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In our news today, Met Opera understudy Francesco Anile steps in and gives performance of a lifetime as lead tenor loses his voice, sales up 14% year-on-year for Record Store Day, New York Festival of Song to premiere Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women and Motley Crue co-founder Nikki Sixx has launched a campaign asking Google to pay musicians more money when their videos appear on YouTube.

Daily Mail

The show must go on! Understudy gets last-minute big break at Met Opera when lead tenor loses his voice – so jumps on stage in jeans and sneakers and gives performance of a lifetime

It is a role of a lifetime. But when one understudy finally got his big break at the Metropolitan Opera he wasn’t expecting it to be while wearing his old jeans and sneakers.

Music Week

Retailers celebrate another successful Record Store Day

Preliminary figures show that this year’s Record Store Day was a hit, with sales up 14% year-on-year – and retailers seemed to agree that the vinyl revival isn’t going anywhere. While singles sales were down 2%, LPs were up 35% year-on-year, and the annual celebration bled into the following sales week as well.

BBC News

Nikki Sixx to YouTube: ‘Do the right thing’

Motley Crue co-founder Nikki Sixx has launched a campaign asking Google to pay musicians more money when their videos appear on YouTube. The bass player is urging Google to remember its former slogan – “Don’t be evil” – in its dealings with artists.

Classicalworld.com

NYFOS to premiere Compositora: Songs by Latin American women at Merkin Hall

New York Festival of Song rounds out its Mainstage season on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 with Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women, a fascinating program that showcases the prodigious accomplishments of Latina composers.

ArtsJournal

A German orchestra goes up against Turkey in row over a term for genocide

Turkey’s delegation to the European Union demanded the European Commission withdraw 200,000 euros ($224,500) in funding for the concert.

South China Morning Post

Mei Baojiu: China’s renowned Peking opera master dies aged 82

Youngest son of Peking opera legend Mei Lanfang was devoted to his art, considering it his lifetime mission to pass it on to the younger generation.

Classical Music Magazine

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation awards £15,000 to Wiltshire Music Centre

The grant, which will be distributed across three years, will go towards the centre’s programme of master-classes, workshops, concerts and artist residencies for young musicians in the region.

Der Tagesspiegel

Als Kolibri durch den Saal schweben

Berlins Orchester lassen sich viel einfallen, um neues Publikum zu gewinnen. Das Konzerthaus setzt auf virtuelle Realität – mittels einer speziellen Brille.

KlassikAkzente

Mit Wagner im Kino: Live-Übertragung aus der Berliner Philharmonie mit Andris Nelsons

Wenn Andris Nelsons am 29. April gemeinsam mit den Berliner Philharmonikern Musik von Wagner und Bruckner zum Klingen bringt, kann man das Konzert in vielen Kinosälen in Deutschland live mitverfolgen.

Pizzicato

Antonini wird Erster Gastdirigent beim Mozarteumorchester

Seit eineinhalb Jahren sucht das Mozarteumorchester Salzburg erfolglos nach einem Nachfolger für den im Sommer d.J. scheidenden Chefdirigenten Ivor Bolton.

Francemusique

Nouvelle polémique quant à l’utilisation des animaux à l’opéra

L’opéra Allemand sur le Rhin (Deutche Oper am Rhein) a été contraint d’annuler le contrat de l’un de ses acteurs principaux : le coq du « Coq d’or » de Rimski-Korsakov en raison d’une décision de l’Office Vétérinaire.

El Pais

La música activa el cerebro de los bebés

Investigadores de EE UU vinculan la detección de patrones musicales con el aprendizaje del habla

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Osvaldo Golijov Headlines Spoleto USA Chamber Music Program

Black Dress Code @black_dresscode Wonderful film on Eleonore Schoenfeld She inspired our elegant palazzo trousers

Kate Simko @Kate_Simko  advice I’d give to myself.. ArtsProfessional Magazine

Photograph: UIG via Getty Images

(Written on April 26, 2016 )

Classical News

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,  Southbank centre unveils classical season and Concertgebouw Orchestra to tour all 28 EU member states. Also, Ivor Bolten and Kasper Holten announce a collaboration on Wagner and Patrick Dunachie to join the King’s Singers in September 2016

The Guardian

Life, the universe and virtual reality: Southbank unveils classical season

Highlights of the centre’s 2016-17 season include a digital trip into an orchestra, a year-long festival examining music and belief, plus Radio 3 celebrates its 70th by moving in for a fortnight

Classical Music Magazine

Concertgebouw to tour all 28 EU member states

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will visit all 28 member states of the European Union over two and a half seasons as part of its RCO meets Europe tour

International Arts Manager

Ivor Bolton and Kasper Holten collaborate on Wagner

Teatro Real and Royal Opera House Covent Garden (ROH) have announced a new co-production of Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot

Classical Music Magazine

New King’s Singer announced

Patrick Dunachie is to replace David Hurley as countertenor with the King’s Singers in September 2016

Süddeutsche

Per Nørgård geehrt

Er ist einer der profiliertesten lebenden Komponisten: Per Nørgård, 1932 in Dänemark geboren. Jetzt hat er den Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikpreis erhalten

Pizzicato

Berliner Staatsbibliothek erwarb Mendelssohn-Autograph

Die Berliner Staatsbibliothek hat ein Autograph von Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy erworben, das der Wissenschaft bislang unbekannt war

NMZ

Teure Eintagsfliegen? Neue Opern etablieren sich kaum

Nur wenige neue Opern können sich durchsetzen, die meisten verschwinden schnell wieder in der Versenkung

France Musique

Mort de Jean-Louis Martinoty, grande figure du monde de l’opéra

Le metteur en scène, ancien administrateur de l’Opéra national de Paris de 1986 à 1989, mais aussi auteur d’ouvrages sur la musique, Jean-Louis Martinoty est mort mercredi 27 janvier

Twitter

MonteverdiChoir&Orch@mco_london  Fancy more Mozart? Ivan Fischer and Budapest Festival Orchestra perform The Magic Flute @southbankcentre 10 May. http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/the-magic-flute-budapest-fes-89613

Music Education UK @MusicEdUK  International  Music and Cultural Studies Conference 2016  http://www.musiceducationuk.com/events-and-courses/2016/5/13/international-music-and-cultural-studies-conference-2016

JJ Jazz Academy @JJJAJazz  Happy birthday to the great Ronnie Scott who would have turned 89 yesterday. @officialronnies #Bestofbritishjazz

King's Singers/ Classical Music Magazine

King’s Singers/ Classical Music Magazine

(Written on January 29, 2016 )

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

BBC

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

concerti.de

„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

KulturPort.de

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

Twitter

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.

klassik.com

Lebensweg von Steve Jobs kommt auf die Opernbühne

Biographisches Werk soll 2017 in Santa Fe uraufgeführt werden.

FAZ

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.

KlassikAkzente

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.

Twitter

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

Young Euro Classic @YEClassic: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJbt_WVBZjA … The @NYOGB will play at #YoungEuroClassic on August 10!

Welsh National Opera ‏@WNOtweet: Worth a read: http://isclassicalmusicdead.com

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: www.bayreuther-festspiele.de

Bayreuther Festspielhaus
Foto: www.bayreuther-festspiele.de

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.

pizzicato

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.

klassik.com

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.

MUSIK HEUTE

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.

Twitter

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.

concerti

Französisch-deutsche Freundschaft nach Noten

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

klassik.com

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.

Tweets

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,

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

(Written on June 10, 2015 )