Mashable: This cellist is spending quarantine recording delightful retro multitracks. “Samara Ginsberg’s career as a session musician went on pause in March thanks to covid-19. Now, the London-based cellist is spending quarantine arranging elaborate covers of pop culture classics for her YouTube channel — including, most recently, the Knight Rider theme.”
The Strad: Classical Encounters goes online this Sunday. “Classical Encounters, the international chamber music festival normally based in the region of The Hague and Leiden, Holland, goes online on Sunday, 17 May. Originally scheduled for 13 -17 May, it will now take place in one day from noon until 6pm, livestreamed on the festival website.”
Phys .org: Vivaldi reworked to ‘make climate change audible’. “A classical orchestra in Germany aims to ‘make climate change audible’ with a reworking of Antonio Vivaldi’s famous violin concertos “The Four Seasons” using algorithms based on climate data.”
U DiscoverMusic: Beethoven 2020 Campaign Celebrates Beethoven’s 250th Birthday. “Today Deutsche Grammophon unveiled its major new Beethoven 2020 campaign, celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday, at an exclusive launch event at the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, marking the start of a new partnership between the research centre and the label that has recorded more of Beethoven’s music than any other.” A digital archive is one of the things planned.
Classical Music: Warner Classics digitises its full catalogue on new streaming site. “Warner Classics’s back catalogue of classical music will now be available to stream for free on the label’s new website. It allows users to access 30-second samples of recordings from the likes of Jacqueline du Pré, Simon Rattle and André Previn. Subscribers to Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer are able to stream entire tracks.”
The New York Times: In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in the Metadata. “When Roopa Kalyanaraman Marcello, a classical music aficionado in Brooklyn, asked her Amazon Echo for some music recently, she had a specific request: the third movement of Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto. ‘It kind of energizes me, motivates me to get things done,’ she said. But the Echo, a voice-activated speaker, could not find what she wanted.”
Stanford University: Stanford launches new free online course on Beethoven. “A new online course explores Ludwig van Beethoven’s music and development as a composer. The class, led by music historian Stephen Hinton, features performances by and discussions with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford’s ensemble-in-residence.”