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The Guardian

Rudy Giuliani expected to join protest against Met’s Klinghoffer opera

New York’s Metropolitan Opera is bracing for its most tumultuous opening in decades on Monday, as protesters get ready to picket The Death of Klinghoffer, the John Adams opera about the 1985 hijacking of a cruise ship by Palestinian guerrillas.

Telegraph

Lang Lang demonstrates piano techniques

Exclusive: Lang Lang, who has just published a series of piano books for young players, shows how to play in different styles

Classic FM

How I wrote Fury – Steven Price

After tackling the quiet helplessness of being adrift in space with Gravity, the Oscar-winning film composer turned to the Bible to tackle Brad Pitt’s World War Two film.

International Arts Manager

Orpheus receives grant to reach next generation

New York’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has received a $400,000 grant from The Andrew W Mellon Foundation.

Sinfini

Critics’ Circle Awards 2014

The winners of the 2014 Critics’ Circle Music Awards were announced on Friday.

Pizzicato

Finnish National Opera Celebrates Jean Sibelius 150th Anniversary

The Finnish National Opera and the Finnish National Ballet will be contributing to the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius with the world premiere of the expansive ‘Kullervo’ by Tero Saarinen, alternately conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Pietari Inkinen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Kampf um Bayreuth

Gysi droht Richard-Wagner-Stiftung mit Klage

Klassik.com

Unerwarteter Geldsegen für Wiener Staatsoper

Sponsorenmittel in Höhe von 333.000 Euro wiederentdeckt

Klavier.de

Pianist Arto Satukangas gestorben

Finnischer Musiker und Hochschuldozent wurde 51 Jahre alt

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ECHO Klassik 2014 – Das Lebenswerk: Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Kurz vor seinem 85. Geburtstag bekommt Nikolaus Harnoncourt ein verfrühtes Geburtstagsgeschenk: den ECHO Klassik für sein Lebenswerk.

Plácido Domingo: Eine Prise Domingo

„Wenn man aufhört zu wachsen, dann ist es vorbei“, sagt Plácido Domingo (73) und veröffentlicht gleich sein nächstes Album – mit mediterranen Liedern als Hommage an seine Heimat.

classicalworld.com

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia Announces Appointment of Conductor Emmanuel Villaume as Music Director and Chief Conductor

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia is pleased to announce the appointment of internationally renowned conductor Emmanuel Villaume to the position of Music Director and Chief Conductor of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia for a three-year term, effective September 1, 2015.

Le Figaro

Le Royal Opera s’offre un entracte contemporain

Kasper Holten, l’administrateur du Royal Opera House, s’est lancé dans un ambitieux plan d’élargissement du répertoire de ce que l’on tient encore pour un bastion du conservatisme.

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Royal Opera House, London. Photo credit: age fotostock/Grant Rooney

Royal Opera House, London. Photo credit: age fotostock/Grant Rooney

(Written on October 20, 2014 )

BBC News

Titanic violin could reach record price at auction

The violin that was played as the Titanic sank in 1912 has gone on public display before it goes up for auction this weekend. The guide price for the violin is £300,000, making it the single most valuable piece of Titanic memorabilia.

Gramophone

Signed and handwritten letter by Richard Wagner to be auctioned in Barcelona

A handwritten letter by Richard Wagner, dated 1881 to a Spanish newspaper editor, is due to be auctioned on October 24 at Barcelona auction house, La Suite. It includes a discussion of the character of Lohengrin.

Riccardo Chailly to be new music director of La Scala

Unofficial reports are emerging in the Italian press that Riccardo Chailly will be the next music director of the world-renowned opera house in Milan when Daniel Barenboim steps down in January 2017

BBC Music Magazine

New study reveals link between musical taste and age

Researchers at Cambridge University have identified five categories of taste over a lifetime and discovered that people are likely to disengage with certain genres as they grow older.

South Florida Classical Review

Pianist Kuerti stricken while performing in Coral Gables

Near the end of the first work in an all-Beethoven recital in metro Miami, the 75-year-old Canadian began playing the same phrase over and over. Kuerti showed increasing disorientation and  eventually left the stage and was taken by ambulance to South Miami Hospital. It has not been confirmed whether this onstage neurological incident was a stroke.

PR Week

WildKat PR wins work from music management agency Manners McDade

Management agency and music publisher Manners McDade, which has clients including media composers and instrumental album artists such as Tom Hodge, Poppy Ackroyd, Noel Fielding and Chris Morris, has appointed WildKat PR.

Brand Republic News

WildKat PR wins work from music management agency Manners McDade

The music PR agency will be working with Manners McDade’s entire roster of clients.

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(Written on October 18, 2013 )

The Arts Desk

The Last Night of the Proms, Kennedy, DiDonato, BBCSO, Alsop

The slickest Last Night in recent memory finds a woman finally in charge

Wagner at the Proms remembered

Five singers, three conductors and a director look back on a collective triumph of the bicentenary year

Classic FM Online

Joseph Calleja: “An operatic voice is not boring!”

The tenor speaks to his long standing friend and Classic FM presenter David Mellor about the appeal of his new album, Amore

The Times

Sir Simon Rattle tipped to take top job with the LSO

Britain’s most celebrated contemporary conductor is understood to have accepted the post of principal conductor of the LSO

The Washington Post

Soprano Voigt drops out of Washington Opera’s ‘Tristan and Isolde’ with ‘relief’

Deborah Voigt, the star soprano scheduled to sing Isolde in Wagner’s monumental “Tristan und Isolde” in the company’s season-opening production, starting next Sunday, is withdrawing from the role

The Guardian

Pavarotti tops the charts with remastered first recording

Posthumous release features an aria the opera singer recorded 50 years ago but which lay unheard in his archives

The Independent

‘Stop mocking the Mormons,’ says opera star Bryn Terfel who has been ‘embraced’ by the faith

The bass-baritone, recently in Salt Lake City to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, was visited at home in Wales by missionaries who tried to convert him

Die Welt

“Wir sind Zirkusartisten ohne Netz”

Es gibt so viel mehr als den hohen Ton: Plácido Domingo und Jonas Kaufmann, die berühmtesten Tenöre der Welt, über Sängerwitze, Akzente und die Liebe zu Verdi. Ein allererstes Doppelinterview

The Arts Desk

The Arts Desk

(Written on September 9, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

John Williams exhibition to open in Hollywood

John Williams is to be the subject of a new exhibition at the Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles, beginning this weekend

Debussy Google Doodle boosts music sales

After Google featured Debussy’s dreamy Clair de lune as an animated Google Doodle, sales of the track have soared on iTunes

Gareth Malone’s new choir covers Death Grips song

Gareth Malone’s new choir, Voices, have released a taster from their new album – a choral cover of experimental hip-hop duo Death Grips’ song, ‘Guillotine’

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LA Philharmonic celebrates 10th anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall

A series of special events feature Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yo-Yo Ma, Leif Ove Andsnes and Julie Andrews

Paul McCreesh and his Gabriele musicians to release Britten’s War Requiem

Large-scale recording, featuring 300 performers, is due for release on September 2 on Signum Classics/Winged Lion

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2013 category winners revealed!

Read full reviews and listen to tracks from each of the winners

The Times

Simon Callow on getting inside the head of Richard Wagner

Simon Callow sees Wagner’s life as an energetic one-man show

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Ausstellung “Unternehmen Oper”

Digitale Desdemona: Bertelsmann zeigt Einblicke ins Ricordi-Archiv

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The Times

(Written on August 29, 2013 )

The New York Times

Spotify Losses Grow, Despite Successful Expansion

After five years, the streaming music service Spotify has established itself as a financial force in the music industry, with more than $500 million in revenue last year.

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Grimes on the Beach comes to UK cinemas

Aldeburgh Festival’s open-air production of Britten’s Peter Grimes is screened nationwide on September 5

Classic FM

Floating pianist surprises riverbank sunbathers

It’s not every day you’re treated to a free open-air concert on the riverbank – especially when the performer is floating…

Royal Philharmonic Society awards £81,500 to young musicians

Composers, music students and instrumentalists all awarded grants to aid further study and music-making in tough economic times.

Big audience rise for Classic FM

More than 130,000 new listeners have switched on Classic FM over the last year, according to the latest official figures.

Limelight Magazine

Blowjobs rock Bayreuth while Barenboim’s Ring resounds

Critics call time on Castorf’s Ring while Barenboim shows Londoners how it should be done.

ITV News

Teenager swaps fairground for prestigious classical music festival

A talented teenager from Towyn, near Rhyl has been given the opportunity to work at the prestigious international festival of classical music.

Neue Musikzeitung

Verschiedene Ströme fließen zusammen: Zum Auftritt des Young Philharmonic Orchestra Jerusalem Weimar bei Young Euro Classic in Berlin

Als im Jahr 2000 das Festival Young Euro Classic in Berlin gestartet wurde, konzentrierte man sich noch auf Jugendorchester aus der Europäischen Union. Eine Ausnahme allerdings gab es: Israel.

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Classic FM

(Written on August 1, 2013 )

The Times

First night for English woman at Bayreuth

A former midwife from Nottingham who retrained as an opera singer will tonight become the first English woman to take the leading role in Richard Wagner’s The Ring Cycle at Germany’s leading artistic festival.

The New York Times

Mostly Mozart, Mostly Improved

If classical music is going to be a living, breathing art form, then living, breathing composers, and young musicians who are excited about those composers, have to be a full part of any enterprise, even when Mozart is the brand name of a festival.

Los Angeles Times

At the Hollywood Bowl, an unhealthy glow

Critic’s Notebook: The Hollywood Bowl’s new LED screens distract from the venue’s improved sound system.

The Guardian

Margaret Atwood makes opera debut

Novelist writes libretto for production exploring the life of legendary Canadian poet and actor Pauline Johnson

Classical Music Magazine

ACE announces funding round to open in 2014 as Sir Baz gives vote of confidence to major organisations

Arts Council England has announced that the application process for National Portfolio Funding for 2015-2018 will open in January 2014.

ITV News

Classical music stars perform in Leeds

Classical singer and Daybreak presenter Aled Jones is taking to the stage in Leeds this evening to perform at an Opera in the Park event at Temple Newsam.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Vom Klang der Ringe

Bayreuth startet mit dem „Ring“. Fast fünfzig Aufnahmen von Richard Wagners Werk sind greifbar. Welche Einspielung ist die beste? Wir setzen unseren Experten darauf an.

Music Week

Brands spent a record £100m on music in 2012, PRS research reveals

Brands such as Coca Cola, O2, Blackberry and Volkswagen spent a record £100m on music in 2012, PRS For Music research has revealed.

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LA Times

(Written on July 29, 2013 )

The Guardian

Thom Yorke blasts Spotify on Twitter as he pulls his music

Radiohead star says ‘new artists get paid fuck all’ on streaming service, as producer Nigel Godrich adds ‘it’s bad for new music’

Interview: Salvatore Sciarrino – ‘My problem is I want to change the world’

His stage works are performed and acclaimed throughout Europe, but this week’s Buxton opera festival production is a UK first. Salvatore Sciarrino talks to Andrew Clements about how, and why, he composes

The Times

Danielle de Niese: lady of the manor

When the soprano Danielle de Niese goes home after a performance at Glyndebourne she doesn’t have far to go, says Neil Fisher

The Telegraph

A new app gives fresh insight into the music of Liszt

A new app from Touch Press describes Liszt’s great B minor sonata as we actually hear it, not as we ought to hear it. It’s a triumph, says Ivan Hewett.

The Independent

Proms 2013: Jewish conductor Daniel Barenboim defends performance of anti-Semitic Wagner’s Ring cycle

‘It is Wagner’s greatest misfortune that he became Hitler’s favourite composer’, says Israeli conductor

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner named president of the Bach Archive, Leipzig

The leading conductor brings expertise and an international reputation to the role

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 

Seine erste Liebe war doch die Laute

Sowohl Gitarre als auch Laute beherrscht der Brite Julian Bream meisterlich. Der Virtuose mit seiner ausgefeilten Klanglichkeit wird achtzig Jahre alt.

Music Week

Spotify hires former iTunes PR Jason Roth

Former iTunes PR Jason Roth has been named communications director for Spotify US.

Universal Music to launch crowd-funded vinyl re-release service

Universal Music is to launch a service to re-print limited editions of vinyl records that are out of print.

International Cassette Store Day to take place in September

The first-ever International Cassette Store Day will take place in September with events in London, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo, plus other cities across the globe.

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The Telegraph

(Written on July 16, 2013 )

There’s a lot of excitement in the WildKat PR office today with it being the First Night of the BBC Proms tonight, so the team decided to shoot a short video blog, highlighting the Proms that they are most looking forward to this season.

The BBC Proms is the world’s greatest classical music festival, attracting new audiences from across the globe as well as classical music enthusiasts. The year of 2013 has celebrated Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi’s bicentennials as well as British composer Benjamin Britten’s centenary, and this year’s Proms mark the occasions perfectly with the epic complete cycle of Wagner’s The Ring and a host of Proms featuring the works of Verdi – including Prom 12: Viva Verdi! The BBC Proms celebrates canonical composers from across history, but it is also a celebration of British music. In the year of Britten’s centenary, the BBC Proms has certainly gone the extra mile to mark the occasion, with the world premiere of the Elegy (which has never been heard before) as well as bringing Peter Grimes back to the stage from the beach, and an abundance of more well-known works.

Watch the video below to hear our favourite Proms in the next eight weeks:

Share the Proms that you are most looking forward to through Facebook, Twitter, or leave a comment below.

(Written on July 12, 2013 )

The Independent

Stephen Fry to Ignite his passion for opera at festival

Stephen Fry has been named as the curator of an annual opera festival.

The Guardian

A disease called Richard? Wagner as mental health menace

In his time the composer’s ‘dangerously stimulating’ music was blamed for melancholy, hysteria, hypnosis and even triggering orgasm

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BBC Radio 3 celebrates music of the British Isles

Month-long focus runs throughout June

The Spectator

Four recordings of Beethoven’s Ninth on a £10 app

Last weekend my iPad sucked me deeper into Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony than I thought possible.

BBC News

Titanic violin real, hospital CT scan suggests

A violin thought to be the one played by the band leader of the Titanic as it sank has been declared genuine following a CT scan at a hospital.

Southern Pro Musica set to provide classical music in Guildford

A £60,000 grant for a freelance chamber orchestra to provide classical music in Guildford is set to be approved on Thursday.

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BBC News

(Written on May 24, 2013 )

The Independent

Germany celebrates bicentennial of Richard Wagner

Germany celebrated the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner, the 19th-century composer.

 

BBC News

New free schools include East End music school

A music school for deprived teenagers in east London and two schools for autistic children are among the latest free schools in England to be approved.

 

The Spectator

Four recordings of Beethoven’s Ninth on a £10 app

Deutsche Grammophon and Touch Press have released an app, that gives you four complete performances of the Ninth.

 

Classic FM

National Children’s Orchestras receive musical donation

Auction house Brompton’s is donating a cello to the orchestras, as well as £6,000 from the sale of a violin, in celebration of the orchestra’s 35th anniversary year.

 

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Obituary: Anders Eliasson, composer

Sweden is mourning Anders Eliasson, who until his death on Monday night was arguably the country’s greatest living composer.

 

Classical Music Magazine

Henri Dutilleux, composer: 22 January 1916-22 May 2013

Henri Dutilleux, who has died at the age of 97, was a fiercely independent composer who left an exclusive catalogue of works that are steeped in the languid sensuousness of Debussy yet touched by the hand of modernism.

 

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Classic FM

(Written on May 23, 2013 )