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In today’s news: The number of people watching live music has risen in the past year, OAE announces first Rising Stars cohort, and John Axelrod’s big plans for the Bernstein Centennial. Spotify denies it is playlisting fake artists, and at G-20 Beethoven sends a mixed message to Trump.

The Times

Festival, gig and concert crowds soar

The number of people watching live music has risen in the past year, according to research which found that audiences at concerts and festivals were up 12 per cent and brought in £4 billion to the economy.

Classical Music Magazine

OAE announces first Rising Stars cohort

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) has announced its first Rising Stars of the Enlightenment cohort: a group of up-and-coming singers the ensemble believes to be ‘the opera and vocal stars of the future’.

Pizzicato

John Axelrod’s big plans for the Bernstein Centennial

John Axelrod will turn Sevilla into the epicentre of European activities for the Bernstein at 100 worldwide events, the conductor told Pizzicato.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify denies it’s playlisting fake artists. So why are all these fake artists on its playlists?

Last summer, MBW ran a widely-read story which blew the lid off the fact that Spotify’s platform was being deliberately clogged up with music by ‘fake’ artists.

neue musikzeitung

Kein Ausweis für den Hund – Barrie Kosky über seinen Bayreuther „Meistersinger“ im Gespräch mit Joachim Lange

Barrie Kosky bereitet auf dem Grünen Hügel in Bayreuth die „Meistersinger“ vor. Am 25. Juli werden damit die Richard-Wagner-Festspiele eröffnet.

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„Die Musik geht einfach direkt ins Herz“

Die russische Sopranistin Julia Lezhneva über ihre Karriereanfänge, Gesangswettbewerbe und die Musik von Karl Heinrich Graue.

musik heute

Plácido Domingo hofft auf 4.000. Auftritt

Der spanische Opernsänger Plácido Domingo hofft, in seiner Karriere die Zahl von 4.000 Auftritten voll machen zu können.

El País

Max Richter, el músico que se propone dormirnos

El estreno español de ‘Sleep’, una nana de ocho horas para escuchar por la noche, genera una enorme expectación en Madrid.

The New York Times

At G-20, Beethoven Sends a Mixed Message to Trump

Littered streets were lined by police officers outside the Elbphilharmonie concert hall here on Friday evening after a concert put on for world leaders attending the Group of 20 summit meeting. Inside the security bubble: Beethoven.

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Classical Music Magazine: Rising Stars of the Enlightenment cohort

(Written on July 10, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news round-up, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has been named as the recipient of the New York Philharmonic’s Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize. Royal Northern College of Music announced a new professional partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera. Also, Bob Shennan has been promoted to Director Of Radio, and will take responsibility of all BBC Radios, as well as the BBC Performing Groups, the BBC Proms, BBC Music and radio production.

International Piano Magazine

Benjamin Grosvenor receives inaugural NY Phil piano prize

Benjamin Grosvenor has been named as the inaugural recipient of the New York Philharmonic’s Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize.

Reuters UK

Former New Order musician, DJs mix classical and rave for new album

A classical orchestra playing club music alongside DJs may seem like an unlikely mix but former New Order bassist Peter Hook hopes to win over fans with a new album giving a somewhat different twist to rave tunes.

Early Music Today Magazine

OAE invites composers to write for the Night Shift

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is inviting composers to write for 18th century instruments to mark the tenth anniversary of its Night Shift series.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM announces partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced a new professional partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera (PKU).

Choir & Organ Magazine

Sing for Pleasure announces 2016/17 young conducting scholars

Sing for Pleasure has announced its young conducting scholars for 2016/17.

Music Business Worldwide

Bob Shennan Takes Responsibility For All BBC Radio With New Promotion

Bob Shennan, currently Controller of Radio 2, Asian Network and 6 Music and Director of BBC Music, has been promoted to Director Of Radio at the Beeb.

Broadwayworld

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to Reunite with Pianist & Composer Fazil Say at Carnegie

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra reunites with Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say on Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, following a highly successful collaborative New York and European tour in 2015.

Klassik.com

Köln: Stadt will Straßenmusik verbieten

Straßenmusik und andere öffentliche Kleinkunst soll zukünftig rund um den Dom ganzjährig verboten sein. Das Verbot gilt zudem für den Einsatz von Lautsprechern und elektrischen Verstärkern bei Musikdarbietungen. Darüber hinaus sollen offensive Arten des Bettelns unterbunden werden.

Neue Musikzeitung

Insolventes Festspielhaus in Füssen beschäftigt Staatsanwaltschaft

Wie ein Sprecher der Behörde in Augsburg am Donnerstag mitteilte, ist dort ein Ermittlungsverfahren wegen des Verdachts auf Insolvenzverschleppung anhängig.

Kulturradio Rbb

Unbekanntes Kirchner-Bild entdeckt

Im Städel Museum Frankfurt ist ein bislang völlig unbekanntes Werk des Malers Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) aufgetaucht. Das expressionistische Gemälde zeigt eine Szene in einem Café und war auf denselben Rahmen gespannt wie das Bild “Schlittenfahrt im Schnee” – wurde von diesem aber verdeckt.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Happy birthday to the @RoundhouseLDN! Find out more about its history as a performing arts centre here: https://t.co/FTeBeMxZx4

Royal Philharmonic @rpoonline In 1969 @ElvisPresley released his No.1 hit song Suspicious Minds, listen now to our version: https://youtu.be/mZpcvaky0-E

The Royal Ballet @TheRoyalBallet An introduction to the music of Steve Reich: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/watch-ins … #ROHmcgregor

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Photo: Decca/Sophie Wright

(Written on October 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical:NEXT 2016 day three, New York Geffen Hall plans continue in fits and starts, and profile of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Also, EUYO criticizes EU Commissioner Navracsics, and there are no first prize winners at the International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical:NEXT 2016: day three

You have ten minutes to set up a working party and map out a festival programme on a chosen theme for a set venue. That was the assignment given to members of the audience at the final Classical:NEXT conference, titled Create-It-Yourself curation.

The Guardian

Facing the music: François-Xavier Roth

From Boulez to Baker, plus Mahler, Benjamin and… Sting: The conductor on the music that shapes his life on and off the concert platform.

The Arts Desk

Period Portraits: Snapping the OAE

The OAE doesn’t just sound unique. It looks it too. To mark the orchestra’s 30th anniversary, photographer Eric Richmond introduces his portraits.

CNN

‘Classical’ music is dying…and that’s the best thing for classical music

Charlie Albright says new approaches to classical music are the route to its revival.

Classic FM

We still need positive action in classical music, says LA Phil boss

President and Chief Executive Officer (David C. Bohnett Presidential Chair) of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Deborah Borda, reveals the need for conscious effort and action around diversity at the top of orchestral music.

The New York Times

Philharmonic’s Geffen Hall Plans Continue in Fits and Starts

The renovation of the New York Philharmonic’s Lincoln Center home, David Geffen Hall, is the classical music equivalent of the Second Avenue subway.

pizzicato

EUYO Criticizes EU Commissioner’s „Misleading“ Statement

Commissioner Navracsics’s statement yesterday that the Commission is seeking a solution to EUYO funding is welcomed, says the Orchestra in a press release, „but in response to questions from the Council of Ministers, his replies were also inaccurate and misleading.“

JDCMB

Our heroine’s birthday

Yesterday was the birthday of the great violinist Jelly d’Arányi, who was born in Budapest on 30 May 1893. She is of course the heroine of Ghost Variations

klassik.com

Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen endet ohne Gewinner

Bei der diesjährigen Ausgabe des Internationalen Instrumentalwettbewerbs Markneukirchen ist die Finalrunde ohne erste Plätze zu Ende gegangen.

Musik heute

Tenor Peter Schreier erhält Sächsischen Verdienstorden

Der Tenor und Dirigent Peter Schreier erhält den Sächsischen Verdienstorden. Die Auszeichnung werde dem 80-Jährigen am Mittwoch von Ministerpräsident Stanislaw Tillich überreicht, teilte die Staatskanzlei am Montag mit.

Codex flores

Jubiläumsausgabe der Musik-Kurswochen Arosa

Zum 30-Jahr-Jubiläum der Musik-Kurswochen Arosa haben sich per Ende Mai laut den Veranstaltern 1220 Teilnehmende angemeldet. Die Veranstalter erwarten ein Rekordjahr.

Twitter

Musical Futures @musicalfutures Famous classical music #composers linked to YouTube Videos – ThingLink http://bit.ly/1Z9WQXw

Katherine Jenkins @KathJenkins Favourite: “The transformative power of classical music” @BenjaminZander http://bit.ly/1sRoKpx

Steinway: Listen @ListenMusicMag: “Ten Great Music Moments in America:” #10: The Forming of @kronosquartet

Bel canto arias in the shower... Conductor Francois-Xavier Roth Photograph: Francois SECHET 2011

Bel canto arias in the shower… Conductor Francois-Xavier Roth Photograph: Francois SECHET 2011

(Written on May 31, 2016 )

WildKat PR are very excited to announce a new collaboration with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. We will be working with the orchestra as they launch their latest innovative marketing campaign featuring unlikely classical music fans.

Check out the orchestra’s blog for teasers of the campaign, which will be unveiled with their new season brochure soon. You can also view the trailer for the launch of the campaign here:

Other 2012 highlights for the OAE include a European tour with Sir Simon Rattle and Pierre-Laurant Aimard in June and their series exploring women in music: ‘Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers’.

For more information, visit the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s website.

(Written on April 23, 2012 )

LA Times

Meryl Streep Explains How Opera Training Helps Her Vocal Control.

Among the many pleasures of Meryl Streep’s “Fresh Air” interview that aired Monday on NPR is the actress’ discussion of her operatic training during her youth.

Telegraph

Mozart Goes To Africa In A Large Lorry.

Rupert Christiansen applauds a new plan to take a flat-pack version of Die Zauberflöte through Africa.

The Opera Novice: Passion For Puccini’s Tosca.

Benjamin Britten looked down on Puccini’s Tosca. But Sameer Rahim was thrilled by his first taste of the ‘shabby little shocker’.

Gramophone

Nicola Luisottie To Head Teatro Di San Carlo.

Conductor named music director of the Naples theatre.

The Harpsichordist János Sebestyén Has Died.

Born March 2nd, 1931, died February 4th, 2012.

ENO Announces The Charles Mackerras Fellowship.

New conducting award for emerging talent.

Guardian

Purcell And A Pint – Welcome To A New Kind Of Classical Concert.

Maggie Faultless and her fellow musicians from the OAE are on a pub crawl which is changing the way they play and audiences listen.

Pass Notes No. 3,119: Curse Of The Ninth Symphony.

Composers have a tendency to pop off after their ninth symphony.

Thelma: An Opera World Premiere.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s opera Thelma is getting its very belated premiere this week. In 2012, the centenary of his death, will Croydon’s most famous musical son finally get the recognition that has so long been denied him?

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

What The Dickens?

Jessica Duchen wonders why isn’t there more music inspired by the works of Dickens.

New Yorker

Number Nine.

A new symphony and classic works by Philip Glass.

The composer in New York City in 1983. Photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe (http://nyr.kr/zMNliL)

(Written on February 8, 2012 )

On November 4th at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will perform Beethoven’s iconic Missa Solemnis. This video on Southbank Centre’s blog shows some of the orchestra members offering their opinions of the work, but what do you think – is it boring, or simply amazing?

The concert, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda with the Philharmonia Chorus is being given in memory of Sir Charles Mackerras.

(Written on October 25, 2011 )

Tom Service recently highlighted the new research which suggests that ‘young people are put off by formal concert formats’ in his Guardian blog, leading us to ask whether the immersive theatrical experience is the way forward for the future of classical music.

Alternative musical experiences over the last few years have often proven to be very popular.  OperaUpClose’s production of La Bohème at the Cock Tavern pub theatre in Kilburn was so successful that it now boasts the accolade of the longest continuously running opera in history.  And Charles Hazlewood’s recent outdoor Classical music festival ‘Play the Field’ saw thousands of people enjoying orchestral music in a relaxed atmosphere, in Charles’ Somerset farm near Glastonbury.

One of the great cellists of our time, Alban Gerhardt is no stranger to experimenting with alternative performance venues.  Similar to ENO and Punchdrunk’s production of The Duchess of Malfi in an office block, in July 2010 Alban performed at the Radialsystem in Berlin, a former water utility plant.  Here Alban played a marathon of Bach’s Cello Suites from four different locations within the hall to an audience who were encouraged to relax on the lounge furniture, sit casually on mats on the floor, and listen outside on the terrace or in the bar whilst drinking a glass of wine.

For his new, exciting project with WildKat PR starting today, Alban will be continuing his exploration of unusual performing spaces.  Every day listeners will be encouraged to phone in to a local radio station in Germany to suggest unique locations in which they wish to hear Alban play; maybe a classroom, maybe a department store, or even a yoga class!  Alban will be visiting various German cities throughout the week, performing to the people of Rostock today, Stralsund on Tuesday, Kiel on Wednesday, Lübeck on Thursday and Hamburg on Friday.

Alban is interviewed by Radio Lohro in Rostock

Your reaction to Alban’s new project may be one of surprise, curiosity or amusement.  Yet musicians have been pushing the boundaries of what we consider as conventional Western performance venues for decades.  In the mid-twentieth century Pierre Boulez called to burn down all the opera houses and Stockhausen suggested that the traditional concert hall should be replaced with a new spherical concert space with loudspeakers placed against the walls.  Since then composers have been constantly experimenting with different venues for musical performance, such as sending a string quartet to play in helicopters in Stockhausen’s Helikopter-Streichquartett.

With this in mind, in 2010 is it still controversial to play music that would normally be found in a concert hall in an alternative space?  Why is it that audiences still find it so fascinating?  Is it because the concert hall tradition remains so strong in our society that alternative musical experiences are still regarded as surprising and unusual?

Or is it the permanent element of chance, spontaneity and uncertainty that keeps this concept alive?  Is it the consistent sense of the unexpected that keeps the unconventional performing spaces idea an exciting and relevant one?

In Alban’s performances this week, this excitement will be enhanced further by WildKat PR’s new twist; putting the audience in charge of where Alban performs. Not only does the immersive musical experience adjust the audience’s role, it is also a challenge to the performer.  Commenting on his performance in his blog entry link ‘Bach Marathon’, Alban Gerhardt declared that due to the constant changing of lights and locations throughout his performance at the Radialsystem, more energy was required from him than in a conventional concert.  He explained; “I felt obliged to live up to their expectation in a different way, almost like a story-teller in an Arab market where the audience is longing for his unbelievable stories, and when he loses his thread or can’t come up with something really exciting, the people will walk away, so he has the pressure on him to provide some constant spark.”

With this need for a ‘constant spark’, the immersive musical experience is both a challenge to musicians and audiences alike, making it perhaps more relevant today than ever before.  And with Tom Service noting that concerts such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Night Shift are successful in preserving ‘the best of the traditional classical concert – the great performances – with a genuinely accessible informality’, the unconventional concert is capable of bringing music to a wider audience without sacrificing musical quality.  Through these attempts to bring music out of the concert hall, musicians such as Alban Gerhardt are creating a new cultural practice for our generation.

For more information on Alban Gerhardt’s performances, visit his website.

(Written on October 25, 2010 )