Classical Music News – Barbican, Mahler, Heart of Darkness

Thursday 3rd November 2011

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

Classical Music Magazine

Yorkshire Libraries takes decision to close music & drama service.

Yorkshire Libraries & Information (YLI) council, at a meeting held at the end of September, decided to ‘to close the [YLI] Music and Drama collection and service as it currently exists.

Classical Music Magazine

Barbican appoints ‘thrilled’ Angela Dixon head of music

The Barbican Centre has appointed Angela Dixon as its new head of music. She succeeds Robert van Leer, who left the Barbican in August after 15 years to take up the post of managing director of the Nederlands Dans Theater in Amsterdam, writes Samara Ginsberg.

The Guardian

Heart of Darkness

Tarik O’Regan’s debut opera is also the first to set to music joseph Conrad’s 1899 novella, which famously received a high-profile movie adaptation as Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now in 1979.

The Telegraph

Anne-Sophie Mutter: New music is just so liberating

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter talks to Adam Sweeting about her latest CD.

The Times (£)

The tales of Hoffmann at the ‘Nationaltheatre’ Munich.

Should you board a plane now? Yes, if catching A-list singers, in this case the excitable Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón and the German soprano of the moment, Diana Damrau, are a priority.

The Times (£)

The top nine symphonies chosen by Times writers

The First: Debra Craine on Bizet, The Second: Neil Fisher on Mahler…