée une seule fois, on pensait qu’elle avait défintivement disparu depuis la guerre civile.

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Of all his works, Igor Stravinsky considered the recently rediscovered “Chant funèbre” to be one of the most accomplished. Photo credit: Don Hunstein/Lebrecht/Rue des Archives

 

(Written on September 8, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Guardian announces an old manuscript of Igor Stravinsky has been rediscovered and The Times reports of Jonas Kaufmann’s upcoming appearance at the Last Night of the Proms. Also interviews with viola star Maxim Rysanov and Tosca singer Elena Stikhina. As well as this, architect Christoph Nagel reveals his incredible project for a new concert hall in Munich.

The Guardian

Key Igor Stravinsky work found after 100 years

Stephen Walsh, a world expert on the composer, tells how lost score was found in piles of dusty manuscripts

Everyone’s talking about . . . Jonas Kaufmann at the Last Night of the Proms

Rule, Britannia! Or should that be, Herrsche, Gross Britannien!? Next weekend, the superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann becomes the first German singer to perform the patriotic anthem at the Last Night of the Proms.

Gramophone

Exclusive video: The Tallis Scholars pay tribute to Arvo Pärt on his 80th birthday

Admirers of Part’s music were given a special opportunity to appear in this special filmed tribute to the composer.

Amati Magazine

EDITOR’S LUNCH: Maxim Rysanov

The Ukrainian viola star Maxim Rysanov, celebrated for his sweet, powerful tone and his passion for commissioning new works, enjoys a Turkish feast with Jessica Duchen during the 2015 Istanbul Festival

Classical Music Magazine

Representation of women on Edexcel music syllabus: update

Student Jessy McCabe, who started a petition to ensure that women are represented on Edexcel’s next A-level music syllabus, has posted an update on the change.org page.

Klassik.com

Münchener Architekt schlägt unterirdischen Konzertsaal vor

Neuesten Medienberichten zufolge hat der Münchener Architekt Christoph Nagel den Bau eines unterirdischen Konzertsaals unter dem Königsplatz vorgeschlagen. Sein Entwurf sieht ein unterirdisches Musik- und Kulturzentrum vor, das “Kunst, Musik und Geschichte vereint und zugleich spektakuläre Architektur schafft”.

Codex Flores

Verloren geglaubte Strawsinky-Partitur aufgefunden

In einem Stapel alter Manuskripte ist im Konservatorium von St. Petersburg eine Partitur entdeckt worden, von der man glaubte, sie sei unwiederbringlich verloren. Es handelt sich um Strawinskys Grablied (Pogrebal’naya Pesnya) im Andenken an seinen Lehrer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakow.

Opernnetz.de

Vermittlerin der Gefühle

Die junge Elena Stikhina hatte nicht geplant, als Opernsängerin ihren Lebensunterhalt zu bestreiten, aber nun singt sie Rollen wie Tosca und Micaela. Auf diesem Weg versucht sie, das Publikum mit großen Gefühlen zu überwältigen – so wie es ihr selbst auch passiert ist.

The Washington Post

The piano: Keys of the future

A piano, it’s said, can emulate an entire orchestra: Its range extends from thunderous fortes to streams of liquid notes. Yet the majority of people who talk about piano sound today are talking about the sound of a single manufacturer: Steinway.

npr

An Unnoticed ‘Happy Birthday’ Draft Gives Singers A Simpler Tune

It may be the most famous song in the world — but you probably don’t know it by the name it was originally called. “Happy Birthday to You,” that little ditty that floats above cakes and candles the world over, was written by Mildred and Patty Hill, two sisters from Louisville, Ky.

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ClassicalToday : Violinist Arnaud Sussmann Awarded Paris Orchestra Play/Direct Prize

Radio Classique: Les étranges photos de à voir au jusqu’au 14 septembre

NYConcert Artists : 2016 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition – For Pianists & Violinists
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For several generations of musicians and music lovers, Steinway has come to represent the acme of piano sound. Photo credit: Scott Suchman for the WP.

 

(Written on September 7, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Telegraph discusses the “unmissable style” of self taught pianist Lucas Debargues and opera star Plácido Domingo expresses his sadness towards the adaptation of William Tell in The Guardian. Also, the Huffington Post reports on virtuoso cellist Jérôme Pernoo taking action off stage to make classical music more accessible.

The Times

Gerald Finley’s six of the best: rebels in opera

One sometimes hears of opera as being a very conventional art form but it has always had the power to shock and — as Guillaume Tell at  this week shows — it still can do so.

The Telegraph

Tchaikovsky piano competition sees self-taught Frenchman take Russia by storm

The story shifted from a political one to a musical one in unmissable style, as Ismene Brown reports

Why the best music belongs in a shoebox

Experts in acoustics advocate the “shoebox” design for a concert hall – and London should have one, says Simon Heffer

The Independent

Ambrogio Maestri: The charismatic Italian baritone on food and Falstaff

Ambrogio Maestri is one of the most in- demand opera singers in the world, but if it all ended tomorrow he could probably forge a new career as a television chef.

The Guardian

‘Show some respect’, Plácido Domingo urges directors after opera rape row

The great singer, whose Operalia competition comes to London next week, says stage productions need to stay close to composer’s intention

Die Welt

Nenn es Opernfestival, aber mach es zum Picknick

Ein Besuch in Glyndebourne, beim idyllischsten Opernfestival der Welt, zeigt, was die Briten uns voraushaben. Sie können sich beim “Poliuto” von Donizetti entspannen. Der Rest ist Picknick.

Spiegel Online Kultur

Oper trifft auf Pop-Performance: Elektroschock für Mozart

Afrikanische Beats gegen klassische Melodien: In Bremen nimmt die Performancegruppe Gintersdorfer/Klaßen “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” auseinander – und hinterfragt so intelligent den ganzen Opernbetrieb.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Lebendige Musikgeschichte auf verstaubten Tonbändern

Die Musikgeschichte als Teil der kulturellen Identität – daran glaubt der Musik-Ethnologe Raimund Vogels ganz fest. Der Leiter des “Center for World Music” an der Uni Hildesheim begleitet und unterstützt afrikanische Forscher, die Musikgeschichte ihres Kontinents aufzuarbeiten.

The New York Times

Multi-Story Orchestra Turns a Parking Garage Into a Concert Hall

Walk by some depressing shops, pass the cinema, and go down a dubious alleyway teeming with revelers. Turn into the innocuous back entrance of a parking garage and climb the stairs. Head up a ramp or two, and there it is — between mottled concrete pillars and capped by a low roof lies an impromptu semicircle of benches, surrounding an orchestra’s seats.

Huffington Post

Les 6 leviers du violoncelliste virtuose Jérôme Pernoo pour ouvrir la musique classique à tout le monde

Jérôme Pernoo est un violoncelliste français au parcours exceptionnel. Il a joué dans les salles les plus prestigieuses du monde, du Carnegie Hall à New York à la Philarmonie de Berlin. Mais après 20 ans de carrière, il convient que pour toucher les étoiles, mieux vaut s’éloigner de la lumière.

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(Written on July 6, 2015 )