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Unholy row as leading London church axes musicians, 'using Covid as a cover'

St Martin-in-the-Fields jettisons ensembles to focus on in-house provision at a time when freelance performers ‘on their knees’Ten London musical ensembles claim they have been “summarily dismissed” by one of the capital’s most prestigious churches in an “act of callous and unchristian behaviour”.The orchestras and choirs have put on concerts regularly at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square for 30 years, paying a hire fee for the venue and commission on ticket sales. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Music, London, UK News, Work & careers, Culture, Classical Music, Choral music, Trafalgar Square, St Martin, Coronavirus outbreak


Rule, Britannia! row is ‘a laughable irrelevance’ says former Proms director

Sir Nicholas Kenyon, who directed the series for more then a decade, dismisses controversy as ‘kneejerk’ BBC bashing Politicians “meddling in concert programming” over the Last Night of the Proms are a “laughable irrelevance”, according to a former director of the BBC concert series.Sir Nicholas Kenyon, writing in the Observer, described the “synthetic row” that has erupted over how Land of Hope and Glory and Rule, Britannia! will be performed without an audience. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Politics, Bbc, Culture, Classical Music, Boris Johnson, Proms, Nicholas Kenyon, Proms 2020


How to Listen to 10 of Bach's Pieces Played on Original Baroque Instruments

Fans of classical music may have a go-to composer, time period, or genre, and with so much falling under the “classical music” umbrella it’s a great feeling to find a particular piece or style that resonates with you. If you’re into any of the big-name classical composers of the past (Handel, Mozart, Vivaldi,…Read more...
Tags: Music, Classical Music, Lifehacks, Instruments, Bach, Handel Mozart Vivaldi


Lang Lang, Piano Thunderer, Greets Bach’s Austere ‘Goldbergs’

For 20 years, the superstar pianist resisted playing this towering work in public. Now he’s releasing not one recording of it, but two.
Tags: News, Classical Music, Bach, Lang Lang, Deutsche Grammophon, Johann Sebastian, Goldberg Variations (Musical Work, Lang Lang Piano


7 Things to Do This Weekend

How can you get your cultural fix when many arts institutions remain closed? Our writers offer suggestions for what to listen to, read and watch.
Tags: Music, News, Dancing, Classical Music, Jazz, Evans, Theater, Opera, Richard, Steve, Michael, Miller, Mitski, Wagner, Roberts, Danny


A mushroom-related brush with mortality: how John Cage fell for fungi

Despite one foraging trip landing him in hospital, the avant garde composer held a lifelong passion for mycology, using his expertise to supply New York restaurants – and surprise Italian quiz show audiencesIn February 1959, while on a visit to fellow composer Luciano Berio in Milan, John Cage appeared five times on a popular Italian television quiz show called Lascia o Raddoppia? (Double or Nothing). Cage performed several new sound pieces at the beginning of each programme, much to the bemusem...
Tags: Books, Photography, Music, New York, Science, Milan, Biology, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Classical Music, Fungi, Cage, Foraging, Atkinson, John Cage


Is Bach Better on Harp?

Parker Ramsay thinks so. He has arranged the “Goldberg” Variations, a keyboard classic, for the modern pedal harp.
Tags: News, Classical Music, Cambridge, Harp, Parker, Bach, Ramsay, Johann Sebastian, Goldberg Variations (Musical Work, King's College, Harp (Musical Instrument, Parker Ramsay


9 Things to Do This Weekend

How can you get your cultural fix when many arts institutions remain closed? Our writers offer suggestions for what to listen to and watch.
Tags: Art, Music, News, Planes, Dancing, Museums, Bridges, Culture clash, Festivals, Classical Music, Theater, Opera, Ny, Steve, Robin, Metropolitan Museum Of Art


He Wasn’t Toscanini, but He Made Orchestras Sing

New box sets continue the debate over John Barbirolli, the New York Philharmonic’s music director from 1937 to ’42.
Tags: News, Classical Music, John, Warner Music Group, New York Philharmonic, Arturo, Toscanini, Halle Orchestra, John Barbirolli, Barbirolli


Classical Music Livestreams Worth Paying For

Performances by Renée Fleming, Daniil Trifonov and Sandbox Percussion are among those that have asked viewers to purchase tickets.
Tags: News, Classical Music, Opera, Mass, Fleming, Renee, Metropolitan Opera, Cerrone, Daniil, Trifonov, Tanglewood Music Festival (Lenox, Caramoor International Music Festival, Christopher (1984-, Renée Fleming Daniil Trifonov


We hear Beethoven’s music as autobiography, but that wasn’t always the case

At a pre-COVID live performance of one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s cello sonatas, I was in the front row and had a great view of the musicians. Beethoven was watching, too, in the form of a scowling bust at the back of the stage. And the two just didn’t match. The music was playful and jesting, but Beethoven looked deeply unhappy. It struck me at that moment that the assumption of composers expressing themselves in their music was not as straightforward as it is often taken to be.The Beethoven Syn...
Tags: Books, Music, Featured, Classical Music, Beethoven, Mozart, Claude Debussy, Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Berlioz, Arts & Humanities, Haydn Mozart, Hector Berlioz, Elliott Carter, Maria Lupan, 9780190068479


Ethel Smyth, a Composer Long Unheard, Is Recorded Anew

“The Prison” — her last major piece, premiered in 1931 — comes out on disc for the first time.
Tags: News, Classical Music, Sarah, James, Burton, Ethel Smyth, Smyth, Chandos Records, Ethel (1858-1944, Dashon, Experiential Orchestra, The Prison (Musical Work, Blachly, Brailey


Salzburg's summer festival: a triumph over adversity or reckless folly?

Excitement and gratitude as festival in Austrian city goes ahead despite Covid-19At the performances of Richard Strauss’s opera Elektra in Salzburg this week, the scene in the auditorium was almost as alarming as the murderous psychodrama playing out on stage.Even with a specially reduced seating capacity, the visual effect produced by 1,000 masked audience members looking on at the city’s music venue Felsenreitschule was an uneasy one, in a world where distancing has become the norm. Continue r...
Tags: Europe, Music, World news, Culture, Austria, Stage, Festivals, Classical Music, Opera, Salzburg, Richard Strauss, ElektrA, Coronavirus outbreak


Sopranos and swab tests: Salzburg swoons to the sound of live music

Excitement and gratitude as festival in Austrian city goes ahead despite Covid-19At the performances of Richard Strauss’s opera Elektra in Salzburg this week, the scene in the auditorium was almost as alarming as the murderous psychodrama playing out on stage.Even with a specially reduced seating capacity, the visual effect produced by 1,000 masked audience members looking on at the city’s music venue Felsenreitschule was an uneasy one, in a world where distancing has become the norm. Continue r...
Tags: Europe, Music, World news, Culture, Austria, Stage, Festivals, Classical Music, Opera, Salzburg, Richard Strauss, ElektrA, Coronavirus outbreak


7 Things to Do This Weekend

How can you get your cultural fix when many arts institutions remain closed? Our writers offer suggestions for what to listen to and watch.
Tags: Music, News, Dancing, David, Radio, Classical Music, Jazz, Angel, Theater, William, Shakespeare, Arnold, Brooks, Public Theater, Byrne, Public Broadcasting Service


Classical Music Attracts Older Audiences. Good.

Especially during a pandemic, the graying of audiences has been seen as a sign of precariousness. But maybe these older listeners are a lifeline.
Tags: News, Classical Music, Elderly, Opera, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


‘The Lost Pianos of Siberia,’ and the Lost Individuals Who Played Them

Sophy Roberts goes on a quest for a rare instrument, and discovers a vast, uncharted history along the way.
Tags: News, Russia, Classical Music, Siberia, Roberts, Pianos, Books and Literature, Sophy, The Lost Pianos of Siberia (Book, Sophy Roberts


It’s (Almost) Business as Usual at the Salzburg Festival

A bustling event for a wealthy and elegant audience is underway in Austria, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Tags: News, Austria, Classical Music, Salzburg Festival, Vienna Philharmonic, Franz, Helga, Loy, Grigorian, Warlikowski, Christof, Salzburg (Austria, Dreisig, Krzysztof, Welser-Most, Asmik


5 Minutes That Will Make You Love 21st-Century Composers

We asked Ivo van Hove, Justin Peck, Du Yun and others to pick the music that moves them. Listen to their choices.
Tags: Music, News, Classical Music, Ivo van Hove Justin Peck Du Yun


Leon Fleisher, US pianist who lost use of his right hand, dies aged 92

Acclaimed musician known for interpretations of Brahms and Beethoven was forced to play left-handed for years, before successful treatment in 1990sLeon Fleisher, whose career as an acclaimed US concert pianist continued despite losing the use of his right hand, has died aged 92. His son Julian said he died of cancer, at a hospice in Baltimore on Sunday.Born to eastern European Jewish immigrants in San Francisco in 1928, Fleisher was a child prodigy who, aged four, would repeat the piano phrases ...
Tags: Music, US, San Francisco, US news, Culture, Classical Music, Beethoven, Baltimore, Carnegie Hall, Brahms, Julian, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Fleisher, Artur Schnabel, Leon Fleisher


Opera Goes On in Salzburg, With Lots and Lots of Testing

The Salzburg Festival is unfolding its abbreviated centennial season with an elaborate coronavirus protection plan.
Tags: News, Classical Music, Opera, Salzburg, Salzburg Festival, Daniel, Marianne, Vienna Philharmonic, Helga, Loy, Cosi Fan Tutte (Opera, Christof, Dreisig, Froschauer, Crebassa, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Barenboim and Elgar: A Musical Love Story Continues

A fifth album in Daniel Barenboim’s Elgar cycle with the Staatskapelle Berlin comes out on Friday.
Tags: News, Classical Music, Daniel Barenboim, Daniel, Barenboim, Elgar, Berlin State Opera, Staatskapelle Berlin, Edward William


8 Things to Do This Weekend

How can you get your cultural fix when many arts institutions remain closed? Our writers offer suggestions for what to listen to, read and watch.
Tags: Art, Music, News, Dancing, Museums, Palmer, Classical Music, Jazz, Theater, Folk Music, Opera, William, Shakespeare, Maggie, Ny, Alice


Sheffield cathedral to disband choir to take account of diversity

Dean says music must have ‘wider reach’ to reflect changing cityIn a break with centuries of tradition, Sheffield cathedral is to stand down its 40-strong choir in order to make a “completely fresh start” with a new team of choristers that reflects and engages with an increasingly diverse city.A statement published on the cathedral’s website on Wednesday said “significant change” was needed. The cathedral’s governing body, the Chapter, had decided on “a new model for Anglican choral life here, w...
Tags: Music, UK News, Culture, Classical Music, Sheffield, Anglicanism, Choral music, Dean


His Name Is Joseph Boulogne, Not ‘Black Mozart’

An 18th-century polymath has had his brilliant music and life diminished by a demeaning nickname.
Tags: News, Classical Music, Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges


Sing into the funnel please: inside the Covid-19 lab hoping to declare singing safe

Britain’s 40,000 choirs have all been silenced, brass and woodwind players too. We meet the scientists racing to find out exactly how dangerous blowing instruments and singing areDeclan Costello, an ear, nose and throat surgeon with an interest in voice disorders and a side career as a tenor, is looking back on the year. “Six months ago, if you’d said, ‘You’re not going to be doing any clinical work or singing, and your mates who are professional singers are going to be driving Tesco vans instea...
Tags: Music, Science, Tesco, UK News, Medical Research, Culture, Britain, Classical Music, Opera, Choral music, Coronavirus outbreak


11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

Colin Powell. Lessons from a New Jersey city. Koalas with chlamydia. Changes in the publishing world. And more.
Tags: News, New Jersey, Classical Music, National Football League, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Powell, Colin Powell, Living Wills and Health Care Proxies, Police Reform, Race and Ethnicity, Colin L, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Black Artists on How to Change Classical Music

Nine performers describe the steps they recommend to begin transforming a white-dominated field.
Tags: News, Classical Music, Black People, Opera, Mcgill, Anthony, Montgomery, Leon, Cox, Lawrence, Blanchard, Ellis, Wilkins, Roderick, Terence, Tania


To Make Orchestras More Diverse, End Blind Auditions

If ensembles are to reflect the communities they serve, the audition process should take into account race, gender and other factors.
Tags: News, Classical Music, Black People, Mcgill, Anthony, New York Philharmonic, Dworkin, Race and Ethnicity, Afa S


Violin Vigils Honor the Memory of Elijah McClain

Mr. McClain, who played the violin, died while being detained by the police in Colorado last summer.
Tags: Music, News, Colorado, Classical Music, Black People, Police Brutality, Demonstrations, Black Lives Matter Movement, McClain, Protests and Riots, Misconduct and Shootings, George Floyd Protests (2020, Elijah McClain, Elijah (d 2019