Music the artform and artists

Janos Starker, A Master Of The Cello

Cellist Janos Starker has died at 88, ending a life and career that saw him renowned for his skills as a soloist, his prodigious work with orchestras, and his commitment to teaching.

NPR

Lang Lang: Popular classical music is great, too

When the Chinese pianist plays with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall in May, it will be the often-performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. He also thinks commercial success and artistic integrity aren't mutually exclusive.

The Los Angeles Times

A guide to Iannis Xenakis's music

It sounds like something out of a film script. A Greek man in his early 20s fights for his homeland as part of the Communist resistance at the end of the second world war.

The Guardian

Chinese Opera Performers See Fewer Faces in the Audience

Sleep like dogs, eat like pigs, dress like angels. This, in their own words, is the life of an itinerant Chinese opera singer.

The New York Times

Bi Kidude

World Music Network were saddened to hear of the passing of Tanzanian legend Fatuma Binti Barak (aka Bi Kidude) on 17 April 2013. Bi Kidude was a Zanzibari taarab and unyago singer.

World Music Network

Making the case for English music

A little over ten years ago, fresh out of university and with that accompanying naïve optimism and lack of understanding of the problems that beset real life, I decided to follow my dreams and set up a festival dedicated to English music.

Gramophone

Frankfurt, Kaufmann, Stemme top opera honours

Frankfurt Opera was crowned the world's best opera company on Monday at the inaugural International Opera Awards which were set up to promote opera to a wider audience as it comes under increasing financial pressure.

Reuters

Even the Score

Last year, NewMusicBox, an online magazine for contemporary classical music, published an essay by the composer Amy Beth Kirsten entitled "The 'Woman Composer' Is Dead."

The New Yorker

The State Of Music Writing, Musicians Writing

Back in 2008, I was on a panel on IFC's website with some distinguished names in the field of online music writing: Pitchfork founder Ryan Schreiber, Bill Crandall (then at Spinner), and Maura Johnston (then with Idolator).

Billboard


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