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In our news today, Kah Chun Wong wins the Bamberg Symphony’s Mahler Conducting Competition, a campaign has been launched to save the European Union Youth Orchestra and Scottish Opera might have a hit with its new Mikado.

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Masur Protégé wins Mahler Conducting Competition

Kah Chun Wong (*1986) from Singapore won First Prize at the Mahler Competition of the Bamberg Symphony.

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How can you help?

We are beginning a campaign to try to help safeguard a sustainable future of the European Union Youth Orchestra. If you would like to contribute to this campaign there are several ways to do so.

The Spectator

Scottish Opera could have a hit on its hands with this new Mikado

You have to be quite silly to take Gilbert and Sullivan seriously. But even sillier not to. G&S is still a litmus test for a particularly British type of operatic snobbery: ‘Is there a place for Gilbert and Sullivan in the 21st century?’ asked a Radio 3 presenter last year, about the time that ENO’s new Pirates of Penzance broke all audience records for live cinema relays in the UK.

BBC News

Michael Crawford ‘terrified’ ahead of West End return

Michael Crawford says he is “terrified” as he prepares to return to the West End stage for the first time in five years at the end of the month.

Classical Music Magazine

NAfME CEO steps down following remarks on diversity

The executive director and chief executive of the US-based National Association for Music Education Michael Butera stepped down on 11 May.

Kent Music announces technology-focused Project 14 course

Kent Music’s Orchestra ONE Project 14 course will take place 1-5 August at Maidstone’s Cornwallis Academy.

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Even Scarier Than The Book Or Movie: ‘The Shining’ Is Now An Opera

The Shining was Stephen King’s first hardback bestseller. Stanley Kubrick’s film version was listed by no less than Martin Scorcese as one of the scariest horror films ever made. Now, the story is an opera.

Musik heute

Christoph Eschenbach mit Brahms-Preis ausgezeichnet

Der Dirigent und Pianist Christoph Eschenbach ist am Donnerstagabend mit dem Brahms-Preis 2016 geehrt worden.

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Querelen um Film über Florence Foster Jenkins

Die Sopranistin Julia Kogan beansprucht Rechte als Co-Autorin am Drehbuch der Neuverfilmung über das Leben von Florence Foster Jenkins.

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Maria Guleghina erlitt Lebensmittelvergiftung in Wladiwostok

Die in Luxemburg lebende russische Sopranistin Maria Guleghina musste nach einer in einem Restaurant in Wladiwostok erlittenen Lebensmittelvergiftung aus der ‘Tosca’-Produktion des Mariinsky Theaters in der am Nordpazifik gelegenen russischen Hafenstadt ausscheiden.

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Petroc Trelawny @PetrocTrelawny Bravo for what sounds like a triumphant last minute rescue job last night.From auditorium to stage

Top Classical News @topcmnews 

The Strad @TheStradMag Video: Guy Johnston talks about the moment his string snapped at the in 2000

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(Written on May 13, 2016 )

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.

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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, Rupert Christiansen on why the Glyndebourne chorus is crucial, Ghent student creates Styrofoam-covered cello to amplify sound and conductor Joseph Cullen is sentenced to 12 months in prison for sexual abuse.

The Telegraph

Why the chorus is crucial to Glyndebourne

Joining the festival’s chorus is a unique experience – and often the first step to stardom, says Rupert Christiansen

The Guardian

From slavery to singing star: celebrating Thomas Rutling

Rutling was an extraordinary man, born a slave in Tennessee, he toured the world as a singer, and then opted to settle in Harrogate. He was a pioneer campaigner against racism: playing him in a new show made me wonder – has anything changed?

The Strad

Violinist Hilary Hahn announces replacement artists for her maternity leave

The musician is due to give birth to her first child this summer and will take a few months off

Student creates Styrofoam-covered cello to amplify sound

The College of Ghent student wanted to design an instrument capable of greater volume

Classical Music Magazine

Joseph Cullen given 12-month prison sentence

Choral conductor Joseph Cullen, 55, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for sexually abusing two young boys.

Opernetz.de

Von der großen Oper zum Kasperle-Theater

In nur drei Jahren sollte in Köln ein ganzer Bühnenkomplex für vergleichsweise kleines Geld saniert werden. Da staunten nicht nur die Experten vom Bau. Seit dem 23. Juli ist es offiziell: Alles Schall und Rauch. Jetzt ist Krisenmanagement gefragt.

Musik Heute

Salzburger Festspiel-Intendant Sven-Eric Bechtolf: Workaholic und bekennender Konservativer

Als Schauspieler brillierte Sven-Eric Bechtolf 2007 und 2008 bei den Salzburger Festspielen im “Jedermann” in der Doppelrolle von “Guter Gesell” und “Teufel”. Publikum und Kritik überschlugen sich damals in Lobeshymnen. Jetzt hat der bekennende Konservative für zwei Jahre die Leitung der Festspiele. Ob er dafür genauso viel Zustimmung ernten wird, ist offen.

Gerhaher zum Bayerischen Kammersänger ernannt

Der Lied- und Opernsänger Christian Gerhaher ist einen Tag vor seinem 46. Geburtstag zum Bayerischen Kammersänger ernannt worden. Bayerns Kultusminister Ludwig Spaenle übergab dem weltweit gefeierten Bariton die Urkunde am Donnerstagabend nach der Vorstellung des “L’Orfeo” von Claudio Monteverdi bei den Münchner Opernfestspielen.

France Musique

Quand les festivals français s’invitent dans des lieux atypiques

Opéras, théâtres, églises… La France regorge de superbes salles de concerts. Mais il existe aussi, aux quatre coins du pays, des lieux plus atypiques qui abritent depuis des années concerts et festivals de musique classique.

NPR Music

One Feisty Victorian Woman’s Opera Revived

Ethel Smyth was not your typical Victorian lady. She defied her father, a stern army general, to pursue a career in music. She loved women, played sports and played an important role in the women’s suffrage movement in Britain in the early 20th century. Along the way she composed chamber and orchestral music, an acclaimed Mass and six operas.

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BBC Proms Team @bbcproms: Tonight @LeifOveAndsnes & play Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto, in the 2nd of their 3 Proms

Aldeburgh Music @aldeburghmusic: Listen to @BBCWomansHour now to hear @tansydavies talk about new piece Re-greening, to be premiered at Snape Proms

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: ‘You’ll never believe who I had in the back of my cab…’ + other sayings from Philip Glass’s memoir, reviewed here:

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(Written on July 24, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news The Telegraph features an interview with Nico Muhly and Iestyn Davies, Chausson’s opera has languished in the shadows for over a century and The Large Hadron Collider has ‘composed’ a piece of music which sounds like Philip Glass. The Record asks why classical music is so hard to enjoy on streaming services, the Governors Ball hits its stride, the Montreal International Musical Competition announces the three prize-winners of its 2015 Voice edition and Sir Roger Norrington is interviewed by concerti. Furthermore, 25 year old composer Matthew Aucoin is compared to Mozart, Wagner and Leonard Bernstein and Bryce Dessner invents a new instrument.

The Telegraph

‘We didn’t want to make a sad gay oratorio’

A new musical monologue attempts to get inside the mind of Alan Turing. Sinclair McKay meets its composer, Nico Muhly, and its star, Iestyn Davies

The Guardian

Chausson’s operatic rarity Le Roi Arthus deserves clarity not banality

Chausson’s opera has languished in the shadows for over a century. Graham Vick’s new production in Paris does little to makes its case

Classic FM

The Large Hadron Collider has ‘composed’ this piece of music, and it sounds a lot like Philip Glass

Data from science’s mammoth atom-smashing machine has been transformed into a piece of music. And it’s full of triads.

The Record

Why Can’t Streaming Services Get Classical Music Right?

Why is classical music so hard to enjoy on streaming services? In one word, it’s metadata.

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South Korea Sweeps Prizes in Montreal

Following ten days of intense high-level competition, the Montreal International Musical Competition (MIMC) announced the three prize-winners of its 2015 Voice edition.

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„Der Dirigent muss nur die Regeln kennen“

Klanggestalter und individueller Interpret? Sir Roger Norrington hält nichts von solchen Allüren am Pult: Der Mann mit dem Taktstock habe vor allem für Freude und Selbstvertrauen im Orchester zu sorgen

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Hindemith-Preis 2015 geht an David Philip Hefti

Den Hindemith-Preis des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals erhält in diesem Jahr der Schweizer Komponist David Philip Hefti.

The New York Times

Governors Ball, Now in Its Fifth Season, Hits Its Stride

When Big Boi was touring as a solo act in 2011, he played a brand-new festival on Governors Island in New York Harbor. “The sound was banging — the crowd was bananas,” he reminisces. Most fondly, he recalls he had to take a ferry to get ther

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A 25-Year-Old Opera Composer Who Does It All

Matthew Aucoin is being compared to Mozart, Wagner and Leonard Bernstein. He’s worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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Bryce Dessner invents new instrument for Sō Percussion

It’s one thing to compose music for performance, and it’s another thing to compose music that requires an entirely new instrument.

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Classicalite @Classicalite: Tech Talk: Enormous Produces Sound Too Low For Human Ears!

NPR Classical @nprclassical: Why can’t streaming services get classical music right?

Ruth Brons @Things4Strings: Gustavo Dudamel on why he’s staying in LA; how classical music can reach the working class –

 Iestyn Davies and Nico Muhly at Bletchley Photo: Rii Schroer


Iestyn Davies and Nico Muhly at Bletchley Photo: Rii Schroer

(Written on June 5, 2015 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Julian Lloyd Webber: the majority of music competitions are corrupt

Having retired earlier this year Julian Lloyd Webber returns to the news ahead of a talk at Birmingham City University, where he will advise students that when it comes to talent competitions it is not what you know but who you know. 

 

The Guardian

How we made the Live/Revive/Lament opera performance app

Silent Opera’s latest show includes your mobile phone as one of the cast, encouraging you to use their app to delve deeper into the performance.

 

The Guardian

Both Israelis and Palestinians are losers in this conflict

Conductor and co-founder of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim,  covers his perspective on the on-going conflict. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will be performing at the BBC Proms.

 

Classicalite

Peter Gelb of Metropolitan Opera to Union Workers: Prepare for LockoutPeter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera’s general manager, warned that a lockout of union workers is imminent if the opera house’s singers, orchestra members, stagehands and other employees cannot reach a labor agreement with management by next week.

 

Die Zeit

Frank Castorf will vielleicht die Bayreuther Festspiele verklagen.

 

Die Welt 

“Es gibt keine militärische Lösung”

Der Dirigent Daniel Barenboim hat einen israelischen und einen palästinensischen Pass. Hier schreibt er, warum gerade Hoffnungslosigkeit der Situation einen Ausweg aus dem Konflikt weisen könnte.

 

Berliner Zeitung
Deutschlands einzige feste Kino-Organistin

Anna Vavilkina begleitet im Babylon am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz die Stummfilme. Mit Dutzenden von Registern und Effekten für Regen und Brandung. Sie ist Deutschlands einzige Kino-Organistin in Festanstellung.

 

Le Figaro

Le Festival de Salzbourg s’ouvre sur fond de tracas financiers

Dimanche s’ouvrira en Autriche l’un des rendez-vous musicaux les plus prestigieux du monde. Pourtant, dans la ville natale de Mozart, la mauvaise gestion financière et les querelles internes menacent la bonne tenue de cette 94e édition.

 

 

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NPR Classical@nprclassical The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera… Labor strife may trigger a shut down next week. http://n.pr/1pglmWd

 

Tasmin @tasminlittle Tonight, tonight, TONIGHT!!! @bbcproms @BBCPhilharmonic #VeryExcited

 

Glyndebourne @glyndebourne A bit late to the party, you can now follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/glyndebourne 

 

Barbican @barbicancentre One day to go to #walthamstowgardenparty have you planned your visit yet? http://ow.ly/zx1Jn 

 

Classic FM @classicFM Very soon I’ll be giving you a final chance to play to win an amazing musical trip to Europe to see Royal Concertgebouw Orch. @johnsuchet1

 

 

 

Photo: Rex Features

Photo: Rex Features

(Written on July 25, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Playing violin for an hour sheds two glasses of wine

Great news for dieting musicians: a new estimates that one hour of violin playing will burn around 170 calories, which is equivalent to two glasses of wine (3.5 fluid ounces).

The Washington Times

Classical music vs. guitar hero fashion statements

There is a growing eccentricity in what performers wear on stage: today’s generation of classical soloists are tired of taking a back seat to pop stars in terms of attire.

Telegraph

Members of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra swapped their usual instruments to play hundreds of glasses of water

Commuters in London were treated to a one-off performance from the WaterAid H2Orchestra who aimed to make the first working week of 2014 a little more bearable bringing water to life through music.

Times

The man in tune with the Queen’s musical tastes

The Master of the Queen’s Music, Peter Maxwell Davies, reveals the Queen doesn’t like dissonance.

NPR Music (United States)

Cachet And Cash For Rafał Blechacz, Named 2014 Gilmore Artist

Polish pianist named 2014 Gilmore Artist and receives a generous $300,000 cash award.

Der Tagesspiegel

Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper

Später, teurer – die Wiedereröffnung der Staatsoper gerät zur Posse.

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(Written on January 8, 2014 )

Telegraph

Stolen Stradivarius sold for £1.4 million at Tarisio auction house

A Stradivarius violin once offered for sale by a thief for £100 has fetched almost 14,000 times that much at auction.

Five carols ripe for revival

Each Christmas, we sing the same old favourites, but these represent a small fraction of the carols that have been written, many of which display an astonishing poetic imagination. Ivan Hewett suggests five forgotten ones that deserve to be sung.

NPR Music

New Owner Promises Handmade Steinways For Years To Come

For 160 years, the pianos made by Steinway & Sons have been considered the finest in the world. So when hedge fund billionaire John Paulson recently bought the company, it struck fear in the hearts of musicians: Would the famously handcrafted pianos be changed, for the sake of efficiency?

Guardian

Johnny Marr claims Spotify ‘hampers’ new bands’ potential

Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has joined Thom Yorke and David Byrne in suggesting that Spotify harms the modern music industry. “I can’t think of anything more opposite to punk rock than Spotify.”

Classical Music Magazine

The Rest Is Noise closes with final ticket sales of 124,644

The Southbank Centre’s year-long The Rest Is Noise festival, which concluded on 14 December, sold 124,644 tickets across its entire run.

BBC Music Magazine

Radio 3 to broadcast every opera by Richard Strauss in 2014

BBC Radio 3 is to broadcast every opera by Richard Strauss during 2014 to mark the German composer’s 150th anniversary. The celebrations launch on 4 January with a broadcast of the Royal Opera House’s production of Capriccio.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Siebzehn Küsse auf den linken Fuß, das hilft

In „Bloody Daughter“ zeichnet die Filmemacherin Stéphanie Argerich ein intimes Porträt ihrer berühmten Mutter, der Pianistin Martha Argerich. Das Ergebnis ist eine luzide Hommage an die weltentrückte Künstlerin.

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(Written on December 19, 2013 )