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Scriabin, who died 100 years ago this year, was the first composer to associate colours with music; he believed that there is an aesthetic connection between musical harmony and shades of colour. The Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky was inspired by Scriabin, amoung others including Wagner. Kandinsky wanted to create what Scriabin had for music, but for colours and feelings. Kandinsky, had his own colour theory to match colours with musical tones or instruments.

Composition VII by Wassily Kandinsky (1913)

Composition VII by Wassily Kandinsky (1913)

There is a possibility that Scriabin had Synaesthesia, a condition where a sensation in one of the senses, such as hearing, triggers a sensation in another, such as sight. In Scriabin, music triggered a vision of certain colours in a ‘union of his senses’. Each note corresponded to a specific colour: C-red, G-orange, D-yellow, A-green, E-sky blue, B-blue, F#-bright blue, C#-violet, G#-lilac, D#-flesh, A#-rose, F-deep red. However, some composers such as Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, disagreed with Scriabin about which keys related to which colours. It is believed that Messiaen and Liszt were also synaesthete, although the condition isn’t common even in people with perfect pitch. 

A piano illustrating which colour corresponds to which key

A piano illustrating which colour (according to Scriabin) corresponds to which key

Scriabin was also deeply philosophical and mystical; he had visions of other worlds and he wished to transport his audiences to other realms through his music. He had planned a great piece, the Mysterium, which would be performed in a half temple in India. The spectacle would include a light show engulfing performers and audience members, who would sit across a pool of water. Incense and acrid smoke would be blown across the scene, costumed speakers reciting texts would parade with the dancers and Scriabin would sit at the piano surrounded by the orchestra. Scriabin died before the composition was complete, this dream was never realised.  He once boasted that only his music could express the inexpressible.

A few years before his death, Scriabin produced a colour keyboard with colour lamps, known as  a clavier à lumières. In the score for Prometheus: The Poem of Fire (1910), Scriabin described how his clavier à lumières should accompany the orchestra. The colour organ was to be played like a piano but instead of emitting sound, it projected coloured light onto a screen. The only performance using the color organ as Scriabin had envisioned, was in New York in 1915. This was the year that Scriabin died, of an untreated infection under his famed moustache. It seems that Scriabin had vast sources of inspiration and had he lived longer perhaps more of his dramatic, other- worldly dreams would have been realised. 

Scriabin performing in St. Petersburg in April 1915 (his last recital)

Scriabin performing in St. Petersburg in April 1915 (his last recital)

(Written on November 17, 2015 )

150 years ago, on 20 October 1865, Cosima von Bülow (wife of Richard Wagner) allegedly went to the Bavarian treasury in Munich to collect 40,000 florins owed to her husband by King Ludwig. 

Officials had no paper money and gave her the entire sum in coins.  She employed two cabs to haul the loot away.

King Ludwig II greatly admired Wagner; he bought him to Munich, settled his numerous debts and offered to stage TristanDie Meistersinger and the Ring.

Tristan and Isolde premiered at Munich in June 1865, here is the Prelude and Liebestod.


(Written on October 20, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Berlin’s three opera houses celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, and Brassed Off avoids closure again. Also, Robin Ticciati is appointed music director of the DSO Berlin, and Patten is jailed for murdering pianist Aligizakis

The Guardian

Berlin’s opera weekend: tradition, innovation and orientalism

Berlin’s three opera houses united to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall and open their seasons with a trio of new productions by Wagner, Offenbach and Meyerbeer

Classical Music Magazine

Robin Ticciati appointed music director of the DSO Berlin

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin has named Robin Ticciati as its new principal conductor and music director

Classic FM

Man jailed for life for ‘senseless and unprovoked’ murder of pianist

Mark Patten (below left), aged 30 of Thornton Heath, London, has been sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison for the murder of Menelaos Aligizakis (below right), a talented pianist and teacher, who was killed in a brutal attack outside Waterloo Station on 3 January 2015

The Strad

Every violinist must develop an individual voice, says Aaron Rosand

The American maestro discusses the importance of developing a distinctive tone

The Times

Richard Morrison: why conductor JoAnn Falletta deserves to be the world’s favourite maestro

Thrilling live performances of richly varied music — and more people enticed to experience them — are required


The Brassed Off band make a comeback after avoiding closure again

The Grimethopre Colliery Band’s fight for survival when the coal mine closed in the early 1990s inspired the 1996 film Brassed Off. The band did survive – and now, enjoying a resurgence, are among the favourites for this weekend’s brass band National Championships

New York Times

Mercedes Bass Is Elected Acting Chairwoman of Carnegie Hall

The philanthropist Mercedes T. Bass was elected the acting chairwoman of Carnegie Hall on Thursday, succeeding Ronald O. Perelman, the billionaire businessman who stepped down from the post after eight month

„Ich wollte keinen weiteren Geiger mehr erziehen“

Deshalb löste Menahem Pressler 2009 das legendäre Beaux Arts Trio auf – die Bühne hat der Pianist dennoch nicht verlassen

Zauber der Barockmusik in Europas kleinster Hauptstadt – Valletta International Baroque Festival 2016

Bereits zum vierten Mal wird sich im Januar kommenden Jahres der Vorhang für das Valletta International Baroque Festival öffnen. Vom 16. bis 30. Januar 2016 erwarten Liebhaber barocker Musik in Maltas einzigartiger Hauptstadt Valletta wieder musikalische Perlen des 16. bis 18. Jahrhunderts, aufgeführt von den renommiertesten Barock-Musikern Europas

El Pais

43 Festival Cervantino: cultura y ciencia en México ante la violencia

El mayor evento interartístico de América Latina impulsa el cruce creación-conocimiento. En el discurso de inauguración, el director del Cervantino, Jorge Volpi, hincó el dedo en los problemas sociales y de violencia que arrastra México


The Strad‘In spiccato the player is active and the bow is passive: in sautillé the player is passive and the bow is active’

BBC Radio 3: Music seems to be universal and affects almost everyone deeply. asks why:

Sinfini MusicStop press! Video evidence of page turner indisputably saving the day. Time to update this?

news9thoctWrestling with political and national associations … Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Staatsoper Berlin. Photograph: Bernd Uhlig/The Guardian

(Written on October 9, 2015 )

In today’s news a new opera to tell the story of  Steve Job’s life is planned for 2017. The stolen Stradivarius violin of Roman Totenberg is found after 35 years and the Boston Symphony Orchestra announces extension of Music Director Andris Nelson’s contract.

The Guardian

Modem Butterfly? New opera to tell life story of Steve Jobs

Santa Fe Opera is to stage The Revolution of Steve Jobs, which will follow the Apple founder as he confronts cancer

BBC News

Stolen Stradivarius violin found 35 years later

A Stradivarius belonging to violin virtuoso Roman Totenberg has been recovered, 35 years it disappeared.

Planet Hugill

Somewhere for the weekend – Presteigne Festival

The Presteigne Festival is now in its 33rd year. Based in Presteigne / Gwyl Llanandras in Radnorshire in the Welsh Marches, the festival manages to cram an enormous amount of vital music making into its six days, running from 27 August to 1 September 2015.

Classical Source

Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons announce extension to Mr Nelsons’ contract as BSO Music Director through 2022!

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons have reached an agreement to extend Mr. Nelsons’ contract as BSO Music Director through the 2021-22 season, following his extraordinary first year in that role, having received virtually unanimous praise and universal enthusiasm for his work with the orchestra from critics and audiences alike.

New York Times

Roman Totenberg’s Stolen Stradivarius Is Found After 35 Years

The Stradivarius – which was made in 1734 by Antonio Stradivari and is known as the Ames Stradivarius – disappeared after it was stolen in 1980 from the violin virtuoso Roman Totenberg.

Lebensweg von Steve Jobs kommt auf die Opernbühne

Biographisches Werk soll 2017 in Santa Fe uraufgeführt werden.


Bayreuther Wagner-Museum: Zwischen Grusel und Liebe

Völkische Ästhetik und gemütvolle Verlogenheit: Wer sich im neu konzipierten Richard-Wagner-Museum seinen Weg durch Wagners Welt sucht, begegnet den Gespenstern einer vergifteten Rezeptionsgeschichte.


Vorzeitige Verlängerung – Andris Nelsons bleibt bis 2022 Chefdirigent beim Boston Symphony Orchestra

Gerade mal seit einem Jahr schwingt Andris Nelsons das Zepter in Boston und wurde dafür mit einer vorzeitigen Vertragsverlängerung belohnt.


Marina Baranova @Baranova_piano: Done! I had the most inspiring recording session ever! With @MartinSauer at #teldexstudio #Berlin. Feeling happy!

Young Euro Classic @YEClassic: … The @NYOGB will play at #YoungEuroClassic on August 10!

Welsh National Opera ‏@WNOtweet: Worth a read:

The Stradivarius recovered in June was returned on Thursday to the family of the violinist Roman Totenberg. Credit FBI

The Stradivarius recovered in June was returned on Thursday to the family of the violinist Roman Totenberg. Credit FBI

(Written on August 7, 2015 )

Süffisant wird der Streit am “grünen Hügel” in Bayreuth mittlerweile als “älteste Seifenoper des deutschen Kulturprogramms” bezeichnet. Es geht um die Familie Wagner und um die Festspiele in Bayreuth, welche, wie beinahe jedes Jahr, unter keinem guten Stern zu stehen scheinen. Eskalation ist das, was von allen gefürchtet wird und alle in die Festspiele involvierten Wagner-Damen scheinen genau auf eben diese Eskalation hinzuarbeiten.

Aber was genau macht nun den Streit aus? Ganz konkret geht es um das Hausverbot, welches der im September 2015 von diesem Posten scheidende Leiterin Eva Wagner-Pasquier während der Probenphase vom 1. Juni bis 20. Juli erteilt worden sein soll. Dies würde weiterhin beinhalten, dass Wagner-Pasquier kein Mitspracherecht bei der Besetzung der Rollen und in Vertragsfragen mehr hätte.

Bayreuther Festspielhaus  Foto:

Bayreuther Festspielhaus

Dies sind nicht die ersten Streitigkeiten, welche auftauchen. Wir erinnern uns daran, dass ein Bariton mit Nazitattoo und Jonathan Meese verbannt wurden, was jeweils für immense Schlagzeilen gesorgt hat. Bereits 2014 konstatierte Katharina Wagner im Interview mit der Süddeutschen Zeitung: “Wenn Sie frühere Kritiken der Bayreuther Festspiele lesen, werden Sie sehen, dass es seit Bestehen der Festspiele immer wieder negative Kritiken gab. Das ist kein besonderes Vorkommnis dieses Jahres.” Ob sich diese Aussage des letzten Jahres so einfach auf 2015 übertragen lassen kann, bleibt fraglich.

Namhafte Dirigenten wie Daniel Barenboim setzen sich für Eva Wagner-Pasquier ein – er bewertet das Verhalten des Festspielhauses gar als menschnunwürdig.

Dass Eva Wagner-Pasquier und ihre Halbschwester Katharina nicht die besten Freundinnen sind, ist hinreichend bekannt. Doch inwieweit beeinflusst der familieninterne Rosenkrieg die künstlerische Durchführung der Festspiele? Christian Thielemann und Kirill Petrenko drohten in der Vergangenheit mit Absagen. Doch offensichtlich wurde die Aussage Thielemanns, “nicht den Taktstock zu heben, solle Eva Wagner-Pasquier auf dem Gelände sein” dementiert. Ein jährliches Hin und Her also, dem sich Besucher und auch die Künstler beugen müssen.

Kirill Petrenko hingegen drohte mit dem Rückzug, sollte das angebliche Hausverbot für Eva Wagner-Pasquier bestehen bleiben – somit schließt sich Petrenko Barenboims Meinung an. Die Kritik an den Festspielen ist ebenfalls gespalten, somit bleibt abzuwarten, inwiefern sich diese auf die Inszenierungen auswirken oder ob es – wie jedes Jahr – ein Krieg ist, der in Bayreuth gefochten und allein dort ausgetragen wird.

Katharina Wagner und Eva Wagner-Pasquier Foto: dpa

Katharina Wagner und Eva Wagner-Pasquier Foto: dpa

(Written on June 12, 2015 )

Classical News

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

The Times

Daniel Harding: the British conductor with a new Paris beat

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

The Guardian

The Bayreuth Wagner festival: more soap opera than classical opera

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

Classical Music Magazine

Daniel Harding takes Paris post

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

The Spectator

Dressing up for the opera is not elitist

Evening dress is a great social leveller

Herald Scotland

Soprano Lisa Milne on quitting the stage and turning to teaching

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


Oper in der Wüste

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

Thomas Hengelbrock

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


Bachfest Leipzig beginnt – Verbindung mit Stadtjubiläum

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

The New York Times

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

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

I Care If You Listen

5 Questions to Gabriela Lena Frank (composer)

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


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

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

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

Daniel Harding Photo: Julian Hargreaves

Daniel Harding
Photo: Julian Hargreaves







(Written on June 12, 2015 )

Classical news

In today’s news, The Telegraph reveals that good music speeds up our heart beat, a new group try to prove that Beethoven had African roots and Wagner’s great-granddaughter is removed from the board of the Bayreuth Music Festival 2015 by her own sister. Also, James Rhodes tells a tale of public school abuse and how music saved his life.

The Telegraph

Good music always makes your heart beat faster

Labelling certain music as “good for the heart” is typically simplistic science. We should listen to the music we enjoy for a truly invigorating experience

James Rhodes: How music saved the concert pianist’s life

Rhodes’ tale of public school abuse – ‘Instrumental: a Memoir of Madness, Medication and Music’ – fails as a memoir

The Guardian

Back to the future: I’m in the Moog again

Why is Will Gregory rooting around in skips for 70s analogue monosynths? Because, for electronic musicians, they revive the expressive thrill of performance

Does Beethoven’s music reveal his African roots?

A new album by the group Beethoven Was Black aims to prove that the polyrhythms of the composer’s music point to west African heritage. But does their quest open up a more important debate in classical music?

The Independent

Bayreuth Music Festival 2015: Musical differences see Wagner’s great-granddaughter removed from board and banned from the event

The composer founded the festival in 1876, but a family feud has seen Eva Wagner-Pasquier barred from attending by her own sister

Südwest Presse

Viele Premieren und eine monströse Zahl

Den Spielplan für die Saison 2015/2016 stellten am gestrigen Mittwoch das Staatstheater Stuttgart vor – aber die Kosten für die nötige Generalsanierung des Opernhauses machten Schlagzeilen: 400 Millionen Euro.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Wer braucht schon Apple Music?

Apple hat nun auch einen Streaming-Dienst. Davon gibt es mittlerweile viele. Wieso sollte man die zehn Euro im Monat für „Apple Music“ ausgeben? Viele gute Gründe gibt es nicht.


Französisch-deutsche Freundschaft nach Noten

Beim Festival International de Colmar setzt Vladimir Spivakov auf Festivaltradition und Kontinuität

Elbphilharmonie: Kostenanstieg bleibt ohne juristische Folgen

Der extreme Kostenanstieg beim Bau der Elbphilharmonie von ursprünglich 77 Millionen auf aktuell 850 Millionen Euro bleibt für die Verantwortlichen juristisch folgenlos. Nach einjährigen Ermittlungen auf der Grundlage des 725 Seiten umfassenden Berichts des Parlamentarischen Untersuchungsausschusses (PUA) hat die Staatsanwaltschaft Hamburg die Akte offiziell geschlossen.

The New York Times

Orchestra in Turin, Italy, Names James Conlon as Principal Conductor

James Conlon, the versatile New York-born maestro, is returning to Europe for his next podium: he will become the principal conductor of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Turin, Italy, in 2016, the orchestra said on Tuesday.


Colston Hall ‏: The art of conducting a room full of monosynths talks about his Ensemble’s approach

BBC Music Magazine ‏: Good morning! Did you know that the first ever performance of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde took place today? OK. You probably did…

Royal Academy of Music: Peter Cropper, who believed passionately in the power of music to change lives: obituary,


Does Beethoven’s music reveal his African roots? Photograph: Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images (taken from The Guardian)

(Written on June 10, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news David Pickard has been announced as the new director of the BBC Proms but The Guardian say he likely to bring evolution not revolution. The Independent also ask how he will steer the BBC Proms with the BBC at a crossroads. Georg Baselitz tells Mark Hudson why he prefers Glyndebourne to the annual Wagner celebration in Bayreuth and Daniel Barenboim unveils a new piano at the Royal Festival Hall with his name on it.


David Pickard likely to bring evolution not revolution to the Proms

The new director of the world’s biggest classical music festival has a track record for broadening audience appeal during his time at Glyndebourne – but he’ll face plenty of challenges from his BBC bosses


Georg Baselitz: Glyndebourne would be unimaginable in Germany

The controversial German artist tells Mark Hudson why he prefers Glyndebourne to his country’s annual Wagner celebration, Bayreuth


The Proms: How will new director David Pickard steer the event with the BBC at a crossroads?

The Proms’ position will demand maintenance in the programming and requires a fine balance between the new and risky and the tried and tested

Classic FM

Daniel Barenboim unveils a stunning new piano… with his name on it

Surely, every pianists’ dream would be to have a piano with their very own name on it. The world-famous conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim now has just that.

Classical Music Magazine

RCM tops Guardian university league table 2016

The RCM was the only institution to score maximum marks of 100 in the table, which compares how final-year music students at a number of different institutions perceive their course.

Der Spiegel

„Bingen swingt“: Boom der Bigbands

Gute Zeiten für Bläserkapellen? Nicht weniger als vier große Ensembles beim Festival „Bingen swingt“, und die WDR-Bigband ruft gleich eine neuen Bigband-Bewegung aus.

Berliner Zeitung

Akademie-Präsident Klaus Staeck wünscht sich Nachfolgerin

Am kommenden Samstag entscheidet die Mitgliederversammlung der Akademie der Künste über einen neuen Präsidenten – oder eine Präsidentin.

Braunfels wurde 98 Jahre alt

Komponist und Pianist Michael Braunfels gestorben

El Mundo

Ponme esa cinta otra vez

De toda la vida de Dios, Steve Reich era el músico serio y Glass, el facilón, verdad?

The New York Observer

Who Can Fix Opera in New York? The Germans!

New York City has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the world’s great cultural hubs. That remains true today for the visual arts, dance, commercial theater and a number of other forms. Sadly, though, when it comes to opera New York is a bit of a backwater


The Stage: Will musicals save opera companies? ‘s Richard Mantle tackles the question

Warner Classics Bravo, maestro! Conductor Sir Antonio Pappano inducted into Hall of Fame.

Wigmore Hall BBC – BBC Radio 3 to celebrate the art of The Classical Voice this summer – Media Centre

KP_245652_crop_1200x720Daniel Barenboim has unveiled a new piano with his name on. Photo: Guardian

(Written on May 27, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news the BBC have announced the extension of their Ten Pieces project to secondary schools, however Ivan Hewett comments that we shouldn’t dumb down music for teenagers and lists his alternative pieces. Pianist James Rhodes has won the right to publish his autobiography after a lengthy legal battle to get the injunction lifted. Also, Harmonia Mundi is set to be sold to the Belgian independent recording group PIAS.


BBC’s Ten Pieces extends classical music programme to teenagers

Nationwide scheme will play Wagner and Verdi in secondary school halls and classrooms to encourage pupils to embrace classical music

Pianist James Rhodes wins right to publish autobiography telling of abuse

Rights groups hail supreme court decision to lift injunction barring publication of book in which concert musician discusses being repeatedly raped as a child


Don’t dumb down classical music for teenagers

The BBC’s list of classical music pieces for teenagers is patronising. Ivan Hewett recommends some alternatives

The Times

Opera Holland Park, the down-to-earth company taking on Glyndebourne

It is a warm sunny day in Kensington, the sort of day that James Clutton and Michael Volpe, the producer and general manager of Opera Holland Park, will want when their season opens on June 2.

Classical Music Magazine

Harmonia Mundi set to be sold to Belgian independent PIAS

The Belgium-based independent recording group PIAS (Play It Again Sam) is poised to buy struggling French classical company Harmonia Mundi.

Die Welt

Die Plebejer von Bonn proben den Aufstand

Nur die Berliner Philharmoniker dürfen ihren neuen Chef selbst wählen. Das konnten sie nicht. Bonns Beethoven-Orchester weiß, wen es will. Das aber ist den Politikern egal. Misstöne sind programmiert.


Erhöhte Gagen der Bühnenkünstler und Orchestermusiker in Deutschland

Nach den rezenten Warnstreiks haben sich der Deutsche Bühnenverein als Arbeitgeberverband der Theater und Orchester und die Künstlergewerkschaften heute in Köln auf Gagenerhöhungen für die künstlerischen Mitarbeiter der Stadttheater, Staatstheater und Landesbühnen sowie für die Musiker der Orchester verständigt.

New Instrument: The Celloridoo

By designing a new musical instrument, an Iranian designer won Bronze prize at the A’Design Awards 2015, the World’s largest design competition. Aidin Ardjomandi’s new instrument Celloridoo is a composite one, combining a chordophone which is a bowed stringed instrument and an aerophone which is inspired from Didgeridoo, an Australian wind instrument.


Cambreling bis 2018 Stuttgarter Generalmusikdirektor

Sylvain Cambreling bleibt bis 2018 Generalmusikdirektor der Oper Stuttgart. Der 66-Jährige habe seinen Vertrag entsprechend verlängert, teilte das Haus am Mittwoch mit.

Le Figaro

La Philharmonie de Paris atteint le demi-million de visiteurs

Malgré les polémiques autour du retard, du coût des travaux et de l’ouverture prématurée, la nouvelle grande salle de concerts a déjà accueilli 500.000 personnes en cinq mois.


Classical Music : . will return to Rotterdam in 2016

YCAT Today’s the day! The final round of are today at , with 8 very talented musicians

Classical:NEXT . will be covering – read about it here (German) and look out for videos throughout the week!

Pianist James Rhodes wins right to publish autobiography telling of abuse

(Written on May 21, 2015 )

Classical News


How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera ‘Between Worlds’

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, it is a life-affirming piece, she tells Jessica Duchen

The Times

Classical is purrfect for cats

Cats don’t like Cats (the musical). Neither do leopards enjoy Def Leppard. But they might just enjoy a bit of the Rossini-derived Cat Duet.

Classic FM

Opera boss sacked over Wagner production that offended Russian Orthodox Church

The Russian government has sacked an opera director over a controversial production of Wagner’s Tannhauser, and is now considering new theatre censorship laws.

Classical Music Magazine

Shortlists for RPS Music Awards announced

The Royal Philharmonic Society has announced the nominees for this year’s RPS Music Awards. The 13 categories recognise the outstanding achievements made by artists and organisations in 2014.

BBC Music Magazine

Van Kuijk Quartet win Wigmore prize

French Quartet soars to success in International String Quartet Competition


EU note standardisation

A new EU directive has been passed to standardise musical pitch. The change, which takes effect on 1 July 2016, will see the frequency of the note a¢ (A above middle C) adjusted upwards, rising from 440 Hz to 450 Hz. This adjustment in pitch will only affect countries within the EU.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Neuer Operndirektor setzt umstrittenen “Tannhäuser” ab

Ein neuer Direktor, ein neuer Name für das Opernhaus und die sofortige Absetzung der umstrittenen Inszenierung: Die Entwicklung im „Tannhäuser“-Streit in Nowosibirsk entsetzt die russische Theaterwelt.

Paukenschlag in München: Horst Seehofers neue Konzertsaal-Pläne

Ehemaliges Olympiastadion soll mit Unterstützung des FC Bayern zum AUDItorium umgebaut werden.


Rostocker Theaterintendant Latchinian entlassen

Der Intendant des Rostocker Volkstheaters, Sewan Latchinian, ist fristlos entlassen worden.

The New York Times

Concert Versions Take Opera to a More Personal Level

LONDON — Staging “Aida” without elephants sounds a lot like doing “Hamlet” without Elsinore Castle.

Le Figaro 

Alagna, Dessay… Les musiciens au secours de France Musique

De Roberto Alagna à Natalie Dessay, en passant par William Christie ou Alexandre Tharaud, la fine fleur des musiciens vole au secours de la station de Radio France.


ISM ‏@ISM_music: ‘British musicians are worth so much more than we’re given, especially as we know how arts can change lives of young people’ #MakeMusicWork

Philharmonic Society @RoyalPhilSoc: That’s it, we’re signing off for the evening! Well done again to all the Shortlistees. See you on 5th May @theBreweryVenue! #RPSMusicAwards

Guardian Classical ‏@GdnClassical: Sweeney Todd review – Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson in razor-sharp thriller 

625 VanKuijkQuartetThe Van Kuijk Quartet. Photo: BBC Music Magazine


(Written on April 1, 2015 )