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In today’s news: Bryn Terfel has pulled out of the Met Opera’s production of Tosca due to vocal fatigue, Composer Alexis Ffrench’s approach to condensing compositions into three-and-a-half-minute tracks to make them more accessible and a requiem, composed by survivors of the Cambodian genocide. In addition, German musical instrument sector at its peak and a piano world record in Bosnia as symbol of unity.

The Telegraph

Composer Alexis Ffrench on why classical music can be as mainstream as pop

Through songs such as Bluebird and Radiate, Ffrench is attempting to break the preconceptions of classical music by condensing these kind of compositions into digestible three-and-a-half-minute tracks that feature recognisable song structures reminiscent of any modern day pop track.

BBC

Bryn Terfel is the latest star to quit Tosca

Bryn Terfel has pulled out of the Met Opera’s production of Tosca, to take “enforced rest due to vocal fatigue”.

Gwyneth Goes to Broadway

Hollywood star is the co-prodocer of a new musical based on the hit New Wave girl group The Go-Go’s.

Rhinegold

Wigmore Hall to celebrate learning programme with two-week festival

Inspired by Shakespeare’s take on the seven phases of life, the festival will celebrate Wigmore Hall’s ongoing community work, which encompasses projects for people of all ages.

Pitchfork

Why you should listen to John Fahey’s Christmas music

This isn’t a Christmas trifle; it’s a Christian’s prayer for a merciful exit, or at least a restart.

The Independent

Christoph Waltz moves from Tarantino to Verdi as an opera director

The Oscar-winning star of ‘Inglourious Basterds’ and ‘Django Unchained’ is directing a new production of Verdi’s ‘Falstaff’ for Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp, Belgium, and says, for him, film and opera aren’t so different.

The New York Times

Genocide Survivors Compose a Requiem for Cambodia

Rithy Panh, a survivor of the Cambodian genocide under the Khmer Rouge, takes issue with the philosopher Theodor Adorno’s famous claim that to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.

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Deutsche Musikinstrumentenbranche mit Rekordumsätzen

Laut einem Bericht der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft  des deutschen Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie lag 2016 der Umsatz bei der Herstellung von Musikinstrumenten im betrachteten Zeitraum seit 2010 so hoch wie noch nie. Gleiches gilt für den Umsatz mit Musikinstrumenten im Einzelhandel.

Kulturradio rbb

20 Hände auf einem Klavier: ein Weltrekord in Bosnien

Die musikalische Aktion sollte ein Zeichen für die Einheit in dem gespaltenem Land setzen.

Musik Heute

Hindemith-Preis für Italienerin Clara Iannotta

Die italienische Komponistin Clara Iannotta erhält den Hindemith-Preis des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals. Das teilten die Veranstalter am Mittwoch mit.

france musique

L’édition 2018 du Festival Présences sera consacrée au compositeur Thierry Escaich

Du 6 au 11 février 2018, le Festival Présences dressera le portrait du compositeur et organiste Thierry Escaich.

Twitter

Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics “Silenced and forgotten owing to his tragic fate, his beautiful and unique works remain a reflection of turbulent times and a testimony to his personal tragedy.” ‘Silenced’ by Orsolya Korcsolán is her approach to the tragic story of composer Sándor Kuti:

Hallé Orchestra @the_halle December 14th 1941: Paper rationing and blackout regulations during the Second World War meant a tiny programme and a 2.30pm start for this Malcolm Sargent concert at the Manchester Opera House.

Image: © Kulturradio rbb/Samir Yordamovic

(Written on December 14, 2017 )

In today’s news, Tom Service explores the dark side of classical music, the Royal Ballet live streams rehearsals and classes, Classic FM records a 22-year-old’s emotions after listening to classical music for the first time and Norman Lebrecht reports on Covent Garden’s new sound system

The Guardian

Music as a torture weapon: exploring the dark side

A composer’s highest joys have long been used to violate prisoners’ minds, destroying their inner beings. And not just at Guantanamo, either

Gramophone 

Enjoy 23 hours of live footage on World Ballet day live

The Royal Ballet and four other leading ballet companies will live stream classes and rehearsals on Thursday 1 October

Classic FM

We got a 22-year-old to listen to classical music for the first time- and it blew his mind

At Classic FM we’re always keen to spread the classical music word – so we took one pop-mad 22 year old and played him Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ and Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. Cue: all the emotions

Slipped disc

Voice alert: Covent Garden instals discreet amplification 

Installation magazine reports that the Royal Opera House has ‘upgraded its sound system’ with ‘eight KP102s mounted each side of the proscenium arch.’

Berliner Zeitung

Vladimir Jurowski wird RSB-Chefdirigent

Das Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin bekommt einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Auf Marek Janowski folgt Wladimir Jurowski. Während bei Janowski das orchestererzieherische im Vordergrund stand, könnte es unter dem 33 Jahre jüngeren Jurowski wieder mehr um Inhalte gehen

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Ausgezeichnete Opern

Die “Opernhäuser des Jahres” stehen in Frankfurt und in Mannheim. In einer Umfrage der Fachzeitschrift Opernwelt nannte eine Mehrheit der 50 befragten Kritiker aus Europa und den USA die beiden Opernhäuser am häufigsten. Dabei lobten die Kritiker die innovativen Spielpläne sowie die konsequente Entwicklung der Ensembles

klassik.com 

Sergey Simakov gewinnt Dirigierwettbewerb in Bukarest

Sergey Simakov aus Russland hat das Finale des Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest Dirigierwettbwerbs in Bukarest gewonnen. Simakov überzeugte die Jury mit seiner Interpretation von Auszügen aus Dvořáks 7. Sinfonie und Schumanns Klavierkonzert op. 54

El Mundo 

‘Siempre/Todavía’: una ópera sin voces

Esta auditorio, dirigido por José Ramón Garrido, decidió apostar por las nuevas tendencias y producir, junto al Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical, esta extraña ópera para piano, dibujos y texto, nominada ‘Siempre/Todavía’

El Pais

La Capilla Sixtina se abre para grabar en su acústica única

La Capilla Sixtina, obra renacentista de Miguel Ángel y uno de los espacios artísticos más importantes de la historia, ha sido el privilegiado escenario para la grabación de un álbum de música litúrgica. Es la primera vez en que abre sus puertas para la grabación de un CD, realizado en este caso por el coro de la propia capilla y titulado Cantante Domino

Twitter

Strange Boy @strangeboy We’re looking forward to showing you our new stuff @ Toi Toi on Oct 29th 😀

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic Well-meaning attempts to make classical music more accessible miss the point, says John Evans:

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World Ballet Day 2015, photo by Royal Opera House

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(Written on October 1, 2015 )

Guardian

Tom Service on the Royal Albert Hall

‘My love affair with classical music’s moshpit’

Classic FM

Lang Lang to be Global Ambassador for Leeds Comp

The Leeds International Piano Competition, led by Dame Fanny Waterman, has selected Lang Lang as its Global Ambassador.

Deaf man hears Mozart for first time with new hearing aid

A deaf young filmmaker has heard music for the first time in his life, including Mozart’s Requiem.

Arts Journal: Limelight

Hahn-Bin no more: violinist changes name to Amadeus Leopold

Classical music’s most extreme hipster reinvents himself with a striking new stage name.

Los Angeles Times

Oh, those string players are so full of themselves

Yes, but what about the louts in the brass section? Orchestra members, so unified when on stage, enjoy poking fun at one another when off.

New York Times

Met Opera to Preserve Rush Tickets

When Agnes Varis, a Metropolitan Opera board member and benefactor, died a year ago, the company lost the person who paid for its heavily discounted rush ticket program.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Breaking: Vienna’s Konzerthaus loses its chief

Bernhard Kerres has decided to quit after the coming centenary season. No obvious reason.

The Australian

Fate of opera season hangs in the balance

First it was the writers, then the visual artists, now the performing arts look likely to take a hit from Queensland Premier Campbell Newman as he attempts to control his state’s multi-billion-dollar debt. The fate of Opera Australia’s 2013 season in Brisbane remains undecided just a few days before the company’s season launch, causing artistic director Lyndon Terracini to tell The Australian he is “extremely worried”.

Classic FM

(Written on August 28, 2012 )

The Guardian

Kathleen Ferrier – remembering one true voice

Just a single phrase of Kathleen Ferrier’s singing reveals a voice of extraordinary power and expression. She’s still an inspiration, nearly 60 years after her tragically early death.

The Observer

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, St John Passion, Polyphony; Rigoletto – review

Fiona Maddocks reviews various musical events including the LA Phil, the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchesta and Gustavo Dudamel.

The Independent

Lesley Garrett: ‘I lost my voice in the middle of an opera; I thought my career was over’

Opera is the greatest artistic collaboration known to mankind, as it combines visual art, orchestral overtures, a powerful dance element, a vocal element and, most importantly, powerful drama.

International Conductors’ Academy of the Allianz Cultural Foundation, Royal Festival Hal

A showcase for three young conductors, a malfunction at the printers, and for the first time in my experience no programmes for the audience and the prospect of blind-tasting their talents.

The Telegraph

Colin Lee: Missing a tenor? Blame the accountant…

A modest tenor may sound like a contradiction in terms, but that’s how I’d describe Colin Lee. Even more exceptionally, he combines his international operatic career with work as a chartered accountant.

Can non-Christians appreciate Bach’s St Matthew Passion?

Bach’s St matthew Passion is  musical masterpiece. But can you understand it without sharing its creator’s beliefs?

The New York Times

Reconfigured Requiem with Words to the Force

For the Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer the unexpected is the norm.

The Times

Why opera is booming in South Africa

This is an unlikely home for opera. Yet what was once condemned by the post-apartheid government as the white man’s colonial culture has been taken up with gusto by South Africa’s townships.

The Titanic Requiem at Westminster Central Hall, SW 1

Works inspired by the great ship run the full range, from Beryl Bainbridge’s first-class novel, Every Man for Himself, all the way down to Julian Fellowes in steerage.

Gramophone

The Halle perform Bernstein’s Wonderful Town in Salford

UK audiences would enjoy an opportunity to hear Wonderful Town played by a full-sized symphony orchestra; Sir Mark Elder, describes it as ‘essentially a big string section with a big band – a Wagner orchestra that swings’.

Jessica Duchan

Anderszewski wins Recording of the Year at BBC Music Magazine Awards

Here’s that exciting piano news we were waiting for: Piotr Anderszewski has won Recording of the Year at the BBC Music Magazine Awards for his CD of Schumann’s Humoresque, Gesange der Fruhe and Studies for Pedal Organ.

Financial Times

Sound tracks

The London Olympics will be celebrated in new work by 20 composers. But what connects their music with sport?

Juliet Stevenson reading Melanie Reid's text for 'Spinal Chords'

Juliet Stevenson reading Melanie Reid’s text for ‘Spinal Chords’

 

 

 

 

(Written on April 16, 2012 )

LA Times

Conductor Dies After Collapsing During Bach Performance.

Vincent LaGuardia, 68, the longtime conductor of the Arapahoe Philharmonic, collapsed during a performance of Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” at a concert in Colorado. He later died, officials said.

Independent

For Sale: All You Need To Stage Your Own Opera.

After 20 years of producing operas in stadiums, arenas and other unusual venues around the world, Companions Amsterdam is putting away its songbooks and shutting up shop for the last time, after its retiring director, Peter Kroone, failed to find anyone to fill his shoes.

Tony Hall: The Man With A Front Row Seat In Our Arts Establishment.

From the Royal Opera House to C4 and the Cultural Olympiad, Tony Hall discusses his rewarding roles with Ian Burrell.

Telegraph

Helicopters Get Part In Olympic Opera Event.

A string quartet will take to the skies and perform in four helicopters as part of Olympic Festival.

The Guardian

Portrait Of The Artist: Mitsuko Uchida.

‘A French critic once said I played like a sewing machine. I’ll always remember that’.

Opera Chic

The Hungarian State Opera Takes It To The Runway.

In anticipation of an upcoming production of Strauss’ Arabella, the Hungarian State Opera took the Strauss opera off-stage and onto the runway, where costume designer Rita Velich’s works were shown in anticipation of the March 17 opening night.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Chailly Pulls Out Of Salzburg Opera. Hot Brit Replaces.

Riccardo Chailly has been told by his doctors to space his year out better. So he has pulled out of Ariadne auf Naxos at Salzburg, making way for lovely Daniel Harding.

The New Yorker

Elegant Theft.

Russell Platt on Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/03/osvaldo-golijov-and-maurice-durufles.html

 

 

(Written on March 14, 2012 )