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The Telegraph

Ben Gernon – New Music

Ivan Hewitt interviews Ben Gernon before he takes to the podium at the proms for the second time.

International Arts Manager

WOMEX 2014 award winners announced

The winners of WOMEX 2014 have been announced. Winners include Portuguese artist Mariza, Cape Verdian culture minister Mario Lúcio Sousa and German label Glitterbeat Records.

Merkur Online

Online-Konzertsaal für die Philharmoniker?

Die Münchner Philharmoniker brauchen einen „digitalen Konzertsaal“, fordert die SPD. Tatsächlich: Bei den Kollegen in Berlin kann man Konzerte längst auch im Internet anschauen. Doch lohnt sich eine Umrüstung vor der Generalsanierung des Gasteigs?

Musik Heute

Neue Saison Kino-Übertragungen aus der Metropolitan Opera New York startet im Oktober

In zehn Aufführungen, davon vier Neuproduktionen, präsentiere die preisgekrönte Reihe 2014/15 einen vielfältigen Querschnitt durch das Opernrepertoire, teilte der Vertrieb Clasart Classic am Mittwoch in München mit.

Klassik.com

Besucherrekord beim Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival

Insgesamt 153.000 Besucher bei Auslastung von rund 83 Prozent

Arts ATL

Breaking news: Spano, Runnicles express concern that ASO quality will be compromised

“The ASO is a jewel, which should not be lost or compromised, and the current conditions threaten that loss,“ Spano and Runnicles cautioned. “There are artistic lines that cannot and must not be cross.”

Philly.com

Icelanders, Laplanders and Turks, oh my!

Symphony orchestras draw great cachet from their geographical homes.

Pacific Standard

Music Lessons Enhance Brain Function in Disadvantaged Kids

Children from poor neighborhoods in Los Angeles who took regular music lessons for two years were able to distinguish similar speech sounds faster than their peers.

The New Yorker

The Classical Cloud

The pleasures and frustrations of listening online.

France Musique

Opéra de Paris: Stéphane Lissner a de grands projets

Le nouveau directeur de l’Opéra de Paris, Stéphane Lissner, voit grand: faire de cette maison “d’ici deux ou trois saisons le numéro un” sur la scène lyrique mondiale en attirant “les meilleurs chefs, les meilleurs chanteurs et les meilleurs metteurs en scène”.

 

Twitter:

Classic FM: @ClassicFM The 12 stages of practising a musical instrument: http://classfm.co/JEv4Zx

The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource News: @Philharmonia tours Latin America with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nelson Freire and Esther Yoo http://ow.ly/B3xgV

GoClassical: @GoClassicalUK #Gramophone Awards 2014 winners announced http://www.classicfm.com/concerts-events/gramophone-awards/news/2014-winners-full-list/ …

 

 

Foto: Tiplyashina Evgeniya Shutterstock

Foto: Tiplyashina Evgeniya Shutterstock

(Written on September 4, 2014 )

Classical News

The New York Times
Metropolitan Opera Clears Last Hurdle in Labor Talks
The Metropolitan Opera and the union representing its stage hands reached a contract deal early Wednesday morning.

The Guardian
Peter Maxwell Davies at 80: ‘The music knows things that I don’t’

Last year Peter Maxwell Davies was given six weeks to live. Despite ‘absolutely revolting’ chemotherapy and a blood clot that almost killed him, he went on to complete his 10th Symphony, and now he’s about to celebrate his 80th birthday

The Telegraph
The fear of performance that can lead us to ecstasy

Most of us need this form of nervous excitement, this whiff of danger, to be at our best

Daniel Barenboim: My orchestra is a political laboratory

As Daniel Barenboim brings his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to the Proms, he talks about the problems of the Middle East

The Times

If you want a bargain, avoid shops piping classical music

Having classical music on in the background turns people into less savvy shoppers, a study found, while pop makes us sharper at finding a bargain.

Kulturport.de
Festivalleitung zieht positive Bilanz nach außergewöhnlicher Ausgabe von Young Euro Classic 2014
Ein außergewöhnlicher Jahrgang des Festivals Young Euro Classic ist am Sonntag (17. August) in Berlin mit großem Erfolg zu Ende gegangen.

Classicalite.com
Italian Soprano, Puccini Star Licia Albanese Dies Aged 105
Licia Albanese, one of the great Italian sopranos of the 20th century, has died.

Symphony Space Announces New Artistic Director, Fulbright Scholar and Carnegie Hall Exec Andrew Byrne
The latest from Symphony Space comes to us via DotDotDotMusic, who is pleased to announce that Andrew Byrne will be hopping on as the new Artistic Director on September 15.

Twitter:

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Is the symphony orchestra doomed, or alive and well? – there have been robust comments from both sides: http://classfm.co/20oHm1

English National Opera: @E_N_O  How do you reinvent familiar repertoire? Conductor @TimMurray5 explains all: http://ow.ly/Awj7L

Telegraph Classical: @TeleClassical Why horn players are terrified of Richard Strauss http://fw.to/ijtOBxH

Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic  Great balance between hi-tech and art:@sfballet principal Maria Kochetkova (@balletrusse) on Ballet meeting Robotics: http://vimeo.com/96030980

Photo : Logan K. Young

Photo : Logan K. Young

(Written on August 20, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Drink and drug addictions ‘blighting lives of classical musicians’

Ahead of the Channel 4 documentary, Addicts Symphony, the Guardian and The Sunday Times have both written pieces to expose how some classical musicians deal with the stresses of anti-social hours and extreme pressure.

The Telegraph

Sir Andrew Davis: The returning hero

Sir Andrew Davis will be returning to the Proms this evening as conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The once chief conductor at the proms said that while he has held few posts, this being only his third orchestral position, he has held them all for a very long time.

Classic FM

Top conductor’s ‘symphony orchestras will be gone in 30 years’ claim stirs debate

Following Ivan Fischer’s article for The Times, orchestral professionals including Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras, have struck back that his comments may not have been relevant for British orchestras.

Classic FM

Game Of Thrones ‘opera’ to debut in New York

A New York opera company intends to take Game of Thrones as a theme for an opera in February 2015.

The New York Times

In Surprise Finale at Metropolitan Opera’s Labor Talks, Both Sides Agree to Cuts

It seems that the end of the Met Opera saga is in sight. The Metropolitan Opera and two of its unions agreed that to avoid the calamities that have silenced swaths of the classical music world, they would have to scale back. They are still awaiting talks with numerous other smaller unions.

Mitteldeutsche Zeitung

Stiftung Händel-Haus kauft frühe Händel-Notendrucke

Der Stiftung Händel-Haus ist der Ankauf einer Gruppe von frühen Händel-Notendrucken und -Büchern aus einem englischen Antiquariat gelungen. Unter anderem eine 1739 erschienene Erstausgabe von Händels „Ode for St. Cecilias’s Day“.

Berliner Zeitung

Die Kulturszene hat Angst vor der Amerikanisierung

Die Kulturszene fürchtet, dass durch das Freihandelsabkommen mit den USA die europäische Vielfalt der Musik und Filme, bei Büchern und in Theatern leidet. Eine Wissenschaftlerin warnt, sogar, dass das deutsche, „über 300 Jahre gewachsene Kulturmodell in Trümmern liegen“ werde.

Concerti

El Sistema auf Bayrisch

Ob singen, ein Instrument spielen oder jodeln: In der Bayrischen Philharmonie kann jeder alles lernen. Hauptsache er liebt Musik.

 

Twitter

London Symphony Orchestra: @LondonSymphony Very pleased to be back at @lsostlukes this morning (after a month of maintenance in the venue!) for rehearsals with Sir Antonio Pappano.

Cause4: @OfficialCause4 Today is @UN #WorldHumanitarianDay find out who our #HumanitarianHeroes are http://bit.ly/XwXtAJ

London Chamber Orch: @LCO_orchestra We’d love to tell you more about the LCO – if you see us with some flyers at the @bbcproms tonight, come and say hello!

Royal Albert Hall: @RoyalAlbertHall There are still tickets available for tonight’s Laura Mvula Prom – seats from £6.60 or stand as a Prommer for £5. http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/bbc-proms/prom45/default.aspx …

Music Teacher: @MusicTeacherMag The 2014 Britten Young Songwriter Competition is open! Part of @aldeburghmusic’s @fridayPMs project: http://ow.ly/AtwVa

 

 

 

 Photo: Rex Features

Photo: Rex Features

 

 

(Written on August 19, 2014 )

Classical News

The New York Times

New Deadline for Met Opera Negotiations: Sunday

The Metropolitan Opera, which has been threatening to lock out its workers if they do not agree to concessions, has set a new deadline for reaching an agreement with its unions: Sunday night, a little more than a month before the opera season is set to open.

Classic FM

Daniel Barenboim conducts Israeli/ Palestine peace concert

The Israeli-Argentinian conductor directed Israeli and Arab musicians in a concert on Sunday to promote peace in Gaza.

RYOT News

Watch a Renowned Violinist Play While Having Brain Surgery

Playing violin at the elite level that Roger Frisch has been doing all his life is no easy task. Doing so while undergoing brain surgery? Well that’s talent on a whole ‘nother level.

The Sydney Herald

Australian violinist recruited to work as Soviet spy

An Australian violinist was recruited by the KGB to work as a highly trained Soviet spy in Hong Kong and China, according to a just-released Russian intelligence archive.

Classic FM

Elton John and David Furnish to star in classical drama?

Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish are rumoured to be joining forces with True Blood creator Alan Ball for a new show on American channel HBO.

Classic FM

Arsenal player Santi Cazorla conducts a ‘choir’ of fans in video

Arsenal continues to build a reputation as the football club of classical music lovers following the posting of a Vine video in which midfielder Santi Cazorla is seen conducting a crowd of supporters in a chant.

Die Welt

Jetzt zwitschern sie schon aus dem Theater

Eine ganz schicke Idee: Theaterkritikschreiben während das Theater noch spielt. Hinten im Saal durfte die Kritik twittern. Warum man nicht alles machen muss, was man machen kann. Auch im Feuilleton.

La Croix

Jean-Sébastien Bach dans le Massif central

Pour son 15e anniversaire, le festival Bach en Combrailles se déroule du 11 au 16 août dans un site sauvage et protégé.

Le Monde

Paris: bataille de financements autour de la Philharmonie

La Philharmonie de Paris, futur temple de la musique symphonique conçu par l’architecte Jean Nouvel dans l’est de la capitale, en bordure du Parc de la Villette, doit être inaugurée en janvier 2015.

Twitter

Classical Music Agen: ‏@AClassicalMusic VC ‘Young Artist’ Violinist Charles Yang Walks Away From Horror Highway Accident http://ift.tt/XeuNwh  #classicalmusic

METOrchMusicians ‏@METOrchestra  RT @OrchCanada: “Musicians On Call” Bring Music for the Soul to Patients’ Beds: @artshealthca #classicalmusic http://reut.rs/1kErHfC

Classical Music‏: @ClassicalMusic8 The Kids Could Be Alright: Classical Music Should Appreciate Its Forefathers – Classicalite http://dlvr.it/6b6gcP

Tafelmusik: @Tafelmusik  Why does coughing occur at concerts? Thanks to @classical963FM for the post! http://ow.ly/A4471  #classicalmusic

 

met opera

New York Metropolitan Opera

Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

 

 

(Written on August 12, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

New York’s Metropolitan Opera lives to sing another day

Finally there may be a solution to the on-going Met Opera saga as they rope in an independent financial expert to impartially mediate between general manager and unions, and examine the situation thoroughly.

The Wall Street Journal

Metropolitan Opera Forecasts ‘Significantly Larger’ Deficit This Year

The Metropolitan Opera expects its deficit for the fiscal year to be “significantly larger”

The Guardian

Edinburgh festival director ends programme with work of his own

Jonathan Mills, director of the Edinburgh International Festival for the past eight years, will have one of his own works performed in this year’s festival. It will end his stint in charge of the festival.

The Telegraph

BBC Philharmonic to perform with Culture Club

As part of the ‘BBC Philharmonic Presents…. 2014’ line up, artists such as Culture Club and Clean Bandit will perform with the orchestra in radio broadcasts. These concerts are intended to ‘broaden the appeal of orchestral music’.

Health24 (via Musical Chairs)

Both pop and classical musos risk deafness

It turns out that those scathing looks to noisy brass players and  piccolos were well deserved, as this article suggests that professional musicians are 57% more likely to develop tinnitus and four times more likely to suffer from deafness than the general public.

Der Tagesspiegel

Staatsbibliothek Berlin bekommt Nachlass von Fischer-Dieskau

Zwei Jahre nach dem Tod von Star-Bariton Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau hat die Berliner Staatsbibliothek seinen Nachlass geschenkt bekommen – darunter ein von Schönberg und Barenboim signierter Konzertflügel.

Klassikakzente.de

Überwältigende Vielfalt – Schlüsselwerke des 20. Jahrhunderts in der Serie 20c

Die Klassik-Serie 20c gibt mit den zehn neuen Folgen ihrer aktuellen Staffel Einblick in die Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts

Berliner Zeitung

Ein neues Porträt von Johann Sebastian Bach

Das Bachhaus Eisenach befasst sich in einer Ausstellung mit Johann Sebastian Bachs Zahlenmystik und zeigt sein neu angeschafftes Porträt – mit 14 Knöpfen.  

Classicalite.com

Lawrence A. Johnson on the American Music Project and Its First Commission: ‘Piano Quintet’ by Composer Amy Wurtz

Writer and music critic Lawrence A. Johnson recently launched the American Music Project (AMP), a nonprofit foundation that supports performances of existing works of American classical music

 

Twitter

Opera North: @Opera_North Interesting reading – @tomservice on whether the instant access of digital streaming suits classical music http://www.theguardian.com/music/tomserviceblog/2014/aug/06/classical-music-recording-industry-paul-morley … @guardian

Les Pratt: @bonaomi1 @BBCPhilharmonic The first @ManchesterPride chamber music concert is tonight at 8pm @Chethams. Come along for some for some glorious music

Sage Gateshead: @sage_gateshead We’ve checked the place for cat burglars as – tonight! Your chance hear a £1m violin! http://bit.ly/1pYOKxR Tickets: http://www.sagegateshead.com/event/fyo14-nyo-of-gb/ …

Lancaster Jazz Fest: @LancasterJazz A massive huge thanks to @PRSFoundation who are funding our youth artists. Mega pleased #fundedbyPRSF

 

Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

 

(Written on August 7, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

A musical tribute to the First World War enemies who now lie at peace

Sir Nicholas Kenyon of the Barbican discusses how British and German musicians will unite to commemorate the First World War at Saint-Symphorien in Belgium.

The Telegraph

BBC Proms War Horse review: ‘movingly elegiac’

Yesterday afternoon saw the BBC Prom’s offering to the tributes to the First World War, weaving the narrative from War Horse into nods to the brave people who fought.

Classic FM

Pumeza: ‘I’m learning as I go along’

Following her Bristol proms performance as Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Pumeza is interviewed by Classic FM about her musical development, ahead of a performance at BBC Proms in the Park.

 BBC

Birmingham teenager loaned £1million Stradivarius violin. 

John Ludlow, owner of the Stradivarius, was so touched by young National Youth Orchestra leader Roberto Ruisi that he decided to lend him his violin for a series of high profile concerts, including performances at the Proms, The Sage and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

Classicalite

Metropolitan Opera Delays Lockout of Union Workers by One Week, Agrees to Independent Financial Analysis

The Metropolitan Opera announced last night that it would delay its lockout of union workers by one week, while an independent financial analyst is brought in to assess the state of the Met’s finances.

 

Die Welt

New Yorks Musikern sind Wagners Opern zu lang

Auch an der New Yorker Met muss gespart werden, die Personalkosten sollen gesenkt werden. Die Musiker sehen die Schuld für das Finanzproblem bei Wagners langen Opern.

KulturPort

Erster Music Works Accelerator startet

Die Kulturbehörde Hamburg realisiert in Zusammenarbeit mit der Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft einen Accelerator für innovative Geschäftsmodelle in der Musikwirtschaft.

Tagesspiegel

Bayreuth: Halb saniert ist auch geschlossen

In der Festspielstadt Bayreuth werden die Richard-Wagner-Kultstätten überholt.

La Croix

« 3 notes for hope », un hymne musical à la vie

Trois associations situées en France, aux États-Unis et au Togo ont organisé un projet musical rassemblant une trentaine de jeunes de 8 à 13 ans, qui donneront un concert à Paris mercredi 6 août.

 

Twitter 

The Listener: @inthetheatre Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera scrap fall season because of financial problems | @scoopit http://sco.lt/6yefpJ

Ted Talks: @TEDtalks If you don’t already love classical music, you will after this talk: http://on.ted.com/tzHY 

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight 6.30pm #bbcproms @BBCSSO perform Mahler Symphony No.9 & Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis http://ow.ly/zQyOU 

NYOGB: @NYOGB Wondering how to beat the Monday morning blues? Meet the NYOGB Double Bass section! http://youtu.be/Nd5iAMWurwQ 

 

 

Image from The Telegraph.

Image from The Telegraph.

 

(Written on August 4, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Julian Lloyd Webber: the majority of music competitions are corrupt

Having retired earlier this year Julian Lloyd Webber returns to the news ahead of a talk at Birmingham City University, where he will advise students that when it comes to talent competitions it is not what you know but who you know. 

 

The Guardian

How we made the Live/Revive/Lament opera performance app

Silent Opera’s latest show includes your mobile phone as one of the cast, encouraging you to use their app to delve deeper into the performance.

 

The Guardian

Both Israelis and Palestinians are losers in this conflict

Conductor and co-founder of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim,  covers his perspective on the on-going conflict. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will be performing at the BBC Proms.

 

Classicalite

Peter Gelb of Metropolitan Opera to Union Workers: Prepare for LockoutPeter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera’s general manager, warned that a lockout of union workers is imminent if the opera house’s singers, orchestra members, stagehands and other employees cannot reach a labor agreement with management by next week.

 

Die Zeit

Frank Castorf will vielleicht die Bayreuther Festspiele verklagen.

 

Die Welt 

“Es gibt keine militärische Lösung”

Der Dirigent Daniel Barenboim hat einen israelischen und einen palästinensischen Pass. Hier schreibt er, warum gerade Hoffnungslosigkeit der Situation einen Ausweg aus dem Konflikt weisen könnte.

 

Berliner Zeitung
Deutschlands einzige feste Kino-Organistin

Anna Vavilkina begleitet im Babylon am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz die Stummfilme. Mit Dutzenden von Registern und Effekten für Regen und Brandung. Sie ist Deutschlands einzige Kino-Organistin in Festanstellung.

 

Le Figaro

Le Festival de Salzbourg s’ouvre sur fond de tracas financiers

Dimanche s’ouvrira en Autriche l’un des rendez-vous musicaux les plus prestigieux du monde. Pourtant, dans la ville natale de Mozart, la mauvaise gestion financière et les querelles internes menacent la bonne tenue de cette 94e édition.

 

 

Twitter

NPR Classical@nprclassical The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera… Labor strife may trigger a shut down next week. http://n.pr/1pglmWd

 

Tasmin @tasminlittle Tonight, tonight, TONIGHT!!! @bbcproms @BBCPhilharmonic #VeryExcited

 

Glyndebourne @glyndebourne A bit late to the party, you can now follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/glyndebourne 

 

Barbican @barbicancentre One day to go to #walthamstowgardenparty have you planned your visit yet? http://ow.ly/zx1Jn 

 

Classic FM @classicFM Very soon I’ll be giving you a final chance to play to win an amazing musical trip to Europe to see Royal Concertgebouw Orch. @johnsuchet1

 

 

 

Photo: Rex Features

Photo: Rex Features

(Written on July 25, 2014 )

Edinburgh Evening News

Cellist plays atop Ben Nevis for late husband

An Edinburgh cellist has delivered a soaring musical tribute to her late husband by performing a specially-composed piece of music at the top of Ben Nevis.

The Spectator

The Suzuki method didn’t make me a great violinist. But it did change my life

Mary Wakefield, editor of The Spectator, tells us how music education benefitted her.

Classical Music Magazine

Gerald Finley to climb Kilimanjaro for Help Musicians UK

Canadian baritone Gerald Finley will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in August to raise money for Help Musicians UK.

The Irish Times

End of an era: Ryanair to cut on-time trumpet jingle

Flyers with sensitive ears rejoice, Ryanair is to change its on-time landing trumpet jingle on all flights. The move comes after it surveyed passengers on Twitter to see if the post-flight music was much-loved or much-maligned.

Huffington Post

How The Metropolitan Opera Could Go Dark This Summer

The opera asking for significant concessions, most notably pay cuts, leading to talk of a possible lockout or strike this summer that could grind the storied Met to a halt.

Concerti

In der Welt von… Jan Vogler

In unserer Reihe „In der Welt von…“ begleiten wir, vernetzt durch Smartphone und Social Media, Künstler auf Reisen, zu spannenden Projekten und besonderen Ereignissen

KlassikAkzente

50 Fakten über Herbert von Karajan: Die Legende lebt, Teil 2/5

Herbert von Karajan und Deutsche Grammophon: 50 Jahre währte ihre Zusammenarbeit (1939-1989). Wir gedenken Karajans mit einer Sammlung von 50 Fakten, die jeder Fan kennen sollte.

Klassik.com

Sopranistin Karita Mattila sagt Konzert mit Dirigent Valery Gergiev ab

Finnische Sängerin kritisiert politische Haltung des Dirigenten

Classical Music on Twitter 

Aurora Orchestra@auroraorchestra Calling all young musicians – 2 weeks left to apply for NYOGB 2015 at http://nyo.org.uk Closing date: 1 June. Pass it on! @NYOGB

London Symphony Orch ‏@londonsymphony A lovely blog about the young musicians of LSO On Track at #lsoopenair by our youngest staff member Eamonn: http://bit.ly/1jsQIaq

Cecil Sharp House@cecilsharphouse Don’t forget to vote for us in @TimeOutLondon‘s online poll for best live music venue in London. Closes 4pm TODAY! http://www.timeout.com/london/music/the-best-music-venues-in-london … ^S

IntArtsManager @IntArtsManager Arts universities and academies! We have a special education package to keep your budding arts managers in the loop http://internationalartsmanager.com/education

Sinfini Music@SinfiniMusic What should your first opera be? Take this quiz by the folks at @METOrchestra http://www.metorchestramusicians.org/blog/2014/4/28/quiz-draft

Edinburgh Evening News

Edinburgh Evening News

 

(Written on May 22, 2014 )

Classic FM

Ukraine protesters disrupt London Symphony Orchestra concert

The London Symphony Orchestra’s open air concert in Trafalgar Square last night was interrupted by protesters who were making a stand against conductor Valery Gergiev’s support of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

‘Drunk’ man climbs Sydney Opera House

A man has been rescued from the roof of the iconic Sydney Opera House after walking up and down the ‘sails’ for over an hour. An eyewitness told news.com.au that the man was shouting “Where’s my wallet?” and drinking from a can of beer he produced from his trouser pockets.

The Telegraph

Alison Balsom: Government cutbacks to music lessons make me furious

Alison Balsom, the virtuoso trumpeter and former Young Musician of the Year finalist, attacks Government policy on music lessons in schools, saying she would not have become a professional musician under current levels of funding.

BBC Music Magazine

New electronic musical instrument created from pebbles and sticks

Created by Italian designers Fabrica, the ‘Stone Pad’ makes its debut.

B Tommy Andersson appointed as BBC National Orchestra of Wales Composer-in-Association

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has announced that B Tommy Andersson will be its Composer-in-Association for the 2014-15 season. The Swedish composer will work closely with the orchestra for one year, culminating in a specially commissioned work.

Emmanuel Krivine appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has announced that French conductor Emmanuel Krivine will be their new Principal Guest Conductor, starting in September 2015.

The Independent

A comeback for the humble cassette?

Show a child an old cassette and you’ll probably get a snigger or two. But, says Rhodri Marsden, a breakthrough from Sony could make them regard tapes with a certain awe.

The New York Times

I’m a Cellist, Not a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 

David Finckel about travelling as a musician

Met Orchestra Authorizes Strike Vote if Talks Fail

This weekend the musicians in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra wore buttons during performances to call attention to the fact that the opera house is seeking concessions from them in contract talks

Klassik.com

Australian String Quartet erhält Spende von 510.000 Dollar

Geld soll für Kauf eines Guadagnini-Cello genutzt werden

“Goldener Schikaneder” für Edita Gruberova

Die Opernsängerin Edita Gruberova erhält beim diesjährigen Österreichischen Musiktheaterpreis für ihr Lebenswerk den “Goldenen Schikaneder”.

Klassik Heute

Gotthold Schwarz vertritt Thomaskantor beim Bachfest Leipzig

Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller wird aus gesundheitlichen Gründen noch bis zum Schuljahresende pausieren. Gotthold Schwarz vertritt den Thomaskantor ab sofort in dessen Amt und zeichnet somit auch für die Konzertaufführungen mit dem Thomanerchor im Bachfest Leipzig verantwortlich.

 

Classical Music on Twitter

OperaSpace@OperaSpace Here’s a reminder of the @RoyalPhilSoc #RPSMusicAwards shortlist for this evening: http://rpsmusicawards.com/shortlist

Southbank Centre@southbankcentre 20 composers have been commissioned to write for #NewMusicBiennial. Meet Alistair Anderson in this quick video: http://j.mp/1l7JTcg

The Musical Brain ‏@themusicalbrain We’re crowdfunding to improve access at arts/science events for those with #hearingloss. Can you help?Donate & RT: http://bit.ly/RavCmd

Gdn Culture Pros ‏@GdnCulturePros Arts fundraising tips: setbacks don’t have to be failures http://dlvr.it/5fXbRn #arts #culture
Guardian Classical ‏@GdnClassical ‘Opera can make us see, feel and hear the world differently’: UK’s opera chiefs on why it matters http://gu.com/p/3p3k4/tw #insideopera

Guardian Classical ‏@GdnClassical Inside Opera: did it convince three sceptics? http://gu.com/p/3p662/tf

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

 

 

(Written on May 13, 2014 )

Telegraph

Mozart manuscript smuggled out of Nazi Germany expected to fetch £500,000

The family of a Jewish musician who smuggled a Mozart manuscript out of Nazi Germany are selling it at auction.

Guardian

Inside Opera: Live stream hopes to widen access to UK’s opera houses

Online linkup between all seven public-funded opera companies will be streamed on YouTube and aims to find younger audience

Daily Mail

Michael Buble accused of underpaying Australian orchestra during his tour

Canadian crooner Michael Buble has reportedly underpaid his entourage of musicians at his recent Rod Laver Arena shows in Melbourne. Buble’s eight-piece string section orchestra were reportedly paid $550 for 12 hours of work, which is almost 40 per cent below the award wage for live performers.

New York Times

Met Opera Contract Talks Stumble to a Start

A Metropolitan Opera union and management almost did not begin their contract talks on Monday after labor invited reporters to attend.

A Composer Attuned to the Earth’s Swirling Motion

A New York Premiere for John Luther Adams’s ‘Become Ocean’

Concerti

Blind gehört Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen: „Da fehlt ein bisschen die Erotik“

Das Klavierduo Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen hört und kommentiert CDs von Kollegen, ohne dass es erfährt, wer spielt

Klassik Akzente

Endlich: Elina Garanca zurück auf den Bühnen der Welt

Ihre Fans haben lange darauf warten müssen, aber nun ist es endlich soweit: Am 11. Mai meldet sich die lettische Mezzosopranistin Elina Garanca aus ihrer zweiten Babypause zurück.

Le Figaro

Kronos Quartet, le titan du quatuor à cordes

Pour ses 40 ans, l’ensemble californien se produit encore mardi soir à Arras et publie un nouveau coffret chez Nonesuch.

Classical Music on Twitter

Philharmonic Society@RoyalPhilSoc Showing the immense personal impact of Chopin’s music, Channel 4′s ‘Chopin Saved My Life’ @OxfordFilmTV has been shortlisted #RPSMusicAwards

The Royal Opera@TheRoyalOpera ’Tell me about your mother…’ To celebrate Freud’s birthday, how changing attitudes to his work have shaped opera http://www.roh.org.uk/news/how-to-stage-an-opera-freud-and-die-frau-ohne-schatten

YCAT @YCATrust Superstar @PianistJiLiu heads North to @sage_gateshead for an afternoon of Rzweski, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt – 11 May http://www.sagegateshead.com/event/ji-liu/

ACE National@ace_national We’re giving away 20 FREE places to cultural organisations at the 2014 @INFOTCCE Culture Capital Exchange Conference http://bit.ly/R7IPfN

The Telegraph

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(Written on May 6, 2014 )