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In today’s news, Daniel Harding is named the new music director of the Orchestre de Paris, the Bayreuth Wagner Festival is becoming more of a soap opera than a classical opera and the Spectator states that dressing up for the opera is not elitist. Furthermore, Lisa Milne has announced she will be quitting the main stage and devoting the rest of her career to teaching, Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ is being performed in the Israeli Masada National Park and Thomas Hengelbrock will be Chef associé at the Orchestre de Paris from 2016. Today, the Leipziger Bachfest starts, music streaming services aim at Japan and composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank answers questions on I Care If You Listen.

The Times

Daniel Harding: the British conductor with a new Paris beat

Daniel Harding, 39, is following Barenboim, Solti and Karajan as the new music director of the Orchestre de Paris. Richard Morrison meets him

The Guardian

The Bayreuth Wagner festival: more soap opera than classical opera

Allegations that joint director Eva Wagner-Pasquier is not allowed even near the festival theatre are the latest twists in a long saga of offstage feuds at Bayreuth

Classical Music Magazine

Daniel Harding takes Paris post

Daniel Harding is to be the next music director of the Orchestre de Paris, succeeding Paavo Järvi.

The Spectator

Dressing up for the opera is not elitist

Evening dress is a great social leveller

Herald Scotland

Soprano Lisa Milne on quitting the stage and turning to teaching

Lisa Milne, one of the finest operatic voices Scotland has ever produced, has announced she will be quitting the main stage and devoting the rest of her career to teaching.

pizzicato

Oper in der Wüste

Im israelischen ’Masada National Park’ wird zurzeit Giacomo Puccinis ‘Tosca’ aufgeführt, in der Regie von Nicolas Joël und unter der Leitung von Daniel Oren, in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Israelischen Opernchor und dem Israelischen Symphonie Orchester Rischon Letzion.

klassik.com

Thomas Hengelbrock

Thomas Hengelbrock wird mit Beginn der Spielzeit 2016/17 Chef associé beim Orchestre de Paris. Er ist seit 2011 Chefdirigent des NDR Sinfonieorchesters und leitet seit seiner Gründung das Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble.

MUSIK HEUTE

Bachfest Leipzig beginnt – Verbindung mit Stadtjubiläum

Das Leipziger Bachfest beginnt am (heutigen) Freitag mit einer Neuheit: Erstmals spielt das Händelfestspielorchester zur Eröffnung.

The New York Times

Music Streaming Service Aims at Japan, Where CD Is Still King

As listeners around the world turn to streaming music, there has been one important holdout: Japan. More than 80 percent of the sales in the country are still on physical formats like CDs, and the industry in Japan has been resistant to allowing streaming services to take root.

I Care If You Listen

5 Questions to Gabriela Lena Frank (composer)

Composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank is as busy as she can imagine being. She has just completed My angel, his name is Freedom, a commission from the Handel and Haydn Society which they will debut on June 18 at Symphony Hall in Boston as part of their bicentennial celebration.

Twitter

London Bach Society @bachlive: Sending good wishes to our Leipzig friends for a super Bachfest starting today ..Singet dem Herrn eine neues Lied

Telegraph Classical : How to open an opera festival in your back garden

Classical Today : YOUNG ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Veronika Eberle, violinist

Daniel Harding Photo: Julian Hargreaves

Daniel Harding
Photo: Julian Hargreaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on June 12, 2015 )

WildKat PR is pleased to announce that we are now working with world-renowned violinist Daniel Hope on his European-based projects.

WildKat PR will be managing Daniel Hope’s communications and media strategy across Europe, with a particular emphasis on the UK. 21C Media Group will continue to manage Mr. Hope’s North American press and media.

Following on from his highly successful recording of “Recomposed by Max Richter – Vivaldi – The Four Seasons”, Daniel Hope will be releasing “Spheres” (Deutsche Grammophon) on 15th February 2013. The album is an anthology of music from Bach to Gabriel Prokofiev examining Pythagoras’ “Musica Universalis” theory that planetary movements create sound. It features a wide range of genres, from core repertoire such as Bach and Fauré, to new compositions written by younger composers especially for Hope (Gabriel Prokofiev and Alex Baranowski) and works by established contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt and Philip Glass.

Highlights from Daniel Hope’s forthcoming season include; two carte blanche concerts performing and presenting with conductor Alexander Shelley and the Berlin Konzerthausorchester; launching Sweden’s first ever Yellow Lounge on January 10th 2013; a recital at Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional and a concert in Munich to celebrate the release of “Spheres” on 18th March 2013. Marking his tenth anniversary as Associate Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival USA, Mr. Hope will host two weeks of curated programmes culminating in a performance of Brahms and Beethoven featuring renowned mezzo-soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter in March and April 2013. From the beginning of the current season at Lucerne’s KKL Concert Hall, Daniel Hope also becomes Principal Guest Artist of the Lucerne Festival Strings. The position has been specifically created for Hope and he will play and direct the orchestra in various concerts throughout the year, including a performance at the Lucerne Festival 2013.

Daniel Hope is a renowned interpreter of the work of Benjamin Britten. His 2004 recording of Berg and Britten’s violin concertos garnered such praise as being not only played to technical perfection but with its poignant emotional content – realised to the full’ by The Sunday Telegraph and was declared ‘an excellent one’ by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, with the ‘agony of the movement’ said to be overwhelming as he does not resort to a distorting eccentricity.’ To celebrate Britten’s 2013 centenary, Daniel Hope will be performing Britten’s violin concerto with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner in February and on tour with the European Union Youth Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy in April.

In addition to the Savannah Music Festival, Hope is also Artistic Director of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany which presents 125 concerts to over 70,000 visitors across the summer, and where he will complete his tenure in 2013. Future festival plans include Hope taking up a position as Artist in Residence at the Meraner Musikwochen in Italy in September 2013, as well taking over the direction of the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele from 2015 with Thomas Hengelbrock, Chief Conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg and Balthasar Neumann Ensemble.

Daniel Hope is also a prolific writer and has published three bestselling books, including Familienstücke, a family memoir; Wann Darf Ich Klatschen? – a guide for concert-goers and Toi Toi Toi!, a collection of small mishaps and giant disasters in the classical music world. Demonstrating his immense versatility, Hope’s latest book, due to be published in 2014 by German publisher Rowohlt, explores the fascinating topic of exiled Jewish musicians, artists and writers who ended up in Hollywood before the Second World War. Readers can also enjoy Daniel Hope’s monthly columns in the German magazines “Crescendo” and “Cicero”.

Daniel Hope is at work on several compelling television projects, including a major documentary for the Bayerischer Rundfunk about the Theresienstadt concentration camp, which tells the story through the eyes of two musician survivors; Coco Schumann and Alice Herz-Sommer. Other projects include a documentary for ARTE, which explores the mysteries of the violin world, to be broadcast in Spring 2013.

For further information on “Spheres” please visit the Deutsche Grammophon website here.

To stay updated with all of Daniel Hope’s upcoming projects please visit his official website here.

 

Upcoming dates:

December 7th 2012: Tampere, Finland
Tampere Hall
With Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Hannu Lintu
Berg Violin Concerto ‘To the memory of an angel’

December 15th, 2012: Release of “Spheres” eSingle: “I Giorni” by Ludovico Einaudi

December 19th & 20th 2012: New York, USA
Le Poisson Rouge
With Max Richter & Ensemble LPR
Recomposed by Max Richter – Vivaldi – The Four Seasons

December 22nd 2012: New York, USA
Metropolitan Museum of Art
With the Salome Chamber Orchestra
All Bach Concert: Violin Concerto in A minor, Triple Concerto in D major, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

December 31st 2012: Berlin, Germany
Konzerthaus
With the Berliner Konzerhausorchester and Alexander Shelley

January 1st 2013: Berlin, Germany
Konzerthaus
With the Berliner Konzerhausorchester and Alexander Shelley

January 9th 2013: Stockholm, Sweden
Konserthuset
With Alexander Shelley and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Korngold Violin Concerto
Rózsa Love Theme from Ben Hur
Morricone Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso
Bateman Williams arr., Theme from Schindler’s List

January 18th 2013: Olten, Switzerland
Stadttheater
With Festival Strings Lucerne
Josef Suk: Meditation on the old Bohemian carol “St. Wenceslas” op. 35 a
J. S. Bach: Violin Concerto in A Minor BWV 1041
J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 for flute, violin and harpsichord in D major BWV 1050
Antonín Dvorák: Serenade for Strings in E minor op. 22

January 26th 2013: Frankfurt, Germany
Alte Oper
With Festival Strings Lucerne
Josef Suk: Meditation on the old Bohemian carol “St. Wenceslas” op. 35 a
J. S. Bach: Violin Concerto in A Minor BWV 1041
J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 for flute, violin and harpsichord in D major BWV 1050
Antonín Dvorák: Serenade for Strings in E minor op. 22

January 29th 2013: Madrid, Spain
Auditorio Nacional de Música
With Sebastian Knauer
Mendelssohn: Sonata for violin and piano in F Major
Schulhoff: Sonata for violin and piano No. 2
Stravinski: Russian Song
Messiaen: Praise to the Immortality of Jesus (Quartet for the End of Time 1941)
Ravel: Kaddish
Dauber: Serenade for Violin and Piano
Weill: Selection from the Threepenny Opera
Gershwin: ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’, ‘Summertime’, ‘I Got Rhythm’

January 31st 2013: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Auditorio de Galicia
With Philip Dukes and Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Britten: Double Concerto for Violin and Viola

February 1st, 2013: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Auditorio de Galicia
With Philip Dukes and Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Britten: Double Concerto for Violin and Viola

February 15th, 2013: “Spheres” – International Release

February 15th & 16th, 2013: Indianapolis, USA
Hilbert Circle Theater
With the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Krzysztof Urbanski
Bruch: Violin Concerto no. 1

February 19th 2013: Zurich, Switzerland
Tonhalle
With Klaus Maria Brandauer
“Don Juan” in word and music

February 27th & 28th, 2013: Gothenburg, Sweden
Konserthus
With Edward Gardner, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Britten Violin Concerto
Schubert / Berio: Rendering

Photo Credit: Harald Hoffman

(Written on December 10, 2012 )