Classical music

  1. Boosey & Hawkes Expands Synch Operations

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Classical and jazz music publisher Boosey & Hawkes has launched a specialist music supervision service to assist film production companies source music and navigate the copyright clearance process. The company, which has offices in London, New ...

  2. Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Win Big At Classical BRITS

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards won the biggie at this year's Classical BRIT Awards, beating platinum-sellers Katherine Jenkins and the Priests to NS&I album of the year with "Spirit Of The Glen." Teenage singing sensation Faryl ...

  3. 15 Million Hits Later, YouTube Symphony Makes Live Debut

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Even before they played their first note together, they were listed as one of the world's most inspiring orchestras. Part publicity stunt by its producers, part vanity trip by its participants, part opportunity to attract a younger crowd to c ...

  4. Domingo Wins Inaugural Birgit Nilsson Prize

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spanish tenor Placido Domingo on Friday won the first $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize for his "unrivaled" contributions to the world of opera, the award foundation said. The Swedish soprano picked Domingo as the winner of the inaugural a ...

  5. OONY Cancels Remaining Performances This Season

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Opera Orchestra of New York has canceled its two remaining performances this season because of the recession. The company, which usually presents three or four concert performances each season at Carnegie Hall, scrapped plans to perform Wagner ...

  6. Prerecorded Music At Inauguration Causes Flap

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, here we go again. The revelation that millions of people who saw the inauguration of President Barack Obama were actually listening to recorded music instead of the actual performance of the Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman ...

  7. Live Or Memorex? Some Music For Inauguration Taped

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The classical music played for millions of people watching President Barack Obama's inauguration was not the live performance it appeared to be. Unless you were one of the fortunate few sitting within earshot of the celebrated performers, wha ...

  8. Bergonzi Honored At MIDEM Classical Awards

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi, who has performed alongside artists including Maria Callas during his career, was honored with the lifetime achievement award at the MIDEM Classical Awards in Cannes. He received a standing ovation during the presenta ...

  9. Spoleto Festival USA Unveils Modest 2009 Schedule

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Tributes to longtime chamber music director Charles Wadsworth, a return visit by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and an operetta inspired by movie actor Peter Lorre highlight a more modest 2009 season of the Spoleto Festival USA. The 33rd s ...

  10. YouTube, Carnegie Hall Start Cyber Symphony

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST There's a new way to get to Carnegie Hall - YouTube, YouTube, YouTube. Borrowing from "American Idol," the online video site announced plans Monday for a YouTube Symphony Orchestra, featuring a collaboration of wannabe musicians wit ...

  11. New Boards For APRA, AMCOS

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Composer Nigel Westlake and J. Albert & Son CEO Tim Prescott have been elected to the respective boards of the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and sister society the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners' Society (AMCO ...

  12. Leading Conductor Richard Hickox Dies

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Richard Hickox, one of the world's leading conductors, has died from a suspected heart attack, age 60. He died on Sunday, Nov. 23, after a recording session in Wales. He had been due to conduct the new English National Opera production of Ral ...

  13. Boosey & Hawkes Secures Indie Synch Deal

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST London-based music publisher Boosey & Hawkes has built on its contemporary music roster by signing on to represent global synch rights for two leading U.K. independent record labels, One Little Indian Records and Fat Cat Records. The deal cove ...

  14. Virgin Classics Marks Two Decades With Gala Concert

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paris-based classical label Virgin Classics is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with a unique French concert this weekend in Nice. The star-studded birthday party takes place on Nov. 1 as part of the C'est pas Classique Festival in Nice. ...

  15. ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards Set For Next Month

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A radio show, WRTI (Philadelphia); a book, "The End of Early Music: A period Performer's History Of Music For the Twenty-First Century;" and a deceased television star, Fred Rogers of "Mister Rogers Neighborhood;" are amon ...

  16. Vanessa Mae Presents TV Classical Countdown

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singapore-born British virtuoso violinist Vanessa Mae has joined up with digital satellite TV channel Sky Arts 2 to present a season about the U.K.'s most loved classical music. "Vanessa Mae's Classical Top Ten" will feature th ...

  17. EMI Classics Renews Berliner Philharmoniker Deal

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Classics has extended its recording deal with the Berliner Philharmoniker. EMI has signed a new five-year contract with the orchestra, in addition to its relationshio with music director Sir Simon Rattle. One of the first releases under the de ...

  18. BBC Proms Wrap With Albert Hall Party

    September 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BBC's annual "Proms" series of classical concerts has concluded its 114th edition with the traditional "Last Night of the Proms" party at London's Royal Albert Hall. Organizers say this has been the biggest Proms ...

  19. Koch Distr. Expands Classical Roster

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Koch Distribution has announced today they have struck deals with two classical labels. Koch will distribute Russian label Melodiya via its distribution agreement with Canadian classical label Analekta; the label has not been available in the US f ...

  20. ECHO Klassik 2008 Winners Revealed

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Violinists Nigel Kennedy and David Garrett, together with soprano Cecilia Bartoli and tenor Jose Carreras, are among the winners of the 2008 edition of the ECHO Klassik awards. The classical music gala will be held at the Philharmonie im Gasteig i ...

  21. Legendary Italian Publisher Ricordi Leaves The Building

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A long chapter in Italian musical history has drawn to a close with the news that the famous Ricordi publishing company has left its offices in Via Berchet, in the heart of Milan, after 200 years. The publishing company was part of BMG Ricordi Pub ...

  22. Royal Opera House Strikes In't Big Screen Deal

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT London's Royal Opera House (ROH) has signed a deal with U.K.-based digital-cinema distributor Arts Alliance Media (AAM) and Canada's DigiScreen Corp to offer live and pre-recorded opera in cinemas across Europe for the first time. AAM wi ...

  23. Digital Classics DVD Migrates Online

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT DCD Media-owned Digital Classics DVD is to make classical music and arts programs available online. The Digital Classics download service launched March 14 at www.digitalclassics.co.uk with more than 150 titles, featuring arias sung by some of the ...

  24. Mayuko Kamio Signs To Sony BMG

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Japanese violinist Mayuko Kamio has signed a record deal with Sony BMG Masterworks and her first release is slated for the fall according to online classical Web site Gramophone. Her first album is expected to feature works by Tchaikovsky, Stravin ...

  25. Hallé Hails New Guest Conductor Stenz

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Hallé has appointed a new principal guest conductor and new assistant conductor. As the Manchester orchestra celebrates its 150th birthday, Markus Stenz, music director of the city of Cologne, joins as second principal guest conductor and Poli ...

  26. Classical Honors Handed Out At Midem Gala

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Illustrious German mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig was on hand to receive the lifetime achievement honor Wednesday night at the fourth Midem Classical Awards, the final event on the international trade fair's 2008 program. Ludwig, who received a ...

  27. Choosey Boosey Seeks Buyer

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST British music publisher Boosey and Hawkes says it is in "unofficial talks" with a number of companies interested in buying the veteran firm. The classical music specialist says its share of collected royalies (Net Publisher Share) rose t ...

  28. eMusic Bolsters Classical, Jazz Roster

    January 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital entertainment retailer eMusic has bolstered its classical/jazz roster with a number of label signings including UK-based Chandos Records, Telarc and Harmonia Mundi. Chandos Records is home to British conductor Richard Hickox; Telarc boasts ...

  29. German Composer Stockhausen Dies

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Karlheinz Stockhausen, whose electronic works made him one of Germany's most important postwar composers, has died, German state broadcaster ZDF reported Friday. He was 79. Stockhausen, who gained fame with avant-garde compositions in the 196 ...

  30. Ukranian Kirill Takes Up BSO baton

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has named Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits as its new principal conductor for the 2009 season. The 30-year-old Karabits has a tough act to follow, succeeding Marin Alsop, who was with the orc ...

  31. MIDEM To Honor Ludwig

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST German mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig will be the guest of honor at MIDEM Classique and Jazz 2008, held in Cannes Jan. 27-31. Ludwig will celebrate her 80th birthday as honorary patron of the 42nd MIDEM, where she will appear alongside French philos ...

  32. Nézet-Séguin Joins LPO

    November 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST The London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) has named Yannick Nézet-Séguin as its new principal guest conductor. The 32-year-old French-Canadian will take up the baton at the start of the 2008/2009 season for an initial three-year contract. He replace ...

  33. Lauridsen Receives National Medal of Arts

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST President Bush has awarded classical composer Morten Lauridsen with the National Medal of Arts. His music is published by peermusic. Lauridsen's music occupies a permanent place in the standard vocal repertoire of the 20th Century. His seven ...

  34. South Korea's Sumi Jo Signs With UMG

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT South Korean coloratura soprano Sumi Jo has signed an exclusive recording contract with Universal Music Group. The deal is for five new albums, with the first scheduled for release in mid-2008 on Deutsche Grammophon. Originally signed to Universal ...

  35. Opera Legend Luciano Pavarotti Dies At 71

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti, beloved by millions of fans who heard him in venues ranging from the Metropolitan Opera to Dodger Stadium, died in the early hours of this morning (Sept. 6) at his home in Modena, Italy, after a year-plus battle ...

  36. Tenor Jerry Hadley Dead At Age 55

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Opera singer Jerry Hadley died Wednesday, just over a week after he was severely injured in an apparent suicide attempt, a family spokeswoman said. The 55-year-old tenor died at 11:20 a.m., two days after doctors at St. Francis Hospital in Poughke ...

  37. NY Philharmonic Names New Music Director

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The New York Philharmonic has chosen a native son - 40-year-old Alan Gilbert - to become its music director. He will lead an ensemble that includes his mother. Gilbert becomes the first native New Yorker in the position, ending years of speculatio ...

  38. Hockman Joins Boosey & Hawkes Board

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT David Hockman, former chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Music, has joined classical music publisher Boosey & Hawkes as a non-executive director. Boosey & Hawkes owns rights in major 20th Century composers such as Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofief ...

  39. McCartney Grabs Classical Brit Award

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney was one of the big winners last night at the Classical Brit Awards in London, where he took home the best album award. McCartney's classical project "Ecce Cor Meum" (EMI Classics) beat out a strong list of classical s ...

  40. Bell Awarded Avery Fisher Prize

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Grammy Award winning violinist Joshua Bell was presented the 2007 Avery Fisher Prize, awarded for outstanding achievement and excellence in music, April 10 at New York's Lincoln Center. The violin virtuoso received a $75,000 honorarium and hi ...

  41. Teenager Benedetti Is Classical BRITs' Triple Nominee

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Teenage Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti topped the nominations for this year's Classical BRIT Awards, which take place at London's Royal Albert Hall on May 3. Benedetti, 19 years old and signed to Universal Music Group's Deutsch ...

  42. Handley To Be Honored At Classical Brits

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Distinguished conductor Dr Vernon Handley will be feted with the lifetime achievement award at the Classical Brit Awards 2007, to be held May 3 at London's Royal Albert Hall. Over the course of his prolific career, Handley has recorded more t ...

  43. Kissin Signs With EMI Classics

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Famed Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin has joined the EMI Classics roster. His first release for label will be "Schumann Piano Concerto In A minor Op.54," and "Mozart Piano Concerto In C minor K.491 No.24" with the London Symphony ...

  44. Stewart Heads New Year Honours List

    January 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Veteran British singer Rod Stewart was among the music industry stalwarts feted in the Queen's New Year Honours list. Stewart was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the list, published Dec. 30, for services to music. ...

  45. Mozart's Entire Work Now Free On Web

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's year-long 250th birthday party is ending on a high note with the musical scores of his complete works available from Monday (Dec. 11) for the first time free on the Internet. The International Mozart Foundation in Sa ...

  46. French Pianist Fray Signs With Virgin Classics

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Virgin Classics has signed French pianist David Fray to a long-term exclusive recording contract. Fray's first album for the label is slated for an international release in May 2007. The record will be a recital program, consisting of Bach� ...

  47. EMI Classics Crowns Royal To Roster

    October 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT EMI Classics has expanded its roster with London-born unsigned soprano Kate Royal, whose first recording is scheduled for a summer 2007 release. EMI Classics has expanded its roster with London-born unsigned soprano Kate Royal, whose first recordi ...

  48. EMI Classics Crowns Royal To Roster

    October 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT EMI Classics has expanded its roster with London-born unsigned soprano Kate Royal, whose first recording is scheduled for a summer 2007 release. EMI Classics has expanded its roster with London-born unsigned soprano Kate Royal, whose first recordi ...

  49. Sony BMG To Reign At Germany's ECHO Awards

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Ceremony takes place Oct. 22. Sony BMG will walk away with 11 gongs at the 13th ECHO classical music awards ceremony in Germany on Sunday, Oct. 22. The company's Sony Classics will clinch the most awards for a single label at the event, follo ...

  50. Bach Reborn In Brilliant Classics Box Set

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Complete works aims to replicate Mozart success. Less than a year after the spectacular breakthrough in France of the complete Mozart works -- a 170-CD boxed set which sold for €99 ($124) -- Dutch label Brilliant Classics is shooting again with a ...

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