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The Times

There’s no such thing as classical music any more — Lloyd Webber

The term “classical music” should be dropped according to Julian Lloyd Webber, the cellist, who said it was an “almost irrelevant” way to describe the work of modern composers.

The Telegraph

Sergei Diaghilev: ballet, beauty and the beast

For all his genius, Ballet Russes founder Sergei Diaghilev, born on March 19 1872, was forever on the brink of catastrophe, says biographer Sjeng Scheijen

The Strad

Violinist Hilary Hahn announces pregnancy, but will complete 2014-15 season

The artist will shortly release a new Mozart and Vieuxtemps album on DG

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO announces 125th anniversary season

The RSNO has earmarked its next two seasons to celebrate its 125th anniversary, with appearances from all of the conductors who form its core artistic team, lead by music director Peter Oundjian, and including Neeme Järvi, Walter Weller, Alexander Lazarev, Thomas Søndergård, Jean-Claude Picard and former music director Stéphane Denève.

Classic FM

Classical music slowed down 10x sounds absolutely magical

We’ve taken some famous bits of classical music and slowed them down to 10 times slower than their normal speed. They sound truly wonderful and epic

Die Zeit

Hauschka spielt „Ping Pong“

Seine Musik schwingt zwischen Techno, Pop und Avantgarde. In einer Rekorder-Session bringt Hauschka nun die Bälle zum Tanzen: eine Meditation am präparierten Flügel.

Berliner Zeitung

Vinyl wird zum Wellnessobjekt

In Zeiten, in denen die Compact Disc ausstirbt, erlebt die Schallplatte eine Renaissance.

The New York Times

Artek celebrates the German Harpsichord

Bach’s music, played on a harpsichord representing his time and place: as natural as this may seem, it is an infrequent event, at least in New York.

El mundo

La orquesta como democracia

Los músicos de la Filarmónica de Berlín escogen estos días al sucesor de Simon rattle, un proceso único en las formaciones musicales.

Twitter

Ed Vaizey ‏@edvaizey : The wonderful @Colston_Hall in #Bristol to receive £5m towards refurbishment https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/chancellor-george-osbornes-budget-2015-speech … #Budget15

Philharmonic Society ‏@RoyalPhilSoc : UK Arts may be living on borrowed time. Salutary reading from @guardian http://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/2015/mar/17/arts-index-2015-download-your-copy …

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest : RCM composers @amybryce & @eandrademusic have contributed to this @ProstateUK charity concert @cadoganhall on 9 April http://bit.ly/1xAMphb 

JLW News 19th MarchJulian Lloyd Webber says ‘classical’ is an ‘almost irrelevant’ way to describe the work of modern composers

 

 

(Written on March 19, 2015 )

Classic FM

Arts & Business Awards winners announced

The best partnerships between businesses and the arts were honoured last night at a ceremony at the BFI Southbank, London at the 35th Arts & Business Awards, in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover.

Guardian

La Scala: Why has incoming director general Alexander Pereira been fired?

Pereira’s predecessor brought four Salzburg productions to Milan, so why did La Scala drop Pereira for doing the same thing?

It’s not sexist when opera critics find fault with Glyndebourne’s fat ladies

 Our job is misunderstood: we’re upholding the unique beauty of this art form, and it’s our duty to hold any production to account, says Guy Damman.

Birmingham Post

Next conductor of CBSO has a big rebuilding job

Is the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra suffering from low morale? Christopher Morley reflects on changing times as it bids farewell to one of its most successful principal conductors.

CBC News

Stolen violins recovered in Montreal 16 years later

Quebec provincial police have recovered two missing and potentially valuable violins in Montreal. The violins were stolen from the trunk of a car on Ste-Catherine Street 16 years ago.

Die Welt

Mit olle Hans Sachs beim Billig-Döner

Tobias Kratzer ist eines der größten Regie-Talente. Er sucht nach der RAF im “Tannhäuser”, modernisiert die Butzenscheiben der “Meistersinger”. Das ist witzig und dennoch voller Tief- und Doppelsinn.

Concerti

3 Fragen an… Andreas Schulz

Leipzigs Gewandhausdirektor Andreas Schulz im Kurzinterview

Klassik.com 

Dirigent Franz-Paul Decker ist tot

Deutsch-kanadischer Musiker wurde 90 Jahre alt

Kölnische Rundschau

François-Xavier Roth wird Kölns neuer Generalmusikdirektor: „Ich bin kein Routine-Dirigent“

Am Mittwoch ist der Vertrag von Kölns neuem Generalmusikdirektor François-Xavier Roth im Kölner Rathaus unterzeichnet worden. Im Gespräch hat Roth über seine Pläne mit der Musik in der Domstadt erzählt.

The New York Times 

Too Much Looking, Not Enough Listening?

New York Times Critics Respond to Glyndebourne ‘Fat’ Reviews

Classicalite

Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 MusicNOW Series Features Music by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead and Anna Clyne Premiere

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW concert series, curated by Composers-in-Residence Mason Bates and Anna Clyne, is at the epicenter of Chicagos’ burgeoning contemporary music scene.

Classical Music on Twitter 

Naxos Records@naxosrecords 20 Most Unusual Deaths of Composers in Music History. http://fb.me/2i3VgQYjD

Philharmonic Society@RoyalPhilSoc Here’s the story of Dr Sarmast brought back music to Afghanistan by founding the 1st national music school (ANIM) http://royalphilharmonicsociety.org.uk/index.php/awards/honorary/recent/sarmast

Nicola Benedetti ‏@NickyBenedetti Michael Gove – do you hear us? 74% of British adults think that the loss of music education opportunities will negatively impact the UK

Music Education UK @MusicEdUK National Theatre under fire for hiring actors to mime War Horse musicians’ roles : The Stage http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2014/05/national-theatre-fire-hiring-actors-mime-war-horse-musicians-roles/ … via @twitterapi

Hello Stage@HelloStage_ Music on the move with @ChambOrchEurope, visiting three countries in three days.

PRS Foundation @PRSFoundation You can read all the @SinfiniMusic interviews with @NMBiennial composers here: http://ow.ly/wPXSi #NewMusicBiennial

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

 

 

(Written on May 23, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Petrenko: I don’t believe women conductors are a distraction

Vasily Petrenko’s interview in which he appeared anti-women caused outrage. He defends himself in an interview with Adam Sweeting.

Classic FM Online

Studying music increases blood flow to the brain

30 minutes of musical training can increase blood flow to the left hemisphere of the brain, so says a new study carried out by the University of Liverpool.

Classical Music Magazine

Sir John Tomlinson to receive RPS Gold Medal

Bass Sir John Tomlinson has been named as the latest recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal, the society’s highest honour.

The Daily Telegraph – Sydney

Adelaide philanthropist Diana Ramsay gives $510,000 towards Australian String Quartet’s Guadagnini cello

Adelaide arts benefactor Diana Ramsay has given $510,000 to the fundraising drive for the Guadagnini cello on loan to the Australian String Quartet.

Concerti

Interview Anne-Sophie Mutter: „Im August breche ich endlich nach Botswana auf“ 

Seit 25 Jahren kann Anne-Sophie Mutter und Lambert Orkis nichts trennen. Nun gehen die beiden auf „Silber-Tournee“ und erfüllen einen Kindheitstraum der Geigerin

Klassik Akzente

Max Richters “Vivaldi Recomposed” im Finale von Germany’s Next Top Model

Der Top 20 Walk ist ein Höhepunkt im Finale von Heidi Klums Germany’s Next Top Model. Die Modells werden dabei von den angesagtesten Stars und ihrer Musik begleitet. Diesmal tritt der britische Erfolgskomponist Max Richter mit “Vivaldi Recomposed” auf.

MDR

Semperoper mit neuem Leitungs-Team

Die traditionsreiche Semperoper in Dresden hat zwei leitende Positionen in ihrem Haus neu besetzt. Am Dienstag wurden Ronald Adler als Künstlerischer Berater und Anna Melcher als Chefdramaturgin vorgestellt.

Le Figaro

Les bons tuyaux de Cameron Carpenter

À 32 ans, le musicien bouscule le milieu de l’orgue avec un tout nouvel instrument, créé spécialement pour lui par le facteur du Massachusetts Marshall & Ogletree.

Classical Music on Twitter

TED Talks ‏@TEDTalks  “Classical music is for everybody.” A truly delightful music lesson: http://on.ted.com/sqxX

Philharmonic Society@RoyalPhilSoc We have shortlisted @Opera_North for their fantastic festival of Britten last year. Best of luck, only 4 days left to wait! #RPSMusicAwards

The Art Fund ‏@artfund What was Handel’s relationship with the British monarchy? Music for Royal occassions @FoundlingMuseum – closes 18 http://po.st/svL4PI

Michel van der Aa@vanderaanet Interestingly only 1 out of these 7 UK artistic directors picks a new opera as “best for first-timer” http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/may/09/inside-opera-live-why-opera-matters-uk-opera-chiefs #insideopera

Artsfundraising@artsfundraising Arts orgs in London, North & the South West: 1 week to go to apply to host a Fundraising Fellow! Deadline 16 May http://bit.ly/1fscJGU

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on May 9, 2014 )

Guardian

Can Tony Hall’s plans for the BBC win over the arts crowd?

Hall’s art package – and the closure of BBC3 – risk alienating the young but could make some old friends happier, says Steve Hewlett.

Bristol Old Vic announces a second season of classical proms concerts

Week-long initiative aims to present classical music in imaginative and contemporary ways, performers include Bryn Terfel and Lisa Batiashvili; John Eliot Gardiner will give a talk on JS Bach.

BBC Music Magazine

First female organist appointed at St Paul’s

Rachel Mahon, 24, has made musical history at St Paul’s Cathedral by becoming the first ever female organ scholar there.

GMA News

Philharmonic flashmobs pay tribute to Ukraine’s fallen protesters

In perfect symphony, orchestras and choir singers performed Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” in flashmobs at seven airports across Ukraine on Sunday in tribute to those who died in the country’s revolution.

CBS Minnesota

8 Of 77 Minnesota Orchestra Board Members Resign

Eight of the 77 members on the Minnesota Orchestral Association Board have resigned after CEO Michael Henson stepped down last week, with at least one person questioning the manner in which Henson’s departure was handled.

The Telegraph

Bach and the icon of Jesus’s face

Sacred Mysteries: Christopher Howse finds the same object of devotion in a musical oratorio and a traditional image.

Classical Music Magazine

Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces 2014/15 season

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra follows up its 40th anniversary year with another varied season of music that begins with Mahler’s fourth symphony and ends with Haydn’s Creation.

 

Classical Music on Twitter

Pianist Magazine: @pianistmagazine Sergio Tiempo invites the audience to decide which Chopin Etudes he will play at his recital on 29 April at the… http://fb.me/3lpFkuCtT  

BBC Entertainment: @bbcentertain How is TV funded around the world? http://bbc.in/1rVGd2N 

Al Jazeera America: @ajam  Rocking the symphony: How young, black musicians are changing the face of classical music http://trib.al/PivfW0h  pic.twitter.com/J93EQjxKXg

Bachtrack: @bachtrack Marvel at our map of your favourite classical music festivals: http://ow.ly/v7IhU  Now vote for yours!

Philharmonic Society: @RoyalPhilSoc Last day for entries to the prestigious RPS Composition Prize! Missed the post? Scores can be hand delivered to the office before 5pm today

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

 

(Written on March 31, 2014 )