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In our last classical news round-up of the year, Apple Music introduced a new feature to sort classical music by composer, allowing music in a user’s library to be more organised. BBC Music Magazine rounds up their big highlights of 2016. Facebook is to start making its own original music, as it puts together its internal ‘sound design’ team with experienced composers. Warner Music Group partners with MelodyVR, to create more Virtual Reality contents. Also, Jeremy Nicholas gives a brief history of classical music on Gramophone.

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Apple Music introduces option to sort tracks by composer

Apple Music has introduced a feature on one of its recent updates to allow users to sort their music by composer. While it is not yet functional for Apple Music’s entire collection, the change does allow music in a user’s library to be organised in this way.

Gramophone

A brief history of classical music

Jeremy Nicholas offers a guided tour of the key players and movements that have made classical music the rich art-form that today still entrances, moves and uplifts.

BBC Music Magazine

2016: A Year in Music

It’s been a year full of dramatic world events, but what has 2016 meant for classical music? We take a look back at the big news stories of the last twelve months.

Music Business Worldwide

Warner To Launch ‘Hundreds of Virtual Reality Experiences’ With MelodyVR Deal

Warner Music Group is getting busy creating virtual reality (VR) content for fans after inking a worldwide partnership with MelodyVR.

Facebook Looks Set To Start Making More of its Own Music

Facebook is bulking up its internal ‘sound design’ team – and recruiting for an experienced composer to help spearhead the creation of its own music.

Npr music

A Year Of Listening Desperately: 10 Classical Albums That Saved 2016

In surveying the year’s classical releases, I discovered similar nostalgic and escapist trends that revealed themselves slowly as the months of political sniping dragged on.

Boadway World

Pittsburgh Symphony Welcomes Jukka-Pekka Saraste to Conduct BNY Mellon Grand Classics Concert

Acclaimed Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste returns to Heinz Hall for the first time since 1999 to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Seventh and Sibelius’ Fifth symphonies during the BNY Mellon Grand Classics weekend on January 13 and 15.

Artsjournals

Apple Music Positions Itself As Platform, Promoter, Reinventor Of The Music Biz

We all have to reinvent ourselves now that paid streaming is starting to lock in. There’s going to be a lot of new technology, and everyone’s going to be reforming their roles.

Zeit Online

Ich, der junge Bach?

Wenn das Weihnachtsoratorium erklingt, ist das für Hannes Leitlein besonders erhebend: Denn in seiner Familie hält sich das Gerücht, er sei mit Johann Sebastian Bach verwandt. Kann das wahr sein? Eine Spurensuche, von Baden-Württemberg bis Leipzig.

Klassik.com

Badisches Staatstheater: Gefühl der Unsicherheit bei Opernbesuchern?

Die Außenbereiche des Badischen Staatstheaters Karlsruhe seien einer Stellungnahme der SPD-Fraktion im Karlsruher Gemeinderat zufolge zu wenig beleuchtet.

Musikexpress.de

Donald Trump lehnt Andrea Bocelli ab und hat immer noch keinen Act für seine Amtseinführung

Eigentlich darf Donald Trump gar nicht so wählerisch sein. Die Suche nach einem musikalischen Begleiter bei seiner Amtseinführung am 20. Januar gestaltete sich als schwieriger als gedacht.

Nmz

Choreografin Sasha Waltz weiht Elbphilharmonie-Foyers ein

Mit einem Festakt wird der Konzertsaal der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie am 11. Januar eröffnet. Doch schon zuvor lässt sich in dem spektakulären Bau Besonderes erleben: Am Neujahrstag erkundet die weltweit gefeierte Choreografin Sasha Waltz mit einer Performance die sechsstöckigen Foyers.

Codex Flores

Die falsche These von der Krise der klassischen Musik

Im Januar präsentieren die deutschen Musikhochschulen erstmalig gemeinsam neue Konzertformate ihrer Studierenden in Berlin. Künstlerischer Leiter der Reihe ist Sebastian Nordmann, Intendant des Konzerthauses Berlin. Er widerspricht der These von der Krise der klassischen Musik.

France Musique

La région liquide le festival d’Ile-de-France

Une mesure devant être adoptée en janvier par le Conseil régional prévoit une baisse de la subvention du festival d’Ile-de-France de 68%. Principal financeur de l’événement, la Région pourrait bien être son fossoyeur.

Le Monde

La Scala, saga d’une salle aux mille visages

Ouvert en 1873, maintes fois fermé et transformé, le théâtre parisien s’apprête à renaître de ses cendres.

El Mundo

William Christie expulsa a un espectador por interrumpir el ‘Mesías’ con un móvil

El director de orquesta riñó al público por ‘destruir’ la interpretación de la obra de Händel durante una velada navideña en el Auditorio Nacional.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 28 carols in 2 minutes? That’ll be the @theLondon4tet http://bbc.in/2hDq1FG

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1806 FP Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classic FM @ClassicFM Very sad news from @AndreRieu‘s Johann Strauss Orchestra: https://t.co/ComWqH8vZ8

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(Written on December 23, 2016 )

Limelight Magazine

Esa-Pekka Salonen wins 2014 Nemmers prize

Finnish composer and conductor awarded the 2014 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition

Cincinnati

American Classical Music Hall of Fame inducts five

Legendary American pianist Andre Watts, who has appeared multiple times with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, is one of this year’s inductees in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

Israel National News

‘Violin Scam’ to Come to Trial

An Israeli conductor and his violinist wife were indicted on Monday by the Haifa Magistrates Court for fraudulently representing themselves as investment managers who dealt in valuable antique violins.

Voice of Russia UK

Women conductors passing on the baton in new Musin-model course

Conducting orchestras is largely a male preserve, with few women taking up the baton. But now Britain’s female conductors are working to change that, by launching a course designed to encourage more women to get onto that podium.

The Telegraph

Robotic arm gives amputee drummer ‘superhuman’ skills

A drummer who lost his arm after being electrocuted can continue to pursue his dream, thanks to a robotic arm

The Moscow Times

Turetsky Choir Mixes Opera Vocals and Pop Styles

The Turetsky Choir will celebrate its 14th birthday this year, yet the singers in the group have known each other for  20 years, since they first turned their trained operatic voices to the creation of pop music

Der Tagesspiegel

Premiere “Rein Gold” an der Staatsoper

Kalauernde Kapitalismusklatsche: Nicolas Stemann richtet Elfriede Jelineks Bühnenessay über Wagners „Ring“ für die Berliner Staatsoper zu.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on March 11, 2014 )

Twinsburg Bulletin

Orchestra may face uphill battle attracting youth

Parker Perry on the difficulties of attracting young people to classical music performances

San Fransisco CBS Local

Community Rallies To Save Peninsula Symphony After Embezzlement

San Mateo – The Peninsula Symphony is making music again, thanks to the generosity of members and supporters who rallied to raise money for the volunteer organization after an embezzler emptied the orchestra’s bank accounts.

New York Times

Robert Ashley, Opera Composer Who Painted Outside the Lines, Dies at 83

Robert Ashley, an American composer who helped wrestle opera into the 20th century, and in so doing broadened the genre in strange, unexpected ways, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 83.

Blog TO

Why the TTC is playing classical music in the subway

‘Nefarious youths’ pacified by classical music

Classical Music Magazine

Analysis: What is the Arts Council’s This England report all about?

Arts Council England has published its response to the independent report Rebalancing our Cultural Capital, which last autumn showed how arts subsidy is heavily weighted in favour of London and against the regions (with 90% of government arts funding going to the capital).

Digital Music News

Music Sales in Germany Rise for the First Time in 15 Years…

Time and time again, we’ve heard about countries with declining music sales, largely due to declines in physical sales not being offset by increases in streaming revenue.  Germany now joins nations like Sweden and Norway in breaking that trend.

Die Welt

Der Schönheit weihte sie ihr Leben

Kiri Te Kanawa war die erste Māori, die als Opernsängerin Weltkarriere machte. Ihr weicher, cremiger Sopran wurde besonders von älteren Dirigenten geliebt. Heute wird sie 70 Jahre alt.
Digital Music News

Digital Music News

(Written on March 7, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Bullies almost forced me to quit Royal College of Music, says soprano Laura Wright

Soprano Laura Wright said she was bullied by students at the Royal College of Music who accused her of dumbing down classical music and almost forced her to leave

Know

Listen Like a Pro: Secrets from Classical Music Judges

At the Menuhin Competition, the pre-eminent international competition for young violinists being held at UT this week, technical excellence is expected; it’s a given for the field of 42 contestants from around the world.

Classic FM Online

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine on classical music: “It’s made me a better player”

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth explains his love of classical music ahead of his concert with the San Diego Symphony, where he’ll be performing works by Vivaldi and Bach on his very own specially modified electric guitar.

Guardian Liberty Voice

Blind Boone: African American Pianist of Classical Music and Ragtime

The inability to see did not prevent “Blind” Boone from becoming a nationally known concert pianist whose performances combined classical music and ragtime.

Gulf News

Classical music greats to gather in Dubai again

Season three of the monthly Emirates NBD Classics concert series is back this week

Limelight Magazine

Slava Grigoryan pays tribute to Paco de Lucía

Adelaide’s Guitar Festival chief writes on the passing of an inspiration

Guardian Liberty Voice

Guardian Liberty Voice

(Written on February 27, 2014 )

NME

Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood Q&A – Blending Classical Music With Rock

Jonny Greenwood is playing Wapping Hydraulic Power Station this Sunday (February 23) with London Contemporary Orchestra soloists and very excitingly he’ll be premiering new material. NME question him about his classical influences.

BBC Music Magazine

ENO’s Peter Grimes to be broadcast live in cinemas this Sunday

Andy Morahan on the art of bringing Britten to the big screen

LA Observed

KCRW buys classical music station in Santa Barbara

KCRW is acquiring KDB, a longtime Santa Barbara classical music station at 93.7 FM. KCRW gets a stronger signal along the Santa Barbara coast, using 88.7 FM, while classical music will continue at 93.7 in a partnership between KDB and KUSC.

Just Jared JR

Charlie White Plays Violin on ‘Today’ After Winning Gold at Sochi Olympics with Meryl Davis

Gold Medalist Charlie White breaks out his violin on The Today Show during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on Tuesday morning (February 18) in Sochi, Russia.

SU Independent

Silent film meets classical music at OSU ‘Flickers’

The Orchestra of Southern Utah is celebrating vintage silent movies such as Charlie Chapin’s “The Tramp,” George Meles’ “A Trip to the Moon” and “Out West” by “Fatty” Arbuckle from 1918.

Die Welt

Was macht Karl Lagerfeld eigentlich in der Oper?

Vor 250 Jahren starb der Barockkomponist Jean-Philippe Rameau. Jetzt wird sein Werk wiederbelebt. Das Theater an der Wien verlegt seine Eitelkeitskomödie “Platée” in die Welt des Pariser Modezirkus.
Just Jared JR

Just Jared JR

(Written on February 20, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pickett charged by City of London Police

The City of London Police has charged early music specialist Philip Pickett with 15 historic offences, relating to nine separate victims, which allegedly occurred during his tenure as a freelance teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

BBC Music Magazine Online

Gravity composer takes Bafta glory

Steven Price beats John Williams and Hans Zimmer to prestigious award

NPR

Classical Music Piece Enhances Roald Dahl’s ‘Dirty Beasts’

On Sunday, the London Philharmonic debuted a new piece of music based on Roald Dahl’s Dirty Beasts. With Matilda playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory running in London’s West End, this is just the latest work by the author to get a musical soundtrack.

Classic FM Online

Torvill and Dean recreate Bolero in Sarajevo

Thirty years after their historic Olympic victory, ice skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have returned to Sarajevo to perform their Bolero routine.

Conductor stops concert to announce JFK assassination: archive recording unearthed

The audio of conductor Erich Leinsdorf halting a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert to announce the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been unearthed.

Die Welt

Aufstand der Schauspieler gegen Intendant Hartmann

Ein Großteil des Ensembles hat Burg-Chef Matthias Hartmann das Misstrauen ausgesprochen. Der Streit um Österreichs Nationalheiligtum spitzt sich zu: Wer ist schuld am Millionendefizit des Burgtheaters?

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 18, 2014 )

The Washington Post

Opera singer Renee Fleming chosen to sing anthem at Super Bowl

Renée Fleming has hit some important pop-culture markers in the past few months. In September, she went on David Letterman’s show to sing the Top Ten list. Now, she’s going to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl

CNN

i(ce)-Tunes: Sweden’s incredible ice orchestra

They’re among the rarest instruments in the world, but they’ll be discarded come spring. They’re so fragile even the players’ breath risks nudging them out of tune.

The Guardian

English National Opera’s Edward Gardner to leave

Highly regarded conductor to take up new role at Bergen Philharmonic from 2015, and be replaced by Mark Wigglesworth

BBC News

Iran: Rule banning musical instruments on TV is broken

Iran’s Channel One television has caused a sensation by showing musical instruments on screen for the first time in 30 years, it’s reported.

West End stars downplay theatre safety issue

Theatre audiences are “a hardy lot” who will not be put off by recent incidents at London venues where patrons have been injured, according to the stars of a newly opened West End show.

Marie Claire

The Women Who Are Ruling The Music Industry, Right Now

The ladies who’ve bagged the best jobs backstage, from inside music magazines and record labels, to studio techs and bloggers

Daily Herald

Teen entrepeneur takes on music industry

Breje Whitt was only 15 years old when he began performing onstage with a nationally renowned Christian rock band. Two years later, the Elgin teen is running his own DJ, sound and lighting company.

CNN

CNN

 

(Written on January 23, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Classic show tunes provide boost for dementia patients

Care homes should be filled with the sound of music, researchers claim after discovering benefits of singing Broadway hits

Classic FM Online

Choirs compete to sing in The Shard

Amateur singers are competing for the chance to perform at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building

Andris Nelsons painting unveiled in Birmingham

The CBSO music director has been immortalised by artist Norman Perryman as part of the Symphony Hall collection

Limelight Magazine

The Concertgebouw: Are they the world’s best orchestra?

The Dutch orchestra frequently tops the rankings. Limelight Magazine finds out why

Global News

Kent Nagano to stay on at Montreal Symphony Orchestra until 2020

The Montreal Symphony Orchestra has extended the contract of music director Kent Nagano until 2020

The Guardian

Brands pump more than £100m into the UK music industry

Figures show brands were responsible for investing £104.8m in the UK music industry during 2012, an increase of 6% on 2011

Die Zeit

“Musik meint: Zurück zur Muttersprache!”

Schon als Kind grübelte Anne-Sophie Mutter über den Tod nach. Bis heute lindert Musik für sie jeden Schmerz

 

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on November 12, 2013 )

The Guardian

The footballer who became a baritone and performed with Pavarotti

Jeff Taylor the footballing baritone’s story starts on the school football pitches of Huddersfield

London Jazz News

EFG London Jazz Festival Preview: Sebastian Scotney On Jazz Line-Up Tomorrow Saturday 9th at 6:00pm

Make sure you tune into BBC Radio 3 this Saturday the 9th, when Sebastian will be a guest on Claire Martin’s Jazz Line-Up with a round-up preview of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2013

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

MSO chorus director arrested in undercover park-sex sting

Lee E. Erickson, Chorus Director of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra accused of exposing himself in Grant Park bathroom

Classic FM Online

Free cocktails for concert-goers in London

Concert-goers in London will be given a free cocktail to enjoy after classical music concerts, thanks to a new scheme called Pick & Mix

John Suchet wins International Radio Personality of the Year

Classic FM’s John Suchet has been named International Radio Personality of the Year at the Association for International Broadcasting Awards

Lorde’s ‘Royals’ gets classical version with two double basses

‘Royals’ by Lorde has been given a classical reworking by two double bass players, the week after it topped the UK singles charts

Culture Map Houston

Houston radio station fires its main on-air talent: A classical music bloodbath?

The Front Row, a radio series that regularly featured local artists and nonprofit arts organizations, is history as main classical music personalities are laid off

Berliner Zeitung

Nach dem Fragen kommt das Jubeln

Gibt es überhaupt noch etwas Neues zu erleben beim Hören klassischer Musik? Und ist es anders bei sogenannter Neuer Musik? Beim „NoonSong“ samstags um 12 in der Kirche am Hohenzollernplatz darf jedenfalls das Vaterunser mitgesungen werden

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on November 8, 2013 )