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In today’s news, the German cabinet deciding on a reform of copyright law to secure artist’s fair payment. Also, Vienna opera places composition commissions, first looks on Zimmer’s soundtrack for Batman v Superman, WNO announces new chair & more

Classic FM

Hear an exclusive track from the Batman v Superman soundtrack

We’ve got an exclusive first look at Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Enjoy ‘Do You Bleed’ right now! Read more at http://www.classicfm.com/composers/zimmer/news/batman-v-superman-soundtrack-do-you-bleed/#8MIm526H3B6f5ZPv.99

Classical Music Magazine

WNO announces new chair

Welsh National Opera has appointed Mark Molyneux as its next chair of the board of directors. He succeeds Geraint Talfan Davies, who steps down in July after 10 years in the post.

Classical Music Magazine

Vuillaume ‘Evangelists’ quartet sell for record amount

A quartet of instruments made by the luthier Jean Baptiste Vuillaume sold at auction for £960,000 on 15 March.

The Strad

City of Birmingham Symphony names Kate Suthers second violin section leader

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has appointed Kate Suthers as its section leader second violin from May 2016

NMZ

Jazzstudie 2016: Viele Jazzmusiker können von Gagen nicht leben

Viele Jazzmusiker in Deutschland können nach Einschätzung eines Berufsverbands allein von ihren Gagen nicht leben

Golem.de

Regierung beschließt Gesetzentwurf für “faire Beteiligung”

Das Bundeskabinett hat eine Reform des Urhebervertragsrechts beschlossen. Die Urheber werfen Justizminister Maas vor, seine ursprünglichen Pläne verwässert zu haben

Die Presse

Staatsoper: Staudt schreibt Auftragsoper “Die Weiden”

Die Oper von Johannes Maria Staud und dem Dresdner Librettisten Durs Grünbein wird „eine Expedition ins Herz Europas“

The Strad

London’s Royal College of Music receives rare Gagliano violin in its original Baroque set-up

The Royal College of Music in London has been gifted a 1758 Nicolò Gagliano violin on permanent loan from an anonymous charitable benefactor

Deutsche Welle

How European exile composers created the sounds of Hollywood

World-renowned violinist Daniel Hope uncovered dusty letters and compositions scribbled on scraps of paper for “The Sounds of Hollywood,” a book and a CD on Jewish immigrant composers who fled to Hollywood in the 1930s

Twitter

BR KLASSIKAusstellung in : und der Germanenkult in üppigen Gemälden

Deutsche Grammophon Last night we had such a wonderful & unique SLEEP with . See you tonight again!

ARTEFAKT Kultur Seit Jahrzehnten ist der Star-Bariton Thomas Hampson rund um den Globus unterwegs

Photograph: DW / H. Mund

Photograph: DW / H. Mund

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on March 17, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news the Royal Opera House has celebrated its 150th performance of Verdi’s La Traviata and Katie Derham presents a special podcast about Donizetti’s Poliuto, which will open the 2015 Glyndebourne Season. St John’s Smith Square has announced the latest musicians to join its Young Artists’ Scheme and the BBC have announced that they will be extending the Ten Pieces project to secondary schools.

Guardian

The Royal Opera’s La Traviata celebrates 150 performances – watch two clips with a classic cast

Richard Eyre’s Royal Opera production of Verdi’s opera marked its 150th performance and its 12th revival on the 18 May opening night. Here are two clips from a 2009 production, with Antonio Pappano conducting and Renée Fleming, Joseph Calleja and Thomas Hampson in the title roles

Telegraph

Glyndebourne 2015: Poliuto podcast

Donizetti’s Poliuto – the tale of a Christian martyr – opens the 2015 Glyndebourne Season. Here Katie Derham presents a special podcast about this rarely performed work

Classic FM

This beautiful animation uses neon lights to bring Bach’s ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’ to life

Visual artist Alan Warburton has used CGI neon lights to create a haunting animation inspired by Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s recording of Bach’s masterpiece. The result is mesmerising.

BBC Music Magazine

St John’s Smith Square announces its Young Artists for 2015-16

The London concert hall announces the latest musicians to join its Young Artists’ Scheme

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Ten Pieces project extended to secondary schools

The BBC’s Ten Pieces initiative will be extended to secondary schools from Autumn 2015.

Die Welt

Es waren auch Komponisten unter den Opfern

Sie hießen George Butterworth, Colin Coles und Rudi Stephan. Sie waren herausragende Talente. Sie fielen im Ersten Weltkrieg. Ein herausragendes Album erinnert an die Werke fast vergessener Tonsetzer.

pizzicato

Warnstreik in deutschen Orchestern und Theatern

Vor der nächsten Runde der Tarifverhandlungen am morgigen 20. Mai sind gestern und heute Orchester und Bühnenkünstler in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Warnstreiks getreten. 

klassik.com

Stimmensätze zu Bruckners 6. Sinfonie wiederentdeckt

Der Dirigent und Musikwissenschaftler Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs hat einen handschriftlichen Stimmensatz der 6. Sinfonie von Anton Bruckner wiederentdeckt.

Der Standard

Innsbruck bekommt ein “Haus der Musik”

Die Tiroler Landesregierung hat die Finanzierung für das Innsbrucker “Haus der Musik” beschlossen. 55,64 Millionen Euro soll die Musikeinrichtung kosten, die Landesregierung werde maximal 23,63 Millionen Euro beisteuern.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Terms of Engagement: Yes, Audiences Want Classical Music Apps

Arts organizations, especially classical music ones, speak of “audience engagement” these days. It’s a constant in a world that has seen concert and opera attendance drop precipitously over the past few decades, which has left organizations struggling with holes in their budgets.

Twitter

Gramophone: Gramophone’s Recordings of the Year, 2000-2015. 15 of the best releases of the 21st century:

Sinfini MusicWhy… so… SERIOUS? Voila: 10 of the funniest piano videos we could find on YouTube. Enjoy!

Wigmore Hall Grammy-nominated musician returns to Israel after selling out Carnegie Hall – Arts & Leisure

Diana Damrau as Violetta in the 2014 revival of Verdi’s La Traviata. Photo: Catherine Ashmore/Royal Opera House

(Written on May 20, 2015 )

The Telegraph

Opera being ruined by ‘useless quest for novelty’, says former Royal Opera House boss

Sir John Tooley, former general director of the Royal Opera House, says classics are being ruined by directors trying to do “something alternative at any price”

The Denver Post

Colorado Symphony cannabis concerts will go on, by invitation only

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will go on with its “Classically Cannabis” concert series — changing the bring-your-own marijuana events to invitation-only fundraisers so they will not be construed as public events that potentially could break the law.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC National Orchestra of Wales announces its 2014-15 season

BBC National Orchestra of Wales has announced the details of its 2014-15 season, with Bryn Terfel joining the orchestra for St. David’s Day celebrations in 2015.

Classical Music Magazine

Thomas Hampson opens proceedings at Classical:NEXT

Do not be afraid to admit that classical music is art music and that it is enjoyed by the middle classes, but do fight to keep music in school classrooms ‒ that was the challenge delivered by singer and cultural campaigner Thomas Hampson in his keynote speech at the opening of Classical:NEXT, the 800 delegate classical congress in Vienna.

Classic FM Online

Nicola Benedetti, Murray Perahia and Andrew Lloyd Webber honoured at Royal College of Music

The star violinist spoke out against arts cuts as she received a fellowship from HRH The Prince of Wales at the Royal College of Music this morning, alongside Murray Perahia and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

New York Times

Philharmonic Transformation, From Members to Mission 

New York Philharmonic faces big orchestra hiring decisions

Die Zeit

Dirigent Valery GergievPutins Liebling

2015 soll Valery Gergiev Chefdirigent der Münchner Philharmoniker werden. Doch seine Freundschaft mit dem russischen Präsidenten irritiert. Was treibt ihn künstlerisch an? Eine Spurensuche in London und St. Petersburg.

Klassik Akzente

50 Fakten über Herbert von Karajan: Die Legende lebt, Teil 1/5

Herbert von Karajan und Deutsche Grammophon: 50 Jahre währte ihre Zusammenarbeit (1939-1989). Wir gedenken Karajans mit einer Sammlung von 50 Fakten, die jeder Fan kennen sollte.

Klassik.com

Nordrhein-Westfalen bringt Kulturfördergesetz auf den Weg

In Nordrhein-Westfalen wird die Kulturförderung künftig wohl per Gesetz geregelt. Ein entsprechender Entwurf zu einem “Kulturfördergesetz” wurde am Dienstag vom Kabinett beschlossen, nach den Sommerferien soll dieser in den Landtag eingebracht werden.

Corriere della Sera

Jan Lisiecki, il giovanissimo pianista prodigio che ama Fryderyck Chopin

Lisiecki è in tour in Italia, a Milano alla Società del Quartetto, a Reggio Emilia, a Salerno, il 28 maggio conclude il suo tour a Roma, all’Accademia di Santa Cecilia

Classical Music on Twitter

CBSO Benevolent Fund ‏@CBSOBenevolent It’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and @HelpMusiciansUK offers some sound advice – https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/get-advice///mental-health

Faber & Faber ‏@FaberBooks Still time to send @Boosey_London your questions. They are hosting a twitter Q & A with Harrison Birtwistle tomorrow at 1.30 #AskBirtwistle

Classical:NEXT ‏@ClassicalNEXT Conference session 1 “Korean New Waves In Classical Music” currently underway in the MAK Lecture Hall. http://bit.ly/1iOtAyj

LA Opera@LAOpera Maestro @JamesJConlon discusses classical music’s economic realities & what can be done in new @MusicalAmerica post http://bit.ly/1jutg8a

Joanne Lau@joannelaucomedy I don’t care if it’s breakfast. Listening to classical music while cooking makes me feel like Hannibal Lecter.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

 

(Written on May 15, 2014 )

In May 2013, Andrew Staples will perform the role of Tamino in the Royal Opera House’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He will join Sophie Bevan (Pamina), Simon Keenlyside (Papageno), and Albina Shagimuratova (Queen of the Night)..

Other highlights in the 12/13 season include Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen with Bryn Terfel and Sarah Connolly, La bohème with Rolando Villazon, a new production of Nabucco with Placido Domingo, Simon Boccanegra with Thomas Hampson and the return of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur.

For a full list of productions, visit the Royal Opera House website.

Credit: Richard Ecclestone

(Written on March 15, 2012 )

Every day the WildKat team scan newspapers, websites and blogs for interesting classical music news, and now we’ve decided to publish our lists so that you can get a classical music news summary each day. If you’ve read anything interesting each day that we’ve missed do feel free to comment and let us know!


Telegraph

Stephen Hough: It’s a great time to be a composer

Ivan Hewett interviews Stephen Hough about his diverse career.


Independent

When Scott Walker met Francis Poulenc

The Royal Opera House combines music and dance and two very different composers in one concert.


Guardian

Diggers for victory: 17th century radicals inspire choral music

Diggers have provided inspiration for a new choral work by James Weeks.

Thomas Hampson: a man obsessed with Mahler

An article about the American baritone who is renowned for his interpretations of Mahler.


The Times

Danielle de Niese: Beauty of the Baroque

Review of Danielle de Niese’s new CD.

(Written on June 10, 2011 )