9th November: ‘Classical Hundred’, astronaut plays bagpipes & Calixto Bieito interview

Monday 9th November 2015

Classical News

In today’s news, ‘Classical Hundred’ initiative will make recordings available to primary schools teachers, a US astronaut plays bagpipes on an International Space Station to pay tribute to a colleague who died and Goldberg Variations will be touring from November 13th. Also, an interview with opera director Calixto Bieito about his inspiration behind his new take on Verdi’s ‘The Force of Destiny’

The Telegraph

Schools minister: ‘Expose youngsters to classical music’

The ‘Classical Hundred’ initiative will make high quality recordings available to primary schools teachers, writes Nick Gibb

The Independent

Percussionist explains why a huge mallet takes centre stage in Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 6

Making a ‘Hammerschlag’ (hammer blow) noise is crucial to the final movement of the Austrian composer’s work


Astronaut plays bagpipes on International Space Station

A US astronaut has played a set of Scottish-made bagpipes on the International Space Station to pay tribute to a colleague who died

The Independent

Calixto Bieito interview: Opera director on the inspiration behind his bloody new take on Verdi’s ‘The Force of Destiny’

Bieito has been likened to radical film directors such as Quentin Tarantino or Pedro Almodovar


Goldberg Variations blurs boundaries between classical music and choreography

The Scottish Ensemble’s musicians had a steep learning curve when they teamed up with Sweden’s Andersson Dance, but choreography has added a new dimension to their performance


Lord of the Rings voted ‘best movie soundtrack’

Music from The Lord of the Rings has been voted the best soundtrack of all time for the sixth year running



Der BMW Welt Jazz Award geht im Januar 2016 in seine achte Saison. In insgesamt sechs kostenfreien Sonntagsmatineen von Januar bis März 2016 präsentieren sich international herausragende Ensembles im Doppelkegel der BMW Welt unter dem Motto „Inspired by Legends“


Goldmedaille der Royal Philharmonic Society für Martha Argerich

Die Pianistin Martha Argerich hat die Goldmedaille der Royal Philharmonic Society erhalten. In der Begründung der Jury heißt es, Martha Argerich sei wegen der seltenen Verbindung von technischer Meisterschaft und leidenschaftlicher Kunstfertigkeit eine faszinierende und ausdrucksstarke Pianistin


Riccardo Muti: Schelte für junge Dirigenten und Regisseure

Riccardo Muti hat bei einer Toscanini-Ausstellung in Mailand seinen Missmut über die junge Dirigentenszene zum Ausdruck gebracht

The Japan Times

Hyogo composer wins first place in Geneva music contest

Composer Shoichi Yabuta took first prize in the composition division of the Geneva International Music Competition on Sunday


Spivakov Cancels International Violin Competition In Omsk

The 2015 edition of the Yankelevitch International Violin Competition in Omsk has been cancelled due to funding cuts


Classic FM @ClassicFM : We’ve found Beethoven’s Facebook profile:

Crane.tv @Cranetv : The Mind Mapped Through Dance – the fantastic story behind ’s

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic : Why did , Queen of the avant-garde, feature a forgotten instrument of the Renaissance on her latest album?

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Goldberg Variations, a collaboration between the Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance, which will be touring from November 13th 2015/The Scotsman