Classical Music from Germany – Current trends

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Classical Scene 2013: Heterogeneity rules

Granted - Wagner and Verdi, the two titans of 19th-century opera, dominated the international music scene last year hands down. Yet on the whole, heterogeneity rules in the classical music scene.More ...
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The brazilian guitar player Badi Assad had to stop playing for a while because of dystonia, learned meanwhile mouth percussion and singing and is now back on stage, photo by Ralf Dombrowski

Musicians’ Diseases – the dark side of a dream profession

Disorders that arise from the often one-sided stress of the body of musicians do not belong to the general perception of the profession.More ...
Some selected concerts at the Konzerthaus Dortmund are specifically introduced for children with the “Jekiz” series, photo by Konzerthaus Dortmund / Petra Coddington

From 0 years of age on. Trends in early musical education

Education programmes – for almost a decade now there has been hardly a concert house in Germany that has not taken up activities in the field of musical education for the young.More ...
If there is the possibility to buy new instruments for the German Foundation for Musical Life, some specialists and former scholarship holders help to find the right ones. In this case for example the cello player and artistic director of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival Nicolas Altstaedt plays some been suitable instruments. Photo by DSM

A Treasure Trove for the Strings Elite – the German Fund of Musical Instruments

The German Foundation for Musical Life supports highly gifted young talents with its Musical Instruments Fund.More ...
Heiner Goebbels; Photo CC by Joe Mabel

Language as Music, Music as Language – an interview with Heiner Goebbels

Hardly anyone else currently experiments so intensely with the boundaries of music theatre as does Heiner Goebbels. An interview on his understanding of music, theatre and composition.More ...
Criticism in the language of the music theatre: Rimini Protokoll's “Situation Rooms”, photo by: Ruhr Triennal / Pipi Psimenou

The Meaning of Conventions – the 2012-2014 Ruhr Triennial

From 23 August to 6 October 2013, the Ruhr Triennial enters its next round. Under the direction of Heiner Goebbels, it has developed into a festival of sustainability. An overview.More ...
String instruments are an important part of 'Jugend musiziert' since the beginning of the competition's history, photo by German Music Council

A Competition as Flagship – Youth Makes Music

“Jugend musiziert” is celebrating an anniversary: in its fifty years of existence, the music competition has developed from a brainchild in a time of need to a national flagship project.More ...
The Podium Festivals in Esslingen has a young and open minded profile, photo by Podium Festival / Marc Engelhart & Steffen Müller

Much More than Bach on the Dance Floor – the Podium Festival

The Podium Festival in Esslingen conceives the boundaries of classical music events more broadly and sharpens its unusual profile.More ...
Der scheidende Leiter der Internationalen Bachakademie Stuttgart Helmuth Rilling, Foto: IBA / Michael Latz

“Preserve the proven, shape the new” – the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart

For more than thirty years, Helmuth Rilling shaped the international Bach Academy; now he is succeeded by Hans-Christoph Rademann.More ...
Wolfgang Sawallisch, the maestro of clarity, photo: Angeline Bauer

The Ideal of a Kapellmeister – On the death of the conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch

Star conductor: this term did not yet exist when Wolfgang Sawallisch, soon after the Second World War, began a career that would take him throughout the world.More ...
The journalists Christoph Vratz und Wolfram Goertz discussing Debussy with the quartet of critics during the Piano Festival Ruhr 2012, photo by KFR / Mark Wohlrab

As Independent as Possible – the German Record Critics’ Award

Only the name is a bit awkward: the German Record Critics’ Award. Its reputation is immense. In summer 2013 the music world is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the prize.More ...
The German composer Richard Wagner (here in 1862) revolutionised opera.

Loved and Hated – the German composer Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner, born in Leipzig in 1813, died in Venice in 1883, already divided opinion in his lifetime. He has remained controversial to this day.More ...
Richard Wagner’s “Mastersingers of Nuremberg”

Highlights of the Wagner Year 2013

Leipzig, Dresden, Munich and Bayreuth: it was mainly in these four German cities that Richard Wagner lived and worked.More ...
Hanns Eisler in Hollywood (1943), photo by Archiv Dr. Jürgen Schebera, Berlin / Thomas Neumann

“Those who understand only a little bit about music don’t understand anything about it” – The reception of Hanns Eisler

Fifty years after his death, the political Hanns Eisler stands in the way of an appreciation of the artistic figure.More ...
The pianist Katharina Landl and the mezzo soprano Diana Haller, winners of the International Competition for the Art of the Lied Stuttgart 2012, photo by Hugo-Wolf-Akademie / Leupold

Out from the Aficionado’s Corner – the Hugo Wolf Academy

For more than a century, Stuttgart has championed the composer Hugo Wolf and the lied performed with piano. This includes the Hugo Wolf Academy and its International Competition for the Art of the Lied.More ...
Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin, photo by Staatsoper Unter den Linden / Monika Ritterhaus

Music, Power and Humanity – Daniel Barenboim turns 70

On November 15, 2012, Daniel Barenboim will celebrate his 70th birthday. The pianist and conductor has clearly left his mark on the German and international music world. A portrait.More ...
The Hitzacker Summer Music Festival – chamber music near to the audience, photo by Hitzacker Summer Music Festival / Florian Graser

The Hitzacker Summer Music Festival – Tradition Meets the Future

The Hitzacker Summer Music Festival is one of the most important chamber music festivals in Germany. Here top musicians meet with an eager audience.More ...
Which direction? Concert halls of today have to know exactly how to acquire a strong own image, photo by Ralf Dombrowski

More Is More – Concert Halls Today

To make an opera or concert house successful in the long term means far more than merely putting together a good program. Part two of the two-part series “Concert Halls Today.”More ...
The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, as it probably will look like, picture by Herzog & de Meuron

The Pearls of the Business – Concert Halls and cultural Identity

Concert houses are the icing on the cake of cultural policy. Everybody likes to open one, everybody rejoices in their success. But they bring with them obligations. Part one of the two-part series “Concert Halls Today.”More ...
St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig in concert, photo by Thomanerchor / Gert Mothes

800 Years of Music – The St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig

In spring 2012 the St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig (Thomanerchor) is celebrating its 800th anniversary. It is one of the oldest cultural institutions of Europe. A portrait.More ...
Stage excerpt from Ulrich Kreppeins' opera 'Die Versuchung des heiligen Antonius', presented during a ceremonial act in 2011. The full opera will be played for the first time in May 2012 at the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater. Photo by Deutsche Bank Stiftung / Philipp Ottendörfer

Academy Opera Today – Network for “People Crazy for Opera”

For over ten years, the Deutsche Bank has fostered young opera talent with the Academy Opera Today. The project is not about short-term start-up financing, but rather non-material sustainability.More ...
Simon Halsey @ chor.com, foto by Matthias Heyde / chor.com

Beyond A Hobby – Impetus for Choral Music

In Dortmund in September 2011, the trade fair chor.com took place for the first time. The organizers of the event hope that it will become the meeting place of a lively scene in Germany and Europe.More ...

The Wagner Year 2013 – Sides-Glances and Tendencies

On May 22, 2013, the music world will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth. Even apart from the big stages, everyone is warming up for the Wagner Year. Here a short, critical survey with views.More ...
Franz Liszt, Photographie, 1886, by Paul Nadar, source: Ernst Burger: “Franz Liszt – Die Jahre in Rom und Tivoli”, SCHOTT MUSIC Mainz

“Lisztomania”: Pianist, conductor and composer Franz Liszt’s bicentenary

A “divine” pianist, as he was called in Weimar whilst serving as court conductor there. Franz Liszt would be 200 years old this year, in 2011.More ...
The Logo of „An Instrument for Every Child“

Blowing, Plucking, Fiddling – “An Instrument for Every Child”

Through the project “An Instrument for Every Child”, the Ruhr region wanted in its year as Cultural Capital in 2010 to introduce as many primary school children as possible to a musical instrument. Now it means to anchor the initiative in everyday life.More ...
Organ recital at the Klais-Organ in the Frauenkirche in Nuremberg part of the 57. ION (Nuremberg International Organ Week, 2008); photo: ION/ Christina Kuhn

Lively Scene. Germany – Land of the Organ

Mozart called it the “king of instruments”: in Germany a bustling music scene with deep historical roots has developed round the organ.More ...
The classical music department at Ludwig Beck in Munich; Photo: Ludwig Beck

Worry or Opportunity? How the Internet Is Keeping Shops for Classical Music CDs on Their Toes

Some shops have shown that they can position themselves successfully.More ...
The awardees of the International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition with the Chefconductor of the Bamberg Sinfonics Jonathan Nott: Yordan Kamdzhalov, Aziz Shokhakimov, Ainars Rubikis (f.l.t.r.), photo: Matthias Hoch

Where the Maestros of Tomorrow Are Made – The Promotion of Young Conductors

In Germany two competitions and the Conductors Forum of the German Music Council find the elite of young conductorsMore ...
The awardees of the ARD-Music Competition in Munich 2010; photo: Sigi Müller

Springboard for Young Musicians – The ARD Music Competition

For many important artists today winning an award at the ARD International Music Competition was the way to their careers. The prizewinners in 2010 have the same hope.More ...
Opening of the German Choir Competition, May 12, 2010: Hanover Girl’s Choir. Photo: Deutscher Chorwettbewerb/Jan Karow

The Bundesliga of Choirs – The Eighth German Choir Competition in Dortmund

130 choirs came to the “Bundesliga of Choirs”, as the slogan of the organizer confidently and without exaggeration calls German Choir Competition.More ...
Portrait of Johanna Kinkel; about 1840 by an unknown painter (source: Stadtmuseum Bonn)

Women Composers in Germany, Yesterday and Today

There are great women composers. But in Germany, more men than women still study composition and make a success of their music. The reasons for this are manifold.More ...
Practice, practice, practice! photo: Michael Haring – Deutscher Musikrat / DMW.

Young Talents: The German Music Competition

The German music competition, a national competition for young professionals, sees itself primarily as an instrument for promoting young talent.More ...
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Weblog: Mein Wagner – My Personal Wagner

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the composer Richard Wagner, our blog will present a variety of perspectives on Wagner’s cosmos.

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