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Ludwig's Links: What News Would Beethoven Follow? Jan. 14, 2010

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  • Detroit Symphony Update: Musicians and management traded barbs at a press conference this week, but it looks like management is coming up with a new offer. See what the public is saying here.
  • Not Just Avatar: English National Opera will be broadcasting a new production of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia in 3-D.
  • "Lazy And Limited": The Queen of England’s official composer has announced his retirement from conducting with an attack on some of his peers for being more interested in money than art.
  • Who are the Top 10 composers ever? Well, Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times says it's not the composers that are important, but how you pick them.
  • A new biography of John Cage fails to do its subject justice, says David Ulin of the L.A. Times.
  • French conductor Jean-Marc Cochereau collapsed and suffered a fatal cardiac arrest Thursday — while rehearsing the funeral march from Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony.
  • There's no special reason for the year-long celebration of Bartók at the Southbank Centre in London, says Jessica Duchen. But we don't really need one.
  • Live performance is considered to be the best way to disseminate classical music, but it's still getting diluted through secondary media like recordings, the Overgrown Path blogger insists.
  • WQXR discusses how the economy has affected classical music in the past year.
  • Music At The Morgan: The Morgan Library has released digitized versions of some of its most valuable manuscripts — including Schubert's Winterreise and Mahler's Fifth Symphony.
  • Express Yourself: Amanda Ameer of the blog Life's a Pitch sat down for an iChat conversation with pianist Johnathan Biss about "expressiveness," among other things.
  • No Relief For Traveling Musicians:The British government will not force airlines to accommodate musical instruments in their cabins, meaning that musicians will still have to risk damage to their instruments every time they travel — unless they play the piccolo, harmonica or triangle.
  • New York Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert has been appointed to lead the conducting program at the Julliard School – the first time anyone has held both positions.
  • Sex, drugs and — any kind of music, really. A new study shows that music releases dopamine, giving the listener a high.



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