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In today’s news: Pioneering Radio 3 show gives dementia sufferers a voice, leading musicians assemble for gala performance in aid of Refugee Council, and nudist viola player plays during naked skydive to raise money for body image charities. Harold Faltermeyer receives German film score prize, Bayreuth announces plans for 2018, and Musikfest Berlin starts today.

The Times

Pioneering Radio 3 show gives dementia sufferers a voice

A pioneering six-hour programme that blends the voices of dementia sufferers with classical music is to air on the BBC.

Classical Music Magazine

Leading musicians assemble for gala performance in aid of Refugee Council

A number of leading artists will assemble for a performance of Tippett’s A Child of Our Time to raise funds for Refugee Council and its work with unaccompanied children arriving in Britain having fled war, trafficking and persecution.

International Piano

Sony releases Gould’s Goldberg Variations sessions

Sony Classical is to release Glenn Gould’s complete sessions for his famous 1955 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations as part of a new box set.

The Strad

The lark descending – nudist viola player plays during naked skydive

Australian violist Glen Donnelly’s stunt is raising money for body image charities

Limelight

Saxophonist plays instrument during brain surgery

Dan Fabbio performed a piece on the saxophone during surgery to remove a brain tumour.

Pizzicato

La Monnaie in Brussels to reopen next Tuesday

The Royal Theatre of La Monnaie in Brussels will reopen on September 5 after a two-year-long renovation. The opening production is Philippe Boesman’s opera Pinocchio.

NMZ

Deutscher Filmmusikpreis 2017: „Top Gun“–Komponist Harold Faltermeyer wird Ehrenpreisträger

Der Deutsche Filmmusikpreis würdigt den in München geborenen Filmkomponisten und Musikproduzenten Harold Faltermeyer 2017 mit dem Ehrenpreis.

Kultur Radio

Bayreuth plant für 2018

Im kommenden Jahr zeigen die Bayreuther Festspiele eine Neuinszenierung der Wagner-Oper “Lohengrin”.

Klassik Heute

Heute beginnt das Festival Musikfest Berlin 2017.

Beim Musikfest Berlin präsentieren die Berliner Klangkörper sowie Gastorchester aus Amsterdam, Mailand, London, Perm und Freiburg große Werke der Musikgeschichte.

Twitter

Meet Me At The Opera‏ @MMATOpera

The packed house at the gala final performance at the old Metropolitan Opera House on Broadway at 39th Street 1966

Merken

Merken

(Written on August 31, 2017 )

In today’s news: Simon Rattle returning to UK to become Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, Soundcloud to be saved by a pair of investment funds, and concert goers more likely to give to charity. Kerem Hasan wins ‘Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’, Vilde Frang and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen to play at BBC proms, and Sony Music does vinyls again.

The Guardian

Simon Rattle: ‘I would have been wary about taking the job had I known about Brexit’

The conductor is returning to the UK to become Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra. What does he see as the responsibilities of such a role today, what’s happening with the new concert hall, and how do you restrain freedom-loving tortoises?

The Strad

Session Report: Pavel Haas Quartet reunites with former viola for Dvořák quintet

For the Pavel Haas Quartet, recording Dvořák’s String Quintet op.97 and Piano Quintet op.81 is the ideal way to celebrate old friendships with music from the New World. Tom Stewart reports from Prague

The Pizzicato

Ingmar Bergman, Sebastian Fagerlund and Anne Sofie von Otter join for new Finnish opera

During its 2017–2018 season the Finnish National Opera will stage the world premiere of a new Finnish opera, Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata, on the 8th of September 2017.

Music Business Worldwide

As Soundcloud, valued at $300m, books an uncertain future… could a major label have rescued it?

SoundCloud is about to be saved in the nick of time by a pair of investment funds – but the details of the deal, revealed today by MBW, have left some who rely on the platform deeply concerned about its fate.

Classic FM

People who go to concerts more likely to give to charity, new study finds

Those who take part in cultural activities, including going to concerts, are more likely to donate to charity and volunteer.

Limelight

Scotland Yard employs Mozart in crime prevention tactics

Classical music will be played in a troubled London housing estate to disperse troublemakers and calm residents.

Pizzicato

Kerem Hasan gewinnt Salzburger Dirigentenpreis

Der  25-jährige Brite Kerem Hasan hat den ‘Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’ 2017 gewonnen. Insgesamt gab es 67 Bewerber.

Klassik Heute

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen und Vilde Frang bei den BBC Proms

Im Januar dieses Jahres debütierte Vilde Frang mit der Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie in Bremen und verzauberte das Publikum in der Glocke.

Zeit Online

Warum Sony wieder Vinyl presst

Musikstreaming verbreitet sich rasant, aber in der Nische wächst der Umsatz mit Schallplatten. Die Antithese zum digitalen Hören ist sogar für Großkonzerne interessant.

Twitter

Elbphilharmonie @elbphilharmonie

The »Elbphilharmonie Summer« starts on Wednesday – four weeks of World Music, Film Scores, Jazz and Classical Music! 🍦 🌞

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Merken

(Written on August 7, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Shostakovich Festival in June focuses on GDR composer Hanns Eisler & Salzburg Easter Festival 2017 presents “Valkyrie” in the stage design of 1967. Also, from today on supermarket chain Sainsbury will sell LPs  for the first time since the 1980s & Outhere music group’s new application “Alpha Play” is playful dealing with classical music

Music Week

Sony deal means SoundCloud subscription service is on its way

One of the last major obstacles to SoundCloud’s much-touted subscription service has been removed, after the streaming platform finally signed a licensing deal with Sony Music.

The Strad

Clio Gould steps down as Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster

The violinist was London’s first female symphony orchestra leader when appointed to the role 14 years ago

BBC News

Paul McCartney launches bid to Get Back his Beatles songs

Sir Paul McCartney has filed legal papers in the US, as part of an attempt to reclaim the publishing rights to The Beatles’ back catalogue.

The Independent

Sainsbury’s to sell vinyl records in 171 UK stores

Sainsbury’s has announced it’s going to be selling vinyl albums from Monday March 21.

New York Times

Boulez and Harnoncourt, So Different, Yet More Alike Than They Realized

It’s as if the postwar period itself had died. Within two months, Pierre Boulez and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the two avant-gardists who more than anyone in the last half-century redefined classical music, were gone.

NMZ

Schostakowitsch-Festival mit Eisler und Beethoven

Die Internationalen Schostakowitsch-Tage in Gohrisch (Sächsische Schweiz) weiten ihren Blick auf Zeitgenossen des russisch-sowjetischen Komponisten

Kleine Zeitung

Osterfestspiele Salzburg 2017: “Walküre” zum Jubiläum

Zu den Jubiläums-Osterfestspielen 2017 knüpfen Chefdirigent Christian Thielemann und Intendant Peter Ruzicka an die Tradition Karajans an und rekreieren Wagners “Walküre” in den Bühnenbildern von 1967

Pizzicato

Barenboims “Ring” erst zu seinem 80. Geburtstag?

Im Opernstreit um die zwei zeitgleich geplanten Neuproduktionen von Richard Wagners ‘Ring des Nibelungen’ an der ‘Deutschen Oper’ und der Staatsoper in Berlin bezieht die Leitung der für beide Häuser zuständigen Opernstiftung Position für die Deutsche Oper

Le Figaro

Le classique se fait mousser sur mobile

Le groupe discographique Outhere vient de lancer «Alpha Play», une application pour s’initier au classique de façon ludique

Twitter

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VAN Magazin Nicht verpassen: »Kundenzeitungen« von Opernhäusern in der leidenschaftlichen Stilkritik von Mike Meiré.

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Photograph: APA/ Kleine Zeitung

(Written on March 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Max Richter explains his eight-hour composition ‘Sleep’ – the longest continuous piece of music broadcasted by the BBC – and Pergolesi’s Opera Settecento is finally premiered after nearly 300 years. Also, Christie’s exhibits its $60m Stradivarius and Guarneri collection and Classic FM reports on the Game Music Connect 2015.

The Guardian

Adriano in Siria – why Pergolesi’s overlooked masterpiece deserves a UK premiere at last

Pergolesi’s opera has lain unloved for nearly 300 years, but, with its cascade of showstopping arias, Opera Settecento are finally bringing it to a UK public

The Independent

Max Richter’s ‘Sleep’: The longest continuous piece of music broadcast by the BBC

As Max Richter prepares to premiere his eight-hour ‘lullaby for a frenetic world’, before a live, if slumbering, audience, he tells Jessica Duchen why he dreamt up the experiment

Classic FM

Game Music Connect 2015: what we’ve learned about videogame music

Classic FM is at London’s Southbank Centre for the annual videogame music conference, where we’ve heard insider knowledge from a Sony bigwig and why London’s musicians are the best.

The Strad

Christie’s exhibits $60m Stradivarius and Guarneri collection in Shanghai and Hong Kong

‘The Art of Music’ sale features seven violins and one cello from a private European collection

Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Symphony names Yaniv Dinur its new assistant conductor

Jerusalem native Yaniv Dinur is joining the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as assistant conductor. He will conduct youth, family and outreach concerts.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Achtstündiges Schlaflied

Eine boshafte Anekdote behauptet, dass Johannes Brahms sieben Jahre an seinem berühmten Wiegenlied komponiert habe, weil er dabei am Piano immer wieder einnickte

Neue Musikzeitung

Levy Sekgapane gewinnt den Montserrat-Caballé-Gesangswettbewerb

Der Südafrikaner Levy Sekgapane aus dem Jungen Ensemble der Dresdner Semperoper hat den Internationalen Montserrat-Caballé-Gesangswettbewerb in Spanien gewonnen

Klassik.com

Tenor Levy Sekgapane gewinnt den Montserrat Caballé Gesangswettbewerb

Der südafrikanische Tenor Levy Sekgapane hat den Hauptpreis beim 14. Internationalen Gesangswettbewerb Montserrat Caballé in Saragossa gewonnen. Levy Sekgapane überzeugte die Jury mit einer Arie aus Rossinis “L’italiana in Algeri”

France Musique

Un quatuor joue du Pachelbel sur une autoroute anglaise

Alors que de nombreux automobilistes stationnent à l’arrêt durant un embouteillage sur l’autoroute M5 en Angleterre, un  quatuor à corde sort de son véhicule et interprète le Canon de Pachelbel

Twitter

Sinfini Music

Carmen: ‘Our relationship goals are not compatible’. Famous Operas Made Significantly Shorter Through Feminism: http://bit.ly/1FfifJx

Which recording would you choose as The Recording of the Year? Vote here →

BBC Proms Team

Are you pitch perfect? Take our Proms Quiz and test your knowledge of this year’s season!

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(Written on September 16, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Andris Nelsons has been announced as the new conductor of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra. One of Britain’s largest exam boards has been forced to include female composers on their A-Level music syllabus, thanks to a student-lead campaign. Also, the speakers for this year’s Game Music Connect event have been revealed.

Guardian

Andris Nelsons is new conductor of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra

The Latvian born musician will also continue to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra as the basis for ‘a pioneering alliance’

Independent

Exam board forced to include female composers on A-level music syllabus by teenager’s campaign

One of Britain’s biggest exam boards has been forced to change their A-level music syllabus after a teenager won her campaign to ensure female composers were studied on the course.

Classic FM

Sony’s director of music and Batman composer Nick Arundel among the speakers at Game Music Connect

The line-up for this year’s video game music event has been unveiled and boasts appearances from the team behind the music for Alien: Isolation, ‘Avengers’ conductor Allan Wilson and an exclusive screening of a new documentary.

The Strad

Mozart’s sister may have helped compose her brother’s works, scholar suggests

Professor Martin Jarvis claims to have discovered Maria Anna’s musical handwriting

FACT Magazine

FACT mix 512: Max Richter

One of the most respected modern composers delivers his first ever mix.

Die Zeit

Gewandhaus zu LeipzigAndris Nelsons soll neuer Chefdirigent werden

Das Leipziger Gewandhaus hat einen neuen Kapellmeister ernannt. Schon im nächsten Jahr soll der Lette Andris Nelsons das Orchester dirigieren.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Leipzig Andris Nelsons wird Gewandhauskapellmeister

Ein Coup für die Stadt: Schon eine Woche nach Ricardo Chaillys vorzeitigem Abschied als Chefdirigent des Gewandhausorchesters wird ein Nachfolger präsentiert, um den sich seit einigen Jahren die ganze Musikwelt reißt.

Die Welt

Stammen einige Mozart-Werke von seiner Schwester?

Geschlechtergerechtigkeit im Hause Mozart: Bisher stand Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia im Schatten ihres Bruders Wolfgang. Martin Jarvis hat jetzt herausgefunden: Sie konnte mehr als Klavierspielen.

San Francisco Classical Voice

The Art of Healing with Sound

A gentle breeze flows through the spacious living room of Leigh and Carla McKloskey’s hillside home in Malibu. The mood is tranquil by design with people lying on mats or comfortably seated on several soft couches.

Slate

Virtual Reality Could Help Bring New Fans to Classical Music

Classical music and virtual reality are an unlikely combination. In contrast to other VR applications like video games and documentaries, a VR experience for classical music is hard to imagine. What would we even be looking at?

Twitter

Sound and Music: Today is deadline day for our on commissioning fees

Help Musicians UK: Any singers worried about the tiniest change to their voice? answers your queries via

Classical Music: The and announce as the second doctoral composer-in-residence:

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The new program from the Los Angeles Philharmonic is exploring to use VR to reach and engage new generations of fans, starting with the well-known opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

(Written on September 10, 2015 )

At 8pm last night BBC viewers and listeners everywhere were in for a treat…

In their first ever pan-channel broadcast the BBC launched BBC Music, an ambitious wave of new programmes, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives with a spectacular version of God Only Knows. The reworking of the song, originally by The Beach Boys, was performed by 27 musicians from all genres of music, uniting to create ‘The Impossible Orchestra’.

The launch of this new initiative shows the BBC’s strongest commitment to music in over 30 years. Bob Shennan, Director BBC Music, said: “This is an exciting moment for BBC Music as we launch to a global audience. With the 80-piece BBC Concert Orchestra at its heart and comprising an array of iconic music stars, from a wide range of musical genres, this ‘impossible’ orchestra is a celebration of all the talent, diversity and musical passion found every single day throughout the BBC. Our audiences are very clear in their passion for music and that’s why BBC Music exists: to create, curate and celebrate music – for the love of it.”

God Only Knows features the song’s original writer and creator, Brian Wilson, alongside a list of world-famous musicians including Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Baaba Maal, Jamie Cullum, Gareth Malone, Jools Holland and, of course, the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Brian Wilson said that he felt “incredibly humbled that the BBC would choose God Only Knows to promote their new music initiative. All of the artists did such a beautiful job I can’t thank them enough. I’m just honoured that God Only Knows was chosen. God Only Knows is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written.”

The location of the film is also very special as the Alexandra Palace Theatre is the home of the first ever BBC broadcast over 90 years ago!

The song has now been released as a single in a first-time collaboration between Sony, Warner and Universal Music and all of the proceeds are going to BBC Children in Need. It is already available to download and will be in shops later in the week.

During 2013/14 the BBC has broadcast over 41,000 hours of musical content making it the world’s largest music broadcaster. This has included 600 classical music concerts a year on Radio 3, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and The Proms. BBC Four is also the biggest commissioner of music documentaries in the UK.

Also this week, BBC Ten Pieces has launched in cinemas and on iPlayer as the BBC Learning team joins with over 200 partners and classical musicians to help inspire primary school children and introduce them to classical music. Approximately 100,000 children will see the film at over 300 screenings across the UK and eventually the DVD of the film will be made available to primary schools for free.

All information about BBC Music can be found on their new homepage.

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(Written on October 8, 2014 )

New York Daily News

Classical music explodes, both in sales and in expanding boundaries

As crossover classical-pop performers like Andrea Bocelli and Lindsey Stirling sell tons of records, established pop, rock and roots musicians like Rufus Wainwright, Jonny Greenwood and Chris Thile tackle classical forms

BBC News

Maria von Trapp, last member of Sound of Music family, dies

The last surviving member of the Trapp Family Singers, the group whose story inspired The Sound of Music, has died at the age of 99, her family say.

Sky News

American Idol Stars Sue Sony Music for $10m

Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are among the stars named in the lawsuit against Sony over royalties.

Classic FM Online

Classical music at the Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony

Rachmaninov stole the show at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, celebrating Russia’s history and classical music in a spectacular Winter Olympics closing ceremony.

Holocaust survivor musician Alice Herz-Sommer dies age 110

The oldest living holocaust survivor, pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, who remembers meeting Mahler and Kafka in her incredible lifetime, died yesterday at the age of 110.

The Guardian

Christian Curnyn: too hot to Handel

He’s putting the shock into the baroque – and he couldn’t care less about all the outrage he’s causing. Maverick conductor Christian Curnyn says why sex, swearing and Stratocasters are just what early opera needs

Detroit Free Press

Leonard Slatkin: How African Americans changed classical music

How African-Americans profoundly changed the American musical landscape and paved the way for others

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 24, 2014 )

BBC News

Cardiff Singer of the World: Jamie Barton wins top prize

A mezzo-soprano from the United States has been crowned the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

The Guardian

Lucy Parham: My voyage round Debussy

Pianist Lucy Parham on the challenge of capturing the private world of Debussy in an evening of words and music, with the help of Henry Goodman and Sam West

Gramophone

Jonas Kaufmann records debut album for Sony Classical

‘The Verdi Album’ is due for release in September – the first in an exclusive long-term recording agreement

BBC News

Does sex sell in classical music?

Jenni Murray, the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, made her debut as a conductor today with the BBC Philharmonic and the Overture to Bizet’s Carmen for a special edition of the programme.

Daily Express

Opera singer Renee Fleming axes concert in Lebanon

American opera star Renee Fleming has pulled out of plans to perform in Lebanon due to the ongoing conflict in neighbouring Syria.

BBC Music Magazine

Survey shows that 8/10 people listen to classical music

YouGov poll finds more people listen to classical music at home than in concert halls

Der Tagesspiegel

“Foreign Affairs”: Der neue Festivalleiter im Gespräch

Seit diesem Jahr leitet Matthias von Hartz das Festival „Foreign Affairs“ der Berliner Festspiele. Im Tagesspiegel-Interview spricht er über das Theater von morgen, die Konkurrenz in Berlin und sein Bekenntnis zur Masse.

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(Written on June 24, 2013 )

The Telegraph

The Sound and the Fury: A Century of Modern Music, BBC Four, review

Nigel Farndale reviews BBC Four’s excellent documentary The Sound and the Fury: a Century of Modern Music

Opera singer’s life ‘destroyed’ by childhood deal

A pregnant opera singer has said her life has been “destroyed” by an “immoral” deal which saw her father promise 35 per cent of her earnings to a Romanian businessman.

The Guardian

Arts head: David Pickard, general director, Glyndebourne

The opera chief on new commissions, community participation, running a tight ship and why teenagers still love La Traviata

Classic FM

The Sixteen record ‘new’ Allegri Miserere

The Voices of Classic FM present a new version of the famous Lenten piece, charting its evolution from the music originally performed in the Sistine Chapel to the version we know and love today.

Planet Hugill

It’s all about Piano!

The Institut francais in London is having an action packed three-day festival (22-24 March) covering all things piano.

Music Week

BMI issues ‘letter to the music industry’ about recent rights withdrawals

BMI president and CEO Del Bryant has issued an ‘open letter to the music industry’ clarifying Sony/ATV and EMI’s recent withdrawal of catalogues for digital uses – as well as outlining a new royalty processing agreement with the publisher.

American Express launches ‘Pay By Tweet’ on Twitter

American Express has launched a ‘Pay By Tweet’ service on Twitter, allowing its cardholders to buy products by sending a message on the social network.

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(Written on February 13, 2013 )

The Guardian

Vanessa-Mae gears up for Winter Olympics 2014 bid

Violinist swaps keys for skis, as she prepares for first event in her quest to represent Thailand at Sochi Games next year

Classic FM

Beethoven best for fitness workouts

Studies show classical music readies the brain for exercise and helps maintain focus during a workout session.

Deceptive Cadence, NPR 

Obama’s ‘Hope And Virtue’ Distilled In A Song

On Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African-American president of the United States. And Monday, President Obama will be sworn in again — this time on a most auspicious day, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Planet Hugill

London Philharmonic Orchestra new season

The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2013/14 season at the Royal Festival Hall is remarkably strong and shows and admirable intention to develop programming outside the routine.

Slipped Disc

Just in: Vienna will live stream Holocaust opera premiere

A chamber opera on the Nazi euthanasia of 790 sick or disabled children in a Vienna hospital will be performed this Friday, ahead of International Holocaust Day, at the Austrian Parliament and streamed live on the internet at 1700 GMT.

Limelight

John Rutter: An agnostic speaks out on writing sacred music

The best-selling choral composer is now writing for the harp, but it’s not all choirs of angels.

Classical Music Magazine

Murray Johnston wins £73,000 plus costs after WNO’s unfair dismissal

Murray Johnston was unfairly dismissed in 2008, ruled an employment tribunal appeal, and he has now been awarded compensation plus costs.

Music Week

Universal, Warner and Sony plan HMV ‘rescue operation’ – report

Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony are reportedly set to discount the price of CDs and DVDs for HMV and offer the retailer generous credit terms in an attempt to rescue it from going out of business.

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Classic FM

(Written on January 22, 2013 )