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In today’s news: Composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66 after a short illness, Jeremy Wright replaces Matt Hancock as DCMS following “Brexodus”, and Love Islanders get a dose of classical music. Hamburg State Opera releases audience numbers for 2017/18 season. Rudolstadt-Festival for folk, world and roots music. The underwater concert to raise environmental awareness. Five finalists for directorship of Palus de les Arts in Valencia. The sound island in Madrid encouraging children to create music as they play.

The Guardian

Composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66

British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen has died age 66, his publisher has announced.

The Drum

Jeremy Wright appointed new secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS)

The MP used to play the trumpet, “but can barely get a note out of the instrument these days”.

Classic FM

Love Island and classical music: what’s been played on ITV2 so far?

Classic FM have noticed that a few pieces of classical music have cropped up in Series Four of Love Island, 2018. Here are all the pieces they’ve used so far.

EurekAlert

The ideal of equality makes opera thrive in Finland

The number of operas composed during the 21st century is higher than during the 150-years of previous Finnish music history.

Bloomberg

Huawei Takes a Trip to the Opera in a Break From Trade Wars

Deputy Chairman Ken Hu is heading to the French capital to unveil a technology partnership involving a 900,000-euro ($1 million) investment over three years into a content-sharing platform at France’s national opera company.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Konzert für Fische und Korallen

Tauchausrüstung oder Schnorchel waren ein Muss beim Unterwasser-Festival vor den Florida Keys. Die am einzigen lebenden US-Korallenriff abgespielten Rhythmen sollten die Aufmerksamkeit auch auf den Schutz des Ökosystems lenken.

Klassik Heute

Hamburgische Staatsoper gibt die Besucherzahlen der Spielzeit 2017/18 bekannt

Mit der Vorstellung der 44. Nijinsky-Gala des Hamburg Ballett am vergangenen Sonntag, den 8. Juli 2018, ging die Spielzeit 2017/2018 der Hamburgischen Staatsoper zu Ende.

Bayerische Rundfunk

Ruth-Preis an Ethno-Jazz-Sängerin

Zehntausende sind am vergangenen Wochenende zu rund 300 Konzerten ins thüringische Rudolstadt gereist.

Platea Magazine

Dos españoles, dos italianos, un alemán y un argentino, finalistas para dirigir el Palau de Les Arts

Tal y como publica el periódico Las Provincias, el Palau de Les Arts ya contaría con cinco finalistas para dirigir el coliseo, tras la dimisión de Davide Livermore.

El País

Una isla sonora para jugar a través de la música

Un volcán sonoro se ha instalado en Matadero. Está ubicado en una isla en la que todos los elementos que la conforman hacen ruido y, en conjunto, producen música.

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(Written on July 10, 2018 )

In today’s news: Cellist Daniel Pezotti has died, Rome’s opera house increases it’s intake and number of visitors, and composer Unsuk Chin wins “Wihuri-Sibelius-Prize”. Can classical music give people with Alzheimer’s a new lease of life, and Soho radio gets its first classical music show courtesy of Manners McDade’s Harriet Moss.

Classic FM

Was Mozart’s sister actually the more talented sibling?

On ‘International Day of the Girl’, Classic FM celebrate Nannerl Mozart, the oft-forgotten sister of the eminent Wolfgang.

Telegraph

Can music give people with Alzheimer’s a new lease of life?

Whether it’s singing, humming or playing the piano, for people with dementia music really can be the key to memory.

M Magazine

Tileyard Education announces Women in Music Now event

Tileyard Education has announced details of Women In Music Now (WIMN) – a one-day all-female event which will host talks, panels, networking and workshops for women aspiring to work in music.

Soho Radio launches classical music show

London community channel Soho Radio is launching its very first classical music programme, with Manners McDade’s global creative manager Harriet Moss presenting.

Limelight

Adelaide Festival to host Akram Khan’s final solo performance

The dancer-choreographer will appear in XENOS in 2018, a fitting bookend to his Australian appearances.

Klassik Heute

Bewerbungsphase für Festivalorchester 2018 beim SHMF beginnt

In der kommenden Woche startet die Bewerbungsphase für das Festivalorchester 2018 des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals.

Klassik.com

Schweizer Cellist Daniel Pezzotti gestorben

Der Schweizer Cellist Daniel Pezzotti ist tot.

Pizzicato

Roms Opernhaus steigert Einnahmen und Besucherzahlen

Das Opernhaus der italienischen Hauptstadt meldet für den Zeitraum 2014 bis 2016 ein Plus von 51 Prozent bei den Einnahmen.

France musique

La compositrice sud-coréenne Unsuk Chin a été récompensée du Prix Sibelius de Wihuri.

Décerené en Finlande par la Foundation Jenny et Antti Wihuri, il est doté de 150,000€.

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@Archivist_Liz So is digging a hole and here’s what was found and now has pride of place in the Hall’s Archive

© Getty/Unsuk Chin

(Written on October 12, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Glyndebourne appoints Sebastian F Schwarz as its new general director and Britten Sinfonia will become Saffron Hall’s orchestra-in-residence. Also, the Association of British Orchestras launches a mentoring programme for future leaders and The Guardian writes Robert Craft’s obituary

The Guardian

Robert Craft obituary

Conductor and writer who devoted much of his working life to the composer Stravinsky

Classical Music Magazine

Saffron Hall and Britten Sinfonia announce partnership

Britten Sinfonia will become Saffron Hall‘s orchestra-in-residence at the start of the 2016/17 season

Telegraph

Glyndebourne appoints new general director

Glyndebourne has appointed a new director. Sebastian F Schwarz, currently deputy artistic director at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, will take up his new post at Glyndebourne in May

The Guardian

All about that bass: Simon Bainbridge on his jazz concerto

As the composer’s new double bass concerto premieres this week in the London jazz festival, Simon Bainbridge explains how the collaborative work took shape, and why – if it wasn’t for an early morning Manhattan cab ride – it might never have happened at all

Classical Music Magazine

ABO launches mentoring programme for future leaders

The Association of British Orchestras has launched Find Your Way, a mentoring and coaching programme for aspiring leaders of the UK orchestral sector

Berliner Zeitung

Helmut Lachenmann: Revolutionär der Klänge

Bei Menschen, die an neuer Musik nicht interessiert sind, mag der Name Helmut Lachenmann Fluchtreflexe auslösen. Was die verpassen! Das ensemble unitedberlin richtet ihm am Sonntag ein Geburtstagskonzert aus

concerti

„Meine Kindheit war ziemlich verwirrend“

Eitelkeit ist ihm fremd: Mag Yo-Yo Ma auch als bester Cellist der Welt gefeiert werden, er schätzt den dezenten Auftritt

NMZ

Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften stellt Schubert-Archiv online

Die Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften hat mehr als 1000 handschriftliche und gedruckte Quellen des Wiener Komponisten Franz Schubert ins Internet gestellt

The New York Times

Xian Zhang Is New Jersey Symphony’s New Music Director

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s next music director will be familiar to some concertgoers in the region: The orchestra announced on Monday that the role would be filled by Xian Zhang, a rising Chinese-American star

El Pais 

Ara Malikian, el violín trotamundos

Antes de que Ara Malikian (Beirut, 1968) aspirase a un Grammy latino fue un extravagante concertino de la orquesta del Teatro Real

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The Classical SourceNews Yuja Wang named 2016-17 Artist-in-Residence of China’s National Center for the Performing Arts

BBC Music MagazineListen to our new podcast on & Alina Ibragimova’s Bach:

South Bank LondonHave you seen our Winter guide yet? Why the heck not?!

18Nov News

Robert Craft, right, with Igor Stravinsky during a recording session at the BBC in London. Photograph: Erich Auerbach/Getty Images/The Guardian

(Written on November 18, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Iestyn Davies discusses the challenges of being Farinelli, and the Royal Northern College of Music launches its first ever four-year BMus in popular music. Also, Coady Green reports on a unique concert in the Himalayas, and The Telegraph writes Alexander Faris’s obituary

The Guardian

The King and I: Iestyn Davies on being Farinelli

In a play about the healing power of song, who does the singing? Countertenor Iestyn Davies ponders the challenges of breathing life into the castrato singer Farinelli in Claire van Kampen’s play

Classical Music Magazine

RNCM launches UK’s first four-year degree in popular music

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is launching the UK’s first ever four-year BMus (Hons) degree in popular music on 1 October

The Strad

Hong Kong’s MTR reviews ban on large musical instruments following criticism from orchestras

The railway company had threatened to issue fines and refused entry to students for carrying cellos

The Telegraph

Alexander Faris, composer – obituary

Composer who wrote the theme tune for Upstairs, Downstairs and orchestrated music for Pavarotti

BBC Music Magazine

Scriabin in the Himalayas

Pianist Coady Green reports on a unique concert in the mountains

Artsjournal

Nonesuch Records Chief Robert Hurwitz To Retire After 32 Years

When executives at big record companies leave their jobs, there is usually a quick announcement and a scramble behind the scenes to install a new regime.

NPR classical

‘We Need To Be Human’: Zuhal Sultan On Starting The Iraqi Youth Orchestra

It’s difficult enough to start an orchestra, but Zuhal Sultan founded the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq (NYOI) as a teenager in the middle of a war. She brought together 40 young musicians from different Iraqi cities and sectarian backgrounds in an effort to unify a divided nation. Now, six years later, the Euphrates Institute has named her Visionary of the Year.

Berliner Zeitung

Schön Rumstehen mit Blick auf die Elbe

In Hamburg traf sich die Musikindustrie zum Reeperbahn Festival. Während in Berlin Musikindustrie-Events nie geklappt haben, sind die Hamburger ehrlich und auf Zack: Auf dem Reeperbahn Festival werden Hände geschüttelt, nicht viel mehr. Völlig ausreichend, findet unser Autor

Die Welt

Nun ward der Herbst unseres Tenorvergnügens

Der Klangritter von hohen B: Der Tenor Jonas Kaufmann räumt mit Giuseppe Verdi und Giacomo Puccini bis in die Popcharts ab. Ob CD, Kino oder Oper, er ist überall. Und er ist immer exzellent.

Musik Heute

“Opernhaus des Jahres” in Frankfurt und Mannheim

“Opernhaus des Jahres” 2015 sind die Oper Frankfurt und das Nationaltheater Mannheim. Das ergab eine Umfrage unter 50 Musikkritikern in Europa und den USA, die die Zeitschrift “Opernwelt” am Mittwoch veröffentlichte.

France Musique

Démission du chef d’orchestre Jean-Yves Ossonce, directeur de l’Opéra de Tours

Jean-Yves Ossonce, directeur du Grand Théâtre lyrique de Tours et chef de l’Orchestre symphonique Région Centre – Val de Loire – Tours a annoncé sa démission via un communiqué.

Le Parisien

La filière musicale française s’accorde sur les revenus du streaming

La filière musicale française a annoncé mardi avoir conclu un “accord” pour une “juste répartition” des revenus issus du numérique, pomme de discorde dans une industrie en crise depuis 15 ans qui voit son salut dans le développement du streaming.

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The Royal OperaMozart’s Magic Flute had its premiere in 1791

Classic FMStars so far in our radio play for Davids Tennant & Suchet More on bfast tomorrow

BBC Radio 3Fascinating. Mark-Anthony Turnage and Peter Erskine, composer and drummer, on working together
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Coady Green and Christopher Wayne Smith performing in Ladakh (Picture courtesy of Scriabin in the Himalayas)/BBC Music Magazine

 

(Written on September 30, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Sir Simon Rattle at 60: 10 of his best performances

We celebrate with 10 highlights from a career that has transformed musical life in Birmingham, in Berlin, and pretty well wherever else Rattle has lifted his baton.

Claude Frank obituary

Masterly pianist and teacher whose playing had a visionary quality

The Times

Barbican puts on ‘mindfulness opera’

Seasoned theatre-goers know the value of stretching the legs and eating a quick snack during the interval of a lengthy production, but they now have the chance to eat, walk about, lie down and even do some washing-up during the world’s first “mindfulness opera”.

Classical Music Magazine

Ward Swingle 1927-2015 ‒ a cappella king dies at 87

At his death, aged 87, Ward Swingle deserves to be remembered for far more than the scat singing of JS Bach which for many remains the trademark of the various Swingle Singers incarnations.

Classic FM

The Ultimate Classical Music Quiz

How will you fare in the trickiest, most fiendish classical music quiz on the internet? Find out now…

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Der große Junge, leicht, charmant und prickelnd

Fasziniert vom Augenblick, frei fürs Abenteuer und schlagfertig obendrein: Dem Dirigenten und Lebenskünstler Simon Rattle zum sechzigsten Geburtstag.

Die Welt

Intendant eins, Bürgermeister null

Abwickeln hatte hier Tradition: Rostocks Vierspartenhaus lag künstlerisch und moralisch am Boden. Jetzt trotzt der Intendant Sewan Latchinian seinem Bürgermeister. Eine Rettungsgeschichte.

Concerti

„Qualität muss Popularität nicht ausschließen“

Stéphane Denève über seine Liebe zu gutem Essen, neue Freiheiten in der heutigen Musik – und Dirigententräume

Pizzicato

ICMA 2015 – The winners

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) announced today the Awards for 2015.

El Mundo

‘¡SupermegaBach!’

El Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical rodea de gastronomía, jazz y aires festivos un solemne concierto de órgano del ‘divino Juan Sebastián’.

Tweets

London Symphony Orch ‏@londonsymphony:  Our 2015/16 season is now well and truly LAUNCHED. Check out the schedule here: http://bit.ly/1xPMo7v . Booking opens online on Wed 4 Feb.

BBC Music Magazine ‏@MusicMagazine : Happy birthday Sir Simon Rattle! We mark his 60th with a round up of the finest recordings he’s made with Berlin Phil http://www.classical-music.com/article/simon-rattle-and-berlin-philharmonic …

Arts Council England @ace_national : We’re here @HullTruck making final preparations for Digital Utopias. We’ll be live tweeting all day using #artsdigital

Simon Rattle News

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, London, January 2015. Photograph: Tristram Kenton/Tristram Kenton

(Written on January 20, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

David Trendell obituary

Organist, teacher and director of music at King’s College London who ran one of the best choirs in Britain

Telegraph

Vivienne Price – obituary

Vivienne Price was a violin teacher who founded the influential National Children’s Orchestra

Choir boy collapses at Cenotaph

Young boy faints just yards from the Queen while National Anthem is sung during Remembrance Sunday ceremony

Classic FM

Candy Crush Soda Saga gets a classical power-up with London Symphony Orchestra soundtrack

The multi-billion-dollar puzzle game Candy Crush Saga has a new orchestral soundtrack – and our Orchestra in the City of London was playing it.

BBC News

Violin-playing patient, 93, livens up Forth Valley ward

A 93-year-old man has livened up a Forth Valley hospital by serenading fellow patients and staff with his violin.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Wunderjunge

Dirigent Duncan Ward in Orchesterakademie aufgenommen

pizzicato

Valery Gergiev wurde von Saar-Festspielen ausgeladen

In Polen sind die Russen und insbesondere die, die sich offen zu Putin bekennen, nicht besonders gut angesehen.

After A Two-Month Lockout The Atlanta Symphony Starts 70th Season with Freude Schöner Götterfunke

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced on Saturday that a deal with the musicians has been reached and that, after a two-month lockout, the orchestra will begin its 70th season.

Klassik.com

Montserrat Caballé: Steuer-Deal statt Gefängnisstrafe

Die Sopranistin Montserrat Caballé hat spanischen Medienberichten zufolge mit den Behörden eine Vereinbarung erzielt, nach der sie vorerst nicht ins Gefängnis gehen muss.

Codex Flores

Claudio Abbado in Sils Maria beerdigt

Der im Januar verstorbene italienische Dirigent hat laut Angaben seiner Familie seine letzte Ruhestätte in Sils Maria gefunden.

The New York Times

Rising Quartets, Hip and Passionate

Is ours the new golden age of string quartets?

Twitter

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: COMMENT: Diversity – time to think outside the box-ticking? http://bit.ly/11a8t9b

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Classic FM @ClassicFM: Anyone going to @musicforyouth #SchoolProm tonight at the @RoyalAlbertHall ? Let me know and we’ll give you a mentioned in the #SchoolRun

Violinist Alan Cairney, staff and patients at Forth Valley Royal Hospital; photograph at BBC News

Violinist Alan Cairney, staff and patients at Forth Valley Royal Hospital;
photograph at BBC News

(Written on November 10, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Cricket ‘choir’ sounds like human voices

A ‘choir of crickets’ that sounds like humans singing has divided the critics after a Soundcloud clip has surfaced online

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain announces 2014 players

Following two rounds of auditions over eight weeks in Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol and London, 165 new players have been admitted to the National Youth Orchestra 2014

Gramilano

Riccardo Muti’s Ernani cancelled amid chaos at Rome Opera

Massive job losses are expec­ted at Rome Opera after it was announced that the theatre would go into receiv­er­ship after debts of 29 mil­lion euros ($39m) at the end of 2011. As the recent Bray Law states that if a theatre goes into receiv­er­ship, 50% of admin­is­trat­ive and tech­nical posts must be axed, the uni­ons are on the side of theatre dir­ector Catello De Mar­tino for maybe the first time

The Guardian

Antony Gormley: sculpting a new South Bank

Built in 1951, the Southbank Centre is an architectural landmark that attracts 25m visitors a year. But will it survive another 50 years? Sculptor Antony Gormley on why bulldozing the site would be better than the planned revamp

WQXR

Top Five Expressions of Thanks in Classical Music

There are compositional conventions for strong emotions and passions, such as love, anger, glee, and sorrow. Giving thanks, though, requires a bit more nuance—a challenge for any skilled composer. Luckily, as we prepare for Thanksgiving, there have been plenty of composers up to the task, especially in the five pieces that follow

Arts Journal

A respected Italian maestro has died

Angelo Campori, an associate of Leonard Bernstein who conducted at the Met and the Vienna Opera, has died aged 79

Winter woes: Conductor tosses lozenges at coughing Chicago audience

On Saturday night, Michael Tilson Thomas … went offstage and emerged with two large handfuls of loose cough lozenges, which he tossed underhanded into the main floor audience seats

Alberto Vilar is being held in a cell with no heating, books or music

The convicted fraudster and former opera philanthropist is being held while a judge hears his appeal against having his bail revoked, suddenly and without good reason

Die Welt

Klavier und Kitsch sind ziemlich beste Freunde

Früher hatte der Komponist Ludovico Einaudi den Respekt der Avantgarde. Bis er anfing, sentimentale Stücke und Soundtracks zu schreiben. Nun lieben ihn nur noch die Massen. Ein Besuch in Mailand

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on November 26, 2013 )

Classical Music Magazine

City Music Foundation names inaugural award winners

The first awards of the City Music Foundation, which aims to help performers at the beginning of their careers, have been announced

The Guardian

Tchaikovsky’s sexuality ‘downplayed’ in biopic under Russia’s anti-gay law

Makers of Tchaikovsky film reportedly self-censor their portrayal of the composer so as not to fall foul of Russia’s new law

Gramophone

Obituary: Barbara Robotham, mezzo-soprano and teacher

Mezzo-soprano and renowned singing teacher Barbara Robotham has died at the age of 77

The Wall Street Journal

Saving Classical Music: An App for That?

Stuart Isacoff looks at classical music in the 21st century

BBC Music Magazine

Winners of Operalia competition announced

Plácido Domingo’s opera competition celebrates 20 years in Verona

Die Welt

Wenn sich Opern-Fans Freilose ertrampeln

In der Arena di Verona probten Zuschauer den Aufstand, weil sie viel Geld für eine Aufführung von “Aida” bezahlt hatten die, weil es regnete, gerade einmal bis zur Ouvertüre gespielt werden konnte

Tchaikovsky

The Guardian

 

(Written on August 30, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Welsh male voice choir cover Chic’s ‘Good Times’

Chic’s classic funk hit ‘Good Times’ has been given a choral reworking by the Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir as a teaser for a forthcoming music festival

Anna Netrebko’s album is pop chart smash in Europe

Anna Netrebko’s new album, Verdi, has enjoyed no. 1 chart success in Austria, as well as placing in the pop charts in several other countries in Europe

Summer classics

What’s the best music for the summer time? Here’s a Top Ten suggested by you

The Independent

When Britten’s world was all at sea: How Billy Budd reflects the composer’s own turbulent times

A full programme of Britten’s works at the Proms culminates in a semi-staged performance of Michael Grandage’s acclaimed Glyndebourne production of the story of an outsider fighting the establishment

Gramophone

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra saved by donations exceeding £70,000

Successful fundraising campaign ensures the orchestra’s 2013-14 season will go ahead

Andrew Litton named Colorado Symphony music director

The conductor has served as the orchestra’s artistic advisor since June 2012

Joyce DiDonato interviews Dame Janet Baker for her 80th birthday

Exclusive video interview available on the Gramophone Player

Obituary: Richard Angas, bass

Born April 18, 1942; died August 20, 2013

Obituary: John Amis, broadcaster and music critic

Born June 17, 1922; died August 20, 2013

Der Tagesspiegel

Das neue Klassik-Portal des Tagesspiegels

Reden ist Silber, Geigen ist Gold

Andrew_Litton_Colorado

Gramophone

 

(Written on August 23, 2013 )

The Guardian

Joyce DiDonato, singer – portrait of the artist

‘A director once said I didn’t have much talent. That sort of thing gets me fired up.’

The Telegraph

Violinist Min-Jim Kym ‘elated’ at recovery of £1.2m Stradivarius stolen from railway cafe

A virtuoso violinist has spoken of how she went from “devastation to elation” after police recovered her £1.2 million Stradivarius, more than two years after it was stolen from a sandwich bar at London’s Euston station.

Classic FM

Violinist arrested for playing Bach on subway

A New York Violinist is spreading the message that performing is legal in the Subway, after he was arrested on Thursday.

Gramophone

Obituary: Nicholas Busch, longtime London Philharmonic Orchestra principal horn

Born November 4, 1939; died July 24, 2013.

Classical Music Magazine

Leith Hill Place, Vaughan William’s former home, opens to public for trial period

The childhood home of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Leith Hill Place in Surrey, has been opened to the public by the National Trust for a trial season until 3 November.

crescendo

Lang Lang International Music Foundation veranstaltet erstes internationales “Junior Music Camp” in München

Die Lang Lang International Music Foundation eröffnet die Bewerbungsphase für ihr erstes ‘Junior Music Camp’. Das erste internationale ‘Junior Music Camp’ für begabte junge Pianisten im Alter bis zu 15 Jahren findet vom 3. bis 7. November 2013 in München statt.

 

Joyce DiDonato

The Guardian

(Written on July 31, 2013 )