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In today’s news: Artists support rising cryptocurrency Monero, early 20th-century classical music made Spotify’s list of ‘emerging genres’ and a new online library of concert videos and feature documentaries by Quincy Jones. Also, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to make a free web-based music education platform, the Opernhaus in Berlin reopens today and the construction of the new Konzerthaus in Munich is postponed.

Classical Music

Ian Skelly to join Suzy Klein on Radio 3’s Essential Classics

Ian Skelly is to replace Rob Cowan as a co-presenter of Radio 3’s Essential Classics. He will begin his new role on Christmas Day, sharing the position with Suzy Klein.

The Guardian

The sound of mega orgasms: the female composers taking music into intimate places

A soundtrack to an erotic feminist film, the crunch of crisps in your own mouth, a composition for ‘strap-on and electric guitar’ … meet the women who are making music and telling stories on their own terms

Serialism: how early 20th-century classical music made Spotify’s list of ‘emerging genres’

The streaming site’s list of big sounds of 2017 includes the challenging form pioneered by Arnold Schoenberg – nestled alongside chillhop, trap Latino and future funk

Digital Music News

Cryptocurrency Monero Jumps 25% as 40 Major Artists Jump on Board

Over 40 artists have signed-on to support rising cryptocurrency, Monero.

The New York Times

Netflix for Jazz? Quincy Jones’s Qwest TV Takes Concerts and Films Digital

Quincy Jones, the jazz musician and impresario, is helping to start Qwest TV, an online library of concert videos and feature documentaries, most of them unavailable on YouTube or any other streaming site.

Calgary Herald

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to give all Canadians gift of music literacy with free nation-wide education program

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is looking to boost musical literacy in Canada with an ambitious program that will make a web-based music education platform free to anyone with a Canadian IP address for a year.

Klassik.Com

Münchner Konzerthaus: Haushaltsausschuss gegen Baubeginn im kommenden Jahr

Der Baubeginn des neuen Münchner Konzerthauses, den Ministerpräsident Horst Seehofer (CSU) gerne noch vor den Landtagswahlen im kommenden Jahr terminiert hätte, muss verschoben werden.

Der Tagesspiegel

Blattgoldene Zeiten

Vor 275 Jahren wurde das Opernhaus Unter den Linden eingeweiht. Mit dem Geburtstagskonzert startet endlich der Regelbetrieb im sanierten Gebäude.

Musik Heute

Münchner Kandidatenkarussell: Wer übernimmt die Staatsoper?

Im Münchner Kulturbetrieb müssen gleich drei hochkarätige Posten neu besetzt werden, an der Staatsoper und am Staatsschauspiel.

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Music History @today_classical in 1873 FP of symphonic poem Phaeton in Paris

Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics On this day in 1980, Herbert von Karajan celebrated his 25th anniversary as principal conductor of Berlin Philharmonic in a wonderful Celebration Concert in Berlin. Find out more about the biography of this outstanding conductor:

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(Written on December 7, 2017 )

In today’s Classical news, the programme for the London Contemporary Music Festival 2017 is announced, a virtual museum about some of the UK’s most important musical instruments is now live, Michael Tilson Thomas will leave San Francisco Symphony, Munich aims to beat the Elbphilharmonie with its new concert hall and Richard Williams talks about the Jazzfest Berlin.

BBC News

Sting brings Newcastle-set musical ‘The Last Ship’ home for UK premiere

Gordon Sumner created the show as a tribute to the shipbuilding community where he grew up in Wallsend, but it lasted just three months on Broadway in 2014 and 15 after mixed reviews and lacklustre ticket sales.

Rhinegold

Programme for London Contemporary Music Festival 2017 announced

This year’s festival (3-10th Dec) will include experimental sound works, erotic films, musical battles with artificial intelligence, punk, Fluxus, wild pop, Afrofuturism, live electronic sets, mouth installations, a seven-hour song recital and talks.

Virtual musical instrument museum launched

A virtual museum featuring sound, pictures and information about some of the UK’s most important musical instruments is now live. MINIM-UK allows members of the public to explore instruments from 200 separate collections across the UK in a single virtual location.

Gramophone

Michael Tilson Thomas to step down from the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra has announced that Michael Tilson Thomas will step down from his role as Music Director at the end of the 2019-20 season. MTT will be 75 and will have served in the post for 25 years.

Forbes

Bill Murray, Three Classical Musicians Collaborate On ‘New Worlds’ Recording And Concert Tour

A chance meeting on a flight from Berlin to New York led actor Bill Murray and cellist Jan Vogler to became fast friends and curious about each other’s artistic world and interests.

The New York Times

After 25 years, Michael Tilson Thomas will leave San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas, whose trailblazing leadership of the San Francisco Symphony spurred American classical music’s westward expansion, announced on Tuesday that he would step down as its music director in 2020, after his 25th season.

Die Welt

Mit diesem Saal will München die Elbphilharmonie schlagen

München hat sich endlich auf einen Entwurf für den neuen Konzertsaal festgelegt. Der 300-Millionen-Glaspalast soll Aushängeschild werden. Doch Kritiker spotten schon über den „Schneewittchensarg“.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Es wird Zeit, dass jemand Jüngeres drankommt”

Richard Williams, der scheidende Leiter des Jazzfests Berlin, über die rasante Entwicklung des Jazz.

Fono Forum

Mehr als 1.666 Stunden Alte Musik

Ein klingendes Urgestein der Alten-Musik-Szene wird 65: Die Sendung Tafel-Confect des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Bitte vergessen Sie das Applaudieren nicht!

Die erste Asientournee des Lucerne Festival Orchestra mit seinem neuen Chefdirigenten Riccardo Chailly eröffnet widersprüchliche Blicke in die Zukunft des Musikbetriebs.

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ECHO  Fotos der Verleihung in der Galerie auf der ECHO KLASSIK-Website: ▸

Berliner FestspieleDer Aufbau für das Pop-Up-Konzert von beim 2017 im Alexa Berlin läuft! Heute um 14 Uhr geht es dann los!

Michael Tilson Thomas at home in San Francisco in 2014.

© Drew Kelly for The New York Times

(Written on November 1, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Sound and Music is marking International Women’s Day 2017 with a week of activities promoting female composers. An uncredited sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn will be performed under her name for the first time on International Women’s Day. Cuba celebrates women percussionists at this year’s International Drum Festival, and Margo Price, Vagabon, Fatima Al Qadiri discuss the International Day of Action. American Feminist Susan Bordo discusses International Women’s Day Campaigns, GEMA honors Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina. Along with the 18 women composers you should know, and how operas are trying to increase diversity in their audiences.

M Magazine

Sound and Music Launches International Women’s Day Intervention

Sound and Music is marking International Women’s Day 2017 with a week of activity aimed at opening up the debate and championing female composers.

Yes She Can To Promote Music Industry Gender Equality

Night czar Amy Lamé and Help Musician’s Richard Robinson will be among the speakers at Yes She Can, a new event aimed at promoting greater gender equality in the music industry.

Belated premiere for Fanny Mendelssohn

A sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn, which was mistakenly attributed to her more famous brother Felix, will be performed under her name for the first time on International Women’s Day.

ZEIT ONLINE

Ein guter Tag ohne Frauen?

Nichts ist nur ein Frauenthema. Gleichzeitig ist alles ein Frauenthema

kulturradio rbb

Gema ehrt Gubaidulina

Für die Gema ist die russische Komponistin Sofia Gubaidulina eine “große Mystikerin” der zeitgenössischen klassischen Musik.

concerti

Einblicke in die Kunst der Huzulen

In München bringt die ukrainische Dirigentin Oksana Lyniv dem Publikum den überdimensionalen Klang ihres Heimatlandes näher

WXQR

18 Women Composers You Should Know

March is home to both Women’s History month and International Women’s Day.

npr music

In Pursuit Of A More Diverse Night At The Opera

Symphony orchestras and opera companies across the country continually ask the same question: How do we attract a younger and more diverse audience?

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Music History@today_classical in 1903 Birth of English , pianist, and conductor, Avril -Taylor.

BBC Radio 3@BBCRdio3 Today is International Women’s Day! We’re celebrating by playing only music by women composers all day.

Women’s Day  So many great events lined up globally like WOW Festival in London More events at

Londonist  Lots of events celebrating and more going on in London on Wednesday

Oksana Lyniv © Oleg Pavluchenkov

(Written on March 8, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Guardian announces an old manuscript of Igor Stravinsky has been rediscovered and The Times reports of Jonas Kaufmann’s upcoming appearance at the Last Night of the Proms. Also interviews with viola star Maxim Rysanov and Tosca singer Elena Stikhina. As well as this, architect Christoph Nagel reveals his incredible project for a new concert hall in Munich.

The Guardian

Key Igor Stravinsky work found after 100 years

Stephen Walsh, a world expert on the composer, tells how lost score was found in piles of dusty manuscripts

Everyone’s talking about . . . Jonas Kaufmann at the Last Night of the Proms

Rule, Britannia! Or should that be, Herrsche, Gross Britannien!? Next weekend, the superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann becomes the first German singer to perform the patriotic anthem at the Last Night of the Proms.

Gramophone

Exclusive video: The Tallis Scholars pay tribute to Arvo Pärt on his 80th birthday

Admirers of Part’s music were given a special opportunity to appear in this special filmed tribute to the composer.

Amati Magazine

EDITOR’S LUNCH: Maxim Rysanov

The Ukrainian viola star Maxim Rysanov, celebrated for his sweet, powerful tone and his passion for commissioning new works, enjoys a Turkish feast with Jessica Duchen during the 2015 Istanbul Festival

Classical Music Magazine

Representation of women on Edexcel music syllabus: update

Student Jessy McCabe, who started a petition to ensure that women are represented on Edexcel’s next A-level music syllabus, has posted an update on the change.org page.

Klassik.com

Münchener Architekt schlägt unterirdischen Konzertsaal vor

Neuesten Medienberichten zufolge hat der Münchener Architekt Christoph Nagel den Bau eines unterirdischen Konzertsaals unter dem Königsplatz vorgeschlagen. Sein Entwurf sieht ein unterirdisches Musik- und Kulturzentrum vor, das “Kunst, Musik und Geschichte vereint und zugleich spektakuläre Architektur schafft”.

Codex Flores

Verloren geglaubte Strawsinky-Partitur aufgefunden

In einem Stapel alter Manuskripte ist im Konservatorium von St. Petersburg eine Partitur entdeckt worden, von der man glaubte, sie sei unwiederbringlich verloren. Es handelt sich um Strawinskys Grablied (Pogrebal’naya Pesnya) im Andenken an seinen Lehrer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakow.

Opernnetz.de

Vermittlerin der Gefühle

Die junge Elena Stikhina hatte nicht geplant, als Opernsängerin ihren Lebensunterhalt zu bestreiten, aber nun singt sie Rollen wie Tosca und Micaela. Auf diesem Weg versucht sie, das Publikum mit großen Gefühlen zu überwältigen – so wie es ihr selbst auch passiert ist.

The Washington Post

The piano: Keys of the future

A piano, it’s said, can emulate an entire orchestra: Its range extends from thunderous fortes to streams of liquid notes. Yet the majority of people who talk about piano sound today are talking about the sound of a single manufacturer: Steinway.

npr

An Unnoticed ‘Happy Birthday’ Draft Gives Singers A Simpler Tune

It may be the most famous song in the world — but you probably don’t know it by the name it was originally called. “Happy Birthday to You,” that little ditty that floats above cakes and candles the world over, was written by Mildred and Patty Hill, two sisters from Louisville, Ky.

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ClassicalToday : Violinist Arnaud Sussmann Awarded Paris Orchestra Play/Direct Prize

Radio Classique: Les étranges photos de à voir au jusqu’au 14 septembre

NYConcert Artists : 2016 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition – For Pianists & Violinists
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For several generations of musicians and music lovers, Steinway has come to represent the acme of piano sound. Photo credit: Scott Suchman for the WP.

 

(Written on September 7, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Antonio Pappano talks about politicians at the opera and the fate of the ENO, Rossini’s William Tell to be performed at Covent Garden, Iestyn Davies is interviewed by The Guardian and how Andre Rieu’s concerts have inspired a cult following. Furthermore, Lesley Garrett on why opera must give more roles to older women, Albert Ostermaier speaks about the Nibelungen Festival, an interview with Kent Nagano and the Strauss Festival needs help from Munich. Finally, why classical music needs the summer and Live Science on whether music gives you math skills.

The Telegraph

Antonio Pappano: ‘I haven’t time to sit through The Ring’

The chief conductor of the Royal Opera talks to Nigel Farndale about politicians at the opera and the fate of ENO

The Guardian

I have a story to Tell

Rossini’s mammoth opera about the freedom-fighting, sharp-shooting hero William Tell is rarely staged. Working on a new Covent Garden production, Gerald Finley is grappling with ‘clever dirt’, archery skills and crowd control

Iestyn Davies: ‘Falsetto is like yodelling’

The renowned countertenor on finding those high notes, battling acid reflux and emulating the castrato Farinelli on stage

The Independent

Andre Rieu: How the Waltz King’s concerts have inspired a cult following

Rieu’s concerts prove that classical performers can engage with their audience without sacrificing their musical integrity

Classic FM

Lesley Garrett: Opera must give more roles to older women – or die

In the modern world, older women run countries and corporations. It’s time opera composers reflected this, says soprano Lesley Garrett.

Die Welt

“Ich halte die Nibelungen für ein Antikriegsepos”

Für die Nibelungenfestspiele hat Albert Ostermaier den blutrünstigen Sagenstoff neu bearbeitet. “Gemetzel” heißt sein Stück. Ein Gespräch über die Entgiftung eines von den Nazis missbrauchten Stoffs.

concerti

„Der Mensch braucht mehr als Unterhaltung“

Von der Isar an die Elbe: Als neuer Generalmusikdirektor hat Kent Nagano in Hamburg große Pläne – und hofft an Nord- und Ostsee auf die perfekte Welle

pizzicato

Strauss-Festival Garmisch-Partenkirchen blickt hilfesuchend nach München

Das Richard Strauss-Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, bei dem dieses Jahr Christa Ludwig die erstmals vergeben Strauss-Ehrenplakette erhielt, ging mit viel Lob für die Intendantin Prof. Dr. h. c. KS (sic!) Brigitte Fassbaender zu Ende.

RP online

Klassik für den Sommer

Zu den Binsenweisheiten unserer Kultur zählt, dass Musik an Jahreszeiten hängt: Ohne den Sommer kommt sie überhaupt nicht aus.

The New York Times

Seeking Genuine Discovery on Music Streaming Services

One day last week I woke up and decided I wanted to have the best morning ever. So I went to Songza — the music-streaming service that offers only predetermined playlists, much of them designed around mood, time of day or activity — and chose the playlist “Best Morning Ever.”

Live Science

Does Music Give You Math Skills? It’s a Tricky Equation

Naomi Eide is a master’s student in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. She contributed this article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Twitter

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: Dmitri Hvorostovsky opts for cancer treatment in London

I Care If You Listen @icareifulisten: Festival Reveals Piano Gems From A Siberian Prison via

klassik.com@klassikcom: Unternehmer spendet eine Million an die Rom

Antonio Pappano - Photo: © ROH Photographer: CLIVE BARDA

Antonio Pappano – Photo: © ROH Photographer: CLIVE BARDA

(Written on June 29, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, 11 year old Curtis Elton is the youngest person to get a LTCL diploma from Trinity College, harsh critics of the BBC Proms and Carolyn Sampson talks about the about the music that inspires her. The Strad talks to Amnon Weinstein who restored the collection of instruments performed by Jewish musicians during the Nazi regime. Elsewhere, the winners of the International Opera Awards are announced. The discussion about a new concert hall in Munich seems to never end as new plans came up recently. Lachenmann wins Germany’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Daniel Barenboim states that he is not the right candidate for the Berlin Philharmonic.

The Telegraph

Boy, 11, youngest person in world to get music degree

Child prodigy Curtis Elton awarded LTCL diploma from Trinity College London after learning piano from age of three having failed twice on Britain’s Got Talent

The Guardian

The Proms’ problem isn’t the programming, it’s the lack of imagination

Critics of this year’s lineup bemoaning events such as the club music prom are missing the point. The BBC Proms is no longer about music; it’s about the Proms

Facing the Music: Carolyn Sampson

From George Michael and Wagner to … Wham! Soprano Carolyn Sampson on the music that inspires her

The Strad

Holocaust-era ‘Violins of Hope’ to be performed and exhibited in Cleveland

The collection of instruments performed by Jewish musicians during the Nazi regime was restored by Amnon Weinstein

Classical Music Magazine

International Opera Awards announced

The winners of the International Opera Awards 2015 were announced in a ceremony at the Savoy Theatre hosted by Richard E. Grant.

Sinfini

An open letter to politicians

The polls are in, and key voter issues in the run-up to the 2015 UK general election include music education, air support for cellists, and highlighter pens.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Pakt mit dem Park

Die peinigende Diskussion um einen neuen Münchner Konzertsaal erinnerte zuletzt an ritualisierte Katastrophenschutzübungen. Im Rathaus oder in der Staatskanzlei zündet man Bombenideen – und der Rest der Welt bringt sich in Deckung, weil die Ideen eher die Wirkung von Mörsergranaten als von Lösungsvorschlägen hätten.

Der Tagesspiegel

Neuer Konzertsaal im Olympiapark geplant

München soll einen neuen Konzertsaal bekommen – im Olympiapark auf dem Areal des heutigen Eissportzentrums. Angeblich soll der Bau möglichst schnell angegangen werden.

pizzicato

Lachenmann mit Deutschem Musikautorenpreis ausgezeichnet

Der Deutsche Musikautorenpreis in der Kategorie Lebenswerk wird in diesem Jahr an Helmut Lachenmann für sein über fünfzigjähriges musikalisches Schaffen als Komponist, Kompositionslehrer und Begründer der Stilrichtung ‘Musique concrète instrumentale’ verliehen.

El Mundo

Daniel Barenboim: ‘no soy candidato’

La Orquesta votará a su nuevo director el próximo 11 de mayo

ArtsJournal

Detroit Symphony Staffers Help Bring Sacramento Philharmonic Back From The Dead

After a year in the dark, the Sacramento Philharmonic has announced an aggressive return to performing, with a seven-concert season for 2015-16.

Twitter

The Strad Video: @Craigleon describes his recent Bach to Moog project, featuring #violinist Jennifer Pike @ViolinJenny http://bit.ly/1A5NAXb

SZ Kultur Die realistische Idee, Münchens neuen Konzertsaal im Olympiapark zu erbauen, ist ein Befreiungsschlag: http://sz.de/1.2454649 

klassik.com Cellist Pablo Ferrández erhält Förderpreis des Rheingau Musikfestivals #Cello #Festival http://klassik.com/?528sU 

At a point of transition: the 2015 BBC Proms, (l to r) Evelyn Glennie, Danielle de Niese, Katie Derham and Nicholas Collon. Photograph: Andrew Hayes-Watkins/BBC

At a point of transition: the 2015 BBC Proms, (l to r) Evelyn Glennie, Danielle de Niese, Katie Derham and Nicholas Collon. Photograph: Andrew Hayes-Watkins/BBC

 

 

(Written on April 28, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

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

Independent

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

Telegraph

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.

Pizzicato

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.

Klassik.com

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.

Pizzicato

Paris Opera Awards For Six Singers

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

Twitter

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: ‘The investment we make to become an opera singer is not worth the return’ http://bit.ly/1tegSiC

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: BBC Radio 3 is facing ‘cacophony of criticism’ says @FT. BBC’s Helen Boaden denies station has dumbed down: http://ow.ly/EMrQT  (£ish)

KlassikInfo.de @Klassikinfo: München darf nicht zur Dumpfbackenmetropole verkommen. Ein Beschluss für einen neuen Konzertsaal ist überfällig! http://www.KlassikInfo.de 

Ondřej Adámek's funny Air Machine  |  © Ondřej Adámek

Ondřej Adámek’s funny Air Machine | © Ondřej Adámek

 

 

(Written on November 24, 2014 )