1st December – Festive news stories for Advent, plus the classical Grammys

Thursday 1st December 2011

The Times

Spotify to launch ‘music app’ service.

Spotify is to launch apps with its online music service yesterday, allowing millions to read reviews, sing along to lyrics and buy concerts tickets as they listen to songs.

The Independent

The Nutcracker: It’s all going nuts at the ballet.

Jessica Duchen is overwhelmed by the volume of Nutcrackers around.

New York Times

Andrew Kazdin, Record Producer, Dies at 77.

Andrew Kazdin, a producer known for his recordings of the New York Philharmonic, died on Monday in Manhattan.

LA Times

Grammys: Gustavo Dudamel in classical’s West-leaning field.

The classical Grammy nominations have been announced.

Slipped Disc: Norman Lebrecht

Chailly’s out. Boston’s options are down to one.

Riccardo Chailly has withdrawn from January’s long-planned concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Breaking: Santa Claus gets an opera house.

Leif Segretsam, also known as Father Christmas: