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In today’s classical news, composer Max Richter calls for a greater appreciation of Britain’s classical music heritage.  Philip Glass, soon to turn 80, discusses his career and his relationship with minimalism.  Design Week explores the story behind the London Symphony Orchestra’s new identity, and London-based start-up, Jukedeck, explains how it composes music without a composer, using artificial intelligence. In Germany the Elbphilharmonie’s soundproofing is put to the test by German rock band Einstürzende Neubauten.

The Guardian

Britain must embrace its classical heritage

Max Richter, a leading British composer whose work is used on stage and screen, says UK audiences don’t get the credit for having broad tastes.

Philip Glass on turning 80

‘My problem is people don’t believe I write symphonies.’ About to turn 80, the composer talks about his slow, taxi-driving road to success, and why he is anything but a minimalist…

Design Week

New identity for LSO

The identity for the Orchestra’s 2017/18 season is based on its original conductor logo, also designed by the consultancy, and features a series of animated films by Tobias Gremmler.

The Telegraph

Musicians make the safest drivers

Musicians may make the safest drivers, a new study suggests, after researchers found that people who play an instrument have faster reaction times.

New York Times

Jukedeck – at the cutting edge?

Jukedeck is one of a growing number of companies using artificial intelligence to compose music. Their computers tap tools like artificial neural networks, modeled on the brain, that allow the machines to learn by doing, rather as a child does. So far, at least, these businesses do not seem to be causing much anxiety among musicians.

Der Tagesspiegel

Barenboims Botschaft an New York

Die Berliner Staatskapelle spielt in der Carnegie Hall den ersten kompletten Zyklus aller nummerierten Sinfonien Anton Bruckners – und Maestro Barenboim spricht eine Warnung aus

Krieg gegen die Kunst – Trump droht mit Kürzungen bei der Kulturförderung

Der neue US-Präsident könnte die beiden staatlichen Fördereinrichtungen für Kultur NEA und NEH abschaffen

Kreuzwort-Rattle

Im Herbst übernimmt Simon Rattle das London Symphony Orchestra. Jetzt verriet der Dirigent seine wichtigsten Pläne für die Zukunft. 

Spiegel

Einstürzende Neubauten in der Elbphilharmonie – auch Tinnitus klingt super

Es wurde gelärmt – aber sie steht noch: Zur Eröffnung des Pop-Programms trat die Experimental-Rockband Einstürzende Neubauten in der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie auf. Der Höhepunkt: Das erotische Knistern einer Zigarette.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Die Würde der anderen

Moritz Eggerts Oper “Freax” erhält nun fast zehn Jahre nach dem ersten gescheiterten Versuch ihre aufregende szenische Uraufführung in Regenburg

Twitter

Music History @today_classical  in 1981 Death of American Samuel

Classical Music News @classicalmusic Facing the music: Benjamin Grosvenor

Theater Regensburg @theaterRGNSBRG »Die Würde der anderen« – über am @

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Photograph: Stefan Hoederath/Redferns

(Written on January 23, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine reports that Richard Burnett’s collection is to be sold at auction for charity and fear has brought Egypt’s audience closer to Classical music. Also, Opera Platform announces its January-July streaming programme and the Rc4 Festival in Rio is exploring new directions in classical music

Classical Music Magazine

The Opera Platform announces January-July streaming programme

The Opera Platform has announced its streaming programme for January to July 2016

The Rio Times

Rc4 Contemporary Classical Music and Technology Festival in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Exploring new directions in classical musical and the use of electronics, software, and visuals during performances, the 2016 edition of the Rc4 Festival began on January 8th and will continue through January 31st

Classical Music Magazine

Richard Burnett’s collection to be sold for charity

Richard Burnett’s collection of over 70 historic instruments will be sold at auction to raise funds for the Finchcocks Charity

The Seattle Times

Without a net: ‘All-Star Orchestra’ premieres classical music on TV

Seattle’s PBS station KCTS-9 has quietly tucked the program’s local debut (at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17) into the end of a four-hour marathon of the current “All-Star Orchestra” season

Albawaba Entertainment

How fear in 2015 brought Egypt’s audiences closer to classical music

“Remember that classical music is an inheritance which belongs to all of us, and somewhere therein is a legacy for you,” writes Marianne Williams Tobias in Classical Music Without Fear: A Guide for General Audiences, published in 2003

The New York Times

David Bowie Dies at 69; Star Transcended Music, Art and Fashion

David Bowie, the infinitely changeable, fiercely forward-looking songwriter who taught generations of musicians about the power of drama, images and personas, died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday

Classicalite

Golden Globes Honor Classical ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ & Morricone’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Score

Also going home happy was Ennio Morricone and his score to Quention Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. Wins like these made it a night honoring classical music

Die Welt

David Bowie war schon immer irgendwo dort draußen

Er nahm noch ein allerletztes Album auf, feierte seinen 69. Geburtstag und ging aus der Welt. Als “Blackstar”. Plötzlich ist David Bowie nicht mehr da. Zum Tod des größten Popkünstlers unserer Zeit

Musik Heute

Countdown für Elbphilharmonie: Ein Jahr bis zur Eröffnung – Die letzten Etappen

Noch genau ein Jahr bis zu einer Eröffnung, an die manchmal fast niemand mehr geglaubt hat: Am 11. Januar 2017 soll in der Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg das Auftaktkonzert erklingen.

Klassik.com

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann sagt Auftritt wegen Erkrankung ab

Der Startenor Jonas Kaufmann hat seinen Auftritt im Rahmen der Feierlichkeiten zum 200-jährigen Bestehen des Teatro Real in Madrid abgesagt.

Francemusique

La délicate étape de la puberté chez les chanteurs

En Angleterre, plusieurs maîtrises ont récemment fait part de leur inquiétude devant la difficulté rencontrée pour recruter de jeunes chanteurs sopranos.

Le Monde

Dialogue de sourds autour d’une mise en scène de Tcherniakov

turbulent Dmitri Tcherniakov est de retour en France : le metteur en scène russe présentera d’abord Lady Macbeth de Mzensk, de Chostakovitch, à l’Opéra de Lyon du 23 janvier au 6 février,

Twitter

Music History@today_classical #Today in 1890 Birth of #tenor Charles Friant #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Top Classical News@topcmnews Viva La Diva! Angela Gheorghiu Returns as Tosca at Covent Garden http://bit.ly/1RzqQvG  #ClassicalMusic

Raindance Film Fest@Raindance Every movement needs a song – this one’s for the global anti-terrorist movement by RD Member @RobertOzn1 http://bit.ly/1OdxI0K

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(Written on January 12, 2016 )

Classical News

Classic FM

Addict musicians to join LSO for TV symphony performance

10 classical musicians recovering from addictions are to be the subject of a new Channel 4 documentary called ‘Addicts’ Symphony’ that sees them perform a specially-composed work with the London Symphony Orchestra.

The Telegraph

Tom Cairns: I want Verdi to tug at the heart-strings

After La Traviata at Glyndebourne, the ever-versatile director Tom Cairns is off to Edinburgh.

The Guardian

Soweto Strings: don’t miss this chance to share their joy

The Buskaid Soweto Strings Project bring to their live performances the wonder of music infused with the passions of those who play for their very lives.

Klassik.com

Geberkonferenz: Orchester-Freundeskreis brüskiert SWR-Intendanz

Der Verein der Freunde und Förderer des SWR Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg hat seine Teilnahme an der geplanten Träger- und Geberkonferenz abgesagt.

Klassik.com

Rheingau Musikfestival durch Überschwemmungen beeinträchtigt

Heftige Regenfälle Ende vergangener Woche haben in Wiesbaden zu Überschwemmungen geführt, wovon nun auch das Rheingau Musikfestival betroffen ist.

Radio Classique


Lucerne : De quoi en perdre les oreilles

Au bord du lac des Quatre-Cantons, les musiciens vont affluer par centaines.

Twitter

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ People of Chorley: be nice to viola players! We support you Kim Becker http://www.chorley-guardian.co.uk/news/local/rude-remarks-hit-a-sour-note-with-busking-teen-1-6729823 …

Janet Horvath: ‏@playinglesshurt  The Death Of Ethics re #classical #music‘s release of #compensation #transparency http://www.adaptistration.com/blog/2014/07/14/the-death-of-ethics/ … via @adaptistration

Classical Purist: ‏@ClassicalPurist  http://ift.tt/1oG58Cy  Nightmare at Santa Fe as two opera stars pull out + MORE #classicalmusic #opera #news pic.twitter.com/e2idH72Fvp

 

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The London Symphony Orchestra

Photo: www.classicfm.com

 

(Written on July 16, 2014 )

The Washington Post

Opera singer Renee Fleming chosen to sing anthem at Super Bowl

Renée Fleming has hit some important pop-culture markers in the past few months. In September, she went on David Letterman’s show to sing the Top Ten list. Now, she’s going to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl

CNN

i(ce)-Tunes: Sweden’s incredible ice orchestra

They’re among the rarest instruments in the world, but they’ll be discarded come spring. They’re so fragile even the players’ breath risks nudging them out of tune.

The Guardian

English National Opera’s Edward Gardner to leave

Highly regarded conductor to take up new role at Bergen Philharmonic from 2015, and be replaced by Mark Wigglesworth

BBC News

Iran: Rule banning musical instruments on TV is broken

Iran’s Channel One television has caused a sensation by showing musical instruments on screen for the first time in 30 years, it’s reported.

West End stars downplay theatre safety issue

Theatre audiences are “a hardy lot” who will not be put off by recent incidents at London venues where patrons have been injured, according to the stars of a newly opened West End show.

Marie Claire

The Women Who Are Ruling The Music Industry, Right Now

The ladies who’ve bagged the best jobs backstage, from inside music magazines and record labels, to studio techs and bloggers

Daily Herald

Teen entrepeneur takes on music industry

Breje Whitt was only 15 years old when he began performing onstage with a nationally renowned Christian rock band. Two years later, the Elgin teen is running his own DJ, sound and lighting company.

CNN

CNN

 

(Written on January 23, 2014 )

The Guardian

UK entertainment spending rises with surge in film and music streaming

Value of film and TV downloads, streams and subscriptions rises to £621m, and number of tracks streamed doubles to 7.4bn

The Telegraph

Valencia sues opera house architect as white elephants rot

Santiago Calatrava is facing legal action from his native city as the dazzling City of Arts and Sciences complex begins to fall apart just eight years after inauguration

New York Daily News

Vivienne Westwood designs punk costumes for Vienna ballerinas

Vienna State Ballet dancers will be decked out in tartan kilts and plaid leg warmers for January’s New Year’s performance, thanks to custom costumes from Vivienne Westwood, best known for her punk-inspired designs. The yearly concert is broadcast in more than 80 countries

Classic FM Online

Simon Rattle and Peter Maxwell Davies lead New Year Honours list

The New Year Honours List has been announced with a number of classical musicians receiving special recognition

Kilar, master of movie music, dies aged 81

The world of film music is mourning the death of Wojciech Kilar – best-known for his score to the Oscar-winning film The Pianist

Reuters

A Minute With: Met Opera chief Peter Gelb on live opera broadcasts

Peter Gelb, general manager of New York’s Metropolitan Opera has proven live-to-cinema doubters wrong with an anticipated 3 million viewers seeing about a dozen Met opera broadcasts this year in cinemas in 64 countries

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Die Stimme vom Klassik Radio

Holger Wemhoff ist Chefmoderator bei Klassik Radio, dem erfolgreichsten Privatsender Deutschlands. Die Zauberformel lautet „Entspannung“ – ein Wort, das Wemhoff, wenn er aufhört, nie wieder hören will

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 2, 2014 )

Gramophone

Taylor Swift donates $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra

The singer-songwriter makes a birthday gift

The Guardian

Synthesisers are killing film and TV music, say British composers

Carl Davis and Christopher Gunning claim synthesised orchestras are preferred to the real thing to save money

Classic FM Online

John Williams, Alexandre Desplat and more on soundtrack Oscar longlist

Soundtrack legends and newcomers alike have made the long list for the soundtrack category at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony, due to take place in February

Vote For The Best Classical Music Education Initiative

The Best Classical Music Education Initiative will honour an education project which has used classical music in an innovative way, shown musical excellence and had a positive impact on a significant number of participants

Pianist plays Chopin in front of Ukraine riot police

An unnamed pianist has been playing the works of Chopin in front of riot police in Ukraine

Salon

Was Wagner inspired by migraines?

Three German researchers present evidence that the German composer interwove his headache pain into his operas

The National

Pandit Jasraj brings his Mewati style of Hindustani classical music to Dubai

A conversation about Indian classical music is incomplete without the mention of Pandit Jasraj, one of India’s top classical musicians who represents the Mewati style of Hindustani classical music

Ria novosti

Kurgan Greets Sochi Olympic Flame with Classical Music

On Sunday December 15th, strains of Verdi and Tchaikovsky greeted the Sochi Olympic Flame in the Russian city of Kurgan

Daily Inter Lake

Bionic musician: Miraculous cure restores oboist’s ability to make music

When the Glacier Symphony conductor cues principal oboe player Reid Merley to blow an A — that unmistakable standard pitch by which the orchestra tunes — Merley is in perfect control of the note

Der Tagesspiegel

Die neue Kulturstaatsministerin

Mit Monika Grütters als neuer Kulturstaatsministerin folgt auf den Machtmenschen Bernd Neumann eine Frau, die aus der Kultur kommt. Die Wahlberlinerin wird in der Szene für Kompetenz und Begeisterungsfähigkeit geschätzt

Classic FM Online

(Written on December 16, 2013 )

The Guardian

Philip Glass, composer – portrait of the artist

Philip Glass talks about the stars he’d like to work with, the price of fame and why an artist has to be true to himself

The Times

Dame Kiri suffers stage fright on set of Downton Abbey

Dame Kiri, who retired from full-scale opera performances in 2009, suffered sleepless nights ahead of her TV acting debut

Classic FM Online

Hans Zimmer to receive Outstanding Contribution award at 2013 Classic BRITs

Film music composer Hans Zimmer has been announced as the winner of this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the 2013 Classic BRIT Awards

Kiri te Kanawa makes Downton cast cry

The cast of ITV’s Downton Abbey were reduced to tears by a performance from Dame Kiri te Kanawa during filming of the programme’s forthcoming fourth season

The Show Must Go On

On Bank Holiday Monday 26 August 8-10pm, Gareth Davies – the London Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Flautist – tells the story of the LSO’s 1912 tour of the U.S.A. and compares it with the orchestra’s tours to America, Japan and a range of other destinations exactly 100 years later

Russell Watson: “New material is very, very exciting”

As tenor Russell Watson prepares for a summer of concerts and gears up for a new record later in the year, we chat to him about good dry cleaners, avoiding the rain and where his career is at the moment

The Telegraph

Charlotte Church interview: ‘I’ve been a raving feminist all my life

Peroxide hair, an edgy band, and a new-found feminist fervour… Craig McLean finds out if this is really the same Charlotte Church the world once knew as the Voice of an Angel

 
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Classic FM Online

(Written on August 14, 2013 )