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In today’s news: The University of Leeds renews partnership with Leeds piano, Steven Grahl appointed as new organist at Christ Church Cathedral, musical instruments in art, Apple Music to overtake Spotify, Scandinavian Airlines changes rules to impose extra booking fee for musical instruments on board flights, Caramoor Festival takes a contemporary turn, the relationship between music and sparking creativity, representatives of the Hamburg music industry in discussion with representatives of federal politics, Martha Argerich cancels American tour, the globalising of church music, Haitink announces concerts with Berliner Philharmoniker.

The Times

Musical instruments in art, chosen by Marin Alsop, conductor

Music, although we rarely think of it as such, is the most abstract of art forms. That is why I love it. Where words can be confining in their literalness, music is flexible, malleable, adaptable: the same notes can be interpreted differently by every individual.

Classical Music

University of Leeds renews partnership with Leeds Piano

The University of Leeds has renewed its partnership with the Leeds International Piano Competition, extending its financial support and ensuring that international audiences will be able to experience performances live and on-demand via medici.tv.

Choir and Organ

Steven Grahl to replace Stephen Darlington at Christ Church

Steven Grahl has been appointed as the new organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. He will take up the office in September 2018, replacing Professor Stephen Darlington, who is retiring after 32 years.

The Strad

SAS now charging $60 cello booking fee on top of extra seat price, complains cellist

Scandinavian Airlines changes rules to impose telephone booking charge, despite not offering an online booking option for cellos.

Business Insider UK

Apple Music is about to overtake Spotify in the US

Apple Music has been growing faster than Spotify in the US, and as a result it might overtake the leading music streaming service later this year.

TES

‘Music is an invaluable resource when it comes to children’s mental health – and yet it’s under attack’

Music sparks creativity, taps into emotions and helps young people to understand their own being, says one musician – it has a powerful ability to help children stay mentally healthy.

The New York Times

The Caramoor Festival Takes a Contemporary Turn

Change is in the air at Caramoor, the summer music festival in Westchester, which said on Monday that its coming season would move both forward and backward in time — giving new prominence to 21st-century composers while replacing its respected bel canto opera offerings with earlier operas from the Classical and Baroque periods.

Kulturport

Vertreter der Hamburger Musikwirtschaft im Dialog mit der Bundespolitik

Auf Einladung der Hamburger Landesvertretung in Berlin und der Interessengemeinschaft Hamburger Musikwirtschaft e.V. (IHM) reisten in der vergangenen Woche rund 50 VertreterInnen der Hamburger Musikbranche in die Bundeshauptstadt, um mit Vertretern der Bundespolitik zu sprechen und sich mit Berliner KollegInnen auszutauschen und zu vernetzen.

Musik Heute

Haitink sagt Konzerte mit Berliner Philharmonikern ab

Der niederländische Dirigent Bernard Haitink kann in dieser Woche nicht mit den Berliner Philharmonikern auftreten. Der 88-Jährige habe aus gesundheitlichen Gründen kurzfristig abgesagt, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit.

SWR 2

Kirchenmusik globalisiert sich

Der evangelische Missionsverbund hat den thematischen Schwerpunkt „Dance – Music – Arts“. In diesem Rahmen und mit Unterstützung der Evangelische Pop-Akademie wird nun der musikalische Austausch internationalisiert.

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Martha Argerich annule sa tournée américaine

Martha Argerich devait effectuer une tournée aux Etats-Unis en mars 2018 avec le violoniste Itzhak Perlman. En raison de problèmes familiaux et de santé, elle ne pourra pas tenir ses engagements.

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Image: Adrien Brody in The Pianist (2002) © AP

(Written on February 6, 2018 )

In today’s news: Marin Alsop is the fist woman to become artistic director of top Vienna orchestra, Brexit as an opportunity for British orchestras to escape red tape and tax of Europe, Barbara Hannigan wins the Grammy for classical solo vocal album. Also, Piotr Beczala signs with Pentatone and flooding in the Deutsche Oper. 

The Guardian

Marin Alsop appointed first female artistic director of top Vienna orchestra

The American conductor Marin Alsop has been appointed artistic director of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, becoming the first woman to take up the prestigious role.

The Telegraph

Brexit could be ‘opportunity’ for orchestras to escape EU red tape and re-engage with the world

Brexit could be an opportunity for British orchestras to escape “onerous” red tape and tax of Europe to re-engage with the rest of the world, the head of the London Philharmonic Orchestra has suggested.

BBC News

Should phones be banned at gigs?

Comedian Chris Rock has divided opinion after banning mobile phones on his tour.

Classical Music

DCMS Committee launches live music inquiry

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched a new inquiry into the economic, cultural and social benefits of live music.

Opera Now

Piotr Beczala signs with Pentatone

Polish tenor Piotr Beczala has signed an exclusive, multi-album contract with Pentatone.

The Washington Post

Grammy Awards 2018: Complete winners list

The complete list of winners from the 60th Grammy Awards.

Los Angeles Times

Barbara Hannigan leads list of Grammy Awards’ classical winners

Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan won the Grammy for classical solo vocal album Sunday for “Crazy Girl Crazy.”

nmz

Würzburger Theater wird für 65 Millionen Euro saniert und erweitert

Das Stadttheater in Würzburg soll in den kommenden fünf Jahren umfassend saniert und erweitert werden.

Deutsche Oper: Reinigungspersonal löste ungewollt Überschwemmung aus

Die Ursache für die Überschwemmung in der Deutschen Oper Berlin an Heiligabend ist geklärt: Personal der Reinigungsfirma habe ohne Absicht die Sprinkleranlage auf der Bühne in Gang gesetzt, teilte das Opernhaus am Freitag mit.

Klassik.com

Konzerthaus Nürnberg: 20 Entwürfe in der zweiten Phase des Architektenwettbewerbs

Der Architektenwettbewerb zum Bau eines neuen Konzerthauses in Nürnberg tritt in die nächste Phase. Nachdem bis Mitte Dezember 2017 245 Vorschläge bei der Jury des Wettbewerbs eingereicht worden waren, hat das Auswahlgremium unter Vorsitz des Architekten Amandus Sattler nun 20 Entwürfe für die zweite Phase des anonymisierten Wettbewerbs zugelassen.

Platea Magazine

La Sinfónica de Montreal ignoró las quejas de sus músicos sobre el comportamiento de Charles Dutoit 

Lo apunta la revista canadiense Le Devoir: como es bien sabido Charles Dutoit dejó la Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal en 2002 culpando a los músicos de su marcha.

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Image: Barbara Hannigan © Nicholas Hunt / Getty Images for NARAS

(Written on January 29, 2018 )

In today’s news: Facebook engineer who died aged 33 creates fellowship to lend his Vuillaume violin to worthy talents and Nancy Zhou wins $50,000 first prize at International Music Competition Harbin. Also, Winners of the 2018 ABO/Rhinegold Awards were announced, NAXOS Germany is responsible for five new labels and French composer Renaud Gagneux passed away.

Classic FM

Marin Alsop honoured with major orchestral award

Conductor Marin Alsop has been given the 2018 Association of British Orchestras (ABO) Award in recognition of her work with British orchestras and her championing of female conductors.

The Strad

Facebook engineer who died aged 33 creates fellowship to lend his Vuillaume violin to worthy talents

Eric Sun’s prized instrument will be made available via the Tarisio Trust Sun-Law Vuillaume Fellowship in two-year periods to talented musicians with a community-building proposal.

Plans unveiled for Tokyo Stradivarius Festival

Blockbuster exhibition will feature over 20 instruments.

Nancy Zhou wins $50,000 first prize at International Music Competition Harbin

The American violinist adds the Chinese accolade to a number of recent competition successes.

Classical Music

Winners of the 2018 ABO/Rhinegold Awards announced

Richard Heason, director of St John’s Smith Square and Sue Mallet, director of planning at the LSO were among the winners at the awards.

The New York Times

Will the Grammys Have a #MeToo Moment?

At the Golden Globes three weeks ago, black dresses on the red carpet helped draw the world’s attention to abuses against women. Can white roses do the same at the Grammys?

FAZ

Im Original mit Dudelsack

Populär, doch nicht einfach. In den Hallen der Bonner Bundeskunsthalle lässt man sich zur Beethoven-Woche etwas Besonderes einfallen. Entdeckern des großen Musikers wird ein buntes Programm geboten.

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Rheingau Musik Festival unter dem Motto «Freundschaft»

Mit dem Leitgedanken «Freundschaft» geht das Rheingau Musik Festival dieses Jahr in seine 31. Saison.

Klassik Heute

Fünf Label-Neuzugänge bei NAXOS Deutschland

Der Vertrieb von NAXOS Deutschland meldet fünf Neuzugänge von Labels in das Vertriebsprogramm.

france musique

Disparition du compositeur Renaud Gagneux

Le compositeur Renaud Gagneux est mort à l’âge de 70 ans. Membre du Groupe de Recherche Musicale de l’ORTF puis de l’INA, il laisse derrière lui une œuvre brassant de multiples genres.

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Music History @today_classical: in 1911 FP of Richard ‘ opera Der Rosenkavalier, at the Dresden Opera, Hofoper.

CompleteMusicUpdate @CMU: Spotify investor says streaming market will quadruple in size to $40 billion by 2025

Image: Marin Alsop © Classic FM

(Written on January 26, 2018 )

In today’s news: Composer Jeremy Dale Roberts dies aged 83, and Simon Rattle offers his top advice to young conductors. Audio streaming becomes more and more important, Germany financially supports 31 orchestras, and soprano Brenda Lewis has died.

Classic FM

‘Conducting is hard – it doesn’t get easier’

Simon Rattle starts his new role as Music Director at the London Symphony Orchestra this month. So as he packs his pencil case for his first season in charge, we spoke to him about getting over nerves, the best piece of advice he’s ever been given and why the future is bright for classical music.

The Times

Jeremy Dale Roberts: Distinguished composer considered to be the master of miniature compositions

Cannibalism may not be the first word that comes to mind when talking about a classical composer, but it was how Jeremy Dale Roberts described the creative process when writing for gifted musicians in his circle. “[I] draw upon their temperament and behaviour in the narrative of the music: to absorb their presence,” he told a contemporary music website. “A rare form of cannibalism, maybe.”

The New York Times

High Tech Meets High Art in a 3-D Opera

As a boy soprano in the youth opera company that his parents ran in their small town, the Dutch composer Michel van der Aaonce accompanied his father to the clockmaker who was painting a set for them. What he saw, he recalled recently, was revelatory.

Good House Keeping

Target Has Never Played Background Music, Until Now

While the company has avoided it for decades—believing it to be a distraction—they’re introducing a soundtrack of more than 1,500 songs from the likes of Taylor Swift to Stevie Wonder to keep you in stores longer and hopefully revive their flagging sales in the process.

Limelight

Australian guitarist placed third in prestigious ARD Competition

Andrey Lebedev also took the prize for his performance of the commissioned work at Germany’s top music contest.

Pizzicato

Marin Alsop wins 2017 Ditson Conductor’s Award

Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is the recipient of the 2017 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music, Columbia University has announced.

NMZ

IFPI stellt neuen Music Consumer Insight Report vor: Audio-Streaming für Musikkonsum weltweit immer wichtiger

Urheberrechtsverletzungen bleiben für die Musikindustrie weltweit eine zentrale Herausforderung: 40 Prozent der Konsumenten hören Musik über nicht-lizenzierte Angebote.

Kultur Radio

Bund fördert Orchester in Konstanz, Bochum und Jena

31 Projekte öffentlicher Orchester erhalten über das Programm “Exzellente Orchesterlandschaft Deutschland” insgesamt rund elf Millionen Euro Bundesförderung.

Klassik.com

Sopranistin Branda Lewis gestorben

Die US-amerikanische Sopranistin Brenda Lewis ist tot. Sie starb im Alter von 96 Jahren an ihrem Wohnsitz in Westport (Connecticut).

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Classical Music News   A new direction – and a call for guest posts

Music History   in 1920 Birth of Karen

Classical Music News   Meet the Artist……Jason Rebello, pianist

Image: Jeremy Dale Roberts

(Written on September 19, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, Imogen Tilden tackles conducting’s gender problem, and the Ravel Museum in Montfort-l’Amaury shuts abruptly.  Composer John Adams joins the Royal Academy of Music as a visiting professor, and Southbank Sinfonia announce #ConcertLab.  Conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi has written an article to warn of the politics the United States are engaging in, and the University of Texas receives a $400,000 grant for the Mellon Foundation.

The Guardian

‘This is not a woman’s issue’ – tackling conducting’s gender problem

In 2013’s Last Night of the Proms, Marin Alsop hailed progress towards inclusivity in classical music. But that progress is painfully slow, as some shocking statistics reveal. This is an issue that we all need to keep talking about.

The closure of the Ravel museum would be an act of cultural sabotage

The charming, eclectic museum in the French composer’s house at Montfort-l’Amaury has been abruptly closed and its future is in doubt.

Rhinegold

John Adams joins RAM as visiting professor

John Adams has joined the Royal Academy of Music as a visiting professor.  Adams’ relationship with RAM began in 2012, when he conducted concerts at New York’s Lincoln Center and the BBC Proms in which RAM students performed alongside Juilliard School players.

Southbank Sinfonia announces #ConcertLab performances

The Southbank Sinfonia is to explore different aspects of concert presentation in its #ConcertLab performances.  Eight of the ensemble’s Rush Hour concerts will experiment with layout, lighting, movement and concertwear. The premise will see the musicians work alongside movement directors, choreographers and lighting directors, inviting audience feedback.

International Arts Manager

Latest international funding news

A 27 per cent increase for cultural projects is set to promote cooperation between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The funds will be used for projects like the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, who will receive €100,000, with an additional €150,000 going to the Cooperation with Northern Ireland (CNI) scheme, which was expanded in January.

Arts advocates defend the NEA

The director of the California Arts Council (CAC) and the CEO of Americans for the Arts (AFTA) have both written open letters protesting potential cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). At least two members of the Trump transition team suggested that the NEA – originally set up in 1965 – should be abolished.

Austin360

UT receives $400,000 Mellon Foundation grant for new classical music

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $400,000 to UT’s Texas Performing Arts so that the organization may continue to develop new classical music.

Der Tagesspiegel

Regiert wird später

Wofür steht eigentlich der neue Kultursenator? Klaus Lederer gibt ein nichtssagendes Debüt im Kulturausschuss, Sabine Bangert von den Grünen wird einstimmig zur Vorsitzenden gewählt.

Berliner Morgenpost

Die Berliner Orchester tragen gern Schwarz 

In Berliner Klangkörpern gelten klare Kleiderregeln. Sie sollen helfen, alles zu vermeiden, was von der Musik ablenkt.

klassik.com

Förderpreis für Oscar Escudero

Busoni-Kompositionspreis 2017 für Benjamin Scheuer

El País

Los Amantes de Teruel vuelven de la tumba (nunca se fueron)

El compositor Javier Navarrete convierte en ópera la leyenda de Isabel de Segura y Juan de Marcilla

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Christoph von Dohnanyi against Trump: « Fear and aggression produce nothing but fear and aggression »

Conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi has written an article to warn from the new politics, the United States are engaging in, the website Democratic Underground reports.

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Classical Music News @ClassicalNews PRS for Music celebrates possibilities of digital

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1873 FP of #Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 Little Russian in Moscow. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Noah Stewart @noahsofficial Heros & Sheros who paved the way in Classical Music. #RolandHayes  

Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during a dress rehearsal, 11/11/10. Photo by Chris Lee

Image: Marin Alsop

(Written on February 7, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, Grange Festival are to give the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s new work, celebrating Jane Austen, and Birmingham Conservatoire announce their pianothon. A New York orchestra are putting audience members side by side with players, and Marin Alsop calls for the monetary value of the arts in the society to be promoted.  Germany sees the opening of Club Transmediale, Berlin’s best pop festival, and the future of the Richard Strauss Festival is secured.

Rhinegold

Grange Festival announces Dove premiere

The Grange Festival is to present the world premiere staging of the orchestral version of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park.  The performances, which will take place on 16 and 17 September, will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and the inaugural season of the Grange Festival.

Birmingham Conservatoire announces all-night pianothon

Birmingham Conservatoire has announced an all-night pianothon, which will take place from 7.30pm on 3 March to 7.30am on 4 March at Town Hall.  The event will begin with Gergely Bogányi performing the complete Chopin Nocturnes, a mystery guest playing Beethoven Sonatas Op 109, 110 & 111 and Peter Donohoe performing Messiaen’s The Garden Warbler.

CMUSE

New York orchestra turning concerts inside out

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit among the musicians in an orchestra as they perform? The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony has developed a new concept with this idea: inside out concerts.

Music Business Worldwide

Google generated $90bn last year, 6 times more than the global recorded music business

The company’s parent Alphabet Inc. just posted mammoth annual revenues of $90.27bn for the 12 months to end of December, up 20% year-on-year and 24% at constant currency.

Classic FM

‘Art is not just revenue for the soul, it’s revenue for the pocket book,’ says top conductor

Conductor Marin Alsop has told Classic FM that the arts world needs to ‘promote the monetary value of the arts in our society’.

Berliner Zeitung

Club Transmediale Berlins bestes Pop-Festival ist eröffnet 

Vielstimmiges Singen, Brummen, Säuseln und Grunzen zur Abwendung der planetaren Klimakatastrophe gab es bei der Eröffnung des diesjährigen CTM Festivals zu hören; man kann sagen, dass die drei Leitbegriffe des Festivalthemas – „Fear Anger Love“, Furcht, Zorn und Liebe – bereits in diesen ersten knapp anderthalb Stunden eindrucksvoll und befriedigend zur musikalischen Erscheinung gelangten.

Spiegel

“Die Musik macht das Private politisch”

Das Berliner CTM ist eines der weltweit wichtigsten Festivals für elektronische und experimentelle Musik. Hier sprechen die Festivalchefs über ihr politisches Motto “Fear, Anger, Love” und Lücken in der Kulturförderung.

Klassik Heute

Zukunft des Richard-Strauss-Festivals ist gesichtert – neuer Intendant ernannt

Nach intensiven, über Monate geführten Diskussionen über die Zukunftsperspektiven des international renommierten Richard-Strauss-Festivals bekannte sich der Gemeinderat der Marktgemeinde Garmisch-Partenkirchen klar zur Fortführung des Festivals und dazu, die Finanzierung des Festivals über 2017 hinaus zu sichern.

Die Presse

Rudolf Bibl, der Maestro der Volksoper, ist tot

2273 Vorstellungen hat der Wiener Dirigent im Haus am Gürtel geleitet. Er starb 87-jährig in Frankreich.

Musik Heute

Volles Haus beim Familientag der Elbphilharmonie

Zum Abschluss ihres knapp dreiwöchigen Eröffnungsfestivals hat die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie am Sonntag einen Familientag veranstaltet. Zu Konzerten, Workshops und einer “Klangsafari” kamen rund 7.000 Gäste, wie das Haus mitteilte. Die kostenfreien Tickets waren bereits früh vergeben.

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Royal Northern Sinfonia @RNSinfonia We’re featured in @‘s list of the best classical concerts this week! @ bit.ly/2jJnTwQ / bit.ly/2jMPI4Q

Music History @today_classical  in 1774 Death of Bohemian and violist Frantisek

Musik Heute @Musik_Heute Jubel für afghanisches Frauenorchester “Zohra” in Berlin

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Photograph: The Grange Festival

(Written on January 30, 2017 )

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, The Times reports on new atypical concert venues and Marin Alsop gives a conducting a masterclass on “Beating time”. Also, the Symphony Orchestra of the Tchaikovsky Music Academy Kiev will play in Berlin thanks to a crowdfunding campaign and an interview in El Mundo with the Berliner Staatsballet’s director Nacho Duato.

The Times

Chamber music of a new kind under bridge

A cavernous chamber in one of the piers of Tower Bridge is to become the latest extreme music venue as the public increasingly seek alternatives to predictable concert halls.

Daily Mail

Bach to basics: Pupils to get Classic FM in the classroom but critics say schools are ‘papering over the cracks’ in music cuts

Some 100 works by great composers will be piped into primary schools to help children learn about classical music – a scheme critics say is merely ‘papering over the cracks’ of poor music education.

The Strad

Insurance worker convicted of stealing £300,000 viola from a London train

London Symphony Orchestra principal violist Edward Vanderspar had accidently left his instrument on the train

Classic FM

Marin Alsop’s Classic FM Conducting Masterclass: Beating time

This week Marin tackles one of the most fundamental skills for a conductor – beating time, from the fairly common 4/4 time to music with 5 beats in every bar (we’re looking at you, Bernstein) or even just 1.

Scotsman

Lang Lang, classical music’s piano-playing rock star

He’s the the world’s most famous pianist, yet 
Lang Lang’s flamboyant style has divided critics. Now Edinburgh audiences will have their chance to see classical music’s rock star in action

Berliner Zeitung

Dank Crowdfunding aus dem Krieg nach Berlin

Eine Crowdfunding-Kampagne ermöglichte es dem Kiewer Jugendsymphonieorchester doch noch die Teilnahme an dem Festival Young Euro Classic.

BR Klassik

Max Greger ist tot

Metzger sollte er werden und wurde Saxofonist. In den 60ern bespielte er die Wiesn, versöhnte Jazz und Blasmusik. Bis zuletzt stand er auf der Bühne, oft gemeinsam mit Sohn Max und Enkel Max: “Ein Künstler ist nicht da, um abzutreten, sondern aufzutreten”. Jetzt ist Max Greger tot.

Neue Musikzeitung

Wiederentdeckung eines Opernjuwels – Nicola Porporas Oper „Il Germanico“

Mit einer Rarität warteten die 39. Innsbrucker Festwochen auf. Erstmals seit der Urauffüh­rung 1732 brachten sie die Oper „Il Germanico“ von Nicola Porpora auf die Bühne.

The New York Times

John Scott, Organist and Choirmaster, Dies at 59

John Scott, an esteemed organist and choirmaster who held prestigious posts in London and New York, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 59.

El Mundo

Nacho Duato: ‘Echo de menos que el público español vea mis ballets’

El coreógrafo vuelve a España como director del Staatsballett Berlin. El Teatro Real estrena temporada en septiembre con su versión de La bella durmiente, el emblemático clásico de Petipa y Tchaikovsky de 1890

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Anneleen Lenaerts: dadelijk bij Radio 1 “De Ochtend”

SPIEGEL Kultur: Eröffnung der Ruhrtriennale: Ein Rebell ohne Chance…
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Photo credit: Olmo Calvo

(Written on August 17, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, interview with Colin Currie in the Guardian, violin maker Edward Campbell dies aged 89 and new LA orchestra is formed for pre-professionals. Also, James Horner score is discovered for Magnificent Seven remake.

The Guardian

Facing the music: Colin Currie

From Harrison Birtwistle to the Kinks musical and drunken Talking Heads renditions, percussionist Colin Currie reveals his musical passions

The Strad

US violin maker Edward Campbell dies aged 89

US violin maker Edward Campbell died on 18 July at the age of 89.

Los Angeles to gain Young Artists Symphony Orchestra

A new orchestra for pre-professional musicians has been formed in Los Angeles.

Classical Music Magazine

Berklee report finds that artists lose out from recordings

Artists earn as little as 5% of the revenue their recordings make and up to 50% of payments do not get to their rightful owners, according to a report from Berklee College of Music’s Rethink project.

Classic FM

Director discovers secret film score for Magnificent Seven remake – after composer’s death

There’s a bittersweet epilogue to James Horner’s tragic death last month: the Titanic composer had apparently been planning to surprise director Antoine Fuqua with film score he wrote in secret.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Boygroup der Klassik

Das Ensemble Quatuor Ebène ist Stargast der Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Ein Gespräch über intime Säle, die neue Lust am Zuhören und Publikumsreaktionen in aller Welt.

Streit um Finanzierung sorgt für Irritation

Die Stadt Weimar will ab 2017 die Zuschüsse für die Klassik Stiftung deutlich reduzieren. Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters kritisiert diese Absicht.

Klassik Akzent

Brückenbauer – Daniel Hope wird mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis für Musik 2015 ausgezeichnet

Für sein musikalisches Engagement wird der britische Violinist Daniel Hope am 2. Oktober 2015 mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis für Musik 2015 in der Dresdner Frauenkirche geehrt.

The Washington Post

Young players bolstered by pros in last classical performance at Castleton

The Castleton Festival struggles on in Rappahannock County, a year after the death of its founder, Lorin Maazel. The programming is sharply reduced, with jazz taking over from classical music for the final two weeks, and all performances open with pleas for donations.

Classicalite

Marin Alsop to Conduct Cuba’s Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional for Havana’s 500th Anniversary

Perhaps this is one more piece of evidence to support the mended relationship between the United States and Cuba. Marin Alsop, music director of both the Baltimore and São Paulo Symphony Orchestras, will conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba in celebration of Havana’s quincentenary.

Tweets

Tête à Tête @teteateteopera: fantastic opening crowds inside & out @theplacelondon

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Ant-Man scores small – but notable – victory at UK box office

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: Leonardo da Vinci’s design for the viola organista has finally been realised:

James Horner
James Horner’s epilogue
Photo: Classic FM

(Written on July 22, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news we read the reaction to the announcement of the BBC Proms 2015 season. While some focus on the best Proms to attend others look to the newer additions to the programme – mainly Radio 1’s ‘dance night’,  DJ Pete Tong and Radio 1Xtra. The Times’ Richard Morrison comments ‘Britain has enough pop festivals. The Proms must celebrate classical music’. Also, Ivan Hewett interviews singing group I Fagiolono about their plans to revive the madrigals of ‘murderer-composer’ Carlo Gesualdo.

Guardian

The BBC Proms go clubbing: 2015 lineup includes Ibiza dance night

A Radio 1 dance night and a Sherlock Holmes celebration are among the more unusual proms in the 92-concert season – which feature more matinees this year and put the piano centre stage

Telegraph

Why we’re bringing back the ‘murderer-composer’, Carlo Gesualdo

Singing group, I Fagiolini, tell Ivan Hewett about their plans to revive the Renaissance madrigals of the Italian more famous for his private life than his music

Independent

BBC Proms 2015: Ibiza club classics set to raise the roof (and eyebrows)

DJ Pete Tong is bringing the Proms into the 21st century with orchestral renditions of dance hits – and the Radio 1Xtra will stage a “grime symphony”

The Times

13 best Proms to book

From Attenborough to Yo-Yo, from Alsop to Vänskä, the 2015 BBC Proms season has now been officially announced.

Richard Morrison: ‘Britain has enough pop festivals. The Proms must celebrate classical music’

The music and performers chosen for this summer’s 92 concerts will be discussed and dissected in a way that no other concert series is

Die Zeit

Chris Dercon tritt Castorf-Nachfolge an

Der ehemalige Leiter des Hauses der Kunst wird neuer Intendant der Volksbühne in Berlin. Theatermacher fürchten wegen der Personalie den Ausverkauf des Traditionshauses.

Der Tagesspiegel

Marek Janowski verlässt das Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

“Es ist klug, jetzt einen Wechsel einzuleiten”: Chefdirigent Marek Janowski verlässt nach 14 Jahren das Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin zum Sommer 2016 – und verzichtet auf die angebotene Vertragsverlängerung.

pizzicato

Wiesbadener Generalmusikdirektor gibt Posten vorzeitig auf

Der ungarische Dirigent Zsolt Hamar (*1968) beendet seinen bis 2017 laufenden Vertrag als Generalmusikdirektor im Staatstheater Wiesbaden bereits Mitte 2016.

KulturPort

Streiks des Staatsballetts Berlin völlig unverständlich

Der Deutsche Bühnenverein fordert die Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft ver.di auf, von weiteren Streiks des Staatsballetts Berlin Abstand zu nehmen.

Le Parisien

L’Opéra de Lille veut s'”ouvrir encore plus” lors de la prochaine saison

L’opéra de Lille veut toucher toujours plus de nouveaux publics lors de la saison 2015-16, avec sept opéras programmés.

Twitter

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic: In the run up to the #generalelection, @chargard2 looks at UK parties’ pledges for the arts http://bit.ly/1IPFo2i 

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: Watch one of the world’s greatest pianists play our silly, pink toy piano: http://classfm.co/XjGBWW  @houghhough

Spitalfields Music ‏@SpitsMusic: Love #classical? Next week @WiltonMusicHall tell the story of Debussy’s first great love with poetry, music and opera http://ow.ly/LQjGM 

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(Written on April 24, 2015 )