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In today’s news: Radio 3 will be available for listeners as a lossless audio stream, D’Addario Orchestral announces launch of the new ‘Ascenté’ violin strings, and Kronberg Academy plans its own premises in Kronberg. Wayne Shorter composes first concert for clarinet and orchestra, Klavier-Festival Ruhr-Preis goes among others to Dennis Russell Davies, and Roberto Minczuk becomes the new Music Director of The New Mexico Philharmonic.

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 to offer Proms as lossless audio stream

Radio 3 will be available for listeners as a lossless audio stream – the highest audio quality ever used the BBC – for the duration of the Proms

The Violin Channel

Out Now – D’Addario New ‘Ascenté’ Synthetic Violin Strings

D’Addario Orchestral has announced the launch of the new ‘Ascenté’ violin strings – a full synthetic violin string set for string players of all levels and ages.

Cmus

Trumpet Cover of Bohemian Rhapsody is Gentle and Pleasant

YouTube sensation John Crowley has been perfect so far with his cover of Queen’s Rhapsody.

Pizzicato

Kronberg Academy to build concert hall and study center

Twenty-five years after its founding, Kronberg Academy is planning its own premises in Kronberg (Hessen, near Frankfurt): a concert hall (Casals Forum) as well as an adjoining study and administrative centre.

Music Business Worldwide

Warner acquires songkick’s concert discovery business

Concert discovery app Songkick has been acquired by Warner Music Group – but the buyout excludes the company’s ticketing business, formerly known as Crowdsurge

Concerti

Montafoner Resonanzen 2017

Das Festival „Montafoner Resonanzen“ bringt die Region an sechs Wochenenden zum klingen – jedes Mal mit neuem musikalischen Schwerpunkt.

Klassik Heute

Uraufführung von Wayne Shorters erstem Klarinettenkonzert

Wayne Shorter hat sein erstes Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester komponiert.

Pizzicato

Klavier-Festival Ruhr-Preise für Dennis Russell Davies, Maki Namekawa und Philip Glass

Der Pianist und Dirigent Dennis Russell Davies, die Pianistin Maki Namekawa und der Komponist Philip Glass wurden mit dem Preis des Klavier-Festivals Ruhr ausgezeichnet.

Pizzicato

New Mexico Philharmonic hired Minczuk as Music Director

The New Mexico Philharmonic in Albuquerque, USA, announced Brazilian-born conductor Roberto Minczuk, 50, as new Music Director, effective from September 2017.

Cincinatti.com

CSO’s Timothy Lees bows out of European tour

While Lees is out on medical leave, violinist David Halen, who is the concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony, will perform as temporary concertmaster for the tour, which runs Aug. 22-Sept. 10.

Jazz-Picknick bei den Montafoner Resonanzen © Andreas Haller/Montafon Tourismus GmbH

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(Written on July 17, 2017 )

In today’s news: Yukata Sado conducts DSO, and Dresdner Symphoniker play at the mexican side of the wall between the USA and Mexico. Mendelssohn and the Protestant Reformation at the centre of Music Festival Speyer, and NSO announces new executive director. Apple unveils a new ‘HomePod’ speaker system, the real-life influence behind ENO’s ‘Yardbird’ opera, ‘One Love’ concert raises £2million for victims of hate attack, and Warner Music Group announce new non-pop division.

The Guardian

My journey to Charlie Parker: ENO’s Yardbird

Bridgette Wimberly’s uncle idolised his jazz-legend friend so much that he took up the saxophone – and copied his heroin use.

M Magazine

‘One Love Manchester’ raises £2million for victims of Manchester bombing attack

Ariana Grande’s benefit concert on Sunday has, to date, raised over £2million.

The Week

NYPD sergeant connects with the community through classical music

Over the course of a decade, New York Police Sgt. Chris Yip went from not knowing how to play a note to being a classically trained pianist who performs at venues across New York City to benefit nonprofit organisations.

Billboard.com

Warner Music Group creates arts music division and joint venture with Sh-k-Boom

Kevin Gore joins as as president of new division focusing on classical, musical theatre, jazz and non-pop genres

Independent

Apple-designed ‘HomePod’ is the latest release at the WWDC to join the smart home market

Apple has officially launched HomePod, a Siri-powered talking music system for the home. It looks unusual, like a cross between Google Home and the Mac Pro, wrapped in mesh.

Tagesspiegel

Echos des anderen Amerika – Yutaka Sado dirigiert das DSO

Ein transatlantischer Gedankenflug: Der japanische Dirigent Yutaka Sado und das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester zwischen „Apalachian Spring“ und „Aconcagua“

Spiegel.de

Anti-Trump-Konzert am Grenzzaun -Dresdner Sinfoniker in Mexiko

Musizieren gegen Trump: Die Dresdner Sinfoniker traten am Grenzzaun zwischen Mexiko und den USA auf. Ein Parallelkonzert auf der anderen Seite des Bollwerks hatten die US-amerikanischen Behörden verboten.

Concerti

Eine Sinfonie als Glaubensbekenntnis

Das Musikfest Speyer stellt dieses Jahr Mendelssohn und die Reformation ins Zentrum.

Le Monde

Disparition du chef d’orchestre Jeffrey Tate

Le grand chef britannique, qui avait fait une partie de sa carrière en France, s’est éteint en Italie à l’âge de 74 ans, le 2 juin.

The Washington Post

NSO announces new executive director

The National Symphony Orchestra named its next executive director, Gary Ginstling, currently the chief executive of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, on Monday morning.

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Clash Music (@clash_music): Listen: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture is online now and it is simply incredible http://bit.ly/2sMLdLJ

The Telegraph (@TeleMusicNews): ‘I Think It’s Going To Rain Today’: 30 great songs about rain  http://bit.ly/2sMSpI1 

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

Classical News

In our last classical news round-up of the year, Apple Music introduced a new feature to sort classical music by composer, allowing music in a user’s library to be more organised. BBC Music Magazine rounds up their big highlights of 2016. Facebook is to start making its own original music, as it puts together its internal ‘sound design’ team with experienced composers. Warner Music Group partners with MelodyVR, to create more Virtual Reality contents. Also, Jeremy Nicholas gives a brief history of classical music on Gramophone.

CMUSE

Apple Music introduces option to sort tracks by composer

Apple Music has introduced a feature on one of its recent updates to allow users to sort their music by composer. While it is not yet functional for Apple Music’s entire collection, the change does allow music in a user’s library to be organised in this way.

Gramophone

A brief history of classical music

Jeremy Nicholas offers a guided tour of the key players and movements that have made classical music the rich art-form that today still entrances, moves and uplifts.

BBC Music Magazine

2016: A Year in Music

It’s been a year full of dramatic world events, but what has 2016 meant for classical music? We take a look back at the big news stories of the last twelve months.

Music Business Worldwide

Warner To Launch ‘Hundreds of Virtual Reality Experiences’ With MelodyVR Deal

Warner Music Group is getting busy creating virtual reality (VR) content for fans after inking a worldwide partnership with MelodyVR.

Facebook Looks Set To Start Making More of its Own Music

Facebook is bulking up its internal ‘sound design’ team – and recruiting for an experienced composer to help spearhead the creation of its own music.

Npr music

A Year Of Listening Desperately: 10 Classical Albums That Saved 2016

In surveying the year’s classical releases, I discovered similar nostalgic and escapist trends that revealed themselves slowly as the months of political sniping dragged on.

Boadway World

Pittsburgh Symphony Welcomes Jukka-Pekka Saraste to Conduct BNY Mellon Grand Classics Concert

Acclaimed Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste returns to Heinz Hall for the first time since 1999 to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Seventh and Sibelius’ Fifth symphonies during the BNY Mellon Grand Classics weekend on January 13 and 15.

Artsjournals

Apple Music Positions Itself As Platform, Promoter, Reinventor Of The Music Biz

We all have to reinvent ourselves now that paid streaming is starting to lock in. There’s going to be a lot of new technology, and everyone’s going to be reforming their roles.

Zeit Online

Ich, der junge Bach?

Wenn das Weihnachtsoratorium erklingt, ist das für Hannes Leitlein besonders erhebend: Denn in seiner Familie hält sich das Gerücht, er sei mit Johann Sebastian Bach verwandt. Kann das wahr sein? Eine Spurensuche, von Baden-Württemberg bis Leipzig.

Klassik.com

Badisches Staatstheater: Gefühl der Unsicherheit bei Opernbesuchern?

Die Außenbereiche des Badischen Staatstheaters Karlsruhe seien einer Stellungnahme der SPD-Fraktion im Karlsruher Gemeinderat zufolge zu wenig beleuchtet.

Musikexpress.de

Donald Trump lehnt Andrea Bocelli ab und hat immer noch keinen Act für seine Amtseinführung

Eigentlich darf Donald Trump gar nicht so wählerisch sein. Die Suche nach einem musikalischen Begleiter bei seiner Amtseinführung am 20. Januar gestaltete sich als schwieriger als gedacht.

Nmz

Choreografin Sasha Waltz weiht Elbphilharmonie-Foyers ein

Mit einem Festakt wird der Konzertsaal der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie am 11. Januar eröffnet. Doch schon zuvor lässt sich in dem spektakulären Bau Besonderes erleben: Am Neujahrstag erkundet die weltweit gefeierte Choreografin Sasha Waltz mit einer Performance die sechsstöckigen Foyers.

Codex Flores

Die falsche These von der Krise der klassischen Musik

Im Januar präsentieren die deutschen Musikhochschulen erstmalig gemeinsam neue Konzertformate ihrer Studierenden in Berlin. Künstlerischer Leiter der Reihe ist Sebastian Nordmann, Intendant des Konzerthauses Berlin. Er widerspricht der These von der Krise der klassischen Musik.

France Musique

La région liquide le festival d’Ile-de-France

Une mesure devant être adoptée en janvier par le Conseil régional prévoit une baisse de la subvention du festival d’Ile-de-France de 68%. Principal financeur de l’événement, la Région pourrait bien être son fossoyeur.

Le Monde

La Scala, saga d’une salle aux mille visages

Ouvert en 1873, maintes fois fermé et transformé, le théâtre parisien s’apprête à renaître de ses cendres.

El Mundo

William Christie expulsa a un espectador por interrumpir el ‘Mesías’ con un móvil

El director de orquesta riñó al público por ‘destruir’ la interpretación de la obra de Händel durante una velada navideña en el Auditorio Nacional.

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BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 28 carols in 2 minutes? That’ll be the @theLondon4tet http://bbc.in/2hDq1FG

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1806 FP Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classic FM @ClassicFM Very sad news from @AndreRieu‘s Johann Strauss Orchestra: https://t.co/ComWqH8vZ8

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(Written on December 23, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news documentary maker Christopher Nupen remembers his first encounter with Daniel Barenboim, and tells the story of their collaboration that led to the legendary 1969 film, The Trout. Warner Music Group has acquired Polskie Nagrania, Poland’s longest-running record company and the Rambert Dance Company will work with Garsington Opera in a collaboration on Haydn’s The Creation.

Guardian

Barenboim – A free and uninhibited spirit

Documentary maker Christopher Nupen remembers his first encounter with Daniel Barenboim, and tells the story of their collaboration that led to the legendary 1969 film, The Trout

Classical Music Magazine

Warner Music acquires Polskie Nagrania

Warner Music Group (WMG) has finalised the acquisition of Polskie Nagrania, Poland’s longest-running record company.

Classical Source

Rambert Dance Company to work with Garsington Opera

As the curtain goes up on Garsington Opera’s fifth season at Wormsley, Douglas Boyd, Artistic Director, is delighted to announce the 2016 season which will include a collaboration with the dance company Rambert on Haydn’s The Creation.

Sinfini

Mozart and Beethoven’s hair up for auction

A lock of hair belonging to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is expected to fetch up to £12,000 ($18,482) when it is sold at auction in London this week.

Thüringer Allgemeine

Dirigent Daniel Klajner wird neuer Intendant am Nordhäuser Theater

Internationale Erfahrung wird der neue Intendant des Nordhäuser Theaters mitbringen. Das ist sicher. Wenn Daniel Klajner im Sommer kommenden Jahres das Ruder von Lars Tietje übernimmt, dann hält erstmals ein Dirigent die Zügel in der Hand.

klassik.com

Komponist und Pianist Michael Braunfels gestorben

Der Komponist und Pianist Michael Braunfels ist am 15. Mai im Alter von 98 Jahren in Köln gestorben.

MUSIK HEUTE

Der Hexenmeister der Violine

Er war der wohl erste Superstar der Musikgeschichte: Der Geiger und Komponist Niccolò Paganini wird bis heute bewundert als einer der größten Virtuosen aller Zeiten. Vom Vater zum Wunderkind gedrillt, entwickelte er überwiegend autodidaktisch seine einzigartige Technik und revolutionierte das Geigenspiel.

ORF  

Ulrike Sych zur Musikuni-Rektorin gewählt

Die neue Rektorin der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (mdw) heißt Ulrike Sych. Das gab der Universitätsrat Dienstagabend bekannt. Ihrer Wahl waren Turbulenzen rund um die Nachbesetzung vorausgegangen.

The New York Times

Matthew Aucoin, Opera’s Great 25-Year-Old Hope

The composer, conductor, poet, pianist and critic may be the most promising operatic talent in a generation. But can he handle the spotlight?

Twitter

The Stage: Victoria Saxton (): Where are the women who write musical theatre?

BBC Radio 3: Beautiful sounds coming from St Mary’s Church – & Tom Poster rehearsing. On live at 1pm

The Guardian : A moment that changed me – my marriage proposal | James Rhodes

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(Written on May 28, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Alan Titchmarsh: the joy of Christmas carols

Carols such as Away in a Manger and God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen make Christmas – and we have John Rutter to thank

The Independent

Christmas 2014: ‘Silent Night’ named nation’s favourite carol

The carol ousted long-running favourite ‘O Holy Night’ from the top spot

BBC Music Magazine

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge performs ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’

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International Arts Manager

New prize for young classical musicians

Warner Music Group has announced the creation of the Warner Music Prize, a new award to be given to a classical musician aged 18-35 ‘who demonstrates exceptional talent and promise, regardless of any label affiliation’.

Classic FM Online

Pierre Boulez awarded Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award

Conductor and composer Pierre Boulez will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th GRAMMY Awards on 7 February 2015.

Pizzicato

Orchestersterben in Italien geht weiter

Vier italienische Orchester wurden in den letzten zwei Jahren liquidiert

Klassik.com

Mailand: Wer zu spät kommt, wartet nun doch im Foyer

Intendant Pereira rudert nach Protest der Pünktlichen zurück

Concerti

Der schöne Glanz der Vergangenheit

Schein oder Sein? Ungarns Regierung lässt in Budapest die Pracht der k.u.k.-Monarchie neu erblühen – das lockt Kulturtouristen an

Codex Flores

Bilanz 13/14 des Zürcher Opernhauses

Das Opernhaus Zürich hat in der Saison 13/14 330 Vorstellungen präsentiert, die 233‘021 Eintritte generiert haben.

El Mundo

Adjudicado el decorado del Teatro Real para el caballero de la esquina

La segunda edición de la subasta de objetos de vestuario y ‘atrezzo’ del Teatro Real de Madrid se salda con el 75% de las piezas vendidas.

Twitter

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Tim Ashley’s introduction to opera: Politics http://gu.com/p/44bbc 

Classicalite @Classicalite: The Gershwin Hotel Updates Facade and Renames to #TheEvelyn, Remembers Art and Music Past http://www.classicalite.com/articles/13615/20141222/gershwin-hotel-updates-facade-renames-evelyn-remembers-art-music-past.htm?exe=reporter …

Klassik.com @klassikcom: Bariton Wolfgang Koch als Kammersänger ausgezeichnet http://klassik.com/?G662J  #Oper #Gesang #Bariton

Skyline of Budapest photo: Hungarian National Tourist Office (via concerti)

Skyline of Budapest
photo: Hungarian National Tourist Office (via concerti)

(Written on December 23, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Alain Lanceron named president of Warner Classics & Erato

Alain Lanceron has been confirmed as president of Warner Classics and Erato following Warner Music Group’s purchase of EMI and Virgin Classics’ catalogues and recording contracts last year.

Telegraph

Stradivarius? You’d be better off with a modern violin

Professional violinists cannot actually tell the difference between a Stradivarius and a modern instrument, experts find. When 10 renowned soloists were blindfolded and asked to play a range of violins the majority preferred a newer instrument.

Guardian

When UK pop was born: the 18th century

We take it for granted that music is all around us and endlessly accessible. But did you know that gigs, muzak, and the music business itself were all born in the 18th century in the UK?

BBC News

Gerard Mortier given posthumous opera award

Opera director Gerard Mortier, who died last month age 70, has been given a posthumous lifetime achievement honour at the International Opera Awards.

BBC Music Magazine

Liverpool String Quartet perform ‘Heart Variations’

A new collaboration between Meike Holzmann and Ian Stephens converts the human heartbeat into music.

Die Welt

Die vollkommene Leichtigkeit des Klangs

Von Lukoil unterstützt setzt sich Teodor Currentzis geschickt als neuer Taktstock-Guru in Szene. Er machte Perm am Ural zum Mekka der Klassik. Seine Einspielung vom “Figaro” ist grandios. Ein Porträt

Concerti.de

Bach in Istanbul

„Türk Kültürü“ – das Bodenseefestival widmet sich in vielfältigen Formen der reichen türkischen Kultur

Le Monde

Benjamin Britten, « Mister mystère » à Lyon

Pour la dixième édition de son festival annuel, l’Opéra de Lyon rend hommage au compositeur anglais dont on fête cette saison le centenaire.

 

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Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic The winners of the 2014 International #OperaAwards were announced last night http://bit.ly/1kFBxJb  @THEOperaS @DianaDamrau @StuartSkelto

Spitalfields Music: @SpitsMusic Artists – there’s an opportunity to win £10k plus your own solo show! The deadline to enter the East London Painting Prize is 10th April.

soundlounge: @soundlounge #DEBATE: Is it ever acceptable for a brand to not pay an artist to use their music in an ad campaign?

Sam Jackson: @classicjacko Just discovered Piers Brosnan listens to @classicfm whenever he’s in London. I always said that man had taste.

Telegraph

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(Written on April 8, 2014 )