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In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine reports that Dudamel and the Youth Orchestra LA are to perform at the Super Bowl, Aurèle Nicolet dies aged 90 and young conductor leads CBSO. Also, Per Nørgård wins Siemens Music Prize 2016.

Classical Music Magazine

Gustavo Dudamel and Youth Orchestra Los Angeles to perform during the Super Bowl

Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 halftime show on 7 February

classical-music.com

Aurèle Nicolet (1926-2016)

Leading Swiss flautist dies aged 90

theartsdesk.com

Benedetti, CBSO, Shani, Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden

Young conductor leads dynamic and detailed Haydn, Szymanowski and Dvořák

Classical Music Magazine

Per Nørgård wins Siemens Music Prize 2016

Per Nørgård has been awarded the 2016 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in recognition of his lifelong contribution to music

Klassik.com

Wiener Philharmoniker und Salzburger Festspiele besiegeln Zusammenarbeit bis 2021

Die Salzburger Festspiele haben ihren Vertrag mit den Wiener Philharmonikern bis 2021 verlängert. Das Orchester wirkt seit 1925 regelmäßig in tragender Rolle bei den Salzburger Festspielen mit

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Luftgeist

Jahrhundert-Flötist: Im Alter von 90 Jahren ist Aurèle Nicolet gestorben

Die Zeit

“Man spielt jeden Tag anders”

Grigory Sokolov ist der große Anti-Star der internationalen Klavierszene: Keine Allüren, keine Studioaufnahmen – und keine Interviews. Hier spricht er nach 15 Jahren zum ersten Mal wieder

France musique

Les Victoires de la musique classique, comment ça marche ?

Les Victoires de la musique classique récompenseront le 24 février prochain les artistes marquants de l’année. Qui choisit les nommés, qui vote pour les gagnants ?

New York Times

Adjusting Medication May Prolong Levine’s Tenure at the Met

The stage was being set to announce the retirement of James Levine, the music director of the Metropolitan Opera since 1976

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BBC Music Magazine@MusicMagazine With the 70th anniversary of the Third Programme on the horizon, @BBCRadio3 announces plans to commission 70 works: http://www.classical-music.com/news/radio-3-celebrate-anniversary-70-commissions

Indy Music@IndyMusic  Turns out Pavarotti’s granddaughter can sing just as well as her grandfather… http://ind.pn/1PadzUu

Music History @today_classical  #Today in 1869 Birth of #baritone Jean #Perier #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Nicolet_625Pixels-542413281                               Aurèle Nicolet/www.classical-music.com

(Written on February 2, 2016 )

In today’s news, Tagesspiegel discusses the construction site fiasco at Berlin State Opera and streaming services are supposed to boost music business. Also, Morricone is nominated for an Oscar, Pavarotti-Villa becomes a meeting place for artists and Philippe Jaroussky cancels Parthenope

Gramophone

First BBC Proms 2016 concerts revealed as the Ten Pieces project continues

Secondary school students will be given the opportunity to perform at the Proms on July 23 and 24

Daily Nation

Kenya’s jazz and classical music culture in the spotlight

Kenya’s Afrosync’s musical journey will be beamed to global audiences in a special feature that explores how musical genres are evolving in Kenya and influencing a new generation of musicians

Gramophone

Exclusive video: Grigory Sokolov plays an extract from Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata

Watch Grigory Sokolov play an extract from the Allegro of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata, part of his new album

dnaindia

Five-day classical music event begins in Dombivli

The South Indian community in Dombivli celebrated this festival by attending a classical music and dance event, Makara Mahotsavam

PRS for Music Foundation

New Music Biennial 2017 Commissions announced

The winning commissions present a snapshot of contemporary music in the UK including ten brand new works and ten pre-existing works that have been composed within the last 15 years

Der Tagesspiegel

Stuck für Stuck

Zu viel, zu schnell: Architekt Klaus Roth und Senatsbaudirektorin Regula Lüscher erklären dem Untersuchungsausschuss, warum die Staatsopern-Baustelle aus ihrer Sicht ein Fiasko wurde

NMZ

Tübinger Forscher: Streamingdienste können Musikgeschäft ankurbeln

Kostenpflichtige Musik-Streamingdienste aus dem Internet können nach Einschätzung von Tübinger Forschern das Geschäft der Musikbranche ankurbeln

Klassik.com

Pavarotti-Villa soll Künstler-Begegnungsstätte werden

Die Villa des Tenors Luciano Pavarotti in der mittelitalienischen Hafenstadt Pesaro soll nach dem Willen seiner Familie zu einer künstlerischen Begegnungsstätte umfunktioniert werden

The Guardian

Ennio Morricone: back in the saddle

The movie maestro told his wife he’d stop scoring films at 40. But, at 87, he’s just scooped an Oscar nomination for The Hateful Eight

Forum Opera

Philippe Jaroussky contraint de renoncer à Partenope

C’est l’événement attendu de tous les baroqueux parisiens en ce début d’année : Partenope, l’opéra de Georg Friedrich Haendel créé à Londres en 1730

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BR Klassik @BR_Klassik Musikgeschichte als frecher Graphic Novel auf arte. Unsere TV-Kritik.

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 Artist of the Week Zoltan Kocsis indulges us in Debussy’s Images, including Reflets dans l’eau #EssentialClassics

Manuel Brug @ManuelBrug Exklusiv: Artemis fängt Anthea. Eine neue Geigerin für das Erfolgsquartett

Ennio Morricone. Photograph: Muthmedia GmbH/PR/The Guardian

Ennio Morricone. Photograph: Muthmedia GmbH/PR/The Guardian

(Written on January 18, 2016 )

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 )

Classic FM Online

Eric Whitacre to work with Pentatonix?

The choral composer met the ‘Daft Punk’ singers in London, discussing the possibility of working together

Huffington Post

Tom Hodge On The Nature Of Collaboration

Composer and Pianist Tom Hodge examines the nature of musical collaborations, and specifically, the challenges of writing new music with another person

The Telegraph 

Mt Annan McDonald’s employs classical musical to deter loitering youths at night

With the dulcet tones of Pavarotti and his fellow tenors filling the airwaves, the carpark at Mt Annan McDonald’s has been much quieter in the past few weeks. The McDonald’s store started playing classical musical late at night recently to deter young people from loitering at the store

The Arts Desk

The journey to hell in Theresienstadt

The violinist Daniel Hope introduces Refuge in Music, his new film on the musicians of Terezín

BBC News 

How Martin guitars became an ‘American Stradivarius’

Vintage Martin guitars – the finest of which sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars – are sought after by musicians around the world for their distinctive tone and timeless design

Deadline Detroit

The Diva and the Ducks: Visiting Opera Singer Chooses Urban Farm For Detroit Lodging

Soprano Nicole Cabell is definitely NOT a diva. In fact, she’s explaining why opera shouldn’t be exclusively perceived as an elitist art form

Forbes

The World’s Highest-Paid Musicians 2013

Madonna pulled in $125 million over the past year, making her the highest-paid musician in the world. The bulk of her millions came from the tail end of her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million. She augments her income with heady merchandise sales at concerts, as well as her Material Girl clothing line and Truth or Dare fragrance

New Music Box

Audience Cultivation in American New Music

Historically, new music has sought to confront general audiences with unexpected sounds and forms.  The present, however, sees the milieu of new music splintered into factions, each with its own loyal but marginal audience

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

(Written on November 22, 2013 )

Mashable

Pitchfork to Launch Magazine-Style App ‘Pitchfork Weekly’

Online music publication Pitchfork will launch its first mobile app in November, the company revealed exclusively to Mashable. Dubbed Pitchfork Weekly, the magazine-style app will be available on iOS at launch before coming to Android in the future

Digital Music News

Album Sales Sink to Their Lowest Levels Since 1991…

Vinyl records continue to sell well but album sales CDs and digital albums sink lower

Pandora Loses Nearly 2 Million Listeners In October…

iTunes radio has huge amount of active listeners while Pandora listeners fall away

Huffington Post

Video Game Music Is Making Symphony Orchestra Awesome Again, Thanks To ‘Zelda’ And ‘rePLAY’

With the help of a few band geeks and game developers, a few of the gaming community’s favorite soundtracks are featuring in new concerts of gaming music repertoire. Producer Jason Michael Paul is one of the masterminds behind the movement…

Classic FM Online

Johnny Marr and Incubus’ Michael Einziger join new Spiderman soundtrack

Johnny Marr, formerly of The Smiths, and Incubus guitarist Michael Einziger will be joined by Dave Stewart, ex-guitarist with The Eurythmics on the new Hans Zimmer score for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Instrument museum destroyed in fire

Hundreds of instruments were destroyed yesterday in a large fire at an Italian musical instrument museum, Museo dello Strumento Musicale in Reggio Calabria

Newsday

Childhood Music Lessons May Offer Lifelong Benefits

Older adults who took music lessons during childhood seem to have a faster brain response to speech than those who never played an instrument, according to the results of a new, small study

Ozarks First

Classical Music Helps Fight Crime and Violence on Park Central Square

With the knowledge that music affects peoples mood, Springfield police in the USA are letting the music do the talking

Die Welt

“Ich spiele, solange mein Dekolleté vorzeigbar ist.”

Die große Geigerin im großen Gespräch: Anne-Sophie Mutter über ihre Einspielung der Solo-Werke von Antonin Dvorák mit den Berliner Philharmonikern und warum sie Kleider von Dior als Arbeitskleidung trägt

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

(Written on November 6, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Pavarotti to win Lifetime Achievement Award at Classic BRIT Awards 2013

Fifty years after his first recording and TV broadcast, the legendary tenor will be honoured with a posthumous award at the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall

Alison Balsom wins Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year 2013

The public have voted, and crowned Alison Balsom the Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year 2013

The Telegraph

Bells and whistles celebrate the River Thames’s rich maritime history

On Saturday the River Thames provided the dramatic backdrop for one of the most ambitious and spectacular works of music to be staged outdoors in London – an opera using an orchestra of ships

RCM London

Felicity Smith

New Zealand mezzo soprano and RCM alumna Felicity Smith tragically died on Monday 9 September

Bach Track

The LSO opens the season with a thrilling performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto

Capitalising on their success with Verdi’s opera Rigoletto during the Aix-en-Provence Festival in the summer, the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Gianandrea Noseda chose to open the 2013/14 season last night with the same work

Music Week

New Radio Academy CEO appointed

With more than 30 years’ experience in broadcasting and having held senior management positions at various major radio stations, Paul Robinson has been appointed CEO at the Radio Academy

Der Tagesspiegel

Matthias Lilienthal wird neuer Intendant

Eine schlechte Nachricht für Berlin, eine gute für München: Matthias Lilienthal, der zehn Jahre mit großem Erfolg das Hebbel am Ufer leitete, löst Johann Simons als Chef der Münchner Kammerspiele ab

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on September 17, 2013 )

The Arts Desk

The Last Night of the Proms, Kennedy, DiDonato, BBCSO, Alsop

The slickest Last Night in recent memory finds a woman finally in charge

Wagner at the Proms remembered

Five singers, three conductors and a director look back on a collective triumph of the bicentenary year

Classic FM Online

Joseph Calleja: “An operatic voice is not boring!”

The tenor speaks to his long standing friend and Classic FM presenter David Mellor about the appeal of his new album, Amore

The Times

Sir Simon Rattle tipped to take top job with the LSO

Britain’s most celebrated contemporary conductor is understood to have accepted the post of principal conductor of the LSO

The Washington Post

Soprano Voigt drops out of Washington Opera’s ‘Tristan and Isolde’ with ‘relief’

Deborah Voigt, the star soprano scheduled to sing Isolde in Wagner’s monumental “Tristan und Isolde” in the company’s season-opening production, starting next Sunday, is withdrawing from the role

The Guardian

Pavarotti tops the charts with remastered first recording

Posthumous release features an aria the opera singer recorded 50 years ago but which lay unheard in his archives

The Independent

‘Stop mocking the Mormons,’ says opera star Bryn Terfel who has been ’embraced’ by the faith

The bass-baritone, recently in Salt Lake City to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, was visited at home in Wales by missionaries who tried to convert him

Die Welt

“Wir sind Zirkusartisten ohne Netz”

Es gibt so viel mehr als den hohen Ton: Plácido Domingo und Jonas Kaufmann, die berühmtesten Tenöre der Welt, über Sängerwitze, Akzente und die Liebe zu Verdi. Ein allererstes Doppelinterview

The Arts Desk

The Arts Desk

(Written on September 9, 2013 )

The New York Times

Choosing emotion over virtuosity

In his recent solo recital, Soheil Nasseri went in search of virtuosic extremes in a selection of works that demonstrated the piano’s ability to reflect the whole gamut of human emotions

Metro

Expect thunderous applause for Joseph Calleja at the BBC Proms

Due to sing arias by Verdi at tonight’s Prom, Joseph Calleja is expected to perform with that undefinable something that only the greatest singers possess

Classic FM Online

Overdue Tchaikovsky returned to library after 59 years

Librarians in Westminster are pleased to be reunited with a score of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 – almost six decades after it was borrowed

Pavarotti’s label want you to sing Nessun Dorma

A competition inviting the public to submit recordings of themselves singing Puccini’s aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ has been launched to celebrate the release of the new Pavarotti best-of album

The Telegraph

The Chinese woman conductor set to storm the Proms

Against the odds of her gender and nationality, Chinese conductor Xian Zhang has become a rising musical star

Joyce DiDonato: ‘Stop selling opera by dumbing it down’

Ahead of her appearance at the Last Night of the Proms, Joyce DiDonato talks to Rupert Christiansen about her love of Mozart – and Over the Rainbow

Simon Callow: ‘I was a terrific show-off as a child’

Simon Callow on how he’s getting to grips with Wagner, and why life gets better once you’ve ‘peaked’

Euronews

Celebrating classical music at George Enescu festival

Named after one of Romania’s most famous composers, the George Enescu festival is a month-long celebration of classical music. The festival aims to offer a unique cultural mix: great orchestras and artists who interpret Enescu plus pieces by other famous composers like Wagner, Verdi and Britten.

Die Zeit

“Wir wollten ein neues Evangelium”

Er war das Superhirn der musikalischen Avantgarde, als Dirigent in Bayreuth hat er Wagner vom Waber befreit. Vor zehn Jahren gründete Pierre Boulez die Lucerne Festival Academy für junge Komponisten und Musiker. Eine Begegnung aus Anlass des Jubiläums

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

 

(Written on September 5, 2013 )

The Times

Joseph Calleja is tipped as the heir to Luciano Pavarotti

Plácido Domingo once called Joseph Calleja “the baby tenor” but as Calleja has grown on to the world’s greatest opera stages, another moniker has attached itself: the new Pavarotti?

Classic FM Online

Gramophone Awards 2013 winners announced today

We’ll have information on all 11 recordings crowned category winners at this year’s Gramophone Classical Music Awards as they are announced this morning

From the Back Desk – Gareth Davies, London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO’s principal flautist and host of The Show Must Go On on Classic FM, Gareth Davies, lets us in on some orchestral secrets – and tells us why he’ll always check his trousers before going on stage

Kobe Bryant plays Beethoven in new TV ad

Basketball player Kobe Bryant has appeared in a new TV commercial playing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata on the piano

Gramophone

BBC Two and Four to present new 18th-century arts season

The series will include programming on Handel’s Messiah and the rise of British anthems

The Telegraph

No one is pulling Nicola Benedetti’s strings

Forthright violin virtuosa Nicola Benedetti, 26, on fame, beauty and the power of a fierce work ethic

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Erhabenes Ende einer Pilgerreise

Bevor sie ab nächstem Jahr die künstlerische Leitung des Beethovenfests in Bonn übernimmt, verbindet Nike Wagner im letzten Weimarer Kunstfest unter ihrer Federführung Schreckensmusikgedenken und Richard-Idyll

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The Telegraph

(Written on August 27, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Theatre director Michael Attenborough is no fan of modern opera

Michael Attenborough, the son of Lord Attenborough, says modern opera ‘studiously avoids anything so old-fashioned as melody or emotion’

Arts Journal– Slipped Disc 

Mihaela: the final rites, the first obituary

Funeral arrangements have been published for Mihaela Ursuleasa who died last week in Vienna, at the age of 33.

Gergiev is victim of Pussy Riot hoax 

A Russian news site reports that Valery Gergiev last night publicly threatened to quit as head of the Maryinsky Theatre unless the girl-band Pussy Riot trial defendants were released.

Legendary Bow Maker has died 

Giovanni Lucchi, the favoured bow-maker for Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman and many more, has died in Cremona, aged 69.

Classic FM  

Pavarotti lookalike refused bankcard 

A professional Pavarotti lookalike has been refused a personalized bank card because he looks too much like the star.

$50K Violin stolen from Vancouver car park 

The Joseph Nadotti Fecit violin from 1772 was taken from student’s minivan while she shopped.

Gautier Capuçon talks Saint-Saëns and holidays

Cellist talks to Classic FM from the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

(Written on August 6, 2012 )