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In today’s classical news: The RSNO announces its Composer Hub Intake, A take on sexism in the musical world, the St. John’s Smith Square Christmas Festival and a celebration of Opera The Konzerthausorchester Berlin wins the award for innovative orchestra and at the Staatsoperette Dresden the stage is flooded by the sprinkler system. Also Karajans compete recordings on 356 CDs, some gossip about Franz Liszt and former German Home Secretary Otto Schily will be conducting a concert.

The Times

Richard Morrison: The world of classical music has had many quasi-Weinsteins

Pudgy, wrinkled and repellent; shamelessly predatory, detested and feared — no, this isn’t another article about Harvey Weinstein.

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO announces 2017/18 Composer Hub intake

The five composers selected for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s 2017/18 Composer Hub programme have been announced.

St John’s Smith Square announces Christmas Festival 2017

The 32nd Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square will take place 9-23 December. The festival, which comprises 14 concerts, will open with the City of London Choir’s Carols by Candlelight, featuring festive classics, new favourites and audience participation.

Opera Now

Celebrating in song

As the UK celebrates Opera Passion Day, we look ahead to an event that focuses on the power of the human voice to move and inspire audiences

The Guardian

Trio Da Kali: the Malian musicians defying jihad – with help from Kronos Quartet

The first time David Harrington met Trio Da Kali, they made him cry. The lead violinist and founder of Kronos Quartet was at the home of a colleague in London where he was to be introduced to the three Malian musicians.

WQXR

The Liszt List! 5 Absurd Moments From the Eccentric Pianist’s Life

Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was a celebrated composer and pianist, but at his peak, he was also regarded as a premiere showman. He enjoyed being a celebrity, and as long as attention was on him, he made sure to act the part.

Limelight

Karajan release sets record for biggest box set ever produced

Legendary conductor’s complete recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca, on 356 discs.

Reaction

The Star-Spangled Banner and its sleazy origins

Despite the more pressing matters of Puerto Rico, gun reform, and an impending nuclear holocaust, President Trump has recently been devoting a lot of energy — and Twitter characters — to NFL players refusing to stand during the national anthem.

Codex flores

Konzerthausorchester Berlin ist Innovatives Orchester 2017

Der in diesem Jahr erstmals vergebene und mit 10’000 Euro dotierte Preis «Innovatives Orchester 2017» der Deutschen Orchesterstiftung geht an das Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Einen Sonderpreis erhält das Staatsorchester Mainz.

Musik-heute

Ex-Innenminister Schily wird Konzert dirigieren

Der frühere Bundesinnenminister Otto Schily (85) geht unter die Dirigenten – zumindest für einen Abend: Am 5. Januar 2018 leitet der Rechtsanwalt und SPD-Politiker ein Neujahrskonzert im münsterländischen Borken.

Klassik.com

Staatsoperette Dresden: Sprinkleranlage flutet Bühne

Bei einer turnusmäßigen Überprüfung der Sprinkleranlagen in den Spielstätten im Kraftwerk Mitte kam es gestern zu einer folgenschweren Havarie: auf die Bühne der Staatsoperette strömten Unmengen Wasser.

Twitter

Classical Music News‏ @CIassicalMusic RCM announces Master of Education course http://dlvr.it/PwYZJy  #ClassicalMusic

Franz Liszt

(Written on October 20, 2017 )

The last minute cancellation of a performance last week by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra at the World Wrestling Cup, infuriated its conductor Ali Rahbari. As the orchestra was about to play the national anthem, it was announced that women weren’t allowed to perform; Rahbari refused to perform if the orchestra could not play all together.  

Since the Islamic revolution in 1979, women have been forbidden from performing solo on stage. Outside the capital, performances are often cancelled if there is a female musician, even when tickets have been sold. To perform music in Iran, it is necessary to have a permit from the ministry of culture, however even with the permit, anti -music groups call off concerts; conservatives and some religious leaders claim music can “excite and cause deviation” among the country’s youth. Last week’s incident was the first time a performance by the Symphony Orchestra had been cancelled because of its female members.

Only this April, after a three year interlude, was the orchestra revived by Alexander Rahbari. According to Rahbari, this is thanks to Rouhani’s relatively moderate administration. Under the previous president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the orchestra was broken up, due to negligence and financial stringency.

Tehran Symphony Orchestra performs in Tehran in March after a 25 month break/ photo: Payvand Iran news

Tehran Symphony Orchestra performs in Tehran in March after a 25 month break/ photo: Payvand Iran news

It is odd that there are such gender issues in Iran’s entertainment industry. In many ways, the country is one of the more progressive middle Eastern countries; 70% of university graduates in Iran are women. The cancellation of concerts which have been permitted by the ministry of culture is considered wrong, and there doesn’t seem to be much clarity or consistency on the issue; Iranian law allows women to perform as part of an ensemble, however sometimes concerts go ahead and on some occasions they are called-off. Women aren’t allowed to sing solo either, as a result many are forced to go abroad in order to pursue careers in music. Are the restrictions on women performing just an extreme method of limiting music in Iran rather than restricting women? It seems that women in other industries aren’t discriminated against as severely, but according to some conservatives, music can “excite and cause deviation.”

The restrictions on the performance of music, the necessity of a permit and the cancellation of concerts because of female performers seem bizarre to Europe. Although females in the European music industry – most notably composers and conductors – do face gender issues, we have progressed considerably. This week, it was announced that Xian Zhang will be guest conductor at BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Although female conductors are still a rarity, the idea of women in this role is becoming normalised.

Conductor Ali Rahbari

Conductor Ali Rahbari

The human rights of women in Iran have been infringed upon; the orchestra was quite right not to perform rather than bow to the demands of the authorities, who prohibited the women from playing. Not only is it a kind of gender segregation, but audiences are deprived of music, which they have paid to hear. The head of the Wrestling Federation, Rasoul Khadem, has asked the orchestra to play the national anthem at another wrestling event in Tehran in January; let’s hope it goes ahead uninterrupted! 

(Written on December 4, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the results of Sound and Music’s Composer Commissioning Survey are revealed, Royal Scottish National Orchestra relocates to Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, ‘La Marseillaise’ is played around the World and Sebastian Schwartz is appointed general director at Glyndebourne. Also, the winners of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards are announced

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music survey highlights problems faced by composers

The results of Sound and Music’s Composer Commissioning Survey 2015 have been revealed. The survey was first conducted in 2014 in response to increasingly frequent remarks over the worsening environment for the creation of new music

The National

Royal Scottish National Orchestra moves to bespoke new home in Glasgow city centre

Scotland’s national orchestra has relocated to a new home in Glasgow city centre. The construction of a purpose-built rehearsal and recording facility for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and a new 600-seat music auditorium was completed last month

The New York Times

After Paris Attacks, ‘La Marseillaise’ Echoes Around the World in Solidarity

It rang out at the Metropolitan Opera, with Plácido Domingo conducting, and before performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and others. Muslim leaders sang it in Paris at the scene of one of Friday’s deadly terror attacks

Classical Music Magazine

Paul Hamlyn Foundation award winners announced

Composers Brian Irvine, Adem Ilhan and Peter Wareham have been named winners of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists 2015. Each winner receives £50,000 over three years, with no obligations or conditions as to how the money is used

Classical Music Magazine

Glyndebourne appoints Sebastian Schwartz as general director

Glyndebourne has appointed Sebastian F. Schwartz as general director. He will take up the new role in May 2016, becoming the opera company’s seventh general director

NMZ

Liz Mohn Kultur- und Musikstiftung fördert 15 Musikprojekte

In den Projekten erhalten junge Menschen aus unterschiedlichen Kulturen die Chance, an kultureller Bildung teilzuhaben und das Miteinander und Verständnis füreinander zu lernen

Klassik.com

Medal of Freedom für Geiger Itzhak Perlman

Der Violinist und Dirigent Itzhak Perlman erhält die Presidential Medal of Freedom, die als höchste zivile Auszeichnung der USA gilt

Codex Flores

Kammerorchester Basel reist nach Australien

Das Kammerorchester Basel gastiert zum ersten Mal in seiner Geschichte in Australien. Eingeladen hat das Australian Chamber Orchestra. Als Solistin reist die Cellistin Sol Gabetta mit

El Pais

“Mi música es una mezcla de lógica y sentimiento”

El compositor Ludovico Einaudi, autor de la música del nuevo anuncio de la Lotería de Navidad, presenta su disco ‘Elements’

Scherzo

Antón Larrauri tiene ya su página web

El 21 de deciembre de este año se celebra el 15 aniversario del fallecimiento del compositor Antón Larrauri. Para tal ocasión un círculo de amigos del compositor ha colgado una biografía suya en Wikipedia junto a la creación de un blog llamado Circulolarrauri en el cual van introduciendo artículos referidos a su figura y obra

Twitter

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WhatsOnStage Opera: @WOSOpera  Sebastian F. Schwarz, deputy AD of Theater an der Wien in Vienna, appointed general director of @glyndebourne  w.e.f. May 2016

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L-R: Brian Irvine, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Emma Hart, Peter Wareham, Adem Ilhan, Tina Keane and Will Holder. Photo: Emile Holba, Classical Music Magazine

Paul Hamlyn Foundation award winners, L-R: Brian Irvine, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Emma Hart, Peter Wareham, Adem Ilhan, Tina Keane and Will Holder.
Photo: Emile Holba, Classical Music Magazine

 

(Written on November 17, 2015 )

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.

Twitter

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 )

The Washington Post

Opera singer Renee Fleming chosen to sing anthem at Super Bowl

Renée Fleming has hit some important pop-culture markers in the past few months. In September, she went on David Letterman’s show to sing the Top Ten list. Now, she’s going to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl

CNN

i(ce)-Tunes: Sweden’s incredible ice orchestra

They’re among the rarest instruments in the world, but they’ll be discarded come spring. They’re so fragile even the players’ breath risks nudging them out of tune.

The Guardian

English National Opera’s Edward Gardner to leave

Highly regarded conductor to take up new role at Bergen Philharmonic from 2015, and be replaced by Mark Wigglesworth

BBC News

Iran: Rule banning musical instruments on TV is broken

Iran’s Channel One television has caused a sensation by showing musical instruments on screen for the first time in 30 years, it’s reported.

West End stars downplay theatre safety issue

Theatre audiences are “a hardy lot” who will not be put off by recent incidents at London venues where patrons have been injured, according to the stars of a newly opened West End show.

Marie Claire

The Women Who Are Ruling The Music Industry, Right Now

The ladies who’ve bagged the best jobs backstage, from inside music magazines and record labels, to studio techs and bloggers

Daily Herald

Teen entrepeneur takes on music industry

Breje Whitt was only 15 years old when he began performing onstage with a nationally renowned Christian rock band. Two years later, the Elgin teen is running his own DJ, sound and lighting company.

CNN

CNN

 

(Written on January 23, 2014 )

Classic FM 

Stolen $50k violin found 

The stolen antique violin is found to the great relief of a South Korean student

Lesley Garret returns to the stage 

Lesley Garret will perform in an intimate concert at Opera North’s Howard Assembly Rooms in Leeds on September 24th 

Opera for toddlers at Tête à Tête

Scottish Opera are bringing classical music to toddlers up to the age of three.

Olympic National anthem controversy 

London Philharmonic Orchestra’s recordings have prompted more than a little outrage

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc 

An American orchestra pulls back from the brink 

Delaware Symphony may not be so poor after all….

Gramophone 

Obituary: Ruggiero Ricci, violinist 

An obituary for Ruggiero Ricci, violinist, teacher and last of a golden age of violinists.

Gramophone Blog 

Can we really write off ‘modern opera’? 

Andrew Mellor discusses Michael Attenborough’s statement about modern opera.

BBC News 

Mahani Teave, Easter Island’s only concert pianist 

Mahani Teave  learned to play classical music as a child growing up on windswept Easter Island – thousands of kilometres from mainland Chile.

(Written on August 9, 2012 )

Classic FM

‘Fifty Shades of Grey- The Classical Album’ set for release on EMI 

EMI are releasing an album of classical music chosen by author E L James.

Charles Ives’ house to be demolished?  

Developers are looking to purchase Charles Ives’ house.

Beethoven, Bach manuscripts up for auction 

Original manuscripts by Beethoven, Bach and Rameau are to be auctioned in October at Sotheby’s in Paris.

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc 

Just in: BBC signs another maestro 

The BBC Symphony Orchestra announced that Semyon Bychkov would join their roster of conductors.

Research: More Germans attend Classical Concerts than pop and rock 

A New survey detects an increase in audiences of classical concerts.

Amid Olympic confusion, Wales launches anthem app 

The Welsh have launched an app to teach you how to sing their national anthem properly.

The Guardian- Blog 

A guide to Olga Neuwirth’s music

Tom Service guides us through the music of Olga Neuwirth

BBC News 

Marvin Hamlisch, composer of The Sting and A Chorus Line, dies aged 68 

The composer Marvin Hamlisch, who wrote the scores for films and shows including The Sting and A Chorus Line, has died in Los Angeles, aged 68.

(Written on August 8, 2012 )