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In today’s news: Bryn Terfel has pulled out of the Met Opera’s production of Tosca due to vocal fatigue, Composer Alexis Ffrench’s approach to condensing compositions into three-and-a-half-minute tracks to make them more accessible and a requiem, composed by survivors of the Cambodian genocide. In addition, German musical instrument sector at its peak and a piano world record in Bosnia as symbol of unity.

The Telegraph

Composer Alexis Ffrench on why classical music can be as mainstream as pop

Through songs such as Bluebird and Radiate, Ffrench is attempting to break the preconceptions of classical music by condensing these kind of compositions into digestible three-and-a-half-minute tracks that feature recognisable song structures reminiscent of any modern day pop track.

BBC

Bryn Terfel is the latest star to quit Tosca

Bryn Terfel has pulled out of the Met Opera’s production of Tosca, to take “enforced rest due to vocal fatigue”.

Gwyneth Goes to Broadway

Hollywood star is the co-prodocer of a new musical based on the hit New Wave girl group The Go-Go’s.

Rhinegold

Wigmore Hall to celebrate learning programme with two-week festival

Inspired by Shakespeare’s take on the seven phases of life, the festival will celebrate Wigmore Hall’s ongoing community work, which encompasses projects for people of all ages.

Pitchfork

Why you should listen to John Fahey’s Christmas music

This isn’t a Christmas trifle; it’s a Christian’s prayer for a merciful exit, or at least a restart.

The Independent

Christoph Waltz moves from Tarantino to Verdi as an opera director

The Oscar-winning star of ‘Inglourious Basterds’ and ‘Django Unchained’ is directing a new production of Verdi’s ‘Falstaff’ for Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp, Belgium, and says, for him, film and opera aren’t so different.

The New York Times

Genocide Survivors Compose a Requiem for Cambodia

Rithy Panh, a survivor of the Cambodian genocide under the Khmer Rouge, takes issue with the philosopher Theodor Adorno’s famous claim that to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.

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Deutsche Musikinstrumentenbranche mit Rekordumsätzen

Laut einem Bericht der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft  des deutschen Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie lag 2016 der Umsatz bei der Herstellung von Musikinstrumenten im betrachteten Zeitraum seit 2010 so hoch wie noch nie. Gleiches gilt für den Umsatz mit Musikinstrumenten im Einzelhandel.

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20 Hände auf einem Klavier: ein Weltrekord in Bosnien

Die musikalische Aktion sollte ein Zeichen für die Einheit in dem gespaltenem Land setzen.

Musik Heute

Hindemith-Preis für Italienerin Clara Iannotta

Die italienische Komponistin Clara Iannotta erhält den Hindemith-Preis des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals. Das teilten die Veranstalter am Mittwoch mit.

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L’édition 2018 du Festival Présences sera consacrée au compositeur Thierry Escaich

Du 6 au 11 février 2018, le Festival Présences dressera le portrait du compositeur et organiste Thierry Escaich.

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Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics “Silenced and forgotten owing to his tragic fate, his beautiful and unique works remain a reflection of turbulent times and a testimony to his personal tragedy.” ‘Silenced’ by Orsolya Korcsolán is her approach to the tragic story of composer Sándor Kuti:

Hallé Orchestra @the_halle December 14th 1941: Paper rationing and blackout regulations during the Second World War meant a tiny programme and a 2.30pm start for this Malcolm Sargent concert at the Manchester Opera House.

Image: © Kulturradio rbb/Samir Yordamovic

(Written on December 14, 2017 )

In today’s news, Birmingham Conservatoire is granted Royal title, and its Principal Julian Lloyd Webber criticises the government for not valuing music. New musical for children called “Wemmicks”, Sachsen-Anhalt celebrates “Day of Singing” on September 29, and the Metropolitan Opera begins its new season.

Music Teacher

Birmingham Conservatoire granted Royal title

Birmingham Conservatoire’s new £57m home opens its doors to students today (25 September) with the news that the institution has been granted a royal title by Her Majesty the Queen.

Choir and Organ

New resources for A Choir in Every Care Home

Live Music Now has relaunched A Choir in Every Care Home with a new set of free resources. Videos and tool-kits to help more care homes and musicians to perform more, higher quality singing are available online.

The Guardian

Playlist of the Lambs: psychopaths prefer rap over classical music, study shows

Researchers studying people’s musical preferences have found that psychopaths prefer listening to rap music and, contrary to the movie trope epitomised by Anthony Hopkins’s Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, they are no fonder of classical music than anyone else.

The New York Times

‘Pretty Woman’ as a Broadway Musical? Get Ready

“Pretty Woman,” the film that made a star of Julia Roberts, is being adapted into a stage musical, with songs co-written by Bryan Adams, and is aiming to open on Broadway next fall after a spring run in Chicago.

The Telegraph

Julian Lloyd Webber interview: ‘Why don’t the government value music?’

The cellist tells Ivan Hewett about his fight for music in schools, being confused with his brother Andrew, and the injury that ended his performing career.

The Strad

Flying high: an El Sistema inspired music education programme in China

Inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, China’s Wings of Music aims to bring dignity and self-belief to some of the country’s most deprived children.

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Small Greek island to host first Young Artist Opera and Oratorio Competition

The first-ever annual Young Artist Opera and Oratorio Competition will take place in July 2018 at the Apollo Theatre on the Island of Syros, Greece.

Berliner Morgenpost

Kinder-Musical erzählt Geschichte der “Wemmicks”

Der Filmmusik-Student Ephraim Peise bringt seine Abschlussarbeit auf die Bühne. Finanziert hat er das Projekt mit privaten Geldgebern.

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Musikalische Entdeckungsreise

Am 29. September, dem Tag des Singens, feiern Kinder in ganz Sachsen-Anhalt das gemeinsame Musizieren. Für viele wird es ein Tag voller neuer klanglicher Eindrücke

Musik Heute

New Yorker “Met” eröffnet Saison mit “Norma”

Mit Vincenzo Bellinis “Norma” ist die New Yorker Metropolitan Opera am Montagabend (Ortszeit) in die neue Saison gestartet.

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Music History   in 1835 FP of ‘s Lucia di Lammermoor, at the Teatro San Carlos in Naples.

Image: Birmingham Conservatoire

(Written on September 26, 2017 )

In today’s news: Spain’s Valencia Orchestra announce new local chief conductor, and how to make the most of one hour’s practice. Music director Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla gives guest performance in Ingolstadt, and Blomstedt’s 90th birthday. Las Vegas Philharmonic starts selling flex pass, and James Levine replaces Nelsons at the Met.

The Telegraph

Lesley Garret: for 20 years, HRT has been my secret weapon

We now live in a world where experienced women are running countries and captains of industry. So where are they in opera?

Classical Music Magazine

Shortlisted architects for purposed Centre for Music announced

The architects selected to develop a concept design for London’s proposed Centre for Music have been revealed.

The Violin Channel

Spain’s Valencia Orchestra Announce New Local Chief Conductor

The Valencia Orchestra has announced the appointment of Spanish conductor Ramon Tebar as their new Chief Conductor.

The Strad

Making the most of one hour of practice

The Strad’s panel of experts answer your string teaching questions for the Teacher Talk series.

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Fröhlicher Schlachtenlärm

Die 31-jährige litauische Dirigentin Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla ist seit September 2016 Musikdirektorin des City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – nun gastierte sie mit diesem in Ingolstadt.

Concerti

Bach, Bruckner, Blomstedt

Happy Birthday! Herbert Blomstedt feiert heute seinen 90. Geburtstag.

NMZ

Opernsanierung: CDU, Grüne und FDP fordern Abwahl der Kölner Kulturdezernentin

In Köln wollen CDU, Grüne und FDP die Abberufung der parteilosen Kulturdezernentin Susanne Laugwitz-Aulbach (56) erreichen.

Broadway World

Las Vegas Philharmonic Offers Flex Pass

The Las Vegas Philharmonic will start selling its FLEX PASS to patrons on Monday, July 17, 2017.

New York Times

James Levine to Replace Andris Nelsons in the Met’s New ‘Tosca’

Its star soprano and tenor dropped out. Now the Metropolitan Opera’s hotly anticipated new production of Puccini’s “Tosca,” planned for next season, is losing its star conductor — and replacing him with a familiar baton.

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  Unser nächster Livestream! Morgen Abend spielt das unter die Symphonie Nr. 8 von

Herbert Blomstedt © Martin Lengemann

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(Written on July 11, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: applications open for third Institute for Women Conductors residency. To boo or not to boo? Royal Opera music chief defends vocal crowds, and The New Viral #MaskOffChallenge Turns Future’s Rap Into Masterful Classical Music. Young Euro Classic this year to include cinematic music, Spotify permits a payment for new albums, and Leipzig is to name a square in honour of the Gewandhausorchester Kapellmeister Kurt Masur. Cellist forced to leave American Airlines flight as his instrument poses ‘safety risk’ and Renée Fleming – “Rosenkavalier” may well be her farewell to staged opera.

Classical Music Magazine

Applications open for third Institute for Women Conductors residency

Women conductors from around the world are invited to apply for the third residency of the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors (IWC), which will run 6-18 November 2017 at Dallas Opera.

TIME

The New Viral #MaskOffChallenge Turns Future’s Rap Into Masterful Classical Music

In the challenge, musicians cover the rap track with live classical renditions of their own, masterfully playing everything from flutes to violins, saxophones, cellos, and trombones.

The Guardian

To boo or not to boo? Royal Opera music chief defends vocal crowds

To boo or not to boo at the opera? The Royal Opera House would rather audiences did not but its music director, Sir Antonio Pappano, believes there is an exception.
Financial Times

How the music industry came back to life

Music was among the first industries to be digitally disrupted and music labels were badly hurt. So their recovery in developed markets (piracy remains widespread elsewhere) has useful lessons for others.

The Violin Channel

Thomastik Announce Launch of New Solo Cello Strings

Thomastik-Infeld Vienna has announced at the Messe Frankfurt musical trade fair, in Germany, the launch of the new Versum Solo Cello A & D strings

Der Tagesspiegel

Jugendorchester im Konzerthaus

Young Euro Classic diesmal mit Filmmusik

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Notfalls dirigiert Barenboim auf einer Baustelle

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Spotify – Neue Alben werden erstmal kostenpflichtig

Der Streaming-Marktführer Spotify hat dem jahrelangen Druck der Musikbranche nachgegeben und lässt zu, dass neue Alben zunächst nur in der kostenpflichtigen Premium-Version verfügbar sein werden.

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Leipzig soll einen Kurt-Masur-Platz erhalten

Ehrung für den ehemaligen Gewandhaus-Kapellmeister

The New York Times

The Diva Departs: Renée Fleming’s Farewell to Opera

For Renée Fleming, the superstar soprano who will sing the Marschallin at the Met, and for music, this really is the end of an era: This “Rosenkavalier” may well be her farewell to staged opera

The Strad

Cellist forced to leave American Airlines flight as his instrument poses ‘safety risk’

John Kaboff had boarded the flight from Washington DC to Chicago when the pilot asked that he leave the 737 aircraft, he says.

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BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Lauter neue Komponisten: Der Chor des BR stellt das Programm der Konzertsaison 2017/18 vor

klassik.com @klassikcom Große des Wiener Stephansdoms wird restauriert

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(Written on April 6, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: 12-year-old schoolboy wins university music scholarship, Music Director of the Flagstaff Symphony announced, Doris Day turns 95 –  two years too early, missing part of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony was found, 13 classical music movies to see, Simon Russell Beale interview, Castelucci staged Bach’s Matthaeus-Passion, Twitter campaign about classical music and New York Philharmonic changed with new director?

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Karajan Fellow Named Music Director Of The Flagstaff Symphony

The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (Arizona. U.S.) has announced the appointment of Charles Latshaw as the new Music Director, from 1 July.

The Guardian

‘Age is just a number’: Doris Day turns 95 – two years earlier than planned

Doris Day turns 95 on Monday – something that came as a surprise even to her, as she had until this weekend believed herself to be about to turn 93.

Classicfm

Musicologists have found a missing part of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony

A chance find in a Vienna apartment has uncovered a crucial fragment of Schubert’s score, and an orchestral recording of the now-complete score for the third movement has been made.

The Telegraph

Oxford’s youngest organist: 12-year-old schoolboy wins university music scholarship

A 12-year-old boy has become the youngest person to play the organ for an Oxford University college after winning a musical scholarship.

Cmuse

13 Best Classical Music Movies

Movie inspires us, entertains us and convinces us about the subjects that are important in our life. The classical music has always been an important part of the movie for decades.

Broadwayworld

Simon Russell Beale Talks Classical Music and “The Soldier’s Tale”

Alongside a lauded acting career – he will reprise his Prospero when the RSC’s The Tempest comes to the Barbican this summer – Simon Russell Beale has retained his passion for classical music, through projects like BBC series Sacred Music.

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Im Zeichen des Thomaners

Er darf in der Osterzeit nicht fehlen: Theaterkünstler Romeo Castellucci inszeniert J.S. Bachs Matthäus-Passion. Die musikalische Leitung übernimmt Kent Nagano

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Mendelssohn-Manuskript in Zürich versteigert

Handschrift wurde für 180.000 Schweizer Franken verkauft

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175. Geburtstag mit Coup: New Yorker Philharmoniker mit neuer Chefin

Zum 175. Geburtstag plagt sich das renommierte Orchester allerdings mit Problemen. Bringt die neue Chefin die Wende?

The New York Times

Peak Performances Devotes Season to Works by Women

When Kaija Saariaho’s “L’Amour de Loin” opened at the Metropolitan Opera in December, it was the first opera by a woman to be performed at the Met in 113 years.

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5 Questions About #HearAllComposers

On March 14, 2017, Irish composers Amanda Feery, Emma O’Halloran, and Finola Merivale started a tweet storm aimed at ensembles and music organizations in Ireland for the lack of gender, racial, and socio-economic diversity on their concert programs.

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Music History today_classical in 1871 FP in US of ‘s ópera Lohengrin in NYC.

Manuskript von Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, © Koller Auktionen

(Written on April 3, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, members of Royal Albert Hall have been criticised by reselling unwanted tickets using sites such as Viagogo and StubHub for a profit, instead of returning the tickets to the hall’s official ticket system. Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020 and New York’s Metropolitan Opera has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito. Germany saw music sales increase over 2% last year, with vinyls and paid streaming being the largest contributors.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Albert Hall members criticised for reselling tickets

Royal Albert Hall members have been criticised by a former president for reselling tickets outside of the hall’s official ticket return system.

Opera Now Magazine

Vienna State Opera appoints new boss

Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020. Roscic, a senior executive in the recording industry, was considered an outsider for one of opera’s most coveted positions since he has no experience of running an opera house.

Met cancels Bieito production

In what has been described as a ‘cost-cutting measure’, New York’s Metropolitan Opera has announced that it has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito.

Opera by 11-year-old receives ovation in Vienna

An 11-year-old British composer Alma Deutscher has received a standing ovation in Vienna for the premiere of her opera, Cinderella.

The New York Times

100 Years of New York Philharmonic Milestones, by the Earful

It was 100 years ago this Friday — on Jan. 20, 1917 — that the New York Philharmonic cut its first record.

The Washington Post

American music for an inaugural week

The National Symphony Orchestra is getting better at connecting to the world outside its doors. On Thursday night, the day before the inauguration, Gianandrea Noseda, its music director designate, led an all-American, presidentially focused program, including Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” and suites from John Williams’s scores to “Lincoln” and “JFK.”

Klassik.com

US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters gestorben

Die US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters ist tot. Nach Angaben ihrer Familie starb die Sängerin im Alter von 86 Jahren an den Folgen einer Parkinson-Erkrankung.

Musik Heute

Ádám Fischer wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper

Der ungarische Dirigent Ádám Fischer (67) wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper. Das teilte das Haus am Donnerstag mit. Die Ernennung soll am 26. Januar nach einer Aufführung von Mozarts “Don Giovanni” erfolgen.

Musikexpress

Vinyl-Umsatz steigt auch in Deutschland auf höchsten Wert seit 25 Jahren

Der deutsche Musikmarkt ist im vergangenen Jahr um über zwei Prozent gewachsen. Vor allem bezahltes Musikstreaming (+73%) und Vinylverkäufe (+41%) konnten zulegen, während für CDs (-9,6%) und Downloads (-19,4%) im Jahr 2016 weniger Geld ausgeben wurde als im Vorjahr.

Neue Musikzeitung

Generationswechsel bei Breitkopf & Härtel

Lieselotte Sievers, geschäftsführende Gesellschafterin, hat die Geschäftsführung des Musikverlages Breitkopf & Härtel an Sebastian Mohr und Nick Pfefferkorn übergeben

Le Figaro

Investiture de Donald Trump: comment les stars américaines lui ont tourné le dos

Douche froide pour le nouveau président américain. Il imaginait son arrivée sur les marches du Capitole comme une intronisation à paillettes, avec stars à gogo et tubes à sa (dé)mesure… Le magnat de l’immobilier a vite déchanté. Retour sur la très laborieuse organisation de cette cérémonie.

France musique

La programmation du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2017 dévoilée

Sur son site internet, le Festival d’Aix-en-Provence a publié le programme de sa prochaine édition. Et cette année encore, création mondiale, Mozart, et de grands noms du monde lyrique s’y croiseront.

El Mundo

Más de cien Grammys para el ADDA

Claro y conciso, el presidente de la Diputación de Alicante, César Sánchez, resaltó esta cifra durante la presentación de la programación estival del Adda y de la temporada sinfónica 2017-2018 en la feria Fitur de Madrid.

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Music History @today_classical  in 2014 Death of Italian Claudio in Milan.

Music History @today_classical  in 1855 Birth of French Amedee-Ernest

BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Die Stimme von ist zurück! Gestern in “Lohengrin” an der . Freude und Applaus!

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Photo: New York MET Opera/ Rhinegold

(Written on January 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Villazon to be directing opera in Düsseldorf, Rheinsberg music academy to celebrate 25th anniversary and ENO to win Oliver for “outstanding achievement in opera”. Also, “Panama Papers” accuse Russian Cellist and artistic director of Petersburg’s House of Music concert hall.

Der Westen

Villazon inszeniert, Schläpfer pausiert

Junges Publikum wollen alle. Der Rheinoper gelingt der Spagat zwischen traditionellen Opernfans und Youngstern, dem Publikum von morgen

NMZ

Operndirektorin aus Stuttgart wechselt zur Nationaloper in Straßburg

Vom Neckar an den Rhein: Die Vize-Chefin der Oper Stuttgart, Eva Kleinitz, wechselt als Generalintendantin an die Nationaloper in Straßburg

Märkische Allgemeine

Musikakademie lässt die Korken knallen

Mit einem Festakt im Schlosstheater haben Begründer, Mitstreiter und Wegbegleiter am Sonnabend das 25-jährige Bestehen der Rheinsberger Musikakademie begangen

Classic FM

English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra win ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’ at Olivier Awards

The win comes just days after the company’s music director has announced that he will be standing down

The Strad

Russian cellist accused of money laundering scheme with Vladimir Putin

Leaked ‘Panama Papers’ suggest Sergei Roldugin, artistic director of St Petersburg’s House of Music concert hall, profited from suspicious deals

Chicago Classical Review

Student protesters try to disrupt CSO concert

A group of around a hundred student protestors rushed into Symphony Center Saturday night in an unsuccessful attempt to disrupt the evening’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert

ABC News

Kathleen Battle to Return to the Metropolitan Opera

Kathleen Battle is returning to the Metropolitan Opera, 22 years after the company fired her and publicly accused her of “unprofessional actions”

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Manuel Brug We’re not in Wuppertal anymore! Big -collages are now world culture heritage. Thank you !

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CLASSICALITE Francisco’s Cypress String Quartet have taken on ‘s string quartet arrangements in its entirety

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(Written on April 5, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, soprano Marlis Petersen says goodbye to Lulu, Jimi Hendrix forms double act with Handel at London museum & pianist Seong-Jin Cho is the newest classical music icon in Korea. Also, Stephen Kovacevich reveals how he ‘attuned to the dark side of life’

The Guardian

Jimi Hendrix forms double act with Handel at London museum

The guitarist’s restored 1960s flat will open to visitors next spring in a building adjoining the 18th-century composer’s former home

Telegraph

Stephen Kovacevich: ‘I’ve attuned to the dark side of life’

It may seem a surprising remark from this apparently otherworldly man, but it’s all of a piece with his labours every day at the piano

The Strad

Joshua Bell on performing and directing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto for the first time

The star soloist and Academy of St Martin in the Fields music director will perform and direct the work with the ensemble in London in November

New York Times

Classical Music This Week: The Met and the Mets, Female Conductors and Schiff’s Pedal

With the World Series starting tonight, the Metropolitan Opera got in on the action: Mr. Met, the team’s mascot, led members of the company’s orchestra and chorus in “Meet the Mets” this morning

The Nation

Pianist Cho, Korea’s newest classical music icon

SEOUL – Seong-Jin Cho, the winner of the Chopin piano competition, is a new classical music icon in Korea, setting recording history even before the release of his first solo album

nmz

Psychoaktive Klangsubstanzen

Offenbar sind wir in der Lage, im Gemenge der auf uns einströmenden Schallwellen winzige Details wiederzuerkennen, unser Gehör im Nu „scharf“ auf sie einzustellen und so einen musikalischen Komplex zu isolieren, der „eigentlich“ doch gar nicht hörbar sein dürfte. Wie gelingt uns das?

Klassik.com

Ehrenpreis der Deutschen Musical Akademie für Peter Weck

Der österreichische Autor, Produzent frühere Intendant der Vereinigten Bühnen Wien, Peter Weck, ist mit dem Ehrenpreis der Deutschen Musical Akademie ausgezeichnet worden. Weck wurde damit für seine herausragenden Leistungen im Musical-Bereich gewürdigt

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Roberto Minczuk gibt künstlerische Leitung des Brasilianischen Symphonieorchesters ab

Der umstrittene Dirigent Roberto Minczuk hat nach monatelangen Querelen den Posten des Künstlerischen Leiters beim Brasilianischen Symphonieorchester aufgegeben, bleibt aber Chefdirigent

The New York Times

Soprano Marlis Petersen Is Saying Goodbye to Lulu

Quitting while ahead is never easy, but walking away while on top is truly rare. So it was startling to hear Marlis Petersen, the German soprano who reigns in the daunting title role of Berg’s “Lulu”

South China Morning Post

Bassist prejudice: Hong Kong’s MTR eases ban on cellos, larger musical instruments still not allowed

Trial scheme allows for registered instruments to be carried aboard, but larger guzheng and double bass will remain banned from trains

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Sinfini MusicShould bobbing your head in time be allowed at classical concerts? What about clapping between movements? Coughing?

BBC Music MagazineVery sad to hear of the death of organ builder Peter Collins. An incredible craftsman and a wonderful man.

Classic FM9 problems only music teachers will understand:

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Hendrix rented the attic flat at 23 Brook Street, in the centre, long after Handel lived next door. The two buildings have since been knocked together. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA/The Guardian

(Written on October 28, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news: Warner Classics is about to issue a two-CD tribute to Jon Vickers, and Plácido Domingo withdraws from conducting & needs to undergo surgery. Also, Klassik Akzente celebrates 330 years of Johann Sebastian Bach this year and FAZ interviews Igor Levit

The Guardian

Classical music isn’t a secret society unless we allow it to be

It doesn’t matter if you weren’t brought up with it or don’t know how to pronounce the composers’ names – I wasn’t, I can’t, and it still lets me in

Classic FM

Rare and revealing Mozart letter fetches $217k at auction

A letter written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has been sold at auction for a whopping $217,000

Classical Music Magazine

Warner Classics to issue tribute to Jon Vickers

Warner Classics is to issue a two-CD tribute to Jon Vickers, the heldentenor who died in July, which will include previously unreleased material collected by documentary maker Jon Tolansky

Evening Standard

Sergei Prokofiev ‘would have supported bringing classical music to younger audiences’

The grandson of Sergei Prokofiev today told how the composer would have been right behind a season of classical music rebooted to appeal to younger audiences

Classical Source

Plácido Domingo withdraws from conducting Met Tosca

Plácido Domingo was hospitalised on Tuesday, suffering from acute cholecystitis. The Metropolitan Opera, where he was to conduct the first-night of Tosca this evening, announced that Domingo will undergo surgery to remove his gallbladder

Klassik Akzente

330. Geburtstag – Johann Sebastian Bach lebt!

In diesem Jahr begehen wir den 330. Geburtstag von Johann Sebastian Bach, des vielleicht größten Komponisten aller Zeiten. Sein Werk lebt. Das demonstrieren jetzt vier exquisite Neu-Veröffentlichungen

FAZ

Aufstehen, fertig, das Leben geht weiter

Igor Levit ist einer der besten Pianisten der Gegenwart. Ein Gespräch über Bach, Beethoven und die Frage, ob Musik die Welt verändern soll

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Pianist Dmitri Teterin Died, Aged 44

Russian Pianist Dmitri Teterin, born in Moscow in 1971, has died on October 18 at the age of 44. Teterin studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and also at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He won many international competitions

Classicalite

Grigory Sokolov, Norman Lebrecht Feud: Pianist Refuses Cremona Award Over Slipped Disc Post

In the capricious world of award ceremonies, occasionally, a winner will refuse an award for, um, “personal reasons.” Fewer still so suspiciously as reclusive Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov, who recently refused the 2015 Cremona Music Award in what appeared to be an act of spite

Swissinfo.ch

Lifetime achievement award for orchestra conductor

American conductor David Zinman has been awarded the prestigious Echo Klassik award for his achievements over two decades conducting the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. During his time the orchestra developed into one of the world’s finest

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MusicTech @MusicTechMag : Is the @prismsound Lyra interface now a quality audio interface for everyone to enjoy? http://bit.ly/1RjDHxX

KulturPort.De @kultur_port_de : #Kultur – Donaueschinger Musiktage im Zeichen des Aufbruchs http://tinyurl.com/orc4jor

Classical Diary @ClassicalDiary : Once and for all… OPERA TICKETS ARE NOT “EXPENSIVE”!! And here is proof: http://thepassacagliatest.com/2015/10/18/opera-tickets-are-not-expensive/#opera #rugby #london

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(Written on October 19, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the ENO announces Glenn Close as star in Sunset Boulevard, and ‘Happy Birthday’ is ruled out of copyright. Also, The Guardian reveals career tips for opera singers, and reports on Met director Bartlett Sher’s decision not to use blackface in his new production of Otello

BBC

‘Happy Birthday’ ruled out of copyright

The company collecting royalties to ‘Happy Birthday To You’ does not hold a valid copyright to the song, a US federal judge has ruled

The Telegraph

Glenn Close to make West End debut in Sunset Boulevard

English National Opera announces Glenn Close to star in semi-staged production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard

The Guardian

Career tips for opera singers

From selecting a teacher to cultivating your vocal strength, four opera singers offer some sound advice

The Guardian

Decision to scrap blackface from Otello not complicated, says Met director

Bartlett Sher says the cultural implications in the US made its use ‘completely unthinkable’ despite its persistence in performances of Verdi’s opera

Classic FM

Classic FM extends partnership with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

RLPO principal conductor Vasily Petrenko spoke to Classic FM’s Jane Jones backstage at the Royal Albert Hall about extending the partnership between the orchestra and the UK’s favourite classical music radio station.

klassik.com

Auszeichnung für soziales und kulturelles Engagement wird erstmals vergeben

Komponistenverband ehrt ehemaligen Bundesinnenminister Gerhart Baum

neuen musikzeitung

Musik-Dienst Deezer plant Börsengang

Der Musik-Streamingdienst Deezer setzt noch vor dem Marktführer Spotify zum Börsengang an.

Die Zeit

„Happy Birthday“ ist Allgemeingut

Ein US-Gericht hat klargestellt, dass das Urheberrecht an dem weltweit bekannten Geburtstagskind ungültig ist. Ein Musikkonzern hatte die Rechte seit 1988 beansprucht.

The New York Times

San Francisco Opera picks Matthew Shilvock, an insider, to be its leader

The San Francisco Opera mounted a 10-month international search to find a general director to succeed David Cockily when he steps down after this season.

Le Parisien

Chassol, la Martinique pour partition

Chez Chassol, pianiste inventif se promenant entre pop, jazz et musique concrète, la vidéo constitue la matière première dont il use pour composer une musique hypnotique et rendre hommage à ses origines martiniquaises.

Twitter

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_  :@BBCRadio3 to air the premiere live broadcast of @maxrichtermusic‘s SLEEP: http://bit.ly/1V8iZCd 

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic  :The latest #OperaStrip gives #Stravinsky‘s The Rake’s Progress the graphic novel treatment: http://bit.ly/1JzZhsU 

BBC Radio 3 ‏@BBCRadio3  :”…music is an illusion of a better world.” La Divina Maria Callas speaking in 1958: http://bbc.in/1Wfguk1 

News 23rd Sep

Lloyd Webber and Glenn Close rehearsing Sunset Boulevard for the Los Angeles and New York production of the show which went onto win 7 Tony awards/The Telegraph

 

(Written on September 23, 2015 )