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Germany’s Hipster NSA Snooping Solution—Typewriters, Classical Music, Walks in the Park

Germany’s Hipster NSA Snooping Solution—Typewriters, Classical Music, Walks in the Park | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
The Germans’ list of grievances with its old pal the U.S. over the NSA’s insatiable informational appetite has threatened to relegate the two countries’ relationship to frenemy status.
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The newest use for classical music: to discourage spying. Note: Grieg, not Beethoven.

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Yo-Yo Ma: Bach, Big Bird and me

Yo-Yo Ma: Bach, Big Bird and me | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
He has played for eight presidents – and Big Bird from Sesame Street. But Yo-Yo Ma is now facing his biggest challenge yet.
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After Her Last Isolde, Waltraud Meier Looks Back

After Her Last Isolde, Waltraud Meier Looks Back | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Ms. Meier gave her farewell performance in the role in Peter Konwitschny’s Munich production of “Tristan und Isolde” in mid-July.

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Facing the music: Susanna Mälkki

Facing the music: Susanna Mälkki | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
From Ligeti to Björk and Mozart - the Finnish conductor reveals her musical inspirations
How do you mostly listen to music?
Most often in concerts and performances, in fact. Sometimes from the computer (sound files for work), but very little at home.
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This is what the oldest playable harpsichord sounds like

This is what the oldest playable harpsichord sounds like | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
This is what the oldest playable harpsichord sounds like
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Alan Curtis (1934-2015) | Classical-Music.com

Alan Curtis (1934-2015) | Classical-Music.com | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Alan Curtis, the harpsichordist who helped revive Baroque music in Italy, has died at his home in Florence. He made a great impact on his generation as a harpsichordist, musicologist and conductor of Baroque opera. Curtis was born in Mason, Michigan and received his PhD from the University of Illinois.

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Bard reviving Ethel Smyth's forgotten opera

Bard reviving Ethel Smyth's forgotten opera | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — Every summer, a small college campus 100 miles north of New York City is transformed into a unique kind of archaeological site.

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Classical Music magazine - Chineke! Foundation to launch Europe’s first professional all-black orchestra | Classical Music

Classical Music magazine - Chineke! Foundation to launch Europe’s first professional all-black orchestra | Classical Music | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
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Janina Fialkowska review – a pianist willing to take risks

Janina Fialkowska review – a pianist willing to take risks | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Wigmore Hall, London The Canadian pianist showed bravura and tenderness in a demanding programme that stretched from Grieg to Schumann via Liszt and Ravel Janina Fialkowska is one of several pianists to have released recordings of Grieg’s Lyric...
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Do great singers ever really die?

Do great singers ever really die? | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

There are few singers who are so closely associated with a role. Maybe Nilsson as Brunhilde, Callas as Tosca, or Caruso as Canio. Vickers is in that conversation as Peter Grimes.


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Classical Music magazine - Steve Reich’s Clapping Music app launched | Classical Music

Classical Music magazine - Steve Reich’s Clapping Music app launched | Classical Music | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

A new smartphone app –  available to download free on iTunes from today –  challenges users to learn and play an iconic piece of minimalist music while contributing to academic research.


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Jon Vickers, Opera Star Known for His Raw Power and Intensity, Dies at 88

Jon Vickers, Opera Star Known for His Raw Power and Intensity, Dies at 88 | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Mr. Vickers brought a colossal voice to legendary portrayals of Wagner’s Tristan, Verdi’s Otello, Beethoven’s Florestan and Britten’s Peter Grimes.

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Music as stress reliever? Fine, but I like music that makes me stressed!

Music as stress reliever? Fine, but I like music that makes me stressed! | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

New research from the Royal College of Music definitively proves that performing and listening to music relieves stress, but experiencing stress and intensity is a vital part of much classical music.


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Scottish Opera musicians look ahead with McOpera

Scottish Opera musicians look ahead with McOpera | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

Hot on the heels of its recent success in presenting the long-overdue posthumous premiere of Erik Chisholm’s one-act opera Simoon at last month’s Cottier Chamber Project series in Glasgow, Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland (or McOpera, as it has become more familiarly known) has just finalised plans for a new opera initiative that will kick off its new season of projects in September.


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What would Beethoven have thought of Leif Ove Andsnes's take on his piano concertos?

What would Beethoven have thought of Leif Ove Andsnes's take on his piano concertos? | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Andsnes and the MCO’s fresh and sensitive performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos have been an early Proms highlight. But is there such a thing as ‘authentic’ Beethoven?
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Ralph Vaughan Williams's lost masterpiece

Ralph Vaughan Williams's lost masterpiece | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Ninety years after it was written, the English composer's Sancta Civitas is getting its Proms debut. About time too, says Simon Heffer

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Prom 4: CBSO/Nelsons review – a blazingly memorable farewell

Prom 4: CBSO/Nelsons review – a blazingly memorable farewell | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
In his final concert with the CBSO, Andris Nelsons conducted a meticulous but celebratory performance of Beethoven’s Ninth that made it sound utterly fresh
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How to memorise a symphony

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A musician’s ability to remember vast quantities of notes is one of the great wonders of the human mind.

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Giuseppe Verdi letters bought by retirement home he founded

Giuseppe Verdi letters bought by retirement home he founded | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

Facility he created for retired musicians snaps up missives for knock-down price after authorities rule buyer must live in Italy.


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John Berry to Step Down as Artistic Director of English National Opera

John Berry to Step Down as Artistic Director of English National Opera | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Mr. Berry will leave after 20 years at the organization, which is one of London’s two major opera companies but has faced large-scale internal struggles recently.
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On Record: James Inverne Remembers Jon Vickers (1926-2015)

On Record: James Inverne Remembers Jon Vickers (1926-2015) | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
"Opera," said the Canadian tenor Jon Vickers once in an interview, "is not entertainment." For entertainment, he explained, he would far rather watch My Fair Lady. Opera had to go deeper. It was deeper, or it was nothing.
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Kaufmann concert fracas goes to the Old Bailey

Kaufmann concert fracas goes to the Old Bailey | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
A row at the Wigmore Hall, of all places, has ended up going to court at the Old Bailey, the Telegraph reports.
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Ennio Morricone to Score Upcoming Quentin Tarantino Movie 'The Hateful Eight'

Ennio Morricone to Score Upcoming Quentin Tarantino Movie 'The Hateful Eight' | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
Mr. Morricone, along with director Sergio Leone, helped pioneer the Spaghetti Western genre, having produced such films as; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and My Name is Nobody.

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Facing the music: Lars Vogt - The Guardian

Facing the music: Lars Vogt - The Guardian | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
He loves Bach’s St John Passion, loathes Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies and has a soft spot for Abba – the pianist who performs on the opening night of this year’s Proms tells us about his musical passions...

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▶ Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - BBC Proms 2013 (Stephen Hough : Piano ) - YouTube

Sakari Oramo: Conductors - The BBC Symphony Orchestra Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - BBC Proms 2013 (Stephen Hough : Piano ) Sakari Oramo: co...
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Can Italy's opera houses be saved by crowd-funding? - Telegraph.co.uk

Can Italy's opera houses be saved by crowd-funding? - Telegraph.co.uk | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it
The country that invented opera has more than 800 theatres lying unused and neglected - now a group of singers is leading the charge to save them

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