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In today’s news: Spotify shares jump to record high, Rosemary Johnson and other leading figures from the classical world are recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, Schott Music and MPI Music Production International are to publish a new Academic Edition of the Complete Works of Tchaikovsky, the 1ooth anniversary of librettist Arrigo Boito, and Spotify algorithms decide what is the best music for you.

Shares in the company scaled a new high on Friday afternoon, jumping as much as 4 per cent to a record high of $172.76. The reason for the sudden jump was not immediately clear, but it came as Recode reported that Spotify has started licensing songs directly from artists and their managers.

Classic FM

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Simon Keenlyside, and Classic FM’s Composer in Residence Debbie Wiseman recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Leading figures from the classical world have been honoured alongside actor Emma Thompson – who’s made a Dame – and author Kazuo Ishiguro, who is given a Knighthood.

Rhinegold

New cohort of Genesis Sixteen singers

The Sixteen has announced the new cohort of Genesis Sixteen singers, and the appointment of Royal Academy of Music student Harry Bradford as conducting scholar for 2018-19.

Schott Music

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – The Project of a Century

Work on the Academic Edition of the Complete Works by P.I. Tchaikovsky has now begun. Comprising about 120 volumes, this edition will be a big undertaking. The first volumes will be published in 2018.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Als hätte man eine zehnte Beethoven-Symphonie entdeckt

Ein verloren geglaubtes Album von John Coltrane ist aufgetaucht. Es ist musikalische Höchstleistung und spirituelle Ekstase in einem.

Neue Musikzeitung

Das «Ruhrepos»-Projekt – Brechts nie realisierte Industrie-Oper

Vor gut 90 Jahren bestellte die Stadt Essen bei Bertolt Brecht und Kurt Weill eine Industrie-Oper.

Concerti

100. Todestag von Arrigo Boito

Legendärer Librettist celebrates 100th anniversary.

El País

Tengo una ‘playlist’ para usted

Los algoritmos de Spotify deciden cuál es la mejor música para ti

Wired

The aural magic of Stanford’s Laptop orchestra

Ten days before the big concert, the members of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra are performing technology triage.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

(Written on June 11, 2018 )

In today’s news: Street musicians are to be paid with contactless cash, a piece on Spotify and censorship, King’s College appoint a new director of music, new YCAT artists are announced and in Washington D.C. 10 Stradivarius instrument are brought together. Sir Simon Rattle says farewell to Berlin, in Halle this years Händel Festival was opened and there is new research about the Spanish roots of Beethoven.

The Times

Where will Spotify’s censorship end?

The announcement this month that Spotify had instituted a new policy to deal with “hate content and hateful conduct” led some to ask: “Where will this end?”

The Telegraph

Buskers to be paid with contactless cards under world’s first scheme of its kind 

Busk in London, a Mayor of London initiative, has partnered with technology company iZettle to hand performers readers that allow them to set a fixed amount of money to donate and accept contactless payments from passers-by.

Link between personalities and music taste unearthed: Opera lovers more likely to be imaginative, study finds

People who like easy-listening music are likely to be talkative and energetic, while opera lovers are more insightful and imaginative, according to scientists.

Choir & Organ

King’s College appoints new director of music

King’s College, Cambridge has appointed Daniel Hyde as new director of music, to take office in October 2019. He will succeed Stephen Cleobury, who has held the post since 1982.

Classical Music

New YCAT artists announced

The Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) has selected three new artists for representation following a final round of auditions at Wigmore Hall.

Early Music Today

Academy of Ancient Music announces new Hogwood fellow

The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has announced that Sandy Burnett is the new Hogwood fellow for 2018-19.

The Strad

Ten Stradivarius instruments brought together for D.C. concert

Washington DC audiences are well acquainted with the concerts presented at the Library of Congress as well as the famed ensemble of Stradivari instruments presented to the Library by Gertrude Clarke Whittall.

Der Tagesspiegel

In ausgelassener Stimmung

Bilanz aus 16 Jahren: Simone Rattle dirigiert in der Waldbühne eines seiner letzten Konzerte als Chef der Berliner Philharmoniker.

Musik heute

Händel-Festspiele Halle mit Feierstunde eröffnet

Mit der traditionellen Feierstunde am Händel-Denkmal auf dem Markt in Halle (Saale) haben am Freitag die Händel-Festspiele in der Geburtsstadt des Barockkomponisten begonnen.

BR-Klassik

Ausgezeichnete Streichinstrumente

Das oberbayerische Mittenwald blickt auf eine lange Geigenbauhistorie zurück. Alle vier Jahre findet dort ein Wettbewerb für die besten Violinen, Violen und Violoncelli statt. Zahlreiche Preise gingen an Werkstätten in Cremona – ebenfalls eine Bastion des Instrumentenbaus.

El País

La abuela española (y alcohólica) de Beethoven

El libro ‘España en los grandes músicos’ explica la influencia de María Josefa Poll en el interés del compositor por la Península.

The New York Times

Interest Grows in a Master of Choral Mystery and Power

The composer Frank Martin (1890-1974) wrote choral works that are perhaps his crowning achievements, including the Mass for Double Choir.

 

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(Written on May 28, 2018 )

In today’s news: Classic BRITs announce sponsors, BBC radio wary of streaming services, queer Korean opera, orchestra performs Prince’s repertoire alongside Questlove, Conductor Currentzis and his „Fokus“-programme in the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Pianists Danae und Kiveli Dörren invite chamber music lovers to their Molyvos Music Festival, and acoustics seem off in the newly opened Elbphilharmonie.

Music Week 

Apple Music, Classic FM and PPL partner with Classic BRITs

The Classic BRIT Awards has revealed its official partners for this year’s ceremony. The awards show, which will air on ITV, takes place on June 13 at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Telegraph 

Radio could be killed by streaming services, head of BBC radio warns

BBC radio is under threat from streaming giants and must reinvent itself to survive, the corporation’s most senior music executive has said.

Classical-music.com

An unusual competition for young musicians

Most people enter a competition in order to win. The Two Moors Festival’s Young Musicians scheme, however, looks for four winners instead of one and provide a mini masterclass to each candidate.

The Guardian

Trojan Women: the Greek tragedy that became a queer Korean opera

A bold new show retells the Euripides classic through traditional pansori, K-pop and the story of ‘comfort women’ in the second world war.

Billboard

4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince Tour Slated for Fall

Prince will be celebrated with the 35-city 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince, comprising of a full symphony orchestra for the first time, playing alongside a live band featuring vocalists.

Broadway World

Pianist Boris Giltburg Joins Pacific Symphony For A Night Of Russian Classical Music

Making his first appearance with Pacific Symphony, Moscow-born Israeli pianist, Boris Giltburg, brings fresh dynamism to one of the world’s best known piano concertos-Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Mehr als ein Dirigent: Der auf den Klippen tanzt

Seit Jahren schafft Teodor Currentzis es schon, die Klassik-Szene in Atem zu halten. Nun beschließt der Dirigent die ihm gewidmete „Fokus“-Reihe in der Alten Oper mit einem Rameau-Programm.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Doktor Faustus

Alfred Huber ist Arzt und im Nebenberuf Komponist.

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Schubert mit Schafen

Die Pianistinnen Danae und Kiveli Dörken laden ihre Künstlerfreunde zum Molyvos Music Festival ein, um auf Lesbos ein rauschendes Fest der Kammermusik zu feiern.

El País

Bioética del instrumento musical

Bernard Sève ahonda en las relaciones entre música y filosofía en un sorprendente ensayo.

The New York Times

Remembering Glenn Branca: Hear 10 of His Essential Works

Glenn Branca died this week at 69. The musician and composer spent decades shaping the worlds of avant-garde rock and contemporary classical music.

nmz

Zumutung oder Offenbarung?

Nicht mehr und nicht weniger als ein gebautes Wunder erwartete die Welt, als am 11. Januar 2017 die Elbphilharmonie ihre Pforten öffnete.

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Prince performs at Skanderborg Festival 2013 in Denmark © PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images

 

 

 

(Written on May 16, 2018 )

In today’s news: Jessye Norman gets RPS gold, first ever saxophonist signed to Decca Classics, Spotify stop promoting or recommending music by artists whose content or conduct it deemed to be offensive, Keith Saunders on photographing musicians for a living, Music festival Lunalia, and winners decided at the German Choir Competition in Freiburg.

Classic FM

Who actually was Jenny Lind, the real-life opera singer in The Greatest Showman?

Nicknamed the ‘Swedish Nightingale’, Jenny Lind was a soprano whose voice was admired by Chopin, Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann.

Jessye Norman awarded Royal Philharmonic Society gold medal at a star-studded ceremony

The legendary American soprano was honoured at the 2018 RPS Music Awards.

The Independent

Can George Benjamin’s opera Lessons in Love and Violence follow the success of Written on Skin? 

The perfectionist composer is again working with director Katie Mitchell and librettist Martin Crimp, to tell the story of Edward II and his lover Gaveston.

Gramophone 

Saxophonist Jess Gillam signs for Decca Classics

19-year-old Gillam becomes the first saxophonist to sign for Decca Classics in the label’s history.

The Guardian 

Sharks love jazz but are stumped by classical, say scientists

A study at Macquarie University in Sydney found that sharks could recognise jazz – if there was food on offer.

The Washington Post

Levine’s recordings withdrawn from Met Opera radio channel

Performances by James Levine were withdrawn from the company’s Sirius XM satellite and online radio channel, a large percentage of the company’s history.

The New York Times

Spotify Pulls R. Kelly and XXXTentacion From Playlists, Stirring a Debate

Spotify, the music industry’s leading streaming service, said on Thursday that it would stop promoting or recommending music by artists whose content or conduct it deemed to be offensive, hoping to quell a furor over the singer R. Kelly but immediately starting another debate over who qualified for the ban.

Limelight

Keith Saunders on shooting musicians for a living

The photographer, whose images will be familiar to anyone who’s been to a Musica Viva concert, takes us behind the scenes in a new exhibition

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Musik-Festival Lunalia: Mit der Kraft des vollen Mondes

Zeitloses in Flandern: Das Stimm-Festival Lunalia entdeckt unter Leitung von Jelle Dierickx die bezaubernde Stadt Mechelen und feiert den Gesang in all seinen Formen.

Welt

Das beste Mittel gegen Sexismus? „Aufhören, Arschlöcher zu hypen“

Christopher Rüping, 32, steht für eine neue Art von Theaterregisseuren: allürenfrei, politisch, mit einem Herz für flache Hierarchien. Nun ist er zu Gast beim Berliner Theatertreffen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Nemanja Radulovic im Konzerthaus: Unbändige Energie

Der serbische Geiger Nemanja Radulovic und sein Ensemble Le Trilles du Diable überzeugen im Konzerthaus.

SWR2

Entscheidungen beim Deutschen Chorwettbewerb in Freiburg – Preise für Mannheimer und Freiburger Chöre

In Freiburg treffen sich bis zum 13. Mai die besten deutschen Laienchöre zum Deutschen Chorwettbewerb.

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Nemanja Radulovic in Dresden © picture alliance / dpa / Arno Burgi

 

(Written on May 11, 2018 )

In today’s news: Spotify remains at a loss despite 75 million paying subscribers, RSNO orchestra to play along viewing of Jaws, combined music-rights database provides more transparency, Crocodiles listen to classical music in MRI scanner, almost half UK orchestral musicians cannot make ends meet, and British conductor Sir Roger Norrington as guest of Deutsches Symphonie Orchester.

Classical Music

Craig Armstrong signs to Decca for new studio album

The award-winning film composer Craig Armstrong OBE is to release a studio album as part of a major new deal with Decca Records.

Music Business Worldwide

Global Music Rights Database Pilot Launched with top music companies

A raft of top music companies including, Warner Music Group, Warner/Chappell, BMG and Global Music Rights, have joined a pilot by tech startup JAAK, which provides a shared data network that aims to create a public record of rights and a fixed audit trail.

Choir and Organ

Genesis Foundation announces premieres inspired by the Eton Choirbook

Harry Christophers & The Sixteen are to premiere new Genesis Foundation commissions by Sir James MacMillan and emerging composers Phillip Cooke, Marco Galvani and Joseph Phibbs.

The Times

Liam Scarlett on remaking Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet

The choreographer tells Debra Craine what to expect of the Royal Ballet’s first new take on the classic for 30 years

Evening Times

Jaws to be screened with live orchestra

The movie is to be projected onto the big screen with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) playing one of cinema’s greatest ever music soundtracks.

 

Science Daily

Crocodiles listen to classical music in MRI scanner

What happens in a crocodile’s brain when it hears complex sounds? An international research team has provided the answer to this question. 

Slipped Disc

UK classical musicians ‘cannot make ends meet’

A survey of 285 musicians in seven orchestras across the UK has found that 44 percent struggle to pay their bills.

Der Tagesspiegel

Das Beste kommt zum Schluss

Martinů  und Mozart: Der britische Dirigent Sir Roger Norrington zu Gast beim Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester.

BR Klassik

Über 300 Millionen mehr eingeplant

Der Bund will dieses Jahr gut 300 Millionen Euro mehr für Kultur und Medien ausgeben als laut Regierungsentwurf im Vorjahr, dies teilte die Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters am Donnerstag mit. 

nmz

Spotify gewinnt fünf Millionen Abo-Kunden im Quartal

Der Musikstreaming-Marktführer Spotify hat im vergangenen Quartal fünf Millionen zahlende Abo-Kunden hinzugewonnen und steckt trotzdem weiterhin tief in den roten Zahlen fest.

Pizzicato

Erste Bayreuther Opern Uraufführung seit Parsifal

Der österreichische Komponist Klaus Lang (*1971) komponierte auf Initiative von Katharina Wagner für die Bayreuther Festspiele 2018 die Oper ‘der verschwundene hochzeiter’, nach einer niederösterreichischen Sage. 

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Liam Scarlett with Lauren Cuthbertson © Chris McAndrew for The Times

(Written on May 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: First Nation composer releases debut album, mysteries behind the Sydney Opera House revealed, Sony to share net profits with artists from Spotify sale, the Radio France Choir celebrates it’s 70th anniversary, Zubin Mehta has to cancel more concerts, and Spanish protests circle around a fusion of two theatres.

Classic FM

Anna Netrebko: ‘nobody will ever force you to do anything if you don’t want’

The leading soprano has expressed doubts about reports of sexual assault in the classical music industry.

Broadway World

First Nation Composer Jeremy Dutcher Shares New Album on Billboard

Jeremy Dutcher is a composer, classically trained operatic tenor, and member of indigenous community, Tobique First Nation, who just released his debut album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (Our Maliseet Songs).

The Sydney Morning Herald 

Inspirations behind the design for the Sydney Opera House to be revealed  

Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik officially opens the centenary celebrations of Utzon including an exhibition, which will explain his inspirations, and help sort out much of the mythology and misunderstanding over Sydney’s most famous building.

Music Business Worldwide

How much will artists get paid from the major labels’ Spotify profits?

A spokesperson for Sony claimed the firm would ‘share with their artists and distributed labels any net gain they may realize from a sale of Sony Music’s equity stake in Spotify’

mixmag

Orchestra performs iconic tracks from the Ed Banger Catalogue

Rather than commemorate their 15-year anniversary with a line-up of electronic music superstars, the imprint commissioned a 70-piece concert orchestra to play beloved tracks from the Ed Banger catalogue.

Limelight

ABC Classic FM appoints new Content Manager

Toby Chadd has been appointed as the new Content Manager for ABC Classic FM and ABC Jazz, ABC’s Head of Music Chris Scaddan announced in an email to staff today.

nmz

Vielfältige Lernprozesse in Gang gesetzt

„Kultur macht stark. Bündnisse für Bildung“: Unter diesem Titel startete das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) im Jahr 2013 ein großangelegtes kulturpolitisches Programm.

Pizzicato

Zubin Mehta sagt weitere Konzerte ab

Zubin Mehta kann « aus gesundheitlichen Gründen » mehrere geplante Konzerte mit den Wiener Philharmonikern nicht wahrnehmen.

Klassik.com

Wirbel um tschechische Nationalhymne

Das tschechische Olympia-Komitee hat sich für die Überarbeitung der Landeshymne ausgesprochen.

Codex Flores

Landesjazzpreis Baden-Württemberg für Bernd Konrad

Der zum vierten Mal in der Kategorie Sonderpreis für das Lebenswerk vergebene und mit 10’000 Euro dotierte Landesjazzpreis Baden-Württemberg geht an den Saxofonisten, Klarinettisten und Komponisten Professor Bernd Konrad.

Le Figaro

Tous en chœur à Radio France

Radio France célèbre les 70 ans de son chœur symphonique par un grand week-end.

El Mundo

Los partidos de la oposición, frente a la fusión del Teatro Real con la Zarzuela: o “más información” o “parar el proyecto”

Los trabajadores del Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (INAEM) iniciaron este jueves los paros en protesta contra el proyecto de fusión entre el Teatro Real y el Teatro de la Zarzuela.

 

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Jeremy Butcher © Matt Barnes

 

(Written on April 6, 2018 )

In today’s news: Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture tops Classic FM Hall of Fame, an untrained performer is accepted into Berklee College of Music, The Leeds piano competition will take place in Berlin, a viola player wins case against Royal Opera House, and Spotify goes public today.

Classical Music

Two Southbank venues set to reopen this month

London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH) and Purcell Room are set to reopen on 9 April, following several years of refurbishment.

Newly discovered Elgar works recorded

Two lost works by Elgar – plus two forgotten arrangements – have been recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Classic FM

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture tops the Classic FM Hall of Fame

For the first time in the 22-year history of the Classic FM Hall of Fame, Tchaikovsky’s cannon-fuelled epic has reached the No.1 spot.

NY Times

Michael Tree, a Founder of the Guarneri Quartet, Dies at 84

Michael Tree, a founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet, has died of Parkinson’s disease at age 84.

Boston Globe

The Russo’s Market singer was accepted to Berklee College of Music

The food-service employee from Russo’s Market who gained online fame was accepted into Berklee’s undergraduate program.

Der Tagesspiegel

Virtuosen brauchen mehr als schnelle Finger

Warum der renommierte Klavierwettbewerb aus dem nordenglischen Leeds diesmal in Berlin startet.

Die Welt

Bratscher gewinnt Prozess, weil die „Walküre“ zu laut war

Er spielt Bratsche. Und saß zu dicht an den Blechbläsern. Als sie Wagners „Walküre“ probten, bekam er einen Gehörschaden. Nun hat Christopher Goldschneider gegen Londons Oper geklagt. Und gewonnen.

neue musikzeitung

Vertrauensentzug Projektförderung 

Alle wollen kulturelle Bildung – aber wer gestaltet und wer bezahlt sie?

El País

Suspense ante el estreno bursátil de Spotify

El servicio de streaming musical debuta este martes en Wall Street con el reto de demostrar que su negocio es rentable.

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(Written on April 3, 2018 )

In today’s news: Classic FM announces PlayStation Concert, Camden Schools perform at RAM, Gramofy launches as free service, Sheku Kanneh-Mason releases album,Charles Hazlewood reflects on minimalism in music, African-American Double Bassist killed by package bomb explosion in Austin, Australian states are now starting to embrace the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program, and Bavaria to cover all expenses for new Konzerthaus in Munich.

Classic FM

Classic FM announces PlayStation in Concert: a celebration of video game music

Classic FM is partnering with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and PlayStation for the live world premiere of PlayStation in Concert, at the Royal Albert Hall!

Camden

Camden schools raise the roof at ‘joyful’ Royal Albert Hall concert

More than 2,000 young singers and musicians from Camden schools and youth orchestras gave stunning performances at the Royal Albert Hall last night (Monday, 12 March), covering classical, pop, world music and jazz for an audience of proud parents, friends, school and council staff.

Classical-Music (BBC)

Sheku Kanneh-Mason: Looking forward to BBC Young Musician 2018

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason released his debut album Inspiration (which will be reviewed in the April issue of BBC Music Magazine) with Decca Classics, featuring the piece with which he won Young Musician, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1.

The Guradian

Adventures in motion and pitches: how minimalism shook up classical music

Conductor Charles Hazlewood on the sounds that sparked a cultural revolution and redrew musical boundaries

Classical Music

Grammofy relaunches as free service

Classical music streaming service Grammofy, which shut down on 15 November, has been relaunched as a free service. However, listeners will need a Spotify Premium account (£9.99/month) to access the Grammofy catalogue.

The Violin Channel

African-American Double Bassist Killed in Possible Racial Hate Crime

17 year old African-American double bassist Draylen Mason has been killed – following a series of package bomb explosions in Austin, Texas, United States

Candidates Announced for 2018 Paganini Competition – Including 7 VC Young Artists

The 32 opening round candidates for the 2018 Paganini International Violin Competition have been announced – including 7 VC Young Artists

Limelight

Richard Gill: Principals and Pupils Praise Program

Australian states are now starting to embrace the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program, as results from a national survey and study confirm how much is to be gained.

klassik.com

Freistaat Bayern wird alleiniger Träger des Münchner Konzerthauses

Der Freistaat Bayern wird alle Kosten des neuen Konzerthauses in München übernehmen. Das hat der bayerische Kultusminister Ludwig Spaenle (CSU) am Dienstag angekündigt.

Musik Heute

Düsseldorf erwirbt Briefe von Heine an Berlioz

Das Heinrich-Heine-Institut in Düsseldorf hat zwei Handschriften des Dichters (1797-1856) neu in seinem Bestand. Die beiden Briefe gingen an den französischen Komponisten Hector Berlioz, mit dem Heine befreundet war.

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Daniel Hope verlängert beim Zürcher Kammerorchester

Die bereits zwei Spielzeiten andauernde Zusammenarbeit des ZKO mit seinem ‘Music Director’ Daniel Hope wird vorzeitig verlängert, teilte das ZKO mit. Hopes Vertrag als ‘Music Director’ läuft nun bis 2021/22.

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Le chef d’orchestre Enrique Mazzola obtient la citoyenneté française

Enrique Mazzola, directeur musical de l’Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, a annoncé avoir obtenu la citoyenneté française.

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Music History_@today_classical: #today in 1815 Birth of German-American #composer Josephine #Lang. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony performed by Charles Hazelwood at Glastonbury in 2016 © Guy Bell/Rex/Shutterstock

(Written on March 14, 2018 )

In today’s news: Hip-hop opera introduced to teenagers, Spotify expands into new territories, Classic FM launches new podcast, Royal Opera House Muscat putting Oman on the cultural map, The MU develops Musical Theatre Kit, Metropolitan opera fires James Levine after sexual-abuse investigation, Gauteng Opera in Johannesburg will close its doors and the violin of Albert Einstein was auctioned by 420.000 Euro in New York.

Music Teacher

Opera Holland Park introduces teenagers to opera in new film

A new film from Investec Opera Holland Park (OHP) follows eight sixth-formers from Archbishop Tenison’s School, Lambeth as they are introduced to opera. Hip hop to opera shows the students meeting OHP’s general director Michael Volpe during some mentoring sessions, before they are taken to the Royal Opera House to watch a rehearsal, meet a singer and ROH director of opera Oliver Mears, and attend a performance of Tosca.

Music Week

Spotify expands to new territories ahead of IPO next month

Spotify has increased its global footprint today with new launches in Israel, Romania, South Africa and Vietnam. The additions have been announced as it’s been reported that Spotify will list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange in the week of April 2.

Radio Today

Tim Lihoreau to host new Classic FM podcast

Classic FM has launched a new free podcast series called Case Notes, hosted by the More Music Breakfast presenter Tim Lihoreau.

The Week

Opera in Oman: singing in the changes

Royal Opera House Muscat is putting the small Gulf state on the world’s cultural map. Oman’s crown jewel remains its opera house, which was the first in the Gulf region and has since been joined by one in Dubai.

The Stage

Musical writers supported through launch of new advice kit

Musical theatre collaborators are being offered guidance on every aspect of creating a show, through a new resource launched this week.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Metropolitan Oper entlässt Star-Dirigent James Levine

James Levine gilt als einer der besten Dirigenten der Vereinigten Staaten. Nun hat ihn die Metropolitan Oper entlassen – ihm wird sexueller Missbrauch vorgeworfen. Nach einer Untersuchung über Vorwürfe sexuellen Missbrauchs gegen James Levine hat die New Yorker Metropolitan Oper ihren Star-Dirigenten entlassen.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

#MeToo in der Klassik: “Jemand will Kuhn kastrieren – geifernd mit dem Messer”

Der sonnenkönighafte Gustav Kuhn leitet die Tiroler Festspiele. Der umstrittene Blogger Markus Wilhelm wirft ihm sexuelle Übergriffe und Psychoterror vor. Die Geschichte eines irren Zweikampfes.

klassik.com

Gauteng Opera in Johannesburg schließt ihre Pforten

Die Gauteng Oper in Johannesburg schließt ihre Tore; das gab die Unternehmensführung in der vergangenen Woche bekannt.

nmz

26. Kurt-Weill-Fest mit Besucherrekord – Bauhaus-Jubiläum 2019 Thema

Mehr als 20 000 Menschen haben das 26. Kurt-Weill-Fest besucht. Das sei ein Rekord, teilten die Organisatoren am Sonntag zum Abschluss in Dessau-Roßlau mit.

Musik Heute

Nelsons in Leipzig: Tradition und Neues verbinden

In seiner ersten kompletten Saison als Gewandhauskapellmeister will Andris Nelsons die Leipziger Musiktradition und zeitgenössische Werke verbinden. Einen Fokus legt der 39-jährige Lette, der Ende Februar ins Amt eingeführt wurde, auf Mendelssohn Bartholdy und Schumann.

Klassik Heute

NAXOS Deutschland und belvedere edition arbeiten zusammen

NAXOS freut sich über bedeutend en Zuwachs im Vertrieb! Seit 03.03.2018 arbeitet das in Berlin ansässige Label belvedere edition eng mit NAXOS Deutschland zusammen und vertreibt seine Produkte sowohl innerhalb Deutschlands als auch in der NAXOS Music Group physisch und digital.

SWR Classic

In New York wurde Einsteins Geige für Rekordpreis versteigert – Für Ulm zu teuer

Die Violine wurde 1933 in Princton hergestellt. Sie war eine Maßanfertigung für Albert Einstein – mit Fichtendecken und Ahornseiten. Jetzt ist sie für gut 420.000 € versteigert worden.

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Le patrimoine musical de Pierre Boulez sera conservé dans plusieurs institutions

Les ayants droits de Pierre Boulez ont fait don de l’intégralité du patrimoine musical du compositeur et chef d’orchestre disparu le 5 janvier 216, à diverses institutions.

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The Violin Channel_@violinchannel: VERY SAD NEWS | @Staatskapelle_B Concertmaster Axel Wilczok Has Died [RIP] @DivanOrchestra http://ow.ly/aSLB30iTEvb

 

James Levine (c) Bild AP

(Written on March 13, 2018 )

In today’s news, Equity releases sexual harrasment report, Primrose viola competition reveals 24 candidates for its 2018 event, UK music and entertainment surpasses print sales, Boston Symphony finds accusations against conductor Charles Dutoit credible, Australia Council Awards announces winners, Leipzig to host the 4th German Choir Festival in 2020, Katowice plans cultural institution in composer Wojciech Kilar’s former house and more.

Classical Music

Equity releases sexual harassment report

The performing arts union, which represents 43,000 creative workers, has published a report titled Agenda for Change, which contains a number of recommendations for those working in the performing arts.

The Strad

Primrose Viola Competition reveals 24 candidates for 2018 edition

Competition taking place in LA in June 2018 counts Lawrence Power, Antoine Tamestit and Jennifer Stumm among previous winners.

M Magazine

UK music and entertainment sales overtake print for first time

The streaming boom has seen entertainment sales overtake books, magazines and newspapers for the first time.

BBC Music Magazine

A new piece commissioned by the UK’s largest breast cancer charity

The piece celebrates the friends and family of those living with breast cancer.

The New York Times

At the New York Philharmonic, a Contract Aimed at Labor-Management Harmony

The orchestra management and the musicians approved a three-year contract Thursday.

Boston Symphony Finds Accusations Against Charles Dutoit ‘Credible’

The Boston Symphony announced Friday that four women who worked for the orchestra in the 1980s and 1990s had given its investigators credible accounts of sexual misconduct at the hands of Charles Dutoit, a frequent guest conductor.

Limelight

Australia Council Awards for 2018 announced

The Australia Council has announced the winners of the 2018 Australia Council Awards, with composer Liza Lim taking out the Australia Council Don Banks Music Award.

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Deutsches Chorfest 2020 in Leipzig

Leipzig ist die Gastgeberstadt des 4. Deutschen Chorfestes im Frühjahr 2020.

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Thomas Guggeis wird Kapellmeister in Stuttgart

Thomas Guggeis (24), Assistent von Daniel Barenboim seit der Saison 2016/17, wird ab der Spielzeit 2018/2019 Kapellmeister an der Staatsoper Stuttgart.

Katowice plans cultural institution in composer Wojciech Kilar’s former house

The city of Katowice will acquire the former home of Polish composer Wojciech Kilar and set it up as a cultural institution focusing on his music and legacy.

Musik heute

Händel-Festspiele Karlsruhe ziehen 12.300 Besucher an

Die Internationalen Händel-Festspiele in Karlsruhe haben bei ihrer 41. Ausgabe rund 12.300 Barock-Fans aus aller Welt angezogen.

Klassik heute

CLARA19 – Leipzig feiert Clara Schumann zum 200. Geburtstag 2019

Leipzig’s renommierte Kulturinstitutionen und Künstler sowie internationale Gäste lassen Clara Schumann anlässlich ihres 200. Geburtstages 2019 das gesamtes Jahr über in ihrer Geburtsstadt hochleben.

klassic.com

Elisabeth Gutjahr wird nun doch Mozarteum-Rektorin

Die Universität Mozarteum Salzburg hat Elisabeth Gutjahr nun doch zur Rektorin bestimmt.

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Image: Charles Dutoit © Robert Ghement/European Pressphoto Agency

(Written on March 5, 2018 )