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The Guardian

Beethoven’s heart and Wagner’s bowels, and why they don’t matter

The trend to draw parallels between the specifics of a composer’s possible medical history and the particularities of his music should come – well, with a musicological health-warning.

Tim Ashley’s opera guide: marital hell

In the last of his opera guides, Tim Ashley selects five great works that explore what happens when they didn’t live happily ever after, and shows where to find the best versions online

The Strad

US Department of Transportation finalises law for carrying instruments on board airlines

Small instruments such as violins are now legally allowed as carry-on baggage provided there is available stowage space

Classic FM

Extinction beckons for piano shops in US as children lose interest

The continued decline in piano sales in the United States means shops selling the instrument are becoming a rare site.

The 10 most bizarre Viennese waltzes and polkas

Every year the Vienna Philharmonic greets the new year with its annual celebration of the music of the Strauss family. And every year, the orchestra lets its collective hair down with one of the more bizarre pieces in the Viennese canon. Here are some of our favourites…

Frühestes bekanntes Zeugnis der Zweistimmigkeit entdeckt

Doktorand stößt in British Library auf Dokument aus der Zeit um 910

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Pilsen – eine europäische Musikstadt

Diese Stadt ist ohnehin bekannt für ihre Jazz-Szene, doch 2015 wird “ihr Jahr”: Pilsen, Kulturhauptstadt Europas.

Codex Flores

Deutscher Aktionstag gegen TTIP

Der Deutsche Kulturrat ruft am 21. Mai, dem Internationalen Tag der Kulturellen Vielfalt, zu einem Aktionstag gegen die zur Diskussion stehenden Freihandelsabkommen TTIP und CETA auf.

The New York Times

Discounted Tickets: A Test for the Metropolitan Opera

One of the first measures Peter Gelb instituted when he arrived as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera in 2006 was to introduce a rush ticket program, which offers up to 100 or so $25 tickets in prime seating locations for each performance.

El Mundo

‘El Teatro Real ha hecho los deberes’

Hace unos días, Gregorio Marañón aseguró que el Teatro Real, cuyo patronato preside, contaría con un superávit de medio millón de euros en 2015.


Classicalite @Classicalite: Artistic Director of @OperaAustralia Lyndon Terracini Revokes Critics’s Tickets for Giving Bad Reviews … @klassikcom: Mailänder Sinfonieorchester erhält Teil der versprochenen Subventionen  #Orchester #Kulturpolitik ‏@Klassikinfo: Waltraud Meier zum Ehrenmitglied der Berliner Staatsoper ernannt

The soprano Renée Fleming, center, in the title role of Franz Lehar’s operetta “The Merry Widow,” at the Metropolitan Opera. Credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

The soprano Renée Fleming, center, in the title role of Franz Lehar’s operetta “The Merry Widow,” at the Metropolitan Opera.
Credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

(Written on January 6, 2015 )

Classical News


Y=X factor: how to write the perfect song

Can science help us write a hit? Mezzo soprano and physicist Christine Rice goes in search of a formula for the most popular songs – from Handel to Weill to Harry Styles


Pumeza Matshikiza on soprano megastardom, her township education and why the ANC is a stuck record

She is the leading light of a generation of opera stars to have burst out of the townships post-Apartheid. But the superstar soprano Pumeza Matshikiza has little faith that the ANC is making it any easier for ambitious young South Africans to call their own tune

Classical music’s new movement: Bob Riley and the Manchester Camerata

On the hunt for new audiences, Bob Riley and the Manchester Camerata are going where other orchestras fear to tread


Myleene Klass: a deadly force of nature, pure and simple

Her bruising encounter with Ed Miliband proves that there’s far more to the bikini-wearing pop star than meets the eye

The Times

Meet Milos, the Montenegrin pin-up with plenty of pluck

The guitar virtuoso on discovering his talent growing up in Montenegro and becoming a player on the world stage

Classical Source

Star Guests, Spectacular Proms and Festive Music in the BBC Classical Line-up for Christmas: John Wilson, Vivienne Westwood, Roger Moore, Antonio Pappano, Gareth Malone, Simon Rattle, Alfred Brendel, Danielle de Niese

The BBC is delighted to reveal its classical music programming on television, radio and in the concert hall across the Christmas season.

Zeit Online

Die Luft im Klang

Gelassen erobert der tschechische Komponist Ondřej Adámek den Elfenbeinturm der neuen Musik.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wer wird Nachfolger von Simon Rattle?

Warum die Berliner Philharmoniker Mariss Jansons zum Nachfolger von Simon Rattle wählen sollten – oder Staatsopern-Chef Daniel Barenboim.


Generalmusikdirektoren sollen mehr arbeiten, aber weniger entscheiden

In ihrer Sitzung an diesem Wochenende in Hamburg hat sich die Deutschsprachige Opernkonferenz ausgiebig mit den für Opernhäuser in Deutschland abgeschlossenen Verträgen für Generalmusikdirektoren befasst.

Metropolitan Opera mit Defizit von 22 Millionen US-Dollar

Höchstes Defizit im Verhältnis zum Budget seit 1984

Codex Flores

Müller-Preis für Filmmusik geht an Martina Eisenreich

Der mit 10’000 Euro dotierte Rolf-Hans Müller Preis für Filmmusik 2014 ist der in Bockhorn lebenden Komponistin Martina Eisenreich überreicht worden.


Paris Opera Awards For Six Singers

Under president Sir Richard Bonynge, the jury of the Paris Opera Awards has awarded six prizes.


ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: ‘The investment we make to become an opera singer is not worth the return’

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: BBC Radio 3 is facing ‘cacophony of criticism’ says @FT. BBC’s Helen Boaden denies station has dumbed down:  (£ish) @Klassikinfo: München darf nicht zur Dumpfbackenmetropole verkommen. Ein Beschluss für einen neuen Konzertsaal ist überfällig! 

Ondřej Adámek's funny Air Machine  |  © Ondřej Adámek

Ondřej Adámek’s funny Air Machine | © Ondřej Adámek



(Written on November 24, 2014 )

Classic FM

Opera house audience faking disability for free tickets

The Belfast Grand Opera House is reviewing its policy for disabled access following reports that concertgoers have been pretending to be disabled to get free tickets.

The Guardian

BBC Radio 3 chief: I won’t be ‘dumbing down’ station

Alan Davey says station will not become more like Classic FM to address shrinking audience and will still offer ‘complex culture

The Telegraph

This is the kind of music you should listen to at work

Listening to music at work increases accuracy and speed, a new study has found. The genre you should choose, from classical music to dance beats, depends on what your work involves

BBC Media Centre

Donald Runnicles to become BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s Conductor Emeritus

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has announced that Donald Runnicles will become its Conductor Emeritus in September 2016, when he will step down from the post of Chief Conductor.

The Classical Review

Despite the protests and an uneven staging, Met’s powerful “Klinghoffer” makes a devastating impact

The loudest sound Monday night was the ovation for John Adams as he stepped on stage for a bow after the opening performance of his second opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Die Welt

Met spielt Klinghoffer-Oper unter Polizeischutz

An der New Yorker Metropolitan Opera hatte John Adams’ Opernoratorium “The Death of Klinghoffer” Premiere – unter Protest.


‘Eemerging’ will mit EU-Geldern jungen Ensembles helfen

Unter dem Titel ‘eeemerging’ haben sich acht internationale Partner zu einem Projekt-Netzwerk zusammengeschlossen und ein europäisches Stipendienprogramm entwickelt.


„Ich bin kein Glamourgirl“

Alison Balsom fällt auf in der Männerdomäne der Trompete.

I Care If You Listen

Met Opera premiere of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer

Monday, October 20 marked the opening of the Metropolitan Opera’s highly anticipated production of The Death of Klinghoffer, with a score by John Adams and a libretto by Alice Goodman.


Telegraph Classical‪ @TeleClassical: Paris Opera stars wrong to kick out veiled woman ‪ 

Classic FM‪ @ClassicFM: Rossini & ‪@IronMaiden? Played by a cello duet? The result is just incredible: ‪ 

Classical Music‪ @ClassicalMusic: MT Big job! ‪@rhinegoldjobs: Managing Director – ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA ‪@rpoonline (Closing date 21 Nov): ‪ 

Guardian Classical‪ @GdnClassical: quartet-lab: a string quartet who open your ears to new ways of listening ‪ 

BBC Radio 3 controller Alan Davey has insisted that he will not be 'dumbing down' the station

BBC Radio 3 controller Alan Davey has insisted that he will not be ‘dumbing down’ the station. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images, via. The Guardian

(Written on October 23, 2014 )

Classical News


Met Opera rejects antisemitism claims rising from Klinghoffer protests

In the face of protests by politicians and Jewish organisations who have described it as “an operatic Kristallnacht”, The Death of Klinghoffer makes its debut at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera on Monday.

Classic FM

The Music Teacher Awards for Excellence: Get your nominations in now

Nominations for the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence close this Friday, and Classic FM is sponsoring the ‘Best Classical Music Education Initiative Award’ category.

BBC Music Magazine

British Composer Awards shortlists announced

Multi-award winner Harrison Birtwistle strikes again

Classical Music Magazine

‘It’s like the Tardis’ ‒ RNCM completes £7.1m transformation of concert hall and theatre

The Royal Northern College of Music has completed a £7.1m rebuild of the interior of its concert hall, along with extensive new backstage space for its opera theatre and new student facilities.

Die Welt

Muslima im Publikum? Wo kommen wir denn da hin!

Die Pariser Bastille-Oper hat eine Frau mit Burka aus der Vorstellung geworfen.

Spiegel Online

Oppositioneller Pianist: Türkisches Ministerium streicht Fazil-Say-Kompositionen

Fazil Say ist nicht nur der prominenteste klassische Musiker der Türkei, sondern auch einer der bekanntesten Kritiker der Regierung.

Codex Flores

Die Lufthansa verschlampt ein Violoncello

Bange Tage für den Cellisten Lachezar Kostov, einem Mitglied der San Antonio Symphony.

The New York Times

Protests Greet Met Opera’s Premiere of ‘Klinghoffer’

At the Metropolitan Opera’s first performance of John Adams’s “The Death of Klinghoffer” on Monday night, men and women in evening attire walked through a maze of police barricades, while protesters shouted “Shame!” and “Terror is not art!” One demonstrator held aloft a white handkerchief splattered with red.


Classic FM @ClassicFM: 20 beautiful pictures of the intricate craft of violin making… 

BBCMusicClips @BBCMusicClips: For @BBCRadio3 Live in Concert, Angela Hewitt performs Albéniz: Suite Española live at Wigmore Hall: 

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: ’Don’t be boring: don’t be rude’: @bachtrack‘s write-up of the @instofideas‘ panel event on criticism this Sat:

1a11fc1f-0379-462c-8287-64a6c8434468-460x276Alan Opie plays Leon Klinghoffer and Jesse Kovarksy plays Omar perform at the ENO in London in February 2012. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

(Written on October 21, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

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

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


Lang Lang demonstrates piano techniques

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

Classic FM

How I wrote Fury – Steven Price

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

International Arts Manager

Orpheus receives grant to reach next generation

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


Critics’ Circle Awards 2014

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


Finnish National Opera Celebrates Jean Sibelius 150th Anniversary

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

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Kampf um Bayreuth

Gysi droht Richard-Wagner-Stiftung mit Klage

Unerwarteter Geldsegen für Wiener Staatsoper

Sponsorenmittel in Höhe von 333.000 Euro wiederentdeckt

Pianist Arto Satukangas gestorben

Finnischer Musiker und Hochschuldozent wurde 51 Jahre alt


ECHO Klassik 2014 – Das Lebenswerk: Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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

Plácido Domingo: Eine Prise Domingo

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

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

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

Le Figaro

Le Royal Opera s’offre un entracte contemporain

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


Berlin Classics @BerlinClassics: Die Longlist des PdSK für das dritte Quartal ist da: 140 Juroren haben in 29 Kategorien 227 Titel nominiert, die… 

KlassikAkzente @klassikakzente: Wunderschönes neues Video zum kommenden Album “Escape to Paradise – The Hollywood Album” von Daniel Hope: …

Classicalite @Classicalite: Manhattan Transfer Co-Founder #TimHauser Dies at 72 …

Classicalite @Classicalite: [WATCH] #Beethoven ‘Ode to Joy’ Featured in Wrap Your Baby Commercial, Babies Included …

Belsize Music @BelsizeMusic: RT @WeAreTheMU: Best practice in instrumental & vocal teaching – check out the Art of Teaching project … #MUteaching

Dirigent @dirigent: “Nobelpreis der Künste” für den estnischen Komponisten – Komponist Arvo Pärt freut sich über Praemium Imperiale …

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

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

(Written on October 20, 2014 )

Classic FM

Classic FM charity single ‘Steadfast’ tops classical chart

A song written by Classic FM’s composer-in-residence Howard Goodall and featuring stars such as Katherine Jenkins, Laura Wright and Alfie Boe, has stormed to the top of the classical singles chart.


James Rhodes needs your unloved and unplayed instruments

Well, not literally. Donate them to schools and help the Don’t Stop the Music campaign


Children ‘scared to sing’ for fear of X Factor-style ridicule

Dominic Peckham says The X Factor is responsible for turning pupils off singing lessons, saying they now “expect to be ridiculed” when appearing before adults

The Strad

Cellist and conductor Mats Rondin has died aged 54

The Swedish musician was formerly principal cellist of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony

International Arts Manager

Tarisio launches Buy Now feature

The option allows online buyers to purchase items instantly at a fixed price in advance of the bidding process.

NPR Music

Stradivarius violins are so important that they come with their own biographies.


State Gov’t Says It’s Okay To Stage “Carmen” Despite The Smoking

Last week the West Australian Opera revealed that it had removed the Bizet opera from its repertory because a sponsorship deal with a state-funded health organization forbids staging performances which “glamourise” smoking.

Slipped Disc

‘I was lured to Atlanta without a contract’

The ever-interesting website of Musicians of the Metropolitan Opera tells the story of a young American musician, 20 years old, who won the post of principal bassoon at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Stockholm Phil breaks into UK games music scene

Recording music for video games is what keeps Abbey Road open and British orchestras in spare change since the collapse of the classical record industry.


In Berlin sollen Oper und Konzert teurer werden

Der Berliner Kulturstaatssekretär Tim Renner hält die Eintrittspreise an den subventionierten Bühnen und Orchester der deutschen Hauptstadt für zu niedrig.

Limelight Magazine

Melbourne fitness centre offers musical muscle

Musical theatre star Josh Piterman opens Australia’s first gym for performers.

musik heute

Finalisten für “Junge Ohren Preis” nominiert

Berlin (mh) – Im Wettbewerb um den “Junge Ohren Preis” sind zwölf Musikprojekte nominiert worden.

Nachwuchsmusiker spielen mit Orchester in Vietnam

Bonn/Berlin (mh) – Das Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrats und die Deutsche Orchester-Stiftung schicken drei preisgekrönte Nachwuchskünstler zu einem Konzert nach Vietnam.

Der Tagesspiegel 

Auf gute Nachbarschaft

75 Jahre nach dem Ausbruch des Zweiten Weltkrieges, 25 Jahre nach dem Fall der Berliner Mauer und 10 Jahre nach dem EU-Beitritt Polens feiert das Usedomer Musikfestival die deutsch-polnischen Beziehungen.

Codex Flores

Matthias Loseck verlässt Wien Modern 2015

Matthias Losek, seit 2010 der künstlerische Leiter des Festivals für Musik der Gegenwart Wien Modern gibt sein Amt  nach der Ausgabe 2015 ab.


OPERA NEWS ‪@OPERANEWS: Meryl Streep is in negotiations to play Florence Jenkins, a socialite turned opera singer. ‪ 

International Arts Manager @IntArtsManager: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival works with refugees and asylum seekers for new Health and Wellbeing strand

Opera Magazine @operamagazine: Roberto Alagna wird 2018 in Bayreuth den Lohengrin geben ‪ via ‪@welt and ‪@rossignol

Telegraph Classical @TeleClassical:  A young Russian soprano in La Traviata ‪@Glyndebourne to watch out for  ‪ 

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall:  With spine-tingling spontaneity and performance excellence, Vox Luminis returns on Thurs – a highlight this month! ‪ 

NMC Recordings @nmcrecordings: Introducing ‪#NextWave with ‪@soundandmusic! Watch the trailer ‪  & find out more about the project ‪ 


Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Frank Almond with his 299-year-old Lipinski Stradivarius. Photo: NPR Classics

(Written on October 14, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank and skaters reach agreement on QEH undercroft

Following a protracted dispute with the skating community over plans for the £100m-plus ‘Festival Wing’ redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Hayward Gallery and surrounding open spaces, the Southbank Centre has agreed not to give over the QEH’s undercroft for retail development and to continue to allow the space to be used in its current form.

Classic FM

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa warns of visa impact on international singers

Soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has warned of the restricting impact of visas for international singers hoping to work or study in the UK.

The Strad

Czech violinist Jan Mráček wins International Fritz Kreisler Competition

The 23-year-old artist receives €15,000 and performances with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


Atlanta Symphony Cancels 17 Concerts Until November 8

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced the cancellation of its orchestral concerts through November 8, due to negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement between ASO management and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association.


World’s first plastic trumpet encourages kids to ‘have a go’

The hi-tech, low cost trumpet, made entirely from plastic, has been developed to encourage more children to take up the ‘traditional’ instrument


Ivan Repušić neuer Generalmusikdirektor in Hannover

Der kroatische Dirigent Ivan Repušić wird in der Spielzeit 2016/2017 neuer Generalmusikdirektor an der Staatsoper in Hannover.

Dresden 1 TV

Baubeginn für neuen Konzertsaal

Für die Beteiligten gab es jetzt Grund zum feiern. Die Entkernung des Gebäudes ist beendet und der Bau des Neuen Konzertsaals kann beginnen.


Kurz gefragt Nils Mönkemeyer

„Ich war eher Spätzünder“

The New York Times

At Met’s Opening Night, Protesting a Production

Some traditions of opening night at the Metropolitan Opera go back decades, like beginning with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” while others are more recent, like showing the operas free on outdoor movie screens at Lincoln Center and Times Square.

El mundo

‘Réquiem’ por el descanso de El Greco

La Orquesta y el Coro del Teatro Real interpretaron en la catedral de Toledo la emocionante misa de Mozart


Boosey & Hawkes ‏@Boosey_London: Score of the day: Simpson, Sparks. View for free here:

CityofLondonSinfonia ‏@CityLdnSinfonia: These made us laugh – how many are you guilty of?!  #annoyingmusohabits

Stephen Fry ‏@stephenfry: Who would you play #TheLastPost for? Remember #WW1 through music this November with @superact_uk’s heritage project

BBC Radio 3 ‏@BBCRadio3: If you missed last night’s #Operaon3, Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera from @glyndebourne is on the iplayer … #GFOFinta


Photo: The Telegraph

(Written on September 23, 2014 )

Classical News

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.

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.”

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”.



Classic FM: @ClassicFM The 12 stages of practising a musical instrument:

The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource News: @Philharmonia tours Latin America with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nelson Freire and Esther Yoo

GoClassical: @GoClassicalUK #Gramophone Awards 2014 winners announced …



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.
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.
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.


Classic FM: @ClassicFM Is the symphony orchestra doomed, or alive and well? – there have been robust comments from both sides:

English National Opera: @E_N_O  How do you reinvent familiar repertoire? Conductor @TimMurray5 explains all:

Telegraph Classical: @TeleClassical Why horn players are terrified of Richard Strauss

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

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.


El Sistema auf Bayrisch

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



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

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. …

Music Teacher: @MusicTeacherMag The 2014 Britten Young Songwriter Competition is open! Part of @aldeburghmusic’s @fridayPMs project:




 Photo: Rex Features

Photo: Rex Features



(Written on August 19, 2014 )