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The New York Times
Metropolitan Opera Clears Last Hurdle in Labor Talks
The Metropolitan Opera and the union representing its stage hands reached a contract deal early Wednesday morning.

The Guardian
Peter Maxwell Davies at 80: ‘The music knows things that I don’t’

Last year Peter Maxwell Davies was given six weeks to live. Despite ‘absolutely revolting’ chemotherapy and a blood clot that almost killed him, he went on to complete his 10th Symphony, and now he’s about to celebrate his 80th birthday

The Telegraph
The fear of performance that can lead us to ecstasy

Most of us need this form of nervous excitement, this whiff of danger, to be at our best

Daniel Barenboim: My orchestra is a political laboratory

As Daniel Barenboim brings his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to the Proms, he talks about the problems of the Middle East

The Times

If you want a bargain, avoid shops piping classical music

Having classical music on in the background turns people into less savvy shoppers, a study found, while pop makes us sharper at finding a bargain.

Kulturport.de
Festivalleitung zieht positive Bilanz nach außergewöhnlicher Ausgabe von Young Euro Classic 2014
Ein außergewöhnlicher Jahrgang des Festivals Young Euro Classic ist am Sonntag (17. August) in Berlin mit großem Erfolg zu Ende gegangen.

Classicalite.com
Italian Soprano, Puccini Star Licia Albanese Dies Aged 105
Licia Albanese, one of the great Italian sopranos of the 20th century, has died.

Symphony Space Announces New Artistic Director, Fulbright Scholar and Carnegie Hall Exec Andrew Byrne
The latest from Symphony Space comes to us via DotDotDotMusic, who is pleased to announce that Andrew Byrne will be hopping on as the new Artistic Director on September 15.

Twitter:

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Is the symphony orchestra doomed, or alive and well? – there have been robust comments from both sides: http://classfm.co/20oHm1

English National Opera: @E_N_O  How do you reinvent familiar repertoire? Conductor @TimMurray5 explains all: http://ow.ly/Awj7L

Telegraph Classical: @TeleClassical Why horn players are terrified of Richard Strauss http://fw.to/ijtOBxH

Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic  Great balance between hi-tech and art:@sfballet principal Maria Kochetkova (@balletrusse) on Ballet meeting Robotics: http://vimeo.com/96030980

Photo : Logan K. Young

Photo : Logan K. Young

(Written on August 20, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Opera star breaks her leg – but completes the performance

Soprano Christiane Karg dislocated her knee during Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera.

Classical-Music.com

Six hundred voices to mark the centenary of the First World War

Young singers from the UK, Germany, France and Belgium will join forces.

The Guardian

John Hurt and Rory Kinnear to be part of BBC Proms

Hurt to narrate text of Henry V to William Walton’s seminal score, while Kinnear will play speaker in Oedipus libretto.

Classic FM

Bristol Proms

Pictures, videos and interviews from this year’s Bristol Proms.

LA Times

Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera calling off fall season

The Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera will be scrapping its fall seasons this year as the joint company works its way through financial issues. Leaders are deciding when regular performances will resume and are expected to make an announcement within three months.

Concerti

Begegnungen im Salon

Vormals die größte Ziegelei Norddeutschlands – heute hat Olav Killinger aus der Villa Papendorf einen Konzertsaal gemacht.

Crescendo

Video der Woche: Be happy!

Jetzt hat es der Erfolgssong endlich auch in die Klassikwelt geschafft.

klassik.com

Interview mit Catherine Gordeladze

Geronnene Improvisation – die Pianistin Catherine Gordeladze erkundet den Grenzbereich zwischen Klassik und Jazz.

El Mundo

‘El ballet es menos peligroso que el toreo… aunque algunas bailarinas sí pueden serlo’

Estrella del New York City Ballet desde hace más de diez años, el bailarín español ofrece una única gala en El Escorial

Twitter

Abbotsford Convent: ‏@TheConvent Music in the Round returns to the Convent. #ClassicalMusic http://ow.ly/zXcRQ  pic.twitter.com/oGUc1IIbOt

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at the #bbcproms, the wonderful @EUYO and @LDNvoices perform a repertoire of Berio and Shostakovich: http://bbc.in/1ot0VWz 

ClassicalToday: @ClassicalToday Met musician, sworn to silence, tells how opera colours instrumental sound http://bit.ly/1soOzzj 

 

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Christine Karg and Gyula Orendt, La Finta Giardiniera

Photo: Alastair Muir

(Written on August 5, 2014 )

Composer Jorge Grundman will shortly be releasing his first CD on the Chandos record label, and WildKat PR is delighted to be offering PR services in both the UK and USA for this release. This is Jorge’s second CD and features the Brodsky Quartet performing his work “The Resurrection of Christ”.

Jorge explains in the CD notes that the work “was conceived for a concert programme to succeed Haydn’s so-called Musica instrumentale sopra le 7 ultime parole del nostro Redentore in croce, ossiano 7 sonate con un’introduzione ed al fine un terremoto (Instrumental Music on the Seven Last Words of Our Saviour from the Cross, or Seven Sonatas with an Introduction and, to Conclude, an Earthquake) during Easter Week in 2013.”

“I have always wondered why, during Holy Week, so many works are programmed about the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ and not of his Resurrection, particularly when St Paul saw it as the basis for the foundation of the Christian faith.”

Also appearing alongside the Brodksy Quartet for this release is soprano Susana Cordón.

Jorge Grundman Chandos CD

(Written on April 29, 2014 )

The Guardian

Neville: ‘My wife has told me to keep June free’

How did a so-so violinist from Lincoln end up one of the world’s greatest conductors? And will he ever slow down? As Neville Marriner hits 90, he talks to Stuart Jeffries about setting up the Academy of St Martin in the Fields orchestra, never saying no – and the teacher who had him beaten for over-gesticulating. 

Classic FM

Opera celebrated at Olivier Awards 2014

English Touring Opera and the Royal Opera House were honoured last night at the 2014 Olivier Awards, held at London’s Covent Garden.

Royal Opera House

The A-Z of Richard Strauss: J is for Ben Jonson
One of the Jacobean playwright’s works inspired Strauss’s sole collaboration with Stefan Zweig.
The Arts Desk

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Nicole Cabell

The outstanding American singer on winning Cardiff, crying in performance and Kate Bush

The Telegraph

Amanda Vickery: Why we’ve got the Georgians all wrong

We associate the Georgian era with elegance and good taste. But this gaudy, bloody period was a world away from Austen’s drawing room romances.

Die Welt

Ritter der Rondos, Grandseigneur der Serenaden

Sir Neville Marriner sorgte über Jahrzehnte für einen Easy-Listening-Boom der Alten Musik. Jetzt feiert der britische Dirigent, den viele als James Last der Klassik abtun, seinen 90. Geburtstag.

Classical Music on Twitter

Classical Music Buzz: @classicalpurist John Luther Adams Wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music + MORE classicalmusic opera news … pic.twitter.com/ovr1WQiEDU

Janet Horvath: ‏@playinglesshurt 17 of the best classical music jokes – Classical music jokes @classicfm http://www.classicfm.com/discover/music/classical-music-jokes/classical-music-jokes-4/ …

BBC Music Magazine: ‏@MusicMagazine The official classical chart is out – visit our website to find out which recordings made it into the UK top 20: http://www.classical-music.com/chart/official-classical-chart …

Gramophone: @GramophoneMag Congratulations to the highly talented Krzysztof Urbanski on his new appointment at the NDR Sinfonieorchester http://www.gramophone.co.uk/news/krzysztof-urba%C5%84ski-given-a-ndr-symphony-orchestra-role …

The Strad: @TheStradMag Actors are admired and lauded for their range. But observe the ‘specialism’ police at work in classical music http://bit.ly/1p2Fm17 

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on April 15, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to announce that we are going to be working with soprano Caroline MacPhie. Caroline studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Academy of Music and in October 2014 she will be releasing her debut recital disc on Stone Records. The release will be a collection of songs written by, or about, inspirational women.

Caroline is a committed recitalist, and regularly performs with pianist Joseph Middleton, who joins her on this disc. Together they have recorded works by Poulenc, Wolf, Strauss as well as a few new commissions.

She gave her Wigmore Hall debut in 2011 and has performed with Southbank Sinfonia, Philharmonia, the Hallé and many more. On the operatic stage she has performed with Opera Project, Opéra National de Lyon, Silent Opera, Scottish Opera, and Royal Opera House at the Linbury Theatre.

You can keep up to date with Caroline’s performances and CD news over on Twitter.

Image credit: Alex Rumford

Image credit: Alex Rumford

(Written on March 25, 2014 )

BBC News

Hidden hierarchy in string quartets revealed

Scientists have come up with a way to reveal the pecking order within a string quartet

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

‘Priceless’ Stradivarius violin stolen in armed robbery in Milwaukee

A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was stolen during an armed robbery after a performance by Almond at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said on Tuesday.

The New York Times

Pete Seeger, Champion of Folk Music and Social Change, Dies at 94

Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 94.

Classic FM Online

Man dressed as Mozart gatecrashes Super Bowl media day

An Austrian television presenter has surprised the media in the run-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl American Football match by dressing up as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

John Suchet opens Classic FM Foundation Lecture Room at Nordoff Robbins

Classic FM’s John Suchet has officially opened the Classic FM Lecture Room at the London headquarters of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins

Katy Perry’s Verdi dress steals show at Grammys

Classical music made an unlikely appearance on this year’s Grammy Award red carpet, in the form of a stunning gown worn by Katy Perry

Gramophone

The 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Awards revealed

A string quartet, soprano and violinist take top prizes

Die Welt

Die Fließbandware de Luxe eines Göttlichen

Bei der Salzburger Mozartwoche werden die elf Werke aufgeführt, die Mozart 1784 ernährten. Und es wird deutlich, wie sehr dieser sogar Bach überragte – allerdings nur den Sohn Carl Philipp Emanuel.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 29, 2014 )

BBC News

Esa-Pekka Salonen: 10 tips to becoming a conductor

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s career took off when he stood in at the last minute for a sick conductor when he was just 25. Almost 25 years later, he was recently named conductor of the year

The Guardian

Maria Callas: Google gives singer a solo

The 90th anniversary of the legendary soprano’s birth is marked in the latest Google doodle

Why there’s nothing wrong with being bored by opera

Do you find opera tedious? Do bits of Shakespeare send you to sleep? Well, you’re not alone. David Hare, Julian Barnes and John Eliot Gardiner talk to John Crace about the importance of being bored

ABC News

Homeless Man’s Music Moves Listeners to Tears at a Thrift Store

A homeless man who says he cannot read music and has had no formal musical training has stunned staff and customers at a Vancouver second hand store with his virtuoso piano playing

Fast Company

How This Group Of London Hackers Made Musical Instruments From Converse All Stars

What do you get when you put a crowd of creative Londoners in a garage with DIY speaker kits and Converse All Stars sneakers? Musical instruments made from Chucks

The Wall Street Journal

Music to Really Young Ears

New York Philharmonic’s Concerts Cater to Toddler Set

The Independent

Classical and pop audiences can mix

There’s nothing wrong with trying to make classical music more accessible to younger audiences

The Globe and Mail

Why Rufus Wainwright is turning a Roman emperor into a COC opera

On Monday, the Canadian Opera Company will announce that that opera – simply titled Hadrian– with a libretto by Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor will have its world premiere as the opening production of the COC’s 2018 mainstage season at the Four Seasons Centre

Die Welt

Maria Callas – Inbegriff der dramatischen Sängerin

Maria Callas brachte es vom griechischen Einwandererkind in New York zum Megastar der Klassik. Nur in der Liebe hatte sie kein Glück: Der Reeder Onassis betrog sie, Filmemacher Pasolini war schwul

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on December 2, 2013 )

WildKat PR is pleased to welcome three new clients to the WildKat PR roster: National Geographic London Store’s new cultural calendar, lyric soprano Melinda Hughes, and Qanas Productions’ Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture.

National Geographic London Store have launched their cultural calendar comprising of concerts, talks and photographic exhibitions to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic Society, and turning the adventure store into a cultural hub in Central London. Events include a performance by flautist Katherine Bryan launching her new album, artist Alexa Meade and Born Free Foundation CEO Will Travers.

Melinda Hughes is an operatic soprano whose roles have included Cio Cio San in Madame Butterfly, Mimi in La Boheme, Countess in The Marriage of Figaro and many more. In 2013, Melinda will be performing her new satirical show, ‘French Kiss’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Qatar 2013 Year of Culture celebrates creativity, diversity and mutual cultural understanding through an exciting and varied musical programme. The cultural collaboration can be experienced at a concert at London’s Cadogan Hall on May 27th and Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on June 14th. Performers will include Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal National Scottish Orchestras with soloists Chloë Hanslip, Guy Johnston and Amira Fouad performing music by British and Qatari composers.

National Geographic Cultural Calendar

(Written on May 20, 2013 )

The Guardian

Happy 125th birthday, Concertgebouw

Amsterdam’s world-class orchestra and concert hall celebrate their 125th anniversary this week. Tom Service explains why the hall’s famously perfect acoustics create unexpected challenges for its players.

 

The Guardian

RPS awards: Stockhausen’s helicopters and the Guardian’s Tom Service

Nominations for the classical music industry’s most respected annual gongs, the Royal Philharmonic Society awards, have been announced

 

The Telegraph

David Mitchell on his ‘bonkers’ new 3D opera Sunken Garden

The novelist David Mitchell speaks to Sameer Rahim about writing the libretto for a spectacular occult-mystery-film-opera, Sunken Garden.

 

Classic FM

Soprano Julia Lezhneva on her fairytale career so far 

The talented 23-year-old soprano shares the highlights of her career so far with John Brunning, and talks passionately about Baroque vocal music.

 

Gramophone

Rosenblatt Recitals founder announces new summer music festival

Branscombe Festival will run from July 26-28, 2013.

 

Classical Music Magazine

Richard Hallam takes up ISM presidency

The Incorporated Society of Musicians has formally announced the appointment of music education specialist Richard Hallam as its president, an appointment which will last one year. Hallam takes over from choral conductor Suzi Digby.

 

Plunet Hugill

The first piano in England

In 1749 an English engineer called John Grundy visited Charles Jennens’ house, Gopsall Hall in Leicestershire. In his travel diary he describes the interior, with the particularly grand music room complete with stucco ceiling and carved marble fireplace…

 

interior of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

The Guardian

(Written on April 12, 2013 )

Newstatesman 

Classical Music should be about more than elite parties and Private Schools 

“Exclusion in the classical music world stretches far beyond race” Andrew Mellor explores the existing tensions in the world of classical music.

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc

Oh Yuk! Smut author takes credit for classic chart success

Thomas Tallis’ Spem in Alium reaches number one in the charts after its feature in E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. 

Going Down: London gets an underground Orchestra 

Musician Shaun Boswell tries to remedy the lack of good music on London’s underground.

Listen Up: It’s a post-modern take on Rite of Spring 

Composer and viola player Lev Zhurbin gives a 21st spin to folk music that Stravinsky used.

The Guardian – Music Blog 

Proms 2012: My Opera Highlights 

Tom Service picks his Opera Highlights from the programme of this year’s Proms.

BBC News 

Former Steel Worker Inspires Opera Cycle Song 

A former Steel worker and Olympic medalist Albert White inspires a community opera in Scunthorpe which featured as part of the London 2012 festival.

England’s Sistema youth orchestra programme expands 

Four new youth orchestras launch across England as a part of the In Harmony Programme inspired by Venezuela’s famous El Sistema.

Classic FM

Vivaldi’s “Bombshell” opera discovered 

A new version of Vivaldi’s Opera Orlando Furioso has been discovered in manuscript form almost 300 years after his death.

Higgs boson sounds like habanera

Newly discovered Higgs boson particle has inspired quite a different piece by Domenico Vicinanza.

Soprano’s live longer than altos  

Recent study by two doctors in Detroit suggests that Soprano’s live longer than altos.

(Written on July 16, 2012 )