Audio News for December 30 2016

by | Dec 30, 2016 | Audio News

The 2016 Year in Classical Music –  Two of the most influential musicians of both centuries took their final curtain calls during 2016: Pierre Boulez (who blew minds in conservative classical music with his compositions) and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Austrian cellist, conductor, music researcher and founder of historic performance practice.  Also deceased was Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music at the British court and composer of symphonies, concertos, operas, ballet and film music. South African tenor Johan Botha also died, a celebrated singer of Wagnerian roles. Terrorist and other attacks in other Bavarian cities affected the 2016 Bayreuth Festival.  German conductor Hartmut Haenchen stepped in with little rehearsal time and was well received, but the same didn’t go for the new stage director Uwe Eric Laufenberg. The Salzburg Festival had a varied program, including works by Thomas Ades and Friedrich Cerha. The Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival revolved around the central theme of Joseph Haydn. Next year it will be Maurice Ravel. At Bonn’s Beethovenfest, director Nike Wagner present a program with the theme “Revolutions.”

A number of prizes were handed out: Greek-Russian conductor Teodor Currentzis got one, as did Cecila Bartoli and German conductor Thomas Hengelbrock. Turkish pianist/composer Fazil Say got the Beethoven Prize for Human Rights, Peace, Freedom, and Combating Poverty and Inclusion. The Leonard Bernstein Prize went to German-French horn player Felix Klieser. The Echo Klassik 2016 ward with to both the National Youth Orchestra of Germany its conductor, Alexander Shelley, plus rock singer Campino. Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel also won for his lifetime achievement.

Expert Reviews Recommends Wired Rather than Bluetooth Speakers – And on their Best Buy list are Google Chromecast, Epson’s Workforce WiFi, the Apple Watch, Dr. Dre Beats headphones, all the Amazon Kindles, the Dyson V6 Animal Cord, the Tap Alexa and the Nest Learning thermostat.

Many Changes in Video Surveillance Coming in 20177 – Role surveillance cameras, which have come down in price lately, have played major roles in distributed denial of service attacks. Trends such as lower cost of hardware, bandwidth optimization and improved resolution seem to show that improvements in video surveillance systems will be driven by software. The market is getting closer to full IP. Moving more data and computing to the cloud enables organizations to transfer a big piece of their cybersecurity risk to films with global teams dedicated to maintaining data security. Cyber vulnerabilities have become one of the major concerns of the industry.  One expert says the best way to get an overview of the cybersecurity situations is to read the free Microsoft Security Intelligence Report which is issued twice yearly.

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