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In today’s Classical News, Rory Kinnear talks about directing a brand new opera, and Naxos closes its failed streaming platform after only a year. Violinist Annelle Gregory wins the 2017 Sphinx Competition, on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, the 2017 Grammy Awards in Classical Music were announced, and is streaming changing the cultural impact of music?

The Guardian

Rory Kinnear on his opera debut: ‘If it’s a disaster, I apologise’

He’s played Macheath, an M16 chief and Mr Thatcher, but can he breathe life into a brand new opera? Rory Kinnear explains why he agreed to direct The Winter’s Tale – a 400-year-old text that suddenly feels horribly contemporary.

Rhinegold

Naxos closes Classics Online

Naxos has closed its high-audio-quality streaming platform Classics Online just a year after it launched, underlining the financial crisis classical labels face because of the digital technology. Klaus Heymann, Naxos’ owner, said the Singapore-based platform was dogged by technical problems which delayed its launch for a year, and in the interim several other streaming services, such as Apple Music, entered the market.

Inaugural Dare Art Prize winner to explore beyond human hearing

A composer working with sounds below the limits of human hearing has been announced as the winner of the inaugural £15,000 Dare Art Prize.

The Strad

Violinist Annelle Gregory wins 2017 Sphinx Competition $50,000 first prize

The annual Detroit contest, including senior and junior divisions, is open to black and Latino US string players.

Balkan Insight

Classical Music Boosts Bulgaria’s Public Radio

The audience of Bulgarian National Radio has enjoyed a 20 per cent boost in audience figures since a bitter dispute with the Bulgarian copyright society forced it to play only music produced before 1945.

Die Welt

Er war wie ein Trampolin, auf dem die Töne herumhüpften

Er konnte uns auch mit banalsten Versen zum Lächeln bringen, und seine Imitationen aller möglichen Instrumente auf offener Bühne waren ein Naturereignis: Zum Tod des Jazz-Musikers Al Jarreau.

Fono Forum

Dorothea Röschmann und Mitsuko Uchida 

Für das beste klassische Solo-Album haben die Sopranistin Dorothea Röschmann und die Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida einen Grammy erhalten. Mit Liedern von Schumann und Berg überzeugten sie die Jury.

Musik Heute

Über drei Millionen Laienmusiker in Deutschland

In Deutschland sind rund 3,1 Millionen Menschen in einem verbandlich organisierten Laienchor oder -ensemble aktiv. Das entspreche 38 von 1.000 Personen, die in ihrer Freizeit musizieren, teilte das Statistische Bundesamt (Destatis) am Dienstag in Wiesbaden mit.

Classical MPR

2017 Grammy Winners in Classical Music

On Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, the 2017 Grammy Awards in Classical Music were announced. 

The Smart Set

Why Music Ownership Matters

Is the shift from owning songs to streaming them eroding listener loyalty and reducing the cultural impact of music?

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Image: Rory Kinnear

(Written on February 14, 2017 )