7th January: Pierre Boulez dies, El Sistema expanded & TV series about classical music

Thursday 7th January 2016

classical news

In today’s news, the media is in mourning for Pierre Boulez, London is looking forward to a visit of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and its conductor Gustavo Dudamel, also “El Sistema France” is leading the democratisation of musical practice. Also discussed is the question of why Amazon’s TV series “Mozart in the Jungle” is good for classical music


Pierre Boulez, one of the most influential figures in modern classical music, has died

Boulez was the chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic but was best known as a champion of the avant-garde

Music Teacher Magazine

New National Children’s Orchestra MD withdraws from role

The incoming managing director of the National Children’s Orchestra, Dominic Jewel, has withdrawn from the job before joining the organisation

The Times

Gustavo Dudamel: ‘I plan to be in El Sistema for the next 40 years’

The Royal Festival Hall will be packed for three nights. The sonic power coming from the stage will be overwhelming

BBC Music Magazine

New Foundling anthem composed, over 260 years after Handel’s original

Composer Luke Styles marks the musical legacy of London’s Foundling Hospital

Classical Music Magazine

Laurie Anderson named as guest director for 50th Brighton Festival

Particularly renowned for her work with technology, Anderson’s career has encompassed art, theatre and experimental music

Die Zeit

Nichts ist endgültig, nichts vollendet

Kompromisslos und revolutionär: Pierre Boulez hat dem 20. Jahrhundert ein musikalisches Gesicht gegeben. Zum Tod des französischen Komponisten und Dirigenten


125 Komponisten für eine Komposition

Der gestern verstorbene Pierre Boulez war Schirmherr einer außergewöhnlichen Komposition

The New York Times

State Challenges Plan to Revive City Opera

Is the plan to revive the late, lamented New York City Opera feasible?

National Post

Why Mozart in the Jungle is good for classical music

When critics write reviews, they often have no idea what other people think of the piece under discussion until the responses start pouring in

France Musique

El Sistema France : « l’amour de la musique n’est pas notre principal moteur »

Pour nous, il ne s’agit pas de monter une énième expérience musicale, mais une expérience sociale par la musique


BBC @AboutTheBBC : Archive pics feat. Pierre Boulez at Roundhouse (’74), Royal Albert Hall (’73) & Maida Vale (’72) with the @BBCSO

rbb-info @rbbonline : Bei der Tanztagen dabei: Choreografin Kim aus Siegen/Seoul/#Berlin. rbb-online.de/kultur/beitrag 

MonteverdiChoir&Orch@mco_london : Some musical trivia about Mozart’s Symphony no.40 courtesy of @SinfiniMusic http://ow.ly/WH588  We’re performing it Jan 27 @cadoganhall


Der französische Dirigent und Komponist Pierre Boulez im Jahr 2005 © Gaetan Bally/dpa/Die Zeit