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Guardian

The Nazi war criminal, the Nuremberg prosecution expert… and a shared love of Bach

A new collaboration between human rights lawyer Philippe Sands and opera director Nina Brazier sheds light on the parallels between Hans Frank, a key player in the Holocaust, and Hersch Lauterpacht, one of the prosecution team at his trial

Telegraph

Katherine Jenkins: ‘I’m no diva – but I can be impatient and a bit bossy’

Under fire for running the London Marathon in make-up and for being ‘dropped’ by her record label, Katherine Jenkins found solace in Wales

Times

John Adams: the composer whose opera was hijacked

The composer is unveiling a radical new religious piece but it’s an old work that has hit headlines — again

tesconnect

‘An education in the arts is limited to the economically privileged. It is an unjust waste of national talent’

In an article for Create – a journal of perspectives on the value of arts and culture published by the Arts Council – Sir Anthony Seldon, master of Wellington College, writes.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

“Es geht in Bayreuth schon lange nicht mehr um Kunst“

Am Freitag hieß es, Jonathan Meese solle doch nicht den „Parsifal“ bei den Richard-Wagner-Festspielen inszenieren, Bühnenbild und Kostüme seien nicht finanzierbar. Der Künstler sieht das anders. Und wettert gegen Bayreuth.

Die Welt

Wie Countertenöre den Frauen die Jobs wegnehmen

Vor den Countertenören scheint keine Hosenrolle sicher. Franco Fagioli allein hat schon drei Mozart-Mezzo-Rollen gesungen. Aber: Will man das auch hören? Alles über das Londoner „Idomeneo“-Experiment.

Berliner Zeitung

Geld für Kultur

Berlin erhält im nächsten Jahr 300 Millionen Euro aus dem Bundeskulturetat

El País

Una gran ovación para Pollini

La Sinfónica dedica un monográfico a Beethoven con el maestro italiano al piano y su hijo Daniele a la batuta

Le Parisien

Radio France inaugure son nouvel Auditorium „en fanfare“

Tambours et trompettes ont marqué l’inauguration du nouvel Auditorium de Radio France vendredi soir, avec la “fanfare de Slava” du grand compositeur contemporain français Henri Dutilleux en ouverture d’un concert gratuit de plus de deux heures.

Twitter

medici.tv ‏@medicitv: Lang Lang honored with German award @lang_lang @ChinaDailyUSA #MediciClassicalNews http://sco.lt/6VbvOL

Intermusica @IntermusicaLtd: Hear @tenorbenjohnson sing Szymanowski’s Love Songs of Hafiz with @BBCSO & Edward Gardner on @BBCRadio3 at 2pm today http://ow.ly/EhM4R 

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse: Having arts at the heart of the curriculum is key to student’s success say @GreatOrmondSt School http://bit.ly/1wIIu44 ^L

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Composer John Adams. Photo: The Times

(Written on November 17, 2014 )

Classic FM

Karl Jenkins to judge Arts Club’s £4,000 classical music award

Calling all young musicians: entries for the Classical Music Award, launched by the Arts Club in 2013 to celebrate the best performer aged between 18-30 in the UK, close on Friday 17 October.

British Airways pairs in-flight meals with classical music

British Airways have revealed a new strategy to make in-flight food taste better – pairing specific music with their meals.

The Strad

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra receives $400,000 from Andrew W Mellon Foundation

The ensemble will use the grant to launch ‘Next Generation Orpheus’

London stringed instrument dealer J & A Beare launches its first exclusively online auction

The initial sale features 37 instruments, including a Stradivarius violin and two Guadagninis

Classical Source

Wall of Water: world premiere of Violin Concerto by Deborah Pritchard in response to paintings by Maggi Hambling (October 18 at LSO St Luke’s) 

Gramophone

Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel tear up the rulebook for Sweeney Todd

Video: a concert performance like you’ve never seen before

Slipped Disc

The string quartet that speaks

Stanford University’s St. Lawrence String Quartet are playing a Haydn Discovery series in which violinist Geoff Nuttall involves the audience in what’s really going on inside those staves.

Limelight Magazine

Politicians speak out on WA Opera “censorship”

The PM and other high ranking officials criticise “crazy” decision to cut Carmen

11Alive News

ASO musicians send memo of concern to board of directors

More than a month after the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians were locked out following failed contract talks, there is still no progress to report.

Die Welt

Regisseur veralbert Putin mit schwulem Zarensohn

Die Staatsoperette Dresden gönnt sich einen Seitenhieb auf die wachsende Homophobie in Russland – mit einer pikanten Inszenierung von Lehárs “Zarewitsch”.

Heute hätte er längst seinen Oscar

Wagner klaute von ihm, Wagner hasste ihn, Wagner wäre ohne ihn kaum denkbar.

crescendo

Hummeln auf dem Opernplatz

Wer sich den Cellisten Johannes Moser, einen passionierten Kammermusiker, zum „Museums-Solisten“ wählt und ihm die Möglichkeit gibt, sein Residence-Programm selbst mitzugestalten, der muss sich auf die eine oder andere Überraschung einstellen.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wir haben eine gute Zeit!

Wie kommt ein Chor zu diesem Namen? Ganz einfach: Er wurde am Psychologischen Institut der Uni Jena gegründet.

Codex Flores

Australiens Politik übt sich in Schadensbegrenzung

Nachdem sich die Western Australia Opera mit ihrem Bann von Bizets Carmen aus Gründen der politischen Korrektheit zum Gespött der Welt gemacht hat, macht nun die Politik auf Schadensbegrenzung.

classicalite

Fused Muse Ensemble Draws Attention to Environmental Issues Through Music, Dance and Video at Constellation in Chicago

Is it possible for artists to influence people’s attitudes toward global concerns through their art?

The Spectator

The drunk conductor who ruined Rachmaninov’s career

The disastrous first performance of Rachmaninov’s First Symphony has cast a shadow over the work ever since

Twitter

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Guardian Classical: @GdnClassical BBC Radio 3 doesn’t score highly with Ed Vaizey | Media Monkey http://gu.com/p/42fje 

Telegraph Classical: @TeleClassical Why the injustice against Joseph Haydn? http://tgr.ph/1u807FH 

The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource Preview: The Marriage of Figaro – Metropolitan Opera Live in HD on Sat 18

Orpheus‘Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’ Photo: via The Strad

(Written on October 16, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Mary Poppins in Last Night of the Proms

Last Night of the Proms is to feaure a Mary Poppins singalong to mark the 50th anniversary of the film’s release.

New York Times

In Final Hours, Metropolitan Opera Extends Contract Deadlines for Unions

Hours after a mediator began work Thursday evening, the Metropolitan Opera granted a temporary deadline extension.

Classic FM

Will rain force cover up of historic opera arena?

The mayor of Verona, Italy, is calling for a cover to be put over the city’s 2,000-year-old amphitheatre because unusually wet weather is ruining this summer’s programme of open-air operas.

The Guardian

Musical rarities – the hidden sides of the great composers

From scatalogical Mozart to possibly the worst music Wagner ever wrote, Tom Service unearths five pieces that rarely appear on concert programmes – perhaps for good reasons.

The Guardian

Scandal and outrage at Germany’s Bayreuth opera festival

Festival is becoming more notorious for its scandals than its music after second year of boos, jeers and insults.

La Croix

Festival d’opéra à Munich, l’excellence lyrique

Le temps d’un festival d’été, le Staatsoper de Munich confirme sa place de tout premier plan sur la scène internationale.

Vicenza Today

Viceenza, dolore e commozione per la scomparsa di Tommaso Zuccon Ghiotto

Amici, colleghi, semplici ammiratori del suo talento: sono migliaia le attestazioni di affetto nei confronti della famiglia del violinista deceduto.

Salzburger Nachrichten

Diebe stahlen aus Festspielhaus zwei Trommeln

Opfer von Dieben sind in der Nacht auf vergangenen Samstag Musiker bei den Salzburger Festspielen geworden. Unbekannte stahlen aus einem Aufbewahrungsraum des Festspielhauses zwei Trommeln, die nach Polizeiangaben mehrere tausend Euro wert sind. Der Raum war nicht versperrt, so die Polizei.

Twitter

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Baroque at the #BristolProms. More @hopeviolin photos here: http://classfm.co/eqEdFu 

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight see Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major & Ravel on BBC Four from 7.30pm http://ow.ly/zNn8K  @BBCSO #bbcproms #Prom15 @IngridFliter

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ Fiona Hyslop has written an op-ed for us about the arts in an independent Scotland. http://www.classicalmusicmagazine.org/2014/07/musicians-vote-yes-the-arts-will-thrive-in-an-independent-scotland/ … Do you disagree? Tell us why.

METOrchMusicians: ‏@METOrchestra This @SFOpera Board Member works tirelessly to introduce low-income children to opera http://bit.ly/1jUC7H8  #operaisalive #classicalmusic

GoClassical: ‏@GoClassicalUK  The Practice Vs. Talent. Are Virtuosos Born or Bred? http://wqxr.org/2Co5j  #classicalmusic

 

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Photo: Rex

 

(Written on August 1, 2014 )

The National Children’s Orchestras will be returning to the stage this weekend to showcase the best young musical talent the UK has to offer. Vivienne Price MBC founded the organisation in 1978 with the sole aim of offering talented children a world-class foundation for orchestral performance and musicianship, working alongside world-class professional musicians.

The NCO’s Main Orchestra will be making a welcome return to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, on Saturday 12th April for their first appearance of 2014. Under the baton of guest conductor Howard Williams their exciting programme will include The Perfect Fool by Holst, Isabella by Bridge, Tales from Vienna Woods by J.Strauss, and La Mer by Debussy. Their fresh approach to this renowned concert repertoire promises to deliver a night of technically brilliant and youthfully exuberant music. With a start time of 7pm the tickets range from £5 for under 5’s to £19.50, including concessions.

Then, on Sunday, Anvil Arts in Basingstoke are delighted to welcome the NCO’s Under 13s Orchestra, who will present a stunning programme of classical favourites. Their conductor, NCO  Principal Director of Music Roger Clarkson will be leading them in Wagner’s Overture to the Flying Dutchman, The Banks of Green Willow by Butterworth, The Pirates of the Caribbean by Badelt, Buckaroo Holiday by Copland, Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas, and the iconic Nutcracker Suite by one of Russia’s most loved composers Tchaikovsky. Individual ticket prices vary from £6 for under 16’s to £19, and family tickets (2 adults, 3 children) are offered at the discounted price of £39 for the £16 price bracket, and £44 for the £19 price bracket; all including a £1 booking fee. To book tickets please call 01256 844244.

 

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(Written on April 7, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Lang Lang to perform with Metallica at 2014 Grammys

Pianist Lang Lang will perform with heavy metal legends Metallica at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, it has been announced

ITV

Birmingham based violinist wins prestigious music award

A Birmingham based violinist has become an ‘unsung heroine’ of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra following the presentation of the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize for orchestral musicians

Public Radio of Armenia Online

Renowned conductor Aram Gharabekian passed away aged 58

Renowned conductor Aram Gharabekian passed away in the US today at the age of 58,  the Armenian Ministry of Culture informs

Daily Mail

My struggle in cut-throat world of classical music, by violin prodigy Nicola Benedetti

The violinist who became an overnight sensation when named BBC Young Musician of the Year reveals how she struggled when plunged into an ‘extremely cut-throat’ world, writes Chris Hastings

Arts Journal

Against all trends, musicians still join union

A visit yesterday from Professor Martin Cloonan of Glasgow University revealed an unexpected statistic

The Guardian

Want to buy a classical CD? Don’t go to New York!

The joys of browsing and sampling CDs in a specialist store shop are increasingly hard to come by, and almost impossible if you’re a New Yorker

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Zum Tod von Iris Wagner

Ihre Cousins und Cousinen, auch ihre jüngere Schwester Nike, stritten öffentlich über Richard Wagners Erbe. Sie kämpfte gegen das, was sie die „Possen“ Bayreuths nannte. Zum Tod der Künstlerin Iris Wagner

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 13, 2014 )

The New York Times

Favorite Sounds, Early to Environmental

Classical music critics of The New York Times select their favorite recordings of 2013

Dallas Observer

Dallas Symphony Announces New Assistant Conductor

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday morning that American conductor Karina Canellakis will join the orchestra as assistant conductor beginning in 2014

Slipped Disc

‘For many years, she gave all the important violin premieres’

Maria Lidka, a Hitler refugee who has died at the age of 99, was a formidable figure in British musical life, performing concertos with all the main orchestras and devoting herself to the works of young composers

The Wagnerian

The Wagnerian Readers Choice Awards – 2013. Stage 1 Semi Finals: The Singers

Presenting the first annual “The Wagnerian Readers Choice Awards” dedicated to those that have “shone” in some part of the “Wagnerian world”

BBC News

Apollo Theatre: Ceiling collapses during show in London

Seventy-six people have been injured, seven seriously, after part of a ceiling in London’s Apollo Theatre collapsed during a show, police say

Der Tagesspiegel

Schützenswerte Orchesterlandschaft

Der Deutsche Musikrat will die einmalige Orchesterlandschaft der Bundesrepublik von der Unesco schützen lassen. Das erweckt den Eindruck, als hätten wir hierzulande das alleinige Recht auf musikalische Vielfalt gepachtet

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on December 20, 2013 )

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 )

Classic FM

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West turn up late to Philip Glass opera

The celebrity couple made their way to the LA Opera production of Einstein on the Beach – only to leave well before the end of the four hour opera marathon.

Intermezzo

Improbable ENO swap

Without announcement or explanation, ENO have surreptitiously swapped directors for their forthcoming Così fan tutte.

Gramophone

Signed and handwritten letter by Richard Wagner to be auctioned in Barcelona

A handwritten letter by Richard Wagner, dated 1881, is due to be auctioned on October 24 at Barcelona auction house, La Suite.

Limelight Magazine

Art Centre Melbourne posts $7m deficit

Embattled CEO defends expensive artistic projects as job cuts are expected.

The Guardian

Pappano conducts Britten’s War Requiem: exclusive live stream

Released to celebrate the composer’s centenary year, this starry recording of Britten’s War Requiem features soloists Anna Netrebko, Ian Bostridge and Thomas Hampson, with Antonio Pappano conducting.

Gramophone

Royal Opera House expands Cinema Season with US simulcasts

London’s Royal Opera House is expanding its 2013-14 Live Cinema Season with simulcasts in more than 500 theatres in the United States for the first time.

The New York Times

A Twirling Airiness in a Recital of Schumann, Bach and Debussy: Lise de la Salle, a French Pianist, Opens Concert Series

When the teenage French pianist Lise de la Salle presented a recital at the Metropolitan Museum of Art six years ago, the New York Times critic Bernard Holland ended an admiring review with a blunt declaration: “Ms. de la Salle has a substantial career ahead of her.”

Zeit

Unter Quarantäne

“Streaming” heißt das Zauberwort: Oper auf Laptops und Smartphones. Sir Peter Jonas hält davon nichts. Ein Geständnis.

kim-kardashian-and-kanye-west-in-paris-1380619958-article-0  Classic FM

(Written on October 16, 2013 )

The New York Times

Choosing emotion over virtuosity

In his recent solo recital, Soheil Nasseri went in search of virtuosic extremes in a selection of works that demonstrated the piano’s ability to reflect the whole gamut of human emotions

Metro

Expect thunderous applause for Joseph Calleja at the BBC Proms

Due to sing arias by Verdi at tonight’s Prom, Joseph Calleja is expected to perform with that undefinable something that only the greatest singers possess

Classic FM Online

Overdue Tchaikovsky returned to library after 59 years

Librarians in Westminster are pleased to be reunited with a score of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 – almost six decades after it was borrowed

Pavarotti’s label want you to sing Nessun Dorma

A competition inviting the public to submit recordings of themselves singing Puccini’s aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ has been launched to celebrate the release of the new Pavarotti best-of album

The Telegraph

The Chinese woman conductor set to storm the Proms

Against the odds of her gender and nationality, Chinese conductor Xian Zhang has become a rising musical star

Joyce DiDonato: ‘Stop selling opera by dumbing it down’

Ahead of her appearance at the Last Night of the Proms, Joyce DiDonato talks to Rupert Christiansen about her love of Mozart – and Over the Rainbow

Simon Callow: ‘I was a terrific show-off as a child’

Simon Callow on how he’s getting to grips with Wagner, and why life gets better once you’ve ‘peaked’

Euronews

Celebrating classical music at George Enescu festival

Named after one of Romania’s most famous composers, the George Enescu festival is a month-long celebration of classical music. The festival aims to offer a unique cultural mix: great orchestras and artists who interpret Enescu plus pieces by other famous composers like Wagner, Verdi and Britten.

Die Zeit

“Wir wollten ein neues Evangelium”

Er war das Superhirn der musikalischen Avantgarde, als Dirigent in Bayreuth hat er Wagner vom Waber befreit. Vor zehn Jahren gründete Pierre Boulez die Lucerne Festival Academy für junge Komponisten und Musiker. Eine Begegnung aus Anlass des Jubiläums

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

 

(Written on September 5, 2013 )

The Guardian

Claude Debussy: Google orchestrates a doodled Clair de lune

To mark 151st anniversary of French composer’s birth, an animation is set to Clair de lune, one of his best-known pieces

Media Week

YouTube signs UK licensing deal with PRS for Music

YouTube has signed a new licensing deal with PRS for Music, the body responsible for collecting royalties for UK performers

Classic FM Online

Berlin Philharmonic to release 100-year-old recording as digital single

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is to celebrate the centenary of its relationship with the Deutsche Grammophon label by releasing an epic 50CD set called The Centenary Edition

The Independent

When Britten’s world was all at sea: How Billy Budd reflects the composer’s own turbulent times

A full programme of Britten’s works at the Proms culminates in a semi-staged performance of Michael Grandage’s acclaimed Glyndebourne production of the story of an outsider fighting the establishment

Star Tribune

Opera singer collapses and dies in rehearsal

Veteran bass Richard Angas, made famous as Jonathan Miller’s Mikado, has passed away at 71

Minnesota Orchestra recording sessions cancelled

Planned September recording dates scratched due to ongoing labor dispute

Slate

How ashamed should you feel about using Spotify?

Music-streaming services really don’t exploit performers. Songwriters, though—that’s another story

Crosscut

The ‘Ring’ is the thing: Seattle Opera and the future of an arts institution

With Wagner, Seattle made it to the world cultural stage. But how does the company build on the legacy?

Die Zeit

Mit Rüsch und Fliege

In der Oper herrscht noch der hohe Ton

Googe doodle – Debussy

The Guardian

(Written on August 22, 2013 )