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The New York Times

Favorite Sounds, Early to Environmental

Classical music critics of The New York Times select their favorite recordings of 2013

Dallas Observer

Dallas Symphony Announces New Assistant Conductor

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday morning that American conductor Karina Canellakis will join the orchestra as assistant conductor beginning in 2014

Slipped Disc

‘For many years, she gave all the important violin premieres’

Maria Lidka, a Hitler refugee who has died at the age of 99, was a formidable figure in British musical life, performing concertos with all the main orchestras and devoting herself to the works of young composers

The Wagnerian

The Wagnerian Readers Choice Awards – 2013. Stage 1 Semi Finals: The Singers

Presenting the first annual “The Wagnerian Readers Choice Awards” dedicated to those that have “shone” in some part of the “Wagnerian world”

BBC News

Apollo Theatre: Ceiling collapses during show in London

Seventy-six people have been injured, seven seriously, after part of a ceiling in London’s Apollo Theatre collapsed during a show, police say

Der Tagesspiegel

Schützenswerte Orchesterlandschaft

Der Deutsche Musikrat will die einmalige Orchesterlandschaft der Bundesrepublik von der Unesco schützen lassen. Das erweckt den Eindruck, als hätten wir hierzulande das alleinige Recht auf musikalische Vielfalt gepachtet

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on December 20, 2013 )

BBC News

Stolen Stradivarius violin to be sold

The stolen Stradivarius violin that was taken from Euston station in 2010 is expected to sell for more than £1m when it is sold at auction today

Limelight

Where are all the Aussie chief conductors?

Veteran conductor Patrick Thomas offers some personal thoughts on a native species in danger

Classic FM Online

Watch: trailer for new Elijah Wood Grand Piano movie

A new trailer for Grand Piano, the forthcoming Elijah Wood movie in which he plays a harassed concert pianist, has been unveiled

Truro Cathedral recreates historic carol service

The first ever Nine Lessons and Carols service took place in Truro Cathedral in 1880 – and was recreated last night to celebrate the city’s role in the tradition

New York Times

Deal Gives Philharmonic Musicians Modest Gains

The contract agreement that the New York Philharmonic reached with its musicians last week will keep the music playing at Avery Fisher Hall and spare the city from the kind of bitter labor unrest that has set off damaging strikes and lockouts at other orchestras

Classicalite

Time Out London Kills Classical Music?

According to Norman Lebrecht’s blog over at ArtsJournal.com, Time Out has given notice to classical music. That’s right, Time Out has killed its classical music coverage

The Gazette

Classical music given modern twist

Michael Brailey has just been made principal composer of the National Youth Orchestra (NYO), a major honour. Michael, who lives near Cheriton Bishop in Mid Devon, will compose unique pieces of music for the orchestra of the most talented teenage musicians in the UK

Die Welt

Daniel Hardings Distanz zu deutschen Romantikern

Wer wird Nachfolger von Sir Simon Rattle an der Spitze der Berliner Philharmoniker? Zweiter Teil des Kandidaten-Checks: Diesmal Daniel Harding, der gerade “Szenen aus Goethes Faust” dirigierte

Classic FM

Classic FM

(Written on December 18, 2013 )

The Guardian

Spotify to take on iTunes Radio with free tier for its music apps

11 December event expected to expand free mobile access from US, although on-demand streams will be limited

The New York Times

Kennedy Center Names New Chief

Deborah F. Rutter, who as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra helped it navigate the financial shoals that have sunk other orchestras, will become the president of the Kennedy Center next fall, the center announced on Tuesday

Voice of America

San Francisco Musicians Create ‘New’ Classical Music

A group of young artists in San Francisco are continuing that trend, giving new life to an old field: opera and European classical music

Star Tribune

Italian opera house La Scala: Riccardo Chailly to replace Barenboim as musical director

The Milanese opera house La Scala took another step in its artistic and managerial transition on Tuesday by confirming that Riccardo Chailly will be its new musical director, replacing Daniel Barenboim

Minnesota Orchestra: Board reports deficit of $1.1 million for fiscal 2013

Minnesota Orchestral Association reported revenue of roughly $12 million, nearly all through contributions and investment income

New Music Box

FAIR AND BALANCED

“Until we rid ourselves of the notion that the best music of all time was created by a handful of men who lived an ocean away from us and who all died more than a century before any of us were born, we will never have programming that truly reflects the vast array of musical creativity all around us.”

Digital Music News

A Tiny Percentage of Artist Income Comes from Copyright, Study Finds…

According to a study conducted by Peter DiCola of the Northwestern University School of Law, artists are now, on average, deriving a relatively tiny percentage of their income directly from copyrights

FONO FORUM

“Reden – das kann ich einfach so”

Die Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida ist nicht nur eine weltweit gefeierte Mozart-Interpretin, sondern weiß auch sachkundig und unterhaltsam über Musik zu erzählen. Im Januar gibt sie ein Gesprächskonzert zu Beethovens „Diabelli-Variationen“ in der Essener Philharmonie

FONO FORUM

FONO FORUM

(Written on December 12, 2013 )

Slipped Disc

Nelson Mandela’s classical pianist

One of Mandela’s closest friends was pianist Harold Ruben who refused to play in front of segregated audiences in South Africa before moving to London to teach at the Royal College of music until his death in 2010

Telegraph

Nelson Mandela in British culture

Nelson Mandela cast a deep influence over British culture, from the concerts he inspired to flats that Del Boy and Rodney lived in for the TV show Only Fools and Horses

The Wall Street Journal

Strassel: Piano Sonata in FTC Minor

Music teachers, beware. The feds are onto you. Better not try to raise the price of your lessons

BBC News

Bolshoi acid attack: Soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko jailed

A Moscow court has jailed Bolshoi Ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko for six years for organising an acid attack on the company’s artistic director

Musician falls in Llangollen Canal trying to rescue saxophone

A musician suffered hypothermia and had to be rescued from a canal after he fell in while trying to retrieve his saxophone in Denbighshire

Arts Beat

Serbian-Born Composer Wins $100,000 Prize

Djuro Zivkovic, a 38-year-old composer who was born in Serbia and lives in Stockholm, has won the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his work “On the Guarding of the Heart.” The prize, awarded annually by the University of Louisville, is among the most prestigious international prizes for classical composition carries a cash award of $100,000

Die Zeit

So echt! So intensiv!

Am Freitag debütierten sie beide an der Berliner Staatsoper in Verdis “Trovatore”: Anna Netrebko und Placido Domingo. Ein ziemlich dramatisches Gespräch über perfektes Singen, böse Mädchen und die Knochenarbeit im Haifischbecken

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on December 6, 2013 )

JDCMB

British Composer Awards 2013 go to… 13 men and NO women

How is it possible in 2013 that 13 men get prizes and there is not one woman in the line up?

Gramophone

CBSO appoints first Conducting Fellow

New fellowship programme aims to help aspiring conductors

British Composer Award winners are revealed

Harrison Birtwistle collects his fifth award

The Guardian

Germany may arm police with ‘Nazi Shazam’ phone app

Software would allow authorities to act immediately if illegal far-right songs are played on radio, at clubs or in public

Rufus Wainwright to compose opera about Roman emperor Hadrian

Singer is working with playwright Daniel MacIvor to create his second opera, inspired by the 1951 novel Memoirs of Hadrian

Die Zeit

Dirigent Barenboim mit Dönhoff-Preis ausgezeichnet

Daniel Barenboim ist mit dem Dönhoff-Preis für internationale Verständigung geehrt worden. Der Dirigent und Pianist fördere den Dialog zwischen Juden und Arabern

The Guardian

The Guardian

 

(Written on December 4, 2013 )

BBC News

Esa-Pekka Salonen: 10 tips to becoming a conductor

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s career took off when he stood in at the last minute for a sick conductor when he was just 25. Almost 25 years later, he was recently named conductor of the year

The Guardian

Maria Callas: Google gives singer a solo

The 90th anniversary of the legendary soprano’s birth is marked in the latest Google doodle

Why there’s nothing wrong with being bored by opera

Do you find opera tedious? Do bits of Shakespeare send you to sleep? Well, you’re not alone. David Hare, Julian Barnes and John Eliot Gardiner talk to John Crace about the importance of being bored

ABC News

Homeless Man’s Music Moves Listeners to Tears at a Thrift Store

A homeless man who says he cannot read music and has had no formal musical training has stunned staff and customers at a Vancouver second hand store with his virtuoso piano playing

Fast Company

How This Group Of London Hackers Made Musical Instruments From Converse All Stars

What do you get when you put a crowd of creative Londoners in a garage with DIY speaker kits and Converse All Stars sneakers? Musical instruments made from Chucks

The Wall Street Journal

Music to Really Young Ears

New York Philharmonic’s Concerts Cater to Toddler Set

The Independent

Classical and pop audiences can mix

There’s nothing wrong with trying to make classical music more accessible to younger audiences

The Globe and Mail

Why Rufus Wainwright is turning a Roman emperor into a COC opera

On Monday, the Canadian Opera Company will announce that that opera – simply titled Hadrian– with a libretto by Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor will have its world premiere as the opening production of the COC’s 2018 mainstage season at the Four Seasons Centre

Die Welt

Maria Callas – Inbegriff der dramatischen Sängerin

Maria Callas brachte es vom griechischen Einwandererkind in New York zum Megastar der Klassik. Nur in der Liebe hatte sie kein Glück: Der Reeder Onassis betrog sie, Filmemacher Pasolini war schwul

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on December 2, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Eric Whitacre to work with Pentatonix?

The choral composer met the ‘Daft Punk’ singers in London, discussing the possibility of working together

Huffington Post

Tom Hodge On The Nature Of Collaboration

Composer and Pianist Tom Hodge examines the nature of musical collaborations, and specifically, the challenges of writing new music with another person

The Telegraph 

Mt Annan McDonald’s employs classical musical to deter loitering youths at night

With the dulcet tones of Pavarotti and his fellow tenors filling the airwaves, the carpark at Mt Annan McDonald’s has been much quieter in the past few weeks. The McDonald’s store started playing classical musical late at night recently to deter young people from loitering at the store

The Arts Desk

The journey to hell in Theresienstadt

The violinist Daniel Hope introduces Refuge in Music, his new film on the musicians of Terezín

BBC News 

How Martin guitars became an ‘American Stradivarius’

Vintage Martin guitars – the finest of which sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars – are sought after by musicians around the world for their distinctive tone and timeless design

Deadline Detroit

The Diva and the Ducks: Visiting Opera Singer Chooses Urban Farm For Detroit Lodging

Soprano Nicole Cabell is definitely NOT a diva. In fact, she’s explaining why opera shouldn’t be exclusively perceived as an elitist art form

Forbes

The World’s Highest-Paid Musicians 2013

Madonna pulled in $125 million over the past year, making her the highest-paid musician in the world. The bulk of her millions came from the tail end of her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million. She augments her income with heady merchandise sales at concerts, as well as her Material Girl clothing line and Truth or Dare fragrance

New Music Box

Audience Cultivation in American New Music

Historically, new music has sought to confront general audiences with unexpected sounds and forms.  The present, however, sees the milieu of new music splintered into factions, each with its own loyal but marginal audience

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

(Written on November 22, 2013 )

The Guardian

Castorf has become the villain of the Bayreuth Ring cycle

After the Bayreuth audience booed a deliberately incoherent Ring cycle, Martin Kettle wonders if the festival – and Wagner – deserves better

Sunday Times

In The Key Of Life

Proms themed in C, including works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Tippett, fascinate Paul Driver

Gramophone

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra launches urgent appeal for donations

The orchestra must raise £70,000 if it is to survive in difficult economic times

LA Times

Metropolitan Opera responds to petition blasting Vladimir Putin

The Metropolitan Opera has sent a statement in response to an online petition criticizing the New York company for its upcoming production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin.”

Classic FM

14-year-old’s heavy metal Vivaldi tribute is a viral hit

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons has been given a heavy metal makeover by a French teenage girl, and become a YouTube sensation in the process

Opera Chic

Stephen Sondheim, The Art of the Musical

The Paris Review excerpts a comprehensive 1997 interview with Stephen Sondheim where the American composer/lyricist talks shop, legacy and everything in between with James Lipton.

Berliner Zeitung

So jung ist er nun auch wieder nicht

Beim Young Euro Classic-Festival treten auch gestandene Virtuosen wie Joshua Bell auf. Auch wenn der Violinist mit seinem Bubengesicht immer noch als Teenie-Schwarm und Nachwuchshoffnung wahrgenommen wird.

Classical Music News: Stephen SondheimOpera Chic

(Written on August 12, 2013 )

A fascination with cognitive development in babies and children and its link with classical music has often been explored and experimented with by parents, scientists and music aficionados. This week, Classic FM reported on a new study conducted in Israel, which ‘revealed that premature newborn babies are more conductive to development if they listen to the music of Mozart rather than Bach.’

Here at WildKat PR we all began to think of our development alongside classical music and whether the music we listened to as children has affected us today – just how did we get into classical music?

Tania: ‘When I was 9, my Grandma gave me Schubert’s ‘Trout’ with Alfred Brendel playing the piano. I was notorious for never sitting still and it was the first time I lay on the sofa and listened to an entire CD from start to finish: mesmerized!’

Francesca: ‘When I was a toddler apparently I loved ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ by Dukas (I still do) because it was featured in Fantasia during the iconic scene with the dancing brooms, so I used to watch it on repeat!’

Harriet: ‘I grew up in Italy so had a lot of wonderful exposure to opera, yet the most poignant moment was when our local British vicar played the role of the Doctor in ‘La Traviata’. I thought he was the star of the show! ‘Libiamo’ is still our family’s favourite late night singalong song.’

Victoria: ‘When I was six and I first started the piano my very unmusical granddad sat me on his knees and played me the only thing he knew how to play – one octave of C Major’

Olivia: ‘I remember being in reception, aged four, and visiting the music department to see what instrument I would like to play. We listened to people performing, and I decided I would like to play the violin.’

Kat: ‘When I was a young toddler, and I was suffering from a cold, my Dad would sit at the piano with me and work out how much lower my singing register was. He would join in too!’

Fleur: ‘I remember seeing the Proms on television when I was about nine and picking which instrument I wanted to play’

Olivia: ‘From a very young age I went to church every Sunday, which is when I heard the choir and decided that I would like the join and learn to sing.’

Francesca: ‘I also loved performing, and played keyboard duets at Primary School in assembly and at local music events with my twin sister; my dad played keyboard and guitar and we wanted to copy him so he taught us. My love for classical music ignited when I started the trumpet aged fourteen!

Tania: ‘When my brother was learning the piano, his book had ‘God save the Queen’ in it. On the page of music was a picture of a beefeater so I thought that was what God looked like.’

Kat: ‘As a family we frequently made chamber music for and with my Nan (she was on the flute, my dad on piano, my mum on viola, me violin and my brother cello’

Harriet: ‘As one of four sisters who all loved making a racket, the natural progression was to stick an instrument in each of our hands forming a string quartet. We were first quoted as ‘sounding worse than Athens traffic’ but gradually improved working with our Dad’s fascination with Schubert to produce a fairly decent sounding ‘Death and the Maiden’, a much more pleasant experience for the neighbours than the day we decided to form a rock band…’

Victoria: ‘My first opera experience was in Prague, I want to see ‘La Traviata’, in Italian with Czech subtitles. It was a long time before I went to another opera…’

Fleur: ‘Both my older sisters were forced to have piano lessons when they were young, but hated it so my parents didn’t want to force me into it, yet I turned out to be the only musical one!’

What is interesting to note is that some first musical experiences have really shaped the music we listen to and enjoy in our adult lives, whilst some have had the opposite effect. Victoria is an opera fanatic yet did not enjoy her first opera experience, Fleur was not encouraged to play an instrument yet was the most musical member of her family; on the other hand Harriet continues to love Schubert after growing up with his music and Olivia continues to love choral music after her years in a church choir. However, our experiences come to shape us, the music we grow up with really does affect us today, defining our opinions and growing our passions.

Share your experiences with us: what’s your first classical musical memory?

We’ve also dug out a couple of early photos of ourselves – can you work out who’s who?

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photo WildKat who's who?

 

(Written on July 5, 2013 )

The Guardian

The fantastic Dr Dee: angels, magic and the birth of modern science

As Damon Albarn’s opera opens in London, Carole Jahme wonders why Dee has been written out of the history of science.

The Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra with Gustavo Dudamel – live stream

Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra performed at London’s Royal Festival Hall with conductor Gustavo Dudamel on 23 and 26 June.

The Times

Delius takes Hassan on the Golden Road

On July 7 Frederick Delius’s Hassan is staged in Cheltenham.

MUSO

Edward Gardner among artists given Queen’s birthday honours

English National Opera director Edward Gardner has been named among the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, being awarded an OBE for services to music.

BBC Music Magazine

Arts Council awards Catalyst Endowment funds

The Arts Council has awarded ‘Catalyst’ awards to a host of music organisations including the Hallé and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE).

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Bayreuth’s American Siegfried has died

Jean Cox was not the first American to sing at the Wagner shrine but he was surely the first to fly a bombing mission before he took to the stage.

Gramophone

Performing musical saw in a potato barn

The SCO’s principal cellist prepares for the East Neuk Festival.

New Music 20×12 issues three more releases

Hear excerpts from works by David Bruce, Emily Howard and Michael Wolters.

Jamie Philips appointed assistant conductor of the Hallé

21-year-old succeeds Andrew Gourlay in September.

(Written on June 27, 2012 )