Classical Music News – 19th August

Friday 19th 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.

LA Times

L.A. Phil Live schedule announced

The three Los Angeles Philharmonic concert simulcasts will include a performance of Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ from Caracas, Venezuela.

The Guardian

Gok Wan: ‘Opera takes you on a journey’ – video

Gok Wan talks from Glyndebourne about what opera means to him – and why greater access to the art form means you can now enjoy it at home in your pyjamas. ‘For me, that’s exactly what opera should be,’ he says

The Guardian

Viktoria Mullova: from Russia in a blond wig

Viktoria Mullova fled the USSR because she hated it. The violinist tells Erica Jeal what finally returning to her homeland has meant for her music.

Tom Service: 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 Times

Review – Simon Rattle: Schoenberg

“A mellow and warm sound, but sometimes Schoenberg’s glitter effects fail to come through as they should.”

The Times

My haunting relationship with Benjamin Britten

Janette Heffernan was the first girl to sing in the composer’s ghost opera; the start of a haunting relationship, she says.