How did a so-so violinist from Lincoln end up one of the world’s greatest conductors? And will he ever slow down? As Neville Marriner hits 90, he talks to Stuart Jeffries about setting up the Academy of St Martin in the Fields orchestra, never saying no – and the teacher who had him beaten for over-gesticulating.
English Touring Opera and the Royal Opera House were honoured last night at the 2014 Olivier Awards, held at London’s Covent Garden.
Royal Opera House
The A-Z of Richard Strauss: J is for Ben Jonson
One of the Jacobean playwright’s works inspired Strauss’s sole collaboration with Stefan Zweig.
The Arts Desk
The outstanding American singer on winning Cardiff, crying in performance and Kate Bush
We associate the Georgian era with elegance and good taste. But this gaudy, bloody period was a world away from Austen’s drawing room romances.
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(Written on April 15, 2014 )
Tomorrow evening the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra begin a five-date tour of Heerlen, Leverkusen, Bruges, Rotterdam and Ludwigsburg with their Principal Conductor, Jonathan Nott.
The programme of the concerts in Heerlen, Bruges, Rotterdam and Ludwigsburg includes Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen and Anton Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony in E Major. In Leverkusen the programme will see Strauss’s Metamorphosen replaced with Franz Liszt’s Danse Macabre for piano and orchestra as well as Ligeti’s Melodies for orchestra. Joining the orchestra for the Liszt is the outstanding young pianist, Alexander Krichel.
The Bamberg Symphony, which was founded in 1946, has always been known for its extensive international touring and has given more than 6,500 concerts in 60 countries and over 500 cities as Cultural Ambassador for Bavaria. This tour continues this outstanding tradition. Last New Year’s Eve the orchestra received an invitation to Beijing, giving a celebrated and televised concert in the Great Hall of the People. Throughout 2014 the orchestra will continue to share the unique “Bamberg Sound” around the world.
Watch a recent video about the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve concerts in Beijing and Bamberg here:
(Written on March 19, 2014 )
BBC News Wales
A search for new musical talent with the promise of recording sessions and BBC airtime has been launched.
A new partnership with the music industry, the status of implementing the state’s Read To Achieve law and the district’s technology plan are scheduled to be on the agenda for the meeting of the Wake County school board’s student achievement committee.
The Vancouver Sun
It used to be that a Jascha Heifetz or a Fritz Kreisler was known just for performing; today it seems the engaged artist has so many more different responsibilities and roles. When, and why, did it become necessary for an artist to consider these different demands?
Birmingham, Alabama – Contrary to predictions of its early demise, classical music is not dead, or even dying.
Apple has begun pressuring the major record companies to offer new releases exclusively through its iTunes store – a move that would initially block availability on streaming services such as Spotify or Beats Music, according to several people familiar with the matter.
Ray Still was famous for being the best of the best, one of the finest and longest-tenured orchestral oboe players of all time. He played oboe in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for an astonishing 40 years, 39 of them as principal oboe. He served with distinction under four CSO music directors, from Fritz Reiner to Daniel Barenboim, until his retirement in 1993.
Detroit Free Press
Marcus Belgrave’s custom-made trumpet, which was stolen from the trunk of his car on Friday night in Eastern Market in Detroit, was recovered at Zeidman’s pawnshop, a few blocks east of the market area. The trumpeter picked up the horn at the downtown police station this afternoon, blowing a few choruses of “Oh Happy Day” for the assembled media as his wife, Joan, sang along.
Der belgische Jazz-Musiker Jean-Baptiste „Toots“ Thielemans beendet seine Karriere.
(Written on March 13, 2014 )
Parker Perry on the difficulties of attracting young people to classical music performances
San Fransisco CBS Local
San Mateo – The Peninsula Symphony is making music again, thanks to the generosity of members and supporters who rallied to raise money for the volunteer organization after an embezzler emptied the orchestra’s bank accounts.
New York Times
Robert Ashley, an American composer who helped wrestle opera into the 20th century, and in so doing broadened the genre in strange, unexpected ways, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 83.
‘Nefarious youths’ pacified by classical music
Classical Music Magazine
Arts Council England has published its response to the independent report Rebalancing our Cultural Capital, which last autumn showed how arts subsidy is heavily weighted in favour of London and against the regions (with 90% of government arts funding going to the capital).
Digital Music News
Time and time again, we’ve heard about countries with declining music sales, largely due to declines in physical sales not being offset by increases in streaming revenue. Germany now joins nations like Sweden and Norway in breaking that trend.
(Written on March 7, 2014 )
A study from University College London shows that people can, to a good level of accuracy, identify top-ranked orchestras from non-ranked orchestras when shown silent video footage, suggesting that such judgements are driven at least in part by visual cues about group dynamics and leadership.
Classic FM Online
The mystery of Stonehenge may have finally been revealed, as researchers suggest the structure could be a prehistoric instrument.
Classical Music Magazine
The original score for Enrique Granados’s three-act opera Maria del Carmen has been found and restored by musicologist Walter Clark.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has laid off almost 10 percent of its administrative staff in ongoing efforts to balance its budget and make operations more efficient.
His student performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers on 5 March 1964 put a rocket under the musical establishment; John Eliot Gardiner has not stopped entertaining and enlightening audiences ever since, says Tom Service.
San Diego 6
Pop up conductors and concerts on San Diego public transport.
Er kann kitschig, er kann karg: Stephan Prattes baut Bühnen von Salzburg bis Berlin. Aber noch nie so aufwendig wie für „Clivia“ in der Komischen Oper.
(Written on March 6, 2014 )
New York Daily News
As crossover classical-pop performers like Andrea Bocelli and Lindsey Stirling sell tons of records, established pop, rock and roots musicians like Rufus Wainwright, Jonny Greenwood and Chris Thile tackle classical forms
The last surviving member of the Trapp Family Singers, the group whose story inspired The Sound of Music, has died at the age of 99, her family say.
Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are among the stars named in the lawsuit against Sony over royalties.
Classic FM Online
Rachmaninov stole the show at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, celebrating Russia’s history and classical music in a spectacular Winter Olympics closing ceremony.
The oldest living holocaust survivor, pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, who remembers meeting Mahler and Kafka in her incredible lifetime, died yesterday at the age of 110.
He’s putting the shock into the baroque – and he couldn’t care less about all the outrage he’s causing. Maverick conductor Christian Curnyn says why sex, swearing and Stratocasters are just what early opera needs
Detroit Free Press
How African-Americans profoundly changed the American musical landscape and paved the way for others
(Written on February 24, 2014 )
Jonny Greenwood is playing Wapping Hydraulic Power Station this Sunday (February 23) with London Contemporary Orchestra soloists and very excitingly he’ll be premiering new material. NME question him about his classical influences.
BBC Music Magazine
Andy Morahan on the art of bringing Britten to the big screen
KCRW is acquiring KDB, a longtime Santa Barbara classical music station at 93.7 FM. KCRW gets a stronger signal along the Santa Barbara coast, using 88.7 FM, while classical music will continue at 93.7 in a partnership between KDB and KUSC.
Just Jared JR
Gold Medalist Charlie White breaks out his violin on The Today Show during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on Tuesday morning (February 18) in Sochi, Russia.
The Orchestra of Southern Utah is celebrating vintage silent movies such as Charlie Chapin’s “The Tramp,” George Meles’ “A Trip to the Moon” and “Out West” by “Fatty” Arbuckle from 1918.
(Written on February 20, 2014 )
WildKat PR is delighted to welcome the Menuhin Festival, Gstaad to its client roster.
Founded in 1957 by Yehudi Menuhin, the resident festival of the Swiss village of Gstaad boasts 50 concerts in beautiful locations including churches, mountain stations, glaciers, airfield hangars and the famous festival tent. The festival has grown substantially over its 58-year history, now excelling in both Chamber Music performances from outstanding artists such as Joshua Bell and Sabine Meyer, and symphonic brilliance from its home orchestra the Gstaad Festival Orchestra.
As well as these outstanding artists, an important part of the Menuhin Festival is a celebration of amateur musicianship and musical education. From 2008, the festival has expanded its programme of amateur orchestras and masterclasses, giving musicians the opportunity to perform within the framework of a pre-eminent international festival. The Gstaad Academy for young professionals offers customised tuition for promising professional musicians, whereas Play @ Festival Gstaad offers unique tuition and performance opportunities to keen amateurs of all ages. This year marks the launch of the Gstaad Conducting Academy, an unparalleled opportunity in the whole of Europe, offering rising young conductors the chance to work with a professional orchestra.
WildKat PR will be working with the festival to promote a series of concerts and across Europe preceding the festival’s opening. With innovative digital ventures to interact with audience and new media, extensive masterclasses and a plethora of internationally renowned soloists, chamber musicians and conductors, 2014 promises to be another outstanding year in the Menuhin festival’s history.
For more information please see the festival’s website.
(Written on February 11, 2014 )
Classic FM Online
The guitarist with heavy metal band Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, will take centre stage in a concert with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra
The choral composer uploaded initial sketches of his version of Trent Reznor’s ‘Hurt’ on YouTube yesterday, performed on piano
The Washington Post
Questioning the statement: “Classical music is dead”
It’s one of the great mysteries of music – did composer Antonio Salieri poison his onetime protege Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with arsenic?
Grammy-winning teenage pop star Lorde says that ‘the price tag of fame sucks’ and bemoans the ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry
Global charity Oxfam has accepted the resignation of Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson after a spat over her commercial work for SodaStream, which has a controversial factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank
Werner Egks Opernversion von Henrik Ibsens Drama “Peer Gynt” war bis in die sechziger Jahre ein viel gespieltes Stück. Dann geriet der Komponist in Verruf – wegen der Rolle, die er im “Dritten Reich” gespielt hatte. Das Staatstheater Cottbus stellt die Oper nun erneut zur Diskussion.
(Written on January 31, 2014 )
Classic FM Online
Audiences for orchestras in the UK have grown by 16% since 2010 with over 4.5m people now attending an orchestral concert every year, according to a new report by the Association of British Orchestras.
Classical Music Magazine
Chamber orchestra the London Mozart Players has announced that it is to become a player-run organisation, with its current managing director, Simon Funnell, to leave at the end of March 2014. The move is the result of ‘a major funding problem’ which, says a statement released by the orchestra, ‘necessitated a re-evaluation of the way in which the management of the orchestra operates’.
The winners have been announced for the Association of British Orchestras/Rhinegold Awards 2014, presented at LSO St Luke’s on 29 January as part of the ABO annual conference.
BBC Radio 3 will clear its schedule on Ravel’s birthday for a day devoted to the composer’s music. March 7 will celebrate the French composer’s music through recordings dating from the 1930s to the present day.
Matt Farley writes 20 songs a day and has digitally distributed more than 14,000 in six years.
2013 was the first year in three decades there was no million album selling artist. The music industry might have changed beyond all recognition, but tapping into audience’ passions is as crucial as ever.
In der Musik zumindest verstehen sich die Europäer und die Amerikaner: Die beiden sinfonischen Spitzenorchester aus Berlin und New York erhielten jetzt den Preis für Transatlantische Partnerschaft.
(Written on January 30, 2014 )