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Guardian

In praise of Pierre Boulez at 90

Composer George Benjamin salutes the French composer-conductor whose polemical essays and presence on the podium has transformed musical composition, institutions and taste

Telegraph

Papering the house: classical music’s dark secret

The industry practice of giving away large numbers of complimentary tickets in order to boost official attendances is ethically unclear, says Rupert Christiansen

The Times

Pierre Boulez at 90 — a dedicated modernist and a master of provocation

Richard Morrison assesses the impact of a revolutionary composer, while key figures in the musical world salute his achievements

Classic FM

Debbie Wiseman’s Wolf Hall soundtrack shoots to number 1 in Classic FM chart

‘What a shock,’ says composer Debbie Wiseman after her score for the Tudor TV drama shoots straight to the top spot in the Classic FM Chart.

Sinfini

Classical could be good for your brain

Listening to classical music regularly could be good for your brain, say researchers at the University of Helsinki.

Zeit Online

Hauschka spielt “Ping Pong”

Seine Musik schwingt zwischen Techno, Pop und Avantgarde. In einer Rekorder-Session bringt Hauschka nun die Bälle zum Tanzen: eine Meditation am präparierten Flügel.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Das Glückskind als Gottesversucher

Er ist der König des Welttheaters, als Regisseur ein Zauberer, das Genie der größten Einfachheit: An diesem Samstag wird das Wunder Peter Brook neunzig Jahre jung.

Der Tagesspiegel

Spannende Pläne für die Zukunft

Die Deutsche Oper Berlin hat viel vor 2015/16: Ein Meyerbeer-Zyklus startet, es gibt eine Uraufführung, insgesamt 179 Aufführungen auf der Hauptbühne – und für 2020 ist ein neuer “Ring des Nibelungen” angekündigt

Die Welt

Die teuerste Wabenstruktur der Welt

Die Lage ist spektakulär, die Kosten sind es auch. Anfang 2017 soll die Elbphilharmonie eröffnet werden. Der Entwurf von Herzog & de Meuron beherrscht schon Hamburgs Skyline. Ein Baustellenbesuch.

The New York Times

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Racked by Infighting

SEOUL, South Korea — When the respected Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra announced this month that it was canceling its United States tour set for April, it cited fiscal woes.

The Washington Post

SXSW 2015: When a music festival feels like an after-party

AUSTIN — Some come to South by Southwest seeking glory. Others come to roll their eyes at it.

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Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse: A rarely-seen view to kick off #secretsMW – the view from within our orchestra pit #MuseumWeek ^C

Spitalfields Music ‏@SpitsMusic: This wk 150 Tower Hamlets children take over! Discover more on the Takeover blog: http://bit.ly/1yvZpDI  #SMTakeover

Pierre Boulez and Olivier Messiaen,Composed … Pierre Boulez (left) and Olivier Messiaen in 1977. Photograph: Roger Viollet/Rex

(Written on March 23, 2015 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Keep Radio 3 distinct from Classic FM, BBC watchdog says

BBC Trust report says Radio 3 must make sure it is distinct from its rival Classic FM, after move to make it “accessible”

Guardian

Classical composers – and the pop stars who channel their moves

For Liszt, read Jimi Hendrix … for Wagner, Kanye West? Canadian MC and songwriter Chilly Gonzales – who learned his craft through classical piano – reflects on the crossover between the pop and orchestral worlds

Classic FM

2015 Edinburgh International Festival programme announced

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianists Lang Lang and Yuja Wang are among the classical performers heading to Edinburgh this summer.

Sinfini

Music and the mob

The shady underworld of the New York mafia is the subject of a new ‘choral jazz drama’ to be premiered by the Crouch End Festival Chorus plus jazz singers and ensemble in April.

The Strad

Jacqueline du Pré performs Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto no.1

Rare footage of British cellist Jacqueline du Pré performing Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto.

Der Tagesspiegel

Komische Oper stellt Jahresprogramm 2015/16 vor

Vielfalt und Verve

klassik.com

Einseitige Kritik an vorgelegtem Businessplan statt ausgewogener Diskussion

Grüne machen Stimmung gegen Bonner Beethoven-Festspielhaus

artsjournal

A (Female) Bach Scholar takes down the Anna-Magdalena-wrote-the-cello-suites theory for good

„I offer this analysis in the hope that it might help clarify some of the confusions and defuse some of the widely-felt frustrations.”

El país

Daniel Barenboim y Zubin Mehta quieren salvar Ibermúsica

La voz de alarma lanzada por Alfonso Aijón para salvar Ibermúsica, el ciclo sinfónico que dirige desde hace 45 años, ha causado efecto en el mundo de los intérpretes y creadores al más alto nivel.

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Sinfini Music@SinfiniMusic: Chopin. If you don’t know where to start, start here. http://www.sinfinimusic.com/uk/features/guides/composer-guides/top-10-musical-works-by-chopin …

Classic FM @ClassicFM: The celestial event of the century is now a classical quiz! Play it here: http://classfm.co/xFXA9Y  #SolarEclipse

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: Departing @NYPhil music director Alan Gilbert to give RPS lecture: ‘Orchestras in the 21st Century; A New Paradigm’ http://bit.ly/1I4cWtz

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Chilly Gonzales and the Kaiser Quartett. Photograph: Alexandre Isard/PR

(Written on March 20, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Frank Peter Zimmermann loses his Stradivarius as prices soar

In a market driven by money and aesthetic one-upmanship, what chance do real musicians have of playing older instruments?

Opera director charged by Russian authorities with offending Christians

Timofei Kulyabin attacks ‘absurd’ charge over his production of Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser which is alleged to have ‘desecrated’ the image of Jesus Christ

The Strad

Violinist Joshua Bell on the art of conducting

In 2011 the Grammy Award-winning artist became music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, where he conducts from the concertmaster’s chair

International Arts Manager

Jamie’s Concerts return to UK for carers of autistic children

In April and May 2015, the Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa will give her next two Jamie’s Concerts in the UK. Jamie’s Concerts form an ongoing series that started in 2004, designed specifically for parents and carers of children with autism.

Universal and Qyuki back Mumbai dance and music Dharavi Project

Universal Music Group India (UMGI) is to team up with Indian creative networking, design and production studio Qyuki on an ambitious social improvement project in Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum area located in Mumbai.

BBC Music Magazine

Hallé names Jamie Phillips its new associate conductor

Phillips will take new post from the 2015-16 season

Zeit Online

Das Showkartell

Der Tickethändler Eventim verkauft nicht nur Konzertkarten, er betreibt nun auch die großen Bühnen selbst. Künstler und Konzertagenturen fürchten um ihre Einnahmen.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Ohrenzeuge der Klangkunst eines halben Jahrhunderts

Er hat uns in seinem unermüdlich bewegten Unruhestand und seinen geschliffenen Texten ständig ermahnt, dass wir so etwas wie Musikkultur brauchen: Ein Nachruf auf Gerhard Rohde.

Der Tagesspiegel

Chopin auf dem Flughafen

Die Brandenburgischen Sommerkonzerte feiern ihre 25. Saison mit einem besonderen Programm, das viele Stars aufbietet und spannende Musikerkombinationen.

audiophil

SAE INSTITUTE DEUTSCHLAND

SAE Institute Deutschland startet Music Business Studiengang

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Nach Dvorak nun Gershwin und Ligeti für Deutschlands Jugend

Das erfolgreiche Deutschland-weite Musikvermittlungs-Projekt der ARD wird fortgesetzt: Nach dem erfolgreichen Start im vergangenen Jahr mit dem ‘Dvorak-Experiment – Ein ARD-Konzert macht Schule’ geht die gemeinsame Edukationsarbeit aller Landesrundfunkanstalten in Kooperation mit dem Deutschen Musikrat nun mit dem ‘Gershwin-Experiment’ in die nächste Runde.

El Mundo

Sabina: ‘Hay una caza de brujas desde Hacienda y el Gobierno’

Tras su ataque de miedo escénico el pasado diciembre en Madrid y sus problemas con Hacienda (cerca de 4 millones de euros le exige) el cantante presenta 16 nuevos conciertos de la gira ’500 noches para una crisis’ y su correspondiente CD-DVD.

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Music ‏@BritishMusic: ”There is plenty of diversity in British music. The problem is we’re not acknowledging it” @Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/brit-awards-2015-commercial-success-is-rewarded-no-matter-how-bland-and-banal-you-have-to-be-to-get-there-10069877.html …

DCMS ‏@DCMS :.@edvaizey on #creativeindustries: The creative industries are making an enormous economic contribution to London and the UK #DCMSpqs

New York Times Arts @nytimesarts: Royal Ballet Choregrapher to Open Studio Space in London http://nyti.ms/1DVEwdn 

Jamie Phillips NEWS

Jamie Phillips. Photo: Russell Hart

(Written on February 26, 2015 )

Classical News

The Strad

Philharmonie de Paris architect sues venue’s sponsors

Jean Nouvel claims the new building differs from his original design

Minnesota Orchestra to perform in Cuba following restoration of US diplomatic relations

The orchestra last performed in Havana in 1929

Classical Music Magazine

Cuts to music teaching imminent in Bromley, Wiltshire and elsewhere

As the new financial year approaches, several local authorities have revealed plans which involve significant reductions in spending on music provision.

Warwick Report calls for joined up thinking in cultural sector

A one-year commission lead by the University of Warwick and chaired by Vikki Heywood CBE has just released its report, titled Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth.

International Arts Manager

Young musicians to learn career tools at workshop

It’s a jungle out there for young musicians, but the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) are cutting a path through it with Make Music Work (MMW).

Zeit Online

Castorfs “Baal” darf nur noch zwei Mal aufgeführt werden

Suhrkamp stimmt einem Vergleich im Streit um die Castorf-Inszenierung des Stücks “Baal” doch zu: Das Stück wird nur noch einmal in München und einmal in Berlin gespielt.

Der Tagesspiegel

Mein Lehrer, der Teufel

Harte Schule: Wer als Schlagzeuger groß rauskommen will, muss in „Whiplash“ üben, bis die Hände bluten. Dabei geht es weniger um Musik als um Macht.

audiophil

KREATIV AN DEN TASTEN

Der Breitkopf-Klavierwettbewerb

The New York Times

Metropolitan Opera Unveils a Season of Big Stars and 6 New Productions

The Metropolitan Opera said on Wednesday that it would redouble its efforts to attract new audiences to the opera next season with six new productions, a star-filled roster and new initiatives, including one that will offer half-priced tickets to children during the holidays and another to court young professionals with later curtain times, discounts and social events.

The Washington Post

Eschenbach to leave NSO, Kennedy Center music directorship in 2017

When Deborah Rutter took over as the Kennedy Center’s president in September, music lovers wondered what would happen with the National Symphony Orchestra — one of the most highly paid ensembles in the country, but a chronically underperforming organization.

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Rachel Podger Wins Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize

British Violinist Rachel Podger (*1968) has been awarded the 2015 Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize.

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BBC Music Magazine ‏@MusicMagazine : Vote in our Awards for your chance to win a Yamaha hi-fi system worth over 700! Find out more: http://www.classical-music.com/awards 

tiredoflondon ‏@tiredoflondon :Tonight – Free @SouthbankSinf rush hour concert at @StJohnsWaterloo. Last week’s was lovely – http://bit.ly/1EV7Ays 

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: A superstar pianist reveals just how you get 85 million YouTube views: http://classfm.co/zJNLE4 

NEWS Philharmonie

The Philharmonie de Paris. Photo: The Strad

 

(Written on February 19, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Facing the music: Nico Muhly

Boulez, Blake and Beyoncé… composer Nico Muhly shares his musical passions

Telegraph

Have we become too posh for the Gods?

Rupert Christiansen laments the declining popularity of the cheap seats at the opera

The Times

Wotan finds a musical home with the Hong Kong Philharmonic

The Hong Kong Philharmonic have made waves playing Wagner. Now British audiences will discover how good they are, says Neil Fisher

Classic FM

300 Android phones play Beethoven’s ‘Ode To Joy’

Google Japan has arranged a group of 300 Android phones and tablets so that they play an extract from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Classical Music Magazine

John McCabe, composer and pianist: 21 April 1939-13 February 2015

John McCabe the man will be missed as much as John McCabe the musician.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der große Eisberg über der Stadt

Die Explosion der Baukosten für die Elbphilharmonie hält Hamburg in Atem. Das neue Wahrzeichen der Stadt sollte längst fertig sein – und ist mittlerweile eines der teuersten Hochhäuser der Welt. War es das wert?

Klassik.com

Verleihung durch Brandenburgs Kulturministerin Sabine Kunst in Rheinsberg

Komponist Siegfried Matthus mit Großem Verdienstkreuz ausgezeichnet

Pizzicato

Wien behält seinen Meister

Das Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien (RSO), das gerade mit Christoph Becher einen neuen Intendanten bekommen hat, behält seinen Chefdirigenten, Cornelius Meister.

Chicago Tribune

Kenneth G. Pigott, president and CEO of Lyric Opera of Chicago, dies at 71

Kenneth G. Pigott was that rarity among leaders of cultural institutions: a visionary board president who could speak knowledgeably about the art form he served and who took an active, influential role in moving the institution forward.

Le Monde

Jean Nouvel traîne son bébé en justice

Suite du bras de fer entre l’architecte et la Philharmonie de Paris – cette fois, devant les tribunaux.

La Croix

Deux soirées avec Philip Glass à Châlons-en-Champagne

Jeudi 12 et vendredi 13 février, le grand compositeur américain, chef de file de la musique minimaliste, est venu jouer une sélection de ses œuvres.Philip Glass a réservé sa venue en France pour la Comète, scène de Châlons-en-Champagne.

El País

La música ya es invisible

Aunque fueron apenas seis segundos, no pasaron desapercibidos. Durante la gala de los Goya, vimos un veloz montaje de imágenes de fallecidos del cine español durante 2014, incluyendo a Peret y Paco de Lucía. Perfectamente justificado: el rumbero protagonizó comedias, el guitarrista puso música a películas. Pero lo que sentimos algunos espectadores fue amargura… y envidia.

Classicalite

Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra to Perform in Cuba at the International Cubadisco Festival in May

In light of the nation’s newfound friendship with Cuba, the Minnesota Orchestra announced Thursday that it would travel to Havana to play two concerts in May. This would be the first major American orchestra to play there since President Obama normalized relations with the estranged nation.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: “I’ve had an idea about how I’d like the programme to start…” Programme about making programmes, from @soundslikenina http://bbc.in/1AbZbpx 

Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics: Don’t miss @SinfiniMusic‘s video interview with @SteveReich talking music and influences: http://www.sinfinimusic.com/uk/watch/interviews/composer-interviews/steve-reich-and-colin-currie-interview …

Classic FM @ClassicFM: This 8-year-old taught himself piano by watching YouTube videos – you can watch him play here: http://classfm.co/3CV0BW 

690101be-b2e7-11e4-_854334cJaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Photo: The Times

(Written on February 16, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

ENO’s Mastersinger’s frontcloth of famous German artists – how many can you identify?

The frontcloth to ENO’s new production of The Mastersingers of Nuremberg features a collage of 103 of the most famous cultural figures from the German-speaking world. How many can you name? And no, Wagner himself is not there.

Telegraph

Petrus Alamire: the musical spy at Henry VIII’s court

In Tudor times you could be a businessman, musician and a spy: Ivan Hewett investigates the murky history behind a musical manuscript

The Times

Rufus Wainwright on Prima Donna, his first opera

Rufus Wainwright has his opera hat on. He’s at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios (where he films this exclusive video for The Times) for ten intense days with the BBC Symphony Orchestra recording Prima Donna, his first opera.

Classic FM

Big audience increase for Classic FM

5.6 million people listen every week, according to latest figures.

Classical Music Magazine

Why not take some simple steps to demystify concertgoing?

Behaviour rules are only elitist if you don’t tell people what they are ‒ and there are some simple steps that many of us could take which would make classical music more open.

Zeit Online

Das Herz des Jazz

Der große Bassist Eberhard Weber hatte vor sieben Jahren einen Schlaganfall. In Stuttgart stand er nun erstmals wieder auf der Konzertbühne – und wurde gefeiert.

KlassikAkzente

Rolf Zuckowski führt Kinder an die Klangwelt der Klassik heran

Mit seinem neuen Doppelalbum “3 Klassiker für Kinder” wird der bekannte Kinderliedermacher Rolf Zuckowski zum Erzähler dreier musikalischer Reisen in die Klassik.

nmz – neue musikzeitung

In Konzertsaaldebatte breiter Widerstand gegen Standortentscheidung

München – Nach der Festlegung von Freistaat und Landeshauptstadt gegen einen weiteren Konzertsaal in München formiert sich breiter Widerstand.

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Besançon 2015: 41 Dirigentinnen und 229 Dirigenten aus 5 Kontinenten registriert

Insgesamt 270 Kandidaten (41 Frauen und 229 Männer) aus fünf Kontinenten haben sich für den diesjährigen Dirigentenwettbewerb in Besançon eingeschrieben.

Klassik.com

Mehreinnahmen durch Rundfunkbeitrag vermutlich bei 1.500.000.000 Euro

Die haushaltsgebundene Zwangsabgabe (sog. “Rundfunkbeitrag”) bringt nach neuesten Prognosen der Kommission zur Ermittlung des Finanzbedarfs von ARD und ZDF (Kef) deutlich mehr Einnahmen als die bislang vermuteten 1,2 Milliarden Euro.

The New York Times

Rapping a Revolution

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Others From ‘Hamilton’ Talk History

Twitter

Carnegie Hall @carnegiehall: Meet Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda, who fuses Colombian music with American jazz: http://bit.ly/1CZrnOm  (1/2)

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: ACE should redistribute ENO’s millions, says @Igortoronyi. Let it sink, to reinvigorate the form http://ow.ly/Ix8HU  #artsfunding

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: To celebrate Monopoly’s 80th birthday, we’re taking you on a whistle-stop musical tour of London – the game’s first… http://spoti.fi/1zcpmvY 

a49a2c9f-a57c-44ae-9a21-4b71ba05dbd8-1020x479ENO’s Mastersinger’s frontcloth of famous German artists, design by Paul Steinberg. Photo: Catherine Ashmore

(Written on February 6, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

‘I hope our artistic leaders will heed Sachs’s advice. The survival of ENO may depend on it’

Wagner’s Hans Sachs could teach today’s politicians a thing or two about the value of art, writes Iain Paterson, who makes his debut in the role at ENO this weekend

The Independent

Bryn Terfel interview: Britain’s best-loved baritone looks back on his ‘wonderful journey’ through the world’s greatest operas

Gods. Murderers. Dictators. Ghosts. Bryn Terfel is used to playing them all, and more.

The Strad

Julian Lloyd Webber to sell his Stradivarius cello

The cellist was forced to retire from performing last year due to a neck injury

BBC Music Magazine

Aldo Ciccolini (1925-2015)

The great pianist has died at the age of 89

BBC Radio 3 to celebrate International Women’s Day

Two weeks of programming will champion the work of female composers and performers

Classical Music Magazine

Barry Ife: ‘Let’s lift the lid on the myths and mysteries of the professional music world’

‘As principal of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, I have the good fortune to work with some of the most outstanding young musicians, actors and theatre technicians in the world.’

Süddeutsche.de

Klang allein ist nicht alles

München ist entrüstet, weil es keinen neuen Konzertsaal bekommt. Verständlich. Aber es gibt noch viele weitere Gründe, warum die Musiklandschaft im Vergleich zu anderen Städten wie Freiburg so blass wirkt.

Berliner Zeitung

Der Karneval der Kulturen findet statt

Der bisher auf der Kippe stehende Karneval der Kulturen in Berlin wird laut dem RBB auch in diesem Jahr stattfinden. Integrationssenatorin Dilek Kolat (SPD) habe sich mit den beteiligten Gruppen geeinigt, zitierte der Sender am Mittwochabend Kolats Sprecher.

Die Welt

“Der Tod hat sich immer für mich interessiert”

Luc Bondy ist einer der bedeutendsten Regisseuren. Gerade läuft seine Version von Tschechows “Iwanow” in Paris. Ein Gespräch über Antisemitismus in Frankreich und seine Ideen fürs Berliner Ensemble.

The New York Times

‘Tristan’ to Open Met Season in 2016

The inventive Polish director Mariusz Trelinski, whose eerie, film noir-influenced double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” at the Metropolitan Opera is winning praise, has received an even bigger assignment form the company: a new production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” that will open the Met’s season in 2016.

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Ten Seconds Of A Naked Salome Create Protest In Northern Ireland

A new production of Richard Strauss’s Salome has raised a storm of protest in Belfast.

artsjournal

Simon Rattle Talks Sibelius

The Berlin Philharmonic’s chief conductor and Finnish music journalist/Sibelius expert Vesa Sirén spend an hour talking about the composer’s music – and what the Philharmoniker find easy and difficult about it.

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Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic : NEWS: @MancCamerata principal cellist to play Elgar on loaned 17th-c Strad: http://bit.ly/16gy2Hh  @RNCMvoice

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse:Just over a week to go for young composers (aged 11-16) to enter our Fanfare competition! http://www.roh.org.uk/learning/schools-and-colleges/fanfare … ^P

Culture Republic ‏@culture_public :Interesting new app being piloted allows users to rate arts experiences http://bit.ly/1D1gH1L  & #marketers can get anonymous data on users.

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Bryn Terfel in ‘Der Fliegende Holländer.’ Photo” The Independent

 

(Written on February 5, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Harry Brunjes to replace Martyn Rose as ENO chairman

Brunjes will remain in the role until a permanent replacement can be found

BBC Music Magazine

Join us at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015!

Buy tickets to our ceremony at Kings Place, London

The Strad

German orchestras focused on music education, finds survey

According to the latest survey compiled by the German Orchestra Association, the 2013–14 orchestral season encompassed 4,160 concerts for children and young people – 94 per cent more than in the same period ten years ago.

British violinist Fenella Barton on overcoming rheumatoid arthritis

Conquering pain taught the solo and chamber musician to play as if every performance was her last

Gramophone

The tenor Waldemar Kmentt has died

The Austrian tenor Waldemar Kmentt has died; he was 85

Classic FM

Are these the ten best string players ever?

Some of history’s legendary violinists, cellists and viola players make up our top 10. Do you agree? Have your say – and vote for your favourite

Zeit Online

“Pophörer sind nicht dumm oder falsch erzogen”

Wie wird ein Song zum Hit? Der Musikwissenschaftler Volkmar Kramarz beschäftigt sich seit Jahrzehnten mit dieser Frage. Jetzt hat er das Erfolgsrezept gefunden.

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‘Ulster Orchestra’ aus dem Schlimmsten raus

Das Parlament Nordirlands hat jetzt ausreichend Geld in Aussicht gestellt, um das nahezu bankrotte ‘Ulster Orchestra’ zu retten.

Houston Grand Opera Raises $172.9 Million

Houston Grand Opera got a tremendous response to their performance campaign.

Klassik.com

Russischer Komponist droht Regensburger Theater mit Klage

Lubchenko im Streit mit Regisseur Purcarete über Uraufführung von Doktor Schiwago

El Mundo

Unidad Editorial apoya a la Fundación Albéniz

El grupo editor de EL MUNDO patrocinará la cátedra de contrabajo de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía.

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Southbank Centre @southbankcentre : #Wagner’s #Ringcycle at Royal Festival Hall – 100 musicians Over 18 hours of music with film projections on giant screens  #Classical1516

The Royal Ballet ‏@TheRoyalBallet : Choreographer George Balanchine was born #onthisday in 1904. Brilliant ‘Balanchineisms’: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/i-am-a-cloud-in-trousers-the-sayings-of-george-balanchine … ^C

BBC Proms Team ‏@bbcproms : The 2015 Inspire Young Composers’ Competition was launched on @BBCRadio3 Breakfast. http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms  #Inspire

 

Barton News 22nd Jan

Fenella Barton. Photo: The Strad

(Written on January 22, 2015 )

Guardian

The Simón Bolívar Orchestra – why we should look beyond the music

Reviews of El Sistema’s flagship orchestra’s London concerts missed the bigger picture, writes Geoff Baker.

Classic FM

Exclusive: Gustavo Dudamel answers your questions

We spoke exclusively to hotshot Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel ahead of the release of his new Wagner recording with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, and he found time to answer some of your questions too.

The Stage

Performing arts contributes £5.4 billion a year to UK economy

The music, performing and visual arts sector, which includes theatre, is now worth £5.4 billion a year to the UK economy, new figures from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have revealed.

International Arts Manager

New fellowship to support emerging arts admin talent

Boutique classical and contemporary music marketing agency WildKat PR has announced the launch of The Noted Innovation Fellowship, a scheme that will introduce industry newcomers to leading arts mangers in order to progress their careers.

Classical Music Magazine

Warwick Thompson: Has the Dane brought something rotten to the state of Covent Garden?

After a slew of suboptimal stagings at the Royal Opera, it seems a good time to mull over the artistic direction of the house under Kasper Holten, who took up his post in 2011.

Zeit Online

Hört doch endlich auf zu jammern

Ja, die Klassikbranche hat nicht mehr so viel Geld wie früher. Dennoch kein Grund zur Resignation: Das Publikum verjüngt sich, und die Musiker sind vielseitiger denn je.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Rap in der Philharmonie

Die neue Pariser Philharmonie wurde beschlossen, als noch niemand an Haushalsdefizite dachte. Nun tobt in Paris ein Kultur- und Klassenkampf um das neue und das alte Konzerthaus: Kostenüberschreitung, weite Anfahrtswege, Programmdiktat.

Spiegel Online

Deutscher ESC-Vorentscheid: Mit Harfe und Dudelsack nach Wien

Von Mittelalterklängen bis Elektropop: Der NDR hat sieben Kandidaten für den ESC-Vorentschied bekannt gegeben.

Klassik.com

Oper Leipzig legt positive Bilanz vor

Die Oper Leipzig befindet sich laut eigenen Angaben hinsichtlicher der Zuschauernachfrage auf einem erfolgreichen Weg.

The New York Times

A Concert Hall in Paris Aims to Bridge Divides

PARIS — The new concert hall here, the Philharmonie de Paris, rises like a flight of doves, its sprawling waves of concrete and steel designed by the star architect Jean Nouvel to symbolize the end of the “eternal ostracism” of the struggling neighborhoods nearby.

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Icons of Europe ‏@IconsEurope: Great @WeAreNoted @WildKatPR concept! Could off-stage leadership and fresh thinking be built thru Chair at an institution? #NotedFellowship

Classic FM @ClassicFM: The glamour, glitz and high notes of being a soprano all comes at a price http://classfm.co/o3QUer 

London Symphony Orch ‏@londonsymphony: Good wishes to the new @philharmonie in Paris which opens tonight. Looks fabulous, can’t wait to play there in Feb.

834ea8b1-19ef-4a6b-b06c-34a3a7486742-620x372Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra at the Southbank Centre, January 2015. Photo: Nohely Oliveros/SBC

(Written on January 14, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Beethoven’s heart and Wagner’s bowels, and why they don’t matter

The trend to draw parallels between the specifics of a composer’s possible medical history and the particularities of his music should come – well, with a musicological health-warning.

Tim Ashley’s opera guide: marital hell

In the last of his opera guides, Tim Ashley selects five great works that explore what happens when they didn’t live happily ever after, and shows where to find the best versions online

The Strad

US Department of Transportation finalises law for carrying instruments on board airlines

Small instruments such as violins are now legally allowed as carry-on baggage provided there is available stowage space

Classic FM

Extinction beckons for piano shops in US as children lose interest

The continued decline in piano sales in the United States means shops selling the instrument are becoming a rare site.

The 10 most bizarre Viennese waltzes and polkas

Every year the Vienna Philharmonic greets the new year with its annual celebration of the music of the Strauss family. And every year, the orchestra lets its collective hair down with one of the more bizarre pieces in the Viennese canon. Here are some of our favourites…

Klassik.com

Frühestes bekanntes Zeugnis der Zweistimmigkeit entdeckt

Doktorand stößt in British Library auf Dokument aus der Zeit um 910

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Pilsen – eine europäische Musikstadt

Diese Stadt ist ohnehin bekannt für ihre Jazz-Szene, doch 2015 wird “ihr Jahr”: Pilsen, Kulturhauptstadt Europas.

Codex Flores

Deutscher Aktionstag gegen TTIP

Der Deutsche Kulturrat ruft am 21. Mai, dem Internationalen Tag der Kulturellen Vielfalt, zu einem Aktionstag gegen die zur Diskussion stehenden Freihandelsabkommen TTIP und CETA auf.

The New York Times

Discounted Tickets: A Test for the Metropolitan Opera

One of the first measures Peter Gelb instituted when he arrived as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera in 2006 was to introduce a rush ticket program, which offers up to 100 or so $25 tickets in prime seating locations for each performance.

El Mundo

‘El Teatro Real ha hecho los deberes’

Hace unos días, Gregorio Marañón aseguró que el Teatro Real, cuyo patronato preside, contaría con un superávit de medio millón de euros en 2015.

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Classicalite @Classicalite: Artistic Director of @OperaAustralia Lyndon Terracini Revokes Critics’s Tickets for Giving Bad Reviews http://www.classicalite.com/articles/14444/20150105/artistic-director-opera-australia-lyndon-terracini-revokes-critics-tickets-bad-reviews.htm?exe=reporter …

Klassik.com @klassikcom: Mailänder Sinfonieorchester erhält Teil der versprochenen Subventionen http://klassik.com/?I3AH2  #Orchester #Kulturpolitik

KlassikInfo.de ‏@Klassikinfo: Waltraud Meier zum Ehrenmitglied der Berliner Staatsoper ernannt http://www.KlassikInfo.de

The soprano Renée Fleming, center, in the title role of Franz Lehar’s operetta “The Merry Widow,” at the Metropolitan Opera. Credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

The soprano Renée Fleming, center, in the title role of Franz Lehar’s operetta “The Merry Widow,” at the Metropolitan Opera.
Credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

(Written on January 6, 2015 )