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The Guardian

Neville: ‘My wife has told me to keep June free’

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. 

Classic FM

Opera celebrated at Olivier Awards 2014

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

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Nicole Cabell

The outstanding American singer on winning Cardiff, crying in performance and Kate Bush

The Telegraph

Amanda Vickery: Why we’ve got the Georgians all wrong

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.

Die Welt

Ritter der Rondos, Grandseigneur der Serenaden

Sir Neville Marriner sorgte über Jahrzehnte für einen Easy-Listening-Boom der Alten Musik. Jetzt feiert der britische Dirigent, den viele als James Last der Klassik abtun, seinen 90. Geburtstag.

Classical Music on Twitter

Classical Music Buzz: @classicalpurist John Luther Adams Wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music + MORE classicalmusic opera news … pic.twitter.com/ovr1WQiEDU

Janet Horvath: ‏@playinglesshurt 17 of the best classical music jokes – Classical music jokes @classicfm http://www.classicfm.com/discover/music/classical-music-jokes/classical-music-jokes-4/ …

BBC Music Magazine: ‏@MusicMagazine The official classical chart is out – visit our website to find out which recordings made it into the UK top 20: http://www.classical-music.com/chart/official-classical-chart …

Gramophone: @GramophoneMag Congratulations to the highly talented Krzysztof Urbanski on his new appointment at the NDR Sinfonieorchester http://www.gramophone.co.uk/news/krzysztof-urba%C5%84ski-given-a-ndr-symphony-orchestra-role …

The Strad: @TheStradMag Actors are admired and lauded for their range. But observe the ‘specialism’ police at work in classical music http://bit.ly/1p2Fm17 

The Guardian

The Guardian

(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

Horizons new music talent search launched by BBC Wales

A search for new musical talent with the promise of recording sessions and BBC airtime has been launched.

News Observer

Wake County schools to discuss new music partnership, technology and Read To Achieve

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

Classical music is changing with the times

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?

Al.com

Classical music alive and well, Leon Botstein tells UAB music students; will conduct Alabama Symphony on Thursday

Birmingham, Alabama – Contrary to predictions of its early demise, classical music is not dead, or even dying.

Stuff

Apple pushes labels for iTunes exclusives

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.

Chicago Tribune

Ray Still, legendary CSO oboist and teacher remembered

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

Jazz artist Marcus Belgrave reunited with stolen trumpet, doesn’t have to pay pawnshop

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.

Epoch Times

Jazz-Legende Thielemans beendet Karriere

Der belgische Jazz-Musiker Jean-Baptiste „Toots“ Thielemans beendet seine Karriere.

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on March 13, 2014 )

Twinsburg Bulletin

Orchestra may face uphill battle attracting youth

Parker Perry on the difficulties of attracting young people to classical music performances

San Fransisco CBS Local

Community Rallies To Save Peninsula Symphony After Embezzlement

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, Opera Composer Who Painted Outside the Lines, Dies at 83

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.

Blog TO

Why the TTC is playing classical music in the subway

‘Nefarious youths’ pacified by classical music

Classical Music Magazine

Analysis: What is the Arts Council’s This England report all about?

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

Music Sales in Germany Rise for the First Time in 15 Years…

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.

Die Welt

Der Schönheit weihte sie ihr Leben

Kiri Te Kanawa war die erste Māori, die als Opernsängerin Weltkarriere machte. Ihr weicher, cremiger Sopran wurde besonders von älteren Dirigenten geliebt. Heute wird sie 70 Jahre alt.
Digital Music News

Digital Music News

(Written on March 7, 2014 )

Physics.org

World-class orchestras judged by sight not sound

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

Stonehenge just a giant xylophone?

The mystery of Stonehenge may have finally been revealed, as researchers suggest the structure could be a prehistoric instrument.

Classical Music Magazine

‘Lost’ Granados opera to be staged

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

Pittsburgh Symphony lays off 17 staffers to aid budget

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.

Guardian

50 years ago – how John Eliot Gardiner changed music

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

Classical music on San Diego trolleys

Pop up conductors and concerts on San Diego public transport.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Bühnenschmücker

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.

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on March 6, 2014 )

New York Daily News

Classical music explodes, both in sales and in expanding boundaries

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

BBC News

Maria von Trapp, last member of Sound of Music family, dies

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.

Sky News

American Idol Stars Sue Sony Music for $10m

Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are among the stars named in the lawsuit against Sony over royalties.

Classic FM Online

Classical music at the Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony

Rachmaninov stole the show at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, celebrating Russia’s history and classical music in a spectacular Winter Olympics closing ceremony.

Holocaust survivor musician Alice Herz-Sommer dies age 110

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.

The Guardian

Christian Curnyn: too hot to Handel

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

Leonard Slatkin: How African Americans changed classical music

How African-Americans profoundly changed the American musical landscape and paved the way for others

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 24, 2014 )

NME

Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood Q&A – Blending Classical Music With Rock

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

ENO’s Peter Grimes to be broadcast live in cinemas this Sunday

Andy Morahan on the art of bringing Britten to the big screen

LA Observed

KCRW buys classical music station in Santa Barbara

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

Charlie White Plays Violin on ‘Today’ After Winning Gold at Sochi Olympics with Meryl Davis

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.

SU Independent

Silent film meets classical music at OSU ‘Flickers’

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.

Die Welt

Was macht Karl Lagerfeld eigentlich in der Oper?

Vor 250 Jahren starb der Barockkomponist Jean-Philippe Rameau. Jetzt wird sein Werk wiederbelebt. Das Theater an der Wien verlegt seine Eitelkeitskomödie “Platée” in die Welt des Pariser Modezirkus.
Just Jared JR

Just Jared JR

(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

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine to be guest soloist with San Diego Symphony

The guitarist with heavy metal band Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, will take centre stage in a concert with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Eric Whitacre reveals sketches for Nine Inch Nails a capella cover

The choral composer uploaded initial sketches of his version of Trent Reznor’s ‘Hurt’ on YouTube yesterday, performed on piano

The Washington Post

Classical music: dead or alive?

Questioning the statement: “Classical music is dead”

Reuters

Mozart museum seeks to debunk evil Salieri poison myth

It’s one of the great mysteries of music – did composer Antonio Salieri poison his onetime protege Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with arsenic?

The Telegraph

Lorde fed up with ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

Grammy-winning teenage pop star Lorde says that ‘the price tag of fame sucks’ and bemoans the ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

PR Week

Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam fall out over controversial SodaStream work

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

Der Tagesspiegel

Peer Gynt als Oper

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.

 

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 31, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

UK orchestra audiences up by 16% since 2010

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

London Mozart Players to lose managing director and become player-run

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’.

ABO/Rhinegold Award winners named

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.

Gramophone

BBC Radio 3 to clear the schedule for Ravel

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.

Guardian

Spotify: how a busy songwriter you’ve never heard of makes it work for him

Matt Farley writes 20 songs a day and has digitally distributed more than 14,000 in six years.

PR Week

Music can still play to the audience’s tune

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.

Die Welt

Die philharmonische Luftbrücke funktioniert

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.

Classical music magazine

Classical music magazine

 

 

(Written on January 30, 2014 )