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In today’s Classical News, Colin Currie launches a record label dedicated to drumming, and Baroque at the Edge announces its inaugural programme. The V&A rescues an archive charting the decline of Wilton’s Music Hall, and the ECHO Classical Awards are announced.

Classical Music Magazine

Colin Currie launches record label

Percussionist Colin Currie is to launch his own record label, beginning with a recording of Steve Reich’s Drumming, due in March 2018.

Helios Collective announces Formations Masterclasses 2017

The Helios Collective has announced the programme for this year’s Formations masterclasses, which will showcase two new commissions and a revival.

Early Music Today

Programme for Baroque at the Edge announced

The inaugural Baroque at the Edge Festival will take place 5-7 January 2018.

Created by those behind the London Festival of Baroque Music, the three-day event comprises seven concerts. Lindsay Kemp and Lucy Bending have invited leading musicians from a range of genres to take the music of the Baroque era and see where it leads them.

The Guardian

V&A rescues treasures from historic Wilton’s Music Hall archive

An archive recording the glory days as well as the decay and near collapse of Wilton’s Music Hall has been acquired by the V&A theatre collection.

New York Times

La Bohème: Should opera’s most beloved classic be changed?

So forget should you do a new “Bohème”: Can you do a new — a really new — “Bohème”? Is there an approach to this work that isn’t just moving the attic stove, a fixture of the libretto, from stage right to left to center?

The New Yorker

Soundtracks worth a listen separate from their cinematic counterparts

The film and music industries are old friends, and as films have evolved so has their music. Over the past few decades, this sometimes haphazard relationship has produced many odd and unpredictable movie soundtracks.  

Billboard

Spotify U.K. Reports $312M Revenue, 7.1M Monthly Active Users in 2016

Sustained subscriber growth and a rise in advertising revenue helped Spotify’s U.K. arm make significant gains in 2016.

ECHO Classical Music Awards: Joyce DiDonato, Jonas Kaufmann, Boston Symphony Among Winners

Hamburg’s stunning Elbphilharmonie concert hall, inaugurated just seven months ago, was abuzz on Sunday night as it played host to the annual German ECHO Klassic Awards. Among the winners were stars such as the American singer Joyce DiDonato, the Italian piano player Maurizio Pollini and the South African violin player Daniel Hope. American Kent Nagano, who helmed the Philharmonische Staatsorchester Hamburg throughout the evening, got the ECHO as conductor of the year.

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Music History  in 1768 Death of Italian Francesco Maria

Classical Music News  David Lewiston Sharpe premiere to mark Reformation

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(Written on October 31, 2017 )

Last night, Kat, Olivia, James and Eliza attended the BBC Music Magazine Awards at Kings Place in London.

After a couple of glasses of fizz, we began the awards ceremony.  Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine, hobbled on stage to open proceedings, explaining how crowd-surfing at a Couperin-fuelled rave was the cause of his broken ankle a month before. Oliver then introduced his co-presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch, (standing in for James Naughtie), and things got underway.  See below for a summary of winners.

We were especially delighted to attend to see our client, Accentus Music, pick up the Best DVD Award.  Paul Smaczny, Director of Accentus Music and producer of the winning release of Berg’s Wozzeck was there to accept the award.  He gave his heartfelt thanks to his team, and read the following from soloist Christian Gerhaher:  “I feel so incredibly satisfied that this Wozzeck production, which was—and every director should please forgive me—the most exhilarating in my life, receives the greatest acclamation. The result of visualising this extraordinary staging in that simple but nearly fully conveying way is just admirable. It brings to life the wonderful months that we and the audience spent with Berg’s masterwork one and half years ago. I would definitely call this a defining criterion of opera DVDs. Thank you all!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special guest presenters included all-round fahionista and style guru, Gok Wan, who recently released his own curated album of opera entitled ‘Gok’s Divas’.  Comedian Alastair McGowan tickled the audience with a series of stunning impressions and tenuous puns, before presenting Best Instrumental Award to Mahan Esfahani for his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. With his customary loud-mouth, Mahan gave an impassioned and thoughtful acceptance speech, leaving us with a call to action: ‘Extend classical music, and it will be limitless in what it gives back to you.’

Dame Joan Bakewell, who presented the Recording of the Year Award offered a thought-provoking address on the great value the BBC has in the classical music world, and the impact it had on her own appreciation of music. She announced the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Vasily Petrenko performing Tchaikovsky Symphonies as Recording of the Year.

Throughout the evening, a number of references were made to the Proms Launch, which takes place today. BBC Radio 3 Controller, Alan Davey, slightly let the cat out of the bag when he said there would be lots of concerts in a big round hall.  Unfortunately, we can’t confirm this at the moment, but watch this space.

Vocal Award Matthias Goerne, Synergy Vocals, BBC SO, Josep Pons

Opera Award Mozart Don Giovanni, MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

Chamber Music Award Martinu Piano Trios, Smetana Trio

Orchestral Award Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Instrumental Award Bach Goldberg Variations, Mahan Esfahani, Deutsche Grammophon

DVD Award Berg Wozzeck, Christian Gerhaher, Opernhaus Zurich, Accentus Music

Newcomer Award Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos, Beatrice Rana, Antonio Pappano, Orchestra Dell-Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia

Concerto Award CPE Bach Cello Concertos, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo, Hyperion

Premiere Award Julian Anderson, Vladimir Jurowski, Carolin Widmann, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Choral Award Jonathan Harvey, Deo, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha, Signum Records

Record of the Year Award  Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Many congratulations from all of us at WildKat PR to Accentus Music, and all the other winners! We’re looking forward to next year’s awards already.

 

(Written on April 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Royal College of Music’s Museum of Music is to receive a £3.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Birtwistle strikes gold again at annual British Composer Awards 2015. Also, The Times analyse how streaming boosts vinyl and CD sales, and The Guardian discuss why Shostakovich was a great communicator

The Guardian 

‘He speaks to us’: why Shostakovich was a great communicator

Shostakovich liked a joke. He also loved great Russian novels – and his love of wordplay is evident in his music, if you care to join the conversation. Composer and Shostakovich expert Gerard McBurney explains

Classical Music Magazine

RCM Museum to receive £3.6m from Heritage Lottery Fund

The Royal College of Music’s Museum of Music is to receive a £3.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to fund a three-year conservation and redevelopment programme

BBC Music Magazine

British Composer Awards 2015

Birtwistle strikes gold again at annual awards for new music

The Times

For the record: streaming boosts vinyl and CD sales

Video killed the radio star and the internet killed the CD, or so the theory goes

Classic FM

Alexandre Desplat and Ennio Morricone nominated for best original score at the Golden Globes

The music for Carol, The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight, Steve Jobs and The Revenant have all been nominated for best original score at the Golden Globes – the winner will be announced on 10th January 2016

Klavier.de

Alfred Brendel wird Ehrenmitglied der Wasmuth-Gesellschaft

Die Johannes-Wasmuth-Gesellschaft hat “in Würdigung seiner langjährigen Verbindung mit Johannes Wasmuth und dem Bahnhof Rolandseck” Alfred Brendel zum Ehrenmitglied ernannt

Pizzicato

Scala: Chailly von Regisseur beschimpft

Durch ein Online-Video wurde es publik: Nach wochenlangen Streitigkeiten über Sexszenen, die Chailly verurteilte, kam es zum Eklat nach der Premiere von ‘Giovanna d’Arco’ an der Mailänder Scala

Klassik.com

Sänger und Dirigent Herbert Prikopa gestorben

Der Sänger, Dirigent, Komponist und Moderator Herbert Prikopa ist im Alter von 80 Jahren nach schwerer Krankheit in Wien gestorben. Prikopa war fast 40 Jahre als Ensemblemitglied der Wiener Volksoper tätig

El Pais 

Tocar la guitarra en el aire… y que suene

Un aparato para amantes del ‘air guitar’ registra los movimientos y los hace sonar en el móvil

Scherzo

Opera XXI convoca un concurso de composición de ópera para público juvenil

Opera XXI, la Asociación de Teatros, Festivales y Temporadas Estables de Opera convoca el primer concurso de composición de ópera dirigida al público juvenil (12-16 años)

Twitter

Arts Council England“Set up to take great art and culture to people wherever they are, whoever they are”

Family Arts CampaignFamily Audiences: what have we learned? Evaluation of Family Arts Campaign released today:

Sinfini Music: How well do you know festive music? We think ‘s quiz is one of the hardest ever!

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Dmitri Shostakovich, working at his piano in 1950. Photograph: Sovfoto/Universal Images Group/Rex/The Guardian

 

(Written on December 11, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s News, Classical Music Magazine announces British Composer Awards shortlist, The Guardian reports on English National Opera’s commitment to its core values & Classic FM announces big increase in number of listeners

Classical Music Magazine

British Composer Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2015 British Composer Awards has been announced. It comprises 33 composers across 12 categories, including choral, sonic art, liturgical, and community or educational project, with 40% of those shortlisted being first-time nominees

The Guardian

We’ve turned the page, insists English National Opera

After a difficult year, the opera company affirms its commitment to its core values and central London base

Classic FM

Big audience increase for Classic FM

The world’s biggest classical music radio station has posted a significant increase in audience. 5.5 million people now listen to Classic FM each week, and they’re tuning in for longer

Klavier.de

Der türkische Pianist Fazil Say ist in Paris mit dem internationalen Säkularismus-Preis “Prix de la Laicité” ausgezeichnet worden. Die Verleihung fand am Montag im Pariser Rathaus statt

Musik Heute 

Dresdner Frauenkirche: Musikprogramm 2016 zwischen Wiederentdecken und Kennenlernen

Die Dresdner Frauenkirche lädt im kommenden Jahr zum Wiederentdecken verschollener und Kennenlernen neuer Kompositionen ein
 

Unos 60 expositores traen 100.000 discos este fin de semana a a la VIII Feria del disco de Madrid 

El Mundo 

El cantaor/cantautor sevillano era, en los 70, un héroe del flamenco político y un residente habitual de las comisarías. El jueves será celebrado por sus colegas

Twitter

Record Label A&R: A Huge List of Opportunities for Musicians 

LondonLifestyleAward:The award goes to . Congrats on being crowned London Live Music Venue of the… 

Music Yuppy Americana focused record label considering talented artists to add to their roster  
Sonic art category nominee Christopher Fox Photo: Sally Trussler Classical Music Magazine

Sonic art category nominee Christopher Fox
Photo: Sally Trussler
Classical Music Magazine

(Written on October 29, 2015 )

We’re pleased to announce that Ella Marchment has just been named one of the recipients of the prestigious Opera Awards Foundation Bursary. She’s one of the youngest recipients and also the first stage director to receive this bursary. This award is recognition for her groundbreaking work fostering the ‘new’ opera.

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Ella has worked on over eighty productions in the UK, Europe, and Russia. She has a first-class honours degree in Music from King’s College London, and was awarded the prestigious MyKing’s Scholarship for her outstanding contribution to the university’s cultural activities. Ella has also completed courses in Set Design (Central Saint Martins) and Teaching Drama (City Lit).

She has already directed numerous opera commissions, including Façade and Eight Songs For a Mad King (Arcola, Rose Kingston and St Petersburg Philharmonia), Cinderella (St Gabriel’s), Il Re Pastore (King’s London), Bare, Red as Blood, and The Bear (Rose Kingston, Sage Gateshead, Edinburgh Fringe, and St Cyprian’s ), Aleko (St John’s Smith Square ), The Jacobin young artist run, Otello, Lucia di Lammermoor Young Artists Run, Louise (Buxton Festival), The Beggar’s Opera (Brixton JAMM), A Last Farewell, Flush, Rock Tosca, and When I’m Jumping (Toi Toi 2015) and Robbie’s Date (Courtyard Theatre), among others.

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Ella has also assisted and observed a number of distinguished directors including Kasper Holten (ROH), Stephen Unwin, Stephen Lawless, Harry Fehr, Francis Matthews (Buxton Festival), Nigel Lowry (Konzert Theater Bern) and Michiel Dijkema (Leipzig Opera), as well as working as a research assistant for the Royal Opera House and writing opera-play adaptations and librettos. In addition to directing, Ella has designed most of her own productions.

You can experience two of her upcoming events from next week. As the Artistic Director of the Helios Collective, she will be presenting:

Toi Toi: After two sold-out events in January, Toi Toi returns for an operatic club night at the CLF Art Cafe on the 28th and 29th of October. Mixing several music genres, from opera (classical and electric) to reggae and pop-fusion, you can witness opera as you’ve never seen before.

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Formations Masterclasses: From 6th to 13th November, the Collective will be presenting a six-day master class programme at the Arts Theatre. The classes will focus on several aspects of opera  – from composing to singing –  and will be led by influential figures : Kasper Holten (Director of Opera, ROH), Stephen Unwin (pre-eminent theatre director and writer) and David Parry (Award-winning conductor) among others.

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(Written on October 22, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, middle-aged musicians are missing out, Classic FM’s reaction to the One Direction split and BBC Radio 3 launches Christmas Carol Competition.

Telegraph

Middle-aged musicians are missing out

Now is the best time in human history to be middle-aged. Fifty is the new forty, forty is the new thirty, and given that working life now extends to 70 and beyond, referring to 40 as middle-aged no longer feels right. It’s less than half-way through our working life.

One Direction split: Classic FM’s brilliant ‘everything you need to know’

Classic FM had possibly the best response to the One Direction split.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Radio 3 launches its Christmas Carol Competition

Composing opportunity returns for a second year – now’s your chance!

Gramophone

Exclusive Video: Anja Harteros records ‘O Patria mia’ from Verdi’s Aida

Behind-the-scenes as Harteros records with conductor Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome

The Strad

2015 ECHO Klassik awards for violinists David Garrett, Isabelle Faust and Nemanja Radulović

The violinists are among 58 winners honoured by the German record industry

Amati Magazine

Mullovas, mother and son, release albums on same day

The young British-born double bassist, composer and arranger Misha Mullov-Abbado releases his debut album, New Ansonia, this Thursday, 28 August – on the same day as his mother, the violinist Vikoria Mullova, sees the issue of her new CD of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2, Solo Sonata and Sonata for Two Violins (Onyx Classics).

Klassikakzente

ECHO Klassik 2015 – 60 Preisträger in 22 Kategorien

Der Bundesverband der Deutschen Musikindustrie hat die diesjährigen Gewinner des ECHO-Klassik bekannt gegeben. Darunter zahlreiche Künstler der Deutschen Grammophon.

Neue Musikzeitung

Lisa Streich und Matthew Kaner erhalten die Kompositionsaufträge der Roche Young Commissions 2017

Die Künstler Lisa Streich und Matthew Kaner sind von Wolfgang Rihm für die nächsten Kompositionsaufträge der Roche Young Commissions ausgewählt worden: Jeder der beiden Komponisten erhält damit einen Werkauftrag, der innerhalb von zwei Jahren komponiert, 2016 innerhalb der LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY geprobt und 2017 im Rahmen des Sommer-Festivals zu Uraufführung gebracht werden soll.

Klassik.com

Konrad-Wolf-Preis 2015 geht posthum an Christoph Schlingensief

Die Akademie der Künste Berlin vergibt den Konrad-Wolf-Preis 2015 posthum an den 2010 verstorbenen Christoph Schlingensief und das von ihm gegründete Operndorf in Burkina Faso.

San Francisco Classical Voice

How Your Smartphone Can Bring ‘Creative Disruption’ Into the Concert Hall

Fourth of a five-part series on classical music, new initiatives in marketing, and novel “audience engagement” tools.

Le Monde

La Russie réclame aux Etats-Unis les restes de Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov ne repose plus en paix. Soixante-douze ans après la mort du célèbre compositeur et pianiste inhumé à New York, en 1943, Moscou réclame les restes de son corps.

Twitter

Kat Brown @katbrown82: Further proof that music is a force for good (and that protest songs don’t need a tune)
BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: Yes, we know it’s still August, but our October issue is on sale today!
Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: NEWS: @theoae @OAENightShift awarded residency at legendary gay club night @duckielondon

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Mark Simpson – composer in residence for the BBC Philharmonic
Photo credit: Kaupo Kikkas

(Written on August 26, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

ENO strongly represented on new International Opera awards shortlist

The only UK company on the shortlist for opera company of the year, elsewhere nominees include US mezzo Joyce DiDonato and designer Es Devlin

Michael Kennedy obituary

Journalist, music critic and authority on the works of Edward Elgar, Richard Strauss and Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Telegraph

Philharmonie de Paris: in pictures

La Philharmonie de Paris, a state-of-the-art concert hall designed by visionary architect Jean Nouvel, is the latest architectural jewel to be unveiled in the French capital.

The Times

Musycke to twekerth to

Tudor Tunes

BBC Music Magazine

BBC declares 2015 The Year of Song and Dance

Series of special BBC programmes to be dedicated to classical singing and ballet

Pizzicato

Erfolg für Wiener Staatsoper beim Livestream

Die Wiener Staatsoper meldet Erfolg bei ihrem seit Oktober 2013 laufenden Livestreaming-Programm.

Das Orchester

Jordi Savall weist spanischen Nationalpreis zurück

Der spanische Musiker Jordi Savall hat in einem Schreiben den Kulturminister seines Landes wissen lassen, dass er den ihm zugesprochenen Nationalpreis für Musik nicht annehme.

Klassik.com

Deutsche Theaterintendanten warnen vor Selbstzensur

Nach dem Anschlag auf das französische Satiremagazin “Charlie Hebdo” durch islamistische Attentäter hat die Intendantengruppe des Deutschen Bühnenvereins vor Selbstzensur gewarnt.

Codex Flores

Nouvel boykottiert Pariser Philharmonie-Eröffnung

Für den Architekten Jean Nouvel ist die gegenwärtige Eröffnung der Philharmonie de Paris verfrüht, vermurkst und – sinngemäss – stillos.

The New York Times

Lincoln Center and New York Philharmonic to Collaborate on Operas

For years, the Metropolitan Opera has gently encroached on the symphonic terrain of its Lincoln Center neighbors with orchestral concerts at Carnegie Hall.

Tweets

Guardian culture ‏@guardianculture : Why can’t festivals just announce their lineups any more?: http://gu.com/p/44pe2 

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest : Pinchas Zukerman’s @CanadasNAC #violin+#viola masterclass recorded in our Britten Theatre on 28 Oct is now on YouTube http://bit.ly/1y0ZhAx 

Guildhall School @guildhallschool : Interview with leading opera singer and alumna, Anne Sofie von Otter http://bit.ly/1DFFKcg 

Philharmonie de Paris The New Philharmonie de Paris. Photo: Yves Chanoit 

 

(Written on January 15, 2015 )

BBC News

Orchestras ‘still hostile to women’

Although there are hundreds of female musicians, very few orchestras have female directors and conductors

Limelight Magazine

Classical Grammy Awards 2014

Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dawn Upshaw head the impressive list of this years winners

Gramophone

The Bolshoi Theatre has a new music director: Tugan Sokhiev

Sokhiev replaces Vassily Sinaisky at the Bolshoi

Classic FM Online

Boy with no arms learns to play trumpet with toes

Jahmir Wallace, a 10-year-old student from Phillipsberg, New Jersey, has learned to play the trumpet despite being born without arms

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre looks to 21st century in 2014/15 season

The Southbank Centre itself has commissioned works from Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, Terry Riley, Unsuk Chin, Kaija Saariaho, Simon Holt and, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, James MacMillan

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: New generation of opera stars to combat ‘fat lady sings’ parody

Danielle de Niese, the opera singer, argues outdated stereotypes about the genre must go, and signals the end of ‘the fat lady sings’

The Independent

British orchestras are in danger of losing top billing despite rising ticket sales

Funding reductions mean our leading ensembles may have to cut back on the things that give them world status

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 27, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Lang Lang to perform with Metallica at 2014 Grammys

Pianist Lang Lang will perform with heavy metal legends Metallica at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, it has been announced

ITV

Birmingham based violinist wins prestigious music award

A Birmingham based violinist has become an ‘unsung heroine’ of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra following the presentation of the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize for orchestral musicians

Public Radio of Armenia Online

Renowned conductor Aram Gharabekian passed away aged 58

Renowned conductor Aram Gharabekian passed away in the US today at the age of 58,  the Armenian Ministry of Culture informs

Daily Mail

My struggle in cut-throat world of classical music, by violin prodigy Nicola Benedetti

The violinist who became an overnight sensation when named BBC Young Musician of the Year reveals how she struggled when plunged into an ‘extremely cut-throat’ world, writes Chris Hastings

Arts Journal

Against all trends, musicians still join union

A visit yesterday from Professor Martin Cloonan of Glasgow University revealed an unexpected statistic

The Guardian

Want to buy a classical CD? Don’t go to New York!

The joys of browsing and sampling CDs in a specialist store shop are increasingly hard to come by, and almost impossible if you’re a New Yorker

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Zum Tod von Iris Wagner

Ihre Cousins und Cousinen, auch ihre jüngere Schwester Nike, stritten öffentlich über Richard Wagners Erbe. Sie kämpfte gegen das, was sie die „Possen“ Bayreuths nannte. Zum Tod der Künstlerin Iris Wagner

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 13, 2014 )

The Independent

Former violin teacher Chris Ling may be extradited from US over historical sex abuse allegations

A former violin teacher wanted over historical sex abuse allegations at a music school may be extradited from the US, it was reported last night

The Guardian

Lottery cash spares English arts groups from big cuts

Public money available to England’s arts organisations in 2015 will be £334m after funding fall of 2.24% – far less than expected

Gramophone

Naim makes a big-stakes Statement in Las Vegas with $200,000 amplifier

New preamplifier/power amplifier system launched at CES 2014 trade show, will go on sale later this year

Classic FM Online

Classical music improves children’s social skills

Listening to classical music at an early age has a wide-range of educational benefits, including improving concentration, self-discipline, listening, and social skills, according to a study

BAFTA Film Awards 2014: full list of nominees

Five of the best soundtracks of the past year are in the running to win the Music BAFTA 2014, as nominations were announced this morning

Counsel & Heal

Classical Music May Boost Children’s Listening Skills

New research reveals that listening to classical pieces composed by Bach and Mozart improves concentration and self-discipline in children. Researchers also found that children who listen to classical musical are more likely to appreciate a wider range of music in later years

Die Zeit

Freischwimmen mit Bach

Janine Jansen entdeckt sich neu in den Köthener Violinwerken

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

(Written on January 9, 2014 )