Archive | January, 2014


Scientists reveal musician group’s hierarchy

Posted on 31 January 2014 by admin

According to a new study from the Universities of Birmingham, scientists reveal pecking order of musicians. Musicians from two string quartets were asked to play 48 beats of music by Haydn, with microphones measuring any tiny differences in timing between the performers. If a player tried to correct the time difference by catching up or waiting, they were a follower, whereas musicians who let others adjust to their playing were seen as leaders. After analysing the timing adjustments made, the scientists uncovered the hidden hierarchy between musicians. While the first violin was the obvious leader in one of the groups, the other quartet was more democratic, with no clear leader and each player adjusting to the others. Adrian Bradbury, co-author of the study, from the Royal Academy of Music, said: “Live interaction between musicians on stage is often the most electrifying element of a performance, but remains one of the least well understood.  I hope fellow musicians will agree that this method of ‘X-raying’ a performance to expose a group’s hierarchy will prove useful to us and fascinating to our audiences.” It is not yet known whether similar hierarchies exist in other types of music. The scientists are now looking to explore whether audiences notice a difference, or prefer a specific type of performance – one that’s led by a single player, or one that’s more democratic in its approach.

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Linn’s recently promotion with free music Until February 18

Posted on 30 January 2014 by admin

Having long ago abandoned the manufacture of CD players to pursue computer-stored audio as its chosen system for music playback, Linn is following up the recent launch of its high-end Exakt Music System with a promotion designed to introduce more users to downloading and streaming high-resolution recordings. It’s currently bundling its DS network music players with a range of special offers, from £100 of download vouchers for Linn Records with the Majik models, to a package including vouchers, Netflix and Spotify subscriptions, an Apple TV multimedia receiver and an Apple Mac mini computer when buying one of the company’s Klimax players. The Ultimate Offer promotion runs until February 18, and covers the Majik, Akurate and Klimax network players when they are bought through participating Linn dealers. £100 of vouchers for, which has music in a variety of formats including Studio Master high-resolution, is available when buying either the Majik DS or Majik DSM models. Meanwhile buyers of the Akurate DS or DSM will receive £300 of vouchers, 12-month subscriptions to music streaming service Spotify Premium and on-demand video service Netflix, plus an Apple TV digital multimedia receiver. But the biggest bonus package is reserved for buyers of the Linn Klimax DS or DSM, plus those buying a Kilmax Exakt DSM as part of a Klimax Exakt system, upgrade or package. They receive £800 of Linn Records vouchers, the one-year Spotify and Netflix subscriptions, the Apple TV, and an Apple Mac mini computer. Vouchers for Linn Records are supplied in units of £50 (with Majik or Akurate purchases) or £100 when buying a Klimax product, and will remain valid until the end of May, allowing users time to build up the basis of a music collection. The Mac mini provided with Klimax purchases is the 4GB RAM/500GB hard-drive version, giving plenty of storage for music, and four USB ports to which extra hard-drive storage can be added. For full details, see the Linn Ultimate Offer website.

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Orchestra audiences up now

Posted on 29 January 2014 by admin

According to a new report by the Association of British Orchestras, orchestra audiences in the UK have grown by 16% since 2010 with over 4.5m people now attending an orchestral concert every year. However, despite the encouraging growth in attendance, actual earned income for British orchestras has fallen by 11% over the same time period. The ABO has put this decrease down to audiences plumping for cheaper ticket options in times of financial austerity. The ABO’s survey of the state of British orchestras also concluded that the number of orchestras recording soundtracks for film, TV, streaming and download has more than doubled since 2010. The survey also pointed out that public funding for orchestras has fallen by 14%, due to further pressure on arts budgets across the country. Donations and sponsorship, however, have gone up by 30%. More encouragingly, the report states that “UK orchestras now reach over 660,000 children, young people and others in the community in education and outreach sessions”.

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Osmo Vänskä with the Minnesota Orchestra win the 56th Grammy Awards

Posted on 28 January 2014 by admin

The Minnesota Orchestra, which earlier this month emerged from a lengthy dispute with its musicians, won the Grammy for orchestral recording for its album of Sibelius’ Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4, conducted by Osmo Vänskä. Thomas Adès’ recording of The Tempest and Arvo Pärt are among this year’s classical winners at the 56th Grammy Awards. Grammys 2014: classical music winners Best Orchestral Performance Atterberg: Orchestral Works Vol. 1 — Neeme Järvi (conductor), Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 1 — Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor), Los Angeles Philharmonic Schumann: Symphony No. 2; Overtures Manfred & Genoveva — Claudio Abbado (conductor), Orchestra Mozart Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 — Osmo Vänskä (conductor), Minnesota Orchestra WINNER Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps — Simon Rattle (conductor), Berliner Philharmoniker Best Opera Recording Adès: The Tempest — Thomas Adès (conductor); Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna, Alan Oke (soloists); Luisa Bricetti and Victoria Warivonchick (producers) WINNER Britten: The Rape of Lucretia — Oliver Knussen (conductor); Ian Bostridge, Peter Coleman-Wright, Susan Gritton, Angelika Kirchschlager (soloists); John Fraser (producer) Kleiberg: David and Bathsheba — Tönu Kaljuste (conductor); Anna Eimarsson and Johannes Weisser (soloists); Morten Lindberg (producer) Vinci: Artaserse — Diego Fasolis (conductor); Valer Barna-Sabadus, Daniel Behle, Max Emanuel Cenčić, Franco Fagioli, Philippe Jaroussky (soloists); Ulrich Russcher (producer) Wager: Der Ring des Nibelungen — Christian Thielemann (conductor); Katarina Dalayman, Albert Dohmen, Stephen Gould, Eric Halfvarson, Linda Watson (soloists); Ohmar Eichinger (producer) Best Choral Performance Berlioz: Grande Messe de Morts — Colin Davis (conductor) (with Barry Banks, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir and London Symphony Chorus) Parry: Works for Chorus & Orchestra — Neeme Järvi (conductor), Adrian Partington (chorus master) (with Amanda Roocroft, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC National Chorus of Wales) Pärt: Adam’s Lament — Tõnu Kaljuste (conductor) (with Tui Hirv & Rainer Vilu; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Sinfonietta Riga & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Latvian Radio Choir & Vox Clamantis) WINNER Whitbourn: Annelies — James Jordan (conductor) (conductor) (with Arianna Zukerman, The Lincoln Trio and the Westminster Williamson Voices) Palestrina: Volume 3 — Harry Christophers (conductor) (with The Sixteen) Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance Beethoven: Violin Sonatas — Leonidas Kavakos & Enrico Pace Cage: The 10,000 Things — Vicki Ray, William Winant, Aron Kallay & Tom Peters Duo — Hélène Grimaud & Sol Gabetta Roomful of Teeth — Brad Wells & Roomful of Teeth WINNER Times Go By Turns — New York Polyphony Best Classical Instrumental Solo Bartók, Eötvös & Ligeti — Patricia Kopatchinskaja (soloist), Peter Eötvös (conductor) Corigliano: Conjurer – Concerto for Percussionist & String Orchestra — Evelyn Glennie (soloist), David Alan Miller (conductor)WINNER The Edge of Light — Gloria Cheng Lindberg: Piano Concerto No. 2 — Yefim Bronfman (soloist), Alan Gilbert (conductor) Salonen: Violin Concerto; Nyx — Leila Josefowicz (soloist), Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor) Schubert: Piano Sonatas D. 845 & D. 960 — Maria João Pires Best Classical Vocal Solo Drama Queens — Joyce DiDonato Mission — Cecilia Bartoli Schubert: Winterreise — Christoph Prégardien Wagner — Jonas Kaufmann Winter Morning Walks — Dawn Upshaw WINNER Best Classical Compendium Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik — Christoph Eschenbach (conductor) WINNER Holmboe: Concerto — Dima Slobodeniouk (conductor), Preben Iwan (producer) Tabakova: String Paths — Maxim Rysanov (conductor), Manfred Eicher (producer) Best Classical Contemporary Composition Piano Concerto No. 2 — Morten Lindberg Adam’s Lament — Arvo Pärt Violin Concerto — Esa-Pekka Salonen Winter Morning Walks — Maria Schneider WINNER Partita for 8 Voices — Caroline Shaw

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