Classical Music News – 8th July

Monday 8th August 2011

Every day the WildKat team scan newspapers, websites and blogs for interesting classical music news, and now we’ve decided to publish our lists so that you can get a classical music news summary each day. If you’ve read anything interesting each day that we’ve missed do feel free to comment and let us know!

LA Times: Classical music waltzes with digital media.

Orchestras like the L.A. Phil and Pacific Symphony join the classical world’s dance with Twitter and Facebook in hopes of engaging and luring a tech-savvy public.

LA Times: Culture Exchange: At the Proms, there’ll always be an England

Whether standing on the floor of Royal Albert Hall or hanging from the rafters, ardent fans known as Prommers swear by the affordable summer concerts.

Telegraph: Bregenz Festival: the world’s splashiest opera?

Every summer, Bregenz Festival lures huge crowds – and top-notch British talent – to its floating stage on Lake Constance. It’s a thrilling marriage of seriousness and pizzazz, just as long as it doesn’t rain…

The Independent:  Enter, stage right: Nick Griffin, the really creepy opera

Bonnie Greer inspired to write show after sitting next to the party leader on ‘Question Time’

Telegraph: The Florence Foster Jenkins of the violin, or one of its greatest players?

“It is someone stumbling up the highest mountain with grazed, bloodied knees, whereas so much contemporary playing seems more like someone riding up an escalator.” Stephen Hough on Jacques Thibaud’s unusual recording of Brahms’ violin concerto.

Guardian: Prom 29: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra – Review

A well-deserved five star review for ‘the Dude’ and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra’s breathtaking performance of Mahler No. 2, “the Resurrection”.

Guardian: Tom Service on music to play while travelling

Forget bagpipes. When it comes to Scottish mountains, only Dvořák’s will do.