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In today’s classical news, Thomas Kemp has helped put West Malling on the musical map as part of a mission to bring top-flight music to the area in the last five years. The classical establishment may soon have to figure out where to put contemporary composers, if only for its own survival. In addition, the Echo Society, a squad of Los Angeles composers, pairs classical music concert with light projection.

Kent Online

Music@Malling’s Thomas Kemp looks ahead to the 2016 West Malling classical music festival

Back in 2010 the small market town was best known for its pubs, history and community feel, but that was before Thomas moved back to West Malling – and realised classical music was sadly lacking there. So in the last five years Thomas Kemp has helped put West Malling on the musical map as part of a mission to bring top-flight music to the area.

The Independent

The New Classical: how the next generation of composers and labels are challenging classical music’s status quo

The classical establishment may be forced to recognise contemporary composers for its own survival. “What happens in the space where genres, sounds and ideas collide?” asked the Barbican when it invited the German pianist and composer Nils Frahm to put together a weekend of music in July.

KCET

These Composers Pair Classical Music with a Light Projection Spectacle

A low bass rumbled through the packed 1,600-seat Ace Hotel theater, accompanied by a flickering green alien light. An audience member, dressed like a throwback from the Strokes days of New York, murmured an approval. “Woah,” whispered the woman next to him. For years, the world of classical music has tried to court a younger audience. This concert by the Echo Society, a squad of Los Angeles composers, might be the missing link.

Evesham Journal

St John’s orchestra to bring Marvellous Mozart to life in classical show

LOVERS of classical music are in for a treat at St John’s Church next month, when The Orchestra of St John will be performing its ‘Marvellous Mozart’ programme. The Bromsgrove-based symphony orchestra will be performing songs such as The Linz and Mozart’s ‘Turkish’ violin concerto at at 7.30pm on October 1.

Gloucester Advocate

Classical music lesson made fun

The classically trained musicians, who were in town to play at the Craven Creek Concerts, stopped by St Joseph’s Primary School and Gloucester Public School for a session. Creating their own sound, students stomp their feet and clap their hands to make their own music as directed by the Craven Creek Musicians.

Boston Globe

Handel and Haydn Society raises more than $13.5 million

The Handel and Haydn Society will mark the opening of its 202nd season on an auspicious note Friday, as the orchestra celebrates the conclusion of a capital campaign that raised more than $13.5 million from more than 600 donors.

USC News

Classical KUSC website unveils new design

Visit kusc.org and you’ll see a fresh new design, redone to be more accessible to listeners on smartphone browsers. The aim is to boost classical music and the arts to a broad audience

WQXR

5 Great Videos to Begin Exploring Classical Crossover

You might have heard of a subset of classical music called classical crossover. What is it and why is it so popular?

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Schwedin gewinnt Aeolus-Wettbewerb in Düsseldorf

Zum ersten Mal in der Geschichte des Internationalen Aeolus Bläserwettbewerbs hat eine Frau den ersten Preis gewonnen. Die 28-jährige Schwedin Louise Pollock konnte die achtköpfige Jury überzeugen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Und jetzt wechseln

Seit einiger Zeit gibt es in Berlin regelmäßig Ärger bei Intendantenwechseln. Es herrscht Angst vor dem Neuen in der Stadt. Der neue Kultursenator, wenn es einen gibt, muss damit zurechtkommen.

Klassik heute

Neues Werk von Unsuk Chin für das Festival “Acht Brücken” Köln

Das Kölner Festival „Acht Brücken“ plant für 2017 die Uraufführung eines neuen Werkes der koreanischen Komponistin Unsuk Chin, die seit 1988 in Berlin lebt.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Among friends: @owenpiano & @katyaapekisheva introduce their new @LondonPianoFest http://ow.ly/pdCe304hqgO

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Looking forward to some cannon fire at tonight’s #classicfmlive – thanks for the invitation @ClassicFM !

Rhinegold @RhinegoldDigi We are delighted working with @ISM_music especially as sponsors for @MusicEdExpo. Go to http://ism.org

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Photograpgh: Kent Online/ Music@Malling/ Thomas Kemp

(Written on September 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, former director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera teaching choir of the homeless, Cressida Pollock to save the English National Opera and RCM reports on study, revealing that drumming has a positive impact on the mental health. Also Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra meets dance music and Yuri Temirkanov on his BSO return, plus more.

The Times

The Marxist at the Met and her choir of the homeless

The last time Penny Woolcock was in a rehearsal room, she was at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, walking the Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien through her production of Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers.

The Independent

ENO head Cressida Pollock’s exclusive manifesto to save her company: ‘I can’t allow it to fail’

​Cressida Pollock, chief executive of the English National Opera, is no opera buff. Nonetheless, she thinks she has a plan to turn the troubled company’s fortunes around. Here, she outlines her bold rescue strategy

Classical Music Magazine

RCM study reveals that drumming has a positive impact on mental health

A study conducted by the Royal College of Music provides further evidence of the positive effect of music on mental health.

The Mirror

Cream Classics event will see dance and classical music collide in final nightclub and cathedral hurrah

Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra take on dance giant’s anthems at city’s Anglican Cathedral in unique merging of musical styles

Baltimore Sun

Yuri Temirkanov on his BSO return and, yes, still disliking the idea of female conductors

After a decade-long absence, Yuri Temirkanov is back in town this week to conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which he led for seven memorable seasons

89.3 KPCC

Teen classical musicians learn how to throw out the sheet music and improvise

As if being a teenager doesn’t come with enough anxiety, try deciding to pursue a career as an artist at the same time. Luckily for aspiring creatives, organizations such as the National Young Arts Foundation have been guiding high schoolers through this process since 1981.

Musik heute

Rossini-Oper “Die Reise nach Reims” als Comic – Koproduktion der Theater Kiel und Lübeck

Es erinnert an Filme wie “Mary Poppins” oder “Falsches Spiel mit Roger Rabbit”, wird aber eine Opern-Produktion: Gioachino Rossinis “Die Reise nach Reims” mit Sängern und Comic-Figuren in den Hauptrollen, die gemeinsam auf Leinwand und Bühne agieren

Die Zeit

Kent Nagano mit Widmann-Oratorium in der Elbphilharmonie

Mit einem Auftrags-Oratorium für Soli, Chor und Orchester von Jörg Widmann wird sich das Philharmonische Staatsorchester Hamburg unter Kent Nagano am 13. Januar 2017 erstmals in der Elbphilharmonie präsentieren

MDR.de

Ohne Kapellmeister in die neue Saison

Der designierte Gewandhauskapellmeister Andris Nelsons wird schon in der nächsten Spielzeit 15 Konzerte mit dem Leipziger Orchester spielen

France musique

Le Phono Museum menacé de fermeture

Ouvert en septembre 2014, le Phono Museum à Pigalle est menacé de disparition. Des tout premiers phonographes, à l’arrivée du mp3 en passant par les gramophones et les tournes disques, ce petit musée parisien retrace 140 ans de l’aventure du son

Twitter

klassic.com @klassikcom: #Orgelbau und Orgelmusik als UNESCO-#Kulturerbe nominiert #Orgel#Klassik

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Need some great music to get you going this morning? @TimLihoreau is here to help:  #MoreMusicBreakfast

Top Classical News @topcmnews: ENO’s new mantra: Not pricey, not posh  #ClassicalMusic

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Photograph: Philip Glass Richard Hubert Smith, ENO performs ‘Akhnaten’

(Written on March 22, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Max Richter explains his eight-hour composition ‘Sleep’ – the longest continuous piece of music broadcasted by the BBC – and Pergolesi’s Opera Settecento is finally premiered after nearly 300 years. Also, Christie’s exhibits its $60m Stradivarius and Guarneri collection and Classic FM reports on the Game Music Connect 2015.

The Guardian

Adriano in Siria – why Pergolesi’s overlooked masterpiece deserves a UK premiere at last

Pergolesi’s opera has lain unloved for nearly 300 years, but, with its cascade of showstopping arias, Opera Settecento are finally bringing it to a UK public

The Independent

Max Richter’s ‘Sleep’: The longest continuous piece of music broadcast by the BBC

As Max Richter prepares to premiere his eight-hour ‘lullaby for a frenetic world’, before a live, if slumbering, audience, he tells Jessica Duchen why he dreamt up the experiment

Classic FM

Game Music Connect 2015: what we’ve learned about videogame music

Classic FM is at London’s Southbank Centre for the annual videogame music conference, where we’ve heard insider knowledge from a Sony bigwig and why London’s musicians are the best.

The Strad

Christie’s exhibits $60m Stradivarius and Guarneri collection in Shanghai and Hong Kong

‘The Art of Music’ sale features seven violins and one cello from a private European collection

Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Symphony names Yaniv Dinur its new assistant conductor

Jerusalem native Yaniv Dinur is joining the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as assistant conductor. He will conduct youth, family and outreach concerts.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Achtstündiges Schlaflied

Eine boshafte Anekdote behauptet, dass Johannes Brahms sieben Jahre an seinem berühmten Wiegenlied komponiert habe, weil er dabei am Piano immer wieder einnickte

Neue Musikzeitung

Levy Sekgapane gewinnt den Montserrat-Caballé-Gesangswettbewerb

Der Südafrikaner Levy Sekgapane aus dem Jungen Ensemble der Dresdner Semperoper hat den Internationalen Montserrat-Caballé-Gesangswettbewerb in Spanien gewonnen

Klassik.com

Tenor Levy Sekgapane gewinnt den Montserrat Caballé Gesangswettbewerb

Der südafrikanische Tenor Levy Sekgapane hat den Hauptpreis beim 14. Internationalen Gesangswettbewerb Montserrat Caballé in Saragossa gewonnen. Levy Sekgapane überzeugte die Jury mit einer Arie aus Rossinis “L’italiana in Algeri”

France Musique

Un quatuor joue du Pachelbel sur une autoroute anglaise

Alors que de nombreux automobilistes stationnent à l’arrêt durant un embouteillage sur l’autoroute M5 en Angleterre, un  quatuor à corde sort de son véhicule et interprète le Canon de Pachelbel

Twitter

Sinfini Music

Carmen: ‘Our relationship goals are not compatible’. Famous Operas Made Significantly Shorter Through Feminism: http://bit.ly/1FfifJx

Which recording would you choose as The Recording of the Year? Vote here →

BBC Proms Team

Are you pitch perfect? Take our Proms Quiz and test your knowledge of this year’s season!

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(Written on September 16, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, an interview with Jonas Kaufmann in The Guardian, Musik heute announces that the 2015 European composer prize will be awarded to Turkish Sinem Altan and the results of the German Echo awards in Neue Musikzeitung. Also, former chief technician of Steinway pianos, Franz Mohr, talks about his relationship with pianist Vladimir Horowitz.

The Guardian

Organ failure: the Nazis condemned it; at last we can make our own minds up about Jón Leifs’ Organ Concerto

Many of the Icelandic composer’s works have established a place in the repertoire, but why is his notorious organ concerto still so rarely performed?

Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I feel like an ambassador’

With his smouldering looks and extraordinary voice, Jonas Kaufmann is hailed as the greatest living tenor. Ahead of his performance at the Last Night of the Proms, Stephen Moss meets one of opera’s most serious and sought-after superstars

The Independent

Wurlitzer pipe organ: Historic instrument sounds again in UK cinema after 55-year absence

Restored cinema organ from the 1930s has been installed in east London

The Telegraph

Nigel Kennedy: Classical musicians must stop ignoring audiences

Classical musicians should be allowed to interact with their audiences, Nigel Kennedy says

Classic FM

Here’s what happened when violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter took Bach to a nightclub

She’s one of the world’s best violinists: absolutely A-list. But how would the nightclubbing population of Berlin react to Bach, Vivaldi and Gershwin?

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Sei mir gegrüßt, Melancholie!

Der unkonventionelle Dirigent Paul McCreesh hat eine eigene Plattenfirma gegründet und Händels “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato” in einer grandiosen Aufnahme herausgebracht.

Musik heute

Europäischer Komponistenpreis beim “Young Euro Classic”-Festival vergeben

Die türkische Musikerin Sinem Altan ist mit dem Europäischen Komponistenpreis 2015 ausgezeichnet worden. Ihr Werk “Hafriyat – Earthwork” wurde beim Young Euro Classic uraufgeführt und von einer Publikumsjury ausgewählt, teilten die Veranstalter am Sonntag mit.

Neue Musikzeitung

ECHO Klassik 2015: Die Preisträger stehen fest

Jonas Kaufmann (Sänger des Jahres), Joyce DiDonato (Sängerin des Jahres), Elina Garanca (Solistische Einspielung des Jahres/Gesang), Lang Lang (Instrumentalist des Jahres/Klavier), Andreas Ottensamer (Instrumentalist des Jahres/Klarinette), Maurice Steger (Instrumentalist des Jahres/Flöte) und David Zinman (Dirigent des Jahres) zählen zu den Preisträgern des ECHO Klassik 2015. Dies gab der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) heute in Berlin bekannt.

France Musique

Les caprices de Vladimir Horowitz racontés par le technicien en chef des pianos Steinway

Franz Mohr a travaillé auprès des plus grands pianistes du XXe siècle, attentif à leurs envies, leurs colères, mais surtout à leurs pianos. Il raconte dans un long entretien son expérience mouvementée avec le pianiste Vladimir Horowitz.

Washington Post

In life’s coda, master composer George Walker has a symphony in mind

At 93, Walker, the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for composition, is still working

Twitter

ClassicalToday: Wagner In The 21st Century: If Wagner Had A Blog

BR Klassik 4h: Buch über Riccardo Chailly: “Das Geheimnis liegt in der Stille – Gespräche über… #klassik

Konzerthaus Berlin: Das sind sie! Die Preisträger des diesjährigen ECHO Klassik! Die begehrten Trophäen werden am 18. Oktober bei uns…

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“I feel like an ambassador” tells Jonas Kaufmann The Guardian

Photo credit: Gregor Hohenberg

(Written on August 24, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas, Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education and 7 tips for performing from memory from The Strad.

The Times

Richard Morrison: ‘The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas’

It’s a bit of a memento mori to realise that I’m attending my 43rd Edinburgh Festival and my 39th as a journalist.

The Independent

Royal Opera House unveils colourful hand-painted silk installation telling its story

London’s Royal Opera House has unveiled the huge hand-painted silk installation that will hang in the Paul Hamlyn Hall next month.

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education

Author Philip Pullman has stated that he considers music to be the most important school subject.

Classic FM

We’ve got our hands on Andrea Bocelli’s new album (and we’ll be the first in the world to play it!)

The Italian tenor has always looked like a dashing hero from a cinematic classic, so it’s fitting that his new album is all about the best movie music. We’re so excited about it that we’re going to play it before anyone else.

The Strad

7 tips for performing from memory

Guidance from The Strad’s archive on performing and practising from memory – and how to deal with memory lapses

Klassik.com

Kölner Opernsaison droht zu platzen

Nachdem die Wiedereröffnung des Kölner Opernhauses aufgrund von Planungsfehlern und der Insolvenz des Bauunternehmens Imtech weiter aufgeschoben werden musste (klassik.com berichtete), steht die kommende Opernsaison auf der Kippe. Voraussichtlich wird das Haus weder in der Saison 2015/16 noch 2016/17 zur Verfügung stehen.

Klassikakzente

Musik als einziger Freund: Wie Keith Jarrett seine Einsamkeit in Kreativität verwandelte

Bei der Vorstellung von Wolfgang Sandners neuer Keith-Jarrett-Biographie unterhielt sich der Autor mit dem ECM-Produzenten Manfred Eicher über den Pianisten.

Musik heute

Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester reformieren

Die Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester in dem Freistaat umbauen. Dazu führe man seit Jahresbeginn Gespräche mit Intendanten und den kommunalen Trägern, sagte Regierungssprecher Alexander Fischer am Donnerstag in Erfurt.

Le Figaro

Moscou cherche à rapatrier les restes de Rachmaninov, inhumé à New York

Les autorités russes souhaitent que le grand compositeur repose dans sa région natale de Novgorod, dans le nord-ouest de la Russie. Les descendants du musicien s’opposent au transfert de ses restes.

Classicalite

Miguel Vásquez on Panama, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and His Grandpa

At the age of nine, Miguel Vásquez was an aspiring classical violinist/cellist in Panama. There on the isthmus, though, getting proper musical education proved difficult–especially as his skills improved. His grandfather, Luis Vásquez–a professional double bassist, guitarist and English horn player–first inspired the would-be musician.

Twitter

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Update: nearly 2k sigs on petition to include female composers on A-level syllabus. Story:

Sam Jackson @classicjacko: If anyone ever says studying music isn’t a good idea, show them this. Especially pleased to see @TrinityLaban at No.2

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I feel like an ambassador’

Times

Edinburgh Festival should look to Manchester for ideas
Credit: James Glossopp/ Times

(Written on August 21, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Yo-Yo Ma talks about his biggest challenge so far, The Independent on how the National Youth Orchestra is inspiring a new generation and Kaufmann warns against Decca release.

The Guardian

Yo-Yo Ma: Bach, Big Bird and me

He has played for eight presidents and jammed on Sesame Street. But Yo-Yo Ma is now facing his biggest challenge yet – a Bach marathon at the Proms

The Independent

How the National Youth Orchestra is inspiring a new generation of musical teenagers

The benefits of a musical education on the development of all young people, the warning cries about cuts in music education in the state sector and the need for government to reverse their refusal to make arts education part of the national curriculum have been shouted from the rooftops.

The Strad

5 essential recordings by violinist Itzhak Perlman

The cover star of The Strad’s August 2015 edition is turning 70. Julian Haylock rounds up some of the master violinist’s finest recordings

Air Canada refuses to carry cello, blaming lack of advance warning

Cellist Andrea Stewart had purchased an extra seat for the instrument

Classical Music Magazine

Kaufmann warns against Decca release

Jonas Kaufmann has posted a message on his Facebook page warning fans not to buy an upcoming release on Decca Classics.

Berliner Zeitung

Salzburg — Das glanzvollste Fest sucht sein Profil

Salzburg erlebt eine Schrumpfkur: Es gibt nur drei Opern-Neuproduktionen, dafür viele Wiederaufnahmen und konzertante Aufführungen, und besonders desillusionierend ist der Blick aufs Schauspiel bei den Salzburger Festspielen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Neonhelle

Reines Wort, reiner Klang: Der Kammersänger hat viele Partien gesungen, als Evangelist der Passionen war er unvergesslich. Dem Tenor Peter Schreier zum 80. Geburtstag.

Codex Flores

Jonas Kaufmann legt sich mit Decca an

So etwas gibt’s auch nicht gerade häufig: Jonas Kaufmann rät seinen Fans, eine neue CD von ihm nicht zu kaufen, weil sie nicht halte was sie verspreche. Dahinter steckt eine gehörige Portion Label-Politik.

The New York Times

A Student Startup and Its Outsize Wagnerian Dream

Some people suffer from the familiar let’s-put-on-a-show urge, and others from the let’s-put-on-a-grand-opera-by-Richard-Wagner urge, which is several orders of magnitude more difficult.

France Musique

Décès de Vic Firth, roi des baguettes de percussionniste

Vic Firth, musicien talentueux qui a révolutionné les baguettes de percussion pour des générations de batteurs et de percussionnistes, est décédé à l’âge de 85 ans.

Tweets

Mahler Chamber @Mahler_Chamber: Two weeks until our visit to for George Benjamin’s at @LincolnCenter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: Jonas Kaufmann warns fans against an upcoming @deccaclassics release:

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: On @BBCTaster we’re using playlists to tell stories about classical music. Try it out and tell us what you think:

Yoyo

Yo-Yo Ma faces his biggest challenge to date
Photo: The Washington Post/Getty Images

(Written on July 29, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Amy Bryant writes for The Telegraph about the sad decline of school choirs, rows at Wigmore Hall concert over disabled seats and a new Syrian opera about the effect the discovery of oil has had on the Middle East.

The Telegraph

Why singing in a school choir is pure joy

Amy Bryant is saddened by reports that school choirs are in decline – they offer fun, camaraderie and crucial lessons for life

Wigmore Hall concert row over disabled seat ends up in Old Bailey

Concert-goer Graham Kern allegedly tells Alison Harvey ‘I’m not moving’ when she asks him to vacate designated disabled space at famous venue

The Independent

Cities of Salt: A new opera explores how the discovery of oil changed the Middle East

Composed by a Syrian, there’s a Syrian singer in the lead role, and it deals with a very topical Middle Eastern theme

Classical Music Magazine

BBC annual report praises Radio 3

The BBC Annual Report and Accounts 2014-15, released earlier today, praised Radio 3 for its ‘excellent track record’, suggesting that it ‘should continue to push the bounds of distinctiveness across all its schedules’.

Arts Professional

Publicly funded arts are “bedrock” of creative industries

A new report highlighting the part subsidised art plays in the UK’s “booming” creative industries has been backed by leading figures from the commercial sector.

BR Klassik

Arvo Pärt und Gerhard Richter in Manchester

Der Maler Gerhard Richter und der Komponist Arvo Pärt arbeiten beim “Manchester International Festival 2015” erstmals zusammen. Bis zum 19. Juli werden Kunstwerke und eine Komposition präsentiert, die sich die beiden Künstler gegenseitig gewidmet haben.

Opernnetz.de

Mit Händen, Füßen und Musik

Weil in der Ukraine der Krieg tobt, ohne dass die westliche Welt es noch groß zur Kenntnis nimmt, hat Anna Skryleva, Erste Kapellmeisterin am Staatstheater Darmstadt, das Projekt Classic for Peace ins Leben gerufen.

Klassikakzent.de

Königin der Festivals – die Eröffnung der Salzburger Festspiele auf 3Sat

Am 18. Juli ist es wieder soweit: mit einem festlichen Konzert in erstklassiger Besetzung werden die diesjährigen Salzburger Festspiele eröffnet. Und das ist nur der Auftakt zu einem fulminanten Festival-Programm.

France Musique

Ludovic Morlot signe pour deux années supplémentaires à Seattle

L’orchestre symphonique de Seattle a officialisé la reconduction jusqu’en 2019 du contrat de son directeur musical, le chef Ludovic Morlot.

Classicallite

Violinist Kevin Yu’s Company, Coregami, Develops ‘Gershwin’ Shirt for Musicians

For ensemble musicians and beyond, performing in concert attire can be restraining. For violinist Kevin Yu, the confines of formal wear during a show has inspired a new design by the musician and his company Coregami. Called “The Gershwin,” the shirt comes after two years in the making.

Tweets

Your Call… @yourcallopera: Leaky Boat Productions (producers of ‘Your Call…’) has a new logo. Feel the love!

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Hallelujah – it’s Wednesday already! Handel, Bizet & Rutter to play shortly with @johnsuchet1

Classical Music  @ClassicalMusic_:.@marinalsop is to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in a historic concert later this year

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British primary school choir
Photo: Photofusion/REX Shutterstock (2272291a)/ The Telegraph

(Written on July 15, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Antonio Pappano talks about politicians at the opera and the fate of the ENO, Rossini’s William Tell to be performed at Covent Garden, Iestyn Davies is interviewed by The Guardian and how Andre Rieu’s concerts have inspired a cult following. Furthermore, Lesley Garrett on why opera must give more roles to older women, Albert Ostermaier speaks about the Nibelungen Festival, an interview with Kent Nagano and the Strauss Festival needs help from Munich. Finally, why classical music needs the summer and Live Science on whether music gives you math skills.

The Telegraph

Antonio Pappano: ‘I haven’t time to sit through The Ring’

The chief conductor of the Royal Opera talks to Nigel Farndale about politicians at the opera and the fate of ENO

The Guardian

I have a story to Tell

Rossini’s mammoth opera about the freedom-fighting, sharp-shooting hero William Tell is rarely staged. Working on a new Covent Garden production, Gerald Finley is grappling with ‘clever dirt’, archery skills and crowd control

Iestyn Davies: ‘Falsetto is like yodelling’

The renowned countertenor on finding those high notes, battling acid reflux and emulating the castrato Farinelli on stage

The Independent

Andre Rieu: How the Waltz King’s concerts have inspired a cult following

Rieu’s concerts prove that classical performers can engage with their audience without sacrificing their musical integrity

Classic FM

Lesley Garrett: Opera must give more roles to older women – or die

In the modern world, older women run countries and corporations. It’s time opera composers reflected this, says soprano Lesley Garrett.

Die Welt

“Ich halte die Nibelungen für ein Antikriegsepos”

Für die Nibelungenfestspiele hat Albert Ostermaier den blutrünstigen Sagenstoff neu bearbeitet. “Gemetzel” heißt sein Stück. Ein Gespräch über die Entgiftung eines von den Nazis missbrauchten Stoffs.

concerti

„Der Mensch braucht mehr als Unterhaltung“

Von der Isar an die Elbe: Als neuer Generalmusikdirektor hat Kent Nagano in Hamburg große Pläne – und hofft an Nord- und Ostsee auf die perfekte Welle

pizzicato

Strauss-Festival Garmisch-Partenkirchen blickt hilfesuchend nach München

Das Richard Strauss-Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, bei dem dieses Jahr Christa Ludwig die erstmals vergeben Strauss-Ehrenplakette erhielt, ging mit viel Lob für die Intendantin Prof. Dr. h. c. KS (sic!) Brigitte Fassbaender zu Ende.

RP online

Klassik für den Sommer

Zu den Binsenweisheiten unserer Kultur zählt, dass Musik an Jahreszeiten hängt: Ohne den Sommer kommt sie überhaupt nicht aus.

The New York Times

Seeking Genuine Discovery on Music Streaming Services

One day last week I woke up and decided I wanted to have the best morning ever. So I went to Songza — the music-streaming service that offers only predetermined playlists, much of them designed around mood, time of day or activity — and chose the playlist “Best Morning Ever.”

Live Science

Does Music Give You Math Skills? It’s a Tricky Equation

Naomi Eide is a master’s student in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. She contributed this article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Twitter

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: Dmitri Hvorostovsky opts for cancer treatment in London

I Care If You Listen @icareifulisten: Festival Reveals Piano Gems From A Siberian Prison via

klassik.com@klassikcom: Unternehmer spendet eine Million an die Rom

Antonio Pappano - Photo: © ROH Photographer: CLIVE BARDA

Antonio Pappano – Photo: © ROH Photographer: CLIVE BARDA

(Written on June 29, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Times elucidates how Petrenko landed his new post, Prokofiev discusses BBC’s Ten Pieces and Scotland’s national orchestra announces a new chief executive. Also, composer Mikis Theodorakis looks back on his life, composer Krzysztof Penderecki has received the papal medal ‘Per Artem ad Deum’ from the Pontifical Council for Culture and Ina Kringelborn dies at the age of 31. The New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards winners for 2015 are announced, with the Grand Awards going to the New York Philharmonic and Grand Piano Passion on how to find the right audiologist.

The Times

How Kirill Petrenko landed the biggest job in classical music

Three years ago Kirill Petrenko confessed in a rare interview that conducting the Berlin Philharmonic for the first time was “like scaling Mount Everest without equipment’’.

The Independent

Gabriel Prokofiev on the BBC’s Ten Pieces, Nonclassical, and a new Carnival of the Animals

Gabriel Prokofiev is pondering, over a Turkish lunch near his Bethnal Green studio in London, an unexpected development in his career as composer: the BBC has just picked a movement from his Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra for its new Ten Pieces list for schoolchildren aged 11 to 14.

The Telegraph

Kirill Petrenko is the right choice for the Berlin Philharmonic

The Russian conductor carries a flame for the great German tradition, says Michael Henderson

Classic FM

James Horner’s final Classic FM interview: turning down Lord of the Rings and the trouble with directors

Six months before his tragic death in a plane crash, the ‘Avatar’ composer exclusively revealed to Classic FM how he turned down an offer to write the music for The Lord of the Rings.

The Herald Scotland

New chief executive for Scotland’s national orchestra

Scotland’s national orchestra has announced a new chief executive.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Wo sollen wir Hoffnung hernehmen?

Mikis Theodorakis ist der berühmteste Komponist seines Landes und ein Liebling der Nation. Jetzt blickt der fast Neunzigjährige auf sein Leben zurück – und auf die Gegenwart Griechenlands.

pizzicato

Papal Distinction For Composer Krzysztof Penderecki

Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki (*1933) has received the papal medal ‘Per Artem ad Deum’ (Through Art to God) from the Pontifical Council for Culture. A statement speaks of his « constant pursuit of God along the paths delineated with the staves and notes. »

klassik.com

Sopranistin Ina Kringelborn gestorben

Die norwegische Sopranistin Ina Kringelborn ist am vergangenen Sonntag nach kurzer schwerer Krankheit im Alter von 31 Jahren im Universitätsklinikum von Lørenskog gestorben. Kringelborn war Ensemblemitglied des Opernhauses von Oslo und der Komischen Oper Berlin.

All Access

N.Y. Philharmonic, Radiolab, RTÉ Win Grand Awards At New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards

The NEW YORK FESTIVALS International Radio Program Awards winners for 2015 have been announced.

Grand Piano Passion

How to Find the Right Audiologist: Service, Service, Service

Since I was first diagnosed with a hearing loss at age six, I have been a patient of no less than 10 audiology practices over four decades.

Tweets

Telegraph Music @TeleMusicNews: Picture a typical Glastonbury goer. Now tells us their age

Opera North @Opera_North: Musical breakthrough: @BSOrchestra‘s project provides support for those living w/ : gu.com/p/4av6f/stw

Dave Lee@DaveLeeBBC: More good news for Apple as it preps its Music service – it’s finally put pen to paper with a big group of indies

Petrenko

Kirill Petrenko in full flow

Photo credit: Dan Porges / ArenaPAL / Telegraph

(Written on June 24, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, “Titanic”-composer James Horner dies in plane crash, pianist Sara Solovich tackles stage fright and CBSO announces new assistant conductor. Also, Die Welt reports on Kirill Petrenko who will succeed Sir Simon Rattle in 2018, Der Tagesspiegel states that Petrenko is ready for his international career and ballet and opera affected as Sydney Opera House closes for maintenance in 2017.

The Telegraph

Titanic composer James Horner dies

The Hollywood composer who wrote the score for the Oscar-winning film Titanic has died in a plane crash in California aged 61

Gunther Schuller: music’s man about town

Schuller must be remembered for making the jazz and classical music worlds work in tandem, says Ivan Hewett

The Independent

Beating stage fright: Pianist Sara Solovich on tackling her phobia by arranging a solo concert

She could perform Bach at age 10, but stopped playing as a teenager due to paralysing stage fright. In her fifties, Sara Solovich decided to attempt a solo concert. Could she do it?

The Guardian

Kirill Petrenko to succeed Simon Rattle at the Berlin Philharmonic

The conductor was appointed to one of classical music’s top jobs after the orchestra voted by a large majority for the Russian-born musician

Birmingham Post

CBSO announces Alpesh Chauhan as assistant conductor

Mr Chauhan will lead city’s orchestra for 2015/16 season after recently stepping in at short notice to cover Andris Nelsons

Die Zeit

“Titanic”-Komponist Horner stirbt bei Flugzeugabsturz

Für mehr als 100 Filme komponierte er den Soundtrack, darunter “Braveheart” und “Avatar”: Nun starb James Horner, als sein Kleinflugzeug in Kalifornien abstürzte.

Die Welt

Kirill Petrenko wird die Berliner hart rannehmen

Der scheue Kirill Petrenko wird der siebte Chefdirigent der Berliner Philharmoniker. Das ist gut so. Er ist eine der größten Begabungen überhaupt. Er wird das Image des Orchesters verändern.

Der Tagesspiegel

Kirill Petrenko: Reif für die Weltkarriere

Die Berliner Philharmoniker haben sich entschieden: Sie wollen mit Kirill Petrenko in die Zukunft schreiten. Er wird ihr neuer Chefdirigent. Das verspricht viel.

The New York Times

Berlin Philharmonic Selects Kirill Petrenko to Succeed Simon Rattle

When the Berlin Philharmonic announced on Monday that its next chief conductor would be Kirill Petrenko, the Russian-born music director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the organization was awarding one of the most prestigious posts in classical music to a widely respected artist who has largely shunned the spotlight courted by some of his peers.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Ballet and opera affected as Sydney Opera House closes for maintenance in 2017

The Sydney Opera House will be partially closed in 2017, forcing the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia to move performances to another theatre.

Tweets

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8: Andrea Bocelli, Juanes & Philadelphia Orchestra to Perform for Pope Francis in … – NBC 10 Philadelphia

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Sad news: ‘Titanic’ composer James Horner has died in plane crash. Listen to a here:

The Guardian : The arts sector is in desperate need of a fresh perspective

File- This June 28, 1967, file photo shows Gunther Schuller, who wrote and directed the opera "Visitation," at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City.  Schuller, the leading proponent of the Third Stream movement fusing jazz and classical music, has died at age 89. His son, bassist Ed Schuller, said his father died Sunday, June 21, 2015, at a hospital in Boston.  (AP Photo/File)

Gunter Schuller dies. Photo: The Telegraph

(Written on June 23, 2015 )