Classical music

  1. Alain Lanceron Named President, Warner Classics and Erato; Senior Team Confirmed

    April 07, 2014 7:10 PM EDT Warner Music Group has announced Alain Lanceron will lead its Classics division as president. The label also named a full senior team supporting him.  In his newly-created role of President, Warner Classics and Erato, Lanceron will head Warner Mus ...

  2. Van Cliburn, American Classical Pianist, Dies

    February 27, 2013 12:50 PM EST By Angela K. Brown, Associated Press Van Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock ...

  3. A Second Life For Classical

    October 15, 2012 7:51 AM EDT A new, young audience finds inspiration in the multifaceted world of classical music. By the time of the final act of "Dog Days," a post-apocalyptic new opera composed by former rock drummer David T. Little, there is minimal food and n ...

  4. Under The Covers With Unconventional Stars

    October 11, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Muse moves in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with its highest-charting album, "The 2nd Law", selling 102,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. However, it's not enough to bump Mumford & Sons' "Ba ...

  5. Benjamin Grosvenor, UK Pianist, Becomes Youngest To Win Double Gramophone Awards

    September 28, 2012 9:26 AM EDT British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has become the youngest artist to achieve double-award win at the Gramophone Awards. The 20-year-old (who was also the youngest soloist to open the BBC Proms and the youngest pianist ever to be signed by Decca) w ...

  6. Nicola Benedetti, Classical Violinist, Hits The UK Album Charts (Ahead of Justin Bieber)

    September 14, 2012 12:31 PM EDT Classical violinist Nicola Benedetti topped Justin Bieber on this week's UK album charts (screen shot) "Chasing vacuous fame as if it's something in itself just isn't remotely fulfilling. This obsession must be fought against.& ...

  7. German ECHO Classical Award Winners Announced, To Be Honored October 14

    July 10, 2012 11:03 AM EDT International stars of the world-wide classical music stage are among the 60 winners in 21 categories of the German ECHO Classic awards that will be awarded on October 14 in the Konzerthaus in Berlin. The German TV station ZDF will broadcast the a ...

  8. Pavarotti Manager Herbert Breslin Dead At 87

    May 17, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Herbert Breslin, the hard-driving manager who helped propel Luciano Pavarotti to international fame during the 36 years they worked together, has died, his wife said Thursday. He was 87. Breslin collapsed at his hotel in Nice, France, on Wednesday ...

  9. Backbeat: Eric Whitacre Premieres 'Virtual Choir' For Decca Execs at Lincoln Center

    April 09, 2012 7:30 AM EDT (L-R): Paul Foley (GM, Decca Label Group), Eric Whitacre, Claire Long (Music Productions/Whitacre's Manager), Joseph Oerke (VP, Deutsch Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S.), Steven Singer (VP, Decca Label Group). Choral music rock star Eric ...

  10. La Scala Projects Tough Finances in 2012

    January 25, 2012 7:00 AM EST MILAN (AP) - La Scala general manager Stephane Lissner's first goal when he arrived at the renowned opera house in 2005 was to balance the budget, which he did that year and every year since. This year could be different, he warned Tuesday. L ...

  11. Alan Willaert Appointed Executive Director of Canadian Federation of Musicians

    December 29, 2011 10:30 AM EST Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) has appointed a new executive director, Alan Willaert, who will be responsible for direct copyright right compliance matters, lobbying efforts and collective bargaining. He will also oversee governance matter ...

  12. The Rise Of Classical Indie Labels

    December 21, 2011 12:30 PM EST With EMI in meltdown and money hardly pouring forth from the major labels into niche classical projects, it's no surprise that the U.K. classical world is taking matters into its own hands. The 2011 BPI figures show that existing classical in ...

  13. The Waltz King: With 30 Million Discs Sold, It Doesn't Matter What Critics Think About Andre Rieu

    November 01, 2011 2:45 PM EDT No Respect: Andre Rieu, "The Waltz King," who has sold more than 30 million CDs and DVDs worldwide, is preparing to return to American shores with a new album and tour. The man known as "the Waltz King" has sold more than 30 mi ...

  14. UK's Manchester Halle Orchestra Battles Royal Liverpool Philharmonic For 'Oldest' Title

    October 21, 2011 12:35 PM EDT The classical music industry is often trying to prove it's not stuck in the past but this week two British orchestras have been dusting off their walkers in a bid to retain the title of oldest orchestra. The Hallé Orchestra has been forced to ...

  15. Gustavo Dudamel, Pavel Haas Quartet, Dame Janet Barker Among 2011 Gramophone Winners

    October 07, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Dame Janet Baker with Sir David Attenborough at the Gramophone Awards. Sir John Eliot Gardiner received the Special Achievement Award & Dame Janet Baker the Lifetime Achievement Award. (Photo: Peter Crane) Dame Jane ...

  16. Zubin Metha Wins Lifetime Achievement Award at Germany's 2011 ECHO Klassik Awards

    October 05, 2011 7:35 AM EDT In a unique moment last Sunday night (Oct 2), conductors Zubin Metha and Daniel Barenboim performed segments of one of Tschaikowsky's polonaises together on stage during the 18th-annual German Classical ECHO awards. 75-year-old Mehta, who was ...

  17. Placido Domingo Signs With Sony Classical

    September 22, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo has signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical, the label has announced. Domingo, one of the most influential singing actors in opera, recorded music for CBS (which was purchased by Sony in the late 19 ...

  18. Gramophone Award Nominees Announced: Andris Nelsons, Alison Balsom, Mitsuko Uchida & More

    September 15, 2011 6:50 AM EDT Nominations have been announced for the annual Gramophone Awards. Known as the "Oscars of the classical music world," the Gramophone Awards will take place on Oct. 6 at London's Dorchester Hotel and honor the best international reco ...

  19. Come Together: Musical Events Scheduled to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9/11

    September 08, 2011 5:30 PM EDT NEW YORK: Remember to Love Trinity Church Sept. 9, first performance at 11 a.m., last performance at 8:30 p.m. Performances by Bach Choir of Bethlehem (Pennsylvania), the Washington (D.C.) Chorus, New York City Master Chorale, Copley Singers (Bost ...

  20. Alison Balsom, Il Divo, Vilde Frang Win 2011 Classic BRIT Awards

    May 13, 2011 11:40 AM EDT Alison Balsom with her 2011 Female Artists of the Year Classic Brit Award. British trumpeter Alison Balsom bagged her third Classic BRIT award last night (May 12) and her second as Female Artist of the Year securing her place as one of the UK' ...

  21. Philadelphia Orchestra to Declare Bankruptcy

    April 18, 2011 6:45 AM EDT The world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, long considered one of the best in the nation, will be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection - an apparent first in recent history for a major U.S. orchestra. Board chairman Richard Worley said memb ...

  22. James Levine to Step Down as Boston Symphony Director

    March 03, 2011 7:41 AM EST Injury-plagued conductor James Levine will step down as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in September after seven seasons, the symphony said on Wednesday. Mark Volpe, the Boston Symphony's managing director, said talks are unde ...

  23. Decca Classics: Is Launching a Classical Label in 2011 Bold or Foolhardy?

    February 25, 2011 10:15 AM EST Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim in Seville, Spain in 2009 (Photo: Manuel Vaca) It might seem foolhardy to launch a core classical label in the middle of a worldwide record sales slump, but then Decca is noted for its innovations. The distin ...

  24. 'Amadeus' Composer John Strauss Dies

    February 17, 2011 6:05 PM EST John Strauss, a composer and sound editor whose work includes theme songs from early TV shows and the film and soundtrack for Oscar best picture winner "Amadeus," has died. He was 90. Strauss passed away Monday night at a nursing home in ...

  25. Classical Label Decca Relaunches As Decca Classics, Eyes Future Stars

    February 07, 2011 3:38 PM EST The classical music label Decca on Monday celebrated its relaunch as Decca Classics, promising to seek out new stars and ensure that the genre remains relevant to younger listeners. Part of the Universal Music Group, Decca Classics is already home ...

  26. Milton Babbitt, Synthesizer Innovator & Composer, R.I.P.

    January 31, 2011 5:54 AM EST Composer Milton Babbitt, who was known for his complex orchestral compositions and credited with developing the first electronic synthesizer in the 1950s, died Saturday. He was 94. Paul Lansky, a composer and Princeton University colleague who was ...

  27. Polish Classical Composer Gorecki Dies At 76

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Polish composer Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, best known for his Symphony 3 "Sorrowful Songs," has died in his home city of Katowice following a serious illness. He was 76. Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, director of Polish Radio orchestra in Katowice, ...

  28. Barenboim Seeks Classical Music Revival

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, who signed a new recording deal with classical labels Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics this week, said he had found partners who shared his musical vision. Barenboim said he was pleased the two ...

  29. Daniel Barenboim Signs With Universal Labels

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim agreed a wide-ranging recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics . Barenboim is music director of Berlin's Staatsoper and Staatskapelle and maestro scaligero at Milan's Teatro a ...

  30. BACKBEAT: Alex James Of Blur And Eric Whitacre Kick Off Virtual Choir 2011

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Composer/conductor Eric Whitacre launched a global search for singers on Sept. 23 in hopes of breaking a world record by assembling the world’s largest online choir. PHOTOS: KINVER MILES Blur bassist Alex James was the first participant in Virtual ...

  31. Deutsche Grammophon Moving To Berlin

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal's classical label Deutsche Grammophon will move its headquarters from Hamburg to Berlin in summer 2011. The relocation to Berlin - the home of the parent company since 2002 - was announced today (Oct. 14) by Frank Briegmann, preside ...

  32. ECHO Klassik Honor For Kurt Masur

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German conductor Kurt Masur will receive the German ECHO Klassik award 2010 for lifetime achievement. The 83-year-old will accept the price at the ECHO Klassik gala on Oct. 17 at the Philharmonic Theatre in Essen. German TV channel ZDF will br ...

  33. BACKBEAT: Imagem Launches US Offices

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Imagem held its U.S. launch party on September 15 at its New York office, the newest addition to their growing worldwide presence, which includes spots in the Netherlands, U.K., Germany and Belgium. While the office initially housed Rodgers & ...

  34. Latin Recording Acadmey To Honor Tenor Placido Domingo

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tenor Placido Domingo will be honored as the 2010 Latin Recording academy Person of the Year at a tribute dinner and concert on Nov. 10 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas on the eve of the Latin Grammy Awards. Considered one of the ...

  35. ECHO Klassik Winners Unveiled

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The soprano Joyce DiDonato (Virgin Classics/EMI Music) and the tenor Jonas Kaufmann (Decca/Universal Music) will receive the ECHO Klassik Award 2010 of the German Phono Academy as singer of the year in their respective categories. Pianist Lang Lan ...

  36. Classical Conductor Mackerras Dies At 84

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Charles Mackerras, a gifted musician who conducted some of the world's leading orchestras, has died at the age of 84 after suffering from cancer, his agent said on Thursday (July 15). Born in New York state to Australian parents, Mackerras wa ...

  37. Costa Pilavachi Returns To Universal

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Costa Pilavachi, the former head of Decca and EMI Classics, has been appointed senior vice president, classical artists & repertoire, for Universal Music Group International (UMGI). Pilavachi will be based in London and report to Max Hole, exe ...

  38. Classical Music Sales Soar In Germany

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Classical music was the big winner at retail in 2009 according to a statement issued by the German Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI). Double-digit growth was achieved in both volumes and revenues. Numerous releases to mark the births or de ...

  39. Founder of Harmonia Mundi Label Dies

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bernard Coutaz, who founded the respected independent classical record label Harmonia Mundi and ran it for five decades, has died, his company said Monday. He was 87. Coutaz suffered a heart attack Friday outside his home in the southern city of A ...

  40. Finnish Composer Saariaho Wins Sonning Music Prize

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho has won Denmark's highest musical honor, the 600,000 kroner ($110,000) Sonning Music Prize. The award committee says Saariaho is "one of the most outstanding composers of our time." The Leonie Sonning ...

  41. Japan Maestro Ozawa Cancels Concerts Due To Cancer

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Japan's most famous orchestral conductor, Seiji Ozawa, said on Thursday (Jan. 7) he has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer and will cancel all performances for the next six months to concentrate on treatment. One of the first Asian classic ...

  42. Jazzer Jason Yarde Honored At British Composer Awards

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST British jazz saxophonist Jason Yarde won the inaugural Award for Contemporary Jazz Composition at the seventh annual British Composer Awards hosted by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composer and Authors (BASCA) in London last night. Yarde was ...

  43. Australian Composer Richard Meale Dies

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Dr Richard Meale, one of Australia's finest composers and a leading light in the country's classical music scene, passed away on Monday (Nov. 23) in his hometown, Sydney. He was 77. Born in 1932, Meale forged successful careers as a cond ...

  44. British Composer Awards Shortlist Unveiled

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir John Tavener, Jonathan Harvey and Alexander Goehr are among the nominees for the 2009 British Composer Awards, organized by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). There are 13 categories for ...

  45. Placido Domingo Accepts $1 Million Swedish Music Prize

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spanish tenor Placido Domingo received the first ever $1 million Birgit Nilsson award at a formal award ceremony in Stockholm. Domingo, who won the prize for his "unrivaled" contributions to the world of opera, accepted the award on Tues ...

  46. Royal Albert Hall Unveils New Venue

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Royal Albert Hall in London is to re-open its Elgar Room as a new purpose-built performance space on Oct. 14. The room has undergone a £1 million ($1.65 million) refurbishment that includes the installation of a state-of-the-art sound system, ...

  47. British Baritone Farnsworth Wins Wigmore prize

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Singing songs on subjects ranging from death to drink, British baritone Marcus Farnsworth has won the top prize in the sixth biennial Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition. Farnsworth, 25, was selected for the £10,000 ($16,55 ...

  48. Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Conductor Erich Kunzel Dies

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Award-winning Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conductor Erich Kunzel died Tuesday (Sept. 1) after a four-month fight with cancer of the pancreas, liver and colon. He was 74. “Erich Kunzel’s legacy was simply tremendous and one the Cincinnati Pops is dee ...

  49. Naxos Acquires Finland's Ondine Label

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Naxos has acquired the Ondine label from the Moskito Group, a television and commercial films production firm, and will begin distributing the Finnish label in North America on July 1. According to the press release announcing the deal, Ondine wil ...

  50. German Minister Criticizes Govt On Web Piracy

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German state minister of culture Bernd Neumann has levelled harsh criticism at his counterparts in the ministry of justice, because no constructive proposals have been put forward for combating Internet piracy. His remarks against his own governme ...

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