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In today’s news: The Proms should stop ticket scandal, András Schiff talks about how ‘music should be an integral part of our lives,’ and Radio 3 launches Breakfast Carol Competition 2017. Opera about love story between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to open in 2020, Fazil Say receives music prize, and world premiere with Xavier de Maistre.

The Times

Richard Morrison: The Proms should stop this ticket scandal — or leave the Albert Hall

What is that scandal? In a nutshell, it’s about access and inclusivity. It is extremely hard to obtain aforesaid tickets if you go through the official channels, but very easy if you have a few thousand quid to spare and go to a ticket-resale website.

The Daily Telegraph

András Schiff interview: ‘Music should be an integral part of our lives’

“Today, music is taken off the curriculum because it is not considered a priority, but it should be an integral part of our lives. An integral part of our lives.”

Choir and Organ

Radio 3 launches Breakfast Carol Competition 2017

Radio 3 is inviting listeners and budding composers across the country are invited to write a new Christmas carol.

Classical Music Magazine

Final season of Hull 2017 revealed

The fourth season of Hull’s year as UK City of Culture has been announced.

The Strad

Violinist, quartet and double bassist in new intake of BBC New Generation Artists

BBC Radio 3’s young classical talent platform accepts Aleksey Semenenko, Quatuor Arod and Misha Mullov-Abbado

Limelight

The Simpsons’ composer fired after 27 years

Alf Clausen, responsible for some of the show’s most iconic songs, was told producers wanted “a different kind of music.”

NMZ

Musikpreis der Stadt Duisburg 2017 geht an den türkischen Pianisten Fazil Say

Der Pianist Fazil Say erhält den Musikpreis der Stadt Duisburg 2017.Klassik.com

Klassik.com

Festival vielsaitig präsentiert Riesengeige

Im Rahmen des Festivals “vielsaitig” wird morgen im Klosterhof St. Mang in Füssen die sogenannte Markneukirchener Riesengeige präsentiert.

Klassik Heute

Meisterkurs und deutsche Erstaufführung mit Xavier de Maistre

Das erste Forum N-Konzert der neuen Spielzeit steht ganz im Zeichen der Harfe: Bei der Uraufführung eines Werkes von Gordon Kampe sollen laut dem Komponisten „soviele Harfen wie möglich“ mitspielen.

France Musique

Un opéra sur l’histoire d’amour entre Frida Kahlo et Diego Rivera

Aux Etats-Unis, un opéra relatant l’histoire d’amour entre Frida Kahlo et Diego Rivera est en cours d’écriture. La première de « The Last Dream of Frida and Diego » devrait avoir lieu en 2020.

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(Written on September 1, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Janine Jansen discusses the Brahms Violin Concerto with her collaborator Antonio Pappano for Gramophone and Mitsuko Uchida joins forces with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Also, the BBC Symphony Chorus director is fired and a violinist accidentally leaves Stradivarius on a German train

The Strad

Violinist accidentally leaves $2.6m Stradivarius on German train

The 1727 ‘General Dupont’, ’Grumiaux’ Stradivarius, formerly played by Jennifer Koh, was returned to the woman by police

Gramophone

Exclusive video: behind-the-scenes as Janine Jansen and Antonio Pappano record Brahms for Decca Classics

This month’s cover star, Janine Jansen, discusses the Brahms Violin Concerto with her collaborator Antonio Pappano

International Arts Manager

Uchida and Mahler Chamber Orchestra join forces

Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) has made a strong start to 2016 with the announcement that pianist Mitsuko Uchida has joined as an artistic partner. MCO and Uchida’s first project together is a series of Mozart piano concertos

CBC News

Pianist Philip Chiu sings praises of classical music

One of Canada’s top pianists is in Saskatoon to let his fingers do the talking in an upcoming concert, but Philip Chiu is also prone to singing the praises of classical music

The Times

Richard Morrison: Chorus director’s firing brings the BBC into disrepute

As all old journalists know, the difference between working for a right-wing newspaper and a “compassionate” liberal media organisation is that the latter always sack people just before Christmas

Musik-heute.de

Klassik-Jahrescharts: Jonas Kaufmann bildet Doppelspitze

Der Tenor Jonas Kaufmann hat die ersten beiden Plätze der deutschen Klassik-Jahrescharts erobert

Klassik heute

“Dialogues des Camélites”: Erben wollen Aufführungen rechtlich unterbinden

Im Vorfeld der Wiederaufnahme von Francis Poulencs Dialogues des Carmélites an der Bayerischen Staatsoper fordern die Erben von Komponist Francis Poulenc und Autor Georges Bernanos eine Abänderung oder die Unterbindung

Basler Zeitung

Klassiker der Woche: Die Eurovision-Hymne

Das Jahr 2016 hatte eben erst begonnen, als in Millionen von guten Stuben vor der Übertragung des Wiener Neujahrskonzerts das berühmteste aller Preludes ertönte

Musical America

Pierre Boulez: Tributes from Around the World

Esa-Pekka Salonen, on Twitter: “Mourning the death of Pierre Boulez. He was a huge influence and a great support in my life

Le Figaro

Elle retrouve son Stradivarius à 2,4 millions d’euros oublié dans un train

Une jeune violoniste allemande a pu remettre la main sur son précieux instrument fabriqué en 1727 et valant une petite fortune, perdu lors d’un voyage.

Twitter

Music Yuppy@Music_Yuppy  Hit online magazine is seeking artists to feature & promote http://bit.ly/22yRtEk

CityMusicFoundation@CityMusicF And also applications to be a CMF Artist… keep your eyes peeled for details at the end of this month

Music Mark@musicmarkuk Interesting US infographic on music careers for different personality types http://ow.ly/WN3Cz

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Drum roll, please! Today we’re revealing the nominations for the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Awards. #BBCMusicMagAwards

The Times

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(Written on January 8, 2016 )

 

Classical News

In today’s news, the arts world is being love-blitzed by government ministers, and The Arts Desks discusses music in other cultures. Also, the Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2016 is launched, and interviews with Andrea Bocelli and Andrew Shore

The Times

Richard Morrison: Finally the arts world is being love-blitzed by government ministers

David Cameron isn’t the only Tory rushing to seize the centre ground with a show of cuddly, caring conservatism. After years in which his party huffed and puffed about the importance of youngsters getting qualifications in “hard” academic disciplines, the arts world is suddenly being love-blitzed by his education ministers

Telegraph

Andrea Bocelli: ‘It’s beautiful to sing for everybody’

If Andrea Bocelli had his way, he would never speak, only sing. So it seems almost unfair to subject him to an interview

The Guardian

Baritone Andrew Shore: from baring all for Beckmesser, to toupees and timing

He’s always wanted to play a panto dame, eyebrows are crucial, and the best singers are those that simply listen to the music. The great buffo-baritone talks us through some of his greatest comic roles for English National Opera

The Arts Desk

Extract: The Other Classical Musics

Michael Church prefaces a collection of essays on the Great Tradition in different cultures

Classical Music Magazine

Royal College of Music development gets green light

The Royal College of Music (RCM) has been granted planning permission for the development of its site on Prince Consort Road

Classic FM

Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2016 launched

The Arts Club has announced details of this year’s Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2016

Der Tagesspiegel 

Der Nachwuchs kommt aus Fernost

Alle Finalisten spielten beim Max-Rostal-Wettbewerk an der Universität der Künste das gleiche Werk. Gewonnen hat nur einer: Diyang Mei aus China

Concerti

„Heute will sich das Publikum amüsieren“

Nikolai Lugansky gilt als Exponent der russischen Klavierschule, er selber will von solchen Klassifizierungen jedoch nichts wissen

Pizzicato 

Rare Mozart Letter Sold For $217,000 At Auction

A rare letter written by Mozart sold for $217,000 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The one-page signed note in German is undated, but was probably written in the summer of 1786 to the composer’s close friend, the great Austrian botanist Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin

Pacific Standard

Music Is a Potent Source of Meaning

But new research finds younger and older people largely listen for different reasons. The source of music’s power has long been debated, with many psychologists concluding its primary benefit is emotional regulation. For many of us, that has always seemed awfully reductive and recently published research suggests we may be right

Le Figaro

Les Gipsy Kings au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco?

La rumba catalane, musique emblématique de groupes gitans de Barcelone ou Perpignan comme celui de la famille Reyes, est candidate pour être inscrite sur la liste du patrimoine culturel immatériel des Nations unies

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Arts Council England ‏@ace_national : #culturematters: share our EDM with your MP, recognising economic impact of arts&culture http://bit.ly/1L1tSW3 

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic  : Mr @LudovicoEinaud‘s new album dropped today! We quizzed him about Euclid, Eminem & an extremely full iPhone… http://bit.ly/1LQr2ok 

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM  :10 pieces of classical music that will change your life: http://classfm.co/tzsPBl  (and all of them are on @composed)

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(Written on October 16, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Berlin’s three opera houses celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, and Brassed Off avoids closure again. Also, Robin Ticciati is appointed music director of the DSO Berlin, and Patten is jailed for murdering pianist Aligizakis

The Guardian

Berlin’s opera weekend: tradition, innovation and orientalism

Berlin’s three opera houses united to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall and open their seasons with a trio of new productions by Wagner, Offenbach and Meyerbeer

Classical Music Magazine

Robin Ticciati appointed music director of the DSO Berlin

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin has named Robin Ticciati as its new principal conductor and music director

Classic FM

Man jailed for life for ‘senseless and unprovoked’ murder of pianist

Mark Patten (below left), aged 30 of Thornton Heath, London, has been sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison for the murder of Menelaos Aligizakis (below right), a talented pianist and teacher, who was killed in a brutal attack outside Waterloo Station on 3 January 2015

The Strad

Every violinist must develop an individual voice, says Aaron Rosand

The American maestro discusses the importance of developing a distinctive tone

The Times

Richard Morrison: why conductor JoAnn Falletta deserves to be the world’s favourite maestro

Thrilling live performances of richly varied music — and more people enticed to experience them — are required

BBC

The Brassed Off band make a comeback after avoiding closure again

The Grimethopre Colliery Band’s fight for survival when the coal mine closed in the early 1990s inspired the 1996 film Brassed Off. The band did survive – and now, enjoying a resurgence, are among the favourites for this weekend’s brass band National Championships

New York Times

Mercedes Bass Is Elected Acting Chairwoman of Carnegie Hall

The philanthropist Mercedes T. Bass was elected the acting chairwoman of Carnegie Hall on Thursday, succeeding Ronald O. Perelman, the billionaire businessman who stepped down from the post after eight month

concerti.de

„Ich wollte keinen weiteren Geiger mehr erziehen“

Deshalb löste Menahem Pressler 2009 das legendäre Beaux Arts Trio auf – die Bühne hat der Pianist dennoch nicht verlassen

KulturPort.de

Zauber der Barockmusik in Europas kleinster Hauptstadt – Valletta International Baroque Festival 2016

Bereits zum vierten Mal wird sich im Januar kommenden Jahres der Vorhang für das Valletta International Baroque Festival öffnen. Vom 16. bis 30. Januar 2016 erwarten Liebhaber barocker Musik in Maltas einzigartiger Hauptstadt Valletta wieder musikalische Perlen des 16. bis 18. Jahrhunderts, aufgeführt von den renommiertesten Barock-Musikern Europas

El Pais

43 Festival Cervantino: cultura y ciencia en México ante la violencia

El mayor evento interartístico de América Latina impulsa el cruce creación-conocimiento. En el discurso de inauguración, el director del Cervantino, Jorge Volpi, hincó el dedo en los problemas sociales y de violencia que arrastra México

Twitter

The Strad‘In spiccato the player is active and the bow is passive: in sautillé the player is passive and the bow is active’

BBC Radio 3: Music seems to be universal and affects almost everyone deeply. asks why:

Sinfini MusicStop press! Video evidence of page turner indisputably saving the day. Time to update this?

news9thoctWrestling with political and national associations … Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Staatsoper Berlin. Photograph: Bernd Uhlig/The Guardian

(Written on October 9, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Ivan Hewett discusses the real reason why musicians should fear Spotify, and Richard Morrison looks at Hull’s reign as UK city of culture. Also, Classic FM look back at the Queen’s dedication to music throughout her record-breaking reign, and Max Richter’s SLEEP is to have it’s world premiere live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Why Music? weekend.

Telegraph

The real reason why musicians should fear Spotify

Are streaming services the saviour of recorded music, or are they sucking the life-blood from it?

The Times

Hull’s reign as UK city of culture is pointless without a legacy

Richard Morrison takes a look at the choice of Hull as the 2017 UK city of culture

Classic FM

The Queen of Music: How Queen Elizabeth II championed classical music

Even before her record-breaking 63-year reign began in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II was encouraging musicians from all walks of life. Here’s a stunning photographic review of her musical connections

Classical Music Magazine

LMP to donate profits to the Royal British Legion

The London Mozart Players will be donating 100% of the profits from two upcoming concert series at St John’s Smith Square to the Royal British Legion.

Classical Source

BBC Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection present all-night world premiere live broadcast of Max Richter’s “8 hour lullaby”

Today, BBC Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection announce a world premiere live broadcast of Max Richter’s ground-breaking and experimental new composition SLEEP, to be performed live from Wellcome Collection into the early hours of the morning as part of the Why Music? weekend.

BR Klassik

Veränderungen mit Nike Wagner

Unter dem Motto “Veränderungen” beginnt am Freitag das Beethovenfest in Bonn. Ein passendes Thema, denn das künstlerische Programm konzipierte heuer erstmals die neue Intendantin Nike Wagner. Mehr Kammermusik, mehr Tanzprojekte und mehr Uraufführungen sind unter anderem geplant.

Der Tagesspiegel

Riccardo Chailly beendet Engagement in Leipzig

Seit 2005 ist er Kapellmeister des Gewandhausorchesters, nun verlässt der Dirigent Riccardo Chailly Leipzig. Seine letzten Konzerte dirigiert er im Juni 2016.

Die Welt

Clemens Trautmann übernimmt Deutsche Grammophon

Clemens Trautmann, Büroleiter bei Axel Springer, wird ab 1. Dezember 2015 neuer Präsident des traditionsreichen Klassik-Edellabels Deutsche Grammophon. Und Klarinette spielen kann er auch.

France Musique

Riccardo Chailly élu meilleur chef d’orchestre du monde par la critique

Un jury de critiques musicaux professionnels réuni par Bachtrack vient de dévoiler son palmarès mondial. Le gagnant dans la catégorie “meilleur chef d’orchestre” est Riccardo Chailly, suivi de près par SImon Rattle. La palme du meilleur orchestre au monde revient aux Berliner Philharmoniker.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Zambello: Her Ring Going East, She Returns West

Francesca Zambello is in town again, multitasking as usual. The artistic director of Washington National Opera (and of the Glimmerglass Festival) has directed opera for many of the the world’s major companies.

Twitter

Guardian Classical: Why Jarvis Cocker is making waves at the Proms

Classic FM: Incredible Baroque fugues based on themes by ​, & ​:

Sinfini Music: Lots of ppl retweeting ‘s powerful 2006 speech to the about classical music. Read it now:

(Written on September 4, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas, Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education and 7 tips for performing from memory from The Strad.

The Times

Richard Morrison: ‘The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas’

It’s a bit of a memento mori to realise that I’m attending my 43rd Edinburgh Festival and my 39th as a journalist.

The Independent

Royal Opera House unveils colourful hand-painted silk installation telling its story

London’s Royal Opera House has unveiled the huge hand-painted silk installation that will hang in the Paul Hamlyn Hall next month.

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education

Author Philip Pullman has stated that he considers music to be the most important school subject.

Classic FM

We’ve got our hands on Andrea Bocelli’s new album (and we’ll be the first in the world to play it!)

The Italian tenor has always looked like a dashing hero from a cinematic classic, so it’s fitting that his new album is all about the best movie music. We’re so excited about it that we’re going to play it before anyone else.

The Strad

7 tips for performing from memory

Guidance from The Strad’s archive on performing and practising from memory – and how to deal with memory lapses

Klassik.com

Kölner Opernsaison droht zu platzen

Nachdem die Wiedereröffnung des Kölner Opernhauses aufgrund von Planungsfehlern und der Insolvenz des Bauunternehmens Imtech weiter aufgeschoben werden musste (klassik.com berichtete), steht die kommende Opernsaison auf der Kippe. Voraussichtlich wird das Haus weder in der Saison 2015/16 noch 2016/17 zur Verfügung stehen.

Klassikakzente

Musik als einziger Freund: Wie Keith Jarrett seine Einsamkeit in Kreativität verwandelte

Bei der Vorstellung von Wolfgang Sandners neuer Keith-Jarrett-Biographie unterhielt sich der Autor mit dem ECM-Produzenten Manfred Eicher über den Pianisten.

Musik heute

Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester reformieren

Die Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester in dem Freistaat umbauen. Dazu führe man seit Jahresbeginn Gespräche mit Intendanten und den kommunalen Trägern, sagte Regierungssprecher Alexander Fischer am Donnerstag in Erfurt.

Le Figaro

Moscou cherche à rapatrier les restes de Rachmaninov, inhumé à New York

Les autorités russes souhaitent que le grand compositeur repose dans sa région natale de Novgorod, dans le nord-ouest de la Russie. Les descendants du musicien s’opposent au transfert de ses restes.

Classicalite

Miguel Vásquez on Panama, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and His Grandpa

At the age of nine, Miguel Vásquez was an aspiring classical violinist/cellist in Panama. There on the isthmus, though, getting proper musical education proved difficult–especially as his skills improved. His grandfather, Luis Vásquez–a professional double bassist, guitarist and English horn player–first inspired the would-be musician.

Twitter

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Update: nearly 2k sigs on petition to include female composers on A-level syllabus. Story:

Sam Jackson @classicjacko: If anyone ever says studying music isn’t a good idea, show them this. Especially pleased to see @TrinityLaban at No.2

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I feel like an ambassador’

Times

Edinburgh Festival should look to Manchester for ideas
Credit: James Glossopp/ Times

(Written on August 21, 2015 )

Classical news

In today’s news, The Strad announces Austin Huntington as the new principal cellist at the Indianapolis Symphony, and Classic FM reports on a huge retro NES console that turns into a piano. Also, composer Giya Kancheli turns 80 and France Musique lists the craziest opera productions.

The Times

Richard Morrison: Radio 3’s defenders want to turn the clock back. They’re wrong

Is Radio 3 endangered? That’s the impression given by a letter to The Times on Saturday from 17 mostly eminent British composers.

The Telegraph

Can classical music ever be funny?

Classical music is not normally the place we turn to when we’re in need of a laugh.

Classical Music Magazine

Lottery revenues boost ACE income

Lottery revenues more than compensated for a drop in Arts Council England’s grant-in-aid last year, with record ticket sales and a one-off lump sum meaning that total income rose by almost 6%.

The Strad

Indianapolis Symphony appoints 21-year-old Austin Huntington as principal cellist

The former child prodigy begins playing full-time with the orchestra in January 2016

Classic FM

Someone made a piano in the shape of a classic Nintendo console and played Mario music on it

Is there a better way to use technology than turning a piano into a huge retro NES console and then playing a medley of Koji Kondo superhits on it?

BR Klassik

Giya Kancheli zum 80. Geburtstag: Die Stimme Georgiens

Wie der Este Arvo Pärt oder die Russin Sofia Gubaidulina zählt Giya Kancheli zu einer Reihe von Komponisten aus dem Osten, die nach der Wende von 1989 im Westen bekannt wurden und Kultstatus erlangten.

Klavier.de

Juan Pérez Floristán gewinnt Santander-Klavierwettbewerb

Der spanische Pianist Juan Pérez Floristán hat den Internationalen Paloma O’Shea Santander Klavierwettbewerb gewonnen.

Kulturport.de

Größtes Open Air der Festspiele MV erneut komplett ausverkauft

18.000 Besucherströmten am Freitag und Samstag, den 7. und 8. August zum 21. „Kleinen Fest im großen Park“ in den Schlosspark von Ludwigslust.

Il Tirreno

Crollo sul palco del Pucciniano: ferito il tenore livornese Marco Voleri

Torre del Lago: incidente durante la rappresentazione di Turandot al Festival Pucciniano. Il cantante si è rotto una vertebra. Trasferito in ospedale a Livorno dovrà essere operato

France Musique

Quand les opéras s’inspirent des sujets les plus improbables

Avec la sortie d’un opéra sur la vie de Steve Jobs, il est grand temps de se (re)plonger sur les productions contemporaines les plus originales : florilège des opéras les plus improbables.

Twitter

klassik.com : Marco erleidet Wirbelbruch auf der Bühne

Sydney Opera House: New Satirists w/ at 2015 →

ClassicaliteStarz Rips the Band-Aid Off Ballet with ‘Flesh and Bone’ + More! –

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Photo credit: Robbie Jack

(Written on August 10, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Daniel Harding is named the new music director of the Orchestre de Paris, the Bayreuth Wagner Festival is becoming more of a soap opera than a classical opera and the Spectator states that dressing up for the opera is not elitist. Furthermore, Lisa Milne has announced she will be quitting the main stage and devoting the rest of her career to teaching, Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ is being performed in the Israeli Masada National Park and Thomas Hengelbrock will be Chef associé at the Orchestre de Paris from 2016. Today, the Leipziger Bachfest starts, music streaming services aim at Japan and composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank answers questions on I Care If You Listen.

The Times

Daniel Harding: the British conductor with a new Paris beat

Daniel Harding, 39, is following Barenboim, Solti and Karajan as the new music director of the Orchestre de Paris. Richard Morrison meets him

The Guardian

The Bayreuth Wagner festival: more soap opera than classical opera

Allegations that joint director Eva Wagner-Pasquier is not allowed even near the festival theatre are the latest twists in a long saga of offstage feuds at Bayreuth

Classical Music Magazine

Daniel Harding takes Paris post

Daniel Harding is to be the next music director of the Orchestre de Paris, succeeding Paavo Järvi.

The Spectator

Dressing up for the opera is not elitist

Evening dress is a great social leveller

Herald Scotland

Soprano Lisa Milne on quitting the stage and turning to teaching

Lisa Milne, one of the finest operatic voices Scotland has ever produced, has announced she will be quitting the main stage and devoting the rest of her career to teaching.

pizzicato

Oper in der Wüste

Im israelischen ’Masada National Park’ wird zurzeit Giacomo Puccinis ‘Tosca’ aufgeführt, in der Regie von Nicolas Joël und unter der Leitung von Daniel Oren, in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Israelischen Opernchor und dem Israelischen Symphonie Orchester Rischon Letzion.

klassik.com

Thomas Hengelbrock

Thomas Hengelbrock wird mit Beginn der Spielzeit 2016/17 Chef associé beim Orchestre de Paris. Er ist seit 2011 Chefdirigent des NDR Sinfonieorchesters und leitet seit seiner Gründung das Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble.

MUSIK HEUTE

Bachfest Leipzig beginnt – Verbindung mit Stadtjubiläum

Das Leipziger Bachfest beginnt am (heutigen) Freitag mit einer Neuheit: Erstmals spielt das Händelfestspielorchester zur Eröffnung.

The New York Times

Music Streaming Service Aims at Japan, Where CD Is Still King

As listeners around the world turn to streaming music, there has been one important holdout: Japan. More than 80 percent of the sales in the country are still on physical formats like CDs, and the industry in Japan has been resistant to allowing streaming services to take root.

I Care If You Listen

5 Questions to Gabriela Lena Frank (composer)

Composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank is as busy as she can imagine being. She has just completed My angel, his name is Freedom, a commission from the Handel and Haydn Society which they will debut on June 18 at Symphony Hall in Boston as part of their bicentennial celebration.

Twitter

London Bach Society @bachlive: Sending good wishes to our Leipzig friends for a super Bachfest starting today ..Singet dem Herrn eine neues Lied

Telegraph Classical : How to open an opera festival in your back garden

Classical Today : YOUNG ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Veronika Eberle, violinist

Daniel Harding Photo: Julian Hargreaves

Daniel Harding
Photo: Julian Hargreaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on June 12, 2015 )

In today’s news Richard Morrison discusses the “northern powerhouse” and HOME, the new £25 million arts centre that throws open its smart doors this weekend. Meanwhile, the ENO’s production of The Pirates of Penzance has broken UK cinema box office records, overtaking Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow (January 2015), which grossed a total of £504k. Finally, congratulations to Judith Weir who was presented with the classical music prize at the 60th Ivor Novello awards.

The Times

HOME is a huge statement of faith in the power of culture

Even on a typically balmy May morning in Manchester — rain lashing down, pedestrians braced like Lowry’s matchstick men against a force 9 from Eccles — my spirits are elated. We hear a lot from George Osborne about a “new northern powerhouse”, but I’ve just emerged from a northern powerhouse that’s up and running.

Evening Standard

Glyndebourne’s Robin Ticciati interview: ‘Simon Rattle’s return to London is the greatest news’

At only 32, the music director is shaking up the world of classical music. He tells Claire Allfree about his mentor and why London needs a new concert hall

TIME magazine

Everything You Need to Know About the New Spotify

In a press event on Wednesday, streaming service Spotify made one thing clear: it’s no longer just for music.

Classical Music Magazine

Judith Weir wins Ivor Novello award

Composer Judith Weir was presented with the classical music prize at the 60th Ivor Novello awards.

ENO’s Pirates breaks UK cinema box office records

English National Opera’s production of The Pirates of Penzance has taken over £600k at the UK box office to date.

Klassik.com

Mehr Geld für Sanierung des Bayreuther Opernhauses

Das bayerische Finanzministerium hat den Etat für die Sanierungsmaßnahmen am Markgräflichen Opernhaus Bayreuth noch einmal um fünf Millionen Euro auf insgesamt 27,5 Millionen Euro angehoben.

Musik Heute

Musikmesse Classical:NEXT eröffnet

Die Musikmesse Classical:NEXT ist am Mittwochabend in Rotterdam eröffnet worden. An dem Branchentreffen nehmen über 800 Fachbesucher aus über 40 Ländern teil.

Codex Flores

Musikalische Grundschule verbessert Bildungschancen

Das von der Bertelsmann Stiftung und sechs deutschen Kultusministerien geförderte Projekt Musikalische Grundschule hat seit 2005 rund 200’000 Schüler an 400 Schulen hat erreicht.

France Musique

La lutherie face à la forêt de demain

Actuellement, il y aurait près de 300 luthiers en France… Depuis quelques années on observe un regain d’intérêt pour cet artisanat, dont la matière première est le bois. Si les techniques restent fidèles aux traditions anciennes, face à l’évolution de l’exploitation de la forêt, le métier doit s’adapter.

Le Figaro

Fleur Pellerin passe à l’action sur la musique en streaming

La ministre de la Culture a confié une mission de médiation à Marc Schwartz, chargé de trouver un terrain d’entente entre les plates-formes en ligne et les créateurs.

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Grange Park Opera    cast headed to The Grange for the first time AND sitzprobe in Poole!

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Classical News

In today’s news Richard Morrison asks if playing from memory is a gimmick or a bold feat of collective virtuosity ahead of the Aurora Orchestra’s BBC Proms concerts. Lesley Garrett is to record an appeal for Help Musicians UK, which will be broadcast on Radio 4 this month. Also, Tête à Tête opera festival announces it’s 2015 season including 40 new works to be performed throughout the three weeks.

Guardian

The National’s Bryce Dessner on the American landscapes that inspire him

Ahead of a concert series in London of new music exploring the American musical landscape, the musician selects seven works that provide fertile ground for his imagination

Telegraph

Christian Gerhaher: the most moving singer in the world

Ahead of his unmissable UK dates, German baritone Christian Gerhaher is mercifully modest, finds Rupert Christiansen

The Times

Richard Morrison: Is playing from memory a party trick or a musical revelation?

A gimmick or a bold feat of collective virtuosity?

Classical Music Magazine

Lesley Garrett records appeal for Help Musicians UK

Opera singer Lesley Garrett CBE is recording an appeal for Help Musicians UK, to be broadcast on Radio 4 in May.

Tête à Tête announces 2015 opera festival

Tête à Tête has unveiled the programme for its 2015 opera festival, which will feature more than 100 performances and 40 new works over the course of three weeks.

Die Welt

Ausschuss prüft Kostenexplosion bei Staatsoper

Alles wird teurer und dauert länger: Die Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper entwickelt sich ähnlich wie Hamburgs Elbphilharmonie. Jetzt soll ein Untersuchungsausschuss das Debakel aufklären.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Der Junge mit der Posaune

Der Kranzberger Felix Schlüter hat den Jugendkulturpreis des Landkreises gewonnen. Für sein Instrument, die Bassposaune, braucht er einen langen Atem – und auch für seine Traumkarriere.        

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Neue, kostenlose ‘Opera Platform’ ist online

Ab dem heutigen 8. Mai gibt es für europäische Internetnutzer eine neue Online-Opernplattform.

The Irish Times

Béla Bartók: how music broadened the mind of a ‘nationalist’ composer

The innovative musician’s biographer traces his journey from Hungarian patriot to a synthesiser of not just folk and classical music but also of neighbouring cultures

JDCMB

Breaking news: rising star decamps from Royal Ballet

The ballerina Melissa Hamilton is to leave Covent Garden for a year in order to work with the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden during 2016, as a principal dancer.

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Sam Jackson ‏@classicjacko: What would a Conservative majority mean for music? Here’s @NickFerrariLBC‘s @ClassicFM interview with David Cameron: http://www.classicfm.com/music-news/david-cameron-music-education/ …

Manchester Camerata @MancCamerata: OUR 2015-16 SEASON ANNOUNCED! Booking opens Monday at 10am through @BridgewaterHall http://bit.ly/KUY1Sx  #LookingForSound #Redefining

(Written on May 8, 2015 )