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The Guardian

Neil Young said to be prepping orchestral album entitled Storytone

Fans have observed a big clue on the official website of composer Chris Walden, who notes arrangements for an ‘upcoming’ Young album, out in November.

The Telegraph

Salome, Deutsche Oper, BBC Prom 58, Royal Albert Hall, review: ‘overwhelming’

A supremely confident interpretation of Richard Strauss’s decadent masterpiece.

The Journal

Tributes paid as RTÉ musician and partner die in Crete drowning tragedy

John Lynch and his partner, Kevin Devine, died on Friday off a beach in the town of Kissamos.

Classic FM

G4 perform ‘Let It Go’ in Italian

We welcomed pop-opera four-piece G4 into the Classic FM office for a very special medley performance, blending ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s Frozen with Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

New York Times

Amid Choruses of Despair, an Aria of Hope: San Diego Opera Downsizes to Survive

After a near collapse, the San Diego Opera is engaging in a rescue mission, hoping to prove that opera can still thrive not only in San Diego but across the country.

New York Times

The Ringmaster Leaves Salzburg: Alexander Pereira Leaves Austrian Festival for La Scala

With Alexander Pereira leaving for La Scala after three summers as the Salzburg Festival’s artistic director, the festival has an opportunity to redefine its identity.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Du bist ja gar kein echtes Instrument!

Raumgreifende Klangerkundungen, ausgeführt mit großem Können: Wolfgang Rihm hat zwei prächtige Solokonzerte komponiert, eines für Horn und eines für Klavier. Bei den Uraufführungen wurde aber deutlich: Es sind eher Antikonzerte.

Besuch beim Kölner Domradio: Die Sendungsbewussten

Das Kölner Domradio ist vielleicht die wichtigste Hinterlassenschaft des emeritierten Erzbischofs Joachim Kardinal Meisner. Hier zeigen Katholiken, wie lebendig Kirche sein kann. Ein Redaktionsbesuch.

Die Welt

Opernstar aus Kansas: “Wenn die Batterie leer ist, mach’ ich Kickboxen”

Die amerikanische Mezzosopranistin Joyce DiDonato steht auf dem Höhepunkt ihrer Karriere. Der richtige Moment für ein Gespräch über Große-Mädchen-Rollen, Extremsport und zerbrochene Lieben.

Der Tagesspiegel

Fotoausstellung Philharmonie: Auf Klassenfahrt

Seit Jahrzehnten fotografiert Cordula Groth die Berliner Philharmoniker. Jetzt sind ihre Bilder erstmals im Foyer der Philharmonie zu sehen und gewährt Einblicke in den Konzertbetrieb eines Spitzenorchesters.

Le Figaro

Philippe Jordan, masterchef

Le chef adulé de l’Opéra de Paris réserve à son orchestre une intégrale Beethoven et s’essaie à redonner des ailes aux Wiener Symphoniker qu’il dirigera à Pleyel.

Le Monde

A l’Opéra de Turin, le torchon brûle entre le directeur et le chef d’orchestre

Gianandrea Noseda, critiqué par le directeur pour ses nombreuses tournées à l’étranger, n’a pas renouvelé son contrat.


Opera North @Opera_North‘Best Opera Houses around the World’ via @Tourism_Review. What’s your number 1 opera house? …

Royal Academy Music @RoyalAcadMusic20-20: for one week only, best tickets for our Musical Theatre 20th anniversary show for £20:  #EarlyBirdOffers

BBC Proms Team‏ @bbcproms: Tonight at the #bbcproms, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra take to the stage with Danny Driver and Charles Dutoit: 

The Royal Opera‏ @TheRoyalOpera: Happy birthday Engelbert Humperdinck (the 19th century composer, not the 1960s crooner) born #onthisday in 1854. ^C

salome-nina-stemme_3022433b Nina Stemme as Salome Photo: CHRIS.CHRISTODOULOU

(Written on September 1, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Why it’s time to to end our Cold War view of Soviet music 

Composers who were loyal to the Soviet regime should be listened to sympathetically, says Ivan Hewett.

Sex Workers’ Opera celebrates ‘incredible’ first night

The opera, simply titled The Sex Workers’ Opera, had its first performance at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton, East London. The cast of the opera is partly made up of workers in the sex industry, who contributed their experiences to the writing process and are mixed in with the rest of the cast to preserve anonymity.

Financial Times 

British composers and the English landscape 

Nothing has defined English music of the past 100 years more than a composerly fixation with landscape.

The Guardian

 What concerts have sent you to sleep?

Salisbury Arts Centre wants its audience to drift off during tonight’s concert, curated by violinist Pekka Kuusisto.

Still crazy after all these years

Many of America’s great radical composers of the 20th century have been all but forgotten. Rolf Hind, who has programmed their music for his Occupy the Pianos festival, explains why we should take them seriously.

Former lyric chief to advise San Diego Opera

William Mason, the retired general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, has been named to the newly created position of artistic adviser to the embattled San Diego Opera, the company announced on Friday.

Das pralle Leben hinter den Noten

Unter Hunderten von Supergeigern war sie die richtige: Jetzt verjüngt die 26-jährige Vineta Sareika das fabelhafte Artemis Quartett.

Spiegel Online

East Side Oktett: Acht Freunde müsst ihr sein!

Franz Schubert komponierte ein Marathon-Oktett, um es dem Kollegen Beethoven mal so richtig zu zeigen. Das Berliner Musik-Ensemble East Side Oktett nahm sich das Monster vor – kombiniert es aber mit einer zeitgenössischen Premiere.

Russland weiterhin an Kauf von Rachmaninow-Villa interessiert

17 Millionen Schweizer Franken für Haus am Vierwaldstädter See geboten.

Violinist David Nadien ist tot

US-amerikanischer Geiger wurde 88 Jahre alt

Epoch Times

Dissonance in Classical Music

Anthony Tommasini, classical music critic for The New York Times, talks about dissonance – the perceived stability or instability of two or more sounds.

Il Messaggero

Ennio Morricone malato, stop ai concerti ma continuerà lavoro per cinema

Stop a concerti e tournèe per Ennio Morricone. Il maestro, spiega il suo legale Giorgio Assumma, «è affetto già da qualche mese da una noiosa ernia del disco che gli preclude la direzione di orchestra e le lunghe trasferte che essa comporta».


@ClassicalEar Discover more music: the #Classical Ear app brings the good stuff to your #iPhone each weekday. 

@guardian Symphony guide: Mozart’s 41st (‘Jupiter’)

@DorianGriner #Classical #Musicians to join the fast growing community @HelloStage_ @BernhardKerres @bettina_mehne

@RaymondGubbay Elgar on the Southbank is just days away! If you’re going to The Royal Festival Hall on Friday, then we’d like to hear from you! #classical


Soviet musician Mieczyslaw Weinberg is Radio 3’s Composer of the Week
– The Telegraph

(Written on June 2, 2014 )


San Diego Opera to stay open amid crowdfunding success

The 58-member board of directors voted in March to shut down, but recent campaign saved the troubled company.

Are opera singers now to be judged on their looks not their voice?

A storm of protest has erupted over critics’ disparaging comments about a Glyndebourne singer’s size and shape. If there is a line over which opera critics should not step, then it is into the realms of a singers’ personal appearance, writes mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnston.

Classic FM Online

Pittsburgh Symphony auditions barking dogs

A group of dogs were put through their paces at an audition for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, to determine which would take part in a performance of Leopold Mozart’s Hunt Symphony.

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool Philharmonic faces final curtain before £13.8m face lift

As it shuts its doors this weekend capital development director Emma King discusses the long-term vision for the Phil.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical:NEXT day four ‒ Classical music for generation Y, venerating venues, conference closing numbers

Phillip Sommerich reports from the final day of events at Classical:NEXT 2014. Appropriately, the final conference of Classical:NEXT was titled ‘Classical Music is Dead’, and speaker Brendan Walsh of consultancy Brending began in style.

Limelight Magazine

Global politics causes controversy at Carnegie Hall

World-renowned Finnish soprano Karita Mattila has publically refused to sing under the direction of Russian conductor Vladimir Gergiev, as tensions between Russia and the rest of the world manifested themselves at Carnegie Hall.

The New York Times

Pop Music Recital With a Classical Veneer

On Saturday, the Tribeca New Music Festival presented ‘Poetry in Motion:’ an evening of polished pop that featured the soprano Mellissa Hughes.

Classical Music on Twitter 

UberFacts ‏@UberFacts Singing helps reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, increases oxygen to your lungs and helps better posture.

The Forge@TheForgeCamden Let your child roam, dance, play & sing to classical music @BachToBaby this Thurs morning: @LondonMums @islingtonmums

OAE@theoae The OAE Hall of Shame. It’s time to unveil the TOP 10 MOST HATED PIECES OF CLASSICAL MUSIC as voted for by you.

BBC Entertainment@bbcentertain VIDEO: How to make Anglo-Iranian music

The Journal of Music@journalofmusic Arts Council to Invest €450,000 in Music Generation.

PRS Foundation@PRSFoundation We’re delighted to be partnered with @CreativeScots @ArtsCouncilNI @Arts_Wales_ & @artscouncil_ie on #BeyondBorders




(Written on May 20, 2014 )


7 ways a streaming iTunes could compete with Spotify and its rivals

Apple rumoured to be in talks with labels over on-demand service. How will it disrupt the competition?

Roger Wright to leave BBC after 15 years as Radio 3 controller

Director of the BBC Proms exits corporation to become chief executive of Aldeburgh music festival.

Who will replace Roger Wright at the BBC – and will his job even continue to exist?

Wright’s dual role at the BBC sees him as controller of Radio 3 and director of the Proms. There will be plenty of candidates for the latter role, but few will have appetite for the former.

Classical Music Magazine

San Diego Opera to close due to financial pressures

Financial strains affecting music organisation across the US have brought a surprise closure announcement from the San Diego Opera.

Sinfini Music 

Why children shouldn’t sing opera

A nine-year old Dutch girl is about to release a CD of operatic arias on Simon Cowell’s Syco label. Operatic tenor Christopher Gillett, aged 50+, thinks the whole idea of children singing opera is wrong, wrong, wrong.

The Washington Post

Eschenbach’s NSO contract extended through 2016-17

The Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra have announced that the contract of their director, Christoph Eschenbach, will be extended through 2016-17.

The Huffington Post

Japanese Pianist Yoshiki Battles Holographic Version Of Himself

Well known for his flair on stage, at this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, pianist Yoshiki Hayashi took the stage with his virtual counterpart to duet.

Süddeutsche Magazin

Ich muss unsicher sein

Die französische Pianistin Hélène Grimaud wird auf der ganzen Welt gefeiert. Aber am besten geht es ihr, wenn sie sich wie ein Staubkorn im Universum fühlt. Sagt sie. Und das meint sie ernst.


Classical music on twitter 

Schools Music Association @SchoolsMusicUK “Schools Music Association votes to become part of the ISM”

Stephen P Brown @Stephen_P_Brown “New #OrchChat Monday 7:30pm EDT – Ignoring classical music: instant gratification/ attention span”

Eric Whitacre @EricWhitacre “At some point the pain of the deadline becomes greater than the pain of indecision. Deadlines are the only reason I finish anything.”

the listener “@inthetheatre Could San Diego’s opera closure happen in Chicago? @scoopit

George @OperaCreep “Aha…new BBC Directors for Arts and Music just announced…clearly Roger Wright didn’t fit in the structure”



(Written on March 25, 2014 )

Classical FM

Dubai to build spectacular new opera house

A new multi-purpose concert venue is to be built in the heart of Dubai’s new Opera District, it has been announced. ‘Dubai Opera’ will hold 2,000 people and will stage operas, theatre shows, concerts, exhibitions, performance art and various other cultural highlights.


Bringing classical music back to schools

Despite Germany’s significant public arts funding and the country’s longstanding musical traditions, fears persist that disinterest in classical music has been mounting for years among young people. Organisers of the project “The Dvorak Experiment – An ARD Concert Goes to School” hope to help combat that disinterest this autumn.

Parterre Box

The Met: what’s really wrong?

The 2012-13 season at the Metropolitan Opera was a financial disaster, with the company taking in only 69% of potential total box office revenue—a troubling 13 percent decline from the previous season and the lowest box office percentage in over a decade. Dawn Fatale offers an alternate explanation as to what went wrong.

Los Angeles Times

San Diego Opera to call it quits at end of 2014 season

In a surprising move, the company announced Wednesday that it will cease operations at the end of the current season, citing financial reasons including a tough fundraising environment and weak ticket sale.

Global Post

Japan donates musical instruments to Kosovo Philharmonic

A ceremony was held Thursday in the Kosovo capital Pristina to mark the donation of around 100 violins and other musical instruments to the Kosovo Philharmonic as part of the Japanese government’s support for the restoration of the country’s cultural heritage following ethnic clashes there in the late 1990s.

BBC News

Dame Vera Lynn, 97, to release new album

On the day she turns 97, Dame Vera Lynn has announced plans for a new album. Record label Decca said the music had been remastered “from the best available recordings”, with many tracks transferred “from the original un-played source”.

Classical music on twitter

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(Written on March 20, 2014 )