Classical Music News – 17th August

Wednesday 17th August 2011

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music news.

The Guardian

Why Arnold Bax will make it a Prom night to remember

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s rare performance of Bax’s work will thrill you. All you have to do is park your prejudices at the door.

The National

In light of tragedy, how far should art push boundaries?

Damned as “a commercialisation of a real human tragedy” and “more befitting a bad rock band than a supposedly great composer”, the artwork on the US composer Steve Reich’s new album has caused a firestorm of criticism almost unheard of in the classical music world.

The New York Times

Met Opera Singers Pull Out of Japan Tour

Two star singers have backed out of the Metropolitan Opera’s tour to Japan, the Met said on Thursday.

The L.A. Times 

Metropolitan Opera shuts down ‘futures’ blog

The Metropolitan Opera has moved to shut down a popular blog that speculated on future productions at the venerated New York opera company.

Voice of America

Barenboim Leads Korean Border Concert

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim has held a concert in South Korea, near the tense border with North Korea.

The Telegraph

BBC Proms 2011: Prom 42: Mariinsky Orchestra, Albert Hall, review

Although the Mariinsky Orchestra has Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake in its blood, there was a touch of anaemia in this prom, says Geoffrey Norris.