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LeoGroup purchases multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin with digital currency bitcoin

Financial advisory firm Leo Group LLC has purchased a multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin from the maker’s ‘golden period’ using bitcoin – the first time an instrument of such value has been bought using the digital currency.

Classical Music Magazine

NMC overcomes funding crisis arising from Holst Foundation’s dissolution

NMC, the label devoted to recording works by British contemporary composers, has overcome a funding crisis which threatened to overshadow its 25th anniversary celebration.

Classic FM Online

The Lark Ascending tops Classic FM Hall of Fame 2014

 the soaring violin melody has taken the number one spot in the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2014. Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, the piece at the top of the chart for the past three years, now sits at number two.

Julian Lloyd Webber awarded ISM’s Distinguished Musician Award

The British cello star picked up the award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) in partnership with Classic FM at the ISM conference in Birmingham Conservatoire this afternoon.

Guardian

How to do justice to Christ’s Last Words

Haydn’s meditations on Christ’s Seven Last Words are among the great pieces of Easter music. But could Ruth Padel, steeped in Darwin and Freud, write poetry about this cornerstone of Christianity?

The Hollywood Reporter

Musicians Union Slams Lionsgate Over ‘Draft Day’ 

The American Federation of Musicians is pressing the case that U.S. films and television programs should be scored domestically, not overseas, especially when they receive U.S. production tax credits.

New York Times

Every Number Tells a Story

In a series called Collected Stories, the composer David Lang curates an alluring set of programs that explore the idea of storytelling in music.

Tofaki

Smiling with a cramp

Nils Frahm is re-creating living spaces in his studio

Berliner Zeitung

Barenboim und Domingo: Sonne über dem Tonsatz-Gestrüpp

Ein Stelldichein der Leichtigkeit und Inbrunst lieferten sich die Staatskapelle unter Daniel Barenboim mit dem gefeierten Tenor Plácido Domingo bei ihren Feiertagskonzerten.

Classical Music on Twitter

Classic FM: @ClassicFM He’s topped the #HallOfFame once again. Here’s 8 reasons why we love Vaughan Williams: http://classfm.co/RWV8

Arts Professional: @ArtsPro #Goodwatch: @LDNmusicmasters debate on class, race, and classical music http://bit.ly/1ndxA2E

Jim McCauley: @JimMcCauley Classical nerds angry about game soundtrack, game nerds angry about classical nerds. This could run and run! http://halloffame.classicfm.com/2014/chart/position/7

Michel van der Aa: @vanderaanet Call for scores, composers competition on freedom -> http://callforscores.wordpress.com/

Lincoln Center: @LincolnCenter Free concert Thursday! Pianist Jenny Lin plays classical works & Broadway standards. http://bit.ly/1kP9UPG

The Strad

The Strad

 

(Written on April 22, 2014 )

Limelight

John Luther Adams wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Alaskan-based composer John Luther Adams has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his recent commission from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

 BBC Music Magazine

Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards shortlist announced

Nominations for this year’s Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement in classical music, have been announced. Musicians have been shortlisted in 13 categories ranging from chamber music to creative communication

News and Views from Norway

Costs threaten Bergen orchestra

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, BFO) revealed on Tuesday its pension costs are NOK 60 million (USD 10 million) higher than estimated, and it needs to dramatically reduce its activities. The unexpected costs threaten the BFO‘s 250th anniversary celebrations planned for next year.

Policy Mic

12 Black and Latino Musicians Changing the Face of Classical Music

Only 4% of American orchestras are African American or Latino but the Sphinx Organization and its annual competition is looking to change all that. Here are 12 musical portraits of Sphinx kids who will grow up to change the face of the art.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Saison 2014/15 des DSO

Tugan Sokhiev, der Chefdirigent des Deutschen Symphonie-Orchesters, redet nicht gern über Politik, schon gar nicht über Putin. Lieber schwärmt er von seinen musikalischen Plänen für die kommende Spielzeit

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Musikpreis des “Heidelberger Frühlings”: Man muss einfach das Feuer weitergeben

Wie kann man so etwas wie Musik in Worte Flüchtiges fassen? Eleonore Büning kann es. In ihren Kritiken werden beim Lesen ganze Akkorde förmlich fühlbar in ihrer Stofflichkeit. Eine Laudatio.

Classical music on twitter

Guildhall School of Music: @guildhallschool On 23 April catch alum Damian Lewis reading #Shakespeare sonnets for free at @cityoflondon Library! http://bit.ly/1h2IU9M

Britten Sinfonia: @BrittenSinfonia We’re celebrating Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday in May – find out what we’re up to – http://bit.ly/QoYeHW

ACE North: @ace_thenorth We’ll be @sage_gateshead this evening live tweeting the Journal @culturemag #cultureawards! Watch live, 7.30pm, here: http://journal.co.uk

Sound and Music: @soundandmusic Day 2 of #composerwkshops with @nmcrecordings & supported by @prsfoundation – find out more about the programme here http://www.soundandmusic.org/projects/higher-education-programme

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: @theoae Announcing the OAE Hall of Shame 2014. Your chance to nominate your most disliked piece of classical music… http://www.oae.co.uk/oae-hall-shame-2014/

Royal Philharmonic Society

Royal Philharmonic Society

(Written on April 16, 2014 )

The Guardian

Class, race and classical music

Western classical music – performers and audiences alike – is still an almost exclusively white concern. What can be done?

Piano: Machine of Dreams Exhibition – in pictures

Part of this year’s ‘It’s All About Piano!’ festival at the Institute français is an exhibition of photographs taken by Amy T Zielinski. In this article she picks some of her favourite shots, and tells us why.

The Telegraph

The world of violin maker Florian Leonhard

Violin maker Florian Leonhard talks to Ellie Pithers about music, his childhood, and matchmaking.

Classic FM

Il Divo serenaded one of their fans

Il Divo gave one lucky audience a very special surprise, serenading them with a performance of ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story.

UT San Diego

Opera union files second NLRB complaint

The labour union representing singers, chorus members and production personnel for the San Diego Opera filed a new charge with the National Labor Relations Board over the pending closure of the opera company.

Le Figaro

Trois ténors, Jonas Kaufmann, Rolando Villazón et Juan Diego Flórez seront à l’affiche en France dans les prochaines semaines.
Die Welt
Von Lukoil unterstutzt setzt sich Teodor Currentzis geschickt als neuer Taktstock-Guru in Szene. Er machte Perm am Ural zum Mekka der Klassic. Serine Einspielung vom “Figaro” ist grandios. Ein Portrat.
Concerti

Interview Plácido Domingo: “Zum Entspannen in die Sonne”

Sein stimmlicher Glanz strahlt ungebrochen, selbst eine Lungenembolie hat Plácido Domingo nicht bremsen können

 

Classical Music on Twitter

Bristol Old Vic: @BristolOldVic Its back! Bristol Proms returns with a programme packed full of extraordinary classical music http://bit.ly/1pFzWEt 

Gramophone: @GramophoneMag A longread for your journey home: The crossroads of music literature & art w/Will Self, Iain Sinclair & Chris Gollon http://www.gramophone.co.uk/feature/at-the-crossroads-of-music-literature-and-art-with-will-self-iain-sinclair-and-chris-gollon …

Bachtrack: @Bachtrack Have you voted for your favourite classical music festival yet? Cast your all important vote here: http://bit.ly/BTwff14 

musik heute: @Musik_Heute Neuer Beitrag: Pianist Frank Dupree gewinnt Deutschen Musikwettbewerb: Bonn/Berlin (mh) – Der Pianist Frank Du… http://bit.ly/1pYXfcl

netzwerk junge ohren: @jungeohren  Das Projekt “Klangradar – Mit den Ohren sehen lernen” in Kooperation mit dem… http://fb.me/2c1MnZlgn

GuardianGuardian

(Written on April 4, 2014 )

Guardian

Milwaukee police confirm $5m Stradivarius violin recovered

Violin found stored in a suitcase in an attic in good condition. Three arrested in connection with stolen Stradivarius violin.

Why does opera like women behaving badly? 

The Welsh National Opera’s new season explores opera’s fascination with ‘fallen women’. But it wasn’t just the women who fell, writes artistic director David Pountney

Classic FM Online

Big audience boost for Classic FM

More than 300,000 new listeners have tuned in to Classic FM in the last three months, according to new radio listening figures published today.

Classicalite

How Well Do You Know Your Black Classical Music History?

You probably knew that Carter G. Woodson planted the seedling that would become known as Black History Month. But how much do you actually know about Black classical music?

Independent

British orchestras are in danger of losing top billing despite rising ticket sales

Funding reductions mean our leading ensembles may have to cut back on the things that give them world status.

The New York Times

Richard Hayman, Pops Conductor, Dies at 93

Richard Hayman, who began his career as a harmonica player and went on to become the conductor of pops concerts in St. Louis and the arranger of pops concerts in Boston, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 93.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Das Glück ist mit den Furchtlosen

Wie kann das sein? Jeden Samstagnachmittag strömen zweitausend Menschen ins Amsterdamer Concertgebouw, um neue Musik zu hören. So etwas gibt es nirgendwo sonst auf der Welt.

The Guardian

The Guardian

 


 

 

 

(Written on February 7, 2014 )

Gramophone

Jonathan Manners named chief executive of Academy of Ancient Music

Jonathan Manners replaces Michael Garvey, who leaves to become director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in December

Classic FM Online

Runners encouraged to ‘Beat Beethoven’ in charity race

Classical music-loving runners are being encouraged to run 5k or walk 2.75k in the time of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

Ocarina-playing world record attempt under threat

A choir of schoolchildren hoping to break the record for the greatest number of ocarina players gathered together at one time are desperately seeking volunteers to help their attempt take place

The Telegraph

The Battle of Ideas: are we still able to listen to music properly?

The noise all around us is robbing us of our ability to hear, says Ivan Hewett

Let’s be upstanding for our hymns of praise

‘Worship songs’, feebly crooned to the sound of strummed guitars, are no substitute for the inspiring paeans of the past

CRI English

Experts Urge Classic Music Traditions Back in China

Scholars specializing in Chinese music traditions recently gathered in Beijing to discuss how the decline of classical music education, which also emphasizes ethical education, may cause many problems in contemporary Chinese society

The New York Times

As Downloads Dip, Music Executives Cast a Wary Eye on Streaming Services

As sales of CDs have plunged over the last decade, the music industry clings to one comfort: downloads continue to sell briskly as people fill their computers and iPods with songs by the billions

The Washington Post

Valentina Lisitsa: The pianist who won the Internet

Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa, 43, has dared to tamper with traditional formula, using YouTube as her empty stage

Klassik.com

Spannungen zwischen Stadtführung und Festspielleitung?

Diskussion um Einfluss der Stadt Bayreuth auf Richard Wagner-Festspiele

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on October 21, 2013 )