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In today’s Classical News, read an obituary of Holocaust survivor and renowned harpsichordist, Zuzana Růžičková, who died last week, aged 90.  The ISM Trust launches Primary Music Toolkit, and the Maxwell Quartet have won the ninth Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition.

Classical Music Magazine

Zuzana Růžičková (14 January 1927 – 27 September 2017)

Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková has died aged 90.  A key figure in the revival of the harpsichord and a devotee of Bach, Růžičková’s career is all the more remarkable given that she survived internment in three concentration camps in her teens.

Music Teacher

ISM Trust launches Primary Music Toolkit

The ISM Trust, supported by the Schools Music Association (SMA), has released a Primary Music Toolkit, which aims to help primary school teachers become more confident in teaching music in the classroom.

The Strad

Scottish quartet wins jury and audience prizes in Trondheim

The ninth Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, running alongside the Chamber Music Festival in Trondheim, Norway, was won by the Scotland-based Maxwell Quartet.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Symphony Orchestra board’s dramatic u-turn on same-sex marriage

After days of turmoil and anger that threatened to tear the Sydney Symphony Orchestra apart, the orchestra’s board has staged a stunning back-flip on the issue of same-sex marriage, admitting their neutral position was “misjudged”.

CBC News

Meet the Canadian composer who’s created a basketball symphony for the TSO

Jared Miller doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t love music. “I can’t even use words to convey how much I love music and all types of music,” Miller told CBC’s Our Toronto. “So to have the privilege to create it and to play it is really something special in my mind.”

Klassik.com

Medienpreis Leopold für vier Kinderproduktionen

Köln, 03.10.2017. Der Verband deutscher Musikschulen (VdM) hat zusammen mit dem Bundesjugendministerium im Funkhaus Köln den Medienpreis “Leopold” verliehen.

Klassik Heute

Sonderpreis beim Deutschen Dirigentenpreis 2017 für Vladimir Yaskorski

Der 1. Kapellmeister des Theaters Plauen-Zwickau Vladimir Yaskorski hat beim Deutschen Dirigentenpreis 2017 den Sonderpreis für die beste Interpretation eines Werkes des 20./21.

Die Zeit

Hightech in preußischem Rokoko

Nach sieben Jahren Bauzeit präsentiert sich die restaurierte Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden als großer Wurf.

Codex Flores

Standards für Instrumenten-Innenmessungen

Im Projekt Musices durchleuchten Fraunhofer-Forscher per 3D-Computertomographie historische Musikinstrumente aus der Sammlung des Germanischen Nationalmuseums.

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Image: Zuzana Růžičková

(Written on October 3, 2017 )

In today’s news: Sir Simon Rattle has made his debut as Music Director in London, how musicians have tackled the refugee crisis, and Peter Leathem discusses PPL/PRS. Christoph Spering receives “Echo” Award, music journalist Eleonore Büning receives Pro Musica Viva-Prize, and finalists for “Concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon” have been announced.

Evening Standard

Sir Simon Rattle describes first concert leading London Symphony Orchestra as like ‘a homecoming’

The celebrated conductor made his debut as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra

The Guardian

‘It was impossible to write about anything else’: how musicians have – finally – tackled the refugee crisis

In the 80s, musicians simply released charity singles in response to humanitarian crises. But today’s artists have been relatively quiet about the plight of those in the Mediterranean – until now. From Coldplay to Benjamin Clementine, why has it taken them so long to find their voices?

Music Week

‘It’s a brilliant project’: Peter Leathem discusses PPL/PRS joint venture

PPL CEO Peter Leathem has described the company’s joint venture with PRS For Music as “a joint front office that will act as a one-stop shop for bars, nightclubs, offices, and public spaces that need PPL and PRS licences”.

Billboard

Mood-Based Playlists Grow Classical Music’s Revenue, Cache With Young Fans

Diehard Bruce Springsteen fan Brandon Shaw used to rock out to The Boss almost exclusively — until the 27-year-old started streaming Spotify playlists such as Brain Food and Deep Focus in his office about a year ago.

Vulture

A Classical Music Festival Just Had Its Very Own Fyre Festival-Like Implosion in Rhode Island

Remember that time influencers and unassuming, rich music fans descended upon the Bahamas expecting a luxury festival only to be met with the “mass chaos” of Fyre Festival?

Limelight

Vienna State Opera offers six languages in new seat-back system

The company’s new system caters to patrons from around the world, but how long before we see something similar in Australia?

Kulturradio

Kölner Kantor erhält “Echo” für Einspielung von Lutherkantaten

Christoph Spering wird für seine herausragende Einspielung der vier CDs mit dem Titel “Bach – Lutherkantaten” durch “Das neue Orchester” und den Chorus Musicus Köln geehrt.

Klassik.com

Musikjournalistin Eleonore Büning erhält Pro Musica Viva-Preis 2017

Die Musikjournalistin und -kritikerin Eleonore Büning erhält den diesjährigen Preis der Pro Musica Viva-Stiftung.

Musik Heute

Festspiele MV erwarten Besucherrekord

Die Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern steuern auf einen Besucherrekord zu. Die 131 Konzerte der vergangenen drei Monate zogen über 82.000 Menschen an, teilten die Veranstalter am Freitag mit.

France Musique

La liste des finalistes du Concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon dévoilée

Les noms des finalistes du Concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon ont été dévoilés. Un Français, un Anglais et un Russe s’affronteront dans cette dernière ligne droite.

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This year’s finalists for “Concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon” ©Yves Petit

 

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(Written on September 15, 2017 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to be working with Blüthner on their inaugural Piano Series. Seven virtuosi will showcase the piano with its unique Golden Tone in a series of seven recitals held at St John’s Smith Square over the 2017/18 season.

From its founding in 1853 by Julius Blüthner, the eponymous firm has remained family-run. Current CEO, Dr Christian Blüthner-Haessler, enjoyed a successful career as a cancer surgeon, before taking the reins in 1996, and being named Businessman of the Year in Germany in 2004 after just 8 years in the industry.

From its inception, Blüthner has been an innovative company, which can be seen today in its impressive range of Design Pianos, and the extraordinary PH Grand. Blüthner has also pushed boundaries exploring the mechanics of tone production, with the creation of the Aliquot string, an added fourth string which vibrates sympathetically, cylindrical soundboards, and angle cut hammers, resulting in a truly special sound.

The starry list of Blüthner advocates includes Brahms, Mahler, Bartók, Debussy, Reger, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Liberace, Stevie Wonder, and Ariana Grande.

The seven programmes held at St John’s Smith Square will be performed by outstanding talents from across the world, highlighting the versatility, depth, and character of the Blüthner instrument. Repertoire will include Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven; Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Brahms; Stravinsky and transcriptions of Chinese music; Sjogren, Nielssen, and Nilsson. Tom Poster’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective will open the series performing Clara Schumann, Brahms, Schubert, and Robert Schumann.

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(Written on September 14, 2017 )

In today’s news: Pioneering Radio 3 show gives dementia sufferers a voice, leading musicians assemble for gala performance in aid of Refugee Council, and nudist viola player plays during naked skydive to raise money for body image charities. Harold Faltermeyer receives German film score prize, Bayreuth announces plans for 2018, and Musikfest Berlin starts today.

The Times

Pioneering Radio 3 show gives dementia sufferers a voice

A pioneering six-hour programme that blends the voices of dementia sufferers with classical music is to air on the BBC.

Classical Music Magazine

Leading musicians assemble for gala performance in aid of Refugee Council

A number of leading artists will assemble for a performance of Tippett’s A Child of Our Time to raise funds for Refugee Council and its work with unaccompanied children arriving in Britain having fled war, trafficking and persecution.

International Piano

Sony releases Gould’s Goldberg Variations sessions

Sony Classical is to release Glenn Gould’s complete sessions for his famous 1955 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations as part of a new box set.

The Strad

The lark descending – nudist viola player plays during naked skydive

Australian violist Glen Donnelly’s stunt is raising money for body image charities

Limelight

Saxophonist plays instrument during brain surgery

Dan Fabbio performed a piece on the saxophone during surgery to remove a brain tumour.

Pizzicato

La Monnaie in Brussels to reopen next Tuesday

The Royal Theatre of La Monnaie in Brussels will reopen on September 5 after a two-year-long renovation. The opening production is Philippe Boesman’s opera Pinocchio.

NMZ

Deutscher Filmmusikpreis 2017: „Top Gun“–Komponist Harold Faltermeyer wird Ehrenpreisträger

Der Deutsche Filmmusikpreis würdigt den in München geborenen Filmkomponisten und Musikproduzenten Harold Faltermeyer 2017 mit dem Ehrenpreis.

Kultur Radio

Bayreuth plant für 2018

Im kommenden Jahr zeigen die Bayreuther Festspiele eine Neuinszenierung der Wagner-Oper “Lohengrin”.

Klassik Heute

Heute beginnt das Festival Musikfest Berlin 2017.

Beim Musikfest Berlin präsentieren die Berliner Klangkörper sowie Gastorchester aus Amsterdam, Mailand, London, Perm und Freiburg große Werke der Musikgeschichte.

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The packed house at the gala final performance at the old Metropolitan Opera House on Broadway at 39th Street 1966

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(Written on August 31, 2017 )

In today’s news: Yamaha launches Silent Piano concert season, Caledonian Sleeper train hosts opera performance, and Greg Morris to perform complete Bach organ works. Russian violinist sentences to 20 hour of community service, Domingo to conduct in Bayreuth in 2018, and “Klassik am See” has been rescheduled.

International Piano

Yamaha launches Silent Piano concert season

Yamaha Music London has announced its inaugural Silent Piano concert season.

The four-concert series will see Thomasz Zyrmont, Eren Önsoy, Andrew Zolinsky and Varvara Tarasova perform on Yamaha’s Silent Pianos, with the audience experiencing the music through headphones, remotely and wirelessly.

Music Teacher

Sound and Music announce composers selected for HCMF schools project

Three composers have been selected to take part in a new education project designed by Sound and Music in partnership with Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Heritage Quay.

Early Music Today

English Concert announces 2017/18 season

The English Concert’s 2017/18 season will see the ensemble celebrate ten years with Harry Bicket as music director.

Classical Music Magazine

Caledonian Sleeper hosts opera performance

An opera has been performed on the Caledonian Sleeper for the first time as part of the Tête à Tête Opera Festival 2017. Belongings, inspired by items of luggage carried by railway passengers, received its premiere on the service from Aberdeen to London on 24 July. The opera’s music was written by Samuel Bordoli and its libretto by Bill Bankes-Jones.

Choir and Organ

Greg Morris to perform complete Bach organ works

Greg Morris, associate organist of the Temple Church in London, is to perform Bach’s complete organ works over a ten month period, beginning in October 2017.

France Musique

Un violoniste russe arrêté en pleine répétition

La BBC a diffusé un reportage sur Andrey Osipov, violoniste russe engagé contre la corruption dans son pays.

The Irish Times

Frank McNamara gives a masterclass in how to handle mistakes

The pianist shows students how to handle the pressure of improvisation

Der Tagesspiegel

Zeit, Schweiß und Gold

Am 1. August werden Bühne und Besucherraum an Technik und Künstler der Staatsoper übergeben. Besuch bei den letzten Arbeiten.

Pizzicato

Domingo dirigiert in Bayreuth, Netrebko sagte ab

Der Tenor, Bariton und Dirigent Placido Domingo (76) wird im  Jahr 2018 in Bayreuth Wagners ‘Walküre’ dirigieren.

Klassik Heute

Programmänderung und Verschiebung von “Klassik am See” in Erlangen

Andreas Ottensamer hat seinen Auftritt bei Klassik am See« in Erlangen nach dem plötzlichen Tod seines Vaters abgesagt.

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Classical Music Magazine: Belongings

(Written on July 26, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fourth time. Music@Malling brings world-class artists to historic local venues in West Malling, Kent, combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music. This year sees the seventh iteration of the festival, in which 24 events will take place over 10 days, featuring music of leading contemporary composers, alongside classical, jazz and folk music. The festival aims to engage with the local community through education and outreach work and to provide events that both enrich and entertain audiences. Music@Malling aspires to develop innovative and creative projects that are of high quality and that raise the profile of music. The artists are involved in mentoring and supporting young musicians and composers across Kent.

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This year, outreach work includes 1400 primary school children from 16 schools partaking in a project focusing on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes as well as 480 children performing in four concerts alongside the festivals resident ensemble, Chamber Domaine, and narrator Matthew Sharp. Furthermore, in conjunction with Sound and Music, Go compose!, gives 10 young composers from Kent the opportunity to compose a piece of music that is performed and recorded in one day under the expert guidance of Simon Pearce (Royal College of Music and Purcell School) and Chamber Domaine. The festival also offers Meet the Composer events with composers such as Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson, and mentoring workshops with the Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s, James Pearson.

Concerts will include Chamber Domaine performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Artists range from harpsichord player Steven Devine, violinist Thomas Bowes to guitarist Craig Ogden performing Bach, Dowland, Britten, and Albeniz. Flute player Sami Junnonen will perform music by Bach, Sciarrino, Debussy, Berio, Takemitsu, as well as the premiere of a new work by Tomi Räisänen.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Our seventh festival promises to be our best yet with a wide range of music and lots of interesting programmes and opportunities for music lovers young and old. Contemporary music by Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson rubs shoulders with works by Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Gershwin as well as jazz, world, folk and vocal music across 24 events. I am particularly proud of our work with local schools –engaging young people in creative activities – many for the first time.’

(Written on July 17, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Beer, Bach, tweets and Tavener, older audiences know how to listen properly, and RNCM announces 2017 Honorands. After seven years Martin Hoffmann steps down as manager of the Berlin Philharmonic, and new professor at the MUMUTH school of arts Graz. Sony takes up vinyl production, and Penderecki’s music in the new Twin Peaks season.

The Guardian

Beer, Bach, tweets and Tavener: mixing up the classical concert

Can a concert that throws out all the things about the classical experience that puts may people off succeed in attracting a new audience? Cheltenham festival are having a go.

The Times

Older audiences know how to listen properly, says violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti

The violin virtuoso has expressed outrage at suggestions that organisers of symphony concerts should focus on attracting younger crowds, at the expense of older devotees.

Music Teacher

RNCM announces 2017 Honorands

Dame Patricia Routledge, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Henning Kraggerud and Vasily Petrenko are among the Royal Northern College of Music’s 2017 Honorands.

Classical Music Magazine

London Sinfonietta reveals 50th anniversary season

The London Sinfonietta’s 50th anniversary season will see the ensemble explore its history and cultural legacy, and look to the future with a number of new works and projects.

The Strad

Midori to join Curtis Institute of Music violin faculty in 2018

The violinist, who has taught at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for 14 years, will join the Curtis Institute full-time from the 2018-2019 academic year

Tagesspiegel

„Mein Büro ist das Herzzentrum“

Nach sieben Jahren endet die Intendanz von Martin Hoffmann bei den Berliner Philharmonikern. Ein Gespräch über Manager und Musiker, Querelen am Kulturforum und den Geldsegen vom Bund.

Concerti

Eine Woche reicht für beides – Wettbewerb und Fest

TONALi schickt zwölf junge Geiger ins Rennen – an höchst ungewöhnlichen Orten

NMZ

Alles Oper, oder was?

René Zisterer steht im Foyer des MUMUTH – Haus für Musik und Musiktheater – und sieht sichtlich zufrieden aus.

WQXR

Listening to Penderecki’s Music in ‘Twin Peaks’

Much has been written about the eighth episode of Twin Peaks’ 2017 incarnation.

Le Parisien

Face au retour en grâce du vinyle, Sony va relancer la production

Avis aux nostalgiques mais aussi aux jeunes mélomanes, le géant japonais de l’électronique Sony va reprendre d’ici à mars 2018 la fabrication de vinyles, après un arrêt de trois décennies.

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in 1888 FP of Richard ‘s Die Feen at the Hoftheater, in Munich.

The Times: Nicola Benedetti

(Written on June 29, 2017 )

In Today’s Classical News: Alan Gilbert to take Hamburg post, The Julliard School unveil new Chinese campus design, Musician thrown off flight for attempting to stow her violin in the cabin, and gigantic octobass spotted in action.

Choir and Organ

Los Angeles Master Chorale to be inducted into American Classical Music Hall of Fame

The Los Angeles Master Chorale will be inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame on 22 June during its Lux Aeterna 20th anniversary celebration concert.

The Violin Channel

The Julliard School Unveil New Chinese Campus Design

The Juilliard School, in New York City, has this week unveiled the preliminary designs for the new Tianjin Juilliard School – set to open in Tianjin, China at the beginning of the 2019 academic year.

The Strad

Musician thrown off Aer Lingus flight for attempting to stow her violin in the cabin.

Freelance musician and Alexander Technique tutor Aingeala De Búrca claims that she was removed from the flight from Bristol to Dublin this week when she attempted to stow her instrument in the overhead locker

Cmuse

Check out this J.S. Bach Chaconne for Octobass and Four Double Basses

In a recent performance, we spotted a gigantic octobass in action. Compared to the typically enormous double basses, the octobass make them look like little cellos. The size was not the only thing impressive about the octobass but the deep, amazing melody that was previously unheard.

The New York Times

Alan Gilbert to Lead NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Hamburg

He is leaving a fixer-upper on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for a sleek new home in Hamburg, Germany.

 Der Tagesspiegel

Unter den Linden werdet ihr mich finden

Acht Premieren präsentiert die Berliner Staatsoper in der Saison 2017/18 in ihrem sanierten Stammhaus – auch Placido Domingo ist dabei

 Die Welt

Das ist der neue Chefdirigent der Elbphilharmonie

Die Elbphilharmonie bekommt einen neuen Chefdirigenten: den Amerikaner Alan Gilbert, der zuvor das New York Philharmonic leitete. Er soll dafür sorgen, dass die Elphie auch innen Glamour verströmt.

 Concerti

Alan Gilbert wird neuer Chefdirigent

Paukenschlag beim NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. Nachdem am Montag überraschend bekannt wurde, dass Thomas Hengelbrock, Chefdirigent des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, seinen Vertrag nicht verlängern wird, präsentiert das Orchester nun Alan Gilbert als seinen Nachfolger

 Musik Heute

Berliner Staatsoper feiert Wiedereröffnung mit Open-Air-Konzert

Die Berliner Staatsoper feiert die Wiedereröffnung ihres Stammhauses Unter den Linden nach siebenjähriger Sanierung mit einem Open-Air-Konzert. Am 30. September um 17:00 Uhr lädt Generalmusikdirektor Daniel Barenboim bei freiem Eintritt zu einem Konzert auf den Bebelplatz in der historischen Mitte Berlins

 Le Figaro

Solidays 2017 : «On voit l’environnement des festivals changer»

Une affiche attractive et un temps plus soutenable annoncé par La Chaîne météo seront au rendez-vous des Solidays. Mais même avec de telles conditions cette 19e édition, du vendredi 23 au dimanche 26 juin, aura fort à faire pour rassembler autant de personnes que l’année précédente, soit 202.000 spectateurs.

El Mundo

Antonio Serrano abre el jueves en Madrid el festival ‘Clazz de jazz latino’ con un homenaje a Toots Thielemans

Comienza la séptima edición de Clazz el festival del jazz latino que se abre el jueves 22 con el cuarteto de Antonio Serrano, uno de los más brillantes armonicistas del mundo y que contará el día 23 con el bandeononista Claudio Constantini y el quinteto tango-jazz y con el regreso a Madrid de Chano Domínguez que lleva varias temporadas instalado en los Estados Unidos y que ya ha cambiado la costa oeste por Nueva York.

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Classical Music Magazine: Alan Gilbert

(Written on June 23, 2017 )

In today’s news: a new music festival in Disneyland Paris, and DG welcomed their first female cellist. True Story in the Lineup of Cannes film festival, and Luther’s music had more power than his words. Arte presents new opera on video platform, and Justin Doyle becomes chief of the RIAS-Chamber choir. Tenor Endrik Wottrich died last wednesday, and classical pianist Dennis Matsuev goes jazz.

The Strad

Cellist Camille Thomas signs to Deutsche Grammophon

The 28-year-old Franco-Belgian musician is the first ever female cellist to join DG’s artist roster.

NME

Disneyland Paris is set to host new music festival

Disneyland Paris will be the setting of a new EDM festival this summer.

The Spectator

Luther’s music had an even greater impact than his words

Music was at the heart of the Lutheran reformation. Four hours of music, for example, was introduced into the Saxon school curriculum

The Guardian

Roman Polanski’s Based on a True Story added to Cannes film festival lineup

The director’s latest thriller will premiere at the festival as his lawyer continues to battle for the Oscar winner’s return to the US

BBC

Russell Tovey and his dream role in ‘gay fantasia’

Few stage productions attract the level of expectation which surrounds the National Theatre’s new revival in London of Tony Kushner’s 1990s play Angels in America.

The Violin Channel

Thomastik-Infeld Versum Solo Cello String Pack Winners Announced!

And the winners are in! The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a Thomastik-Infeld cello soloist twin set string pack.

Concerti

Oper auf Abruf

ARTE-Plattformen und +7-Mediathek verbinden sich zu neuem Videoportal

NMZ

Brite Justin Doyle startet als Chef des RIAS-Kammerchors

Der Brite Justin Doyle tritt mit der kommenden Spielzeit als Chefdirigent des RIAS Kammerchors an.

Pizzicato

Tenor Endrik Wottrich verstorben

Der 1963 in Celle geborene deutsche Tenor Endrik Wottrich ist am gestrigen Mittwoch unerwartet verstorben. Das teilte die Oper Leipzig mit.

Broadway world

44th annual Bach week festival to feature artist debuts and more

The Chicago area’s 44th annual Bach Week Festival, opening April 28 in Evanston, Ill., will feature festival debuts of local and visiting artists of international stature in concerts devoted to the music of the festival’s namesake, German Baroque composer J. S. Bach.

WQXR

Classical Pianist Denis Matsuev Takes the A Train

Classical pianist Dennis Matsuev is no stranger to jazz — here he is in concert, performing the Billy Strayhorn classic “Take the ‘A’ Train.”

San Diego Reader

PONY rides a new vision for live classical music

Movies, lights, but where is the social media presence?

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16Schwetzinger starten am 28. April unter dem “Leidenschaft”

Join today for the last Hour of the week, followed by another 3 hours of great classical music

 

NME

(Written on April 28, 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 )