24th June: Horner turned down Lord of the Rings, how Petrenko landed his job, Gabriel Prokofiev on BBC’s ten pieces

Wednesday 24th June 2015

Classical News

In today’s news, The Times elucidates how Petrenko landed his new post, Prokofiev discusses BBC’s Ten Pieces and Scotland’s national orchestra announces a new chief executive. Also, composer Mikis Theodorakis looks back on his life, composer Krzysztof Penderecki has received the papal medal ‘Per Artem ad Deum’ from the Pontifical Council for Culture and Ina Kringelborn dies at the age of 31. The New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards winners for 2015 are announced, with the Grand Awards going to the New York Philharmonic and Grand Piano Passion on how to find the right audiologist.

The Times

How Kirill Petrenko landed the biggest job in classical music

Three years ago Kirill Petrenko confessed in a rare interview that conducting the Berlin Philharmonic for the first time was “like scaling Mount Everest without equipment’’.

The Independent

Gabriel Prokofiev on the BBC’s Ten Pieces, Nonclassical, and a new Carnival of the Animals

Gabriel Prokofiev is pondering, over a Turkish lunch near his Bethnal Green studio in London, an unexpected development in his career as composer: the BBC has just picked a movement from his Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra for its new Ten Pieces list for schoolchildren aged 11 to 14.

The Telegraph

Kirill Petrenko is the right choice for the Berlin Philharmonic

The Russian conductor carries a flame for the great German tradition, says Michael Henderson

Classic FM

James Horner’s final Classic FM interview: turning down Lord of the Rings and the trouble with directors

Six months before his tragic death in a plane crash, the ‘Avatar’ composer exclusively revealed to Classic FM how he turned down an offer to write the music for The Lord of the Rings.

The Herald Scotland

New chief executive for Scotland’s national orchestra

Scotland’s national orchestra has announced a new chief executive.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Wo sollen wir Hoffnung hernehmen?

Mikis Theodorakis ist der berühmteste Komponist seines Landes und ein Liebling der Nation. Jetzt blickt der fast Neunzigjährige auf sein Leben zurück – und auf die Gegenwart Griechenlands.


Papal Distinction For Composer Krzysztof Penderecki

Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki (*1933) has received the papal medal ‘Per Artem ad Deum’ (Through Art to God) from the Pontifical Council for Culture. A statement speaks of his « constant pursuit of God along the paths delineated with the staves and notes. »


Sopranistin Ina Kringelborn gestorben

Die norwegische Sopranistin Ina Kringelborn ist am vergangenen Sonntag nach kurzer schwerer Krankheit im Alter von 31 Jahren im Universitätsklinikum von Lørenskog gestorben. Kringelborn war Ensemblemitglied des Opernhauses von Oslo und der Komischen Oper Berlin.

All Access

N.Y. Philharmonic, Radiolab, RTÉ Win Grand Awards At New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards

The NEW YORK FESTIVALS International Radio Program Awards winners for 2015 have been announced.

Grand Piano Passion

How to Find the Right Audiologist: Service, Service, Service

Since I was first diagnosed with a hearing loss at age six, I have been a patient of no less than 10 audiology practices over four decades.


Telegraph Music @TeleMusicNews: Picture a typical Glastonbury goer. Now tells us their age

Opera North @Opera_North: Musical breakthrough: @BSOrchestra‘s project provides support for those living w/ : gu.com/p/4av6f/stw

Dave Lee@DaveLeeBBC: More good news for Apple as it preps its Music service – it’s finally put pen to paper with a big group of indies


Kirill Petrenko in full flow

Photo credit: Dan Porges / ArenaPAL / Telegraph