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In today’s news many comment on the emotional One Love Manchester concert that took place last night, two weeks after the terror attack at Ariana Grande’s concert. The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is back at the top of the charts for the first time in 50 years, and The New York Times looks at the best moments in classical music last week.

BBC News

One Love Manchester: The most emotional moments

There were high emotions at a benefit concert staged by Ariana Grande in Manchester less than two weeks after the terror attack following her gig in the city. But the show also demonstrated the power of pop music to bring people together

Sir Jeffrey Tate: Conductor with spina bifida dies at 74

Sir Jeffrey, who was born with spina bifida, was the principal conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Opera House in the 1980s

The Guardian

Liam Gallagher attacks brother Noel for absence at One Love Manchester concert

Oasis brothers’ feud continues as Liam says he is ‘very disappointed’ after Noel fails to join him for concert following Manchester Arena attack

Independent

Manchester One Love: Police dance with members of crowd at tribute concert

Footage of officer dancing with children in a circle at concert goes viral

New York Times

An Ice Cream Truck at Carnegie Hall: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments

In addition to reviews, features and news during the week, our critics and reporters collect the best of what they’ve heard: notes that sent shivers down their spines, memorable voices, quotations that cut to the heart of the story

Uncompromising Music Survives on the Brooklyn Waterfront

There is so much new life and affluence crowding the Brooklyn waterfront that traditionalists like Mark Peskanov, the master violinist who runs the Bargemusic concerts of chamber music aboard a handsomely converted coal barge, hard by the Brooklyn Bridge, might be tempted to move. Which he has no intention of doing

Dallas News

Mozart piano concertos begin at the Cliburn competition

Starting Saturday, the semifinal round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition switched to a half-and-half format each day: two solo recitals each afternoon, four performances of Mozart piano concertos each evening, with Nicholas McGegan conducting the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Classical Source

Royal Opera cast amendment, Otello, Ludovic Tézier

It is with deep regret that French baritone Ludovic Tézier will no longer be making his role debut as Iago in Otello on 21, 24 and 28 June, and on 2, 6 and 10 July

M Magazine

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band back at number one

The Beatles’ classic album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is back at the top of the charts 50 years after it was first number one

Washington Post

Can listening to nature improve how we listen to music?

As a species, we have a lot more experience listening to the wind than we do listening to our favorite songs

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: “It is striking how Mancunians have turned to poetry and music” http://bit.ly/2qPpBhh

Where Is The Love? – Black Eyed Peas and Ariana Grande. Photo: BBC News

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(Written on June 5, 2017 )

In today’s news: Sir Andrew Lloyed Webber and Stephen Sondheim celebrate their birthdays with a common performance , and Scottish Awards for New Music winners announced. Isabelle van Keulen becomes the leader of the Deutschen Kammerakademie Neuss. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces Ticciati’s farewell season, “Liedermacher” André Heller for his 70th. Deutsche Oper Berlin presents new program, and an interview with Kristīne Opolais

BBC Music Magazine

Scottish Awards for New Music winners announced

The first ever Scottish Awards for New Music have been awarded at a ceremony in Glasgow. The new awards, backed by Creative Scotland, aim to celebrate and champion Scottish composers, musicians, sound artists and ensembles which are creating innovative and experimental work.

Pizzicato

Isabelle van Keulen übernimmt künstlerische Leitung der Deutschen Kammerakademie Neuss

Zum Saisonstart 2017/18 übernimmt Isabelle van Keulen als ‘Artist in Residence’ die künstlerische Leitung der Deutschen Kammerakademie Neuss « und führt das Ensemble damit auf neue Wege », wie es in einer Pressemitteilung heißt.

Rhinegold

Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces Ticciati’s farewell season

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) has announced its 2017/18 season: Robin Ticciati’s ninth and final as principal conductor.

BBC

Thailand’s blind children’s orchestra

The Thai Blind Orchestra is made up of young musicians and is run by a man whose daytime job is managing an elephant conservation centre.

The Violin Channel

Tarisio Auctions to Offer 5 x $5000 2017 Innovative Young Artist Grants

Tarisio has announced the launch of the 2017 Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grants scheme – offering five bursaries to support innovative projects

Classic FM

This pianist plays Liszt on four pianos and it’s a full-on workout

Pianist Sunny Li loves making ‘fun piano workout’ videos in between practicing for her latest piano concerto performance and hopes her lively videos will encourage young people to pick up an instrument.

Berliner Zeitung

Liedermacher André Heller zum 70. Geburtstag 

Als er Anfang der 1970er-Jahre mit seinen Liedern auch in Deutschland bekannt wurde, scheute man davor zurück, ihn einen Liedermacher zu nennen.

Klassik.com

Mendelssohn-Manuskript wird in Zürich versteigert

Ein Manuskript von jungen Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy kommt Anfang April in Zürich zur Versteigerung.

Concerti

„Vielleicht werde ich mal Impresario, wer weiß!”

Kristīne Opolais wollte nie einen perfekt vorgepflasterten Weg beschreiten und gab dem Zufall stets eine Chance. So wurde aus der Studienabbrecherin ein Weltstar

The Washington Post

Dave Davies says some new Kinks songs have been demo’d. If only his brother would let them finish.

Here’s a news nugget for Kinks obsessives: Turns out that Ray and Dave Davies, the perpetually feuding brothers at the heart of the legendary defunct rock band, actually recorded some demos last year.

Kulturradio RBB

Deutsche Oper Berlin präsentiert neues Program

Die Deutsche Oper Berlin plant für die Saison 2017/18 acht Neuproduktionen.

Broadwayworld

Happy Birthday Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Today we celebrate two of musical theatre’s most revered icons, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber, who coincidentally share a birthday.

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Classical Music News  40Star cellist calls a baby break

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(Written on March 22, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Guardian announces an old manuscript of Igor Stravinsky has been rediscovered and The Times reports of Jonas Kaufmann’s upcoming appearance at the Last Night of the Proms. Also interviews with viola star Maxim Rysanov and Tosca singer Elena Stikhina. As well as this, architect Christoph Nagel reveals his incredible project for a new concert hall in Munich.

The Guardian

Key Igor Stravinsky work found after 100 years

Stephen Walsh, a world expert on the composer, tells how lost score was found in piles of dusty manuscripts

Everyone’s talking about . . . Jonas Kaufmann at the Last Night of the Proms

Rule, Britannia! Or should that be, Herrsche, Gross Britannien!? Next weekend, the superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann becomes the first German singer to perform the patriotic anthem at the Last Night of the Proms.

Gramophone

Exclusive video: The Tallis Scholars pay tribute to Arvo Pärt on his 80th birthday

Admirers of Part’s music were given a special opportunity to appear in this special filmed tribute to the composer.

Amati Magazine

EDITOR’S LUNCH: Maxim Rysanov

The Ukrainian viola star Maxim Rysanov, celebrated for his sweet, powerful tone and his passion for commissioning new works, enjoys a Turkish feast with Jessica Duchen during the 2015 Istanbul Festival

Classical Music Magazine

Representation of women on Edexcel music syllabus: update

Student Jessy McCabe, who started a petition to ensure that women are represented on Edexcel’s next A-level music syllabus, has posted an update on the change.org page.

Klassik.com

Münchener Architekt schlägt unterirdischen Konzertsaal vor

Neuesten Medienberichten zufolge hat der Münchener Architekt Christoph Nagel den Bau eines unterirdischen Konzertsaals unter dem Königsplatz vorgeschlagen. Sein Entwurf sieht ein unterirdisches Musik- und Kulturzentrum vor, das “Kunst, Musik und Geschichte vereint und zugleich spektakuläre Architektur schafft”.

Codex Flores

Verloren geglaubte Strawsinky-Partitur aufgefunden

In einem Stapel alter Manuskripte ist im Konservatorium von St. Petersburg eine Partitur entdeckt worden, von der man glaubte, sie sei unwiederbringlich verloren. Es handelt sich um Strawinskys Grablied (Pogrebal’naya Pesnya) im Andenken an seinen Lehrer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakow.

Opernnetz.de

Vermittlerin der Gefühle

Die junge Elena Stikhina hatte nicht geplant, als Opernsängerin ihren Lebensunterhalt zu bestreiten, aber nun singt sie Rollen wie Tosca und Micaela. Auf diesem Weg versucht sie, das Publikum mit großen Gefühlen zu überwältigen – so wie es ihr selbst auch passiert ist.

The Washington Post

The piano: Keys of the future

A piano, it’s said, can emulate an entire orchestra: Its range extends from thunderous fortes to streams of liquid notes. Yet the majority of people who talk about piano sound today are talking about the sound of a single manufacturer: Steinway.

npr

An Unnoticed ‘Happy Birthday’ Draft Gives Singers A Simpler Tune

It may be the most famous song in the world — but you probably don’t know it by the name it was originally called. “Happy Birthday to You,” that little ditty that floats above cakes and candles the world over, was written by Mildred and Patty Hill, two sisters from Louisville, Ky.

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ClassicalToday : Violinist Arnaud Sussmann Awarded Paris Orchestra Play/Direct Prize

Radio Classique: Les étranges photos de à voir au jusqu’au 14 septembre

NYConcert Artists : 2016 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition – For Pianists & Violinists
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For several generations of musicians and music lovers, Steinway has come to represent the acme of piano sound. Photo credit: Scott Suchman for the WP.

 

(Written on September 7, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, interview with Colin Currie in the Guardian, violin maker Edward Campbell dies aged 89 and new LA orchestra is formed for pre-professionals. Also, James Horner score is discovered for Magnificent Seven remake.

The Guardian

Facing the music: Colin Currie

From Harrison Birtwistle to the Kinks musical and drunken Talking Heads renditions, percussionist Colin Currie reveals his musical passions

The Strad

US violin maker Edward Campbell dies aged 89

US violin maker Edward Campbell died on 18 July at the age of 89.

Los Angeles to gain Young Artists Symphony Orchestra

A new orchestra for pre-professional musicians has been formed in Los Angeles.

Classical Music Magazine

Berklee report finds that artists lose out from recordings

Artists earn as little as 5% of the revenue their recordings make and up to 50% of payments do not get to their rightful owners, according to a report from Berklee College of Music’s Rethink project.

Classic FM

Director discovers secret film score for Magnificent Seven remake – after composer’s death

There’s a bittersweet epilogue to James Horner’s tragic death last month: the Titanic composer had apparently been planning to surprise director Antoine Fuqua with film score he wrote in secret.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Boygroup der Klassik

Das Ensemble Quatuor Ebène ist Stargast der Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Ein Gespräch über intime Säle, die neue Lust am Zuhören und Publikumsreaktionen in aller Welt.

Streit um Finanzierung sorgt für Irritation

Die Stadt Weimar will ab 2017 die Zuschüsse für die Klassik Stiftung deutlich reduzieren. Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters kritisiert diese Absicht.

Klassik Akzent

Brückenbauer – Daniel Hope wird mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis für Musik 2015 ausgezeichnet

Für sein musikalisches Engagement wird der britische Violinist Daniel Hope am 2. Oktober 2015 mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis für Musik 2015 in der Dresdner Frauenkirche geehrt.

The Washington Post

Young players bolstered by pros in last classical performance at Castleton

The Castleton Festival struggles on in Rappahannock County, a year after the death of its founder, Lorin Maazel. The programming is sharply reduced, with jazz taking over from classical music for the final two weeks, and all performances open with pleas for donations.

Classicalite

Marin Alsop to Conduct Cuba’s Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional for Havana’s 500th Anniversary

Perhaps this is one more piece of evidence to support the mended relationship between the United States and Cuba. Marin Alsop, music director of both the Baltimore and São Paulo Symphony Orchestras, will conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba in celebration of Havana’s quincentenary.

Tweets

Tête à Tête @teteateteopera: fantastic opening crowds inside & out @theplacelondon

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Ant-Man scores small – but notable – victory at UK box office

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: Leonardo da Vinci’s design for the viola organista has finally been realised:

James Horner
James Horner’s epilogue
Photo: Classic FM

(Written on July 22, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Jon Vickers dies, Glyndebourne Festival plans to mark Shakespeare’s death and Sollazzo Ensemble win YEMF Young Artist Competition.

The Guardian

Mendelssohn’s missing opera: the course of true love was never smooth

He worshipped Shakespeare, and Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream is among the most perfect musical responses to any of his plays – so why did Mendelssohn never write a complete Shakespearean opera?

Classic FM

Opera legend Jon Vickers dies, aged 88

Imposing Canadian tenor stormed the world’s stages in heroic roles.

Classical Music Magazine

Glyndebourne to mark Shakespeare anniversary in 2016 and 2017

The 2016 Glyndebourne Festival will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with productions of two operas based on his work: Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Sollazzo Ensemble win YEMF Young Artist Competition

The Sollazzo Ensemble has won the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition. They received a cash prize of £1,000, opportunities to work with Radio 3, a performance in the 2016 York Early Music Festival, and a CD recording produced by Linn Records.

British Library

Recording discovered of 1938 world premiere performance of Britten Piano Concerto

For his first appearance at the Proms, the twenty-four year old Benjamin Britten gave the premiere of his Piano Concerto Op. 13 on 11th August 1938.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Wind hat mir ein Lied erzählt

Zwei deutsche Frauen leiten die wichtigsten Festivals im österreichischen Burgenland in Mörbisch und St. Margarethen – und trotzen bei ihren Premieren widrigen Bedingungen.

Musik-heute

Stuttgarter Oper: Leitlinien für Sanierung verabschiedet

Die Sanierungspläne für die Oper Stuttgart nehmen Gestalt an. Erste Leitlinien verabschiedete der Verwaltungsrat der Stuttgarter Staatstheater am Montag.

Klassik.com

Österreichischer Tenor Josef Hopferwieser ist tot

Der österreichische Kammersänger Josef Hopferwieser ist im Alter von 77 Jahren in seiner Heimatstadt Graz gestorben. Dies teilte die Wiener Staatsoper mit, an der Hopferwieser über viele Jahre als Ensemblemitglied wirkte.

The Washington Post

Jon Vickers, acclaimed Canadian operatic tenor, dies at 88

Jon Vickers, a Canadian tenor whose voice — titanic and yet delicate — was regarded as one of the finest sounds to fill an opera house in the past half-century, died July 10 in Ontario, Canada. He was 88.

Le Monde

La garde républicaine escorte Branford Marsalis à Strasbourg

Plus de 2 000 saxophonistes sur les places de Strasbourg, les marches de la cathédrale, dans les rues, les winstub, les salles, le conservatoire, le Palais des congrès, la Maison de la musique et de la danse, partout…

Twitter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic: @marinalsop is to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in a historic concert later this year

Rich Mix @RichMixLondon: Looking forward to seeing students from @cmsounds take the stage @ tonight’s Music Space Live!

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Coming up with @johnsuchet1: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 as you’ve never heard it before!

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Jon Vickers dies
Photo: Classic FM

(Written on July 14, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Tung-Chieh Chuang was announced as winner of the 2015 Malko competition, Clevelend.com gives a guide to classical music events in Northeast Ohio. Elsewhere, the NDR Sinfonieorchester will their season by “Der Freischütz”, the Berlin Philharmonic present their candidates for Simon Rattle’s successor. Krzysztof Urbanski will be the first guest conductor of the NDR Sinfonieorchester and violinist Midori Seiler wins the Mozart Award. Also, Washington Post writes about musicians who strive for authenticity by bowing to the past and, finally, Apple techs at its internal Apple University are teaching Bach. Also, tweets from icareifyoulisten, ClassicalToday and BR Klassik.

Classical Music

Tung-Chieh Chuang wins 2015 Malko Competition

Tung-Chieh Chuang was announced as the winner of the 2015 Malko competition in Copenhagen on 1st May.

Die Welt

Probeschuss für die Elbphilharmonie

Konkurrenz belebt das Musikstadtgeschäft: Das NDR-Sinfonieorchester eröffnet die kommende Saison mit “Der Freischütz”

Der Tagesspiegel

Der sympathische Musikant

Am 11. Mai wählen die Berliner Philharmoniker ihren neuen Chefdirigenten. Bis dahin stellen wir täglich einen der Kandidaten für den begehrtesten Posten der Klassikwelt vor. Heute: Andris Nelsons.

FinanzNachrichten

NDR Sinfonieorchester – Die Saison 2015/2016 / Krzysztof Urbanski wird ab der Saison 2015/2016 Erster Gastdirigent

Die Saison 2015/2016 des NDR Sinfonieorchesters steht ganz im Zeichen spannender Erwartung: Es ist die letzte Spielzeit, bevor das Orchester in die Elbphilharmonie umziehen und am 11. Januar 2017 den neuen Konzertsaal eröffnen wird.

klassik.com

Mozart-Preis für Geigerin Midori Seiler

Die Geigerin Midori Seiler erhält den diesjährigen Mozart-Preis der Sächsischen Mozart-Gesellschaft.

The Washington Post

Musicians strive for authenticity by bowing to the past

An offshoot of the historically informed performance (HIP) movement was the formation of string quartets that play on period instruments.

cleveland.com

This week in classical music: A guide to events in Northeast Ohio

Much is happening this week in Northeast Ohio by way of classical music. More, in fact, than I or any one person can attend or review.

Classicalite

Apple and Glenn Gould, Techs Teach ‘Bach: Goldberg Variations’ to Students at Internal University

Glenn Gould’s infamously eccentric persona and meticulousness in regard to detail are what Apple techs at its internal Apple University are teaching to students.

Twitter

Icareifyoulisten @icareifulisten 5 Questions to Tom Hamilton, Gelsey Bell, Dave Ruder (Crash) by @ICEfansArleneLD http://icareifu.li/1GTa42D 

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday Maestro’s Tale: How Yo Yo Ma stepped up to play in my orchestra http://goo.gl/9fwndn 

BRKlassik @BR_KLASS Protest in Mainz: Musiker demonstrieren gegen TTIP-Abkommen http://dlvr.it/9gf4Lt  #br_klass #klassik

Canadian pianist Glenn Gould (1932 - 1982) at a piano, Toronto, Canada, 1956. (Photo : Photo Gaby/Getty Images)

Canadian pianist Glenn Gould (1932 – 1982) at a piano, Toronto, Canada, 1956. (Photo : Photo Gaby/Getty Images)

 

 

 

(Written on May 5, 2015 )

The Guardian

National Children’s Orchestras faces fight over its musical soul

Petition set up by parents and staff highlights discontent over actions of NCO board.

The Telegraph

Hay Festival 2014: Schoenberg was a prophet in the wilderness

Jewish, Christian, German nationalist, anti-Hitler – Arnold Schoenberg was an elusive genius.

Financial Times

Piette-Laurent Aimard on Aldeburgh and Britten

Ever since Pierre-Laurent Aimard took on the role of artistic director at the Aldeburgh Festival in 2009, he has been plagued by a polite but persistent band of doubters.

Classic FM

Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry to release debut classical album

Richard Reed Parry, multi-instrumentalist with Arcade Fire, is to release his first solo classical album on Deutsche Grammophon.

Gramophone

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland returns

Will Todd’s popular opera for children is reprised by Opera Holland Park in July and August.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Salzburger Domquartier: Es muss nicht immer Mozart sein

Macht hoch die Tür: Salzburg will nicht länger nur Musikstadt sein, das reiche Erbe der Fürsterzbischöfe soll die Welt begeistern – mit dem Domquartier will die Stadt in die erste Museumsliga.

Spiegel Online

Feine Kammermusik: Einmal Feuer für Herrn Beethoven, bitte!

Das Quartetto di Cremona spielt Beethoven mit italienischer Lust und Leidenschaft. Sowohl live als auch auf CD blühen bei den vier Musikern die Streichquartette vielfarbig auf. Und bei Verdi kennen sich die Kammer-Könner auch aus.

Concerti

Interview: Artemis Quartett: “Wir sind heute rebellischer”

Eckart Runge und Vineta Sareika vom Artemis Quartett über jugendlichen Klang, Superlative und exklusive Hauskonzerte

Klassik.com

Dirigent Peter Gülke mit Ernst von Siemens-Musikpreis geehrt

Weitere Preisträger sind Luis Codera Puzo, Simone Movio und Brigitte Muntendorf

The New York Times

What’s New? Ask the Philharmonic

Times Critics Preview the NY Biennal

Washington Post

Arvo Pärt’s music celebrated at D.C. events

Pärt, 78, is coming to the East Coast for the first time in 30 years. His free concert in Washington on Tuesday — presented by the Estonian Embassy as part of an initiative called The Arvo Pärt Project— will be held not in a small space but in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, which seats 2,400.

Le Figaro

Kaija Saariaho, réflexion, action, composition

La compositrice finlandaise ouvre demain le Festival de Saint-Denis avec une nouvelle version de « La Passion de Simone », inspirée par Simone Weil.

Classical Music on twitter

Spiegel Online @SPIEGEL_Kultur Heute in den Feuilletons: “Ein gut bestellter Acker, ein neugieriges Publikum”… http://spon.de/aeeVY

Guardian Culture @guardian culture Nils Frahm: music for piano and toilet brush: http://gu.com/p/3pggj/tf

Pianist Magazine @pianistmagazine You can now watch Federico Colli’s recent London debut recital at the QEH right here. It was amazing. You can… http://fb.me/2NvJE4GOR

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung … der Verrostung von Ohren entgegenwirken … – Zum Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis 2014 http://ow.ly/2H8Gvm

Catherine Bott @CatherineJBott Gustav Holst died 80 yrs ago on this day, join me tonight at 9 @ClassicFM to hear much more than The Planets

Artemis Quartett - photographed by Molina Visuals via concerti.de

Artemis Quartett – photographed by Molina Visuals via concerti.de

 

 

(Written on May 26, 2014 )