26th March: Rufus Wainwright loves Messiaen, Tony Hall speaks at BBC Arts Launch & Stradivari viola for sale from $45 million

Wednesday 26th March 2014

The Guardian

Rufus Wainwright: Why I love composer Olivier Messiaen

‘I listen to Messiaen’s work over and over – and once stole from him. But only one bar’


Tony Hall – BBC Arts launch

Speech given by Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, at the BBC Arts launch at New Broadcasting House on Tuesday 25 March 2014

The Independent

Why has Japan’s CD market suddenly gone into decline?

After years of defying Western trends, the drop is causing a big dent in global music sales

The New York Times

For Sale, Playing a Heady Tune

A Stradivari viola, possibly the most expensive musical instrument in the world, will go on sale this spring with an asking price of $45 million

UW Today

Stellar names in classical music part of collector’s gift to UW Music Library

A recent gift of 720 rare classical music scores with a total value of $1.3 million and including first editions or printings of music by Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Haydn, Britten, Rossini, Verdi, Debussy, Gershwin and many more have been donated to the University of Washington Music Library.

Die Welt

Die kleine Dampframme am Dirigentenpult

Wer wird Nachfolger von Simon Rattle an der Spitze der Berliner Philharmoniker? Dritter Teil des Kandidatenchecks: Der Kanadier Yannick Nézet-Séguin gilt als wichtiger Außenseiter-Favorit.


Classical music on Twitter

New Music Biennal: Jez Colborne spoke with @Bradford_TandA about his #NewMusicBiennial commission ‘Gift’ http://ow.ly/uYWNz  @MtGstudios @PRSFoundation

Deutsche Grammophon: To celebrate the upcoming #Mozart tour, here is a new cartoon from @RolandoVillazon! http://youtu.be/lDtxOqYHYng

Classic FM: “The greatest viola in existence” is going to auction (and they’re expecting over $45 million) http://classfm.co/GAmSfe  #ClassicFMnews

Bachtrack: We are launching a poll to find the World’s Favourite Festival and we need your help! Head over to Bachtrack for info http://bit.ly/BTwff14


The Independent