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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 )

In today’s news, Classic FM reports on Nicola Benedetti’s appointment as vice-president of the National Children’s Orchestra, Opera Holland Park announces independence, Ivan Hewett explains how ancient barriers to classical music no longer exist & Radio 3 announces a new generation of artists

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti to become vice-president of National Children’s Orchestra

The violinist has announced that she is to become vice-president of the National Children’s Orchestra, an ensemble which played an important part in her early musical life

Classical Music Magazine

Opera Holland Park announces independence

Opera Holland Park (OHP) has formally become an independent charity. The change in status comes after nearly 20 years as a department of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It will continue to perform in its current venue and will maintain its founding values

BBC Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces new generation of artists

BBC Radio 3 has announced the seven artists that will be taking part in its prestigious New Generation Artists from 2015-2017. They are clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe, pianist Beatrice Rana, tenor Ilker Arcayürek, mezzo Kathryn Rudge, jazz trumpeter Laura Jurd, trombonist Peter Moore and the Van Kuijk String Quartet

The Telegraph

Classical music’s final frontier comes crashing down

Last month, two ancient barriers to classical music came crashing down. The Last night of the Proms was conducted by a woman, for only the second time. The next day Chineke!, the world’s first professional black and minority ethnic orchestra, made its debut at the Southbank Centre in London

Classical Music Magazine

Well-meaning attempts to make classical music more accessible miss the point

On the way to a meeting with the marketing director of a leading UK orchestra in London recently, I paused at Trafalgar Square to listen to a trio of East European string players rattling through Coldplay hits to the delight of a large audience of tourists. Viva la Vida made a particular impression

Klassik Akzente 

Am 2. Oktober wird der Geiger Daniel Hope mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis Pro Arte ausgezeichnet. Der Preis fügt sich wunderbar in die lange Liste begehrter Auszeichnungen, die seine Karriere säumen

klassik.com

Das New York Philharmonic Orchestra hat zur Saisoneröffnung bekannt gegeben, die größte individuelle Spende seiner Geschichte erhalten zu haben. Oscar Schafer, Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats des Orchesters, spendete gemeinsam mit seiner Frau 25 Millionen US-Dollar

La Vanguardia

La cantante ha colaborado con el tenor en una canción que se incluirá en su nuevo disco. El inesperado dúo ha grabado una canción que se incluirá en el nuevo trabajo del tenor, Cinema, y ha sido compuesta por uno de los más prestigiosos autores de bandas sonoras: Ennio Morricone

The New York Times

Now New York City’s other other opera company is closing. Gotham Chamber Opera, a small, imaginative troupe that had seemed poised to fill some of the void after New York City Opera closed in 2013, announced on Thursday that it would shut down

Twitter

Arts Council England @ace_international  because it employs thousands of people across England – inc. in isolated areas like Keswick 

The Journal of Music @journalofmusic Video: What will developments in data science to do music listening?

Gewandhausorchester @Gewandhaus From 21-23 Oct musicians will give public masterclasses with students of the .

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Pictured: Nicola, after performing with the members of the National Children’s Orchestra

Photo: Alex von Koettlitz

 

(Written on October 2, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, should we ‘sex up’ classical music, Beatrice Rana signs to Warner Classics and Czech pianist Ivan Moravec dies.

The Guardian

Classical music completists, unite! What mighty cycles shall we stage at the Proms?

Many stamina-testing, technically demanding musical marathons could really work at the Royal Albert Hall. Here are five contenders – what would you choose?

The Strad

No sex please – we’re classical musicians

Does ‘sexing up’ classical music increase accessibility or is it merely crass exhibitionism? Two well-known string players debated one of the hot topics of the industry in The Strad’s March 2006 issue

BBC Music Magazine

Beatrice Rana signs to Warner Classics

Italian pianist debuts with Antonio Pappano

Six of the best: classical music film cameos

We spot six famous classical musicians who have appeared in movies

Classic FM

We filmed Mari and Håkon Samuelsen playing Halvorsen’s unique, completely ballistic spin on a Handel classic.

We filmed Mari and Håkon Samuelsen playing Halvorsen’s unique, completely ballistic spin on a Handel classic. Strap in, everyone…

Die Zeit

Wie klingt die Gegenwart?

Die Zeit der Debatten in der neuen Musik ist vorbei. Vier Komponisten der jüngeren Generation darüber, wie man die Jetztzeit vertont und was das mit Politik zu tun hat.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wie entsteht eine Kultinszenierung? Buhs und Bumerang

Erst Pfui, im nächsten Jahr schon Hui? Udo Badelt besucht den “Lohengrin” bei den Bayreuther Festspielen – und wundert sich über die Genese von Kultinszenierungen.

BR Klassik

Mit Weihnachtsoratorium in den August : “Wohltemperierte” Bachwoche in Ansbach

Unter dem Motto “Wohltemperiert” startet am Freitag die Bachwoche Ansbach. Zum ersten Mal dabei ist dieses Jahr der BR-Chor. Und die fränkischen “Lokalmatadoren”, die Sänger des Windsbacher Knabenchors, sind auch wieder vertreten – mit dem zweiten Teil des Weihnachtsoratoriums.

France Musique

Disparition du pianiste Ivan Moravec

Le pianiste tchèque Ivan Moravec est décédé lundi 27 juillet à l’âge de 84 ans. Assez méconnu du grand public il est admiré des mélomanes notamment pour ses interprétations de Chopin.

The New York Times

Ivan Moravec, Pianist Who Specialized in Chopin, Dies at 84

Ivan Moravec, a Czech pianist who earned a reputation as one of the greatest interpreters of Chopin largely through recordings that had penetrated the Iron Curtain, died on Monday in Prague. He was 84.

Toby Deller @TobyDeller: The French have a word for people like conductor @mtortelier: un gentleman (they do! he is!) Read my interview in August @ClassicalMusic_

Ensemble Perpetuo @EnsemblPerpetuo: How does music taste? How loud is a scent? Let us take you on a journey you won’t forget!

NYOGB @NYOGB: 10 questions for @tansydavies – composer of ‘Re-Greening’, a new commission by @NYOGB

Antonio Pappano and Beatrice Rana

Antonio Pappano and Beatrice Rana
Photo: BBC Music Magazine

(Written on July 31, 2015 )