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The Guardian

Was Kyung Wha Chung right to upbraid a coughing child disturbing her recital?

A violinist has suggested to a child’s parents they ‘bring her back when she’s older’. Fair enough?

Karajan: a new film – and the controversy continues

The conductor – who led the Berlin Philharmonic from 1956 to 1989 – is the subject of a new BBC documentary. But he remains an enigmatic figure, whose musical approach sounds a false note in today’s world

The Times

Dmitri Hvorostovsky: the oligarch’s opera star

Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky performs for Putin and needs protection from his fans. He tells Anna Picard why

Classical Music Magazine

Autumn Statement includes nod towards orchestras ‒ but no commitment

The chancellor’s Autumn Statement on 3 December includes an acknowledgement of the ‘cultural value’ of orchestras but no firm commitment to a tax break.

The Strad

Apply this week to be part of the Young Orchestra for London

The project unites the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras, and Barbican and Southbank Centres

Concerti

Opulenz im Ländle

Mit ihrer Annäherung an die Barockästhetik sind die Händel-Festspiele Karlsruhe nicht nur auf der Bühne zum Vorreiter avanciert

Pizzicato

Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper dauer länger und wird nochmals teurer

2013 sollte die seit 2010 andauernde Sanierung der Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin beendet sein.

Minnesota Orchestra Announces $650,000 Deficit

The Minnesota Orchestra ended its fiscal year 2014 with an operating loss of $650,000

Klassik.com

Musizieren fördert die Integration

Studie sieht positiven Effekt im gemeinsamen Musizieren

Musik Heute

Unternehmer verschenkt Opern-Karten an benachteiligte Kinder

Der Leipziger Immobilienunternehmer Eckhardt Schroeder verschenkt 500 Freikarten für die Märchenoper “Hänsel und Gretel” in der Oper Leipzig.

Codex Flores

Andreas von Graffenried kehrt Bayreuth den Rücken

Der Schweizer Andreas von Graffenried hätte den Posten von Karlheinz Matitschka, des freigestellten Technischen Direktors der Bayreuther Festspiele, übernehmen sollen.

Twitter

Classicalite @Classicalite: [UPDATE] 7-Year-Old’s Dream Comes True: Will Play Violin for Peace in #Ferguson http://www.classicalite.com/articles/13137/20141203/update-7-year-old-dream-comes-true-play-violin-peace-ferguson.htm?exe=reporter …

KulturPort.De @kultur_port_de: #Kultur 23,6 Mio. Euro für neue Projekte der Kulturstiftung des Bundes http://tinyurl.com/oudfql5 

KlassikAkzente @klassikakzente: Zum Aufwärmen und Genießen gibt es jetzt die “Classical Winter” Playlist von DG und Spotify: http://smarturl.it/ClassicalWinter 

Riccardo Primo in Karlsruhe © Falk von Traubenberg

Riccardo Primo in Karlsruhe
© Falk von Traubenberg

(Written on December 4, 2014 )

Classical News

Classical Music Magazine

Belfast Council commits £100,000 as ‘Save The Ulster Orchestra’ campaign continues

Belfast City Council has offered a conditional £100,000 to the troubled Ulster Orchestra, which remains some distance from securing a £500,000 rescue package which it says is necessary to prevent its closure next year.

The Strad

Violinist Renaud Capuçon named artistic director of Swiss festival

The French artist heads the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad from its 2016 edition

Russian violinist Aylen Pritchin wins Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition

The 27-year-old receives a cash prize of €25,000

International Arts Manager

Alyson Cambridge is first opera performer at Soul Train Awards

Soprano Alyson Cambridge will become the first opera singer to perform at the Soul Train Awards, when she appears at the event on 30 November.

Sinfini

Backstage: Opera North’s La traviata

Giving a photographer unlimited access backstage at the opera is like letting a child loose in a sweetshop. Tom Arber took up residence with Opera North as they prepared for a new production of Verdi’s La traviata: the results can be seen in an exhibition at the White Cloth Gallery in Leeds until February 2015.

Pizzicato

Cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl gründet Verein zur Unterstützung von Kindern mit Gehörminderung

Das Ziel des gemeinnützigen Vereins ‘Get a Hearing’ ist es, durch Benefizkonzerte Hörhilfen finanzieren zu können, die Kinder mit Hörproblemen dringend benötigen, um dem Unterricht folgen zu können, die aber von den Krankenkassen nicht finanziert werden.

Klassik.com

Lockenhaus-Gründer Josef Herowitsch ist tot

Herowitsch leitete von 1981 bis 2011 mit Gidon Kremer das Festival

Crescendo

Video der Woche: Aus eins mach 12

Wir finden: eine lustige Idee, die hier videotechnisch beeindruckend umgesetzt ist! Dieses Video hat großen Unterhaltungsfaktor – nicht nur für Hobby-Cellisten!

The New York Times

As Music Streaming Grows, Spotify Reports Rising Revenue and a Loss

Spotify, the company that has come to symbolize the growth of streaming music around the world, had more than $1 billion in revenue in 2013.

Pizzicato

Mezzos And Baritones Lead At The Antonin Dvorak International Singing Competition

Singers from 20 countries (Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Rep., Estonia, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Serbia, South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukraine, Unites States) competed in various categories.

Twitter

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest: Now on Flickr: photos of composer Brett Dean working with the RCM Symphony Orchestra last week http://bit.ly/1y0pHDm 

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: How do you make an orchestra’s viola section smile? Programme ‘Harold in Italy’. #violajokes http://bit.ly/1E8bQfF  #WHViola

Classic FM @ClassicFM; Many thanks to cellist @corinnemorris for joining us for our web chat this morning. Read what she had to say here: http://classfm.co/fTktPW 

opera north

Edward Thornton, a founding member of the Opera North chorus, awaits his entrance. Photo: Tom Arber

(Written on November 26, 2014 )

Guardian

Spotify’s UK revenues rose 42% in 2013 as music service turned a profit

Streaming firm’s UK income up to £131m as it turns 2012’s £11m loss into a £2.6m profit in 2013

Jarvis Cocker’s slumber party

Chronic insomniac Jarvis Cocker is going on a musical odyssey into sleeplessness. He tells Alfred Hickling why he hopes audiences will nod off to his Wireless Nights

Telegraph

#LoveBBCMusic: the future of music on the BBC

We should all be excited by the launch of BBC Music, says Ivan Hewett

BBC Music Magazine

‘BBC Music’ launches

The BBC’s new music department heralded by one song and 27 artists

Classical Source

Northern Soul: Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra present landmark festivals

They will present works by Anders Hillborg as well as the complete symphonies of Sibelius and Nielsen as part of an inspirational 2014/15 Season

International Arts Manager

Beijing’s NCPA Orchestra makes North American debut

China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra will make its North American debut next month.

The Strad

Italian violinist Angelo Stefanato has died aged 88

The artist and teacher was concertmaster of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Turin for 15 years

Gramophone

Tugan Sokhiev resigns from Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

The conductor became the DSO’s Music Director in 2012

Sinfini

BBC Music Launch

Music has always been a central part of the BBC, but never quite so central as last night.

Die Welt

Chefdirigent Tugan Sochijew verlässt das DSO

Seine Verpflichtungen als Musikdirektor am dringend wieder zum Glänzen zu bringenden Bolschoi-Theater lassen ein weiteres Engagement des jungen, erfolgreichen Russen in Berlin nicht zu.

musik heute

Nikolaus Harnoncourt erhält ECHO Klassik für sein Lebenswerk

Berlin – Der österreichische Dirigent Nikolaus Harnoncourt wird für sein Lebenswerk mit dem ECHO Klassik ausgezeichnet.

CODEX FLORES

Wiener Philharmoniker erhalten Birgit Nilsson Preis 2014

Heute wird den Wiener Philharmonikern der Birgit Nilsson Preis 2014 überreicht – im Rahmen einer festlichen Preisverleihung in Anwesenheit von König Carl XVI. Gustaf von Schweden und Königin Silvia im Konzerthaus von Stockholm.

LE FIGARO

La Salle Pleyel sans concession

Avant même qu’elle ne soit attribuée à un repreneur, un bras de fer juridique pourrait mener à sa fermeture provisoire.

Twitter

BBC Music @bbcmusic: Enjoy #GodOnlyKnows? Check out the behind the scenes film and learn a little more about how we made it happen: http://youtu.be/vp5bVdXOLs4 

Opera North @Opera_North: Had a sneaky look into rehearsals for The Bartered Bride – and these photos prove it! Check out the circus! http://bit.ly/1sa68Vx #ONBride

Southbank Centre @southbankcentre: Would your #choir like to perform at The Winter Festival @southbankcentre from 1-23 December? Apply now: http://j.mp/1mZoQ1y 

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: We are dipping into our press archive over the next few days. Here is an interesting article from Bloomberg (2006) http://bloom.bg/ZsI7xA

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(Written on October 8, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Dutch conductor Frans Brüggen has died aged 79

The recorder player, flautist and key figure in Holland’s early music scene passed away at his home in Amsterdam

Musicweek.com

Artists can now sell direct to fans on Spotify via BandPage

Spotify has announced a new partnership with BandPage

which promises to ‘give musicians powerful new ways to sell directly to their fans’.

The Telegraph

Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Wild child of classical violin

She’s described as the world’s most exciting violinist. Now Patricia Kopatchinskaja is making her debut at the Edinburgh Festival.

Der Tagesspiegel

Mit der Neugier des Jünglings

Er atmet mit dem Orchester, entlockt ihm einen sinnlichen Klang, genießt den Rausch der Farben. Und ist immer noch ein Dandy auf dem Podium. Am heutigen Donnerstag wird der Dirigent Georges Prêtre 90.

Kultur Port

Leipzig: Museum für Musikinstrumente unter neuer Leitung

Das Museum für Musikinstrumente der Universität Leipzig hat seit Kurzem einen neuen Direktor: Prof. Dr. Josef Focht.

Heidenheimer Zeitung

Heidenheimer Festspiele erreichen neuen Besucherrekord

Die 50. Opernfestspiele Heidenheim endeten mit einem neuen Besucherrekord.

Le Figaro

Luis Mariano: centenaire de la naissance du prince de l’opérette

Le célèbre ténor basque espagnol aurait eu officiellement cent ans aujourd’hui. quarante-quatre ans après sa mort en 1970, l’interprète du Chanteur de Mexico continue de prospérer.

 

Twitter

ClassicFM: @ClassicFM Violinists – these are the most difficult things about being you: http://classfm.co/QFmUSl 

TheGuardian: @guardian  Curtain call: how do great actors bid farewell to the stage? http://gu.com/p/4vyz9/tw  via @guardianstage

Telegraph Music: @‏TeleMusicNews #edinburghfestival #classicalmusic Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Wild child of classical violin http://tgr.ph/1sWJAoX

Beethovenfest Bonn: @Beethovenfest Buchtipp: Felix Klieser – Ein Hornist ohne Arme erobert die Welt http://bit.ly/1usvGPs @BR_Kultur

 

The Guardian

Frans Brüggen – The Guardian

 

 

 

 

(Written on August 14, 2014 )

The Times

10 great opera stars

Nine singers, one conductor — these are the people you need to know before the International Opera Awards next month

Gramophone

Spotify: threat or friend?

Martin Cullingford reflects on the changing nature of how we get our music

Music events to include Three Choirs Festival commission and Late Night Prom on the anniversary

International Arts Manager

Performing arts talent from Spain and Portugal will form the focus of the Kennedy Center’s 2015 festival.

BBC Music Magazine

Reading University unveils plaque to commemorate Gustav Holst

The composer and former lecturer is celebrated

First female organist appointed at St Paul’s

A new musical appointment at St Paul’s Cathedral makes history

Classic FM

Brooklyn Rider launch Kickstarter for new Almanac project

New York-based string quartet Brookyln Rider have launched a Kickstarter project to help fund their forthcoming album and multimedia project, ‘Almanac’

Andrea Bocelli got married to his manager and it was just lovely

The legendary tenor finally did the honourable thing and married his long-term partner and manager Veronica Berti in a gorgeous ceremony in Tuscany

Audience vote to decide pianist’s Chopin concert repertoire

Pianist Sergio Tiempo will allow the audience of his forthcoming London concert to decide which six Chopin Etudes he will play by asking them to vote online

derStandard.at

Franzose Bertrand de Billy: “Mir ist der Kragen geplatzt” – Franck springt ein

Le Monde

Ecoutez le son caverneux de l’octobasse, cet instrument hors normes

A l’occasion de la Semaine des musées, la Cité de la musique a publié une vidéo présentant cet instrument géant mis au point au XVIIIe siècle

Concerti

Interview Frank Peter Zimmermann: „Neue Gedanken zum Klingen bringen“

Der Geiger Frank Peter Zimmermann über den Reiz zeitgenössischer Werke, Kommunikation mit dem Orchester und Spontaneität im Konzert

 

Classical Music on Twitter

M Magazine: @Maria_MillerMP: “UK music industry must ensure it can sustain itself for the future” http://ow.ly/v2V57  #copyright

WildKatPR: #Crowdfunding in #music: check out WildKat PR clients who are using this right now! http://wildkatpr.com/news/blog/2014/03/27/current-crowdfunded-projects/ … @Brooklyn_Rider @InHarmonyTS

Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic10 classical music highlights this week, which one are you going to? http://bit.ly/1iDNfUJ  @officialronnies @BarbicanCentre @SwanseaUni

Gabriel Prokofiev: @gprokofiev First ever @Nonclassical in Leeds tonight. At legendary gig space: @CockpitLeeds ft @juicevocal @Damien_Harron & many Leeds based performer

Zeit Online Kultur: @zeitonline_kul Online hat gewonnen. Print auch. 12 Thesen zum Journalismus von @berndulrich (@DIEZEIT) und @Jochen (@zeitonline) http://www.zeit.de/2014/14/print-online-redaktion-thesen-journalismus

Brian Wise: @briancwise Top 5 Most Controversial Audience Behaviors (with lively comments thread) http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/top-5-most-controversial-audience-behaviors/

Maria-Pages-©-Victoria-Hidalgo-590x260International Arts Manager

 

(Written on March 28, 2014 )

Guardian

7 ways a streaming iTunes could compete with Spotify and its rivals

Apple rumoured to be in talks with labels over on-demand service. How will it disrupt the competition?

Roger Wright to leave BBC after 15 years as Radio 3 controller

Director of the BBC Proms exits corporation to become chief executive of Aldeburgh music festival.

Who will replace Roger Wright at the BBC – and will his job even continue to exist?

Wright’s dual role at the BBC sees him as controller of Radio 3 and director of the Proms. There will be plenty of candidates for the latter role, but few will have appetite for the former.

Classical Music Magazine

San Diego Opera to close due to financial pressures

Financial strains affecting music organisation across the US have brought a surprise closure announcement from the San Diego Opera.

Sinfini Music 

Why children shouldn’t sing opera

A nine-year old Dutch girl is about to release a CD of operatic arias on Simon Cowell’s Syco label. Operatic tenor Christopher Gillett, aged 50+, thinks the whole idea of children singing opera is wrong, wrong, wrong.

The Washington Post

Eschenbach’s NSO contract extended through 2016-17

The Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra have announced that the contract of their director, Christoph Eschenbach, will be extended through 2016-17.

The Huffington Post

Japanese Pianist Yoshiki Battles Holographic Version Of Himself

Well known for his flair on stage, at this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, pianist Yoshiki Hayashi took the stage with his virtual counterpart to duet.

Süddeutsche Magazin

Ich muss unsicher sein

Die französische Pianistin Hélène Grimaud wird auf der ganzen Welt gefeiert. Aber am besten geht es ihr, wenn sie sich wie ein Staubkorn im Universum fühlt. Sagt sie. Und das meint sie ernst.

 

Classical music on twitter 

Schools Music Association @SchoolsMusicUK ”Schools Music Association votes to become part of the ISM http://www.schoolsmusic.org.uk/sma-news/2014/3/25/schools-music-association-votes-to-become-part-of-the-ism.html/”

Stephen P Brown @Stephen_P_Brown ”New #OrchChat Monday 7:30pm EDT – Ignoring classical music: instant gratification/ attention span http://www.stephenpbrown.com/classical-music-ignored/”

Eric Whitacre @EricWhitacre ”At some point the pain of the deadline becomes greater than the pain of indecision. Deadlines are the only reason I finish anything.”

the listener “@inthetheatre Could San Diego’s opera closure happen in Chicago? @scoopit http://sco.lt/8HdMUj

George @OperaCreep ”Aha…new BBC Directors for Arts and Music just announced…clearly Roger Wright didn’t fit in the structure http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/bbc-arts-release.html”

Guardian

Guardian

(Written on March 25, 2014 )

The Guardian

Music streaming breaks through $1bn sales barrier

Revenues from streaming and subscriptions rose by 50% in past year as listeners turned to services such as Spotify.

The Independent

Steve Jobs meets Shakespeare in Henry V-inspired opera

The new show, Steve V (King Different), has been dubbed a “multimedia opera” by creators Roland Auzet and Fabrice Melquiot, which is set in Silicon Valley but based on Shakespeare’s play about the harsh king. The multi-media opera uses excerpts of the original text interspersed with modern music.

BBC News

Japan drags down global music market

A sharp decline in music consumption in Japan caused overall global growth to slow down in 2013, according to figures from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. The 16.7% slump in Japanese sales caused world figures to slide by 3.9%.

Oxford Mail

Musician’s historic sex crimes trial put on hold

Philip Pickett a wind instrument specialist, is charged with a number of offences including three rapes and eight indecent assaults. The 63-year-old is now due to face trial in January next year after his barrister yesterday pushed to delay the case so the musician could finish touring.

Huffpost Culture

How to Write a Ballet: Part One

Tom Hodge describes the process of creating a ballet.

The Telegraph

‘Did classical musicians deliberately ruin classic rock?’

In his monthly column, Alexander Armstrong imagines instrumentalists in dinner jackets playing out of tune just to nark the hippies.

The Independent

The Independent

(Written on March 19, 2014 )

BBC News Wales

Horizons new music talent search launched by BBC Wales

A search for new musical talent with the promise of recording sessions and BBC airtime has been launched.

News Observer

Wake County schools to discuss new music partnership, technology and Read To Achieve

A new partnership with the music industry, the status of implementing the state’s Read To Achieve law and the district’s technology plan are scheduled to be on the agenda for the meeting of the Wake County school board’s student achievement committee.

The Vancouver Sun

Classical music is changing with the times

It used to be that a Jascha Heifetz or a Fritz Kreisler was known just for performing; today it seems the engaged artist has so many more different responsibilities and roles. When, and why, did it become necessary for an artist to consider these different demands?

Al.com

Classical music alive and well, Leon Botstein tells UAB music students; will conduct Alabama Symphony on Thursday

Birmingham, Alabama – Contrary to predictions of its early demise, classical music is not dead, or even dying.

Stuff

Apple pushes labels for iTunes exclusives

Apple has begun pressuring the major record companies to offer new releases exclusively through its iTunes store – a move that would initially block availability on streaming services such as Spotify or Beats Music, according to several people familiar with the matter.

Chicago Tribune

Ray Still, legendary CSO oboist and teacher remembered

Ray Still was famous for being the best of the best, one of the finest and longest-tenured orchestral oboe players of all time. He played oboe in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for an astonishing 40 years, 39 of them as principal oboe. He served with distinction under four CSO music directors, from Fritz Reiner to Daniel Barenboim, until his retirement in 1993.

Detroit Free Press

Jazz artist Marcus Belgrave reunited with stolen trumpet, doesn’t have to pay pawnshop

Marcus Belgrave’s custom-made trumpet, which was stolen from the trunk of his car on Friday night in Eastern Market in Detroit, was recovered at Zeidman’s pawnshop, a few blocks east of the market area. The trumpeter picked up the horn at the downtown police station this afternoon, blowing a few choruses of “Oh Happy Day” for the assembled media as his wife, Joan, sang along.

Epoch Times

Jazz-Legende Thielemans beendet Karriere

Der belgische Jazz-Musiker Jean-Baptiste „Toots“ Thielemans beendet seine Karriere.

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on March 13, 2014 )

The Times

Why opera is taking lessons from Hollywood

Live cinema screenings are saving the New York Met, but does the big screen mean that good looks matter more than the singing? Neil Fisher talks to Peter Gelb, the general manager of the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Belfast Telegraph

Ulster Orchestra chief Dr Rosa Solinas quits post

The chief executive of the Ulster Orchestra has departed after just over a year in the job. Dr Rosa Solinas, former head of music at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland did not make a public announcement about her departure.

Guardian

What’s next for Spotify? Perhaps going ‘beyond the Play button’

Recently-acquired The Echo Nest presents its vision for digital music services that really understand you

Classic FM

Liverpool football magazine prints review of RLPO concert

A writer for Liverpool-based football magazine The Anfield Wrap has passionately reviewed a concert of Elgar, Mahler and Strauss by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Independent

The composer and his muse: Richard Strauss’ tempestuous relationship with his wife Pauline de Ahna

Richard Strauss was inspired by his wife. Now, for the 150th anniversary of his birth, a new staging of his most magical opera is to open in London.

Die Welt

In Wien werden jetzt die Anwälte reich

Am Ende glaubte keiner mehr den Beteuerungen des Burg-Intendanten Matthias Hartmann, er wäre unschuldig am Millionendefizit. Die Probleme der Politik fangen aber mit seiner Entlassung erst an.

The Times

The Times

(Written on March 12, 2014 )

Guardian 

Spotify and Ministry of Sound settle music playlists copyright lawsuit

Playlists based on the dance brand’s compilations will be removed from streaming service’s search engine.

Alice Herz-Sommer, 1903–2014: remembered by Ed Vulliamy

The Observer’s Ed Vulliamy recalls his life-affirming meeting with the pianist and Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer, who died last week aged 110.

Star Tribune

Divided Minnesota Orchestra board faces big leadership decision

A divided board today will weigh CEO Michael Henson’s future and the possible return of ex-music director Osmo Vänskä.

The Telegraph

Musician loses beloved viola in bitter dispute with builders

Kathryn Bassano, an accomplished viola player, has been forced to sell the instrument after using it as security for three separate loans as she struggled to pay escalating court costs following a row with builders over the cost of work at her mansion.

Classical Music Magazine

Arts Council responds to regional balance debate

Following the House of Commons’ Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s announcement on 10 January of an inquiry into the regional imbalance of funding in the UK, Arts Council England has published a formal response as well as a report entitled This England: How Arts Council England uses its investment to shape a national cultural ecology.

Die Welt

Die wichtigsten Theaterpremieren im März

Rosenkrieg und Weltkrieg. Einstein am Strand und Dichter an der Front. Philosophen, die Stücke schreiben, und Stücke, die Philosophen beschreiben. Das sind die Top-Themen deutschsprachiger Bühnen.

National Portfolio Organisation via BBC Music Magazine

National Portfolio Organisation via BBC Music Magazine

(Written on March 3, 2014 )