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In today’s news: Marin Alsop is the fist woman to become artistic director of top Vienna orchestra, Brexit as an opportunity for British orchestras to escape red tape and tax of Europe, Barbara Hannigan wins the Grammy for classical solo vocal album. Also, Piotr Beczala signs with Pentatone and flooding in the Deutsche Oper. 

The Guardian

Marin Alsop appointed first female artistic director of top Vienna orchestra

The American conductor Marin Alsop has been appointed artistic director of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, becoming the first woman to take up the prestigious role.

The Telegraph

Brexit could be ‘opportunity’ for orchestras to escape EU red tape and re-engage with the world

Brexit could be an opportunity for British orchestras to escape “onerous” red tape and tax of Europe to re-engage with the rest of the world, the head of the London Philharmonic Orchestra has suggested.

BBC News

Should phones be banned at gigs?

Comedian Chris Rock has divided opinion after banning mobile phones on his tour.

Classical Music

DCMS Committee launches live music inquiry

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched a new inquiry into the economic, cultural and social benefits of live music.

Opera Now

Piotr Beczala signs with Pentatone

Polish tenor Piotr Beczala has signed an exclusive, multi-album contract with Pentatone.

The Washington Post

Grammy Awards 2018: Complete winners list

The complete list of winners from the 60th Grammy Awards.

Los Angeles Times

Barbara Hannigan leads list of Grammy Awards’ classical winners

Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan won the Grammy for classical solo vocal album Sunday for “Crazy Girl Crazy.”

nmz

Würzburger Theater wird für 65 Millionen Euro saniert und erweitert

Das Stadttheater in Würzburg soll in den kommenden fünf Jahren umfassend saniert und erweitert werden.

Deutsche Oper: Reinigungspersonal löste ungewollt Überschwemmung aus

Die Ursache für die Überschwemmung in der Deutschen Oper Berlin an Heiligabend ist geklärt: Personal der Reinigungsfirma habe ohne Absicht die Sprinkleranlage auf der Bühne in Gang gesetzt, teilte das Opernhaus am Freitag mit.

Klassik.com

Konzerthaus Nürnberg: 20 Entwürfe in der zweiten Phase des Architektenwettbewerbs

Der Architektenwettbewerb zum Bau eines neuen Konzerthauses in Nürnberg tritt in die nächste Phase. Nachdem bis Mitte Dezember 2017 245 Vorschläge bei der Jury des Wettbewerbs eingereicht worden waren, hat das Auswahlgremium unter Vorsitz des Architekten Amandus Sattler nun 20 Entwürfe für die zweite Phase des anonymisierten Wettbewerbs zugelassen.

Platea Magazine

La Sinfónica de Montreal ignoró las quejas de sus músicos sobre el comportamiento de Charles Dutoit 

Lo apunta la revista canadiense Le Devoir: como es bien sabido Charles Dutoit dejó la Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal en 2002 culpando a los músicos de su marcha.

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Image: Barbara Hannigan © Nicholas Hunt / Getty Images for NARAS

(Written on January 29, 2018 )

In today’s’ news: A new Beethoven Museum in Vienna. After a 2-year hiatus the Orff Festival returns to its home in Andechs. Mariss Jansons is honoured with the gold medal of the London Royal Philharmonic Society. The Salzburg Mozarteum still doesn’t have a new director. The Mexican folk singer Lila Downs on cultural roots in Mexico. The Jazz singer John Hendricks has died. A piece on Opera in Oman.

Classical-Music

Conductor Mariss Jansons awarded RPS Gold Medal

The Latvian conductor is the 104th recipient of one of music’s most prestigious awards

The Telegraph

Mariss Jansons: ‘Women on the podium are not my cup of tea’

Mariss Jansons has all the good qualities you could possibly hope for in a great conductor. Well, almost all. Ivan Hewett meets him

Radio Today

Radio 3 to join up with European stations

BBC Radio 3 teams up with 43 other radio stations in Europe to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first concert from Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Petersfield Post

Liss violinist wins prestigious prizes

Sara Deborah Timossi wins both first prize and audience prize at the International Competition for Baroque Violin Premio Bonporti Rovereto 2017 in Italy.

Music Business Worldwide

Warner threatens to leave London HQ

Warner Music UK has said it may leave its Kensington-based HQ if proposals to redevelop a neighbouring building go ahead.

Japan Times

George Avakian, scholar and producer of major jazz recordings dead at 98

The Russian-born scholar and architect of the American music industry produced essential recordings by Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis.

Macau Daily Times

Baroque Music Festival returns to Macau for its third edition

The festival aims to integrate Baroque classical music with Chinese and Western architectural heritage in Macau.

Musik

Beethoven-Museum wird in Wien eröffnet

Das Leben und Werk Ludwig van Beethovens (1770-1827) ist untrennbar mit Wien verbunden.

NMZ

Carl Orff-Festspiele kehren nach Andechs zurück

Das Carl Orff-Fest kehrt im nächsten Jahr ins Kloster Andechs zurück.

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Hohe Auszeichnung für Mariss Jansons in London

Der lettische Chefdirigent des Chors und Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks bekommt die Goldmedaille der Londoner Royal Philharmonic Society.

Der Standard

Rektorenwahl am Mozarteum vergeigt, Uni-Räte zurückgetreten

Nun ist sie erneut schiefgegangen, die Rektorenbestellung an der Salzburger Musikuniversität Mozarteum.

El Mundo

Lila Downs: “En México negamos nuestra raíz indígena”

Es el vivo retrato de la Revolución Mexicana. Su estética, a caballo entre Frida Kahlo y Emiliano Zapata, sus letras y el eco de su voz rebotan contra un mundo cada vez más homogéneo y silenciado.

Le Monde

Jon Hendricks, poète vocaliste du jazz, est mort

Le chanteur, qui a transmué le jazz vocal en virtuosité « bop », s’est éteint le 22 novembre à l’âge de 96 ans.

France musique

Le Sultanat d’Oman, nouveau paradis pour l’opéra

Depuis quelques années, les pays du monde arabe, et plus spécialement de la péninsule arabique, ont inauguré des salles d’opéra.

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Kulturradio vom rbb @Kulturradio_rbb – Britische Städte kommen nach Brexit nicht mehr als Europäische Kulturhauptstädte infrage.

ClassicalNEXT @ClassicalNEXT – We’ve opened the registrations for ! Register here → & stay tuned for programme announcements.

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(Written on November 24, 2017 )

In today’s news: Clemency Burton-Hill on where to start your classical music experiences, musicians fight homelessness and Lawrence Ball explains his spiritual approach to music. Australian classical performances generated more than one billion dollars, while the Vienna symphony orchestra is under financial review and the local government of Nordrhein-Westfalen is promising sustained financial aid for their artists. Porsche has a new ad featuring a “High Speed Orchestra” and a new production of Cavalleria rusticana is bringing polish communism to the UK.

The Times

Are you getting your classical music ‘one-a-day’?

Clemency Burton-Hill was recently asked by the manager of her local café to make him a playlist. They had been chatting, and he’d discovered she was a classical music broadcaster.

International Arts Manager

Communist Poland comes to the UK in radical new opera adaptation

A new production of Cavalleria rusticana, commissioned by Opera North and developed by Polish director Karolina Sofulak, has premiered in the UK.

Exploring the spiritual element of classical music

Composer Lawrence Ball explains how his spiritual approach to classical music (and festival management) will play out at this year’s Planet Tree Music Festival — and why audiences will be lying down

ITV News

Musicians join the fight against homelessness

The musicians Against Homelessness campaign has spread across the country. The idea is to raise money for Crisis, the charity that helps people who’re homeless.

Ad Week

Porsche Conducts a ‘High Speed Orchestra’ to Show Off Its New Sound System

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Porsche’s latest ad is about performance, but it’s probably not what you’re expecting.

Limelight

Live performances generated more than $1 billion in 2016

Classical music and opera in Australia both saw significant growth in revenue, report shows.

Washington Post

New baton, familiar style: Performer-conductor Stutzmann at the NSO

Nathalie Stutzmann is a performer-turned-conductor: one of a veritable bevy of artists who have expanded their reach by mounting the podium.

Pizzicato

Rechnungshof nimmt Wiener Symphoniker in die Mangel

Die Wiener Symphoniker haben mit « nachhaltigen finanziellen Problemen » zu kämpfen heißt es in einem Bericht des Rechnungshofs der Stadt Wien.

Klassik.com

Land NRW will Kommunen bei der Kulturförderung unterstützen

Die Kulturministerin des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen (parteilos), hat im Kulturausschuss angekündigt, Kommunen bei der Förderung von Kultureinrichtungen unterstützen zu wollen.

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Sinfonieorchester Basel in Grossbritannien

Das Sinfonieorchester Basel gibt zur Zeit unter Leitung seines Chefdirigenten Ivor Bolton in dessen Heimat vier Konzerte – in London, Edinburgh, Manchester und Birmingham.

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Nathalie Stutzmann © Simon Fowler

(Written on October 6, 2017 )

In today’s news: embezzlement charges against Myung-Whun Chung dismissed, and cellist Ben Davies joins Birmingham Conservatoire. Klaus Wüsthoff celebrartes his 95th birthday, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky cancels performances in Vienna. What to expect of Alan Gilbert at the Elbphilharmonie, and protest letter sent by the Vancouver Opera.

Music Teacher

Music entries fall again at GCSE and A-level

Music GCSE, AS and A-Level entries have declined this year, according to Ofqual’s summer 2017 exam entry data.

The Violin Channel

Conductor Myung-Whun Chung Cleared of Seoul Philharmonic Embezzlement Charges

Embezzlement charges laid in 2015 against former Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Artistic Director Myung-Whun Chung have been dismissed.

The Strad

Cellist Ben Davies joins Birmingham Conservatoire string faculty

Davies has previously taught at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal Holloway University of London, Marlborough College, Wells Cathedral School and the Guildhall School of Music

Cmuse

Backstreet Boys ‘I Want It That Way’ In Bach Allemande Mode

If you have ever imagined one of the best boy bands in history played in a baroque style, your wish has finally come true in the best way imaginable. We have musical genius and counterpoint enthusiast Michael Munroe to thank for the special arrangement that breathes new life to the 1999 pop masterpiece

Zeit.de

Einer, der weiß, was ankommt

Das NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester macht Alan Gilbert zu seinem neuen Chefdirigenten. Ist der Amerikaner wirklich der Richtige?

Der Tagesspiegel

Rhythmen eines langen Lebens

Schlager, Swing, Orchesterwerke: Der vielseitige Berliner Komponist Klaus Wüsthoff wird 95 – und hat große Pläne für die Zukunft.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Papageien mit Rhythmus im Blut

Kakadus trommeln mit Stöcken den perfekten Beat auf hohle Äste.

The Globe and Mail

Protest letter sent after Vancouver Opera staff, contractors asked to take pay cuts

Staff and contractors at Vancouver Opera have been asked to take pay cuts, as the opera company’s officials work toward financial stability.

Pizzicato

Dmitri Hvorostovsky cancels Vienna

Russian Opera baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has cancelled all his upcoming performances at the Vienna State Opera for health reasons.

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  Mahler schwingt sich in seiner Dritten zum Schöpfer auf und entwirft ein monumentales natur_erlebnis! – mit GMD

Only a few days left to apply at for your chance at purchase options. Perhaps you’ll be as happy as this soon!

Jung im Herzen. Das Swing-Trio mit Klaus Wüsthoff (links). Foto: Max Doehlemann

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(Written on June 30, 2017 )

 

In today’s classical news, pop music takes over classical choices on the popular BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs, and the Brook Street Band announce a new festival to take place in Norwich.  Trouble for travelling string players as another instrument is completely destroyed whilst flying, and the Kennedy Center breaks with tradition in announcing its 17/18 season.  After several cancellations, Jonas Kaufmann returns to open the Vienna Opera Ball, and Jaki Liebezeit has sadly passed away aged 78.

The Guardian

Roll over Beethoven: Desert Island Discs stars pick pop over classical

Guests of the BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs are abandoning classical music selections in favour of pop music and power ballads, according to a survey to mark the show’s 75th anniversary.

Rhinegold

Brook Street Band announces Handel festival

The Brook Street Band has announced its inaugural Handel festival, timed to coincide with the end of the ensemble’s 20th anniversary year. love: Handel will take place 22-23 April 2017 in Norwich, which currently lacks an early music festival.

The Violin Channel

Cello Student Seeking Help After Airline Completely Trashed Her Instrument

A Florida State University music student has set up a Go Fund Me page in an effort to replace her cello – which was destroyed on a recent United Airlines flight.

The Strad

Teenagers break Vienna Symphony viola player’s finger at metro station

Michael Buchmann was involved in an altercation with three young men over smoking on Saturday evening.

The Washington Post

Kennedy Center announces notable 2017-2018 classical season

The Kennedy Center broke with its season-announcement tradition by announcing its 2017-2018 classical music season — the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera and the Fortas Chamber Music Concerts — on Monday afternoon.

Broadwayworld

NYFOS to Open New York Philharmonic’s Tchaikovsky Fest with PYOTR THE GREAT

New York Festival of Song continues its NYFOS Mainstage series at Merkin Concert Hall on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 20:00.

Spiegel ONLINE

Jaki Liebezeit ist gestorben

Er reduzierte sein Schlagzeugspiel, bis aus der Monotonie Groove wurde: Jaki Liebezeit war ein wichtiger Bestandteil der Gruppe Can, die als Krautrockband weltweiten Einfluss hatte. Nun ist er 78-jährig gestorben.

Pizzicato

Jonas Kaufmann singt beim Wiener Opernball

Monatelang hatte Jonas Kaufmann wegen einer Entzündung an den Stimmbändern seine Auftritte absagen müssen. Jetzt braucht er PR.

Musik Heute

Zwei Nachwuchsmusiker gewinnen Mendelssohn-Preis

Die Geigerin Diana Tishchenko und das Trio Marvin haben den Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschulwettbewerb 2017 gewonnen.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Peter Ewaldt gestorben

Der Dirigent Peter Ewaldt ist tot. Er starb nach kurzer, schwerer Krankheit im Alter von 64 Jahren.

Le Monde

Dutilleux et son « Double » célébrés dans l’antre de Boulez

L’« année Dutilleux » s’est close samedi 21 janvier à la Philharmonie, à Paris, avec la « Deuxième Symphonie » en transe jazzy.

France musique

Une comédie musicale sur le harcèlement scolaire à l’Opéra Bastille

Du 21 au 28 janvier, une comédie musicale aborde le thème du harcèlement à l’école, avec humour et gravité, à l’Opéra Bastille.

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Classical Music News @classicalmusic Moving house? Make sure your piano is properly protected

Classical Music News @classicalmusic A music venue that reflects our diversity

Music History @today_classical  in 1705 Birth of Italian Carlo

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Photograph: The Brook Street Band

(Written on January 24, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Opera North announces its 2017/2018 season. Soprano Charlotte Church, among many other singers, has refused to sing at US president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. New York Philharmonic and Wiener Philharmoniker present joint exhibition in celebration of both orchestras’ 175th anniversary. Also, Norway is going to be the first country to shut down FM Radio.

The Guardian

Joanna Trollope says BBC’s overpaid managers are starving the arts

Announcing that she will chair the corporation’s short story award, novelist says ‘a great weight of money’ has gone to the wrong people.

New York Philharmonic

New York and Vienna Philharmonics Celebrate 175th Anniversaries with Joint Exhibit

Eighteen forty-two was a good year for orchestras. As it happens, both the New York Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic were founded that year — about eight months, and 4,000 miles, apart.

Opera Now Magazine

Opera North announces 2017/18 season

Opera North will launch its 2017/18 with a celebration of one-act operas.

CMUSE

Soprano Charlotte Church becomes latest to snub Trump inauguration

Charlotte Church is the latest artist to state her opposition to performing at US President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next week.

The Scottish Sun

Violin star Andre Rieu would love to meet funnyman Jonathan Watson… so he can help him play the fiddle

The world-famous conductor and musician was lampooned by the mimic during the Hogmanay edition of Only An Excuse?

The Strad

Antje Weithaas, Tabea Zimmermann and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt join Kronberg Academy faculty

The three string players will join the German performance school in October 2017.

The New York Times

Finally, a Debut for the Elbphilharmonie Hall in Hamburg

The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. After years of delays, it will have its inaugural concert on Wednesday.

Digital Music News

FM Radio Is Officially Getting Shut Down In Norway

Norway is about to become the first country in the world to shut down FM radio.  Are other countries next?

FAZ

Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie

Hamburgs neues Wahrzeichen

neue musikzeitung

Die Kunst zu erben – Was wird aus der Boulez-Villa in Baden-Baden? 

Eine Erkundigung vor Ort

Fono Forum

Internationaler Dirigentenwettbewerb Sir Georg Solti

Unter der Schirmherrschaft seiner Witwe Lady Valerie widmen die Alte Oper und die Museums-Gesellschaft in Frankfurt dem vor 20 Jahren verstorbenen Sir Georg Solti zum achten Mal einen Dirigentenwettbewerb.

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BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Find out more about Jean Sibelius, @BBCRadio3‘s Composer of the Week:

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Orlando Philharmonic presents a program of music inspired by birdsong – Orlando Weekly https://t.co/HQq9bJhtIL

The Violin Channel @violinchannel http://ow.ly/vu1T307RNB4 New York Drag Queen-Violinist to Join Cast of ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ @ThorgyThor

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Photo: New York Philharmonic/ Wiener Philharmoniker

(Written on January 11, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, classical music critic, Ivan Hewett, from The Telegraph, is presenting a new series on music’s five greatest chords on BBC Radio 4, at 1:45 PM from 9th to 13th January. PRS for Music has appointed Nigel Elderton as chair. BBC Proms has launched the 2017 Inspire Scheme, supporting young composers aged 12 to 18 with new opportunities for their career development. Also, new musical production in Berlin of children’s book Emil & the Detectives, and the Mozarthaus in Vienna experiences increased visitor numbers.

The Telegraph

What are the greatest chords in music history?

The Telegraph’s classical music critic Ivan Hewett is presenting a new Radio 4 series on music’s five greatest chords.

Classical Music Magazine

Nigel Elderton appointed as PRS chair

Nigel Elderton, managing director and European president of peermusic, is to succeed Guy Fletcher OBE as chair of PRS.

Music Teacher Magazine

BBC Proms launches 2017 Inspire scheme

Young composers aged 12-18 can now apply to join the BBC Proms Inspire scheme 2017. The scheme offers young composers new opportunities to support their development and the chance to have their composition performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on Radio 3, as well as a BBC commission.

Early Music Today

London Festival of Baroque Music 2017: Baroque at the Edge

The theme for the London Festival of Baroque Music 2017 is ‘Baroque at the Edge’. The event, which will take place 12-20 May, will celebrate the anniversaries of Monteverdi (450th birth) and Telemann (250th death), exploring the ways that composers and performers have pushed at the chronological, stylistic, geographical and expressive boundaries of the Baroque era.

The New York Times

New David Bowie Video Arrives, Hours Before He Would Have Turned 70

Just hours before what would have been his 70th birthday, David Bowie resurfaced. A new video for one of Mr. Bowie’s final songs and a brief EP of previously released tracks were made available late on Saturday.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Stile Antico appoints new tenor

Stile Antico has appointed Tom Kelly as its new member. He replaces Jim Clements, who is leaving the ensemble after seven years to focus on his parallel career as a composer and arranger.

Pizzicato

Artists Call For Cultural Strike Against Trumpism

A number of US Cultural artists plan art strikes at the occasion of the Trump inauguration. Some have called for a strike on 20 January.

klassik.com

Wiener Mozarthaus mit deutlichem Besucherzuwachs im Jahr 2016

Das Wiener Mozarthaus konnte im Jahr 2016 einen deutlichen Zuwachs der Besucherzahlen verbuchen. Insgesamt besuchten eigenen Angaben zufolge rund 176.300 Interessierte das vor zehn Jahren eingerichtete Mozarthaus.

Die Welt

Die Elbphilharmonie beendet eine andere große Ära

Wenn in Hamburg endlich die Elbphilharmonie eröffnet, endet die Zeit der Laeiszhalle. Was ein letzter Besuch in der alten Konzerthalle über die musikalische Zukunft der norddeutschen Metropole verrät.

Neue musikzeitung

Berliner Kinder-Bande für das Gute – „Emil und die Detektive” im Atze Musiktheater Berlin

Den vor 87 Jahren von Erich Kästner als Roman veröffentlichten Kinder-Krimi „Emil und die Detektive” bearbeitete Atze-Theaterleiter Thomas Sutter als ein heutiges Singspiel mit zeitgemäßem politischem Bezug und setzte ihn selbst wirkungsvoll in Szene.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Bedeutendes Jazzfestival in Westfalen

Das internationale Jazzfestival in Münster hat auch in diesem Jahr mit seiner “Ästhetik der Kontraste” überzeugt. Die Besucher bekamen viele unterschiedliche Klangfarben und Formate zu hören. Für viele Künstler war es eine Deutschlandpremiere.

Musik Heute

Stiftung Händel-Haus zieht positive Jahresbilanz

Der Komponist Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) zieht noch immer Musikliebhaber in seine Geburtsstadt Halle (Saale). 2016 kamen rund 80.000 Gäste aus aller Welt zu den Konzerten und Veranstaltungen der Stiftung Händel-Haus, wie diese am Montag mitteilte.

France Musique

Georges Prêtre inhumé en silence et dans l’intimité

Selon ses vœux, le chef d’orchestre Georges Prêtre a été porté en terre samedi 7 janvier sans aucune musique et dans la plus stricte intimité à Navès, village dans le Tarn où il résidait.

Le Figaro

L’Orchestre de Paris fête ses 40 ans en chœur

L’ensemble vocal composé uniquement d’amateurs de haut niveau se produira le 21 janvier à la Philharmonie.

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Music History @today_classical  in 1713 FP of ‘s opera Teseo in London.

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusicians UK  HMUK is delighted to have an official presence at this year’s , on 1 Feb. Read more here

Dartington Arts @DartingonArts We would like to invite musicians & performers to take part in Party in the Town on 28 April 2017   https://t.co/Q4wN6iRIga

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Photo: BBC Proms

(Written on January 10, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, the foyer of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg has been inaugurated by choreographer Sasha Waltz, Jonas Kaufmann is still scheduled for his Paris performances in January, and Oboe has been chosen to be the instrument of the year. Also, Aarhus will be one of the European Capitals of Culture 2017.

Pizzicato.lu

Jonas Kaufmann Still Scheduled For Paris On 18 January

Just one week after the Elbphilharmonie Opening in Hamburg, which he cancelled, Jonas Kaufmann is scheduled to sing Lohengrin at the Opéra Bastille in Paris.

The Guardian

Facing the music: Joshua Bell

Read about renowned violinist Joshua Bell’s interview with the Guardian.

Classical Music Magazine

Terfel and Glennie recognised in New Year’s honours

Bryn Terfel and Evelyn Glennie head the list of classical performers featured in the 2017 New Year’s honours.

CMUSE

11-year-old composer debuts opera in Vienna

British composer Alma Deutscher, aged 11, debuted her first opera in Vienna. The retelling of Cinderella won high praise and a standing ovation from the audience.

Musik Heute

Foyers der Elbphilharmonie mit Performance von Choreographin Sasha Waltz eingeweiht

Das Haus von Elbphilharmonie-Intendant Christoph Lieben-Seutter wird erst am 11. Januar mit einem Festkonzert offiziell eröffnet.

RBB Kulturradio

Oboe ist Instrument des Jahres

Zum Instrument des Jahres 2017 hat der Landesmusikrat Berlin die Oboe gekürt. Mit der Auszeichnung soll das Interesse für das Holzblasinstrument geweckt werden.

nmz

Schluss mit zweiter Geige: Aarhus ist Kulturhauptstadt 2017

Kopenhagens kleiner Bruder will endlich allen zeigen, was er drauf hat: Dänemarks zweitgrößte Stadt Aarhus hat sich als Kulturhauptstadt 2017 viel vorgenommen.

shz.de

Elbphilharmonie auf Papier kostet 1,45 Euro

Die Eröffnung am 11. Januar wirft ihre Schatten voraus: Die Deutsche Post hat eine Elbphilharmonie-Marke vorgestellt.

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3sat Kulturzeit @kulturzeit Der Startenor freut sich nach einer mehrmonatigen Krankheit auf sein Comeback Mitte Januar:

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK Happy New Year! We have some exciting announcements coming from our MAD campaign in 2017 so make sure you stay tuned.

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung nmz-news: Lieben-Seutter: „Die ist ein Weltwunder“

Sasha Waltz & guests © Bernd Uhlig

Sasha Waltz & Guests © Bernd Uhlig

(Written on January 3, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, read about Groupmuse, a service currently provided in parts of U.S., bringing classical music to your living room. BBC launches project to uncover works by female composers in joint partnership with Arts and Humanities Reserach Council. Rubicon Classics, a label that will launch in January that aims to bring a new audience to classical music by marketing itself primarily on social media and the internet. Also, Fort Worth Symphony’s strike is likely to end soon, as the management and the musicians might have reached a tentative agreement.

The New York Times

I Went to My First Classical Music Concert. It Was in My Living Room.

The smile that spread across my face a few seconds after the Zaffre Quartet began the rousing finale of Mozart’s String Quartet in G was the first hint that I’d stumbled onto something special.

CMUSE

BBC launches project to discover works by women composers

BBC Radio 3 is beginning a project to uncover the lost works of women composers in a joint partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The aim will be to locate music by forgotten composers and record it by making use of the BBC’s orchestras and choirs.

What was Mozart’s last completed composition?

Today is the 225th anniversary of the death of Mozart on 5 December, 1791. Anyone unaware of the dramatic licence taken in the play and film “Amadeus” might think that the genius composed the last bars of his Requiem on his deathbed, but reality didn’t quite live up to that story.

How does the oldest piano in the world sound?

Bartolomeo Cristofori, the inventor of the piano, created the instrument around the turn of the 18th century. The first hard evidence of a piano in existence comes from an inventory of goods from 1700, in which it is referred to as a harp harpsichord.

pizzicato.lu

Fort Worth Symphony Strike Is Likely To End

The management and the musicians of the Fort Symphony Orchestra have reached a tentative agreement, the Star Telegram reports.

The Violin Channel

British Violinist Sentenced to 2.5 Years Jail Over ‘Fake Cancer’ Scam

British violinist Bethan Doci has been jailed for 32 months after it was revealed she conned over $440,000 from good samaritans in a ‘fake cancer’ scam

Classical Music Magazine

Rubicon Classics to launch in January

A label will launch in January that aims to bring a new audience to classical music by marketing itself primarily on social media and the internet.

Die Welt

So viel Amadeus war nie. Und wird nie wieder sein

Zu Mozarts 225. Todestag setzt die Deutsche Grammophon mit einer 200 CDs umfassenden Box auch sich selbst ein Denkmal. Die Rekordausgabe ist sehr schön. Stimmt aber auch ziemlich wehmütig.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Brechts First Lady

Über viele Jahrzehnte prägte sie als Theaterschauspielerin das Berliner Ensemble. Sie sang Chansons auf den großen Bühnen und hinterließ ihre Spuren auch im Fernsehen. Ein Nachruf auf Gisela May.

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(Written on December 5, 2016 )

Much has been made of the Mozart / Salieri rivalry, most famously in Milos Forman’s 1984 film Amadeus.

Last Friday, The Prague Post revealed that a long-lost collaboration between the composers has been discovered by the Czech Museum of Music in Prague.

Mikhail A. Vrubel, Salieri and Mozart, 1885/ bewilderingstories.com

Mikhail A. Vrubel, Salieri and Mozart, 1885/ bewilderingstories.com

The most exciting moment is yet to come when later this week, the work will be presented to the media. Will it then be performed?

Most people have watched Amadeus, however, less widely circulated is Pushkin’s 1830 poetic drama, Mozart and Salieri, also based on the myth that Salieri murdered Mozart.

The drama mediates on the nature of creativity and illustrates the nature of genius and envy. Salieri is a man totally devoted to music, however, as he fully realises the extent of his rival, the ‘wunderkind’ Mozart’s genius as a composer, he begins to doubt his own talent. Much like in the film, Mozart has a cheerful, care-free disposition, whilst Salieri must take his work very seriously in order for it to be a success. Mozart’s God- given genius contrasts starkly with Salieri’s supposed mere human skill and endeavour; indeed ‘Amadeus’, Mozart’s middle name means ‘loved by God.’ Here, Salieri elucidates on his unbearable feelings of jealousy.

Who’d say that proud Salieri would in life
Be a repellent envier, a serpent
Trampled by people,
Gnawing sand and dust in impotence?
No one! And now — I’ll say it
I am an envier. I envy; sorely,
Profoundly now I envy. — Pray, o Heaven!

Salieri/ 'Amadeus'

Serious Salieri / ‘Amadeus’

Salieri is infuriated by Mozart’s seemingly casual approach to his composition. When Mozart plays one of his new works for Salieri and then asks whether he thinks it’s any good, Salieri bursts out:

What profundity!
What symmetry and what audacity!
You, Mozart, are a god — and you don’t know it.
But I, I know.

Mozart/ 'Amadeus'

Light-hearted Mozart/ ‘Amadeus’

You can read the very short work here or watch it here.

It is widely understood that their rivalry is greatly exaggerated and the recent the discovery of a collaborative work between the two, makes the myth that Salieri murdered Mozart even more questionable. 200 years later, the story still isn’t over; what more might their joint venture reveal?

(Written on February 16, 2016 )