Archive | August, 2013


Goldfish can tell the difference of classical music

Posted on 31 August 2013 by admin

Scientists played four goldfish Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, training them to bite a red bead in their bowl when they heard the music. They were then trained to bite the bead to one piece and not the other – and were able to identify the piece around three quarters of the time. Remarkably, the fish were able to identify the music even when played different clips from the same piece. They weren’t fast learners though: it took more than 100 training sessions before they could distinguish the pieces at all. The fish were also tested to see if they recognised other pieces they had never heard before by the same composers, but they swam around randomly when the music wasn’t familiar. The researchers, however, think the fish might be able to recognise new music if they were trained with several pieces by the same composer. The study, published in the journal Behavioural Processes , also reveals that fish, like humans, might even express preferences in what they like to listen to. One fish particularly enjoyed the Bach and attempted to avoid the Stravinsky.

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The 2013 Gramophone Classical Music Award-winning recordings announced

Posted on 30 August 2013 by admin

For the first time in the history of the Gramophone Classical Music Awards the Award-winning recordings in each category are being revealed exclusively here on the Gramophone website. Select a category below to discover which recordings have won Awards. You can also listen to tracks from each recording, enjoy interviews with the artists, and read articles fromGramophone‘s unrivalled digital archive. In the meantime you can listen to tracks and read full reviews of each of the winning recordings in the 11 categories: Baroque Instrumental Baroque Vocal Chamber Choral Concerto Contemporary Early Music Instrumental Opera Orchestral Vocal To mark this year’s Gramophone Classical Music Awards, iTunes has made the winning recordings available as ‘Mastered for iTunes’. Instead of relying on the standard 16-bit 44.1kHz sound quality offered by CD, the ‘Mastered for iTunes’ process starts with a 24-bit up-to-96kHz master file and converts this to iTunes’s standard AAC format, playable like all iTunes downloads on your Mac, PC or mobile device. In addition Apple has made their AAC encoder available to Mastering Engineers so they can preview exactly what will be downloaded. Many feel the results are as good if not better than the quality of a CD, and virtually indistinguishable from a studio master. If you already have an iTunes account, click here; if new to iTunes, visit iTunes and click on the blue ‘Download Now’ button to install. Then click here and iTunes will open

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Debussy’s 151st birthday boosts music sales on iTunes

Posted on 29 August 2013 by admin

Anthony Anderson, managing director of Naxos distributor Select, said: “François-Joël Thiollier’s recording of Clair de lune has often appeared in bestseller lists since its release and it is no surprise that Google Doodle used it in its Debussy celebration. It is rewarding to see that the feature resulted in increased sales for the album and that consumers are therefore discovering lesser-known Debussy works.”

Classical music fans have chosen to celebrate Debussy’s 151st birthday by downloading his music. Millions of people across the world were exposed to his Clair de lune, from the Suite Bergamasque, as part of an animated Google Doodle on 22 August – and they were clearly taken with what they heard.

François-Joël Thiollier’s performance of the music, which featured in the animation, experienced a surge in downloads as a single, and as part of his complete album of Debussy works. A recording by Michel Béroff also saw a spike in purchases despite not being part of the original Google Doodle.

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Chinese pianist Lang Lang will perform at Classic BRITs 2013

Posted on 28 August 2013 by admin

Lang Lang confirmed to perform at this year’s Classic BRITs award ceremony on October 2nd. He will be making his third appearance at the awards ceremony since debuting in 2007. He was nominated for a Classic BRIT last year in the Best Male category. He has also previously performed at the Classic BRITs alongside legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.

The awards ceremony will be broadcast on ITV1 in the Autumn.

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