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In today’s news: why Wagner’s Die Meistersinger strikes a chord in the age of Brexit, and classical music schow hits wrong note in ‘extravagance’ row.  Apple Music partners with Royal College of  Music. Conductor Ton Koopman as a guest of Berlin’s Orchestra Academy, and Dresden rebuilds an arts centre. A portrait of pianist Gerhard Oppitz, and a guide to 2017’s bold, inventive Oscar’s Music, and the artistic director of English National Opera is the “wrong man for the job.”

The Guardian

Why Wagner’s Die Meistersinger strikes a chord in the age of Brexit

Embraced by the Nazis, Wagner’s operatic masterpiece has long been shrouded in controversy. Its debate about cultural unity is now more relevant than ever

Birmingham Mail

Classical music show hits wrong note in ‘extravagance’ row

A £100,000 subsidised summer outdoor classical music concert in Sutton Park has been branded a costly vanity project by opposition councillors.

Music Week

Apple Music partners with Royal College of Music for classical playlist curation

The first playlist is designed to highlight the RCM’s prestigious history, featuring works from British composers linked with the conservatoire, including Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, along with some of the famed musical manuscripts in its collection.

Der Tagesspiegel

Entdecker bei der Arbeit

Ein aufschlussreicher Abend mit dem Dirigenten Ton Koopman und den jungen Musikerinnen und Musikern der Orchesterakademie.

Dresden kann auch anders

Das ehemalige Kraftwerk Mitte ist zum Kulturzentrum geworden. Auch die Staatsoperette residiert jetzt hier.

concerti

Pilot mit Bodenhaftung

Kaum ein Pianist beherrscht ein so großes Repertoire so formvollendet wie Gerhard Oppitz. Nur eine Sache liegt ihm nicht: Eitelkeit

npr music

The Ones Who Dream: A Guide To 2017’s Bold, Inventive Oscars Music

When it comes to music, the Oscars often get it wrong. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tends to wobble in the Best Score category, nominating old hands with familiar names but frequently rewarding strangers who emerge out of left field and then disappear from the scene

The Times

Poisoned ENO is run by the wrong people, says top tenor

The artistic director of English National Opera is the “wrong man for the job” and its chief executive is out of her depth, according to one of its most prominent performers

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Music History @today_classical in 1897 Birth of American Marian in Philadelphia, PA.

BR_Klassik @BR_Klassik Die aus musikalischer Sicht:
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Gerhard Oppitz © privat

Gerhard Oppitz © privat

(Written on February 27, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: conductor Bernard Haitink awarded highest Dutch civil honour, and thousands urge council to reject proposals to scrap music tutors in Aberdeen. Famous US festival takes place in Berlin concert hall, and there’s a new record of candidates for Richard Strauss competition. Composers Márta and György Kurtág receive this year’s Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, the European Union Baroque Orchestra quits Britain over Brexit migration clampdown, and a classical lover’s guide to the Oscars

Music Business Worldwide

Are the Major Labels in Danger of Turning Music Streaming into a Monopoly Owned by Apple?

While streaming services are losing millions of dollars, artists and songwriters are fighting to get compensated fairly for creating the songs that make those services popular.  The rates paid per stream remain fractions of pennies.

The Violin Channel

Conductor Bernard Haitink Appointed Highest Dutch Civil Honour

Conductor Bernard Haitink has been appointed a ‘Commander of the Order of the Netherlands’ – the country’s oldest and most distinguished civil order

Press and Journal 

Thousands urge council to reject proposals to scrap music tutors in Aberdeen schools

Thousands of people have signed a petition in protest at proposals which could result in the city council scrapping music tuition in its schools.

Der Tagesspiegel

Start des USA-Festivals im Konzerthaus des Berliner Gendarmenmarkt

Schmelztiegel-Kultur: Gershwin und Bernstein zum Auftakt des zehntägigen USA-Festivals im Konzerthaus.

klassik-heute.de

Neuer Rekord an Bewerbungen beim Richard-Strauss-Wettbewerb 2017

Für den diesjährigen Richard-Strauss-Gesangswettbewerb sind 78 Bewerbungen eingegangen.

klassik.com

Komponist György Kurtág und Ehefrau Márta erhalten Preis des Borletti-Buitoni Trust

Der ungarische Komponist György Kurtág ist zusammen mit seiner Ehefrau Márta Preisträger des diesjährigen Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.

The Guardian

Top orchestra quits Britain over Brexit migration clampdown

One of Britain’s most successful orchestras is moving to Belgium amid fears that its musicians may be among the victims of a post-Brexit crackdown on immigration.

wqxr.org

A Classical Lover’s Guide to the Oscars

Music and movies are inseparable – Of all the big four media awards, it’s arguably the Oscars that have the closest connection with classical music.

Music History @today_classical in 1897 Birth of German Johannes

klassik.com @klassikcom  Petition gegen Kürzungspläne bei der Norddeutschen Philharmonie Rostock  

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Credit: theguardian.com

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Credit: theguardian.com

(Written on February 20, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, the London Festival of Baroque Music is to lose its artistic director and festival manager, and an ABO report finds orchestras are playing more, but losing income on all fronts.  Classic FM announces celebrations for its 25th birthday, and musical La La Land leads Oscar nominations with 14.  The President of the New York Philharmonic is to step down, leaving uncertainty regarding renovation projects, and composer Veljo Tormis has died, aged 86.  All over the world today, people celebrate Robert Burns, Scotland’s Bard.

Rhinegold

LFBM to lose artistic director and festival manager

Lindsay Kemp and Lucy Bending are to step down as artistic director and festival manager of the London Festival of Baroque Music (LFBM) at the end of the 2017 event.

Orchestras perform more but earn less, report finds

A new report has found that Britain’s orchestras are reaching more people through concerts and youth engagement, but are losing income on all fronts.

Classic FM

Classic FM celebrate 25th birthday

Classic FM will celebrate its 25th birthday year with a composition competition, the world’s first ever dedicated video game music show and the relaunch of ClassicFM.com. And much, much more…

La La Land leads the way in Oscar nominations, including best soundtrack

La La Land has equalled the all-time record for Oscar nominations, with nods in 14 categories in the 2017 Academy Awards, including Best Original Soundtrack.

BBC Music Magazine

Five of the best… settings of Robert Burns poems

Born in Ayrshire on 25 January 1759, Robert Burns (or ‘Rabbie Burns’ to many) enjoys an iconic status as Scotland’s national poet. Best known to most people as the writer of Auld Lang Syne – surely the most regularly misquoted poem in history (there should be no ‘the sake of’ in there) – his work can be cuttingly satirical, lyrical and romantic or just really rather charming.

Der Tagesspiegel

Nachfolger von Barbara Kasseler 

Ulrich Khuon wird Präsident des Deutschen Bühnenvereins

klassik.com

Estnischer Komponist wurde 86 Jahre alt

Komponist Veljo Tormis gestorben

Fono Forum

Ehrung für zu Guttenberg

Enoch zu Guttenberg und die Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern werden mit dem Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 ausgezeichnet. Das Preisgeld (10.000 Euro) wird vom Hessischen Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst zur Verfügung gestellt.

El País

De YouTube a la Filarmónica de Berlín

A Arturo Cardelús le encargó obra un solista de la orquesta tras ver su vídeo en la Red

The New York Times

New York Philharmonic President to Step Down

A much-anticipated, long-delayed cultural megaproject — the gut renovation of David Geffen Hall, the New York Philharmonic’s home at Lincoln Center — is facing new uncertainty. 

Twitter

Music History @today_classical  in 1909 FP of Richard ‘ opera Elektra at the Hofoper in Dresden.

Classical Music News  @ClassicalMusic The Gesualdo Six launches crowdfunding project for first recording

Philharmonic Society @RoyalPhilSoc HAPPY BIRTHDAY to US! – a sprightly 204 today! 1813

Photograph: La La Land

(Written on January 25, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classic FM reports on Gramophone Awards highlights, and Sarah Connolly argues that the government neglects arts education and funding at its peril. Also, BBC Music Magazine writes Sir David Willcock’s obituary

Classic FM

Gramophone Awards 2015 – all the action from the ‘Oscars of classical music’

The stars of the classical world and a night of the best music – let us take you there…

The Guardian

‘The arts makes us well-rounded, questioning, lateral-thinking people’

Singer Sarah Connolly – the principal speaker at an Arts Council event at Westminster earlier this week – argues that the government neglects arts education and funding at its peril. We are facing a national disaster

BBC Music Magazine

Sir David Willcocks (1919-2015)

Lengendary King’s, Cambridge choirmaster dies aged 95

BBC

Mozart gets Johnny Rotten makeover

A new portrait of Mozart imagines the composer as a “daring” and “edgy” musician in the mould of Johnny Rotten

Sinfini

Barbican launch Sound Unbound

The Barbican Centre has announced the line-up for a two-day festival aimed at people who have never engaged with classical music before

Pizzicato

Nagano’s Les Troyens from Hamburg available on Arte

Arte concert offers worldwide streaming from Hamburg, in cooperation with Binnenalster Filmfest and City Management Hamburg

Classicalite

Call for Scores: Royal Northern Sinfonia, Lars Vogt Seek Chamber ‘Mozarts of Tomorow’

Having stirred the personnel pot earlier with the appointment of pianist Lars Vogt as music director, the Royal Northern Sinfonia–the United Kingdom’s only full-time chamber orchestra stationed there at Sage Gateshead–is now challenging young U.K. composers to stir up its repertoire

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Feiert die Kassette ein Comeback?

Hersteller von Musikkassetten freuen sich in den USA über einen neuen Boom. Der Grund dafür sei ein Trend bei jungen Hipstern. Gibt es den auch in Deutschland? Eine Spurensuche

Der Tagesspiegel

Aus der Schublade gefallen

Dem Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop wird trotz erfolgreicher Arbeit die Förderung gestrichen. Ein Krisengespräch vor der „Orfeo“-Premiere.

Epoch Times

Gergijew gibt umjubelten Einstand in München als Chef der Münchner Philharmoniker

Der russische Dirigent Waleri Gergijew hat am Donnerstagabend mit Gustav Mahlers „Auferstehungssymphonie“ sein Antrittskonzert als neuer Chef der Münchner Philharmoniker gegeben.

Twitter

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Sinfini Music : Pain for the ears, but perfect for near to the end of the day. Some unfortunate classical music fails.

News 18th

Cellist Matthew Barley, who will perform at the Barbican’s Sound Unbound Classical Weekender. Image © Madeleine Farley/ Sinfini Music

(Written on September 18, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Facing the music: Noah Stewart

Nat King Cole, Nina Simone and New York City – tenor Noah Stewart on his musical passions on and off the stage

The pitfalls and perks of playing a concert hall piano

The tone and touch of a piano might be terrific or terrible, so how does a performer prepare? Pianist Boris Giltburg describes the keyboard of his dreams

The Times

10 things to know about Simon Rattle’s new concert hall

As debate rages about whether London needs a new £200m venue to keep up with the best in Europe, Richard Morrison conducts his own feasibility study

The Strad

Frank Peter Zimmermann forced to hand back ‘Lady Inchiquin’ Stradivarius

The violinist, who turns 50 this Friday, is attempting to buy the instrument, which was previously on loan from failed bank WestLB AG

International Arts Manager

Digital marketing for the arts discussed in free session

The secrets of digital success are being shared at The Art of Digital, a free workshop aimed at arts organisations hosted by arts administration specialists Spektrix and digital agency AD.

Süddeutsche.de

Rattles Wunschkonzert

Diskussion um neue Tonhalle für London

Berliner Zeitung

Berliner Straßenchor feiert mit „Straßen-Carmina“ Premiere

Der Berliner Straßenchor ist ein Chor für Menschen ohne Wohnung, ohne Arbeit, Menschen mit Behinderung, Drogenabhängige oder Prostituierte.

pizzicato

Businessplan für Bonner Beethoven-Festspielhaus vorgestellt

Zwar ist noch nicht gewusst, welcher Architekt das Beethoven-Festspielhaus in Bonn bauen wird, aber der Bau, der komplett privat finanziert werden soll, hat jetzt bereits einen Businessplan, der die Wirtschaftlichkeit des Unternehmens voraussagt.

Classicalite

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Whiplash’ Top Contenders at Oscars, Alexandre Desplat Wins Best Original Score

Now with the Oscars at a close, the results proved to be a normal get together of acting talent abound.

nprmusic

Composing The Folk Music Of A Made-Up Country

Composer Alexandre Desplat is competing against himself in this year’s Oscars: He’s up for two awards in the category of Best Original Score.

Twitter

Intermusica ‏@IntermusicaLtd :@colincurrieperc & Pavel Haas Quartet at @wigmore_hall at the weekend – more photos here http://ow.ly/Jz1OS 

Bachtrack ‏@bachtrack : Strongly cast revival of Die Zauberflöte at @royaloperahouse @JanaiBrugger @tobyspence

Royal College Music @RCMLatest: Congrats to RCM pianist Luka Okrostsvaridze, chosen for the #TillettTrust‘s Young Artists’ Platform with a recital @wigmore_hall in December

NEWS 24th Piano

‘The finest pianos achieve the best results’ … Boris Giltburg. Photograph: Sasha Gusov

(Written on February 24, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

English National Opera told to put its house in order

Arts Council puts opera company under ‘special’ plan, demanding it improves business model – or it faces a funding cut

Telegraph

Is art best enjoyed in company?

Art might inspire silent rapture but it also teaches us how to listen and talk to each other, says Ivan Hewett

Classic FM

Toy Story’s Randy Newman: ‘I just don’t like directors’

Exclusive: Randy Newman, who has won two Oscars for his music for Pixar films, says the animation studio probably won’t use him again.

Classical Music Magazine

Wigmore puts accessibility centre stage with 2015/16 season announcement

The Wigmore Hall launched its 2015/16 season on Tuesday with particular emphasis on widening access.

Arts Professional

ENO and firstsite gallery lose national portfolio status

“Serious concerns” about the two organisation’s sustainability over a three-year funding term have led them to be placed under alternative funding arrangements for 2015-18.

Zeit Online

“Ich schäme mich seit Jahren”

Mariss Jansons, Chefdirigent des berühmten Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks, empört sich über die ausweglose Misere der Münchener Konzertsäle.

Die Welt

Wenigstens wurde Katharina Wagner nicht verprügelt

Der Rauswurf Katharina Wagners wegen angeblicher “Niveaulosigkeit” zeigt vor allem: Das schönste Opernhaus Südamerikas ist auf den Hund gekommen.

pizzicato

Carl Bechstein Stiftung mit eigenem Youtube-Kanal

Die Carl Bechstein Stiftung ist nun auch auf Youtube vertreten: Unter http://bit.ly/carlbechsteinstiftung finden sich Eindrücke vom ersten Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb für Kinder und Jugendliche 2014, außerdem Musikvideos von Preisträgern der Stiftung sowie fröhliche Kinder an Klavieren, die von der Carl Bechstein Stiftung Schulen kostenlos zur Verfügung gestellt wurden.

Klassik.com

Schubert und die Moderne: Preisträger stehen fest

Die Preisträger des diesjährigen Kammermusikwettbewerbs “Franz Schubert und die Moderne” der Kunstuniversität Graz stehen fest.

Musik Heute

Komponist György Kurtág erhält Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Der ungarische Komponist György Kurtág erhält den spanischen Frontiers of Knowledge Award.

The Washington Post

Spirited competition spices up this weekend’s Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival

One of the most engaging parts of the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival comes from a surprising source: its high school jazz band competition.

Twitter

Arts Council England ‏@ace_national#valentinesday tomorrow – so come on, what would your perfect arts/cultural romantic date be?

Classic FM @ClassicFM: 16 evocative sketches of opera houses from the 18th & 19th centuries: http://classfm.co/XpMYSc 

OAE @theoae: Great talent – photos by young professional  photographers w/ @IdeasTap and @RoyalPhilSoc: http://on.fb.me/1E9Rq3Z 

mariss-jansons-540x304Der Dirigent Mariss Jansons. Photo: Nagl/AFP/Getty Images

(Written on February 13, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

La Philharmonie de Paris: is this a new musical and social future for Paris?

The controversial concert hall might not have been quite finished and its architect might have elected to stay away from the opening concert, but it still sounded amazing, reports Tom Service

The Times

The Paris Philharmonie beats any concert hall in London

In a week of funerals and post-mortems, France desperately needs a mood lifter. However, the question is whether the Philharmonie de Paris concert hall will provide it.

Classic FM

Oscar nominations: Alexandre Desplat leads nominations for best soundtrack

The nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Score have been announced.

BBC Music Magazine

Vote in the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015!

Choose the best classical recordings of 2014

Gramophone

Video: the launch of Ólafur Arnalds’s Chopin Project – with a twist at the end!

Pianist Alice Sara Ott and composer Ólafur Arnalds show some surprising hidden talents…

Zeit Online

In der Kapelle brennt noch Licht

Vor 500 Jahren begann die Entwicklung der Orchester in Deutschland. Jetzt wurden sie als immaterielles Unesco-Weltkulturerbe geadelt.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Eine Provokation der Muslime ist das nicht

In dem kleinen Theater „Ciné13“ auf dem Montmartre war seit längerem ein Theaterstück über die Liebe zwischen einer Niederländerin und einem Jemeniten geplant. Nun ist es vorzeitig abgesetzt worden.

Die Welt

Ein Fanal für die Freiheit im Namen der Künste

Acht Tage früher hätte Frankreichs Präsident einfach einen schönen, langersehnten Konzertsaal eröffnet. Jetzt weihte Francois Hollande die neue Pariser Philharmonie als stolzes Symbol der Kunst ein.

Musik Heute

“Akademie Musiktheater heute” startet 15. Stipendien-Ausschreibung

Studenten und Berufsanfänger können sich vom (heutigen) Donnerstag an um ein Stipendium der “Akademie Musiktheater heute” bewerben.

El Mundo

Nouvel boicotea su obra

El Premio Pritzker no asiste a la apertura de ‘su’ Filarmónica de París por no respetarse las pruebas de acústica que cree necesarias.

Twitter

Alexandra Coghlan ‏@AlexaCoghlan: What’s new classical soap Mozart in the Jungle really like? @dfordalrymple tells it like it is http://bit.ly/1ubUFCB

London Symphony Orch @londonsymphony: Back on it this morning: rehearsals for Sunday’s concert are go. A warm welcome to Xian Zhang and Valentina Lisitsa http://bit.ly/17ODAtY 

Help Musicians UK ‏@HelpMusiciansUK: What do you love about #HelpMusiciansUK? Take a look back over our highlights http://bit.ly/1sxBiIL 

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The opening concert at the Paris Philharmonie
Photo: Charles Platiau / AFP / Getty Images

(Written on January 16, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Cerys Matthews on setting Dylan Thomas’s poems to music

It was a Christmas in South Carolina that reawakened the musician and Radio 6 DJ’s love for Thomas and inspired her to mark his centenary with her most ambitious project yet

ClassicFM

Meryl Streep to play worst opera singer ever, Florence Foster Jenkins

Fresh from her role as opera legend Maria Callas, the Oscar-winning actress is set to play a singer so bad that audiences flocked to hear her and laugh.

Classical Source

Family of murdered teenager Alice Gross ask for donations to be made to national charity Youth Music in her memory

Youth Music is honoured and grateful that the family of murdered teenager Alice Gross have chosen the charity as the beneficiary of their online tribute in memory of Alice. The tribute says that Alice had a “passion for music”.

The Strad

Memphis Symphony musicians agree on 38 per cent pay cut

It is hoped the one-year emergency measure will help the orchestra balance its books

crescendo

ECHO Klassik 2014 – das große Spezial

Am 26. Oktober werden in München zum 21. Mal ­Künstler mit dem ECHO Klassik geehrt. Wir haben uns die Auszeichnung einmal genauer angesehen und auch Preisträger herausgesucht, die (noch) nicht ganz so im Rampenlicht stehen.

pizzicato

Intendant der Brüsseler ‘Monnaie befürchtet ‘kulturelles Blackout’

Angesichts der Sparmassnahmen, die die neue belgische Regierung den Kulturinstituten auferlegen will, befürchtet der Intendant des renommierten Opernhauses ‘La Monnaie’ ein ‘kulturelles Blackout.

Lang Lang Considers Himself Having Only 10% Talent

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, pianist Lang Lang has explained what he is, …an ability.

Klassik.com

Komponieren mit Legosteinen

Ein Team von Pädagogen, Komponisten und Wissenschaftlern hat eine neue Form der Musikpädagogik entwickelt: Komponieren mit Legosteinen.

Codex Flores

Früher Tod des Pianisten Christopher Falzone

Am ersten August dieses Jahres war er mit einem Rezital noch im Programm des Verbier Festivals.

Twitter

Glyndebourne ‏@glyndebourne: Find out more about @SussexUni’s Opera and the Media of the Future event which has just got under way at Glyndebourne http://ow.ly/DgBes

Carnegie Hall @carnegiehall: Mezzo-soprano @JoyceDiDonato talks about bel canto and discovering new repertoire: http://bit.ly/1rhmOGB 

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse: ‘The arts are not about the curriculum or fixing society’ Why we need a rethink: http://bit.ly/1vXzrMs Thoughts?^C

meryl-streep-covering-ears-1414070772-article-0Meryl Streep is set to play opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on October 24, 2014 )

Telegraph

Steven Price, a British hero of the Oscars

Nottingham-born composer and musician Steven Price wins the Oscar for original score for his work on Gravity for director Alfonso Cuarón

BBC News

Elgar’s little-known ‘music therapy’ pieces from asylum released

The new album, called Music for Powick Asylum, is made up of recordings of some of the pieces Elgar composed in his early years, as bandmaster of the Worcester County and City Lunatic Asylum.

Llandaff Cathedral marks £1.5m organ work with recital

The end of six year’s work to replace Llandaff Cathedral’s organ has been marked with a free recital. An appeal to fund the £1.5m organ was launched after a lightning strike in 2007 finished off its predecessor.

Tim Rice: Public have no appetite for new musicals

Theatre lyricist Sir Tim Rice says the public is no longer interested in musicals based around new material.

The Guardian

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny donates €600k to save accordion factory

French footballer demonstrates pride in his Gallic roots with investment in Tulle factory threatened with closure

CNN

World’s 15 most beautiful concert halls

From Azerbaijan to the Sage, CNN list their most beautiful concert halls.

Die Zeit

Die Schlacht gewonnen, den Krieg verloren

Im Streit mit YouTube scheint die Verwertungsgesellschaft Gema vor Gericht einen Etappensieg errungen zu haben. Das Urteil dürfte ihr Imageproblem allerdings nicht lösen.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC News

 

(Written on March 4, 2014 )