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In today’s news: Dutch pianist experiences sudden fame on Spotify, listen to Putin’s piano performance and Queen Elizabeth Competition announced semi-finalists. Carolin Widmann and baritone Christian Gerhaher receive Bavarian State Prize for Music, and Martin Fröst becomes principal conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

The Telegraph

‘Music Is at Its Most Beautiful when It’s Painful’: Graham Vick, the Man Saving Opera in Britain

On the lawn at Glyndebourne, looking towards a clump of silver birch and lime trees in the distance, Graham Vick gives me some advice: “If you’re not happy with your life, plant some seeds and grow the world you want to live in.”

The Guardian

From Kitchen Composer to Spotify Star – Dutch Pianist Hits Big Time

A Dutch amateur musician has given up his day job after seeing his self-released recordings streamed online more than 85 million times.

The Strad

Queen Elisabeth Competition 2017 Names 24 Cello Semi-Finalists

The 24 international cellists are competing for a grand prize of €25,000 in Brussels from 8 May to 3 June 2017

Classical Music Magazine

NYOS Announces 2017 Colin MacLean Bursary Fund Recipient

The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland has awarded the 2017 Colin MacLean Bursary Fund to French horn player Diana Sheach.

The Violin Channel

Zurich University Announces Appointment of 2 New String Faculty Teachers

The Zurich University of the Arts has announced the appointment of violinists Alexander Sitkovetsky and Sergey Malov to their string teaching faculty

Classic FM

Vladimir Putin Just Played The Piano In Between Meetings… And It Was Not Impressive

The Russian president took a couple of minutes out ahead of bilateral talks with the Chinese President Xi Jinping… to play the piano.

NMZ

München: Rundfunk- und Medienrat lehnen Bayerischer Musikrat-Vertreter ab

Der Bayerische Musikrat als Spitzenorganisation der Musik in Bayern erhebt Einspruch gegen die Ablehnung der von ihm benannten Vertreter als wahlberechtigte Mitglieder im Rundfunkrat und Medienrat.

Klassik.com

Bayerischer Staatspreis für Christian Gerhaher und Carolin Widmann

Die Geigerin Carolin Widmann und der Bariton Christian Gerhaher sind mit dem diesjährigen Bayerischen Staatspreis für Musik ausgezeichnet worden. Die Preisverleihung fand im Münchner Cuvilliés-Theater statt.

Musik Heute

Martin Fröst wird Chefdirigent des Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Der schwedische Klarinettist und Dirigent Martin Fröst wird neuer Chefdirigent des Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Der 46-Jährige übernimmt zur Saison 2019/20 die Nachfolge von Thomas Dausgaard, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit.

Ottawa Citizen

Music students win big at NAC Orchestra bursary competition

Music students studying in Ottawa and Gatineau won more than $20,000 in prizes this week during the 37th annual National Arts Centre Orchestra’s 2017 Bursary Competition.

El Mundo

Rebelión en los conservatorios

Profesores interinos en huelga tocan sus instrumentos ante la Delegación de Educación en Jaén este miércoles.

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“Alle waren von der Schönheit des Raums in den Bann geschlagen.” – Den hat es wohl bei uns gefallen!

  in 1792 Opening of Teatro la Fenice in Venice

 

Carolin Widmann, © Steffen Leiprecht

(Written on May 16, 2017 )

In today’s news: Juillard School named Argus Quartet as Juilliard’s New Graduate Resident String Quartet, and look at the new Steinway piano. The Kulturpalast Dresden reopened last friday, and Douglas Bostock will leave Argovia Philharmonic in 2019. Antonello Manacorda fills in for Elbphilharmonics principal conductor Thomas Hengelbrock, and the Barber of Seville in the Hong Kong Opera.

The Violin Channel

Argus Quartet Announced as Juilliard’s New Graduate Resident String Quartet

The Juilliard School in New York has today announced the appointment of the Argus Quartet as their new graduate resident string quartet.

 Classic FM

This new Mussorgsky-themed Steinway piano is utterly stunning to look at

Designed by Steinway artist Paul Wyse and based on ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, this Steinway Model D grand piano is completely crazy, in the best possible way.

The Strad

Ask the Experts: can beginner violin lessons be given by a cellist?

Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to our experts.

The Guardian

Fight the Power: which songs define Trump’s first 100 days?

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has ridiculed the president by releasing a scathing Spotify playlist.

Berliner Zeitung

Dresden  – Der alte Kulturpalast ist nach fünf Jahren Umbauzeit fertig

Die Quälerei hat ein Ende, die Musiker können aufatmen. Sie können spielen, sie werden überall gehört.

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Douglas Bostock verlässt ‘Argovia Philharmonic’ 2019

Das Schweizer Orchester ‘Argovia Philharmonic’ in Aarau hat den in der Saison 2017/18 auslaufenden Vertrag mit seinem Chefdirigenten Douglas Bostock um ein weiteres Jahr verlängert. Der 1955 geborene Brite will aber 2019 nach 18 Jahren seine Tätigkeit in Aarau beenden.

Klassik-heute

Antonello Manacorda übernimmt Dirigate von Thomas Hengelbrock

Thomas Hengelbrock ist erkrankt und musste seine Auftritte mit dem NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester am 4., 5. und 7. Mai absagen. Für ihn übernimmt Antonello Manacorda die Leitung der Konzerte in der Elbphilharmonie.

Le Parisien

Strasbourg: le métal investit pour la première fois une scène d’opéra en France

Plusieurs centaines d’amateurs de heavy metal se trouvaient rassemblés samedi soir à l’Opéra national du Rhin (OnR) à Strasbourg pour assister à Metal Oper’Art, premier festival du genre en France, a constaté un journaliste de l’AFP.

South China Morning Post

Rossini as rom-com: Opera Hong Kong sets The Barber of Seville in Hollywood’s golden age

Director turns to the theatre of Hollywood musicals for production of Rossini comic opera, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Lauricella, making her Asian debut, relishes the challenge of singing Rosina, gutsy girl in a man’s world.

The Irish Times

National Concert Hall needs to go beyond classical music

‘The building looks imposing, officious. Getting people in the door is a big thing’

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30 Death of a cutting-edge Finn composer

2 Klarinettist Eduard Brunner gestorben

 

Classic FM

 

(Written on May 2, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: applications open for third Institute for Women Conductors residency. To boo or not to boo? Royal Opera music chief defends vocal crowds, and The New Viral #MaskOffChallenge Turns Future’s Rap Into Masterful Classical Music. Young Euro Classic this year to include cinematic music, Spotify permits a payment for new albums, and Leipzig is to name a square in honour of the Gewandhausorchester Kapellmeister Kurt Masur. Cellist forced to leave American Airlines flight as his instrument poses ‘safety risk’ and Renée Fleming – “Rosenkavalier” may well be her farewell to staged opera.

Classical Music Magazine

Applications open for third Institute for Women Conductors residency

Women conductors from around the world are invited to apply for the third residency of the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors (IWC), which will run 6-18 November 2017 at Dallas Opera.

TIME

The New Viral #MaskOffChallenge Turns Future’s Rap Into Masterful Classical Music

In the challenge, musicians cover the rap track with live classical renditions of their own, masterfully playing everything from flutes to violins, saxophones, cellos, and trombones.

The Guardian

To boo or not to boo? Royal Opera music chief defends vocal crowds

To boo or not to boo at the opera? The Royal Opera House would rather audiences did not but its music director, Sir Antonio Pappano, believes there is an exception.
Financial Times

How the music industry came back to life

Music was among the first industries to be digitally disrupted and music labels were badly hurt. So their recovery in developed markets (piracy remains widespread elsewhere) has useful lessons for others.

The Violin Channel

Thomastik Announce Launch of New Solo Cello Strings

Thomastik-Infeld Vienna has announced at the Messe Frankfurt musical trade fair, in Germany, the launch of the new Versum Solo Cello A & D strings

Der Tagesspiegel

Jugendorchester im Konzerthaus

Young Euro Classic diesmal mit Filmmusik

Skandalbaustelle Staatsoper Berlin

Notfalls dirigiert Barenboim auf einer Baustelle

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Spotify – Neue Alben werden erstmal kostenpflichtig

Der Streaming-Marktführer Spotify hat dem jahrelangen Druck der Musikbranche nachgegeben und lässt zu, dass neue Alben zunächst nur in der kostenpflichtigen Premium-Version verfügbar sein werden.

klassik.com

Leipzig soll einen Kurt-Masur-Platz erhalten

Ehrung für den ehemaligen Gewandhaus-Kapellmeister

The New York Times

The Diva Departs: Renée Fleming’s Farewell to Opera

For Renée Fleming, the superstar soprano who will sing the Marschallin at the Met, and for music, this really is the end of an era: This “Rosenkavalier” may well be her farewell to staged opera

The Strad

Cellist forced to leave American Airlines flight as his instrument poses ‘safety risk’

John Kaboff had boarded the flight from Washington DC to Chicago when the pilot asked that he leave the 737 aircraft, he says.

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BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Lauter neue Komponisten: Der Chor des BR stellt das Programm der Konzertsaison 2017/18 vor

klassik.com @klassikcom Große des Wiener Stephansdoms wird restauriert

Kurt Masur, © Sasha Gusov

(Written on April 6, 2017 )

In today’s news: The Royal Opera House and Shubbak Festival have announced a London residency for Arab composers, and Facebook takes on Spotify and YouTube in the world of music streaming. Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne have announced an ‘one-off’ Hamlet event, and a group of Manchester musicians carry their new music video into new digital realms.

Classical Music Magazine

ROH and Shubbak Festival announce residency for Arab composers

The Royal Opera House and Shubbak Festival, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Festival, have announced a London residency for Arab composers.

Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne collaborate on Hamlet event

Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne have announced a one-off event which will examine the appeal of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook set to Challenge YOUTUBE and Spotify with ‘comprehensive music strategy’

‘The prospect of Facebook taking on the likes of Spotify and YouTube in the world of music streaming is no longer a matter of ‘if’ – it’s a matter of ‘when’.

WOSU

Taking Classical Music to Contemporary and Unusual Spaces

After completing the more-than-7-mile trek up a dormant volcano in Kruzof Island, Alaska, Bailey performed Bach on his fiber carbon cello.

BBC News Beat

The music video that changes each time you click play

This Manchester band’s new music video is configured so that you’ll never see the same thing twice.

Klassik.com

Schleswig-Holstein: 6 Millionen Euro für Sanierung der Musik- und Kongresshalle Lübeck

Das Land Schleswig-Holstein greift der Stadt Lübeck bei der Sanierung der Musik- und Kongresshalle mit weiteren bis zu sechs Millionen Euro unter die Arme.

Neue Musikzeitung

Die Stones kommen an der Freiburger Universität ins Archiv

Vor 55 Jahren haben sich die Rolling Stones gegründet. Die britische Rockband hat seither Musikgeschichte geschrieben. Nun kommen die Stones in Freiburg an die Universität: Die Hochschule beherbergt ihren Angaben zufolge künftig eines der weltweit ersten und größten Rolling-Stones-Archive.

Musik Heute

Bis zwölf Jahre Wartezeit für ein Abo: Wiener Philharmoniker werden 175

Die Wiener Philharmoniker sind gefragt wie nie. Allein im März haben die Musiker in den USA, in Deutschland, in Wien und in Paris mehr als zehn Vorstellungen. Am (heutigen) Dienstag feiert das renommierte Orchester sein 175. Jubiläum.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Boykott von Brexit-Befürwortern?

Der “Iron Maiden”-Sänger Bruce Dickinson will unbedingt raus aus der EU. Wenn Rock-Idole für den Brexit stimmen, geraten Fans in eine Zwickmühle.

Classical Source

Tudor Mass experience created in chapel visited by Henry VIII, for the first time in nearly 500 years

The unique sound of a Tudor Lady Mass has been created for the chapel where Henry VIII would have heard it, almost 500 years ago.

Neue Zurcher Zeitung

Mendelssohn: Romantiker oder Protestant?

Noch heute wird hauptsächlich der Romantiker Mendelssohn bewundert – der protestantische Kirchenmusik-Komponist hat es schwer. Das Freiburger Barockorchester versucht unter Pablo Heras-Casado den Brückenschlag.

Le Monde

Le chef d’orchestre Louis Frémaux est mort à 95 ans

Prédécesseur de Simon Rattle à l’Orchestre symphonique de Birmingham, il a porté la musique française en terre britannique.

Le Figaro

Trois questions à…Pascal Nègre

Seigneur de la pop, du rap, de l’électro et du rock, Pascal Nègre impose à nouveau son jeu, un an après son départ forcé d’Universal Music France.

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BBC Music Magazine  Is Britain really at the forefront of choral music? makes the argument for a new approach

Music History   in 1842 First official performance of the Orchestra

Image: WOSU

(Written on March 28, 2017 )

In today’s news: Dubai and BBC Proms strike for the globalisation of classical music, Maestro Anton Coppolla (100) leads Opera Tampa in concert, finalists for Windsor Festival International String announced, Spotify signs new licensing deals, New Bedford Symphony Picks Israeli Conductor, an interview with Generalmusikdirektor of Deutschen Oper Berlin Donald Runnicles, and International Bach Academy will perform on Bach’s 332 birthday on next Tuesday. Wednesday was a big day for the New York Philharmonic, both onstage and in its offices, and Nottingham elementary school student Matthew Smith is dreaming of conducting his own orchestra.

The National

Dubai and BBC Proms strike a chord for the globalisation of classical music

In Nairobi, children kick a football down the street pretending to be Ronaldo. In London, K-pop is on MTV. And in an Abu Dhabi mall, a queue forms outside the latest bubble-­tea cafe. We have all become familiar with the continuous creep of globalisation. So it’s not surprising that, like other industries, classical music hasn’t been left behind.

Musicalchairs

100 Year Old Conductor, Maestro Anton Coppola to Lead Opera Tampa in Concert, 3/25

March 21, 2017 marks the 100th birthday of Maestro Anton Coppola, the conductor and composer whose career has spanned from singing in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus for the American premiere of Puccini’s Turandot at age 9 to – 91 years later – conducting his own an alternate ending for Puccini’s unfinished masterpiece, one of two new works to be premiered on March 25th at Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young.

The Strad

Windsor Festival International String Competition names three finalists

The sixth Windsor Festival International String Competition has announced the three violinists selected to perform in tomorrow’s final, held in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle, UK.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify to sign new licensing deals with major labels ‘within weeks’?

It’s been nearly two years since Spotify fell out of a long-term licensing deal with Universal Music Group.

Rhinegold

Britten-Pears Foundation appoints Sir Vernon Ellis as chair

The Britten–Pears Foundation has appointed Sir Vernon Ellis as its new chair. He will succeed Nick Prettejohn, who is to step down in early June after eight years in post.

Pizzicato

New Bedford Symphony Picks Israeli Conductor

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (Massachusetts) has announced Yaniv Dinur as its new music director.

Der Tagesspiegel

„Wagner machte mich zu dem, der ich bin“

Abschied von Götz Friedrichs „Ring“: Donald Runnicles, Generalmusikdirektor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, über alte und neue Nibelungen, die Liebe zu Benjamin Britten und seine Vertragsverlängerung

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Das ist sehr sadistisch

Er spielt Beethoven und Strawinsky, nebenbei entwirft er Schuhe und Parfums. Theodor Currentzis gilt als Ausnahme unter den Dirigenten und reist mit eigenem Ensemble.

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„Mont Blanc der Kirchenmusik“

Am 21.3.2017 feiert Johann Sebastian Bach seinen 332. Geburtstag. Die Internationale Bachakademie begeht diesen Tag mit der Aufführung eines seiner bedeutendsten Werke, der „h-Moll-Messe“

The New York Times

New Concerto, New Leader: A Big Day at the New York Philharmonic

Wednesday was a big day for the New York Philharmonic, both onstage and in its offices.

WQXR.org

This 11-Year-Old British Boy is Set to Make his Conducting Debut (Video)

While his fellow 11-year-olds are playing video games or daring one another to eat stomach-churning food combinations, Nottingham elementary school student Matthew Smith is dreaming of conducting his own orchestra.

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Classical Music News  John Malkovich: ‘Politics has gone through a portal into an alternate universe’

klassik.com Haydn Bozen und Trient 2017 erhält 2,7 Millionen Euro

Image: Broadwayworld

(Written on March 17, 2017 )

In today’s news, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) receives a generous grant of $600,000 from the Dresner Foundation, and Spotify has surpassed 50 million subscribers, extending its lead over rivals Apple Music, SoundCloud and Google as the world’s largest paid music streaming service. The New School’s College of Performing Arts in New York will adopt the tiny but influential experimental music hub, The Stone, and Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians will get the chance to spend three to six months in Leipzig, Germany.

The New York Times

Boston-Leipzig Exchange: Andris Nelsons’ Orchestras Collaborate

Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians will get the chance to spend three to six months in Leipzig, Germany, performing with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Leipzig Opera, and playing Sunday cantatas at St. Thomas’s Church, where Bach was the cantor.

The Stone, an Influential Music Space, to Move to the New School

The Stone, a tiny but influential performance space that has been a fixture of the New York experimental music scene since it opened in 2005, has a new home. Its founder and artistic director, the composer John Zorn, announced on Wednesday that it will move from the East Village to Greenwich Village and take up residence at the New School’s College of Performing Arts.

Neil Ferris appointed as new BBC Symphony Chorus director

He will join the ensemble in May 2017 and will be responsible for steering its vocal and artistic development as well as leading its relationships with Radio 3, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor Sakari Oramo, and the BBC Proms. His first project will be to prepare the ensemble for its annual appearance at the First Night of the BBC Proms.

Pizzicato

Grant Of $600,000 Boasts Detroit Symphony’s Education Program

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced that it has received a generous grant of $600,000 from the Dresner Foundation to provide comprehensive music education for underserved youth in Detroit. The grant will enable the DSO’s Wu Family Academy to launch a new, free entry-level program to be named the Dresner Foundation Allegro Ensemble in addition to expanding the reach of its Educational Concert Series and Classroom Edition webcasts.

International Arts Manager

Young Chinese pianist speaks out after sexist online tirade

A 25-year Chinese pianist has spoken out following a stream of sexist comments after she caught public attention by playing Rachmaninov’s arrangement of Flight of the Bumblebee on two pianos simultaneously in a video that was shared by British radio station Classic FM.

Bloomberg Technology

Spotify Hits 50 Million Paid Subscribers, Lifting Music Industry

Spotify has surpassed 50 million subscribers, extending its lead over rivals Apple Music, SoundCloud and Google as the world’s largest paid music streaming service.

Berliner Morgenpost

Janine Jansen überrascht mit ihrem Mozart-Spiel

NHK Symphony Orchestra gastiert in der Philharmonie

Der Tagesspiegel

Hals über Kopf

Voller Emotion und mit stupender Technik: Die russische Sopranistin Julia Lezhneva singt im Konzerthaus Arien von Vivaldi und Rossini

concerti

„Geht das so weiter oder hängt die CD?“

Klarinettist Andreas Ottensamer hört und kommentiert CDs von Kollegen, ohne dass er erfährt, wer spielt

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

Virtuosic Listening: Vicky Chow’s Aorta on New Amsterdam

Pianist and chamber musician Vicky Chow has been taking careful steps in not only performing contemporary works for piano and electronics but by establishing herself and her practice

WXQR

20 Classical Music Recordings to Help You Study

We’ve decided to put together a list of classical pieces that will keep you calm when studying, but also keep your gears moving

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Classical Music News  Scottish festival funding announced

Music History   in 1875 FP of ‘s opera Carmen, at the Opera Comique, in Paris.


Image: The New York Times. John Zorn, left, with Richard Kessler, the executive dean for performing arts at the New School.

(Written on March 3, 2017 )

In today’s news, Joshua Bell is teaming up with Sony Playstation to launch a brand new virtual reality music experience, and an interview with German soprano Simone Kermes, and an exhibition on Siegfried Wagner and his personality. Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (SHMF) takes place from 1st July to 27th August, Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick announce 2017-18 season, and Bobbi McFerren conducts and sings Vivaldi’s double cello concerto. One of Britain’s foremost orchestras is setting up the Hallé Music Free School, and Spotify begins to produce its own content beginning with three music-themed shows.

The Times

Orchestra’s new free school will give pupils a rousing education

One of Britain’s foremost orchestras is setting up the Hallé Music Free School, which promises an outstanding music education at a state school.

Music Week

Attitude Is Everything CEO Suzanne Bull appointed Government’s sector champion to the music industry

Attitude Is Everything CEO Suzanne Bull has been appointed as sector champion for the music industry to drive forward the Government’s ambition to tackle the issues faced by disabled people as consumers.

Classical Music Magazine

Leeds Lieder 2017 to explore ‘Songs of Travel’

The festival, which will take place 21-23 April, will open with a recital by baritone Simon Keenlyside and pianist and Festival artistic director Joseph Middleton, featuring Schubert’s Schwanengesang, excerpts from Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel, and songs by Sibelius.

The Guardian

Chaucer, the opera: how to make Middle English sing

Immersing himself in Chaucer’s world to write the libretto for the Tale of Januarie, Stephen Plaice found plenty of inspiration in its vivacity and unabashed bawdiness, and a writer who still has plenty to teach us today.

Tech Radar

Spotify enters the realm of original podcasts with three music-based series

It’s been a while since Spotify introduced the ability to stream podcasts through its app, but it’s now taking the next logical step and producing its own content, with the introduction of three music-themed shows.

USA Today

Joshua Bell: VR could popularize classical music

Superstar Grammy-winning violinist Joshua Bell is teaming up with Sony Playstation to launch a brand new virtual reality music experience on PlayStation VR.

Die Morgenpost

Simone Kermes: “Wer geht heute schon noch in die Oper?”

Am Dienstag tritt sie im Konzerthaus auf: Simone Kermes ist die Lady Gaga der Klassik. Und glaubt nicht mehr an deren Zukunft.

Der Tagesspiegel

Bayreuther Beziehungskisten

Wer war Siegfried Wagner? Ein Genie im Schatten? Ein politischer Duckmäuser? Das Schwule Museum Berlin begibt sich auf Spurensuche

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Musikalische Grenzen sprengen

In diesem Jahr stellt das Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (SHMF) vom 1. Juli bis zum 27. August den israelischen Mandolinenvirtuosen Avi Avital ins Zentrum seines Programms

WQXR Blog

Watch: Bobby McFerrin Conducts — and Sings — Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto

Bobby McFerrin possesses a malleable, fluid talent that’s allowed him to make a statement in a number of diverse musical stylings

boradwayworld.com

Philadelphia Orchestra and Director Yannick Announce 2017-18 Season – Tosca, WEST SIDE STORY and More!

Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and President and CEO Allison Vulgamore today released The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2017-18 season.

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Classical Music News‏  Death of a vital Italian modernist

Music History   in 1876 FP of Edvard ‘s incidental music for Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt.

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(Written on February 24, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, Rory Kinnear talks about directing a brand new opera, and Naxos closes its failed streaming platform after only a year. Violinist Annelle Gregory wins the 2017 Sphinx Competition, on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, the 2017 Grammy Awards in Classical Music were announced, and is streaming changing the cultural impact of music?

The Guardian

Rory Kinnear on his opera debut: ‘If it’s a disaster, I apologise’

He’s played Macheath, an M16 chief and Mr Thatcher, but can he breathe life into a brand new opera? Rory Kinnear explains why he agreed to direct The Winter’s Tale – a 400-year-old text that suddenly feels horribly contemporary.

Rhinegold

Naxos closes Classics Online

Naxos has closed its high-audio-quality streaming platform Classics Online just a year after it launched, underlining the financial crisis classical labels face because of the digital technology. Klaus Heymann, Naxos’ owner, said the Singapore-based platform was dogged by technical problems which delayed its launch for a year, and in the interim several other streaming services, such as Apple Music, entered the market.

Inaugural Dare Art Prize winner to explore beyond human hearing

A composer working with sounds below the limits of human hearing has been announced as the winner of the inaugural £15,000 Dare Art Prize.

The Strad

Violinist Annelle Gregory wins 2017 Sphinx Competition $50,000 first prize

The annual Detroit contest, including senior and junior divisions, is open to black and Latino US string players.

Balkan Insight

Classical Music Boosts Bulgaria’s Public Radio

The audience of Bulgarian National Radio has enjoyed a 20 per cent boost in audience figures since a bitter dispute with the Bulgarian copyright society forced it to play only music produced before 1945.

Die Welt

Er war wie ein Trampolin, auf dem die Töne herumhüpften

Er konnte uns auch mit banalsten Versen zum Lächeln bringen, und seine Imitationen aller möglichen Instrumente auf offener Bühne waren ein Naturereignis: Zum Tod des Jazz-Musikers Al Jarreau.

Fono Forum

Dorothea Röschmann und Mitsuko Uchida 

Für das beste klassische Solo-Album haben die Sopranistin Dorothea Röschmann und die Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida einen Grammy erhalten. Mit Liedern von Schumann und Berg überzeugten sie die Jury.

Musik Heute

Über drei Millionen Laienmusiker in Deutschland

In Deutschland sind rund 3,1 Millionen Menschen in einem verbandlich organisierten Laienchor oder -ensemble aktiv. Das entspreche 38 von 1.000 Personen, die in ihrer Freizeit musizieren, teilte das Statistische Bundesamt (Destatis) am Dienstag in Wiesbaden mit.

Classical MPR

2017 Grammy Winners in Classical Music

On Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, the 2017 Grammy Awards in Classical Music were announced. 

The Smart Set

Why Music Ownership Matters

Is the shift from owning songs to streaming them eroding listener loyalty and reducing the cultural impact of music?

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Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ends West End run

Music History @today_classical  in 1880 Birth of Maria .

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Image: Rory Kinnear

(Written on February 14, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Lake District Summer Music cancelled summer school, but will include new series of ‘Young Artist Debut Recitals’. Results of UK Music’s survey on diversity highlight the underrepresentation of Black, Asian, minority ethnic individuals and women in the industry. Rumours have been circulating that SoundCloud is on verge of bankruptcy. Also, in Germany opinions are divided over the Elbphilharmonie following last night’s opening concert, and could Obama soon be working for Spotify?

Classical Music Magazine

Lake District ends summer school after 32 years

Lake District Summer Music, for 32 years a combined festival and summer school for students in Cumbria, is changing its pattern of activity. Public concerts by international figures in the festival are to continue as before, but this year it will include a series of ‘Young Artist Début Recitals’ by selected performers, and no summer school as such.

UK Music reveals diversity survey findings

The results of UK Music’s diversity survey highlight the underrepresentation of BAME individuals and women in the music sector.

Nathalie Stutzmann takes RTÉ principal guest conductor post

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra has named Nathalie Stutzmann as principal guest conductor. The announcement comes just days before she gives her second performance with the ensemble.

The New York Times

Focus! Festival to Highlight Diverse Music of Latin America

This year, the Juilliard School’s annual Focus! festival will look at “Our Southern Neighbors: The Music of Latin America.”

The Violin Channel

Rumours Circulating That SoundCloud Streaming Service on Verge of Bankruptcy

Reports are circulating that SoundCloud is on the verge of bankruptcy – following the presentation of a hemorrhaging $52 million loss.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Merkel: Elbphilharmonie ist fantastischer Konzertsaal

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel hat die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie als fantastischen Konzertsaal bezeichnet. Merkel gehörte zu den 2100 Gästen des Eröffnungskonzertes des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchesters.

Hamburger Abenblatt

Bundespräsident Gauck: “Sie haben Großartiges geleistet”

Der Bundespräsident eröffnet die Elbphilharmonie und ist von ihrer Akustik begeistert. Die Eröffnungsrede im Wortlaut.

Welt

Liebe Hamburger, Weltklasse geht leider anders

Das Eröffnungskonzert sollte die Akustik des neuen Klanghauses zur Geltung bringen. Das ist offenbar misslungen. Es gibt einen Grund, warum der Klang nicht hält, was die Architektur verspricht.

euronews

Une nouvelle ère s’ouvre-t-elle pour les instruments ? Ce violon électrique, d’allure futuriste, a été conçu grâce à une imprimante 3D. 

Une nouvelle ère s’ouvre-t-elle pour les instruments ? Ce violon électrique, d’allure futuriste, a été conçu grâce à une imprimante 3D. Avec son “3Dvarius”, un clin d‘œil au célèbre luthier italien Antonio Stradivari, Laurent Bernadac espère repousser les limites du son.

Le Figaro

Barack Obama, président des playlists pour Spotify ?

La plateforme d’écoute en ligne a publié une offre d’emploi intitulée «président des playlists» qui semble étrangement adaptée au curriculum du 44e président des États-Unis.

Twitter

Elbphilharmonie @elbphilharmonie A moment to remember forever! This is the first official photo of the Grand Hall with guests and orchestra.  https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C16x2tRXUAQAqcO.jpg

Tagesspiegel Berlin @TspBerlin Hamburg leuchtet,Berlin duckt sich weg?Von wegen! über die Vorzüge der Hauptstadt:

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 The Pittsburgh Symphony is back, putting the music scene at full strength – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette https://t.co/m9T8ih4eyt

Photo: BBC Photographer – Guy Levy

(Written on January 12, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy tops the bill in Perth, iHeartRadio launches Spotify rival, and Canadian firm becomes largest provider of classical music television programming. Also, Danish opera chief quits over steep cuts, and Istanbul’s club culture is struggling.

The Courier

Violin virtuoso tops the bill in Perth

Nigel Kennedy, the best-selling classical violinist of all time, has been revealed as the headline act for this year’s Perth Festival of the Arts.

Music Business Worldwide

iHeartRadio Launches Spotify Rival… And It’s A Bit of A Mouthful

iHeartRadio has launched its $9.99 a month Spotify rival: ‘iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster’.

CMUSE

Canadian firm becomes largest provider of classical music television programming

Canadian-based Stingray is to become a leading player in classical music programming for television after it bought out German-based Unitel. Unitel operates the premium TV channel Classica.

The Violin Channel

London Symphony Orchestra Violinist Awarded OBE Queen’s Honour

London Symphony Orchestra sub-leader, violinist Lennox Mackenzie has been awarded an OBE for his services to music.

Choir and Organ Magazine

The Diapason invites nominations for 20 under 30

The Diapason is currently accepting nominations for its ’20 under 30′, which recognises the top achievers in the organ, church music, harpsichord, carillon, and organ-building fields.

POLITIKEN

Endnu en operachef på Det Kongelige giver op

Sven Müller blev operachef for at skabe ro på bagsmækken. Nu går han. Men teatrets øverste chef burde have kæmpet politisk for Operaens kunstnere og ensembler.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Elegante: Nachruf auf Georges Prêtre

Meister des sinnlichen Orchesterklangs: Im Alter von 92 Jahren ist der französische Dirigent Georges Prêtre gestorben.

Musik Heute

Im Konzert eingeschlafen – Brille von Sitznachbarin zerbrochen

Ein 50-jähriger Mann ist während eines Konzerts im Nürnberger Opernhaus eingeschlafen: “Beim Aufwachen zuckte der Mann derart unkontrolliert mit den Armen, dass er ungewollt die Brille seiner Sitznachbarin traf, welche zu Bruch ging.”

Abbados Orchestra Mozart kehrt mit Faust und Haitink zurück

Das von Claudio Abbado über ein Jahrzehnt geprägte Orchestra Mozart tritt fast drei Jahre nach dem Tod des weltbekannten italienischen Dirigenten erstmals wieder auf.

Berliner Zeitung

Die Klubkultur in Istanbul ist am Ende

Sie ist zerrieben zwischen Terrorbedrohung und konservativer Politik.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical  in 1838 Birth of German of Max .

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Breaking: Danish opera chief quits over deep cuts

BBC Music @bbcmusic The winner of is… ! Here’s everything you need to know about her:

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(Written on January 6, 2017 )