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The Guardian

Tehran’s reborn symphony orchestra: an ovation before playing a note

After a three-year hiatus, orchestra has been revived with an ambitious programme and a world-class conductor, Alexander Rahbari – and he says it’s all thanks to Rouhani’s administration

Facing the Music: Alban Gerhardt

From opera and learning to conduct it, to Jonny Greenwood and Jonas Kaufmann, cellist Alban Gerhardt reveals his musical passions, on and off the stage

The Telegraph

Video games bring new generation to classical music

Three of the top 20 from Classic FM’s Hall of Fame poll are soundtracks to video games and another 9 make the top 300

The Strad

Long-serving Boston Symphony violinist Ronald Knudsen dies aged 83

The musician performed with the orchestra for 48 years

Classic FM

Welcome to Classic FM’s Hall of Fame

You voted in your thousands, now we reveal the ultimate chart of classical works.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der große Opern-Boom

Kein Geld für Kultur? Von wegen! Überall in Europa eröffnen neue Musiktheater. Sie stehen für wirtschaftlichen Aufschwung und Selbstbewusstsein der Regionen.

Die Welt

Was Intendanten in Deutschland nicht sagen dürfen

In Rostock vergleicht der Intendant Sewan Latchinian den Angriff auf sein Theater mit der IS-Barbarei – und wird entlassen.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Klangideen aus der Kindheit

Der aus Gauting stammende Komponist Johannes X. Schachtner macht zeitgenössische Musik und zeigt bei einem eher ungewöhnlichen Heimat-Lieder-Abend Verbindungen zwischen Tradition und Moderne auf

El País

Maria João Pires: „Me he convertido en mucho más tolerante“

Maria João Pires es reconocida como una de las mejores pianistas vivas. Se ha convertido en una de las pocas artistas capaces de alzar la música clásica a las listas de superventas.

Musical Toronto

TSO dumps upcoming soloist Valentina Lisitsa over political views

In a startling turn of events, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have officially cancelled the upcoming April 8-9, 2015 appearance by Youtube superstar pianist Valentina Lisitsa over tweets expressing her political views.

Twitter

ArtsProfessional ‏@ArtsPro #Goodread: Don’t rely too heavily on the generosity of a single philanthropist, warns Michael Kaiser http://bit.ly/1DG6Npi  #artsfunding

Jessica Duchen ‏@jessicaduchen: Intriguing piece by Tim Rutherford-Johnson about Tansy Davies’s new opera ‘Between Worlds’. https://johnsonsrambler.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/too-soon-for-a-911-opera-or-about-right/ …

EMM ‏@enticottmusic : Only 12 days until @MilosGuitar plays in #HongKong! Check out his great @timeouthk interview http://bit.ly/1y0hArP !

7th April News Video Game Music

Music from the Final Fantasy video game series, by Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, is at number nine in the poll. Image: The Telegraph

(Written on April 7, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Tim Ashley’s opera guide: phantasmagorias and fairytales

Tim Ashley selects five operas full of magic and mystery and tracks down the best productions available to watch complete on YouTube

Telegraph

Michael Kennedy, world authority on classical music, dies aged 88

The former Telegraph classical music critic has died aged 88

Classical review of 2014: is Europe losing its grip?

This year marked a shift in power relations within classical music, says Ivan Hewett

Independent

Classical and opera highlights of 2015: Bellini, Monteverdi and The Indian Queen

Your guide to the year’s most exciting concerts and operas

Classic FM

New Year honours list: big names of classical music recognised

Classical music luminaries have been recognised for their contribution to the arts. Classic FM spoke to Jude Kelly, one of those honoured.

Zeit Online

Das Dionysos-Prinzip

Mit Emphase und Drill hat sich der griechische Dirigent Teodor Currentzis in Perm am Ural ein Opernimperium erschaffen, von dem die restliche Musikwelt so einiges lernen könnte.

Klavier.de

Daniel Barenboim: Vom Blitz getroffen

Zuschauerin fotografiert mehrfach, Künstler bricht Auffführung vorrübergehend ab

Pizzicato

Berliner Philharmoniker blicken auf ein erfolgreiches Jahr zurück

Die Berliner Philharmoniker haben allen Grund zufrieden zu sein: Konstant hohe Auslastungszahlen ließen das Wirtschaftsjahr 2014 erfolgreich werden.

Musik Heute

Deutsche Oper Berlin mit stabiler Jahresbilanz

Die Deutsche Oper Berlin hat im ablaufenden Jahr eine Auslastung von 82 Prozent erreicht.

Pizzicato

Paris Châtelet To Close For 18 Months In 2015

The City of Paris will refurbish both the Théâtre de la Ville and the Théatre du Châtelet and close the houses for 18 to 24 months at the end of the season 2015/16.

El Mundo

Como siempre, como nunca

James Levine se sobrepone a los problemas de salud y cruza el umbral de las 2.500 funciones operísticas en el Met

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM: 15 great musicians who died in 2014 http://classfm.co/prNR9m 

BBC World Service @bbcworldservice: A Stradivarius violin’s journey through the lives of geniuses, dictators, refugees and thieves http://bbc.in/1K1k5gl 

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse: Did you know we sold 27k student tickets last Season? Find out more about our outreach work here: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/12-days-christmas-learning-particiption … #ROH12days

Michael KennedyJournalist and former Telegraph music critic Michael Kennedy. Photo: Telegraph

(Written on January 2, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Addiction in the orchestra: classical music’s drink and drugs problem

At 15 she was playing the Royal Albert Hall. At 21 she was breakfasting on vodka. As a new documentary explores addiction in classical music, cellist Rachael Lander tells her story.

Slipped Disc

Conductor hits back over international Mahler scam

The Austrian conductor Wolfgang Scheidt has written a blistering letter, dissociating himself from the organisers of the Salzburg Voice Festival and the Mahler Philharmoniker orchestra. Both were exposed four weeks ago in Slipped Disc as a scam that took money from young singers and gave very little in return.

Classic FM

Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo and Richard Reed Parry take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo’s Urs Bühler and composer Richard Reed Parry are among the latest to take the ALS ice bucket challenge, posting videos of themselves getting dunked on YouTube.

Classic FM

Howard Shore: ‘I write film music in a 19th-century world. I live in a forest’

Lord of the Rings composer Howard Shore has revealed how he continues to write some of the most inspiring music around in an exclusive interview to mark his fifth successive victory in the Classic FM Movie Music Hall of Fame.

The Washington Post

What do college partyers, violin makers and cake decorators have in common?

The sale of Everclear, and all 190-proof liquor is now banned in Maryland. Who is most upset? The people who make violins.

Broadawayworld

Nitzan Haroz Appointed Principal Trombone for Philidelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra announces the appointment of Nitzan Haroz as principal trombone, effective immediately.

Menschen in Dresden

Serge Dorny gegen Freitstaat: Verhandlungstermin geplatzt

Keine Verhandlung im Streit um gekündigten Intendantenvertrag am 1. September. Foto: Stephan Floss, Matthias Creutziger.

Concerti

Interview Kit Armstrong

“Ich bin einfach ein neugieriger Mensch”.

Klavier.de

Berlioz-Klavier unwissentlich zur Versteigerung angeboten

Preisvorschlag von 800 Euro nach Recherchen zurückgezogen.

Twitter

EUYO: ‏@EUYOtweets  Check out the short video of our recent Flashmob @rijksmuseum with @Concertgebouw http://youtu.be/5ycw4_xHQXM  #flashmob #classicalmusic #euyo

GoClassical: ‏@GoClassicalUK  Deutsche Grammophon launches own streaming service called DG Discovery http://www.gramophone.co.uk/news/deutsche-grammophon-launches-own-streaming-service-called-dg-discovery … #classicalmusic

The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource News: A New Thought on Applause during Concerts by Leonard Slatkin @DetroitSymphony @BBCProms http://ow.ly/AGdGD 

Adelaide Symphony: ‏@The_ASO  Villains and #Classical music. This is not for the faint-hearted. slate.me/1wvFdXV

 

Rachael Lander

Rachel Landler

Photo: The Guardian

 

 


 

(Written on August 26, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

A musical tribute to the First World War enemies who now lie at peace

Sir Nicholas Kenyon of the Barbican discusses how British and German musicians will unite to commemorate the First World War at Saint-Symphorien in Belgium.

The Telegraph

BBC Proms War Horse review: ‘movingly elegiac’

Yesterday afternoon saw the BBC Prom’s offering to the tributes to the First World War, weaving the narrative from War Horse into nods to the brave people who fought.

Classic FM

Pumeza: ‘I’m learning as I go along’

Following her Bristol proms performance as Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Pumeza is interviewed by Classic FM about her musical development, ahead of a performance at BBC Proms in the Park.

 BBC

Birmingham teenager loaned £1million Stradivarius violin. 

John Ludlow, owner of the Stradivarius, was so touched by young National Youth Orchestra leader Roberto Ruisi that he decided to lend him his violin for a series of high profile concerts, including performances at the Proms, The Sage and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

Classicalite

Metropolitan Opera Delays Lockout of Union Workers by One Week, Agrees to Independent Financial Analysis

The Metropolitan Opera announced last night that it would delay its lockout of union workers by one week, while an independent financial analyst is brought in to assess the state of the Met’s finances.

 

Die Welt

New Yorks Musikern sind Wagners Opern zu lang

Auch an der New Yorker Met muss gespart werden, die Personalkosten sollen gesenkt werden. Die Musiker sehen die Schuld für das Finanzproblem bei Wagners langen Opern.

KulturPort

Erster Music Works Accelerator startet

Die Kulturbehörde Hamburg realisiert in Zusammenarbeit mit der Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft einen Accelerator für innovative Geschäftsmodelle in der Musikwirtschaft.

Tagesspiegel

Bayreuth: Halb saniert ist auch geschlossen

In der Festspielstadt Bayreuth werden die Richard-Wagner-Kultstätten überholt.

La Croix

« 3 notes for hope », un hymne musical à la vie

Trois associations situées en France, aux États-Unis et au Togo ont organisé un projet musical rassemblant une trentaine de jeunes de 8 à 13 ans, qui donneront un concert à Paris mercredi 6 août.

 

Twitter 

The Listener: @inthetheatre Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera scrap fall season because of financial problems | @scoopit http://sco.lt/6yefpJ

Ted Talks: @TEDtalks If you don’t already love classical music, you will after this talk: http://on.ted.com/tzHY 

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight 6.30pm #bbcproms @BBCSSO perform Mahler Symphony No.9 & Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis http://ow.ly/zQyOU 

NYOGB: @NYOGB Wondering how to beat the Monday morning blues? Meet the NYOGB Double Bass section! http://youtu.be/Nd5iAMWurwQ 

 

 

Image from The Telegraph.

Image from The Telegraph.

 

(Written on August 4, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Myung-Whun Chung, interview: when music is life or death

Conductor Myung-Whun Chung doesn’t know if the North Korean musicians he worked with are alive or dead. He talks to Adam Sweeting.

The Independent

Proms 2014: Why the Proms are losing their director Roger Wright

This year’s concerts will feature the starriest names in classical music. But in the background is the sudden departure of director Roger Wright. We reveal the real reasons for his exit.

Classic FM

Cello implodes during recording session: video

A video showing a cellist’s instrument falling to pieces in her hands has been posted to YouTube.

The Telegraph

Nicola Benedetti: ‘I’ve been given a great gift in my life’

Her talent as a violinist is undisputed, but Benedetti made her way to the top thanks to a ferocious work ethic, and a passion for classical music that she wants a whole new generation to share.

Classical-Music.com

BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition winners announced

Six young composers will have their works performed at the Proms.

Classical-Music.com

Yamaha calls for brass and woodwind scholarship candidates

Yamaha Music Foundation Europe prepares to launch the next generation of wind players.

New York Times

Divas Ready for Another Stage

After All the Arias, Opera Singers Look to the Stage and Screen.

Die Welt

Kurt Masur: “Es gibt für mich nur eins: Weitermachen”

Kurt Masur geht es nicht gut. Er hat Parkinson, erholt sich nur schwer von einer Hüftoperation und hat sein erstes Konzert danach vom Rollstuhl dirigiert. Aber: Ans Aufhören denkt er nicht.

Tagesspiegel

Mozart und Muezzin: Oper in Israel

Israel ist für vieles bekannt, nicht unbedingt für Oper. Aber auch die gibt es hier, allerdings muss sie immer wieder hart errungen werden. Eine Reise ans Tote Meer und nach Akko.

Twitter

Janet Horvath: ‏‪@playinglesshurt  #Saving ‪#Classical Music: An App for That?  ‪http://www.interlude.hk/front/saving-classical-music-an-app-for-that/#.U7Vf8kDO5qZ.twitter …

GoClassical: ‪@GoClassicalUK The practice of practising and how it works ‪http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/stephenhough/100070997/the-practice-of-practising/ … ‪#piano ‪#classicalmusic

Classical Music@ClassicalM How to be a professional triangle player, with Eric Hopkins of the Utah Symphony ‪http://www.snsanalytics.com/ASpCy3 

 

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Myung-Whun Chung at a Festival in France

Photo: The Telegraph, Gerard Julien/AFP

(Written on July 7, 2014 )

Telegraph

Mozart manuscript smuggled out of Nazi Germany expected to fetch £500,000

The family of a Jewish musician who smuggled a Mozart manuscript out of Nazi Germany are selling it at auction.

Guardian

Inside Opera: Live stream hopes to widen access to UK’s opera houses

Online linkup between all seven public-funded opera companies will be streamed on YouTube and aims to find younger audience

Daily Mail

Michael Buble accused of underpaying Australian orchestra during his tour

Canadian crooner Michael Buble has reportedly underpaid his entourage of musicians at his recent Rod Laver Arena shows in Melbourne. Buble’s eight-piece string section orchestra were reportedly paid $550 for 12 hours of work, which is almost 40 per cent below the award wage for live performers.

New York Times

Met Opera Contract Talks Stumble to a Start

A Metropolitan Opera union and management almost did not begin their contract talks on Monday after labor invited reporters to attend.

A Composer Attuned to the Earth’s Swirling Motion

A New York Premiere for John Luther Adams’s ‘Become Ocean’

Concerti

Blind gehört Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen: „Da fehlt ein bisschen die Erotik“

Das Klavierduo Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen hört und kommentiert CDs von Kollegen, ohne dass es erfährt, wer spielt

Klassik Akzente

Endlich: Elina Garanca zurück auf den Bühnen der Welt

Ihre Fans haben lange darauf warten müssen, aber nun ist es endlich soweit: Am 11. Mai meldet sich die lettische Mezzosopranistin Elina Garanca aus ihrer zweiten Babypause zurück.

Le Figaro

Kronos Quartet, le titan du quatuor à cordes

Pour ses 40 ans, l’ensemble californien se produit encore mardi soir à Arras et publie un nouveau coffret chez Nonesuch.

Classical Music on Twitter

Philharmonic Society@RoyalPhilSoc Showing the immense personal impact of Chopin’s music, Channel 4’s ‘Chopin Saved My Life’ @OxfordFilmTV has been shortlisted #RPSMusicAwards

The Royal Opera@TheRoyalOpera ‘Tell me about your mother…’ To celebrate Freud’s birthday, how changing attitudes to his work have shaped opera http://www.roh.org.uk/news/how-to-stage-an-opera-freud-and-die-frau-ohne-schatten

YCAT @YCATrust Superstar @PianistJiLiu heads North to @sage_gateshead for an afternoon of Rzweski, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt – 11 May http://www.sagegateshead.com/event/ji-liu/

ACE National@ace_national We’re giving away 20 FREE places to cultural organisations at the 2014 @INFOTCCE Culture Capital Exchange Conference http://bit.ly/R7IPfN

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on May 6, 2014 )

Manners McDade have landed a sync deal for the latest Vodafone Campaign ‘The Call’. The ad features music from Tom Hodge and Max Cooper in its raw and emotional campaign featuring real firefighters in their true, heroic environment.

Ad agency Grey said of the music choice: ‘This was a tricky brief. We were looking for something that was emotional, but not sentimental. Stirring but not melodramatic. Tom and Max’s track captures the quiet heroism of the spot beautifully.’ Vicki Maguire – Creative Director

Catherine Manners, Director at Manners McDade said, ‘We knew that the DJ/electronica artist Max Cooper was open to collaborative work with a composer as he had worked with Michael Nyman in the past. We introduced him to Tom Hodge during the Summer of 2013 and the EP Fragmented Self was released in October last year. We hope that this is the first of many collaborations between these two exciting artists – and also many synchronisation opportunities’.

Watch the ad below and on Campaign here.

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Tom Hodge

(Written on March 27, 2014 )

Musician and composer John Matthias and record label Village Green have released another live video of music from John’s fantastic album. The second video is released today on youtube and features the track ‘Close Knit’ from John’s new album ‘Geisterfahrer’, out now to buy here.

This track was reviewed as ‘haunting’ by Irregular Crates, who also noted ‘the subtlest of electronic influence’ in this beautiful piece of music. John performs on the violin accompanied by piano and the ‘Neurogranular Sampler’, an instrument designed by John at Plymouth University with Jane Grant, Tim Hodgson, Nick Ryan, Kin Design and Eduardo Miranda.

John performed ‘Close Knit’ on BBC Radio 3 this February in the lead up to the album launch, describing the Neurogranular Sampler’s process whereby a ‘violin is played into the computer, which then takes part of that sound….when the neurons fire, it takes those pieces and retriggers them’ live on the show. Presenter Sean Rafferty described John’s performance as ‘fantastic’ and bringing the show ‘right up to date’.

Watch out each week for new videos to come! Follow John Matthias and Village Green on Twitter for album news and updates.

(Written on March 26, 2014 )

In today’s forever adapting world of social media, is the classical music industry keeping up? Most arts organisations now have a presence on Facebook and Twitter, which are currently the most popular sites, but in a few years’ time, will there be a new trend and will we have adopted it in time to really reap the benefits for our industry?

In 2009, Social Media Today wrote about 8 Twitter Analytics Tools that would enable you to extract information and insights from your twitter stream . Of the 8 sites featured, only 3 are still active today, proving that social media users needs to be constantly flexible, adapting to the creation and decline of social media sites and monitoring tools.

But what will the future of social networking and classical music be? More and more organisations are designing apps, and a few are adopting sites such as Pinterest, Vine and Instavid. How do we discover the sites that will have a lasting impact and those that will fail? This January, two Princeton researchers suggested that Facebook will lose 80% of its peak user base by 2017. Something we saw with the once dominating MySpace, which had 75.9 million monthly users back in 2008 yet started to decline in 2009 as a lack of innovation and loyalty meant that its users began to jump ship.

At WildKat PR we have tested a number of social resources, discovering how they work and how they might (or might not) be relevant to the music industry. Social media presents a fascinating opportunity to the music industry, enabling artists to keep fans up to date. For an industry that was thrown in to disarray at the start of the digital revolution, we are now benefiting from the new methods of listening, distribution and connecting – all of which are great ways to increase virility and build a community around our brands.

What social media tools do you think will be the ‘next big thing’ for the music industry?

Image courtesy of The Drum

(Written on March 18, 2014 )

BBC Music Magazine

Southbank Centre is pulling out the stops for its organ festival

The Royal Festival Hall organ will sound its voice in public for the first time in almost ten years at the launch of the Pull Out All The Stops organ festival tomorrow.

The Guardian

What is Radio 3 doing in a glass box on the southbank?

Radio 3 has relocated to a new temporary studio – in London’s Southbank centre. The station‘s controller Roger Wright explains why.

Classic FM

Colour-blind artist hears colour thanks to electronic chip

An artist has implanted a chip into his skull allowing him to hear different shades of colour as sound vibrations.

Elgar ‘Banksy’ sparks controversy

Four graffitied images of the British composer have appeared in Malvern as an ‘anonymous gift’ to the community – but the artists have apologised for not seeking permission for the paintings.

Sneezing trombone video goes viral

A video in which a trombonist sneezes into his instrument during a quiet moment of a brass band concert has now racked up half a million views on YouTube.

Classical Music Magazine 

Edinburgh Festival looks to first world war in 2014 programme

War, peace and artists’ responses to them are the weighty themes behind the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival, Jonathan Mills has announced in his final year as the event’s director, for the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war.

The Guardian

The Guardian

 

 

(Written on March 18, 2014 )