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The Telegraph

Keep Radio 3 distinct from Classic FM, BBC watchdog says

BBC Trust report says Radio 3 must make sure it is distinct from its rival Classic FM, after move to make it “accessible”

Guardian

Classical composers – and the pop stars who channel their moves

For Liszt, read Jimi Hendrix … for Wagner, Kanye West? Canadian MC and songwriter Chilly Gonzales – who learned his craft through classical piano – reflects on the crossover between the pop and orchestral worlds

Classic FM

2015 Edinburgh International Festival programme announced

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianists Lang Lang and Yuja Wang are among the classical performers heading to Edinburgh this summer.

Sinfini

Music and the mob

The shady underworld of the New York mafia is the subject of a new ‘choral jazz drama’ to be premiered by the Crouch End Festival Chorus plus jazz singers and ensemble in April.

The Strad

Jacqueline du Pré performs Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto no.1

Rare footage of British cellist Jacqueline du Pré performing Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto.

Der Tagesspiegel

Komische Oper stellt Jahresprogramm 2015/16 vor

Vielfalt und Verve

klassik.com

Einseitige Kritik an vorgelegtem Businessplan statt ausgewogener Diskussion

Grüne machen Stimmung gegen Bonner Beethoven-Festspielhaus

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A (Female) Bach Scholar takes down the Anna-Magdalena-wrote-the-cello-suites theory for good

„I offer this analysis in the hope that it might help clarify some of the confusions and defuse some of the widely-felt frustrations.”

El país

Daniel Barenboim y Zubin Mehta quieren salvar Ibermúsica

La voz de alarma lanzada por Alfonso Aijón para salvar Ibermúsica, el ciclo sinfónico que dirige desde hace 45 años, ha causado efecto en el mundo de los intérpretes y creadores al más alto nivel.

Twitter

Sinfini Music@SinfiniMusic: Chopin. If you don’t know where to start, start here. http://www.sinfinimusic.com/uk/features/guides/composer-guides/top-10-musical-works-by-chopin …

Classic FM @ClassicFM: The celestial event of the century is now a classical quiz! Play it here: http://classfm.co/xFXA9Y  #SolarEclipse

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: Departing @NYPhil music director Alan Gilbert to give RPS lecture: ‘Orchestras in the 21st Century; A New Paradigm’ http://bit.ly/1I4cWtz

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Chilly Gonzales and the Kaiser Quartett. Photograph: Alexandre Isard/PR

(Written on March 20, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Lang Lang and Angela Hewitt join Edinburgh international festival lineup

Classical programme to include a Beethoven sonata series by pianist Rudolf Buchbinder and choral works celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus

The Times

Iestyn Davies on the castrato who tried to cure a King’s madness

The countertenor, who is recreating Farinelli’s voice on stage, explains this musical phenomenon of the 18th century

Telegraph

School inspections will be shorter but more often, says Ofsted

Ofsted has said it will give more weight to subjects like music in future when deciding whether a school is good or outstanding.

Classic FM

Hearing aid uses tongue to process sound

A new kind of hearing aid is being developed that will be worn in the mouth and communicate sounds through vibrations felt on the tongue.

Sinfini

Simon Rattle’s Young Orchestra for London

When Simon Rattle raises his baton on 12 February in the Barbican Hall, he will be standing in front of an orchestra of 100 hand-picked musicians.

Die Welt

München braucht keinen weiteren Konzertsaal

Freistaat und Stadt sind sich einig: Es wird keinen neuen Konzertsaal für das Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks geben. Dafür wird der Gasteig renoviert. Nicht die schlechteste Lösung.

Süddeutsche.de

Gute Nacht, München!

Nach zehn Jahren Debatte um einen neuen Münchner Konzertsaal macht das Ergebnis fassungslos. Wären öffentliche Bauherren schon immer so mutlos gewesen, die Stadt wäre für alle Zeiten ein Dorf geblieben.

Klavier.de

Ton und Erklärung 2015: Gewinner stehen fest

Der erste Preis des Klavierwettbewerbs “Ton und Erklärung – Werkvermittlung in Musik und Wort” geht in diesem Jahr an Elisabeth Brauß und Fabian Müller, die die Jury für sich gewinnen konnten.

The New York Times

Aldo Ciccolini Dies at 89; Pianist Interpreted Satie

Aldo Ciccolini, an Italian-born pianist who specialized in the music of French composers and was known in particular as a champion of Erik Satie, has died at his home outside Paris.

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ICMA Warns Over Danger Of Confusion With New Organization

In the Netherlands, an organization is presenting itself under the name of ICMA 2015 – International Classical Music Auditions, with a corporate identity resembling very much to the one of the International Classical Music Awards, ICMA.

Michal Klauza Named Music Director Of Polish Radio Symphony

Michal Klauza (41) has been appointed Music Director of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw.

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Pianist magazine ‏@pianistmagazine: And more Libertango, from Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung! https://t.co/sAlvCWfPeR http://fb.me/7p6bW7hUa 

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: With #ROHhollander setting sail on Thurs,we’ve picked our musical highlight: http://t.co/0aZiivaABK Do you agree? ^C

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: Documentaries about 230 great composers, including dozens from Britain. Listen here http://bbc.co.uk/greatcomposers 

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Iestyn Davies who will voice the castrato Carlo Farinelli on stage. Photo: Paul Rogers

(Written on February 4, 2015 )

WildKat PR is very excited to introduce our newest client: the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS). Based at New York’s infamous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, CMS features some of the finest chamber music performances on a world stage. As well as thrilling seasoned concert goers, they also seek to engage a wider audience with chamber music through their performances, education programmes, and recording activities.

Motivated by their commitment to the continuation of the chamber music tradition, they founded CMS Two which is a prestigious, unique and wildly competitive three season residency for the most significant ensembles and individual musicians. Far from being an ‘extra’, CMS Two members take part in all aspects of the Society’s activities and it boasts alumni such as Lang Lang and Hilary Hahn.

We will be working with CMS on a very exciting concert on 8th May 2015 at London’s Wigmore Hall which, alongside standard repertoire from Schumann and Brahms will also feature the world premiere of a specially co-commissioned piece by British composer Helen Grime. This new string trio continues the longstanding relationship between the two cross-Atlantic concert halls.

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(Written on January 23, 2015 )

Classical New Year Resolutions

New Year equals a new me-right? We in the WildKat PR office have already accepted that our ‘fitness and healthy eating resolutions’ will fail within a week (merely promising to try burns calories, we’re sure), so why not make an enjoyable resolution this year (except perhaps, #2) with classical music!

1. Go to more concerts

Surely the best type of resolution is aiming to attend more concerts this year and it could not be easier with the number of websites and blogs there are out there collating all the best events. Head over to our ‘Unmissables’ page to discover what you absolutely cannot miss this year. BachTrack and Concert Diary are also great search tools to find your next concert. Amazingly, this does not have to be expensive. Did you know that 40% of The Royal Opera House’s tickets are under £40? Other venues such as the Barbican and the Southbank Centre are also not as expensive as you might think. Indeed, the WildKat PR team are really looking forward to Conway Hall’s series of ‘Free Rush Hour Concerts.’

2. Practice more

This is perhaps just as painful as healthy eating and exercise but, likewise, so worth it. Whilst we cannot all follow in Lang Lang’s footsteps who was practising six hours a day at five years old, an extra 10 minutes everyday going over furiously fast passages, playing F# melodic minor one more time or perfecting that technical exercise, will pay off. At least then us mere mortals can pretend to be like Daniel Barenboim. Indeed, violinist Nicola Benedetti is so dedicated to practice she utilized an airport bathroom when her flight was delayed.

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Nicola Benedetti. Photo from her Facebook

3. Find new music

Spotify have introduced a useful new tool called ‘Play it Forward’ which generates new music for you based on who you have previously listened to. Classic FM also have a weekly ‘Album of the Week‘ from which they play one track a day and BBC Music Magazine have both a ‘New Releases‘ section and a free weekly download bound to inspire you.

4. Play music for charity

In 2013, the London Symphony Orchestra and others such as tenor Wynne Evans swapped instruments in a mass grade-one-a-thon for charity. Why not use your musical talent for good and do something similar? There are plenty of brilliant musical charities to support such as Help Musicians UK and Music in Hospitals.

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The LSO. Photo found at Classic FM

5. Join a choir

As well as being fun, it has been said that singing is good for your mental health-two great reasons to join a choir. There are plenty of ensembles out there catering for all standards and interests from novice to expert level, from choral works to pop songs. The Big Big Sing is a brilliant website for finding your perfect choir, all you have to do is put in your postcode. British Choirs on the Net also has a large database of choirs, sorted both alphabetically and geographically.

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Youth Choir of the Year, Taplow Youth Choir performs onstage at the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Grand Final. Photo:Robin Bell / Imagewise

6. Make a Classical Music Bucket List

A blog for another day but here are a few ideas to get you started: Prom at the BBC Proms, or go to the traditional ‘Carols at Kings‘ service.

Are you making any classical music resolutions? Tweet us with your ideas and bucket list items @WildKatPR

(Written on January 5, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

A tale of two cités: can the Philharmonie de Paris bridge the social divide?

Built on the boundary between the capital’s banlieues and its affluent boulevards, the new state-of-the-art concert hall aims for social transformation through the arts. We take a peek and ask what makes the perfect concert hall

Telegraph

Christmas with the cathedral chorus

December brings cold, late nights and work on Christmas day, but young choristers wouldn’t have it any other way, says Eleanor Doughty

The Times

What classical music stars listen to at Christmas

Composers, singers and musicians share their favourite Christmas songs, from The First Noël, to The Lamb

Classic FM

Angelina Jolie: ‘I need classical music, but I have to be careful what I listen to’

EXCLUSIVE: While Brad Pitt and the children listen to music all the time, Jolie says she has to be careful what she listens to

Classical Music Magazine

Tricia Tunstall: Geoffrey Baker’s El Sistema denunciation has the feel of a vendetta

Musicians, educators, and social activists the world over celebrate Venezuela’s El Sistema as a remarkable program that brings needy children into the joy of making music together, spurring hope and changing lives. But now comes British academic Geoffrey Baker to set us all straight.

Die Welt

Wer schändete das Salzburger Karajan-Denkmal?

In Salzburg haben Unbekannte das Bronzedenkmal Herbert von Karajans beschädigt. Sie brachen den Taktstock ab.

Pizzicato

Russische Musikschulen laufen Sturm gegen Nivellierungs-Gesetz des Bildungsministeriums

Weil das Russische Bildministerium neue Kriterien für den Unterricht an Musikschulen anwenden will, laufen die Verantwortlichen nun Sturm gegen die neue Reglementierung, die ihres Erachtens die Qualität des Musikunterrichts besonders in den Eliteschulen, z.B. dem Gnessin-Institut ruinieren könnten.

Klassik.com

UNESCO: Deutsche Orchester und Theater sind Weltkulturerbe

Die deutsche Theater- und Orchesterlandschaft ist als Weltkulturerbe anerkannt worden.

Codex Flores

Tod des deutschen Dirigenten Hans Wallat

Der deutsche Dirigent Hans Wallat, der in Mannheim, Dortmund und Düsseldorf/Duisburg als Generalmusikdirektor amtete, ist im Alter von 85 Jahren nach langer Krankheit verstorben.

Le Figaro

Thylacine : «Je suis revenu à des références plus classiques»

Le festival des Trans Musicales s’est tenu à Rennes du 3 au 7 décembre.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM: In the papers today: the festive hits which keep earning hundreds of thousands for their composers. @TimLihoreau

Classicalite @Classicalite: Exclusive Q&A with Lang Lang, Loren Mazzacane Connors + More! – http://eepurl.com/-kGan

Klassik in Berlin @KDCBerlin: Sir Simon Rattle will auch nach 2018 in Berlin tätig sein http://klassik.com/?3PVvw  #Dirigent #Rattle #Berlin

Bronze statue of Herbert von Karajan in front of his birthplace in Salzburg photo: picture alliance / zb

Bronze statue of Herbert von Karajan in front of his birthplace in Salzburg
photo: picture alliance / zb

(Written on December 15, 2014 )

Classical News

Guardian

Cerys Matthews on setting Dylan Thomas’s poems to music

It was a Christmas in South Carolina that reawakened the musician and Radio 6 DJ’s love for Thomas and inspired her to mark his centenary with her most ambitious project yet

ClassicFM

Meryl Streep to play worst opera singer ever, Florence Foster Jenkins

Fresh from her role as opera legend Maria Callas, the Oscar-winning actress is set to play a singer so bad that audiences flocked to hear her and laugh.

Classical Source

Family of murdered teenager Alice Gross ask for donations to be made to national charity Youth Music in her memory

Youth Music is honoured and grateful that the family of murdered teenager Alice Gross have chosen the charity as the beneficiary of their online tribute in memory of Alice. The tribute says that Alice had a “passion for music”.

The Strad

Memphis Symphony musicians agree on 38 per cent pay cut

It is hoped the one-year emergency measure will help the orchestra balance its books

crescendo

ECHO Klassik 2014 – das große Spezial

Am 26. Oktober werden in München zum 21. Mal ­Künstler mit dem ECHO Klassik geehrt. Wir haben uns die Auszeichnung einmal genauer angesehen und auch Preisträger herausgesucht, die (noch) nicht ganz so im Rampenlicht stehen.

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Intendant der Brüsseler ‘Monnaie befürchtet ‘kulturelles Blackout’

Angesichts der Sparmassnahmen, die die neue belgische Regierung den Kulturinstituten auferlegen will, befürchtet der Intendant des renommierten Opernhauses ‘La Monnaie’ ein ‘kulturelles Blackout.

Lang Lang Considers Himself Having Only 10% Talent

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, pianist Lang Lang has explained what he is, …an ability.

Klassik.com

Komponieren mit Legosteinen

Ein Team von Pädagogen, Komponisten und Wissenschaftlern hat eine neue Form der Musikpädagogik entwickelt: Komponieren mit Legosteinen.

Codex Flores

Früher Tod des Pianisten Christopher Falzone

Am ersten August dieses Jahres war er mit einem Rezital noch im Programm des Verbier Festivals.

Twitter

Glyndebourne ‏@glyndebourne: Find out more about @SussexUni’s Opera and the Media of the Future event which has just got under way at Glyndebourne http://ow.ly/DgBes

Carnegie Hall @carnegiehall: Mezzo-soprano @JoyceDiDonato talks about bel canto and discovering new repertoire: http://bit.ly/1rhmOGB 

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse: ’The arts are not about the curriculum or fixing society’ Why we need a rethink: http://bit.ly/1vXzrMs Thoughts?^C

meryl-streep-covering-ears-1414070772-article-0Meryl Streep is set to play opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on October 24, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Rudy Giuliani expected to join protest against Met’s Klinghoffer opera

New York’s Metropolitan Opera is bracing for its most tumultuous opening in decades on Monday, as protesters get ready to picket The Death of Klinghoffer, the John Adams opera about the 1985 hijacking of a cruise ship by Palestinian guerrillas.

Telegraph

Lang Lang demonstrates piano techniques

Exclusive: Lang Lang, who has just published a series of piano books for young players, shows how to play in different styles

Classic FM

How I wrote Fury – Steven Price

After tackling the quiet helplessness of being adrift in space with Gravity, the Oscar-winning film composer turned to the Bible to tackle Brad Pitt’s World War Two film.

International Arts Manager

Orpheus receives grant to reach next generation

New York’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has received a $400,000 grant from The Andrew W Mellon Foundation.

Sinfini

Critics’ Circle Awards 2014

The winners of the 2014 Critics’ Circle Music Awards were announced on Friday.

Pizzicato

Finnish National Opera Celebrates Jean Sibelius 150th Anniversary

The Finnish National Opera and the Finnish National Ballet will be contributing to the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius with the world premiere of the expansive ‘Kullervo’ by Tero Saarinen, alternately conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Pietari Inkinen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Kampf um Bayreuth

Gysi droht Richard-Wagner-Stiftung mit Klage

Klassik.com

Unerwarteter Geldsegen für Wiener Staatsoper

Sponsorenmittel in Höhe von 333.000 Euro wiederentdeckt

Klavier.de

Pianist Arto Satukangas gestorben

Finnischer Musiker und Hochschuldozent wurde 51 Jahre alt

crescendo

ECHO Klassik 2014 – Das Lebenswerk: Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Kurz vor seinem 85. Geburtstag bekommt Nikolaus Harnoncourt ein verfrühtes Geburtstagsgeschenk: den ECHO Klassik für sein Lebenswerk.

Plácido Domingo: Eine Prise Domingo

„Wenn man aufhört zu wachsen, dann ist es vorbei“, sagt Plácido Domingo (73) und veröffentlicht gleich sein nächstes Album – mit mediterranen Liedern als Hommage an seine Heimat.

classicalworld.com

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia Announces Appointment of Conductor Emmanuel Villaume as Music Director and Chief Conductor

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia is pleased to announce the appointment of internationally renowned conductor Emmanuel Villaume to the position of Music Director and Chief Conductor of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia for a three-year term, effective September 1, 2015.

Le Figaro

Le Royal Opera s’offre un entracte contemporain

Kasper Holten, l’administrateur du Royal Opera House, s’est lancé dans un ambitieux plan d’élargissement du répertoire de ce que l’on tient encore pour un bastion du conservatisme.

Tweets

Berlin Classics @BerlinClassics: Die Longlist des PdSK für das dritte Quartal ist da: 140 Juroren haben in 29 Kategorien 227 Titel nominiert, die… http://fb.me/2yDoyKeSu 

KlassikAkzente @klassikakzente: Wunderschönes neues Video zum kommenden Album “Escape to Paradise – The Hollywood Album” von Daniel Hope: http://www.klassikakzente.de/daniel-hope/videos/detail/video:345366/escape-to-paradise-the-hollywood-album-dokumentation …

Classicalite @Classicalite: Manhattan Transfer Co-Founder #TimHauser Dies at 72 http://www.classicalite.com/articles/12236/20141018/manhattan-transfer-cofounder-tim-hauser-dies-72.htm?exe=reporter …

Classicalite @Classicalite: [WATCH] #Beethoven ‘Ode to Joy’ Featured in Wrap Your Baby Commercial, Babies Included http://www.classicalite.com/articles/12228/20141018/beethoven-ode-joy-featured-wrap-your-baby-commercial-babies-included-watch.htm?exe=reporter …

Belsize Music @BelsizeMusic: RT @WeAreTheMU: Best practice in instrumental & vocal teaching – check out the Art of Teaching project http://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/news/2014/04/08/art-of-teaching/ … #MUteaching

Dirigent @dirigent: “Nobelpreis der Künste” für den estnischen Komponisten – Komponist Arvo Pärt freut sich über Praemium Imperiale http://magazin.klassik.com/news/teaser.cfm?ID=11227 …

Royal Opera House, London. Photo credit: age fotostock/Grant Rooney

Royal Opera House, London. Photo credit: age fotostock/Grant Rooney

(Written on October 20, 2014 )

Guardian

Emma Thompson takes on role in Sweeney Todd musical in West End

Actor to play piemaker Mrs Lovett in Stephen Sondheim’s work after Broadway run and after 25 years away from London stage

Classical Music Magazine

Making Music report: More playing, but progression is limited and class remains an issue

The playing of instruments among children has increased by 35% since 1999, a new study has found, although issues of access, progression and class remain apparent in the music education sector.

Classic FM

Oppan Lang Lang style! Pianist to perform with PSY

Chinese pianist Lang Lang is to join forces with Korean pop sensation PSY at this year’s Asian Games, Incheon 2014.

Classic FM

Singer dismissed from festival after ‘impersonating Hitler in front of German choir’

David Barclay has been excluded from the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester after reportedly making a joke about the Holocaust and impersonating Adolf Hitler during a rehearsal with the Chemnitz Opera.

The Strad

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma receives Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Prize

The artist was honoured for his longstanding contribution to the venue

The Argus

Super soprano stops the show to tackle thief

A SUPER soprano snatched back charitable donations from a thief midway through her classical recital.

Die Welt

Auf, auf zum lustigen Intendantenjagen

Wiens Bühnen kommen nicht zur Ruhe. Nach dem Abgang von Franz Welser-Möst als Generalmusikdirektor der Staatsoper kündigte jetzt Dirigent Bertrand de Billy die “Lohengrin”-Premiere. Wegen einer Minute.

Klassik.com

Preisträger des Brahms-Wettbewerbs 2014

500 junge Musiker aus 51 Nationen traten an

Crescendo

Interview mit Michael Andreas Häringer

„Ich komponiere lieber große Orchesterstücke.”

The New York Times

Tibor Rudas, Classical Music Impresario, Dies at 94

Tibor Rudas, an irrepressible impresario who took classical music from concert halls to casinos and from there to baseball stadiums and the Eiffel Tower, helping to propel the Three Tenors to global glory, died on Sept. 8 at his home in Santa Monica. Calif.

Classicalite

American Composers Orchestra Honors Andy Akiho with $15,000 Grand Prize from the Underwood Emerging Composer Commission

The American Composers Orchestra (ACO) has named their 2014 Underwood Commission award to Andy Akiho. In addition to the accolade, the American-born composer will also be awarded a $15,000 prize for a future work to be premiered by the ACO.

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Watch A Sweet Little Butterfly Nearly Crush A Woman’s Hopes And Dreams

As Ota played for the judges, a butterfly first landed in her hair and then settled on her left eyebrow as she continued to perform.

Twitter

IntArtsManager ‏@IntArtsManager: Beautiful Vivienne Westwood dress is up for grabs, proceeds supporting the brilliant @StreetwiseOpera. Get bidding! http://www.internationalartsmanager.com/2014/09/17/vivienne-westwood-dress/ …

London Philharmonic @LPOrchestra: Our 2014/15 London season starts in one week! Watch Vladimir Jurowski introduce the season in our new video http://bit.ly/1uFvkTm 

Boosey & Hawkes @Boosey_London: ’My Father, The Iron Curtain and Me’ – brilliant documentary about A. Panufnik to win here: http://bit.ly/Panufnik100 

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic#Callas‘ voice may have lacked the creamy quality of other sops, but ‘always expressed truth’ http://bit.ly/1uGDcUE

Emma Thompson and Bryn TerfelEmma Thompson and Bryn Terfel. Photo: John Snelling/Getty Images

(Written on September 17, 2014 )

Classical News

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti ‘relieved and delighted’ about £18million funding increase

Thousands of young people will benefit from an increase in funding for music education hubs, Education Minister Nick Gibb announced today, a move welcomed by violinist and ambassador for arts education, Nicola Benedetti.

Classical-Music.com

A guide to the music of Judith Weir

Our introduction to works by the new Master of the Queen’s Music.

Classic FM

Lang Lang gives basketball star LeBron James a piano lesson

Pianist Lang Lang has made good on his promise to US basketball player LeBron James and given him his first piano lesson.

The New York Times



At 50, Festival Is Reunion of Sorts

Tanglewood Holds Its 50th Celebration of Contemporary Music.

El Pais



El piano de ‘Casablanca’, a subasta

El instrumento será la estrella de una subasta que incluye el guion o fotos firmadas por el reparto

KulturPort

Eine enge Bindung von Bildung und Kultur

Unter der Fragestellung „Hamburg – Modellregion für Kinder- und Jugendkultur?“ hatte die Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Kinder- und Jugendkultur (LAG) die kulturpolitischen Sprecher der fünf großen Parteien zum Podiumsgespräch geladen.

Twitter

GoClassical: ‏@GoClassicalUK  #Music education in England gets funding boost, back up to £75m for 2015/16 http://www.classicalmusicmagazine.org/2014/07/music-education-in-england-gets-funding-boost-back-up-to-75m-for-201516/ … #classicalmusic

Gramophone: @GramophoneMag Denis Matsuev headlines LSO’s Artist Portrait series – will perform 3 Russian piano concertos at the @BarbicanCentre http://www.gramophone.co.uk/news/denis-matsuev-headlines-lso%E2%80%99s-artist-portrait-series …

Music Education UK: @MusicEdUK Faber Music announces publishing partnership with Lang Lang: http://bit.ly/1sKMwIv 

 

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Photograph: classicfm.com


(Written on July 23, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

BBC’s Ten Pieces brings classical music to a new generation

Ten pieces of classical music – some short, some selected extracts of longer works – have been chosen to represent a range of western classical music and provide good entry points into it. Children will be introduced to the works through a specially made film that uses a mix of live action and animation that will be screened in UK cinemas in October 2014.

The Telegraph

Has the BBC picked the right pieces?

Ivan Hewett admires the canny selection of classical pieces for schoolchildren to listen to.

Classicfm.com

Placido Domingo and Lang Lang to perform before World Cup final

“I always think music and sport are the two great things many people can understand without any need to really speak the language,” he [Domingo] said.

Concerti

Interview Nikolaj Znaider: Ich kann mir verzeihen 

Einst wollte Nikolaj Znaider unbedingt Weltmeister werden, heute philosophiert der Geiger und Dirigent lieber über den lebenslangen Tanz mit dem Repertoire

Tagesspiegel

Klassik-Festivals in Berlin und Brandenburg: Schwäne am Mittelmeer

Zwei frühsommerliche Klassik-Festivals in Berlin und Brandenburg haben ihren Auftakt gegeben: „Infektion!“ an der Staatsoper und die Potsdamer Musikfestspiele.

The New York TImes

‘Ring’ Cycle With Digital Orchestra Is Postponed

Professionals committed to a Wagner festival in Connecticut with digital samples of music pulled out, leading to postponement.

The New York Times

 Met Opera Tax Filing Reveals Pay For Gelb

The Metropolitan Opera, in the middle of labor talks with its unions, reports that its general manager, Peter Gelb, earned a total of $1.8 million in pay and benefits in 2012, and has since taken a pay cut.

Chicago Business Journal

Chicago Symphony Orchestra receives its two largest gifts in its history

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra today said it received two contributions totaling $32 million. The two gifts are the largest in the 123-year history of what is considered one of the world’s greatest orchestras.

El Mundo

Mehta se va, el Palau se muere

El gigantismo acaba con el gran revulsivo de la ópera del Mediterráneo

Twitter

BBC NOW: @BBCNOW A glimpse into our incredible #TenPieces film, made in an aircraft hanger near Cardiff @BBCWales #bbcmusic pic.twitter.com/CIR0XD7TFi

World Concert Hall: @wconcerthall Today, Davidsen, Nohr and Wilkman perform #Sibelius #Strauss and #Mahler in #Copenhagen http://ht.ly/y5wo4  #wch #classical

Holst Museum: @HolstMuseum Great to hear on @BBCNews that #Holst #Mars has made it into the #TenPieces project http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27868018 …

Mark Bowden: @markfbowden A new BBC initiative featuring piece by marvellous @AnnaHMeredith Discover #TenPieces http://bbc.in/1otD4bp

Royal College Music: @RCMLatest Director of the RCM Professor Colin Lawson & RCM alumnus @JLloydWebber offer their verdict on the BBC’s #TenPieces: http://bbc.in/1i4Ahm7 

Drum Works performing the tenth piece, Anna Meredith’s Connect It for Body Percussion

Drum Works

Photo: Guy Levy /BBC

 

(Written on June 17, 2014 )