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

The Spectator

Debussy, Tippett and Wagner: the musical treats of 2018

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

Gramophone

Igor Levit receives 2018 Gilmore Artist Award

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

Bury Times

Talented young musicians fundraise for CAFOD at festive concert 

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

The Guardian

How Mongolia went wild for opera

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

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

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

The Telegraph

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

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

NPR

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

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

Musik Heute

Dohnányi übernimmt für Mehta Berliner “Salome”

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

Klassik.com

Petersdom: Elektronische Orgel ersetzt bisherige Pfeifenorgel

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

Klassik-heute

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

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

Berliner Zeitung

Kulturerbejahr Europa, Kontinent der Möglichkeiten 

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

El Mundo

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

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

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Image: © Kate Molleson for the Guardian

(Written on January 4, 2018 )

Classical News

In our news today, Itzhak Perlman pulls out of North Carolina concert over discriminatory transgender ‘bathroom law’, Members of the German Symphony Orchestra have been joined by more than 900 amateur musicians in a spontaneous concert at a Berlin mall & Ji Hwan Park, a luthier from South Korea, won the Grand Prix at this year’s International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Making Competition.

Classic FM

Itzhak Perlman pulls out of North Carolina concert over discriminatory transgender ‘bathroom law’

Itzhak Perlman has joined a burgeoning protest against ‘House Bill 2’, a law in the US state of North Carolina that has been widely criticised as discriminatory against transgender people by cancelling a planned performance with the North Carolina Symphony tonight.

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Huge flashmob orchestra fills Berlin shopping centre

Members of the German Symphony Orchestra have been joined by more than 900 amateur musicians in a spontaneous concert at a Berlin mall, entertaining hundreds of spectators.

The Strad

South Korean luthier wins Wieniawski International Violin Making Competition

Ji Hwan Park, a luthier from South Korea, won the Grand Prix and €20,000 at this year’s International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Making Competition. Held every five years in Poznań, Poland, the event is the oldest lutherie competition in the world.

The Spectator

Was Opera Rara justified in reviving Bellini’s first opera? Oh yes

First operas by composers who later became great or anyway expert in writing them tend to be at best of biographical interest, to be revived mainly for people who are interested to hear premonitions of the achievements that lay ahead.

SFCV

Baroque Flutist and Beatles Expert Set for Seminar on Fab Four

Stephen Schultz, Baroque flutist, 18th-century music specialist, and professor of music at Carnegie Mellon University, teaches a 15-week Beatles music history course at the private college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which regularly draws over 200 students and has a lengthy waiting list.

BR-Klassik

Mit Gesang andere Religionen kennenlernen

“Stimmen der Religionen” ist das diesjährige Motto von “Musica Sacra”, dem interreligiösen Musikertreffen, das seit Freitag in Marktoberdorf stattfindet.

Musik heute

DOV fordert Erhalt des Europäischen Jugendorchesters

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) hat vor einer Schließung des European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) gewarnt. Die Europäische Union wolle ihrem Jugendorchester die finanzielle Unterstützung entziehen.

pizzicato

Deutsche Theater und Orchester: Künstler bekommen mehr Geld

Der Deutsche Bühnenverein als Arbeitgeberverband der Theater und Orchester hat sich am vergangenen Wochenende mit den Künstlergewerkschaften GDBA (Genossenschaft Deutscher Bühnen-Angehöriger), VdO (Vereinigung deutscher Opernchöre und Bühnentänzer) sowie DOV (Deutsche Orchestervereinigung) auf eine Gagensteigerung für die an den Stadttheatern, Staatstheatern und Landesbühnen beschäftigten künstlerischen Mitarbeiter verständigt.

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The New York Times @nytimes Itzhak Perlman cancels concert in North Carolina to take a stand against the state’s bathroom law

Top Classical News @topcmnews ‘Why we all love Florence Foster Jenkins’

Live Music Now @LiveMusicNowUK We’ve uploaded films from our conference on best practice in music outreach, supported by

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‘Loss will be significant,’ says North Carolina Symphony as Perlman joins boycott supported by Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr. Photograph: Classic FM

(Written on May 18, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Kah Chun Wong wins the Bamberg Symphony’s Mahler Conducting Competition, a campaign has been launched to save the European Union Youth Orchestra and Scottish Opera might have a hit with its new Mikado.

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Masur Protégé wins Mahler Conducting Competition

Kah Chun Wong (*1986) from Singapore won First Prize at the Mahler Competition of the Bamberg Symphony.

EUYO

How can you help?

We are beginning a campaign to try to help safeguard a sustainable future of the European Union Youth Orchestra. If you would like to contribute to this campaign there are several ways to do so.

The Spectator

Scottish Opera could have a hit on its hands with this new Mikado

You have to be quite silly to take Gilbert and Sullivan seriously. But even sillier not to. G&S is still a litmus test for a particularly British type of operatic snobbery: ‘Is there a place for Gilbert and Sullivan in the 21st century?’ asked a Radio 3 presenter last year, about the time that ENO’s new Pirates of Penzance broke all audience records for live cinema relays in the UK.

BBC News

Michael Crawford ‘terrified’ ahead of West End return

Michael Crawford says he is “terrified” as he prepares to return to the West End stage for the first time in five years at the end of the month.

Classical Music Magazine

NAfME CEO steps down following remarks on diversity

The executive director and chief executive of the US-based National Association for Music Education Michael Butera stepped down on 11 May.

Kent Music announces technology-focused Project 14 course

Kent Music’s Orchestra ONE Project 14 course will take place 1-5 August at Maidstone’s Cornwallis Academy.

npr music

Even Scarier Than The Book Or Movie: ‘The Shining’ Is Now An Opera

The Shining was Stephen King’s first hardback bestseller. Stanley Kubrick’s film version was listed by no less than Martin Scorcese as one of the scariest horror films ever made. Now, the story is an opera.

Musik heute

Christoph Eschenbach mit Brahms-Preis ausgezeichnet

Der Dirigent und Pianist Christoph Eschenbach ist am Donnerstagabend mit dem Brahms-Preis 2016 geehrt worden.

klassik.com

Querelen um Film über Florence Foster Jenkins

Die Sopranistin Julia Kogan beansprucht Rechte als Co-Autorin am Drehbuch der Neuverfilmung über das Leben von Florence Foster Jenkins.

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Maria Guleghina erlitt Lebensmittelvergiftung in Wladiwostok

Die in Luxemburg lebende russische Sopranistin Maria Guleghina musste nach einer in einem Restaurant in Wladiwostok erlittenen Lebensmittelvergiftung aus der ‘Tosca’-Produktion des Mariinsky Theaters in der am Nordpazifik gelegenen russischen Hafenstadt ausscheiden.

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Petroc Trelawny @PetrocTrelawny Bravo for what sounds like a triumphant last minute rescue job last night.From auditorium to stage

Top Classical News @topcmnews 

The Strad @TheStradMag Video: Guy Johnston talks about the moment his string snapped at the in 2000

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(Written on May 13, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, a video of an opera singer performing during a scan revealed, NHS choir that beat Justin Bieber to the UK’s Christmas number one spot in 2015 signs film deal & Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage will be decorated with a giant lightning bolt in tribute to David Bowie.

The Telegraph

Real-time MRI captures incredible video of opera singer performing during scan

Researchers at the Freiburger Institute for Musician’s Medicine have revealed what really goes on inside an opera singer’s mouth when they perform.

BBC News

NHS choir signs film deal after topping chart at Christmas

The NHS choir that beat Justin Bieber to the UK’s Christmas number one spot in 2015 has signed a film deal to tell its story. The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir beat the Canadian singer after he urged his 72 million Twitter followers to buy its charity single, A Bridge Over You.

Glastonbury to honour David Bowie and Prince

Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage will be decorated with a giant lightning bolt in tribute to David Bowie, organiser Emily Eavis has told the BBC. The metal sculpture, inspired by the sleeve for Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album, will hang above acts like Coldplay and Adele when they play the stage in June.

The Guardian

The best classical concerts and opera of summer 2016

Oedipus finally reaches Britain, there’s a Messiaen marathon in Suffolk, Opera North’s Ring hits the road – and John Luther Adams summons up a deluge.

The Strad

Banff International String Quartet Competition 2016 names 10 shortlisted ensembles

The 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition has named the 10 string quartets shortlisted to take part in its live rounds.

Classical Music Magazine

Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras announce plans to mark Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary

The ensembles will present L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and L’incoronazione di Poppea in concert performances. They will also perform the Vespers at Basilica dei Frari, Venice, as well as working alongside musicologists and experts in Monteverdi during the anniversary year.

Roger Vignoles announced as accompanist for 2016 International Opera Awards

Roger Vignoles will be accompanist at the 2016 International Opera Awards ceremony, which will take place on 15 May at the Savoy Theatre. He will accompany Stuart Skelton, Anna Bonitatibus and a number of other past and present International Opera Awards finalists and winners.

The Spectator

Royal Opera’s Tannhäuser is one of the ugliest stagings I have set eyes on

Cursed, or perhaps blessed, with almost no visual memory at all, I had almost completely forgotten what the Royal Opera’s current Tannhäuser, directed by Tim Albery and with set designs by Michael Levine, looks like. Or perhaps it was the natural tendency to repress the memory of unpleasant experiences.

Klassik Heute

Dirigentenwettbewerb “The Mahler Competition” beginnt in Bamberg

Vom 6. bis 13. Mai 2016 veranstalten die Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie zum 5. Mal ihren Dirigentenwettbewerb The Mahler Competition. Der Wettbewerb ist ab der Hauptrunde am 9. Mai öffentlich. Der Eintritt zu den öffentlichen Runden in der Konzerthalle Bamberg ist frei.

Music Heute

Staatstheater Nürnberg: Neue Saison mit Wagner-Opern und Brahms-Konzerten

Die Nürnberger Oper eröffnet die Spielzeit 2016/17 mit Mussorgskis “Boris Godunow” in einer Neuinszenierung von Peter Konwitschny. Zusammen mit Generalmusikdirektor Marcus Bosch realisiert der 71-Jährige das Stück in der Urfassung von 1869, wie das Staatstheater am Mittwoch mitteilte.

Klassik.com

Ensemble Ludus instrumentalis gewinnt Förderpreis Alte Musik

Der Förderpreis Alte Musik, der von der Akademie für Alte Musik im Saarland und dem Saarländischen Rundfunk vergeben wird, geht in diesem Jahr an das in Köln beheimtate Ensemble Ludus Instrumentalis.

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IntArtsManager @IntArtsManager IAM’s editor is 1 of the 15 women to be selected for the first University Women in the Arts

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse Król Roger and Woolf Works nominated for South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Bernhard Neuhoff @BernhardNeuhoff Classical music sponsored by Pop stars: donates $ 25,000 to opera house via

EUYO @EUYOtweets Happy 10yr anniversary to our Partner . Looking forward to playing for our friends tonight.

Music News & Facts @musicnews_facts Today is the 28th birthday of a massively successful act and an outstanding singer/song-writer.

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(Written on May 5, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Spectator argues that female composers have been left off the syllabus because they’re no good, and the Evening Standard lists classical music’s most influential Londoners in 2015. Also, The Strad reports on how harmonics can be used as a violin teaching tool

The Spectator

The reason why there are no female composers on the syllabus is because they’re no good

Nothing by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Ethel Smyth or Judith Weir matches up to the work of their male counterparts

The Guardian

Marriage of Figaro – have you lost the plot?

Do you too struggle to follow every twist and turn of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro? Help us get things clear, for once and for all

The Strad

Using harmonics as a violin teaching and practice tool

Although harmonics are most often used for musical effect, in the search for a perfectly pure sound they can be a wonderful aid to learning and practice, argues Laura Reed

Evening Standard

The Progress 1000: London’s most influential people 2015 – Classical Music

Classical music’s most influential Londoners and what they have done for the Arts

Manchester Evening News

Hacienda classics turned classical as DJs perform dance hits with Manchester Camerata

Former Hacienda DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering came up with the idea to play a non-stop set of 20 songs with the local chamber orchestra to give the club’s anthems a new life

New York Times

The Met Considers Naming Rights, and Other Ways Forward

A bigger glass lobby stretching into Lincoln Center’s plaza. Operas on Sunday. And perhaps, following the lead of its neighboring theaters recently renamed for David Geffen and David H. Koch, slapping another wealthy donor’s name on the storied Metropolitan Opera House.

Listen Magazine

The Mensch

Itzhak Perlman discusses teaching, Mendelssohn, color, chamber music, warhorses, interpretation, solo Bach, and his hair.

Neue Musikzeitung

Gergijew gibt Einstand in München – Aufbruch in eine neue Ära?

Mit dem Einstandkonzert des russischen Stardirigenten Waleri Gergijew beginnt für die Münchner Philharmoniker an diesem Donnerstag eine neue Zeitrechnung.

Klassik-heute.com

ARD-Musikwettbewerb geht mit dem 3. Preisträgerkonzert zu Ende

Die 64. Ausgabe des Internationalen Musikwettbewerbs der ARD ist erfolgreich zu Ende gegangen und hat in allen vier Kategorien ausgezeichnete Ergebnisse hervorgebracht.

Klassik.com

Neues Kulturzentrum in Lugano eröffnet

Theater- und Konzertsaal bieten Raum für musikalisches Angebot unterschiedlicher Sparten. Entworfen hat das Gebäude der Tessiner Architekt Ivan Gianola.

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Classic FM: The 8 noisiest things in classical music:

ISM: Classical concert etiquette: the new rules from :

GramophoneYou voted in your thousands. At 8pm tonight we will announce the Artist of the Year.

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Music Director of English National Opera: Mark Wigglesworth Daniel Hambury/ Evening Standard

 

 

(Written on September 17, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Europe’s largest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ is revived, music teachers’ zero-hours contracts may prevent children from learning an instrument and why symphony orchestras are expected to survive indefinitely.

The Telegraph

Europe’s largest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ brought back to life, in pictures

The Grand Hall at vintage venue Troxy in London’s East End is soon to be filled with the sounds of a magnificent full orchestra upon the recent completion of the restoration project to save Europe’s largest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

When is the Edinburgh Festival 2015?

The world’s biggest arts festival runs from August 7 to 31 this year.

The Guardian

Brassed off: the music teachers on zero-hours contracts

Redundancies and cuts in funding may leave some children with no opportunity to learn a musical instrument

Classical Music Magazine

Nominations open for Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.

The Spectator

Why are symphony orchestras expected to survive indefinitely?

We forget that the great symphony orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic were once radical project ensembles — until they became part of the establishment.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Bardentreffen in Nürnberg: Weltmusik im Bratwurstidyll

Was ist das eigentlich, ein „Bardentreffen“? Aus einem Wettstreit für Liedermacher ist in Nürnberg ein weltläufiges Festival geworden. An diesem Donnerstag wird das 40. Jubiläum gefeiert.

Opernetz

Wahnfried oder Ärgersheim

Mit zweijähriger Verzögerung, einer stattlichen Kostensteigerung und etlichen juristischen Turbulenzen konnten die auf dem Gelände der Villa Wahnfried angesiedelten Gebäude frisch renoviert und, um einen gläsernen Museumsneubau erweitert, der Öffentlichkeit übergeben werden. Die Probleme sind allerdings noch längst nicht gelöst.

BR Klassik

Theodorakis zum 90. Geburtstag Streitbarer Künstler und Politiker

Komponist, Schriftsteller und Politiker – der griechische Künstler Mikis Theodorakis gilt als Volksheld. Mit seinen Melodien ist Theodorakis schon zu Lebzeiten unsterblich geworden. BR-KLASSIK gratuliert dem Musiker zum 90. Geburtstag.

El Mundo

Casi vivir de la música

La música vive un mal momento, es redundante repetirlo. Los profesionales de esta disciplina, al no ver cubiertas sus expectativas y aspiraciones en España, deciden partir rumbo a Europa. Orquestas profesionales y formaciones amateur y grandes conservatorios esperan para acogerles. Pero, ¿y ellos? ¿Se sienten valorados tras tomar la decisión de emigrar?

Classicalite

Vic Firth, Legendary Drumstick Creator and Percussionist, Dies at 85

Even if you aren’t a percussionist, the name Vic Firth — the world’s most prolific drumstick maker — is still in your vocabulary. For the man who started it all, Mr. Everett Joseph “Vic” Firth has died at 85 years old.

Tweets

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Devils and debauchery may just feature in this month’s Opera Strip… Can you guess the opera?

Londonist @Londonist: Things to do in London today: enjoy seafood with your jazz & London Open Live @_TheWhitechapel

BBC Radio 1 @BBCR1: This is stunning! Insomnia at the proms.

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Europe’s largest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ
Photo: Julian Simmonds/The Telegraph

(Written on July 30, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Borodin Quartet continue the excavation of Shostakovich’s music, The Guardian explores classical works hated by their own composers and question what would happen if we mixed Brahms and Radiohead. Also, Nicholas McCarthy signs to Warner Classics and The Spectator looks at the most powerful man in classical music.

The Telegraph

The Borodin Quartet: ‘We are not here to perform nice music’

As the world’s greatest string quartet continue their excavation of Shostakovich’s music, John Allison finds out what it means to live in the mind of a tormented genius

The Guardian

‘Repugnant’, ‘uninspired’ and ‘awful’ – works hated by their own composers

From Beethoven to Ravel, and Elgar to Saint-Saëns, 10 of the best-known pieces that their composers disowned despite – or perhaps because of – their popularlity

What do you get if you mix Brahms with Radiohead?

The end of musical civilisation as we know it, says Tom Service. Epic hoax, or compelling and captivating – what do you think of a symphonic project that melds Brahms’s First Symphony with Radiohead’s OK Computer?

Classical Music Magazine

Nicholas McCarthy signs to Warner Classics

The left-handed British pianist, Nicholas McCarthy, has been signed to Warner Classics and his first solo album for the label will be released in September 2015.

The Spectator

The most powerful man in classical music

Ronald Wilford invented the chimera of ‘the great conductor’ and, as president of Columbia Artists, sold it at unimaginable profit

artsjournal

Sony (And Other Major Recording Labels) Own A Piece Of Spotify. Is This A Conflict Of Interest That Hurts Artists?

“Having equity in Spotify might be smart, but if the money doesn’t trickle down from labels to profit participants, is it legal?

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Conductor Sascha Goetzel Resigns As First Guest Conductor Of The Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne

Austrian conductor Sascha Goetzel resigned with immediate effect as First Guest Conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne, a post which he occupied since 2012.

Der Tagesspiegel

Chopin in Schönefeld

Schon zum zweiten Mal bringen die Brandenburgischen Sommerkonzerte Klassik auf den Skandalflughafen BER in Schönefeld: Am 28. Juni um 17 Uhr spielt das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester

Die Welt

“Wer ist Petrenko?”, fragen Engländer und Amis

Die einen schmollen, die anderen fürchten um ihre Posten: Was folgt auf die Wahl von Kirill Petrenko in Berlin? Der unterlegene Christian Thielemann hat jetzt immerhin einen Parkplatz in Bayreuth.

Concerti

Annäherungen und Veränderungen

Die neue Intendantin Nike Wagner verpasst dem Beethovenfest Bonn eine sanfte Frischzellenkur

KlassikAkzente

So klingt der Sommer! Die “Sommernachtsmusik” im ZDF mit Anna Netrebko

Beim Klassik-Open-Air-Event der “ZDF-Sommernachtsmusik” steht Anna Netrebko in diesem Jahr erstmals gemeinsam mit Jonas Kaufmann und Thomas Hampson auf der Bühne am traumhaft schönen Münchner Königsplatz.

Tweets

ClassicsTweets @ClassicsTweetsInteresting Fact 67: Schoenberg had a fear of the number 13. He died on Friday 13th July 1951.

BBC Radio 4 @BBCRadio4The world’s fastest drummer, high octane guitar shredders and The Minute Waltz in 57 secs. Fast and Furioso:

BBC Music Magazine@MusicMagazine: Right. Our deputy ed – me – is on his lonesome in the BBC Music office today. Do send me an amusing tweet or two to keep me company. Ta.

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The Borodin Quartet
Photo credit: The Telegraph

(Written on June 26, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Daniel Harding is named the new music director of the Orchestre de Paris, the Bayreuth Wagner Festival is becoming more of a soap opera than a classical opera and the Spectator states that dressing up for the opera is not elitist. Furthermore, Lisa Milne has announced she will be quitting the main stage and devoting the rest of her career to teaching, Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ is being performed in the Israeli Masada National Park and Thomas Hengelbrock will be Chef associé at the Orchestre de Paris from 2016. Today, the Leipziger Bachfest starts, music streaming services aim at Japan and composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank answers questions on I Care If You Listen.

The Times

Daniel Harding: the British conductor with a new Paris beat

Daniel Harding, 39, is following Barenboim, Solti and Karajan as the new music director of the Orchestre de Paris. Richard Morrison meets him

The Guardian

The Bayreuth Wagner festival: more soap opera than classical opera

Allegations that joint director Eva Wagner-Pasquier is not allowed even near the festival theatre are the latest twists in a long saga of offstage feuds at Bayreuth

Classical Music Magazine

Daniel Harding takes Paris post

Daniel Harding is to be the next music director of the Orchestre de Paris, succeeding Paavo Järvi.

The Spectator

Dressing up for the opera is not elitist

Evening dress is a great social leveller

Herald Scotland

Soprano Lisa Milne on quitting the stage and turning to teaching

Lisa Milne, one of the finest operatic voices Scotland has ever produced, has announced she will be quitting the main stage and devoting the rest of her career to teaching.

pizzicato

Oper in der Wüste

Im israelischen ’Masada National Park’ wird zurzeit Giacomo Puccinis ‘Tosca’ aufgeführt, in der Regie von Nicolas Joël und unter der Leitung von Daniel Oren, in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Israelischen Opernchor und dem Israelischen Symphonie Orchester Rischon Letzion.

klassik.com

Thomas Hengelbrock

Thomas Hengelbrock wird mit Beginn der Spielzeit 2016/17 Chef associé beim Orchestre de Paris. Er ist seit 2011 Chefdirigent des NDR Sinfonieorchesters und leitet seit seiner Gründung das Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble.

MUSIK HEUTE

Bachfest Leipzig beginnt – Verbindung mit Stadtjubiläum

Das Leipziger Bachfest beginnt am (heutigen) Freitag mit einer Neuheit: Erstmals spielt das Händelfestspielorchester zur Eröffnung.

The New York Times

Music Streaming Service Aims at Japan, Where CD Is Still King

As listeners around the world turn to streaming music, there has been one important holdout: Japan. More than 80 percent of the sales in the country are still on physical formats like CDs, and the industry in Japan has been resistant to allowing streaming services to take root.

I Care If You Listen

5 Questions to Gabriela Lena Frank (composer)

Composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank is as busy as she can imagine being. She has just completed My angel, his name is Freedom, a commission from the Handel and Haydn Society which they will debut on June 18 at Symphony Hall in Boston as part of their bicentennial celebration.

Twitter

London Bach Society @bachlive: Sending good wishes to our Leipzig friends for a super Bachfest starting today ..Singet dem Herrn eine neues Lied

Telegraph Classical : How to open an opera festival in your back garden

Classical Today : YOUNG ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Veronika Eberle, violinist

Daniel Harding Photo: Julian Hargreaves

Daniel Harding
Photo: Julian Hargreaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on June 12, 2015 )

Harriet Harman has made a speech criticising publicly funded arts organisations for not being inclusive enough. Having attended a concert at The Royal Opera House, the shadow culture secretary was quoted as saying that the audience in attendance was predominantly “white, metropolitan and middle class” and further stated that there was a danger of the arts becoming “the prerogative of the metropolitan elite”.  Sharing Harman’s views that the arts need to be more universally accessible is new Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, who stated that “I didn’t grow up in the kind of family that went to the Donmar Warehouse”. He has also cited statistics that demonstrate a decrease in black and ethnic minority groups’ involvement in the arts.

In response, Josie Rourke, the artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden, has highlighted her own effort to make the theatre more inclusive. Launched 18 months ago, the Barclays Front Row Initiative is a scheme whereby two thirds of the seats closest to the stage are released on a Monday at 10am a fortnight in advance. The tickets cost just £10 and Rourke states that more than half of the 24,000 people who have bought tickets in the scheme so far had never been to The Donmar before.

Not everyone agrees with Harman, however. Writing for The Guardian, Stephen Moss claims that “The arts only start to make sense when you put the pieces together, which is why getting any coherent sense of opera or classical music or serious drama takes years”. Moss argues that children would be “bored out of their heads” by a performance of L’Orfeo and cultural awareness and inclusion is just as achievable through the Internet. Igor Toronyl-Lalic points towards education as the key to inclusivity, rather than cheaper tickets at prestigious venues; “Teach all kids about opera and theatre and dance, and they will go to the opera and theatre and dance. Don’t and they won’t.”

Ultimately, whilst all make good points, many questions appear to remain unanswered. How could the government make it affordable for families to go to these concerts at the weekend, taking travel expenses into account? Harman may be keen to make music more accessible but it may be that initiating more schemes such as the Barclays Front Row Initiative is only the tip of the iceberg. Even educating children might not be enough; it is certainly possible that, despite a good education on the subject, the younger generation still may not wish to attend. Would a twelve year old choose to see Fidelio over One Direction? What do you think?

The Donmar Warehouse
Donmar Warehouse    Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

(Written on June 11, 2014 )

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