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In today’s news: Classical music in public spaces, charities stepping up to raise mental health awareness in the music industry, 2018 festivals and events commemorating the life of Bernstein, NATO officially adopts their own hymn, French soprano Anne-Sophie Schmidt speaks out on sexual abuse by conductor Charles Dutoit and  the Staatsballett Berlin to show “Swan Lake” on a “black stage”, ie without backdrops and with limited lighting,

Classical Music

Applications open for Cheltenham Baroque singing competition

Young professional singers aged 28 or under are invited to apply for Cheltenham Bach Choir’s Baroque Singing Competition that will take place at Prince Michael Hall, Cheltenham on 25 March.

Classical-Music

A year of Bernstein: The 2018 performance guide

As we enter the year of Bernstein’s centenary, orchestras across the UK are joining in the celebrations and commemorating the life of the composer.

Croydon Advertiser

Why classical music is being played at Croydon’s tram and bus stops

Music by some of the most famous classical composers in the world can be heard play from speakers over the past month.

NATO

NATO adopts official hymn

The hymn was written for the organisation’s anniversary in 1989 by Captain André Reichling, conductor of the Luxembourg Military Band and has been played at many NATO events.

Music Business Worldwide

Addictions and mental health charity Music Support to stage training events in London

UK music industry specialist addictions and mental health charity Music Support will host two training events in London this month.

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French soprano incriminates Dutoit

French soprano Anne-Sophie Schmidt has outspoken on sexual abuse by the conductor Charles Dutoit.

nmz

Medien: Spotify reichte vertraulichen Antrag für Börsengang ein

Der weltgrößte Musikstreaming-Dienst Spotify setzt laut Medienberichten zu seinem seit langem erwarteten Börsengang an.

Musik Heute

Deutsche Oper Berlin: Ballette auf “schwarzer Bühne”

Das Staatsballett Berlin zeigt ab 19. Januar wieder Vorstellungen von “Schwanensee”. Die Aufführungen finden allerdings auf “schwarzer Bühne” statt, also ohne Kulissen und mit eingeschränkter Beleuchtung, teilte das Ensemble am Donnerstag mit.

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(Written on January 5, 2018 )

In today’s news: Igor Levit wins the Gilmore Award. Robert Mann has died. Christoph von Dohnányi will take over a new Salome Production at the Berlin Staatsoper. A new electronic organ is being installed at the Vatican. The Bayrische Staatsoper is celebrating 100 years Staatsoper and 200 years National theatre. A piece on cultural heritage in europe and an article with Gustavo Dudamel on Venezuela and music.

The Spectator

Debussy, Tippett and Wagner: the musical treats of 2018

Events that are due to take place in the months to come, most notably the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Debussy Festival.

Gramophone

Igor Levit receives 2018 Gilmore Artist Award

The prestigious award, worth $300,000, goes to 2016’s Gramophone Recording of the Year winner.

Bury Times

Talented young musicians fundraise for CAFOD at festive concert 

The group, compromising of 28 children played a special seasonal concert last December.

The Guardian

How Mongolia went wild for opera

Discover the reason why so many Mongolians are winning international singing awards.

Digital streaming behind biggest rise in UK music sales for 2 decades

Platforms such as Apple Music and Spotify plus renaissance in vinyl records help fuel fastest annual growth since 1998.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera House tenor rejects ‘in your face’ sexual violence against women on stage

Michael Fabiano resists demands to perform sexually violent scenes on stage and argues the treatment of women in productions should better reflect the modern world.

NPR

Robert Mann, A Founder Of The Juilliard String Quartet, Has Died

Robert Mann, a violinist and one of the founders of the Juilliard String Quartet, died on Monday at home in Manhattan. He was 97 years old.

Musik Heute

Dohnányi übernimmt für Mehta Berliner “Salome”

Bei der Neuproduktion von Richard Strauss’ “Salome” an der Berliner Staatsoper übernimmt Christoph von Dohnányi die musikalische Leitung. 

Klassik.com

Petersdom: Elektronische Orgel ersetzt bisherige Pfeifenorgel

Der Vatikan setzt im Petersdom auf Digitalisierung: bei großen Ereignissen erklingt statt der traditionellen Pfeifenorgel künftig ein digitales Instrument.

Klassik-heute

GMD Kirill Petrenko leitet zwei “Ring”-Zyklen an der Bayerischen Staatsoper

In diesem Jahr begeht die Bayerische Staatsoper zwei Jubiläen: 100 Jahre Bayerische Staatsoper und 200 Jahre Nationaltheater. 

Berliner Zeitung

Kulturerbejahr Europa, Kontinent der Möglichkeiten 

Vor drei Tagen begann das Europäische Kulturerbejahr unter dem Motto „Sharing Heritage“. Am 8. Januar wird in Hamburg die nationale Auftaktveranstaltung zu diesem internationalen Großprojekt stattfinden.

El Mundo

Gustavo Dudamel: “Me duele el conflicto entre hermanos en Venezuela”

Gustavo Dudamel (Barquisimeto, 1981) está en medio de muchos frentes. Por un lado, tiene que lidiar con la responsabilidad de ser el director de orquesta más candente del momento […]

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Image: © Kate Molleson for the Guardian

(Written on January 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: Music at Paxton artistic director Helen Jamieson to step down this year, and pianist Di Xiao has been named as one of Birmingham City University’s Alumni of the Year. Also, cash reward offered for return of stolen instruments from Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Australian composer Colin Brumby passes away.

Classical Music

Charles Dutoit denies sexual assault accusations

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has cancelled the conductor’s appearances for the immediate future.

Music at Paxton artistic director to step down

Helen Jamieson, who helped to found the festival in 2006 will step down in September this year.

Music Teacher

Pianist among Birmingham City University’s Alumni of the year

Di Xiao (肖荻), a classical piano soloist from China, has been named as one of Birmingham City University’s Alumni of the Year.

Evening Times

Cash reward offered for return of stolen instruments from Royal Scottish National Orchestra

A reward has been offered for the safe return of Fiona West’s violin and viola, which were taken on December 30 2017.

M Magazine

UK Government to ban bulk-buying ticket software

Ticket touts will be banned from using bulk-buying ticket software under new legislation announced by the government.

Limelight

Colin Brumby has died

The prolific Australian composer, whose music was frequently performed and broadcast, has passed away in Brisbane aged 84.

nmz

Bei Ganztagsangeboten der kulturellen Bildung kooperieren Musikschulen am häufigsten

Um Ganztagsangebote der kulturellen Bildung zu gewährleisten, kooperieren Schulen in Deutschland mit Abstand am häufigsten mit Musikschulen.

Milliardenklage gegen Spotify wegen Autorenrechten

Der weltgrößte Musikstreaming-Anbieter Spotify sieht sich laut Medienberichten mit einer Milliarden-Klage wegen mutmaßlich ausstehender Tantiemen konfrontiert.

Musik Heute

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden will finanziell unabhängig bleiben

Das mit fast 2.500 Plätzen größte deutsche Opernhaus ist ein Unikum – denn der Spielbetrieb kostet kein Steuergeld. Großer Zuschauerzuspruch trotz relativ hoher Eintrittspreise, der Verzicht auf ein eigenes Ensemble und das Engagement vieler Stifter und Sponsoren ermöglichen die weitgehende Unabhängigkeit von öffentlichen Kassen.

france musique

Charles Dutoit ne dirigera pas l’orchestre philharmonique de New York

Charles Dutoit devait diriger l’orchestre philharmonique de New York pour quelques dates au mois de janvier. Mais après les accusations de harcèlement sexuel formulées à son encontre, le conseil d’administration en a décidé autrement.

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Music History @today_classical: in 1868 Death of German and teacher Moritz in Leipzig.

AtlasRealisations @AtlasRealMusic: “Happy Birthday George Martin” (3rd Jan, 1926). Best-known for his ground-breaking production and arrangements…

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(Written on January 3, 2018 )

In today’s news: New Music Dublin festival director claims rumoured cutbacks would have trickle-down effect, the winners of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design have been announced and YouTube signs Universal Music deal amid subscription plans. Also, the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth to reopen in 2018 after renovation and new locations for concert performances were tested in the German competition “D-bü”.

Irish Times

Orchestra funding should be ringfenced at RTE, says Martin

New Music Dublin festival director claims rumoured cutbacks would have trickle-down effect

Teaching Drama

Linbury Prize winners announced

The winners of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design have been announced. At a ceremony held at the National Theatre on 1 November, it was revealed that Khadija Raza, Eleanor Bull and Fin Redshaw won prizes, with Basia Binkowska taking home the title of overall winner.

Yahoo!Finance

Amazon has an 80-person orchestra just for employees

In the last several years, Amazon has expanded its efforts so employees with artistic streaks have more creative outlets to let loose, including the Amazon Symphony and the a cappella group Vocally Self-Critical — a riff off of Amazon’s now retired 10th principle of the same name.

Reuters

Streaming music market picks up tempo ahead of Spotify IPO

Subscription music leader Spotify is set to capitalize next year on the rude health of the industry with a stock market flotation, even as competitors race to find fresh ways to outflank it by catering to often fickle consumer tastes.

BBC News

YouTube signs Universal Music deal amid subscription plans

Universal Music Group said the deal would provide its artists more flexibility and pay, and strengthen YouTube’s commitment to managing music rights.

nmz

Nicht nur im Konzertsaal: Wettbewerb testet neue Klassikformate

Ob in einem Club oder im Museum: Klassische Musik muss sich nicht unbedingt nur im Konzertsaal abspielen. Auf dem Wettbewerb «D-bü» der deutschen Musikhochschulen haben jetzt in Berlin acht Studentenensembles neue Konzertformate ausprobiert und vorgestellt.

Sanierung des Markgräflichen Opernhauses in Bayreuth vor Abschluss

Jahrelang wurde das Markgräfliche Opernhaus in Bayreuth saniert. Im Frühjahr 2018 soll das zum Unesco-Weltkulturerbe gehörende Gebäude wieder eröffnet werden.

Deutscher Musikrat

Nuno Coelho gewinnt internationalen Dirigierwettbewerb in Spanien

Mit Nuno Coelho und Felix Mildenberger konnten sich zwei Stipendiaten des Dirigentenforums beim 12. Concurs Internacional de Direcció d’Orquestra de Cadaqués gegen die internationale Konkurrenz durchsetzen. Bei dem renommierten Dirigierwettbewerb belegten sie die Plätze 1 und 2.

france musique

Daniel Barenboim appelle à la reconnaissance internationale de la Palestine

Suite à la décision de Donald Trump de reconnaître Jérusalem comme capitale d’Israël, le chef et pianiste Daniel Barenboim s’est prononcé en faveur de la reconnaissance internationale de l’Etat de Palestine.

Quand des enfants interprètent un chant de Noël, supplément piment

Les jeunes chanteurs d’un chœur danois ont interprété un chant de Noël, tout en croquant dans de très forts piments. Une vidéo pleine de joues rouges et de petites larmes au coin des yeux.

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Pizzicato Magazine @PizzicatoMag: Nicholas Milton neuer Chefdirigent in Göttingen via

Music History @today_classical: in 1888 FP of J. ‘ Violin Sonata No. 3 in d, Op. 108, in Budapest.

Image: © Rainer Viertlböck / Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung

(Written on December 21, 2017 )

In today’s news: Egyptian singer sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery”, ballet about Rudolf Nureyev debuts five months later than planned, music startup Beatroot falls into liquidation. Also, sexual allegations affecting classical music industry, New York Philharmonic raises $50m for launch fund and Opera Stuttgart intending to attract the younger generation.

BBC News

Nureyev debuts but director still under arrest

A ballet about the famous Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who defected to the West has premiered – five months later than planned.

The Telegraph

Egyptian singer Shyma sent to prison for two years over ‘explicit’ music video of her eating a banana

An Egyptian pop singer has been sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery” after a music video showing her suggestively eating a banana was ruled to be too sexually explicit.

Forward

Should James Levine’s Alleged Sexual Abuse Make Us Reconsider His Music?

By now, the question is familiar: How should those who distribute and consume art deal with the artistic legacy of someone accused of sexual harassment and assault?

Slate

Advocates Have Found Five Qualities Associated With Sexual Violence. The Classical Music World Hits Four of Them.

Last week, the American sex abuse crisis reached the most elite and rarefied echelon of “entertainment”: the opera house. And while most Americans may never have seen The Marriage of Figaro, the classical music field is a surprisingly tidy case study in the environmental factors that make sexual abuse—and its cover-up—possible.

Music Business Worldwide

UK Music Startup Beatroot Falls Into Liquidation

British music tech startup Beatroot has ceased trading.

The New York Times

The Philharmonic, Under New Management, Raises $50 Million — Fast

In a show of donor confidence in its new leadership, the deficit-challenged New York Philharmonic announced Tuesday that it had raised $50 million to help it balance its budgets in the coming seasons as it rolls out its next music director, Jaap van Zweden.

Kulturradio rbb

Soziale Lage von Lehrkräften an deutschen Musikschulen ist “desaströs” 

Ihnen geht es immer schlechter, so das Ergebnis einer bundesweiten Studie der Gewerkschaft ver.di.

Klassik.Com

Theaterreform in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern im Winterschlaf?

Der Theaterreform in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ist ins Stocken geraten. Eigentlich sollten die Theater Stralsund, Greifswald, Neubrandenburg und Neustrelitz ab 2018 unter gemeinsamem Dach als Staatstheater Nordost zusammengeführt werden.

Musik Heute

Stuttgarter Oper will sich mehr für Schüler öffnen

Die Stuttgarter Oper will sich künftig stärker öffnen – vor allem für junge Besucher.

Le Monde

Les raisons de l’alliance entre Tencent et Spotify dans le streaming musical

Le leader chinois du secteur et le champion suédois ont échangé des participations pour lancer une collaboration renforcée.

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  Entries are open for 24 categories in the Music Week Awards 2018 and the deadline is now less than a month away

Image: Jaap van Zweden at Avery Fisher Hall © Classical Music/Chris Lee

(Written on December 13, 2017 )

In today’s news: Artists support rising cryptocurrency Monero, early 20th-century classical music made Spotify’s list of ‘emerging genres’ and a new online library of concert videos and feature documentaries by Quincy Jones. Also, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to make a free web-based music education platform, the Opernhaus in Berlin reopens today and the construction of the new Konzerthaus in Munich is postponed.

Classical Music

Ian Skelly to join Suzy Klein on Radio 3’s Essential Classics

Ian Skelly is to replace Rob Cowan as a co-presenter of Radio 3’s Essential Classics. He will begin his new role on Christmas Day, sharing the position with Suzy Klein.

The Guardian

The sound of mega orgasms: the female composers taking music into intimate places

A soundtrack to an erotic feminist film, the crunch of crisps in your own mouth, a composition for ‘strap-on and electric guitar’ … meet the women who are making music and telling stories on their own terms

Serialism: how early 20th-century classical music made Spotify’s list of ‘emerging genres’

The streaming site’s list of big sounds of 2017 includes the challenging form pioneered by Arnold Schoenberg – nestled alongside chillhop, trap Latino and future funk

Digital Music News

Cryptocurrency Monero Jumps 25% as 40 Major Artists Jump on Board

Over 40 artists have signed-on to support rising cryptocurrency, Monero.

The New York Times

Netflix for Jazz? Quincy Jones’s Qwest TV Takes Concerts and Films Digital

Quincy Jones, the jazz musician and impresario, is helping to start Qwest TV, an online library of concert videos and feature documentaries, most of them unavailable on YouTube or any other streaming site.

Calgary Herald

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to give all Canadians gift of music literacy with free nation-wide education program

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is looking to boost musical literacy in Canada with an ambitious program that will make a web-based music education platform free to anyone with a Canadian IP address for a year.

Klassik.Com

Münchner Konzerthaus: Haushaltsausschuss gegen Baubeginn im kommenden Jahr

Der Baubeginn des neuen Münchner Konzerthauses, den Ministerpräsident Horst Seehofer (CSU) gerne noch vor den Landtagswahlen im kommenden Jahr terminiert hätte, muss verschoben werden.

Der Tagesspiegel

Blattgoldene Zeiten

Vor 275 Jahren wurde das Opernhaus Unter den Linden eingeweiht. Mit dem Geburtstagskonzert startet endlich der Regelbetrieb im sanierten Gebäude.

Musik Heute

Münchner Kandidatenkarussell: Wer übernimmt die Staatsoper?

Im Münchner Kulturbetrieb müssen gleich drei hochkarätige Posten neu besetzt werden, an der Staatsoper und am Staatsschauspiel.

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Music History @today_classical in 1873 FP of symphonic poem Phaeton in Paris

Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics On this day in 1980, Herbert von Karajan celebrated his 25th anniversary as principal conductor of Berlin Philharmonic in a wonderful Celebration Concert in Berlin. Find out more about the biography of this outstanding conductor:

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(Written on December 7, 2017 )

In today’s news: New York Met opera suspends James Levine over sexual allegations, 70% of self-employed workers in classical music had been harassed, study finds; creative industries made a record contribution to the economy last year. Also, Artur Korn’s 80th birthday, Andreas Frank wins the JukeBoxx NewMusic Award and William Mayer dies at the age of 91. 

The Guardian

Six in 10 classical music workers harassed, UK survey finds

Incorporated Society of Musicians study finds 70% of self-employed workers in industry said they had been harassed.

What can we learn from an orchestra of broken instruments?

Grammy award-winning composer David Lang assembled a unique symphony to showcase damaging cuts in funding to a Philadelphia school district.

Music Teacher

Creative industries growing at twice the rate of the economy

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced that the creative industries made a record contribution to the economy in 2016.

Classical Music

In celebration of Artur Korn’s 80th birthday

Happy 80th birthday to the distinguished bass Artur Korn, who was born in Wuppertal, Germany, on 4 December in 1937.

The Strad

Tourte bow demolishes price records in French auction

Violin bow by François Xavier Tourte sells for €576,600 (c.$687,000) at Vichy Enchères the day after same house breaks record for violin by Vuillaume.

Forbes

Why Spotify And Tencent Music May Swap Stock

It’s been reported that Spotify and China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group are in talks to acquire 10% of each other, and should the deal go down, there’s no other way to look at it than as a strategic maneuver that has nothing to do with their subscribers.

The New York Times

William Mayer, Wide-Ranging Composer, Is Dead at 91

William Mayer, a prolific composer who ranged from orchestral and chamber music to choral works, operas and more, died at his home in Manhattan on Nov. 17, the day before his 92nd birthday.

Der Tagesspiegel

Stardirigent James Levine soll Jugendlichen missbraucht haben

New Yorker Metropolitan Opera untersucht Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegen Stardirigenten James Levine. Der frühere Musikdirektor soll einen Jugendlichen jahrelang missbraucht haben. 

Epoch Times

Orgelbau: Traditionelle europäische Kulturform soll Welterbe der Menschheit werden

Nicht nur Kirchen, auch große Konzertsäle füllt sie mit ihrem Klang. Nun könnten Orgelbau und Orgelmusik von der Unesco zum immateriellen Kulturerbe der Menschheit erklärt werden.

Klassik.com

Andreas Frank gewinnt Preis für Gegenwartsmusik und Medienkunst

Der Komponist Andreas Frank hat den diesjährigen JukeBoxx NewMusic Award erhalten. 

Le Figaro

Accusé d’agression sexuelle, James Levine suspendu par le Metropolitan Opera de New York

Un homme resté anonyme a déclaré à la police que le directeur musical honoraire du «Met» de New York avait abusé de lui lorsqu’il était adolescent, dans les années 1980.

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 Premiere von , inszeniert von Marcel Keller . “Stark einsturzgfährdet” meint Kritiker

Image: One of the 1,500 instruments that will be part of the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra. © The Guardian/Courtesy of Temple Contemporary

(Written on December 4, 2017 )

In today’s news: New musical director steps up for first concert with Guisborough Choral Society, New Record set for Vuillaume violin once owned by Eugène Ysaÿe, Canberra International Music Festival has unveiled its 2018 programme. A shoulder operation is forcing conductor Zubin Mehta, 81, to take a break for at least three months. Beat Fehlmann to be the new artistic director of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.

Darlington and Stockton Times

New musical director steps up for first concert with Guisborough Choral Society

Rebecca Johnson will lead the group’s performance of Handel’s Messiah on 9th December.

Music Week

Spotify’s Who We Be live event becomes a riotous success

The company is set to make sold-out show a yearly event in London.

The Strad

New Record set for Vuillaume violin once owned by Eugène Ysaÿe

Vichy Enchères sale of Bernard Millant collection sees J.B.Vuillaume reach €260,000.

Limelight

Canberra International Music Festival 2018 unveiled

Canberra International Music Festival has unveiled its 2018 programme, with medieval harpist and performer Benjamin Bagby’s Beowulf and a large-scale performance of Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt among the highlights.

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Zubin Mehta takes break after shoulder operation

A shoulder operation is forcing conductor Zubin Mehta, 81, to take a break for at least three months. Mehta has cancelled all concerts and opera performances.

Christian Thielemann bleibt bis 2024 in Dresden

Der Freistaat Sachsen konnte Christian Thielemann (58) um weitere fünf Jahre als Chefdirigent der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden verpflichten.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Progressiv und traditionell

Heute beginnt das 2. Jazzfest der Fabrik in Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen. Es treten die Eva Klesse Quartett und die Roman Babik Urban Wedding Band auf. Das ist aber nicht alles.

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Beat Fehlmann neuer Intendant

Seit heute steht fest, wer die Nachfolge von Michael Kaufmann als Intendant der Deutschen Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz antreten wird: Beat Fehlmann.

nmz

BR-Intendant: Frequenztausch für Jugendwelle noch nicht beschlossen

«Ich habe in dieser Frage bisher nichts in Bewegung gesetzt», sagte der BR-Intendant Ulrich Wilhelm am Donnerstag in München. Er sei weiter im Gespräch mit den Verlegern und den privaten Rundfunkbetreibern.

france musique

L’édition de la dernière chance pour le festival Avenches Opéra ?

En grande difficulté financière, le festival Avenches Opéra, qui se tient en Suisse, proposera une toute nouvelle formule pour son édition 2018. Son président, Jean-Pierre Kratzer, espère sauver l’événement avec un programmation qui se veut grand public.

Platea Magazine

Zubin Mehta suspende su agenda por espacio de al menos tres meses, por una operación en su hombro

Según ha informado el Teatro alla Scala de Milán, afectado por dicha cancelación, el maestro Zubin Mehta ha suspendido su agenda durante al menos los próximos tres meses, para someterse a una intervención en su espalda, con la consiguiente recuperación.

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Pizzicato Magazine @PizzicatoMag Zürcher Kammerorchester meldet Rekordzahlen

BR Klassik @BR_KLASSIK und – das neue für die ?

 

Zubin Metha (c) Simone Donati

(Written on December 1, 2017 )

In today’s news: David Lewis leaves Opera Australia after child sexual abuse allegations, classical music events app Jubal goes online, ECM Records makes entire catalogue available on streaming platforms. Also, San Francisco Opera presents the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West, Brexit-Big-Band goes on tour and the French organist Michel Chapius is dead.

The Guardian

Singer David Lewis leaves Opera Australia after child sexual abuse charges

Allegations against 58-year-old tenor and longstanding member of nation’s top opera company date back to the 1990s.

BBC Music Magazine

ECM launches entire catalogue to major streaming platforms

Having previously resisted making their content available on streaming services, ECM Records have now launched on Apple Music, Spotify and more.

Opera Wire

British Opera Director Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Sexual harassment scandals continue the opera world as British theater and opera director Ramin Gray has been accused of sexually molesting a number of actresses.

Classical Music

Classical music events app launched

The new Jubal app allows users to access details of classical music concerts involving specific artists, venues and dates.

Delia Derbyshire honoured with posthumous PhD

Delia Derbyshire, best known as creator of the Doctor Who theme tune, will be awarded an honorary PhD from Coventry University for her contribution to electronic music.

The Herald

Former RSNO chief to lead Los Angeles Philharmonic

The former chief executive of Scotland’s national orchestra is to lead one of the world’s most prestigious ensembles.

Broadway World

San Francisco Opera presents World Premiere of GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST

On November 21, San Francisco Opera will present the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West, the newest opera by American composer John Adams.

nmz

EU-Austritt vertont: Brexit-Big-Band geht auf Tour

Während sich die Politik darum streitet, wie der EU-Austritt Großbritanniens aussehen soll, hat ein Künstler den Brexit bereits musikalisch interpretiert.

Klassik.com

Französischer Organist Michel Chapuis gestorben

Chapuis war vor allem als Spezialist für das Barockrepertoire bekannt; so machte er sich als einer der führenden Interpreten der Orgelwerke von Dietrich Buxtehude und Johann Sebastian Bach einen Namen.

Musik Heute

Mehr Orgeln von Schimmel befallen – Experten erforschen Ursachen

Seit 20 Jahren rätseln Organisten, Kantoren und Restauratoren immer öfter über Schimmel an historischen Orgeln. Die Ursachen seien vielfältig und nicht pauschal auf Klimaveränderungen zu reduzieren.

Codex Flores

Die Umwegrentabilität des Lucerne Festivals

Laut einer Studie der Universität St. Gallen beläuft sich der volkswirtschaftliche Mehrwert, den Lucerne Festival in der Region schafft, auf jährlich rund 22,6 Millionen Franken.

Pizzicato

Christoph Heesch gewinnt Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreis

Die Jury des Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreises hat den Preis dem jungen Cellisten Christoph Heesch verliehen. « Er überzeugte nicht nur durch sein intensives und facettenreiches Spiel, sondern auch durch ein innovatives Aufnahme-Konzept für seine Debüt CD », heißt es in einer Mitteilung.

Platea Magazin

José Bros celebra con un recital los 25 años de su debut en el Liceu de Barcelona

El próximo 26 de noviembre el tenor barcelonés celebrará los 25 años de su debut en el Gran Teatro del Liceu, desde que cantara Anna Bolena de forma un tanto inesperada junto a la soprano Edita Gruberova.

France Musique

Le milieu de la musique classique réagit après les réformes chocs du ministère de la Culture

Le document confidentiel du ministère de la Culture que France Musique a pu se procurer fait réagir le milieu de la musique classique. Entre inquiétude et incompréhension, les principaux intéressés regrettent la vision exclusivement comptable des réformes envisagées.

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  in 1937 FP of ‘s 5th Symphony with Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Image © BBC Music Magazine

(Written on November 21, 2017 )

In today’s’ news: Aled Jones and the harassment claim, Cecilia Bartoli becomes the first female singer to record with the Sistine Chapel Choir, Spotify’s UK operation is about to get bigger. A 9-year old is conducting in France for a good cause, there is a strike at the Basque orchestra. Women dominate the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards. The Bavarian art awards go to a percussionist and a guitar player. In Zwickau, there is the renewal of the theatre is progressing as the architects have been let go. Also, fake concerts in Russia used for embezzlement. And René Kollo turns 80.

The Times

Aled Jones says sorry but denies harassment claim

Aled Jones, who gained fame as a choirboy, will not be on the BBC while a claim is investigated.

Classic FM

Cecilia Bartoli becomes the first woman to record with the Sistine Chapel Choir

Cecilia Bartoli has become the first female singer to record with the world-famous choir of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

Classical Music

NYO reveals 70th anniversary season

The National Youth Orchestra has announced it’s 2018 season, which will launch with the ensemble’s first performance of a complete opera.

Choir and Organ

Paul Spicer celebrates 25 years with Birmingham Bach Choir

Conductor Paul Spicer will celebrate 25 years leading Birmingham Bach Choir with a special anniversary concert on 30 November 2017 at Birmingham Town Hall.

Music Teacher

Royal College of Music to unveil new Flentrop organ

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is to unveil its new organ in spring 2018.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify to double UK workforce as it moves to 60,000 sq ft London office.

Spotify’s UK operation is about to get a lot bigger.

The Irish Times

Women dominate the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards

The list of winners represents a shift in the scales of traditional music, with four of the six individual awards going to women.

Pizzicato

Fake Hvorostovsky concerts used for embezzlement

Russian police is investigating a case in which fake concerts by baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky were used by the General Director of the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic for embezzlement, the Russian magazine M Celebrity reports.

Nmz

Zwickauer Theaterbau: Sanierung läuft trotz Streits weiter

Die Sanierung der wichtigsten Spielstätte des Theaters Plauen-Zwickau geht trotz Kündigung des Architekten weiter. 

Concerti

Vom Schlagerstar zum Heldentenor

Im Opernbereich ist René Kollo eine Ausnahmeerscheinung: Kaum einem Sänger gelang es bislang, eine derartige Karriere als Heldentenor hinzulegen – und zuvor in der leichten Muse zum Star zu avanciert haben.

Klassik.com

Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis für Vivi Vassileva und Johannes Öllinger

Die Perkussionistin Vivi Vassileva sowie der Gitarrist Johannes Öllinger sind mit dem Bayerischen Kunstförderpreis 2017 in der Sparte Musik ausgezeichnet worden.

Pianist Viktor Soos gewinnt Lübecker Possehl-Wettbewerb

Der Pianist Viktor Soos hat beim Possehl-Wettbewerb der Lübecker Musikhochschule, der in diesem Jahr zum 54. Mal ausgetragen wurde, den ersten Preis gewonnen. 

El Mundo

El comité de la OSE pide la implicación de Bingen Zupiria en el conflicto

El comité de empresa de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi(OSE) ha reclamado hoy la implicación del consejero vasco de Cultura, Bingen Zupiria, en el conflicto que ha llevado a la sinfónica vasca a la huelga, cuya primera jornada se celebra hoy.

France musique

Nino, 9 ans, dirige l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France pour la journée mondiale des enfants

Dans le cadre de la campagne vidéo lancée par l’Unicef pour la Journée mondiale des enfants, Mikko Franck a cédé son pupitre à Nino, 9 ans, à la tête de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, le temps d’une répétition.

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in 1911 FP of Gustav ’s Das Lied Von Der Erde

Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images

(Written on November 20, 2017 )