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Classical News

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 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 Gramophon reports that the Performing Rights Organisation will take legal actions against Soundcloud and Concerti publishes an interview with Christian Thielemann. Also, Classicallite announces that long lost opera “Andina” will receive its world premiere in Chicago.

Gramophone

PRS for Music begins legal action against SoundCloud

The performing rights organisation is set to take legal action against SoundCloud in a royalties dispute

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A saga of lost violins, from Barcelona to (finally) St. Louis

The trip home was a traveler’s nightmare, and that was before they knew what was to come.

Arts Professional

New focus and less cash for touring

Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme has been cut back after applications for the previous funding round failed to make the grade.

Der Tagesspiegel

Mein Land, so weit… Carl Nielsen beim Musikfest Berlin

Die Terz als Gottesgeschenk: Das Musikfest Berlin feiert den 150. Geburtstag des dänischen Komponisten Carl Nielsen.

Concerti

„Ich habe nie Dirigierunterricht gehabt”

Dennoch zählt Christian Thielemann inzwischen zu den gefragtesten Wagner-Experten. In Bayreuth ist der Dirigent denn auch schon bis 2022 gebucht.

Neue Musikzeitung

Saisoneröffnung der Tonhalle Zürich mit vier Orchesterkonzerten zum 25. Jubiläum der Orpheum Stiftung

Namen wie Baiba Skride, Renaud und Gautier Capuçon oder Alice Sara Ott sind heute aus dem internationalen Konzertleben nicht mehr wegzudenken. Doch auch für Stars dieses Kalibers kam der Erfolg nicht über Nacht.

France Musique

L’Iran s’oppose à son tour à la venue de Daniel Baremboïm.

Après Israël la semaine dernière, c’est à présent Téhéran qui s’oppose à la venue du chef d’orchestre israélo-argentin Daniel Barenboïm. Il espérait donner un concert dans le pays avec son orchestre allemand, la Staatskapelle.

Classicalite

Long-Lost Opera ‘Andina’ to Receive Its World Premiere in Chicago, 80 Years Late

An opera manuscript discovered in a basement in Chicago will finally receive its world premiere, 80 years later, at Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre. The opera, Andina, was written by Eustasio Rosales in the early 1930s.

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Marina Baranova : next in at Center with brilliant meets

BR_KLASSIK : 31. August 1951: Die erste deutsche Langspielplatte wird vorgeführt.

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Für Christian Thielemann wäre Tristan und Isolde die härteste Opern-Droge

(Written on August 31, 2015 )

Classical news

In today’s news, The Strad announces Austin Huntington as the new principal cellist at the Indianapolis Symphony, and Classic FM reports on a huge retro NES console that turns into a piano. Also, composer Giya Kancheli turns 80 and France Musique lists the craziest opera productions.

The Times

Richard Morrison: Radio 3’s defenders want to turn the clock back. They’re wrong

Is Radio 3 endangered? That’s the impression given by a letter to The Times on Saturday from 17 mostly eminent British composers.

The Telegraph

Can classical music ever be funny?

Classical music is not normally the place we turn to when we’re in need of a laugh.

Classical Music Magazine

Lottery revenues boost ACE income

Lottery revenues more than compensated for a drop in Arts Council England’s grant-in-aid last year, with record ticket sales and a one-off lump sum meaning that total income rose by almost 6%.

The Strad

Indianapolis Symphony appoints 21-year-old Austin Huntington as principal cellist

The former child prodigy begins playing full-time with the orchestra in January 2016

Classic FM

Someone made a piano in the shape of a classic Nintendo console and played Mario music on it

Is there a better way to use technology than turning a piano into a huge retro NES console and then playing a medley of Koji Kondo superhits on it?

BR Klassik

Giya Kancheli zum 80. Geburtstag: Die Stimme Georgiens

Wie der Este Arvo Pärt oder die Russin Sofia Gubaidulina zählt Giya Kancheli zu einer Reihe von Komponisten aus dem Osten, die nach der Wende von 1989 im Westen bekannt wurden und Kultstatus erlangten.

Klavier.de

Juan Pérez Floristán gewinnt Santander-Klavierwettbewerb

Der spanische Pianist Juan Pérez Floristán hat den Internationalen Paloma O’Shea Santander Klavierwettbewerb gewonnen.

Kulturport.de

Größtes Open Air der Festspiele MV erneut komplett ausverkauft

18.000 Besucherströmten am Freitag und Samstag, den 7. und 8. August zum 21. „Kleinen Fest im großen Park“ in den Schlosspark von Ludwigslust.

Il Tirreno

Crollo sul palco del Pucciniano: ferito il tenore livornese Marco Voleri

Torre del Lago: incidente durante la rappresentazione di Turandot al Festival Pucciniano. Il cantante si è rotto una vertebra. Trasferito in ospedale a Livorno dovrà essere operato

France Musique

Quand les opéras s’inspirent des sujets les plus improbables

Avec la sortie d’un opéra sur la vie de Steve Jobs, il est grand temps de se (re)plonger sur les productions contemporaines les plus originales : florilège des opéras les plus improbables.

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Sydney Opera House: New Satirists w/ at 2015 →

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(Written on August 10, 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 )

Classical news

In today’s news the Telegraph and the Independent discuss the William Tell outrage at the Royal Opera House and the Guardian announce that the choral music of the Caius Choirbook is to be performed in the royal chapel at Westminster. Ivor Bolto has been named musical director of the Basel Symphonic Orchestra, as well as an interview with pianist Gabriela Montero. Also, the Potsdamer Musikfestpiele attracted 14,500 guests and four new cultural institutions are added to the German red list of cultural endangered institutions.

The Telegraph

William Tell gang rape scene causes uproar at Royal Opera House

A ‘gratuitous and graphic’ sexual assault was violently booed by the audience at the opening night of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell

The Guardian

16th-century music returns to the setting for which it was written

Choral music preserved in the hand-illustrated Caius Choirbook is being performed in the 13th-century royal chapel at Westminster

The Independent

Guillaume Tell gang-rape scene causes uproar at the Royal Opera House

As show is greeted with boos, director defends use of nudity and sexual violence

Classic FM

How to play Grieg’s Piano Concerto, by Gabriela Montero

We sat down with superstar pianist Gabriela Montero before she performed Grieg’s majestic piano concerto at Classic FM Live in Cardiff, and she showed us how it’s done.

Classical Music Magazine

Sinfonieorchester Basel signs up Ivor Bolton as musical director

The Basel Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of Ivor Bolton as musical director for a four year contract starting from the 2016/17.

Neu Musikzeitung

Rote Liste der bedrohten Kultureinrichtungen Juli/August 2015

Neue Negativmeldungen aus Berlin, Bremen und NRW. In der aktuellen Ausgabe der Zeitung Politik & Kultur ist die 19. „Rote Liste bedrohter Kultureinrichtungen“ erschienen. Ein Musikwettbewerb, ein Stadttheater, ein Studiengang und zwei denkmalgeschütze Fabrikhallen wurden neu auf die Rote Liste gesetzt.

Klassik.com

Potsdamer Musikfestspiele mit positiver Bilanz

Die Musikfestspiele Potsdam sind in diesem Jahr mit einer positiven Bilanz zu Ende gegangen. Insgesamt besuchten 14.500 Gäste die 82 Veranstaltungen an mehr als 30 Orten in und um den Park Sanssouci.

(Written on July 1, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, “Titanic”-composer James Horner dies in plane crash, pianist Sara Solovich tackles stage fright and CBSO announces new assistant conductor. Also, Die Welt reports on Kirill Petrenko who will succeed Sir Simon Rattle in 2018, Der Tagesspiegel states that Petrenko is ready for his international career and ballet and opera affected as Sydney Opera House closes for maintenance in 2017.

The Telegraph

Titanic composer James Horner dies

The Hollywood composer who wrote the score for the Oscar-winning film Titanic has died in a plane crash in California aged 61

Gunther Schuller: music’s man about town

Schuller must be remembered for making the jazz and classical music worlds work in tandem, says Ivan Hewett

The Independent

Beating stage fright: Pianist Sara Solovich on tackling her phobia by arranging a solo concert

She could perform Bach at age 10, but stopped playing as a teenager due to paralysing stage fright. In her fifties, Sara Solovich decided to attempt a solo concert. Could she do it?

The Guardian

Kirill Petrenko to succeed Simon Rattle at the Berlin Philharmonic

The conductor was appointed to one of classical music’s top jobs after the orchestra voted by a large majority for the Russian-born musician

Birmingham Post

CBSO announces Alpesh Chauhan as assistant conductor

Mr Chauhan will lead city’s orchestra for 2015/16 season after recently stepping in at short notice to cover Andris Nelsons

Die Zeit

“Titanic”-Komponist Horner stirbt bei Flugzeugabsturz

Für mehr als 100 Filme komponierte er den Soundtrack, darunter “Braveheart” und “Avatar”: Nun starb James Horner, als sein Kleinflugzeug in Kalifornien abstürzte.

Die Welt

Kirill Petrenko wird die Berliner hart rannehmen

Der scheue Kirill Petrenko wird der siebte Chefdirigent der Berliner Philharmoniker. Das ist gut so. Er ist eine der größten Begabungen überhaupt. Er wird das Image des Orchesters verändern.

Der Tagesspiegel

Kirill Petrenko: Reif für die Weltkarriere

Die Berliner Philharmoniker haben sich entschieden: Sie wollen mit Kirill Petrenko in die Zukunft schreiten. Er wird ihr neuer Chefdirigent. Das verspricht viel.

The New York Times

Berlin Philharmonic Selects Kirill Petrenko to Succeed Simon Rattle

When the Berlin Philharmonic announced on Monday that its next chief conductor would be Kirill Petrenko, the Russian-born music director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the organization was awarding one of the most prestigious posts in classical music to a widely respected artist who has largely shunned the spotlight courted by some of his peers.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Ballet and opera affected as Sydney Opera House closes for maintenance in 2017

The Sydney Opera House will be partially closed in 2017, forcing the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia to move performances to another theatre.

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The Guardian : The arts sector is in desperate need of a fresh perspective

File- This June 28, 1967, file photo shows Gunther Schuller, who wrote and directed the opera "Visitation," at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City.  Schuller, the leading proponent of the Third Stream movement fusing jazz and classical music, has died at age 89. His son, bassist Ed Schuller, said his father died Sunday, June 21, 2015, at a hospital in Boston.  (AP Photo/File)

Gunter Schuller dies. Photo: The Telegraph

(Written on June 23, 2015 )

Am 11. Mai stand die Welt in Berlin viele Stunden still, als die Berliner Philharmoniker den Nachfolger für Sir Simon Rattle in einem ersten Durchgang wählen wollten. Dies sollte sich schnell als schwerer erweisen, als zuvor angenommen. Rattle, der den Posten des Chefdirigenten seit 2002 innehat, soll 2018 abgelöst werden. Ohnehin schon als Ausnahmeorchester bekannt, sind die Berliner Philharmoniker die einzigen weltweit, die ihren neuen Chefdirigenten selbst wählen dürfen, und dass dies keine einfache Entscheidung ist und war, wurde nach dem ersten Wahlversuch im Mai sehr schnell deutlich, wie einige Artikel, wie z.B. der Zeit, der Epoch Times oder auch der Welt sehr deutlich belegen.

Nun darf gratuliert werden, denn das Orchester hat Kirill Petrenko zum Nachfolger gewählt. Momentan ist der 1972 in Omsk geborene Petrenko Chef der Bayerischen Staatsoper in München. Dies wird nicht das erste Mal sein, dass er nach Berlin kommt, denn er war bereits von 2002 bis 2007 Generalmusikdirektor der Komischen Oper. Er selbst reagierte mit folgenden Worten: “Words cannot express my feelings – everything from euphoria and great joy to awe and disbelief. I am aware of the responsibility and high expectations of me, and I will do everything in my power to be a worthy conductor of this outstanding orchestra. Above all, however, I hope for many moments of artistic happiness in our music-making together which will reward our hard work and fill our lives as artists with meaning.”

Diese Wahl hat wenig mit Musik als solcher zu tun, sondern vielmehr mit dem, was von vielen auch als Vermächtnis bezeichnet wird. Die international renommierten Berliner Philharmoniker mögen sich mit der im Geheimen stattgefundenen Wahl schwer getan haben, doch letztendlich zeugt dies von der Ernsthaftigkeit und auch einer immens folgenschweren Entscheidung, die auf mehrere Jahre getroffen wird. Gratulation an Kirill Petrenko, der ab 2018 den wohl begehrtesten Posten der Klassikwelt antreten wird. Wir gratulieren!

Kirill Petrenko   |  © Sven Hoppe/dpa

Kirill Petrenko | © Sven Hoppe/dpa

(Written on June 22, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Telegraph asks whether opera can save our children, Ivan Hewett argues that music ought to be robust enough to communicate across a variety of acoustics, Gunther Schuller dies at the age of 89, Nadine Koutcher wins the main prize at the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) releases a statement following a judicial review addressing the issue of fair remuneration for private copying. Berlin Philharmonic have found a new Chief Conductor, Mariss Jansons talks about faith and religion, Simone Young bids goodbye to the Hamburger Staatsoper and ‘Voodoo’ Opera, by the African-American composer H. Lawrence Freeman, is revived.

The Telegraph

Can opera save our children?

CGI blockbusters and brain-numbing video games are damaging our children’s imaginations and impoverishing their lives. Can opera help?

Do acoustics actually matter?

Music ought to be robust enough to communicate across a variety of acoustics, says Ivan Hewett

The Guardian

Gunther Schuller, Pulitzer-winning jazz and classical musician, dies aged 89

Horn player, educator and composer was leading proponent of the Third Stream movement fusing jazz and classical music

Classical Music Magazine

Nadine Koutcher wins 2015 Cardiff Singer

Nadine Koutcher has won the main prize at the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

ISM responds to judicial review addressing remuneration for private copying

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has released a statement following a judicial review addressing the issue of fair remuneration for private copying.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Halsschmuck mit Haltung

Kein Dirigentenstab, sondern eine Kette mit einem Kreuz ist für den Dirigenten Mariss Jansons unverzichtbar. Dabei ist es ihm egal, ob er sie trägt oder ob sie auf dem Nachttisch liegt

Der Tagesspiegel

Kirill Petrenko soll neuer Chefdirigent der Philharmoniker werden

Die Berliner Philharmoniker haben sich überraschend auf einen neuen Chefdirigenten geeinigt: Kirill Petrenko soll Simon Rattle 2018 ablösen.

Die Welt

Sie ist eine Beherrscherin des Betriebs

Eine Frau, auf die man zweimal schauen muss: Die australische Dirigentin Simone Young verlässt nach zehn Jahren als Intendantin und Generalmusikdirektorin die Hamburgische Staatsoper. Eine Begegnung.

The New York Times

‘Voodoo,’ Opera by the African-American Composer H. Lawrence Freeman, Is Revived

He was described as a black Wagner in the late 19th century, went on to write more than 20 operas and formed the Negro Grand Opera Company, which he once conducted at Carnegie Hall.

Forbes

Kirill Petrenko New Chief Conductor Of The Berlin Philharmonic

Radio Berlin-Brandenburg reports that the Berlin Philharmonic has elected Kirill Petrenko as their new music director and successor to Simon Rattle.

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Classicalite @Classicalite: The Next Generation of 3D-Printed Musical Instruments Are Worthy of a Movie

Gunther Schuller wrote more than 200 compositions, including solo and orchestral works, chamber music, opera and jazz. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian

Gunther Schuller wrote more than 200 compositions, including solo and orchestral works, chamber music, opera and jazz. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian

(Written on June 22, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, an extraordinary argument has broken out between the Leipzig String Quartet and London’s Wigmore Hall, violinist Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields will be Classic FM’s first ever Artists in Residence, Jan Latham-Koenig shares the music and musicians that inspire him and the BBC on why lowbrow music hits the right note. Wales Online looks at what’s happened to some of the past winners of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports about music in shopping centres, Simone Young is named the new honorary member of the Hamburger Staatsoper, Anna Netrebko takes time off due to an infection and the Barenboim-Said-Academy opens today. McDonald’s Scottish pipes in Beethoven and Bach to quell public unrest and violinist Suyeon Kang has won the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

The Telegraph

The cancelled concert and the violinist accused of attempted murder

An extraordinary argument has broken out between the Leipzig String Quartet and London’s Wigmore Hall over a cancelled concert. At its heart is the violinist accused of attempted murder who maintains his innocence – and that he was the victim of a date-rape drug administered by a transsexual prostitute

Classic FM

Joshua Bell and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields are Classic FM’s Artists in Residence

Violinist Joshua Bell and his orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, will be Classic FM’s first ever Artists in Residence.

The Guardian

Facing the music: Jan Latham-Koenig

From Furtwängler to the Beatles to Milhaud, the conductor shares the music that and musicians that inspire him

BBC

Why does lowbrow music hit the right note?

There’s a famous line in Noel Coward’s play Private Lives. A couple – once lovers – meet by chance on the terrace of a French hotel. Because they’re middle-class English people and this is the 1930s, emotions are repressed. But off-stage a dance band is playing. The couple are moved, despite themselves. “Extraordinary,” one of them says, “how potent cheap music is.”

Wales Online

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World: Where are the former winners?

It’s just 24 hours until the 2015 contest gets underway so we look at what’s happened to some of the past winners of the biennial contest

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Mit Musik gegen Online-Shopping

Die Überlegung hinter Musik im Kaufhaus ist einfach: Je wohler sich der Kunde fühlt, desto länger bleibt er im Laden. Je länger er bleibt, desto wahrscheinlich ist ein Kauf.

Hamburger Abendblatt

Simone Young neues Ehrenmitglied der Staatsoper

Sie verlässt Hamburg nach zehn Jahren. Zum Abschied ehrte Kultursenatorin Kisseler die Intendantin. Ihr Nachfolger wird Kent Nagano.

pizzicato

Anna Netrebko pausiert

Wegen einer hartnäckigen Infektion hat die Sopranistin Anna Netrebko eine Gesangspause eingelegt.

berlin.de

Barenboim-Said-Akademie kommt voran

Die Akademie des Dirigenten Daniel Barenboim für junge Musiker aus dem Nahen Osten lädt heute (15. Juni 2015) zum Richtfest ein.

Classicalite

Fast Food Fight: McDonald’s Scotland Piping in Beethoven, Bach to Quell Public Unrest

If one were to scour the vast libraries of YouTube for fast food restaurant brawls, one might find a buffet of altercations taking place at Wendy’s, IHOP and so on. However, for Scotland’s busiest McDonalds, a new regiment of classical music is being played in order to simmer down the revolting public.

Otago Daily Times

Australian violinist wins Michael Hill Violin Comp

Australian violinist Suyeon Kang has won the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

Twitter

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Classical Today@ClassicalToday: New Paris conductor gets prime TV role

The Leipzig Quartet: Matthias Moosdorf (standing) and Stefan Arzberger, who is accused of attempted murder (second left)

The Leipzig Quartet: Matthias Moosdorf (standing) and Stefan Arzberger, who is accused of attempted murder (second left)

(Written on June 15, 2015 )