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In today’s classical news, composer Max Richter calls for a greater appreciation of Britain’s classical music heritage.  Philip Glass, soon to turn 80, discusses his career and his relationship with minimalism.  Design Week explores the story behind the London Symphony Orchestra’s new identity, and London-based start-up, Jukedeck, explains how it composes music without a composer, using artificial intelligence. In Germany the Elbphilharmonie’s soundproofing is put to the test by German rock band Einstürzende Neubauten.

The Guardian

Britain must embrace its classical heritage

Max Richter, a leading British composer whose work is used on stage and screen, says UK audiences don’t get the credit for having broad tastes.

Philip Glass on turning 80

‘My problem is people don’t believe I write symphonies.’ About to turn 80, the composer talks about his slow, taxi-driving road to success, and why he is anything but a minimalist…

Design Week

New identity for LSO

The identity for the Orchestra’s 2017/18 season is based on its original conductor logo, also designed by the consultancy, and features a series of animated films by Tobias Gremmler.

The Telegraph

Musicians make the safest drivers

Musicians may make the safest drivers, a new study suggests, after researchers found that people who play an instrument have faster reaction times.

New York Times

Jukedeck – at the cutting edge?

Jukedeck is one of a growing number of companies using artificial intelligence to compose music. Their computers tap tools like artificial neural networks, modeled on the brain, that allow the machines to learn by doing, rather as a child does. So far, at least, these businesses do not seem to be causing much anxiety among musicians.

Der Tagesspiegel

Barenboims Botschaft an New York

Die Berliner Staatskapelle spielt in der Carnegie Hall den ersten kompletten Zyklus aller nummerierten Sinfonien Anton Bruckners – und Maestro Barenboim spricht eine Warnung aus

Krieg gegen die Kunst – Trump droht mit Kürzungen bei der Kulturförderung

Der neue US-Präsident könnte die beiden staatlichen Fördereinrichtungen für Kultur NEA und NEH abschaffen

Kreuzwort-Rattle

Im Herbst übernimmt Simon Rattle das London Symphony Orchestra. Jetzt verriet der Dirigent seine wichtigsten Pläne für die Zukunft. 

Spiegel

Einstürzende Neubauten in der Elbphilharmonie – auch Tinnitus klingt super

Es wurde gelärmt – aber sie steht noch: Zur Eröffnung des Pop-Programms trat die Experimental-Rockband Einstürzende Neubauten in der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie auf. Der Höhepunkt: Das erotische Knistern einer Zigarette.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Die Würde der anderen

Moritz Eggerts Oper “Freax” erhält nun fast zehn Jahre nach dem ersten gescheiterten Versuch ihre aufregende szenische Uraufführung in Regenburg

Twitter

Music History @today_classical  in 1981 Death of American Samuel

Classical Music News @classicalmusic Facing the music: Benjamin Grosvenor

Theater Regensburg @theaterRGNSBRG »Die Würde der anderen« – über am @

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Photograph: Stefan Hoederath/Redferns

(Written on January 23, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, London’s centre for music receives a £5.5 million boost, Apple updates music data and Sinfini Music has stopped commissioning new material. Also, Google marks Beethoven’s anniversary with a Doodle to test your knowledge of the composer’s melodies

The Telegraph

How well do you know Beethoven’s most-famous melodies? Google Doodle challenge marks genius composer’s 245th anniversary

Ludwig Van Beethoven was baptised 245 years ago. Can you help him piece his greatest work together?

Evening Standard

Centre for Music: Hopes of new concert hall for London get cash boost

London is a step closer to having a world-class concert hall today after the Government gave the project a £5.5 million boost

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

The new London hall: ten questions we need to ask

So the feasibility study for the new concert hall – The Centre for Music – has finally surfaced, a little later than planned. It’s being greeted, generally speaking, as if it’s to be the next London Olympics

Billboard

Apple Updates Music Data, Which Should Benefit Classical Composers and Performers

A seemingly minor update to iTunes should please Classical music fans and could mean bigger royalty checks for newer composers

Classical Music Magazine

Universal Music’s Sinfini website to be wound-down

The Sinfini Music website has stopped commissioning new material. The website was launched in 2012 by Universal Music Group as an editorially independent platform providing a ‘jargon-free’ guide to classical music

Die Welt

Ein Google-Doodle bringt Ihnen das Komponieren bei

Zum 245. Geburtstag von Ludwig van Beethoven lädt ein Google-Doodle zum fröhlichen Motive-Basteln ein. Nur wer die Mondscheinsonate thematisch meistert, erlebt auch “Freude, schöner Götterfunken”

Klassik.com

Ehrentitel des Bayerischen Kammersängers für Jochen Kupfer

Der Bariton Jochen Kupfer wird mit dem Ehrentitel des Bayerischen Kammersängers ausgezeichnet. Dies beschloss der Stiftungsrat des Staatstheaters Nürnberg in einer gestrigen Sitzung.
Klassik-heute.de

José Maria Blumenschein ist neuer Konzertmeister der Wiener Philharmoniker

Der junge brasilianisch-deutsche Geiger José Maria Blumenschein hat am 15. Dezember 2015 das Konzertmeister-Probespiel in der Wiener Staatsoper gewonnen.

New York Times

Montserrat Caballé, Former Star Soprano, Is Fined in Tax Case

A Spanish court on Tuesday ordered the soprano Montserrat Caballé to pay a fine of 254,000 euros, about $278,000, for avoiding taxes by falsely claiming residency in Andorra.

El País

Xavier Benguerel gana el Premio Tomás Luis de Victoria

A sus 84 años, el catalán Xavier Benguerel está entusiasmado. La SGAE ha reconocido su trayectoria y su obra con el Premio Tomás Luis de Victoria, el galardón más importante para compositores vivos del ámbito hispanohablante.

Twitter

Help Musicians UK:@HelpMusiciansUK  #BREAKING: announcing the artists of our final 2015 Emerging Artists Fund w/ @PledgeMusic http://bit.ly/1TRBLhx

Streetwise Opera: @StreetwiseOpera 24 hours to go on our @crowdfunderuk campaign to #MakePassionHappen! Please pledge & RT to help us reach the target http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/passion

Dirigent:@dirigent Celebrated pianist Myra Hess’s wartime concerts at the Gallery featured #Beethoven & Mozart: http://bit.ly/1YmFWDf

Moonlight Sonata before a dip in the Rhine/ Google

Moonlight Sonata before a dip in the Rhine/ Google

(Written on December 17, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

‘I hope our artistic leaders will heed Sachs’s advice. The survival of ENO may depend on it’

Wagner’s Hans Sachs could teach today’s politicians a thing or two about the value of art, writes Iain Paterson, who makes his debut in the role at ENO this weekend

The Independent

Bryn Terfel interview: Britain’s best-loved baritone looks back on his ‘wonderful journey’ through the world’s greatest operas

Gods. Murderers. Dictators. Ghosts. Bryn Terfel is used to playing them all, and more.

The Strad

Julian Lloyd Webber to sell his Stradivarius cello

The cellist was forced to retire from performing last year due to a neck injury

BBC Music Magazine

Aldo Ciccolini (1925-2015)

The great pianist has died at the age of 89

BBC Radio 3 to celebrate International Women’s Day

Two weeks of programming will champion the work of female composers and performers

Classical Music Magazine

Barry Ife: ‘Let’s lift the lid on the myths and mysteries of the professional music world’

‘As principal of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, I have the good fortune to work with some of the most outstanding young musicians, actors and theatre technicians in the world.’

Süddeutsche.de

Klang allein ist nicht alles

München ist entrüstet, weil es keinen neuen Konzertsaal bekommt. Verständlich. Aber es gibt noch viele weitere Gründe, warum die Musiklandschaft im Vergleich zu anderen Städten wie Freiburg so blass wirkt.

Berliner Zeitung

Der Karneval der Kulturen findet statt

Der bisher auf der Kippe stehende Karneval der Kulturen in Berlin wird laut dem RBB auch in diesem Jahr stattfinden. Integrationssenatorin Dilek Kolat (SPD) habe sich mit den beteiligten Gruppen geeinigt, zitierte der Sender am Mittwochabend Kolats Sprecher.

Die Welt

“Der Tod hat sich immer für mich interessiert”

Luc Bondy ist einer der bedeutendsten Regisseuren. Gerade läuft seine Version von Tschechows “Iwanow” in Paris. Ein Gespräch über Antisemitismus in Frankreich und seine Ideen fürs Berliner Ensemble.

The New York Times

‘Tristan’ to Open Met Season in 2016

The inventive Polish director Mariusz Trelinski, whose eerie, film noir-influenced double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” at the Metropolitan Opera is winning praise, has received an even bigger assignment form the company: a new production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” that will open the Met’s season in 2016.

pizzicato

Ten Seconds Of A Naked Salome Create Protest In Northern Ireland

A new production of Richard Strauss’s Salome has raised a storm of protest in Belfast.

artsjournal

Simon Rattle Talks Sibelius

The Berlin Philharmonic’s chief conductor and Finnish music journalist/Sibelius expert Vesa Sirén spend an hour talking about the composer’s music – and what the Philharmoniker find easy and difficult about it.

Twitter

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic : NEWS: @MancCamerata principal cellist to play Elgar on loaned 17th-c Strad: http://bit.ly/16gy2Hh  @RNCMvoice

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse:Just over a week to go for young composers (aged 11-16) to enter our Fanfare competition! http://www.roh.org.uk/learning/schools-and-colleges/fanfare … ^P

Culture Republic ‏@culture_public :Interesting new app being piloted allows users to rate arts experiences http://bit.ly/1D1gH1L  & #marketers can get anonymous data on users.

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Bryn Terfel in ‘Der Fliegende Holländer.’ Photo” The Independent

 

(Written on February 5, 2015 )

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 )

The Telegraph

Bullies almost forced me to quit Royal College of Music, says soprano Laura Wright

Soprano Laura Wright said she was bullied by students at the Royal College of Music who accused her of dumbing down classical music and almost forced her to leave

Know

Listen Like a Pro: Secrets from Classical Music Judges

At the Menuhin Competition, the pre-eminent international competition for young violinists being held at UT this week, technical excellence is expected; it’s a given for the field of 42 contestants from around the world.

Classic FM Online

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine on classical music: “It’s made me a better player”

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth explains his love of classical music ahead of his concert with the San Diego Symphony, where he’ll be performing works by Vivaldi and Bach on his very own specially modified electric guitar.

Guardian Liberty Voice

Blind Boone: African American Pianist of Classical Music and Ragtime

The inability to see did not prevent “Blind” Boone from becoming a nationally known concert pianist whose performances combined classical music and ragtime.

Gulf News

Classical music greats to gather in Dubai again

Season three of the monthly Emirates NBD Classics concert series is back this week

Limelight Magazine

Slava Grigoryan pays tribute to Paco de Lucía

Adelaide’s Guitar Festival chief writes on the passing of an inspiration

Guardian Liberty Voice

Guardian Liberty Voice

(Written on February 27, 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 )

New York Times

Detroit Symphony Agrees to New Contract With Musicians

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which endured a bitter six-month strike a few years ago, settled its latest contract eight months early, orchestra officials announced Wednesday

BBC Music Magazine

HMV closes flagship Oxford Street store

HMV’s flagship store in Oxford Street has been shut down this week. Covering over 60,000 square-feet and set over three floors, the iconic HMV store at 150 Oxford Street has been at the forefront of the company’s UK presence since it was opened in 1986

NPR Music

A Gramophone And Mozart, Or How I Fell For Opera

British conductor Nicholas McGegan celebrates his ‘Beatle’ birthday today (64, that is). To mark the occasion, he recalls how he first fell in love with opera.

The ‘Ode To Joy’ As A Call To Action

Candaele has turned his obsession with Beethoven’s Ninth into a documentary film called Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony. He follows the Ninth around the world, to Chile and China, where it became an empowering anthem of solidarity, and to Japan, where performances of daiku — the Great Nine — are a cherished annual tradition.

The New York Times

The Echoes of War, From One Century to the Next

‘Shostakovich for the Children of Syria,’ a Benefit Concert “to promote the awareness of significant international humanitarian crises and other public interest issues”

The Metro

A real-life fairytale: Peter Pan performer proposes to his Wendy on stage

A Peter Pan performer surprised his very own Wendy when he got down on one knee near the end of a packed show in Glasgow

The Metro

The Metro

 

(Written on January 17, 2014 )

New York Times

A Page of Beethoven May Fetch More Than $200,000

A rare Beethoven manuscript — actually, a leaf from a late-period sketchbook that the composer apparently tore out and carried in his pocket while composing the “Missa Solemnis” — will be auctioned on Jan 15th at RR Auctions in Amherst

The Guardian

Guardian to raise cover price

Weekday and Saturday editions of newspaper to cost 20p more as the Times also increases price by same amount

Classic FM Online

Gergiev and San Francisco Symphony top busiest conductor and orchestra list

The annual stats for classical concerts across the world have been released by classical events finder website Bachtrack, with Valery Gergiev coming out on top as the world’s busiest conductor

Sir Thomas Allen to receive Queen’s Medal for Music

Operatic baritone and director Sir Thomas Allen CBE has been announced as the recipient of the 2013 Queen’s Medal for Music

‘H2Orchestra’ play charity concert

Performers from Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra gave up their instruments to perform in concert – using only glasses of water

South China Morning Post

Pros and cons: the Hong Kong Philharmonic turns 40

As the Hong Kong Philharmonic marks its 40th anniversary, Oliver Chou looks back at the trials and triumphs involved in creating an orchestra to be proud of

Die Welt

Tanzkrisen reflektieren das Klima des Landes

Ihr Name bedeutet “Sauerkirsche”, sie selbst strahlt zuckersüß und ist stahlhart: Die Russin Diana Vishnewa, eine der besten Ballerinen weltweit, über die Zustände am Mariinksy und Bolschoi Theater

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on January 7, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Flute virtuoso’s instruments ‘destroyed by US customs’

Performer Boujema Razgui claims his 13 handmade wooden flutes have been destroyed by U.S. customs officials after being deemed to be ‘agricultural products’

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Young Musician category finalists announced

Violinist Nicola Benedetti to take on ambassadorial role for 2014 competition

The Wall Street Journal

Where the Craftsmen Are Women

A visit to an out-of-the-way atelier in Florence where an all-female team restores historic fortepianos

BBC news

Call for major record labels to change for digital age

Over the past 20 years the music industry has had to deal with plummeting CD sales, online piracy and new ways of listening to music via the internet. Are online streaming services the future for the music industry?

Billboard

The 20 Most-Pirated Musicians Of 2013

Though on the decline, piracy is alive and well

Der Tagesspiegel

Wo Europas Kultur sich feiert

Klein und fein: Lettlands Metropole Riga und das nordschwedische Umea sind Europas Kulturhauptstädte 2014

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 3, 2014 )

The Guardian

UK entertainment spending rises with surge in film and music streaming

Value of film and TV downloads, streams and subscriptions rises to £621m, and number of tracks streamed doubles to 7.4bn

The Telegraph

Valencia sues opera house architect as white elephants rot

Santiago Calatrava is facing legal action from his native city as the dazzling City of Arts and Sciences complex begins to fall apart just eight years after inauguration

New York Daily News

Vivienne Westwood designs punk costumes for Vienna ballerinas

Vienna State Ballet dancers will be decked out in tartan kilts and plaid leg warmers for January’s New Year’s performance, thanks to custom costumes from Vivienne Westwood, best known for her punk-inspired designs. The yearly concert is broadcast in more than 80 countries

Classic FM Online

Simon Rattle and Peter Maxwell Davies lead New Year Honours list

The New Year Honours List has been announced with a number of classical musicians receiving special recognition

Kilar, master of movie music, dies aged 81

The world of film music is mourning the death of Wojciech Kilar – best-known for his score to the Oscar-winning film The Pianist

Reuters

A Minute With: Met Opera chief Peter Gelb on live opera broadcasts

Peter Gelb, general manager of New York’s Metropolitan Opera has proven live-to-cinema doubters wrong with an anticipated 3 million viewers seeing about a dozen Met opera broadcasts this year in cinemas in 64 countries

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Die Stimme vom Klassik Radio

Holger Wemhoff ist Chefmoderator bei Klassik Radio, dem erfolgreichsten Privatsender Deutschlands. Die Zauberformel lautet „Entspannung“ – ein Wort, das Wemhoff, wenn er aufhört, nie wieder hören will

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 2, 2014 )