Bloglikes - Classical Music https://www.bloglikes.com/c/classical-music en-US Thu, 15 Apr 2021 17:28:45 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Drugged, sexually abused, swindled… Maria Callas’s tormented life revealed https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/apr/11/drugged-sexually-abused-swindled-maria-callass-tormented-life-revealed Unpublished letters detail famed soprano’s painful relationships with husband, mother and Aristotle Onassis

Her mother blackmailed her, her husband Giovanni Battista Meneghini stole from her, and shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis was violent and abandoned her for Jackie Kennedy. Soprano Maria Callas was adored by audiences worldwide but she never knew real love offstage, and her life was even more tragic than previously realised, according to research.

In writing a new biography, Lyndsy Spence was given access to Callas’s previously unpublished correspondence and other material, which casts light on the torment of her marriage, the abuse to which Onassis subjected her and sexual harassment by the director of one of the world’s foremost conservatoires.

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'It was airbrushed out of the canon': finding Africa's classical music https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/mar/31/finding-africa-classical-music-rebeca-omordia-african-concert-series Musician Rebeca Omordia has spent years unearthing the classical music of a whole continent, culminating in the hugely successful African Concert Series

While the Wigmore Hall has rightly garnered plaudits for keeping classical music alive during lockdown, another pioneering concert series has also beaten the odds with its series of online live events.

The African Concert Series is the brainchild of my former duo partner, the pianist Rebeca Omordia. She has half-Romanian, half-Nigerian heritage. But while we would often discuss world-renowned Romanian classical musicians such as composer Georges Enescu, pianist Dinu Lipatti and conductor Sergiu Celibidache, when it came to Nigerian classical composers, we drew a blank. “There aren’t any,” said Rebeca. I told her there must be, and challenged her to find them. This was back in 2013, and her subsequent research has uncovered more than 200 composers of African art music, Nigerians among them.

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Wed, 31 Mar 2021 06:13:07 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Music Africa Culture Middle East and North Africa Classical Music Julian Lloyd Webber Wigmore Hall Rebeca Omordia Rebeca Georges Enescu Dinu Lipatti Sergiu Celibidache
Julian Lloyd Webber: The rich world of African classical music https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/mar/31/finding-africa-classical-music-rebeca-omordia-african-concert-series Musician Rebeca Omordia has spent years unearthing the classical music of a whole continent, culminating in the hugely successful African Concert Series

While the Wigmore Hall has rightly garnered plaudits for keeping classical music alive during lockdown, another pioneering concert series has also beaten the odds with its series of online live events.

The African Concert Series is the brainchild of my former duo partner, the pianist Rebeca Omordia. She has half-Romanian, half-Nigerian heritage. But while we would often discuss world-renowned Romanian classical musicians such as composer Georges Enescu, pianist Dinu Lipatti and conductor Sergiu Celibidache, when it came to Nigerian classical composers, we drew a blank. “There aren’t any,” said Rebeca. I told her there must be, and challenged her to find them. This was back in 2013, and her subsequent research has uncovered more than 200 composers of African art music, Nigerians among them.

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Wed, 31 Mar 2021 06:13:07 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Music Africa Culture Middle East and North Africa Classical Music Julian Lloyd Webber Wigmore Hall Rebeca Omordia Rebeca Georges Enescu Dinu Lipatti Sergiu Celibidache
The Royal Albert Hall at 150: 'It's the Holy Grail for musicians' https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/mar/29/the-royal-albert-hall-at-150-its-the-holy-grail-for-musicians It’s hosted opera greats, suffragette rallies, Hitchcock films, sports events, sci-fi conventions – and, of course, the Proms and countless rock gigs. Artists from Led Zeppelin to Abba recall their moments on the hallowed stage

The Royal Albert Hall is 150 years old today (and the Guardian was there to see it opened by Queen Victoria). With a design based on a Roman amphitheatre, stacked balconies pack the audience close to the action – and at a capacity touching 6,000, the number of visitors entertained at the London venue runs to many millions. But what is it like to play as a performer? We asked artists and sportspeople for their memories of being centre stage at the iconic venue.

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Neuroscience, the cosmos and trees: going deep with composer Hannah Peel https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/mar/20/hannah-peel-interview-fir-wave-night-tracks-radiophonic From praise from Paul McCartney to writing music for Game of Thrones, the musician has had an extraordinary career so far. She discusses her next step - an album embracing the natural world through electronica

Paul McCartney knew Hannah Peel’s talent before the world did. He hands out pin-badges at every degree ceremony at Liverpool’s Institute for Performing Arts, which he co-founded, and where Peel studied music. In 2007, her graduation year, she’d been chosen to compose something to accompany each student walking on stage.

Peel had been advised to do a fanfare of trumpets, but refused; she wrote a minimalist miniature for vibraphone and marimba instead. “My principal hated it,” she says, laughing down the Zoom line. “But when I crossed the stage and shook Paul McCartney’s hand, he whispered in my ear, ‘I really like your music. Well done!’”

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Yo-Yo Ma plays cello in vaccine waiting room in Massachusetts – video https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2021/mar/14/yo-yo-ma-plays-cello-vaccine-waiting-room-massachusetts-video The renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma gives an impromptu performance in a vaccine waiting room in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, after having just received his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. He performs Ave Maria and the prelude to Bach’s Cello Suite No 1 to the small number of patients waiting to receive the dose. Ma, who played for about 15 minutes, is a part-time resident of the area and wanted to ‘give something back’ to his community, according to a local paper, the Berkshire Eagle

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In which we learn where "that song" came from https://boingboing.net/2021/03/03/in-which-we-learn-where-that-song-came-from.html

How much of your knowledge of classical music comes from old cartoons? I thought so. Many of us cannot listen to "Ride of the Valkyries" without hearing "kill the wabbit" in our heads. Vincent Alexander shows us just how many of those classic compositions were used by Warner Bros. — Read the rest

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Devastating, unviable, admin overload: UK stage companies count cost of Brexit https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2021/feb/24/uk-stage-companies-brexit-europe New visa rules, taxes and transport restrictions are some of the hurdles British dance and theatre organisations must now overcome to tour Europe

Brexit or Covid? Hardly a cheerful choice, but when I ask Colette Hansford, executive producer at Hofesh Shechter Company, which will be most decisive for UK theatre and dance companies, she doesn’t hesitate. “Brexit will have the bigger impact because it’s a long-term restriction. We’re a flexible, dynamic sector and can work our way out of Covid – but if we can’t produce and export our work, that’s going to have a devastating effect.”

Musicians have denounced the Brexit deal’s neglect of performers who depend on European work. They feel “shamefully failed” by the British government’s failure to secure free movement for touring artists. But for many of the UK’s stage companies the situation is equally fraught. Unresolved questions remain around touring, co-producing with European venues and attracting international collaborators to the UK. Which to unpick first? “Oh gosh,” sighs Farooq Chaudhry, executive producer of Akram Khan Company (AKC). “They’re all in varying degrees depressing.”

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Wed, 24 Feb 2021 01:30:01 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Europe Music UK Theatre European Union UK News World news Dance Culture Foreign Policy Stage Ballet Classical Music Akram Khan Brexit Hofesh Shechter Colette Hansford Hofesh Shechter Company Farooq Chaudhry Akram Khan Company AKC
On my radar: Brett Anderson's cultural highlights https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/feb/20/on-my-radar-brett-anderson-cultural-highlights The Suede frontman on his latest musical discoveries, the brilliance of Michael Clark and the enduring appeal of mudlarking by the Thames

Born in Sussex in 1967, Brett Anderson founded alternative rock band Suede in 1989 with then-girlfriend Justine Frischmann and childhood friend Mat Osman. Billed by Melody Maker as “the best new band in Britain”, Suede released five albums including their self-titled debut and Coming Up, before disbanding in 2003. Anderson went on to front the Tears and release four solo albums. In 2010 Suede reformed and released a further three albums, the latest of which is 2018’s The Blue Hour. Anderson will perform with Charles Hazlewood and Paraorchestra as part of the Gŵyl 2021 festival, 6-7 March.

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Caroline Shaw: what next for the Pulitzer-winner who toured with Kanye? Opera – and Abba https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/feb/02/caroline-shaw-composer-pulitzer-winner-partita-kanye-west She has scored films, played with rappers, starred in a TV comedy, and performed for the dying. As the classical sensation releases three new works, she talks about the shock of playing arenas – and making the leap into opera

When Caroline Shaw became, at the age of 30, the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer prize for music, she described herself as “a musician who wrote music” rather than as “a composer”. Partita, her winning score, is a joyful rollercoaster of a work, encompassing song, speech and virtually every vocal technique you can imagine. It was written for Shaw’s own group, Roomful of Teeth.

Eight years on, she’s still wary of defining herself too narrowly. “Composer, for some people, can mean something very particular,” she says, “and I’m trying to make sure I don’t get swallowed up into only one community.” Not that Shaw’s range shows any sign of narrowing: even a small sample of her work over the past few years throws up an array of names not often seen together: rappers Kanye West and Nas, soprano Renée Fleming, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, pianist Jonathan Biss. She has written film scores, sung on others, was the soloist in her own violin concerto, and even managed a cameo appearance as herself in Amazon Studio’s comedy drama Mozart in the Jungle. A year ago, Orange, a recording of her string quartets, won the Attacca Quartet a Grammy.

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Bridgerton inspires rise in demand for classical pop song covers https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/jan/26/bridgerton-inspires-rise-in-demand-for-classical-pop-song-covers-vitamin-string-quartet Netflix drama’s use of string versions of Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish hits has tripled streaming figures for Vitamin String Quartet

The success of Netflix’s Bridgerton has produced some unexpected trends, such as huge increases in people searching online for Regency fashion items including corsets. But the latest is a dramatic rise in the number of people streaming classical cover versions of contemporary pop songs.

Vitamin String Quartet, the group that provide most of the classical versions of Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish and Maroon 5 songs in the modernised costume drama, have had a 350% increase in the number of people streaming their work since the show was released in December.

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Simon Rattle decries Brexit as he applies for German citizenship https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/jan/16/simon-rattle-applies-for-german-citizenship-brexit Conductor laments impact on UK musicians’ careers and describes application as ‘absolute necessity’

The conductor Simon Rattle, who announced this week that he was cutting short his tenure at Britain’s leading orchestra to return to Germany, has applied for German citizenship after Brexit.

The Liverpool-born musician lamented the barriers thrown up by Britain’s departure from the European Union to the careers of young musicians who had grown used to performing freely to the continent’s music-hungry public.

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Joanne Rogers, concert pianist who was married to TV’s Mister Rogers, dies at 92 https://www.dailynews.com/2021/01/14/joanne-rogers-concert-pianist-who-was-married-to-tvs-mister-rogers-dies-at-92/ By Mark Kennedy | Associated Press 

Joanne Rogers, an an accomplished concert pianist who celebrated and protected the legacy of her husband, the beloved children’s TV host Mister Rogers, has died in Pittsburgh. She was 92.

Rogers died Thursday, according to the Fred Rogers Center. No cause of death was given.

“Fred Rogers Productions is deeply saddened by the passing of Joanne Rogers,” according to a statement from the center. “The loving partner of Fred Rogers for more than 50 years, she continued their shared commitment to supporting children and families after his death as chair of the board of Fred Rogers Productions.

“Joanne was a brilliant and accomplished musician, a wonderful advocate for the arts, and a dear friend to everyone in our organization. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Joanne’s family and the thousands of people who had the privilege of knowing and loving her.”

Joanne and Fred Rogers were married for more than 50 years, spanning the launch and end of the low-key, low-tech “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which presented Fred Rogers as one adult in a busy world who always had time to listen to children. His pull as America’s favorite neighbor never seemed to wane before his death in 2003.

“I can’t think of a time when we’ve needed him so much,” Joanne Rogers told The Associated Press in 2018. “I think his work is just as timely now as it was when it came out, frankly.”

An ordained Presbyterian minister, Fred Rogers produced the pioneering show at Pittsburgh public television station WQED beginning in 1966, going national two years later. He composed his own songs for the show.

It offered a soft haven for kids, in sharp contrast to the louder, more animated competition. The final episode of what his widow called “a comfortable lap” aired in August 2001.

PBS stations around the country still air “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and some can be found on the PBS Kids video app. There are DVD collections on Amazon and episodes stream on Amazon Prime.

Fred Rogers’ effect on popular culture was profound: Eddie Murphy parodied him on “Saturday Night Live” in the 1980s and one of Rogers’ trademark zip-up sweaters hangs in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. He’s had a category dedicated to him on “Jeopardy.”

In 2018, the 50th anniversary of when Rogers first appeared on TV screens, prompted a PBS special, a new postage stamp, the feature-length documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and, a year later, the Tom Hanks-led biopic “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

Born Sara Joanne Byrd in 1928, Joanne Rogers met her future husband at Rollins College in Florida. After Fred Rogers’ death, she helped develop the Fred Rogers Center Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at St. Vincent College in his hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

“Joanne and Fred were Pennsylvania treasures committed to improving our communities and the lives of our children. We will never forget their legacy of kindness,” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement.

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She is survived by two sons, James Byrd Rogers and John Rogers.

Associated Press reporter Michael Rubinkam and CNN wire services contributed to this report.

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Simon Rattle extends contract at London Symphony Orchestra https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/jan/11/simon-rattle-extends-contract-london-symphony-orchestra-conductor-bavarian Conductor will remain in role until 2023 and then lead Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich

Sir Simon Rattle has extended his contract at the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) until 2023, after which he will become chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich.

Rattle said his reasons for accepting the Munich job were “entirely personal, enabling me to better manage the balance of my work and be close enough to home to be present for my children in a meaningful way”.

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Mon, 11 Jan 2021 06:49:34 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Europe Music London Germany UK News World news Culture Munich Classical Music Opera London Symphony Orchestra Simon Rattle Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra MunichSir Simon Rattle London Symphony Orchestra LSO Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich Rattle
Look further afield for good television | Brief letters https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/jan/04/look-further-afield-for-good-television Best TV shows | The European Economic Area | ‘Bigly’ | Classical music | Renaming the Severn Bridge

While I thoroughly enjoy your annual lists of the best TV shows (The 50 best TV shows of 2020, 22 December), I cannot help noticing that non-English speaking programmes are never included. In recent years some of the most gripping and enjoyable shows have come from Germany (Babylon Berlin and Dark, for example), Scandinavia and other European countries. Perhaps, now that we are adrift politically, it is the time to embrace the wonders of European television.
Christina Neal
Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear

• However long it takes to rejoin the EU (Could Britain rejoin the EU? It seems like a hopelessly lost cause – but so did leaving, 1 January), the first aim should be to join the European Economic Area. That would at least restore some of the freedoms which Boris Johnson’s government has deprived us of.
Alan Pavelin
Chislehurst, Kent

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Celebrated musician finds new 'best friend' to replace smashed piano https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/jan/04/celebrated-musician-speaks-of-finding-new-best-friend-to-replace-smashed-piano A grim year took on a new tune for pianist Angela Hewitt after she acquired a new bespoke grand

One of the world’s most celebrated pianists has described for the first time how she got over losing a piano she described as her “best friend” by receiving its replacement.

Angela Hewitt played for the first time using the new piano at a concert in Leipzig, streamed live on ARTE Concert, after becoming the first female recipient of the Bach medal in November, an honour awarded in recognition of efforts to promote the composer’s work.

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Wonder breaks the silence: pop, rock and classical music for 2021 https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/dec/28/pop-rock-classical-music-2021 Cardi B pushes into Beyoncé’s turf and Sleaford Mods tot up the cost of Covid, while UK orchestras head back to the concert hall – our critics look ahead to big music moments

The title of Sleaford Mods’ sixth album is apparently an oblique reference to the fatalities in the first wave of coronavirus: “Human lives are always expendable to the elites,” in the words of vocalist Jason Williamson, “we’re in a constant state of being spare ribs.” The presence of a track called Shortcummings suggest events of the last 12 months figure heavily, although lead single Mork n Mindy offered a grim look back at 80s childhood.
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Holocaust survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: 'No memorial can come anywhere near what happened' https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/dec/27/holocaust-survivor-anita-lasker-wallfisch-uk-holocaust-memorial-learning-centre The cellist believes that plans for a UK Holocaust memorial are ‘counter-productive’. What matters most, she argues, is education

Have you, I ask the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, ever seen a memorial to the Holocaust – or to any atrocity – that was effective?

“It’s difficult to say how effective it is on the person who looks at it,” she says. “I mean I was in it, after all, I’m a survivor of it. Nothing really can come anywhere near what actually happened, you know.”

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Can a trippy VR film bring classical music to a new generation? https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/dec/22/symphony-gustavo-dudamel-madrid-virtual-reality Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel opens virtual reality film Symphony in Madrid

The two huge white trailers that sit between the Royal Palace and the Royal theatre in central Madrid form an unlikely pair of portals to a universe of boundless visual and aural possibility.

But step out of the December drizzle and in through their doors and you will find yourself crawling inside a violin, sitting in an orchestra before one of the most famous conductors in the world and bathed in a stream of lysergic images, all to the strains of Beethoven, Mahler and Leonard Bernstein.

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Good Riddance 2020: the ultimate new year's eve songs, as voted by you https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/dec/21/good-riddance-2020-the-ultimate-new-years-eve-songs-as-voted-by-you We asked you to help us create an epic end of year playlist to see out the bin fire that has been 2020. After nearly 10,000 votes, here it is

We asked you, Guardian readers, to nominate the song you’d want on the ultimate New Year’s Eve playlist: one that represents the year we’ve had, the year we’re hoping for, or just the way we’ll feel (and the words we’ll be screaming) at midnight. Then, 9,534 of you voted on them.

It was all over, though, once the Mountain Goats got involved. Their popular 2011 track This Year was sitting at No 3 until the band discovered it and tweeted about this fact with a shameless plea for votes.

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Good riddance 2020: vote now for the ultimate New Year’s Eve songs to end a very bad year https://www.theguardian.com/music/ng-interactive/2020/dec/14/good-riddance-2020-the-ultimate-new-years-eve-playlist-to-end-a-very-bad-year The year that lasted centuries is finally coming to a close – and we need some music to bid good riddance to the horrors of 2020.

Last week Guardian Australia asked our readers what song they’d add to the ultimate New Year’s Eve playlist: one that represents the year we’ve had, the year we’re hoping for, or just the way we’ll feel (and the words we’ll be screaming) at midnight.

Below are all the songs that were nominated, and now we need you to vote so we can build the perfect soundtrack for your night. Voting closes on Wednesday 15 December – and we’ll launch the playlist of the top 20 songs on Friday

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US composer Harold Budd dies aged 84 https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/dec/08/harold-budd-death-age-84-brian-eno-cocteau-twins Composer of calmly beautiful works who rejected the term ‘ambient’ collaborated with Brian Eno, Cocteau Twins and more

Harold Budd, the left-field American composer whose work straddled minimalism, jazz, dream-pop and more, has died aged 84. His death was confirmed by his close collaborator Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins, who wrote on Facebook that he was “feeling empty, shattered lost and unprepared for this”.

Cocteau Twins wrote on Facebook: “It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Harold Budd. Rest in peace, poet of the piano.”

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GlassDuo adds a theremin to their ethereal glass harp music https://boingboing.net/2020/12/03/glassduo-adds-a-theremin-to-their-ethereal-glass-harp-music.html

This beautiful etude gets a modern update as glass harp masters Anna and Arkadiusz Szafraniec are joined by thereminist Grégoire Blanc.

Szymanowski is one of our favorite Polish composers. Even though he originally wrote his Etude in B-flat minor for piano, we are certain that he would have enjoyed seeing it performed on two such unique instruments: the glass harp and the theremin.

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Chopin's interest in men airbrushed from history, programme claims https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/nov/25/chopins-interest-in-men-airbrushed-from-history-programme-claims Journalist says he has found overt homoeroticism in Polish composer’s letters

Frédéric Chopin’s archivists and biographers have for centuries turned a deliberate blind eye to the composer’s homoerotic letters in order to make the Polish national icon conform to conservative norms, it has been alleged.

Chopin’s Men, a two-hour radio programme that aired on Swiss public broadcaster SRF’s arts channel, argues that the composer’s letters have been at times deliberately mistranslated, rumours of affairs with women exaggerated, and hints at an apparent interest in “cottaging”, or looking for sexual partners in public toilets, simply ignored.

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'A gamechanger for musicians': app offers library of interactive sheet music https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/nov/20/a-gamechanger-for-musicians-app-offers-library-of-interactive-sheet-music Exclusive: German startup Enote working on complex task of digitalising musical notation

Classical musicians will have access to a huge library of interactive sheet music via a groundbreaking app that leading cultural figures say has the potential to revolutionise music-making.

Artificial intelligence experts working with musicologists at a Berlin startup have spent years gathering hundreds of thousands of published scores and creating digital editions of each of them.

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Fri, 20 Nov 2020 08:10:55 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Europe Music Germany Berlin World news Culture Classical Music
'She made music jump into 3D': Wendy Carlos, the reclusive synth genius https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/nov/11/she-made-music-jump-into-3d-wendy-carlos-the-reclusive-synth-genius She went platinum by plugging Bach into 20th-century machines, and was soon working with Stanley Kubrick. But prejudice around her gender transition pushed Wendy Carlos out of sight

This summer, an 80-year-old synthesiser pioneer suddenly appeared online. She had been silent for 11 years, but now something had appeared that she just wouldn’t tolerate. “Please be aware there’s a purported ‘biography’ on me just released,” wrote Wendy Carlos on the homepage of her 16-bit-friendly website, a Siamese cat and a synthesiser behind her portrait. “No one ever interviewed me [for it], nor anyone I know,” she went on. “Aren’t there new, more interesting targets?”

Given that Carlos is arguably the most important living figure in the history of electronic music, it’s remarkable that Amanda Sewell’s Wendy Carlos: A Biography is the first book about her. This is the musician who pushed Robert Moog to perfect his first analogue synthesiser, from which pop, prog, electronica and film music flourished. Her smash-hit 1968 album Switched-On Bach made the Moog internationally famous and became the second classical album ever to go platinum in the US. Then came her extraordinary soundtracks for A Clockwork Orange, The Shining and Tron. She made an ambient album five years before Brian Eno did, and jumped from analogue machines to do leading work in digital synthesis, but worried that her status as one of the first visible transgender artists in the US would overshadow it.

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Bail out our musicians or risk losing them for ever, say classical music stars https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/oct/25/bail-out-our-musicians-or-risk-losing-them-for-ever-say-classical-music-stars Conductor Sir Simon Rattle and violinist Tamsin Little are among those warning that struggling artists will be forced to give up

Leading figures in classical music say many highly-trained orchestral musicians are giving up on music as they face homelessness and hunger this autumn. Speaking to the Observer this weekend, the internationally renowned conductor Sir Simon Rattle warned that an “exodus is happening right now”, while top English soloists the violinist Tamsin Little and the pianist Stephen Hough both spoke of despair and desperation among even successful performers.

“Next month, we will all expect to hear the traditional sound of music as we commemorate Armistice Day,” said Little, an acclaimed virtuoso musician who trained as a child at the Yehudi Menuhin School. “But consider who is playing all this beautiful music for us and where it will come from in the future?”

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LA Philharmonic Association cancels remainder of Walt Disney Concert Hall season because of coronavirus https://www.dailynews.com/2020/10/20/la-philharmonic-association-cancels-remainder-of-walt-disney-concert-hall-season-because-of-coronavirus/ After canceling its summer seasons at the Hollywood Bowl and the Ford Amphitheater earlier this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has scrapped all of the remaining concerts scheduled for the 2020-21 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall through June 9, 2021.

The LA Phil, which programs a variety of concerts and other performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Ford, announced the latest cancelation in a press release Oct. 20.

The LA Phil’s season at the Hollywood Bowl and the Ford are normally scheduled during the summer, usually from June through September, but both were canceled in May due to the pandemic.

The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall runs from September to June and had approximately 90 performances on the calendar for this season before the pandemic took hold.

In July, the LA Phil officially announced the cancellation of its fall 2020 season at the Concert Hall.

The music, however, is continuing on other platforms.

In September the LA Phil  launched the first season of “Sound/Stage,” an online series of short concert films recorded at the Hollywood Bowl.

A second season of the series will kick off in early January while a six-episode television series hosted by Gustavo Dudamel, the organization’s music and artistic director, called “In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl” will begin airing on PBS stations Jan. 15.

“Cultural institutions like ours must be a part of the very fabric of our community, and during this challenging time we must strive to inspire and empower people even more through our music and programming. We must reach across genres through screens, livestreams, and more, and remember that each note we play also carries with it an element of hope for the future and a desire for a better world,” Dudamel said in a statement.

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Mohammad Reza Shajarian embodied the timeless beauty of Persian music https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/oct/09/mohammad-reza-shajarian-iran-persian-music The singer, who has died aged 80, was silenced in his home nation for his outspoken criticism – but his artistry played on in the hearts of Iranians at home and abroad

I vividly remember the first time I met Mohammad Reza Shajarian on a summer afternoon in Berlin in 2011. He was touring Europe, along with his daughter Mojgan and an ensemble of young musicians. For Iranians, this was – along with North America – the only place they could experience their great idol on stage, given that the outspoken maestro of Persian classical music had been banned from performing inside Iran two years earlier.

Related: Iranian singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian dies aged 80

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In dialogue with Mozart: composer's violin brought back to life https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/oct/09/mozart-violion-bring-instrument-back-to-life-christoph-koncz Christoph Koncz has used gut-stringed baroque instrument to record Mozart’s violin concertos

When he first dared ask the keepers of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s violin if he might be allowed to try it out, Christoph Koncz had no idea where the question would lead.

“Astonishingly they left me alone with it in a room in his birth house and closed the door. I played it non-stop for several hours,” the musician said. “It was blissful, an awakening. I’m pretty convinced no one since Mozart has spent so much time on it.”

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