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In today’s news: The number of people watching live music has risen in the past year, OAE announces first Rising Stars cohort, and John Axelrod’s big plans for the Bernstein Centennial. Spotify denies it is playlisting fake artists, and at G-20 Beethoven sends a mixed message to Trump.

The Times

Festival, gig and concert crowds soar

The number of people watching live music has risen in the past year, according to research which found that audiences at concerts and festivals were up 12 per cent and brought in £4 billion to the economy.

Classical Music Magazine

OAE announces first Rising Stars cohort

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) has announced its first Rising Stars of the Enlightenment cohort: a group of up-and-coming singers the ensemble believes to be ‘the opera and vocal stars of the future’.

Pizzicato

John Axelrod’s big plans for the Bernstein Centennial

John Axelrod will turn Sevilla into the epicentre of European activities for the Bernstein at 100 worldwide events, the conductor told Pizzicato.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify denies it’s playlisting fake artists. So why are all these fake artists on its playlists?

Last summer, MBW ran a widely-read story which blew the lid off the fact that Spotify’s platform was being deliberately clogged up with music by ‘fake’ artists.

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Kein Ausweis für den Hund – Barrie Kosky über seinen Bayreuther „Meistersinger“ im Gespräch mit Joachim Lange

Barrie Kosky bereitet auf dem Grünen Hügel in Bayreuth die „Meistersinger“ vor. Am 25. Juli werden damit die Richard-Wagner-Festspiele eröffnet.

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„Die Musik geht einfach direkt ins Herz“

Die russische Sopranistin Julia Lezhneva über ihre Karriereanfänge, Gesangswettbewerbe und die Musik von Karl Heinrich Graue.

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Plácido Domingo hofft auf 4.000. Auftritt

Der spanische Opernsänger Plácido Domingo hofft, in seiner Karriere die Zahl von 4.000 Auftritten voll machen zu können.

El País

Max Richter, el músico que se propone dormirnos

El estreno español de ‘Sleep’, una nana de ocho horas para escuchar por la noche, genera una enorme expectación en Madrid.

The New York Times

At G-20, Beethoven Sends a Mixed Message to Trump

Littered streets were lined by police officers outside the Elbphilharmonie concert hall here on Friday evening after a concert put on for world leaders attending the Group of 20 summit meeting. Inside the security bubble: Beethoven.

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Classical Music Magazine: Rising Stars of the Enlightenment cohort

(Written on July 10, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Beer, Bach, tweets and Tavener, older audiences know how to listen properly, and RNCM announces 2017 Honorands. After seven years Martin Hoffmann steps down as manager of the Berlin Philharmonic, and new professor at the MUMUTH school of arts Graz. Sony takes up vinyl production, and Penderecki’s music in the new Twin Peaks season.

The Guardian

Beer, Bach, tweets and Tavener: mixing up the classical concert

Can a concert that throws out all the things about the classical experience that puts may people off succeed in attracting a new audience? Cheltenham festival are having a go.

The Times

Older audiences know how to listen properly, says violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti

The violin virtuoso has expressed outrage at suggestions that organisers of symphony concerts should focus on attracting younger crowds, at the expense of older devotees.

Music Teacher

RNCM announces 2017 Honorands

Dame Patricia Routledge, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Henning Kraggerud and Vasily Petrenko are among the Royal Northern College of Music’s 2017 Honorands.

Classical Music Magazine

London Sinfonietta reveals 50th anniversary season

The London Sinfonietta’s 50th anniversary season will see the ensemble explore its history and cultural legacy, and look to the future with a number of new works and projects.

The Strad

Midori to join Curtis Institute of Music violin faculty in 2018

The violinist, who has taught at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for 14 years, will join the Curtis Institute full-time from the 2018-2019 academic year

Tagesspiegel

„Mein Büro ist das Herzzentrum“

Nach sieben Jahren endet die Intendanz von Martin Hoffmann bei den Berliner Philharmonikern. Ein Gespräch über Manager und Musiker, Querelen am Kulturforum und den Geldsegen vom Bund.

Concerti

Eine Woche reicht für beides – Wettbewerb und Fest

TONALi schickt zwölf junge Geiger ins Rennen – an höchst ungewöhnlichen Orten

NMZ

Alles Oper, oder was?

René Zisterer steht im Foyer des MUMUTH – Haus für Musik und Musiktheater – und sieht sichtlich zufrieden aus.

WQXR

Listening to Penderecki’s Music in ‘Twin Peaks’

Much has been written about the eighth episode of Twin Peaks’ 2017 incarnation.

Le Parisien

Face au retour en grâce du vinyle, Sony va relancer la production

Avis aux nostalgiques mais aussi aux jeunes mélomanes, le géant japonais de l’électronique Sony va reprendre d’ici à mars 2018 la fabrication de vinyles, après un arrêt de trois décennies.

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(Written on June 29, 2017 )

in today’s news: Three Choir Festival programme revealed, “Beethovenfest” is searching for “distant lover”, Philharmonia doubles up, John Eliot Gardiner’s new recording is a revelatory psychological document, André Rieu’s concerts to be broadcast in cinemas, Andre Larson has died aged 74, Tucson Symphony Orchestra names a new president, Sponsorship award of the “Rheingau Musik Festivals” for Pianist Ben Kim, Philharmonia Orchestra announced first two guest composer and the dream of Terror.

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Three Choirs Festival 2017 programme revealed

The programme for the Three Choirs Festival 2017, which will take place 22-29 July in Worcester, has been revealed.

Pizzicato

‘Beethovenfest Bonn sucht die ‘Ferne Geliebte’

Das ‘Beethovenfest Bonn’ unter der künstlerischen Leitung von Nike Wagner steht 2017 unter dem Motto ‘Ferne Geliebte’.

JDCMB

Philharmonia doubles up

The Philharmonia has today announced the appointment of their new principal guest conductor.

The Times

Gardiner: Bach -St Matthew Passion

Above all else, John Eliot Gardiner’s new recording of Bach’s St Matthew Passion is a revelatory psychological document.

The Strad

André Larson, founder director of the National Music Museum, has died aged 74

Dr André Larson, former director of the National Music Museum in the US, died on 24 March at the age of 74.

Classicfm

André Rieu announces celebratory Maastricht concert in cinemas

It’s 30 years since the much-loved violinist founded his Johann Strauss Orchestra. He’ll be marking the occasion with a concert in Maastricht and screened in cinemas across the UK.

Musik Heute

Philharmonia Orchestra ernennt zwei Erste Gastdirigenten

Das Philharmonia Orchestra London hat zwei Erste Gastdirigenten ernannt.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Der Traum vom Terror

Was treibt zwei nette deutsche Mädels aus dem sachsen-anhaltischen Sangerhausen dazu, nach Syrien in den Dschihad zu ziehen und einen brutalen Krieg zu führen, der eigentlich nicht der ihre ist?

Musicalchair

Tucson Symphony Orchestra names a new president/CEO

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday named an insider as its new president/CEO.

The New York Times

One Pianist’s Variations on Tales From the Crypt

A searching artist who likes to play old and new music against (or, more accurately, for) each other, the pianist David Greilsammer arrives in New York on Wednesday, April 5, for the latest installment in the Crypt Sessions, a way-downstairs, intimate series at the Church of the Intercession in Washington Heights.

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Förderpreis des Rheingau Musik Festivals für Pianist Ben Kim

 Der Förderpreis des Rheingau Musik Festivals geht in diesem Jahr an den amerikanischen Pianisten Ben Kim.

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3Wiener Philharmoniker erhalten Dirigierpartitur Leonard Bernsteins
: . will be playing ‘The Good the Bad and the Ugly’ after 11am in memory of Alessandro Alessandroni, ‘The Whistler’ on the piece
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(Written on March 31, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius is reintroduced by Mira Wang, and PRS for Music celebrates the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System. Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton discuss the lost art of classical improvisation. Researchers have found that accelerometers in smart devices can be hacked using sound waves. Are non-profits a sustainable system for classical music?

The Times 

Conductor more minor than Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim first conducted an orchestra at the age of 12 while Sir Simon Rattle was 13.

Rhinegold

PRS for Music announces anti-piracy successes

PRS for Music is celebrating the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System (MAPS), which allows music creators to remove their repertoire from unlicensed online services and platforms.

Robert Murray withdraws from ENO’s Partenope

Robert Murray has withdrawn from ENO’s production of Partenope following a fall. He is suffering from severe concussion and has been advised to rest as far as possible.

Cmuse

Harness the Power of Classical Music: Five Reasons Why Classical Music should be on your Playlist

Classical music is powerful, and that’s no secret. May it be playing the piano, a Cremona violin perhaps, or cello amongst others, there’s always a certain beauty in putting together a beautiful piece and making a whole music out of it.

Pizzicato

Plagiatsvorwurf gegen designierten Wiener Staatsopernchef

Bogdan Roscic, dem designierten Intendant der Wiener Staatsoper wird vorgeworfen, sich in einer Arbeit über Theodor Adorno, mit der er 1988 in Wien promovierte, des Plagiats schuldig gemacht zu haben.

Music Business Worldwide

Deezer strikes major partnership with french retailer FNAC

Interesting news out of France: The market’s No.1 physical music retailer, FNAC, is getting into bed with its No.1 streaming music provider, Deezer.

Classic FM

How do you memorise music?

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra first played a piece of music from memory in 2010. It was Grieg’s five-part Holberg Suite. And while it was normal to see soloists performing from memory, it was something else to see a whole orchestra without music.

Musicalchairs

Is nonprofit the best way to do classical music?

Is non-profit status a good thing for classical music? It’s the standard model in the United States, but does that mean it’s the best model?

The Guardian 

The Damnation of Faust review – Liverpool Phil moves from loftiest speculation to the lowliest taverns

Berlioz’s “dramatic legend” eludes any single genre – is it a philosophical oratorio? An opera of the imagination? A macabre, metaphysical satire featuring lowbrow songs about fleas and a eulogy to a dead rat?

The Strad

Whatever happened to improvisation in classical music?

‘Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton grew up surrounded by Romani music and use a variety of Romani techniques in their performances – including writing their own variations and cadenzas. Here they discuss the lost art of classical improvisation.

The New York Times

Misha Mengelberg, Bold and Spirited Jazz Pianist, Dies at 81

Misha Mengelberg, a Dutch pianist and composer who approached the jazz tradition with an adventurous spirit and an antic sense of humor, died on March 3 in Amsterdam. He was 81.

The Washington Post 

Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius was once lost forever. Now, it plays again.

No two Strads are alike, they say, but the violin that Mira Wang reintroduced to the world Monday night is truly special. It was gone for decades, stolen after a concert in 1980, and its owner, Roman Totenberg, died in 2012 thinking it would never be seen again.

Pitchfork

Music Can Be Used to Hack Phones, Computers, and Cars, New Research Shows

“It’s like the opera singer who hits the note to break a wine glass, only in our case, we can spell out words.”

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Sound and Music Watch “The Iris Murder” an award winning new chamber opera by Alasdair Nicolson and librettist John Gallas. https://t.co/DsIvOw2Iu0

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(Written on March 15, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Niklas Hoffmann was announced the winner of the 14th Donatella Flick LSO conducting competition last night. Taxpayer’s bill for English National Opera has risen to £155,000 per show, after the company scaled back its work to cope with funding cuts. Conductor Harry Bicket has extended his contract with Santa Fe Opera until autumn 2020. Also, on Sunday 27 November, BBC Radio 3 will replace its usual schedule with 12 hours of live concerts, features and interviews to showcase the work of the BBC Orchestras and Choirs.

Classical Music Magazine

Niklas Hoffmann wins Donatella Flick LSO conducting competition 2016

Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann was last night announced as the winner of the 14th Donatella Flick LSO conducting competition.

The Times

Taxpayer’s bill for English Opera hits £155,000 a show

The cost to the taxpayer of each English National Opera performance has risen to £155,000 after the company scaled back its work to cope with funding cuts.

The Economist

China’s newest export hit is classical music

Next month New York’s David Geffen Hall will welcome a visiting orchestra, on a tour including other top venues in Los Angeles and San Francisco. But the guest orchestra is not the Berlin Philharmonic or one of Europe’s other esteemed ensembles. It is the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), which was founded in Beijing a mere 16 years ago.

The New York Times

An Extra Layer of Dutch for New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic will offer its audiences a taste of new Amsterdam when the Dutch maestro Jaap van Zweden becomes its music director in the 2018-19 season.

Opera Now Magazine

Bicket to remain with Santa Fe Opera until 2020

Harry Bicket has extended his contract with Santa Fe Opera until autumn 2020.

BBC Music Magazine

Yo-Yo Ma and The Music of Strangers

A new documentary follows the cellist’s international ensemble around the world.

BBC Radio 3 Pass the Baton!

BBC Radio 3 spend a day celebrating BBC ensembles as part of it’s 70th season. On Sunday 27 November, BBC Radio 3 will replace its usual schedule with 12 hours of live concerts, features and interviews to showcase the work of the BBC Orchestras and Choirs.

Los Angeles Times

Violinist Ray Chen, 27, on his new group and classical music in the Instagram age

At 27, Ray Chen is regarded as one of the finest violinists of his generation. His joy in making music is palpable, his playing is confident, polished and richly characterized.

Sonoma Index-Tribune

Classical Music Society launches season in Sonoma in Nov. 20

The Sonoma Classical Music Society has announced its 13th season of classical music in Sonoma. Its kick-off performance on Sunday, Nov. 20 will feature the Italian Saxophone Quartet.

Der Tagesspiegel

Was die Koalition für die Kultur verabredet hat

Dem wieder eigenständigen Kulturressort kommt eine größere Verantwortung zu als zuvor. Personalentscheidungen sollen künftig mit den Häusern abgesprochen werden.

neue musikzeitung

Der Inbegriff des globalen Musikers

Am 18. November würde Don Cherry 80 Jahre alt

Die Welt

“Es gibt keinerlei Gespräche mit Berlin”

Armin Petras hat als Intendant das Stuttgarter Theater wieder zu einer wichtigen deutschen Bühne gemacht. Jetzt hat er gekündigt. Soll er statt Chris Dercon die Berliner Volksbühne übernehmen?

El Mundo

Escuchar los colores ver la música

El misterio de la sinestesia en la Fundación Juan March.

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(Written on November 18, 2016 )

WildKat PR wishes Steve Reich a very Happy Birthday today!

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WildKat PR recently worked with Steve and Metal Liverpool on their “Different Trains” project, which took place last week. The performance was given a five-star review by The Times, who described the performance as “an exuberant, sometimes dark blend of music and film — this was a superb performance of one of Steve Reich’s most poignant works.” “Different Trains” was performed as an open-air concert at Metal’s Liverpool home at Edge Hill station, the oldest active passenger railway station in the world, with a film accompaniment, which was  a newly commissioned work by artist and filmmaker Bill Morrison. Take a look at Steve’s interview with the London Contemporary Orchestra on Boiler Room, where he talked about the production.

Besides the Different Trains project, Steve also collaborated with The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, Wayne McGregor, to create a new one-act work, in celebration of Reich’s 80th birthday as well as Wayne McGregor’s ten years as Resident Choreographer at Royal Opera House. The world premiere performance will take place in November 2016. For more details about the performances, please refer to ROH’s website.

In addition, Steve Reich recently collaborated with Kristjan Järvi on his Sound Project and released a double CD “Steve Reich Duet,” in celebration of Reich’s 80th birthday.

Steve Reich will also be presenting his works with the Barbican. “Steve Reich’s music changed the way we hear our world,” as said by the Barbican. In his 80th birthday year, the Barbican begins a year-long celebration, with Britten Sinfonia launching the festivities with the European premiere of his work “Pulse”: just part of an evening of music and visuals that demonstrates his profound engagement with the events of our time: air travel, atomic testing, and genetic engineering. Visit the Barbican’s website for more details.

 

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Photo: WildKat PR. Steve speaks with Radcliffe and Maconie for their BBC 6Music show

 

“Without Steve Reich’s rhythms, pulses and phasing, contemporary culture would be a much poorer place,” says the Guardian. Reich has given the contemporary musical world a licence to groove. He created a model of a self-sustaining ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, to play, record and remain a living laboratory for his music, and he has inspired musicians from Michael Gordon to Nico Muhly, from Björk to DJ Spooky. And that means that we all live in a Reichian musical world.

WildKat is also very excited to work with Berlin-based label, FILM, on their release of Reich’s “Six Pianos,” with pianists Gregor Schwellenbach, Volker Bertelmann alias Hauschka, John Kameel Farah, Erol Sarp from Grandbrothers, as well as Daniel Brandt and Paul Frick from the techno ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, read more about it here.

(Written on October 3, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, the Messiaen Foundation starts a project for young musicians, BBC News goes behind the scenes of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, and The Times launches Christmas carol competition. Also, The Musicians’ Union predicts bad times for musicians through Brexit, and Frank Peter Zimmermann gets his Stradivarius “Lady Inchiquin” back.

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Maison Messiaen To Become A Residence For Young Musicians

The Messiaen Foundation has started a project to open Olivier Messiaen’s residence on the lake of Laffrey (Isère) as residence for young musicians.

BBC News

A Syrian Symphony: Behind the scenes of an emotional musical reunion

When their home country was torn apart by war, the members of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians were dispersed around the world. Last month, they were brought together again for brief tour, aided by Damon Albarn. The BBC World Service went behind the scenes of the rehearsals.

The Strad

Britain’s vote to leave the EU will be ‘bad news for musicians,’ says Musicians’ Union

The Musicians’ Union (MU), which represents over 30,000 professionals working across all sectors of the music business throughout the United Kingdom, has issued a statement on its website in response to Britain’s 23 June referendum decision to leave the European Union.

Broadwayworld

BWW Interviews: „Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II“ with Sydney Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Co-Creator George Daugherty Shares His Passion And Enthusiasm With BWW Sydney

This July, George Daugherty and co-creator David Ka Lik Wong bring their new concert „Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II“ to the Sydney Opera House. Teaming up with Sydney Symphony Orchestra again, they will pair the iconic Warner Bros animation with live orchestral performance to entrance and delight audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Classical Music Magazine

Times launches Christmas carol competition

The Times has launched its Christmas carol competition for 2016.
The winning entry will be performed by the Bach Choir on 16 December at Cadogan Hall and published in the Times before 31 March 2017.

Creative industries continue to thrive

New government figures show that the creative industries are continuing to grow and improve in diversity. Since 2011, the number of jobs in the sector has risen by nearly 20% – nearly triple the rate of the UK economy as a whole – to 1.9 million.

The Londoner

A new way to do classical music in London

The Aeolian Musical Arts Association has unveiled a new approach to classical music in London — a conductor-less, community-focused string quartet that engages aspiring musicians and offers free tickets to their shows.

New York Times

Bird Song, Sirens and Saxophones for a Stroll Between Museums

It was with some trepidation that I set out last week to try “Soundwalk 9:09,” a piece the Metropolitan Museum of Art commissioned from John Luther Adams, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. Composed of sounds recorded in the area, the work is intended for people to listen to on their smartphones as they make the eight-block walk between the museum’s mother ship, on Fifth Avenue, and its new outpost, the Met Breuer, in the old Whitney building on Madison Avenue.

Leipziger Volkszeitung

Gewandhaus-Cellist bei Unfall ums Leben gekommen

Hendrik Zwiener, Cellist des Leipziger Gewandhausorchesters, ist bei einem Unfall ums Leben gekommen. Opernintendant Ulf Schirmer teilte die traurige Nachricht am Sonntag vor der Aufführung von Wagners „Götterdämmerung“ dem Publikum in der Oper mit und bat um eine Schweigeminute.

klassik.com

Architekturpreis Große Nike für Konzerthaus Blaibach

Der Bund deutscher Architekten (BDA) hat den Architekten Peter Haimerl für das Konzerthaus Blaibach mit dem Preis “Große Nike” ausgezeichnet. Die nach einem mehrstuftigen Auswahlverfahren vergebene Auszeichnung gilt als einer der bedeutendsten deutschen Architekturpreise.

MUSIK HEUTE

Geiger Frank Peter Zimmermann erhält Stradivari zurück

Der Geiger Frank Peter Zimmermann bekommt die Stradivari “Lady Inchiquin” zurück. Das Instrument aus dem Jahr 1711 werde Zimmermann künftig wieder zur Verfügung gestellt, sagte NRW-Kulturministerin Christina Kampmann am Montag in Düsseldorf.

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Deutscher Kulturrat setzt Kunstfest Weimar auf Rote Liste

Der Deutsche Kulturrat hat das 1990 gegründete Kunstfest Weimar auf seine Rote Liste der bedrohten Kultureinrichtungen gesetzt. Thüringens größtes und bekanntestes Festival für zeitgenössische Künste sei ab 2019 massiv in seiner Existenz bedroht, erklärte Kulturrat-Geschäftsführer Olaf Zimmermann am Montag in Berlin.

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Frank Peter Zimmermann (Foto: © Harald Hoffmann / hänssler CLASSIC)

Frank Peter Zimmermann (Foto: © Harald Hoffmann / hänssler CLASSIC)

(Written on July 5, 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

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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

ENO peforms ‘Akhnaten’ by Philip Glass Richard Hubert Smith

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

(Written on March 22, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Royal College of Music’s Museum of Music is to receive a £3.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Birtwistle strikes gold again at annual British Composer Awards 2015. Also, The Times analyse how streaming boosts vinyl and CD sales, and The Guardian discuss why Shostakovich was a great communicator

The Guardian 

‘He speaks to us’: why Shostakovich was a great communicator

Shostakovich liked a joke. He also loved great Russian novels – and his love of wordplay is evident in his music, if you care to join the conversation. Composer and Shostakovich expert Gerard McBurney explains

Classical Music Magazine

RCM Museum to receive £3.6m from Heritage Lottery Fund

The Royal College of Music’s Museum of Music is to receive a £3.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to fund a three-year conservation and redevelopment programme

BBC Music Magazine

British Composer Awards 2015

Birtwistle strikes gold again at annual awards for new music

The Times

For the record: streaming boosts vinyl and CD sales

Video killed the radio star and the internet killed the CD, or so the theory goes

Classic FM

Alexandre Desplat and Ennio Morricone nominated for best original score at the Golden Globes

The music for Carol, The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight, Steve Jobs and The Revenant have all been nominated for best original score at the Golden Globes – the winner will be announced on 10th January 2016

Klavier.de

Alfred Brendel wird Ehrenmitglied der Wasmuth-Gesellschaft

Die Johannes-Wasmuth-Gesellschaft hat “in Würdigung seiner langjährigen Verbindung mit Johannes Wasmuth und dem Bahnhof Rolandseck” Alfred Brendel zum Ehrenmitglied ernannt

Pizzicato

Scala: Chailly von Regisseur beschimpft

Durch ein Online-Video wurde es publik: Nach wochenlangen Streitigkeiten über Sexszenen, die Chailly verurteilte, kam es zum Eklat nach der Premiere von ‘Giovanna d’Arco’ an der Mailänder Scala

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Sänger und Dirigent Herbert Prikopa gestorben

Der Sänger, Dirigent, Komponist und Moderator Herbert Prikopa ist im Alter von 80 Jahren nach schwerer Krankheit in Wien gestorben. Prikopa war fast 40 Jahre als Ensemblemitglied der Wiener Volksoper tätig

El Pais 

Tocar la guitarra en el aire… y que suene

Un aparato para amantes del ‘air guitar’ registra los movimientos y los hace sonar en el móvil

Scherzo

Opera XXI convoca un concurso de composición de ópera para público juvenil

Opera XXI, la Asociación de Teatros, Festivales y Temporadas Estables de Opera convoca el primer concurso de composición de ópera dirigida al público juvenil (12-16 años)

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Arts Council England“Set up to take great art and culture to people wherever they are, whoever they are”

Family Arts CampaignFamily Audiences: what have we learned? Evaluation of Family Arts Campaign released today:

Sinfini Music: How well do you know festive music? We think ‘s quiz is one of the hardest ever!

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Dmitri Shostakovich, working at his piano in 1950. Photograph: Sovfoto/Universal Images Group/Rex/The Guardian

 

(Written on December 11, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Radio 3 is proposing a substantial reduction of the relay fee paid to musicians performing in concerts broadcast by, but not promoted by, the BBC, and a new approach to music education has launched in five rural areas of England. Also, the Association of British Orchestras has announced the details for its annual conference

Guardian

Bing & Ruth on contemporary classical: ‘Initially, it was like – what do we do with this stuff?’

David Moore may have had success as part of Langhorne Slim & the Law, but it’s with his classical ensemble that he’s found an surprising a new audience

The Times

Could our opera virgin learn to love classical music in a month?

As a lifelong fan of pop and R’n’B I had been set a challenge to see if I could “get into” classical music

Classical Music Magazine 

ABO announces details of annual conference

The Association of British Orchestras has announced the details for its annual conference, which will take place in Birmingham from 20-22 January 2016

International Arts Manager

Online music lessons launched for rural England

A new approach to music education has launched in five rural areas of England

Classical Music Magazine

Delphian to release carnyx recording

The latest release from the European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP) is a recording of a carnyx

Classic FM

Downton Abbey music: listen to unreleased tracks from the original score

Previously unreleased music from the Downton Abbey score is now available on a new double CD – and you can hear it first on Classic FM

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 undergoing discussions to reduce relay fee

In a further sign of the ongoing financial belt-tightening at Broadcasting House, Radio 3 is proposing a substantial reduction of the relay fee paid to musicians performing in concerts broadcast by, but not promoted by, the BBC

FAZ

Komponier mir das Lied vom Tod

Er möchte mit „Maestro“ angesprochen werden: Ein Gespräch mit dem großen Filmkomponisten Ennio Morricone, der dem Western seinen Klang gegeben und auch die Musik für den neuen Film von Quentin Tarantino geschrieben hat

Pizzicato 

Heute beginnt der Beethoven-Wettbewerb in Bonn

22 Pianisten aus 11 Ländern treten ab dem heutigen 4. Dezember beim Internationalen Beethoven-Wettbewerb Bonn 2015 an, der damit zugleich sein 10 jähriges Jubiläum feiert

NMZ

Europa weltweit zweitgrößter Markt für Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft

Europa ist nach einem Unesco-Bericht nach der Region Asien-Pazifik der zweitgrößte Wirtschaftsmarkt für Kultur- und Kreativleistungen

El Pais 

Georges Aperghis: “Escribir música es buscar la libertad cada día”

El compositor greco-francés, que hoy estrena una velada dedicada a su música en la Sociedad Filarmónica de París, habla de sus más recientes obras

Le Figaro

Facebook aide les gendarmes du Tarn à retrouver un voleur de guitares

Un collectionneur d’instruments à cordes, qui habite le village de Rabastens (Midi-Pyrénées) a été la victime d’un cambriolage le 11 novembre dernier. Les enquêteurs ont décidé d’utiliser le puissant réseau social pour lancer un appel à témoins

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OpenTechA Nashville technology startup thinks it can help classical music flourish in the digital age. ..

News in SummaryWhat Football Can Teach Classical

Sinfini Music: Love is in the air when Mimi comes to borrow a light from Rodoflo in : La bohème

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David Moore of Bing & Ruth: ‘There was really no playbook.’ Photograph: Jody Rogac/The Guardian

(Written on December 4, 2015 )