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In today’s news: Hip-hop opera introduced to teenagers, Spotify expands into new territories, Classic FM launches new podcast, Royal Opera House Muscat putting Oman on the cultural map, The MU develops Musical Theatre Kit, Metropolitan opera fires James Levine after sexual-abuse investigation, Gauteng Opera in Johannesburg will close its doors and the violin of Albert Einstein was auctioned by 420.000 Euro in New York.

Music Teacher

Opera Holland Park introduces teenagers to opera in new film

A new film from Investec Opera Holland Park (OHP) follows eight sixth-formers from Archbishop Tenison’s School, Lambeth as they are introduced to opera. Hip hop to opera shows the students meeting OHP’s general director Michael Volpe during some mentoring sessions, before they are taken to the Royal Opera House to watch a rehearsal, meet a singer and ROH director of opera Oliver Mears, and attend a performance of Tosca.

Music Week

Spotify expands to new territories ahead of IPO next month

Spotify has increased its global footprint today with new launches in Israel, Romania, South Africa and Vietnam. The additions have been announced as it’s been reported that Spotify will list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange in the week of April 2.

Radio Today

Tim Lihoreau to host new Classic FM podcast

Classic FM has launched a new free podcast series called Case Notes, hosted by the More Music Breakfast presenter Tim Lihoreau.

The Week

Opera in Oman: singing in the changes

Royal Opera House Muscat is putting the small Gulf state on the world’s cultural map. Oman’s crown jewel remains its opera house, which was the first in the Gulf region and has since been joined by one in Dubai.

The Stage

Musical writers supported through launch of new advice kit

Musical theatre collaborators are being offered guidance on every aspect of creating a show, through a new resource launched this week.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Metropolitan Oper entlässt Star-Dirigent James Levine

James Levine gilt als einer der besten Dirigenten der Vereinigten Staaten. Nun hat ihn die Metropolitan Oper entlassen – ihm wird sexueller Missbrauch vorgeworfen. Nach einer Untersuchung über Vorwürfe sexuellen Missbrauchs gegen James Levine hat die New Yorker Metropolitan Oper ihren Star-Dirigenten entlassen.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

#MeToo in der Klassik: “Jemand will Kuhn kastrieren – geifernd mit dem Messer”

Der sonnenkönighafte Gustav Kuhn leitet die Tiroler Festspiele. Der umstrittene Blogger Markus Wilhelm wirft ihm sexuelle Übergriffe und Psychoterror vor. Die Geschichte eines irren Zweikampfes.

klassik.com

Gauteng Opera in Johannesburg schließt ihre Pforten

Die Gauteng Oper in Johannesburg schließt ihre Tore; das gab die Unternehmensführung in der vergangenen Woche bekannt.

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26. Kurt-Weill-Fest mit Besucherrekord – Bauhaus-Jubiläum 2019 Thema

Mehr als 20 000 Menschen haben das 26. Kurt-Weill-Fest besucht. Das sei ein Rekord, teilten die Organisatoren am Sonntag zum Abschluss in Dessau-Roßlau mit.

Musik Heute

Nelsons in Leipzig: Tradition und Neues verbinden

In seiner ersten kompletten Saison als Gewandhauskapellmeister will Andris Nelsons die Leipziger Musiktradition und zeitgenössische Werke verbinden. Einen Fokus legt der 39-jährige Lette, der Ende Februar ins Amt eingeführt wurde, auf Mendelssohn Bartholdy und Schumann.

Klassik Heute

NAXOS Deutschland und belvedere edition arbeiten zusammen

NAXOS freut sich über bedeutend en Zuwachs im Vertrieb! Seit 03.03.2018 arbeitet das in Berlin ansässige Label belvedere edition eng mit NAXOS Deutschland zusammen und vertreibt seine Produkte sowohl innerhalb Deutschlands als auch in der NAXOS Music Group physisch und digital.

SWR Classic

In New York wurde Einsteins Geige für Rekordpreis versteigert – Für Ulm zu teuer

Die Violine wurde 1933 in Princton hergestellt. Sie war eine Maßanfertigung für Albert Einstein – mit Fichtendecken und Ahornseiten. Jetzt ist sie für gut 420.000 € versteigert worden.

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Le patrimoine musical de Pierre Boulez sera conservé dans plusieurs institutions

Les ayants droits de Pierre Boulez ont fait don de l’intégralité du patrimoine musical du compositeur et chef d’orchestre disparu le 5 janvier 216, à diverses institutions.

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The Violin Channel_@violinchannel: VERY SAD NEWS | @Staatskapelle_B Concertmaster Axel Wilczok Has Died [RIP] @DivanOrchestra http://ow.ly/aSLB30iTEvb

 

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(Written on March 13, 2018 )

In today’s news: The Barbican announces its 2018/2019 season, RBC to host new piano competition, ENO to be part of Henley Festival this year, new production of Porgy and Bess will not be performed by an all-black cast, the inaugural International Music Competition Harbin enters final round, Apple Music to launch analytics for artists, conductor Robert Spano to leave ASO after 20 years, what will happen after director Dieter Wedel steps down from theatre festival after sex assault claims, Frankfurt to receive a “Museum of Modern Electronic Music”, SPD to chair the committee on Culture and Media of the German Bundestag, big names dominate in the film category of this year’s Oscars, Jean-Luc Choplin to oversee artistic direction of the Théâtre Marigny during its reopening after work later this year.

Classical Music

Barbican announces 2018/2019 season

The Barbican will mark the centenary of the end of the World War I by hosting performances of several commemorative new works by British composers.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to host new piano competition

The first Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Competition will take place 20-23 November.

The Telegraph

Rita Ora, Grace Jones, and English National Opera to headline Henley Festival 2018

Henley is the UK’s only black-tie boutique festival and will run from 11-15 July.

Opera Now

New Porgy and Bess to break all-black cast directive

A new production of the opera will break the Gershwin estate’s stipulation that the piece should only be performed by all-black casts.

The Strad

International Music Competition Harbin in China enters final round 

Four young violinists from China, South Korea, Russia and the US compete for $50,000 first place in first edition of Chinese competition.

Complete Music Update

Apple Music to launch analytics for artists

Apple Music For Artists will provide artists and managers with stats and data to better understand their fans’ listening and buying habits.

The New York Times

Robert Spano Will Leave the Atlanta Symphony After 20 Years

The conductor Robert Spano, who made the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra a force to be reckoned with in contemporary American music, announced on Tuesday that he would step down as music director in 2021, after completing his 20th season.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Wie geht es weiter nach Dieter Wedel?

Wie geht es weiter mit dem Festspielen in Bad Hersfeld nach dem Rücktritt von Dieter Wedel, dem Schauspielerinnen sexuelle Belästigung vorgeworfen haben? Ein Nachfolger ist da, doch es gibt offene Fragen.

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Museum für Moderne Elektronische Musik kommt – aber temporär

Nach mehrjährigen Vorbereitungen ist es amtlich: Frankfurt, das sich als Urzelle des Techno-Sounds rühmt, erhält ein «Museum of Modern Electronic Music». Die Stadt stellt für das MOMEM in den kommenden Jahren Räume an der Hauptwache mitten in der Innenstadt zur Verfügung.

Deutscher Bundestag: SPD wird Vorsitz des Kulturausschusses stellen

Der Deutsche Kulturrat, der Spitzenverband der Bundeskulturverbände, ist sehr erleichtert, dass nach einer interfraktionellen Abstimmung der Ausschuss für Kultur und Medien des Deutschen Bundestag weiterhin von einer oder einem Abgeordneten der SPD-Bundestagsfraktion geleitet wird.

BR Klassik

Große Namen dominieren die Kategorie Filmmusik

Am Dienstag sind in Los Angeles die Nominierungen für die Oscars 2018 bekannt gegeben worden. Hans Zimmers Musik zu “Dunkirk” und Alexandre Desplats Musik zu “The Shape of Water” sind auch in der Kategorie für die beste Filmmusik nominiert.

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Jean-Luc Choplin pressenti pour diriger le Théâtre Marigny

Jean-Luc Choplin, qui a quitté au début du mois de janvier le paquebot de la Seine Musicale sur l’Île Seguin, devrait assurer la direction artistique du Théâtre Marigny lors de sa réouverture après travaux à l’automne 2018.

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Music History @today_classical in 1906 FP of ‘s one-act operas The Miserly Knight and Francesca da Rimini, in Moscow.

Image: Robert Spano © Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

(Written on January 24, 2018 )

In today’s news, Cadogan Hall will host a benefit concert for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster, the NYOS prepare for top collaborations on summer tour, and is sight reading damaging the UK classical music scene? Prison outreach opera and Chancellor Merkel learns a lesson in high fashion at Bayreuth.

The Scotsman

The Scottish National Youth Orchestra’s growing ambition

Youth orchestra broadens its horizons with a dynamic list of soloists for summer tour

Rhinegold.co.uk

Cadogan Hall to host Grenfell Tower benefit concert

Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawny will present the event, which will take place at 6pm on 17 September

Classical-Music.com 

Is sight reading damaging our music scene?

British talent for sight-reading doing our music scene more harm than good, argues Benjamin Goodson

Die Welt

So treibt Bayreuth sich die Gespenster aus

Die „Meistersinger“ gelingen, Horst Seehofer sonnt sich im Premierenglanz, und sogar die Haussanierung liegt im Plan. So gut wie heute ging es dem Familienunternehmen Wagner lange nicht

Die Zeit

Trommelfell lässt Filterblase platzen

Wer meint, das Digitale führe zur Vereinheitlichung aller Vorlieben, benutzt das Internet falsch. Auf Spotify erforscht unser Autor unendliche Weiten und Wege der Musik

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Kosten für die Sanierung der Oper Köln mittlerweile mehr als verdoppelt

Kölner SPD will Neubau eines Opernhauses nicht ausschließen

The New York Times

Opera in Attica: Arias at a Maximum-Security Prison

For the third summer in a row, artists from the Glimmerglass Festivalhad left their bucolic home in Cooperstown, N.Y., to perform for inmates and guards in an auditorium that doubles as a chapel and a steel-tabled mess hall

El Mundo

Merkel, Valentino y Boris Becker: cómo cumplir con la etiqueta en los festivales pese al calor

Los grandes templos de la música clásica deben recordar a los asistentes que no pueden ir de cualquier manera. El placer tiene precio

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@ClassicalDiary ‘Meena, age 9, and Monique reviewed the first ever relaxed Prom @bbcproms and gave it 5 stars!’

@M_magazine ‘Half of nominees for @MercuryPrize supported by @PRSFoundation

Credit: Marco Borggreve

(Written on July 31, 2017 )

In today’s news many comment on the emotional One Love Manchester concert that took place last night, two weeks after the terror attack at Ariana Grande’s concert. The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is back at the top of the charts for the first time in 50 years, and The New York Times looks at the best moments in classical music last week.

BBC News

One Love Manchester: The most emotional moments

There were high emotions at a benefit concert staged by Ariana Grande in Manchester less than two weeks after the terror attack following her gig in the city. But the show also demonstrated the power of pop music to bring people together

Sir Jeffrey Tate: Conductor with spina bifida dies at 74

Sir Jeffrey, who was born with spina bifida, was the principal conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Opera House in the 1980s

The Guardian

Liam Gallagher attacks brother Noel for absence at One Love Manchester concert

Oasis brothers’ feud continues as Liam says he is ‘very disappointed’ after Noel fails to join him for concert following Manchester Arena attack

Independent

Manchester One Love: Police dance with members of crowd at tribute concert

Footage of officer dancing with children in a circle at concert goes viral

New York Times

An Ice Cream Truck at Carnegie Hall: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments

In addition to reviews, features and news during the week, our critics and reporters collect the best of what they’ve heard: notes that sent shivers down their spines, memorable voices, quotations that cut to the heart of the story

Uncompromising Music Survives on the Brooklyn Waterfront

There is so much new life and affluence crowding the Brooklyn waterfront that traditionalists like Mark Peskanov, the master violinist who runs the Bargemusic concerts of chamber music aboard a handsomely converted coal barge, hard by the Brooklyn Bridge, might be tempted to move. Which he has no intention of doing

Dallas News

Mozart piano concertos begin at the Cliburn competition

Starting Saturday, the semifinal round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition switched to a half-and-half format each day: two solo recitals each afternoon, four performances of Mozart piano concertos each evening, with Nicholas McGegan conducting the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Classical Source

Royal Opera cast amendment, Otello, Ludovic Tézier

It is with deep regret that French baritone Ludovic Tézier will no longer be making his role debut as Iago in Otello on 21, 24 and 28 June, and on 2, 6 and 10 July

M Magazine

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band back at number one

The Beatles’ classic album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is back at the top of the charts 50 years after it was first number one

Washington Post

Can listening to nature improve how we listen to music?

As a species, we have a lot more experience listening to the wind than we do listening to our favorite songs

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: “It is striking how Mancunians have turned to poetry and music” http://bit.ly/2qPpBhh

Where Is The Love? – Black Eyed Peas and Ariana Grande. Photo: BBC News

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(Written on June 5, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, The Leeds announces a piano festival, Classic FM try out the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new VR toy, and a music teacher arranges Ariana Grande in the wake of the Manchester attack. Plus a round-up of summer festivals from around the world, and an obituary of Jiri Belohlavek, who died yesterday aged 71.

International Piano

The Leeds announces annual piano festival

The Leeds International Piano Competition has announced a major partnership with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, and a new annual piano festival.

Music Teacher

Teacher offers free Ariana Grande arrangement in wake of Manchester attack

Music teacher James Himsworth has arranged Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’ for school children as a gesture of support for those affected by the Manchester bombing attack.

Classic FM

We tried out the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new virtual reality experience

The Philharmonia Orchestra, Classic FM’s Orchestra on Tour, is one of the most digital-savvy music ensembles out there – and now, thanks to their new VR toy, you can experience life in the orchestra.

New York Times

A Summer of Opera, Theatre and Music

A roundup of performing-arts festivals around the world from June through August.

Why Salzburg Is a Must-Visit for Classical Music

It has long been said that Austrians in general and Salzburgers specifically simply do not understand the obsession with the Oscar-winning film and Broadway musical “The Sound of Music,” which is set in Salzburg around the time of the Anschluss in 1938.

El Mundo

La Asamblea de Madrid insta al Gobierno a recuperar la financiación de las escuelas de música y danza

El Pleno de la Asamblea de Madrid aprobó hoy una proposición no de ley, en la que se insta al Gobierno regional a recuperar la financiación autonómica de las Escuelas Municipales de Música y Danza de la Comunidad de Madrid, en los niveles que tuvo en el año 2007, que garantice, por un lado, un marco estable de financiación para todos los municipios de la región, y que permita, por otro, el acceso universal a estas enseñanzas.

The Hindu Times

‘Classical music has to change’

A creative mind with a scholarly approach to music, Dr Prabha Atre says just because it’s classical, it doesn’t mean you cannot change things in it.

Musik Heute

Tschechischer Dirigent Jirí Belohlávek (71) gestorben

Der langjährige Chefdirigent der Tschechischen Philharmonie, Jirí Belohlávek, ist im Alter von 71 Jahren gestorben. Er habe in der Nacht zu Donnerstag den Kampf mit seiner schweren Krankheit verloren

Tagesspiegel

Placido Domingo feiert 50 Jahre Berlin-Debüt

Gala für das neue Ehrenmitglied: Placido Domingo wird von Daniel Barenboim und der Staatskapelle zu seinem 50. Berlin-Jubiläum gefeiert. 

Zeit

Genialer Glöckner

Der Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard liebt das Zeitgenössische und bekommt nun den Siemens-Musikpreis

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Music History  in 1909 Birth of British Robin
Classical Music News  NYCGB Auditions 2017: advance notice
Music History  in 1857 Birth of English and conductor Sir Edward William .
Image: The Leeds

(Written on June 2, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Jo Dipple, current UK Music’s Chief Executive is to step down in June. The Barbican has announced its 2017/18 season. Royal Northern College of Music appoints Graham Vick CBE as its first international chair of opera. Jeremy Denk Named Milton Court Artist in Residence. Winners of Scottish Opera’s Opera Sparks 2018 competition have been announced. Also, find out the 16 most essential concertos that you should know about that Classic FM summed up!

Classical Music Magazine

UK chief executive to step down

Jo Dipple is to step down as chief executive of UK Music in June after five years in the role.

Barbican announces 2017/18 season

The Barbican’s 2017/18 season will include a composer focus on Esa-Pekka Salonen, the UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and a ten-day celebration to mark Sir Simon Rattle’s inaugural season as London Symphony Orchestra music director and artist-in-association with the Barbican and Guildhall School.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM appoints first international chair of opera

The Royal Northern College of Music has appointed director Graham Vick CBE as its first international chair of opera. He will take up the position in September 2017, offering tuition, masterclasses and coaching each term.

Opera Now Magazine

Opera Sparks 2018 winners announced

The winners of Scottish Opera’s Opera Sparks 2018 competition have been announced.

Classic FM

These are the 16 most essential concertos in all of classical music

Find out 16 most essential concertos that Classic FM summed up!

Nonesuch Journal

Jeremy Denk Named Milton Court Artist in Residence in Barbican’s 2017–18 Classical Music Season

The Barbican Centre in London has announced its 2017–18 Classic Music concert season, in which pianist Jeremy Denk will be Artist in Residence at Milton Court Concert Hall.

BR Klassik

“Eine unheimliche attraktive Farbenwelt” – das Phänomen Synästhesie

Ein Akkord wird blau, ein Klavierton zum Quadrat: Wer beim Musikhören Farben oder Formen sieht, wird als Synästhetiker bezeichnet. Etwa einer von tausend Menschen hat diese besondere Form der Wahrnehmung. Aber wie entsteht Synästhesie? Und was läuft in den Gehirnen von Synästhetikern anders ab? BR-KLASSIK hat mit Synästhetikern und Wissenschaftlern gesprochen.

Die Presse

Bassbariton Grochowski nach “Walküre”-Premiere gestorben

Bei der Premiere der “Walküre” in Wiesbaden hatte Gerd Grochowski noch Ovationen erhalten, einen Tag später ist er im Alter von 60 Jahren unerwartet verstorben. Er hatte wegen starker Schmerzen im Herzbereich den Notarzt gerufen, der nur noch den Tod feststellen konnte.

Der Tagesspiegel

Eine feste Burg ist unser Lied

Das Bundesjugendorchester widmet sich in Berlin seinem zweiten Gemeinschaftsprojekt: der Reformation. Die Ergebnisse sind von durchwachsener Qualität.

France Musique

Simon Rattle défend le projet d’une nouvelle salle de concert à Londres

Lors de la présentation des grandes lignes de la prochaine saison de l’Orchestre symphonique de Londres, Simon Rattle a largement défendu le projet de construction d’une nouvelle salle de concert dans la capitale britannique.

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New York Times Arts @nytimesarts A 300-seat music hall in the South Bronx to honor the history of music that formed there https://t.co/F5OfYFJdoa

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg  items found inside 110-year-old in UK https://t.co/h4INyea43U

klassik.com @klassikcom Tomasz Skweres gewinnt Tonali Kompositionspreis

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(Written on January 18, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, The New York Times presents its best classical music recordings of 2016, DeepBach machine is capable of composing music in the style of Bach, and Israeli luthier Amnon Weinstein receives German honour. Also, Jonas Kaufmann cancels his performance at the opening of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and concert in Düsseldorf is delayed, as musicians were locked in their dressing room.

The New York Times

The Best Classical Music Recordings of 2016

It is a preposterous notion: choosing a mere five albums for a list of the year’s most remarkable, out of the dozens, even hundreds, of memorable ones that land on a music critic’s desk over 12 months. So if this collection of favorites is by no means complete, it is at least a guide to four writers’ tastes and passions.

CMUSE

Machine capable of composing music in style of Bach

Deep learning technology has enabled a machine to compose chorales in the style of Johann Sebastian Bach, according to researchers. Gaetan Hadjeres and Francois Pachet say their DeepBach machine is capable of creating harmonies that can easily pass as those of the 18th century composer.

The Strad

Israeli luthier Amnon Weinstein receives German honour

Weinstein has been honoured with Germany’s Bundesverdienstkreuz in recognition of his ‘Violins of Hope’ project. German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier presented the award to the 77-year-old on Wednesday at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. ‘Behind each of your precious violins hides a human soul,’ said Steinmeier. ‘With your “Violins of Hope”, you give a voice back to these lost souls.’

Choir and Organ

Radio 3 Breakfast Carol Competition shortlist revealed

Radio 3 has revealed the shortlist for its 2016 Breakfast Carol Competition, which invited listeners to create a new Christmas carol for choir, set to the words of ‘Alleluia! A new work is come on hand’, an English text from the Middle Ages.

Classical Music Magazine

CBSO funding from Birmingham City Council falls to 1980s levels

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s funding from Birmingham City Council will be cut by 25% from April 2017, shaving £228,000 off the ensemble’s budget from the current year’s level. The orchestra says that this means that its public funding will drop below that currently received by any other regional symphony orchestra in the country.

Musik Heute

Jonas Kaufmann sagt Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung ab

Der Sänger habe sich auf Anraten seiner Ärzte “schweren Herzens” entschieden, seine Pause bis Mitte Januar zu verlängern, um sich vollständig zu erholen. Seine Partie in der Uraufführung von Wolfgang Rihms Werk “Reminiszenz” übernehme der slowakische Tenor Pavol Breslik (37).

Klassik.com

Verspäteter Konzertbeginn in Düsseldorf: Musiker waren in Garderobe eingeschlossen

Ein Konzert in der Düsseldorfer Tonhalle konnte am vergangenen Wochenende erst mit einiger Verspätung beginnen, da das Orchester in der Garderobe eingeschlossen war. Mithilfe vereinter Kräfte von Pförtner, Orchesterwart und Hausmeister konnten die Musiker des Breslauer Kammerorchesters Leopoldinum letztlich befreit werden.

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Musik zum Fest 2016: Deutsche stehen auf traditionelle Weihnachtslieder

Fast 90 Prozent der Deutschen hören am Weihnachtsabend Musik. Die Hälfte davon bevorzugt dabei traditionelle Weihnachtslieder wie „Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht“. Ebenso gern versammeln sich die Menschen zu internationalen Weihnachtssongs wie „Jingle Bells“ um den Gabentisch. Ein gutes Drittel entscheidet sich für Popsongs internationaler Stars wie Mariah Carey („All I want for Christimas is You“) oder Chris Rea („Driving Home for Christmas“). Auch klassische Musik hat ihren festen Platz in den Weihnachtszimmern.

Codex Flores

Vertragsverlängerung des Intendanten der Festspiele MV

Die Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern haben den Vertrag mit ihrem geschäftsführenden Intendanten vorzeitig bis Ende 2021 verlängert.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Studie zeigt Auswirkungen der Kompression auf emotionale Wahrnehmung

Music History @today_classical in 1882 Birth of Hungarian and folksong collector Zoltan

MusicSalesClassical @MSClassical Karel Husa (1921-2016) ‘a musician for the world, tirelessly creating, teaching, conducting, and coaching’

Credit: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times.

Credit: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times.

(Written on December 16, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Niklas Hoffmann was announced the winner of the 14th Donatella Flick LSO conducting competition last night. Taxpayer’s bill for English National Opera has risen to £155,000 per show, after the company scaled back its work to cope with funding cuts. Conductor Harry Bicket has extended his contract with Santa Fe Opera until autumn 2020. Also, on Sunday 27 November, BBC Radio 3 will replace its usual schedule with 12 hours of live concerts, features and interviews to showcase the work of the BBC Orchestras and Choirs.

Classical Music Magazine

Niklas Hoffmann wins Donatella Flick LSO conducting competition 2016

Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann was last night announced as the winner of the 14th Donatella Flick LSO conducting competition.

The Times

Taxpayer’s bill for English Opera hits £155,000 a show

The cost to the taxpayer of each English National Opera performance has risen to £155,000 after the company scaled back its work to cope with funding cuts.

The Economist

China’s newest export hit is classical music

Next month New York’s David Geffen Hall will welcome a visiting orchestra, on a tour including other top venues in Los Angeles and San Francisco. But the guest orchestra is not the Berlin Philharmonic or one of Europe’s other esteemed ensembles. It is the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), which was founded in Beijing a mere 16 years ago.

The New York Times

An Extra Layer of Dutch for New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic will offer its audiences a taste of new Amsterdam when the Dutch maestro Jaap van Zweden becomes its music director in the 2018-19 season.

Opera Now Magazine

Bicket to remain with Santa Fe Opera until 2020

Harry Bicket has extended his contract with Santa Fe Opera until autumn 2020.

BBC Music Magazine

Yo-Yo Ma and The Music of Strangers

A new documentary follows the cellist’s international ensemble around the world.

BBC Radio 3 Pass the Baton!

BBC Radio 3 spend a day celebrating BBC ensembles as part of it’s 70th season. On Sunday 27 November, BBC Radio 3 will replace its usual schedule with 12 hours of live concerts, features and interviews to showcase the work of the BBC Orchestras and Choirs.

Los Angeles Times

Violinist Ray Chen, 27, on his new group and classical music in the Instagram age

At 27, Ray Chen is regarded as one of the finest violinists of his generation. His joy in making music is palpable, his playing is confident, polished and richly characterized.

Sonoma Index-Tribune

Classical Music Society launches season in Sonoma in Nov. 20

The Sonoma Classical Music Society has announced its 13th season of classical music in Sonoma. Its kick-off performance on Sunday, Nov. 20 will feature the Italian Saxophone Quartet.

Der Tagesspiegel

Was die Koalition für die Kultur verabredet hat

Dem wieder eigenständigen Kulturressort kommt eine größere Verantwortung zu als zuvor. Personalentscheidungen sollen künftig mit den Häusern abgesprochen werden.

neue musikzeitung

Der Inbegriff des globalen Musikers

Am 18. November würde Don Cherry 80 Jahre alt

Die Welt

“Es gibt keinerlei Gespräche mit Berlin”

Armin Petras hat als Intendant das Stuttgarter Theater wieder zu einer wichtigen deutschen Bühne gemacht. Jetzt hat er gekündigt. Soll er statt Chris Dercon die Berliner Volksbühne übernehmen?

El Mundo

Escuchar los colores ver la música

El misterio de la sinestesia en la Fundación Juan March.

Twitter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@aborchestras announces Sirens fund, supported by @AmbacheTrust

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg shortlist for International Classical #Music #Awards released http://www.cmuse.org/international-classical-music-awards-nominations-announced/ … #ICMA #ClassicalMusic

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Classical publishers suffer deadly blow in German courts http://dlvr.it/MhPqh8 #ClassicalMusic

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Photo: Rhinegold/ Niklas Hoffmann

(Written on November 18, 2016 )

After having previously worked with Kimiko Ishizaka on her Goldberg Variations project, WildKat PR are delighted to welcome back this talented pianist.

A gifted and obviously devoted Bachian” (James R. Oestreich, New York Times), Kimiko Ishizaka has composed her own completion to Bach’s unfinished masterpiece, Die Kunst der Fuge. In September Kimiko will be performing the London premiere at St. John’s Smith Square, with a pre-concert discussion of her completion with composer Robert Hugill.

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In 2012 Kimiko Ishizaka received worldwide attention and recognition for her innovative recording of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”, a project that was financed by her fans using the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.com, and which Ishizaka released directly into the Public Domain in a desire to make Bach accessible to as many people as possible. As a result, her recording of the Goldberg Variations is the most visible recording of this work on the internet today.

A similar fan funding campaign led to her 2015 release of Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” which has been praised by multiple reviewers as their favourite interpretation of the work ever. This album was also a great commercial success – a significant fact in the face of ever-declining record sales – having occupied the #1 sales position on both Amazon.com and Bandcamp.com upon its release.

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Kimiko Ishizaka attains her unique Bach style through meticulous coupling of articulation to fugal structure, complete abstinence of the sustaining pedal, and many hours of practice in total darkness. Kimiko is passionate about sharing personal and unique ideas and interpretations that are truly her own, consciously refraining from listening to other artists’ recordings.

Apart from her rigorous efforts towards interpreting the music of J.S. Bach, Kimiko is also passionate about the music of Frédérick Chopin, and about competitive weight lifting.

Keep up to date with news from the Kimiko through her websiteYouTube, Facebook and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on August 1, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Lang Lang plans to gather prominent musicians to celebrate New York’s musical history, Ailyn Pérez wins this year’s Beverly Sills Artist Award, The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain are to become associate orchestra at Southbank Centre and Kathleen Battle will return to the Metropolitan Opera 22 years after firing.

New York Times

Lang Lang to deliver a love letter to New York, in music

The Chinese piano virtuoso Lang Lang, one of the few classical musicians to achieve pop-culture status, considers New York his adoptive home. And, as a kind of love letter, he is planning to gather fellow prominent singers and instrumentalists to celebrate the city’s rich musical history.

New York Times

The soprano Ailyn Pérez wins Beverly Sills Artist Award

The soprano Ailyn Pérez has won this year’s Beverly Sills Artist Award, which offers a $50,000 prize to help foster the careers of young singers who have appeared in solo roles at the Metropolitan Opera.

Classical Music Magazine

NYOGB to become Southbank Centre associate orchestra

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain will become associate orchestra at Southbank Centre from 2016/17.

Classical Music Magazine

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra receives £500,000 gift

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has received one of the largest single gifts in its history from the Rachel Baker Memorial Charity.

Classicalite

Kathleen Battle returns to the Metropolitan Opera 22 years after firing

Operatic soprano Kathleen Battle has announced she will return to the Metropolitan Opera some 22 years after her famous departure. Peter Gelb, the new general manager, says there’s no ill-will towards the performer.

The Strad

New Zealand String Quartet appoints new second violinist

The New Zealand String Quartet has appointed Monique Lapins as its new second violinist. She replaces Douglas Beilman, who left the ensemble at the end of 2015 after 26 years.

Music Week

PRS Foundation reveals its Talent Development Partners for 2016

PRS for Music Foundation has announced 22 organisations from across the UK, which have been selected as PRS Foundation Talent Development Partners for 2016.

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Vincent Larderet named Artistic Director of French Piano festival

French pianist Vincent Larderet has been named Artistic Director of Piano at the Musée Würth in Erstein/Alsace.

Pizzicato

Seiji Ozawa, Ehrenmitglied der Berliner Philharmoniker

Vor der gestrigen Generalprobe in der Berliner Philharmonie haben die Berliner Philharmoniker als Ausdruck ihrer langjährigen Verbundenheit Seiji Ozawa in den Kreis der Ehrenmitglieder des Orchesters aufgenommen.

KulturPort.de

Giacomo Puccinis verschollenes Opernjuwel Edgar. KLANGVOKAL Musikfestival Dortmund präsentiert in einer Deutschlandpremiere die Mailänder Urfassung

Große Gefühle, erlesene Stimmen und ein im deutschsprachigen Raum noch nie zuvor aufgeführter vierter Akt – auch ein berühmter Komponist wie Giacomo Puccini hält eben noch Überraschungen bereit.

Klassik Akzente

Zum Schwelgen und Entspannen – Die Klangfarben des Cellos

Das Cello ist seit Jahrhunderten für seinen warmen, berührenden Klang berühmt. Jetzt veröffentlicht Deutsche Grammophon eine Sammlung großer Cello-Werke aus 300 Jahren Musikgeschichte: Klänge zum Entspannen, zum Träumen und Schwelgen.

Twitter

AVA Opera @avaopera Congrats to @ on her ’16 Beverly Sills Artist Award! Ailyn is no. 5 AVAlum to win

PRS Foundation @prsfoundation Next up we have Talent Development Partner, Cheltenham Festivals @ 

klassik.com @klassikcom  Bonner Stadtrat stimmt für Sanierung der Beethovenhalle # #

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Lang Lang, pianist. Photograph: Adam Dean for The New York Times

(Written on April 8, 2016 )