Why we should end our Cold War view of Soviet music, the success of Sex Workers’ Opera and British composers’ fixation with landscape

Monday 2nd June 2014

Classical News

The Telegraph

Why it’s time to to end our Cold War view of Soviet music 

Composers who were loyal to the Soviet regime should be listened to sympathetically, says Ivan Hewett. 


Sex Workers’ Opera celebrates ‘incredible’ first night

The opera, simply titled The Sex Workers’ Opera, had its first performance at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton, East London. The cast of the opera is partly made up of workers in the sex industry, who contributed their experiences to the writing process and are mixed in with the rest of the cast to preserve anonymity.

Financial Times 

British composers and the English landscape 

Nothing has defined English music of the past 100 years more than a composerly fixation with landscape.

The Guardian

 What concerts have sent you to sleep?

Salisbury Arts Centre wants its audience to drift off during tonight’s concert, curated by violinist Pekka Kuusisto.

Still crazy after all these years

Many of America’s great radical composers of the 20th century have been all but forgotten. Rolf Hind, who has programmed their music for his Occupy the Pianos festival, explains why we should take them seriously.


Former lyric chief to advise San Diego Opera

William Mason, the retired general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, has been named to the newly created position of artistic adviser to the embattled San Diego Opera, the company announced on Friday.

Das pralle Leben hinter den Noten

Unter Hunderten von Supergeigern war sie die richtige: Jetzt verjüngt die 26-jährige Vineta Sareika das fabelhafte Artemis Quartett.

Spiegel Online

East Side Oktett: Acht Freunde müsst ihr sein!

Franz Schubert komponierte ein Marathon-Oktett, um es dem Kollegen Beethoven mal so richtig zu zeigen. Das Berliner Musik-Ensemble East Side Oktett nahm sich das Monster vor – kombiniert es aber mit einer zeitgenössischen Premiere.


Russland weiterhin an Kauf von Rachmaninow-Villa interessiert

17 Millionen Schweizer Franken für Haus am Vierwaldstädter See geboten.

Violinist David Nadien ist tot

US-amerikanischer Geiger wurde 88 Jahre alt

Epoch Times

Dissonance in Classical Music

Anthony Tommasini, classical music critic for The New York Times, talks about dissonance – the perceived stability or instability of two or more sounds.

Il Messaggero

Ennio Morricone malato, stop ai concerti ma continuerà lavoro per cinema

Stop a concerti e tournèe per Ennio Morricone. Il maestro, spiega il suo legale Giorgio Assumma, «è affetto già da qualche mese da una noiosa ernia del disco che gli preclude la direzione di orchestra e le lunghe trasferte che essa comporta».


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@guardian Symphony guide: Mozart’s 41st (‘Jupiter’)

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@RaymondGubbay Elgar on the Southbank is just days away! If you’re going to The Royal Festival Hall on Friday, then we’d like to hear from you! #classical


Soviet musician Mieczyslaw Weinberg is Radio 3’s Composer of the Week
– The Telegraph