Lorin Maazel

Der 84-jährige Dirigent Lorin Maazel ist nach einem Unfall Anfang April immer noch nicht genesen. Zunächst hatte er alle Konzerte bis Ende Mai abgesagt. Jetzt hat er auch seine Juni-Konzerte mit den Berliner Philharmonikern abgesagt, wo er von Semyon Bychkov ersetzt wird.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service was not aware of problems that musicians could have with new rules for ivory import, intended to protect African elephants by combating illegal trade in ivory. Now , some exceptions have been added, so that musicians can enter instruments containing African elephant ivory – including ivory-tipped bows – if the ivory was legally acquired prior to February 26, 1976. While a step forward for musicians, the rules still prohibit the entry of even antique instruments and bows containing ivory purchased after February 25, 2014.

Jörg Widmann
(c) Marco Borggreve

An diesem Wochenende wird das Mozartfest Würzburg im Kaisersaal der Residenz und in der Würzburger Innenstadt eröffnet. Den Auftakt bildet das Eröffnungskonzert am Freitagabend mit dem Kammerorchester des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks und dem Klarinettisten und Komponisten Jörg Widmann. Auf dem Programm stehen Mozarts beliebtes Klarinettenkonzert, seine Sinfonie Nr. 40 und Widmanns ‘Ikarische Klage’. Read More →

Das Bach-Archiv Leipzig stellt neue online-Angebote für einen breiten Interessentenkreis bereit. Mit ‘Bach interaktiv’ beschreitet es neue Wege der digitalen Forschungsvermittlung. Read More →

The Queen Elisabeth Competition is currently holding a competition for singers from 14 to 31 May. After the first eliminatory rounds, the 12 finalists have been announced. Read More →

Franz-Paul Decker

Peacefully, in his ninetieth year, conductor Franz-Paul Decker died on Monday, May 19. A native of the Rhineland, he studied composition and conducting at the Cologne Hochschule für Musik and was a graduate of the University of Cologne. He made his conducting début with the Cologne Opera at the young age of 22. Four years later, he was called to Wiesbaden where he undertook the musical direction of both the Wiesbaden Symphony and the Staatsoper. Read More →

The International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka, Japan, has published the results of ots tow major categories. Read More →

Bernard Haitink

The baton used by Maestro Bernard Haitink (85) during his chief-conductorship of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is currently up for auction! The baton was generously donated in support of the fundraising charity project ‘Klassiek Geeft’ (‘El Sistema Holland’), initiated by Dutch Classical Radio (Radio4). The project aims to offer every child at primary school the experience of playing an instrument, in the belief that they can gain huge social benefits by playing in an orchestra or ensemble. Haitink’s custom-made baton measures 35 centimeters in length and is made out of balsa wood. At the moment we post this news, the highest bid was (only) 390 Euros. More information here. Bidding closes on Friday 23 May 2014, 4 p.m.


Sergei Rachmaninov

Sotheby’s has sold the autograph of Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony for 1,202,500 GBP (€ 1.475.000) to a private collector. This autograph of 320 pages is a full orchestral score, containing many differences from later sources, notated in black ink on up to twenty-four staves per page, an extensively-worked manuscript, with numerous deletions, corrections, erasures and annotations throughout, including a few bars of new music, alterations to the main themes and many revisions to the orchestration. Read More →

Tara Erraught
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