Songwriting comes from a variety of instruments, the basis of songs never being dependent on one set medium (in this case, medium being the instrument the song derives from). For me, that is an acoustic guitar.
UPDATE: Like ex-SPIN scribe Charles Aaron tweeted at the start of the fracas, the best way to get another critic to recognize your work is to simply slag them off. And so, Jody Rosen of New York magazine's Vulture blog did just that...with a shelfie.
A very interesting piece comes to us from Ted Gioia at The Daily Beast about music criticism, or rather its death, or rather its inability or unwillingness to use technical language or display, you know, any kind of actual knowledge. It's especially interesting because it seems to take the viewpoint of mainstream, pop music criticism, referencing outlets like Billboard and even American Idol (I know, that last isn't exactly a bastion of intelligent criticism but apparently Harry Connick, Jr. was sniggered at for using the word "pentatonic"). Sigh.
How many of the late, great Claudio Abbado recordings have we yet to discover? Undoubtedly, there will be a rush of unreleased or reissued material, but Deutsche Grammophon has just brought out a new piano concertos album from 2013.
UPDATE: Since we quoted verbatim from Clive Paget's original report, it seems only fair to do the same with this very good news...
Sony Classical will issue a recording of the 2014 New Year's Day concert from the Vienna Philharmonic--conducted this year by Daniel Barenboim. Gramophone reports that Sony plans the release for January 13, 2014.
Haymarket Media Group is seemingly divesting itself of all its classical music properties. First to go was Classic FM magazine, published under license with the UK's Classic FM radio. Then Gramophone was sold to Mark Allen Publishing. Now comes news from Australia that the media group is to stop its publishing operations in Australia, among which publications is the music and arts magazine Limelight. Published under license with the ABC since 2006, this could mean the magazine has to close.
The U.K.'s BPI has issued its 50 millionth take down notice to Google, and they're losing patience. But this is a bigger problem than the recording industry--one with no easy solution.
Not many modern composers have made it into the wider consciousness. Sir John Tavener, who died yesterday aged 69, was one of the few. What does one mean by "the wider consciousness?" Western cultural circles, certainly--the kinds of people who would go to art galleries or plays, but not necessarily many concerts, would still have heard of Tavener. And he even shined his light into the lives of those who rarely (or never) crossed the door of a classical music venue. His Song for Athene, when played at the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997, was a comfort to a nation's grief.
One of the most respected and influential brands in classical music will be leaving one of Britain's highest-profile media owners--but this could be a move that works.
"I can play in the gypsy style, and I love it." -- Barnabás Kelemen
Here, then, is today's news.
Earlier this week, 18-year-old Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki was named Young Artist of the Year during the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2013 in London. This award comes on the heels of news that Lisiecki has made his second recording on the Deutsche Grammophon label, of Chopin Études Op. 10 and 25, to be released in the U.S. on October 8.
Having announced the individual recording category award winners some weeks ago, in a departure from tradition (or rather, a return to an old tradition, sort of), the leading classical music awards have been announced. The rest of them.
The Critics’ Circle is the oldest critics' organization in the world and, to date, counts more than 400 members who work in the media throughout the United Kingdom.