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WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Philharmonix to our roster! Philharmonix is an all-star ensemble, which brings together 3 members of the Vienna Philharmonic, 2 Berlin Philharmonic soloists, one of the most versatile Austrian pianists, and an improvising and singing violinist. They play and rearrange pieces for a deliciously heady cocktail of classical, klezmer, folk, jazz, Latin, and even pop – the kind of repertoire one would never see on the playbill of the legendary orchestras. The common link between all of the pieces? The quality of the music and the sense of fun, for both the players and the audience.

Photo: Philharmonix © Max Parovsky

Having lost and gained new members in 2017, Philharmonix is now presenting a brand new image to the audience, along with their new album, to be published by Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Austria at the end of February 2018. To accompany this new start, they’ll be giving a concert at the Berlin Philharmonie on 14th February.

Watch here their brand new video:

The musicians:

– Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin (1st concertmaster Berlin Philharmonic)
– Sebastian Gürtler, violin (former concertmaster Wiener Volksoper)
– Thilo Fechner, viola (Vienna Philharmonic)
– Stephan Koncz, cello (Berlin Philharmonic)
– Ödön Rácz, bass (principal, Vienna Philharmonic)
– Daniel Ottensamer, clarinet (principal, Vienna Philharmonic)
– Christoph Traxler, piano

The Golden Rule of the Philharmonix’ programmes: “Anything goes, as long as it’s fun“!

WildKat is looking forward to promoting this great ensemble through this new album and the Berlin concert, across German-speaking countries and the UK. Stay tuned, there is definitely more to come soon!

(Written on November 2, 2017 )

We are delighted to welcome Taner Akyol to the WildKat Family. Taner Akyol is a composer and virtuoso of the Bağlama, a Turkic stringed instrument also called Saz. WildKat is working with Taner to promote his concert on 29th September at the Berlin Philharmonie. This concert will not only present new written pieces for the Taner Akyol Trio, but will also see the great Pianist Fazil Say on stage with Taner Akyol for the very first time.

Although the tuning of his bağlama reaches across both the East and West, Taner is mainly recognised in the West for his works and collaboration in the jazz and classical worlds. His first opera Ali Baba und 40 Räuber was performed in 2012 at the Komische Oper Berlin 30 times and received tremendous reviews. He has also been commissioned and played by/at prominent festivals, such as “Istanbul in Berlin”, Randspiele, Klangwerkstatt, the XJAZZ Festival Berlin and MärzMusik.

On 29th September, the Taner Akyol Trio will present pieces from their current album, as well as new works. Pianist Fazil Say and singer Serenad Bagcan will perform Turkish “Lieder” in the second part of the concert. At the very end, Taner Akyol will join Fazil Say for a surprise set. This news is not only tremendous for Turkey, but for all lovers of quality music without boundaries!

We are excited to support Taner and all the other musicians involved in this project and look forward to getting people engaged with this event. You will hear from us as soon as tickets are available!

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(Written on July 18, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: Bochum opens a new Musikforum and evolves into a cultural centre, and newly founded :alpenarte festival combines arts and culture with international musicians. Anne-Sophie Mutter performed with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin in the Berlin Philharmonie. The best choral conductors from around the world are to share with us their favourite Easter pieces, and this year’s River to River Festival plans a multimedia opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs. British violinist David Angel has died, and A gofundme campaign has been launched to help raise urgent funds for trombonist Stephen Sykes

Telegraph

Andrew Garfield blows National Theatre audiences away with his Angels in America performance

If the reaction to last nights Angels in America preview at the National Theatre is anything to go by, Marianne Elliot’s new production of Tony Kushner’s play about the AIDs crisis in Eighties America is going to be a big hit.

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Jamal Aliyev wins Musicians’ Company Prince’s Prize

Azerbaijani cellist Jamal Aliyev has won the Musicians’ Company Prince’s Prize Competition 2017, held at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on 7 April.

British violinist David Angel has died

David Angel, second violinist with the Maggini Quartet, died on 10 April of a suspected heart attack, aged 62.

The Violin Channel

Fundraiser Launched to Raise Urgent Medical Funds for Young Sick Musician

A gofundme campaign has been launched to help raise urgent funds for trombonist Stephen Sykes – who is battling an aggressive form of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer

Classicfm

Debussy’s ‘La Mer’, actually played on La Mer

Someone has finally made a recording of Debussy’s ‘La Mer’ on ‘La Mer’ (the sea), and it’s as beautiful as you would imagine.

Pizzicato

James Levine Named Conductor Laureate Of Ravinia Festival

James Levine, 73, has been named the first Conductor Laureate of the Ravinia Festival, the oldest outdoor music festival in North America.

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Du bist keine Weltstadt

Doch mit dem neuen Musikforum gewinnt Bochum als Großstadt

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Generationsübergreifende Begegnungen im Bregenzerwald

Kunst und Kultur gemeinsam mit internationalen Musikern in einem exklusiven Rahmen entstehen zu lassen ist das Fundament des neu gegründeten Festivals :alpenarte in Österreich

Der Tagespiegel

Vertreibung aus dem Paradies

Ein Abend der verpassten Begegnungen: Anne-Sophie Mutter und Barenboims Staatskapelle mit Beethovens Violinkonzert in der Philharmonie

WQXR Blog

13 Choral Directors Share Their Favorite Easter Music

With Easter soon upon us, we asked some of the best choral conductors from around the world to share with us their favorite Easter pieces.

The New York Times

An Opera About Robert Moses Is Among the River to River Festival Highlights

A multimedia opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs; an expansive artwork about the African diaspora; and a site-specific music and dance spectacle about the United States’ immigrant history are among the more than 100 events planned for this year’s River to River Festival

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Music History @today_classical in 1865 Birth of Heinrich

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(Written on April 13, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to be working with New Zealand-born conductor Rachael Young again, supporting her in establishing her profile in Germany and promoting her cooperation with orchestras.

Being described as ‘a serious musician and a very sensitive and dynamic conductor’, Rachael Young began her conducting studies in 2009 in her native country, New Zealand, as a professional cellist before she was based in London.

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As an assistant conductor, she has worked alongside Paavo Järvi in concerts and recordings with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, including the recent recording of Prokofiev and Shostakovich’s cello concerti with Steven Isserlis. In addition, she worked with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and violinist Viktoria Mullova on Shostakovich’s works. She has also worked with conductor Leonid Grin with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile.

As ‘a musician of great integrity and insight’, guest-conducting engagements took Rachael Young to South America and Europe. Highlights include her successful debut in Berlin at the Berlin Philharmonie with Deutsches Kammerorchester (DKO) Berlin, working with soloist Viktoria Postnikova, as well as in Santiago with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile.

WildKat PR is looking forward to be working with Rachael Young once more. Keep up to date with Rachael on her website and on the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on December 7, 2016 )

Picknick mit den Berliner Philharmonikern, Mitsingen im Radialsystem, Jazz in Kreuzberg oder ein musikalisch inszeniertes Feuerwerk im Herzen Berlins… Wir haben eine Auswahl für 2016 getroffen:

Kammeroperfestival

Staatsoper im Schillertheater

Noch bis zum 23. Februar 2016

»Mord an Mozart«, »The Turn of the Screw«, »Le Vin Herbé«, »Zangezi« … Die musikalischen Kammerspiele im Schiller Theater versprechen dunkle Geheimnisse und atemlose Spannung, feinnerviges Spiel und seelische Abgründe, große Ideen auf engem Raum, atmosphärische Dichte und befreiende Kräfte. Oper kann kaum intensiver erlebt werden als so: nahe bei den Charakteren, am Puls existentieller Erfahrungen, konzentriert und pointiert.

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Radialsystem V

25. bis 28. Februar 2016

Hochkarätige Chorkonzerte, Konzertinstallationen und Mitsingformate – im Radialsystem kann man die ganze Vielfalt der Vokalmusik entdecken. Der Deutsche Chorverband präsentiert junge Ensembles, lebendige Stimmen und außergewöhnliche Programme, darunter Klanginstallationen mit dem Deutschen Jugendkammerchor, Potpourris aus sakraler Vokalmusik und Jazz-Pop-Arrangements und innovative Männerchöre. Workshops und Seminare bieten zudem Raum für Austausch.

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Landesmusikakademie Berlin/FEZ

05. bis 06. März 2016

Musik selber machen, Instrumente ausprobieren oder einfach zuhören und genießen! Das Musikfestival Klangwelten lädt Kinder ab vier Jahre, Jugendliche und Familien zu einem spannenden und facettenreichen Familienwochenende ins FEZ-Berlin ein. 40 Konzerte von Kinder- und Jugendgruppen, 20 Mini-Workshops, Instrumente unter Anleitung ausprobieren, Instrumentenbau, Musikspiele, spannende Interaktiv-Ausstellungen und zahlreiche kreative Stände verführen Neueinsteiger und alte Hasen die Klang- und Spielwelten zu entdecken.

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Berliner Festspiele

11. bis 20. März 2016

MaerzMusik – das Festival für Zeitfragen verknüpft Strömungen zeitgenössischer Musik zu einem kontrastreichen Panorama mit renommierten Künstlern aus aller Welt und spürt dabei dem Phänomen Zeit in seinen gesellschaftspolitischen, philosophischen und künstlerischen Dimensionen nach. Thematisiert werden das Komponieren am Computer, neue Maßstäbe der Geschwindigkeit, Veränderungen durch Digitalisierung und ihre Auswirkungen auf das Leben. Zudem werden Formate entwickelt, in denen sich Zeit selbst – und mit ihr andere Formen der Wahrnehmung und der Begegnung – entfalten können.

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Staatsoper im Schillertheater/Philharmonie Berlin

18. bis 28. März 2016

Vor nunmehr zwanzig Jahren wurden sie von Daniel Barenboim ins Leben gerufen, seither ziehen sie immer an und um die Ostertage Berliner und Gäste der ganzen Welt in der Staatsoper und in der Philharmonie in ihren Bann. Die Festtage 2016 bieten mit der Neuproduktion von Glucks Orfeo ed Euridice und der Wiederaufnahme von Wagners Parsifal ein spannungsreiches Gegenüber zweier für die Operngeschichte essentieller Werke. Bei den fünf Festtage-Konzerten sind mit Martha Argerich, Yo-Yo Ma und Jonas Kaufmann glänzende Solisten am Werk. Gastgeber sind Daniel Barenboim sowie die Wiener Philharmonikern und die Staatskapelle Berlin.

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Intonations – Das Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival

Jüdisches Museum Berlin

16. bis 21. April 2016

Sechs Tage lang verwandelt sich der Glashof des Jüdischen Museums in eine Konzertbühne mit internationalen Solisten, Musikern renommierter Orchester und jungen Talenten. Das Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival unter der Leitung der Pianistin Elena Bashkirova ist eines der bedeutendsten Kulturereignisse in Israel und vereint exzellente Musiker aus der ganzen Welt. Seit 2012 ist es in jedem Frühjahr auch im Jüdischen Museum Berlin zu Gast und hat hier eine zweite Heimat gefunden.

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Hommage an Jehudi Menuhin

Konzerthaus Berlin

22. April -01. Mai 2016

Mit einer Hommage ehrt das Konzerthaus Berlin den weltberühmten Geiger und Dirigenten Yehudi Menuhin, der am 22. April 2016 seinen 100. Geburtstag gefeiert hätte. Menuhin gilt als berühmtester Geiger des 20. Jahrhunderts, dazu war er ein großer Humanist und Philanthrop. Die Hommage erinnert mit Konzerten, Filmvorführungen, einer Ausstellung, einer Festschrift und vielen weiteren besonderen Veranstaltungen an den großartigen Menschen und Musiker und sein bis heute lebendiges Vermächtnis. Mit dabei sind neben Menuhin-Schüler Daniel Hope sowie Preisträger der Menuhin Competition und Absolventen der Menuhin School.

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XJazz Festival @ Kreuzberg

verschiedene Orte

o5. bis 08. Mai 2016

Der Jazz ist so jung und innovativ wie nie und spielt in Berlins lebendiger Musikszene eine große Rolle – ebenso wie Electro, Klassik und Indie. Das Festival XJAZZ vereint all diese Stile und präsentiert Bands und Projekte mit Berlin-Connection. Bereits bestehende Strukturen und Orte bringt XJAZZ mit Musikern zusammen, um gemeinsame Auftritte zu erarbeiten. Ein Großteil des Line-Ups stellen daher lokale Künstler.

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Staatsoper für alle

Bebelplatz

Termin noch nicht bekannt (Juni)

“Staatsoper für alle” bietet einem breiten Publikum höchstes künstlerisches Niveau und wurde auf Anhieb zu einem viel beachteten Höhepunkt des Berliner Kulturlebens mit überregionaler Ausstrahlung. Seit 2007 findet dieses Event im Herzen Berlins statt und gehört inzwischen zu den stimmungsvollsten und erfolgreichsten Veranstaltungen im Kulturkalender der Stadt.

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Waldbühne

26. Juni 2016

Im traditionellen Waldbühnenkonzert widmet sich Chefdirigent Sir Simon Rattle mit den Berliner Philharmonikern zum Abschluss der Spielzeit diesmal der tschechischen Musik. Die steht für Leidenschaft, Rasanz und Farbe – und ist damit bestens geeignet, um das Publikum beim Sommerkonzert in der Waldbühne in Stimmung zu bringen. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, einer der Weltstars der jungen Dirigentengeneration, präsentiert neben Bedřich Smetanas berühmter Moldau Antonín Dvořáks sonnig-folkloristische Sechste Symphonie. In einem weiteren Stück Dvořáks, seinem Violinkonzert, begegnet uns die wunderbare Geigerin Lisa Batiashvili.

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Classic Open Air

Gendarmenmarkt

21. bis 25. Juli 2016

Vor dem Hintergrund des 25-jährigen Bestehen des Festivals erwartet das Publikum wieder einen musikalischen Hochgenuss in der einzigartigen Kulisse des Gendarmenmarktes. Das Classic Open Air bietet einen Streifzug durch die verschiedensten Musikgenres und -epochen. 2016 prägt das Eröffnungskonzert das Jubiläumsfestival mit einer großen Interpreten-Gala, als attraktive Geburtstagsshow mit zahlreichen Starsolisten, die in den letzten 25 Jahren das Festival maßgeblich mitgestaltet haben. Höhepunkt ist auch dieses Jahr wieder ein musikalisch inszeniertes Abschlussfeuerwerk.

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Young Euro Classic

Konzerthaus

17. August bis 04. September 2016

Young Euro Classic ist die weltweit wichtigste Plattform des internationalen Orchesternachwuchses für die europäische klassische Musiktradition und ihre Entwicklungen, zugleich dynamisiert es die internationale Orchesterszene und macht sie wettbewerbsfähiger. Jeden Sommer spielen 17 Tage lang Orchester aus aller Welt im Berliner Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt. Der Erfolg von Young Euro Classic basiert auf seinem generations- und gesellschaftsübergreifenden Partnerschaftsmodell: Musiker, Publikum, Unterstützer, bürgerschaftlich Engagierte, Staat und Sponsoren sind Teil eines inzwischen weltumspannenden Netzwerkes, dessen Wir-Gefühl sich auf die gesamte Festival-Atmosphäre überträgt.

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Musikfest Berlin

Berliner Festspiele/verschiedene Orte

02. bis 20. September 2016

Vom 2. bis 20. September 2016 startet das Berliner Konzertleben mit demMusikfest Berlin in die neue Spielzeit, veranstaltet von den Berliner Festspielen in Kooperation mit der Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker. An 19 Tagen werden in der Philharmonie, in deren Kammermusiksaal, im Haus der Berliner Festspiele, in der Passionskirche und im Martin-Gropius-Bau 30 Veranstaltungen mit über 70 Werken von 25 Komponisten präsentiert, aufgeführt von rund 30 Orchestern, Instrumental- und Vokalensembles und von zahlreichen Solisten des internationalen Musiklebens und der Musikstadt Berlin. Das Programm wird im Frühjahr bekannt gegeben.

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Ankunft Neue Musik goes Contemporary Tango Festival

Berliner Hauptbahnhof

23.-28. August 2016

Nach 7 Jahren wird das Festival für Neue Musik 2016 neue Gestalt annehmen. Werte des Festivals wie Weltoffenheit, kulturelle Partizipation und die öffentliche Begegnung von Musik, Bühne und Performance werden aufgegriffen und konzentrieren sich auf das Material des zeitgenössischen Tango. Geplant ist eine weitere Fortsetzung der Reihe mit Iranischer Musik und weiteren musikperformativen Veranstaltungen.

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(Written on February 12, 2016 )

What an incredibly busy month we have had in the WildKat PR offices this past month. As the countdown to Christmas begins earlier and earlier each year, so does the classical industry’s busiest period before the candlelit concerts and masses of Messiahs begin to take over.

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At the beginning of the month, the London office waved off a few of the team as they joined the New York office for China’s NCPA Orchestra on their debut North America and Canada tour. Beginning in Chicago at the Symphony Center, the team guided the Orchestra to Washington’s Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, before jet-setting off to Canada visiting Ottawa, Toronto and finally Montreal. WildKat managed the marketing of the tour through our classical music specialist in-house design company Classical Music Design, who produced everything from flyers to posters, print adverts to animated adverts online. We also hosted a reception for the New York concert, welcoming  some of New York’s most prestigious industry members.

Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

The London Account Managers also caught up with John Brancy whilst in New York to talk about his European campaign ahead of next year, as he was performing in two concerts, with the New York Festival of Song at Kaufman Center in New York and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Back in London we’ve been traveling between North West and South West London for Hampstead Arts Festival and Wimbledon International Music Festival respectively. Hampstead Arts Festival launched with a personal debut from Natalie Clein who performed the first of two concerts where she performed all six of Bach’s Cello Suites. Wimbledon International Music Festival began just a few days later with the Academy Choir & Baroque Players who performed in vocal and choral masterpieces of War and Peace – the theme for the Festival. Both Festivals ran throughout November and were incredibly successful, with numerous events selling out!

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We also attended the launch of Orpheus Sinfonia‘s new #BeneathTheScore, where audiences were treated to anecdotes, letters and relatively unknown facts about Beethoven and his symphonies. The first concert Revolution: The Beethoven Effect was a huge success. Keep an eye out for our audience reaction video blog, coming soon! Meanwhile the Berkeley Ensemble’s composition prize semi-final took place at one of our favourite venues, The Forge. The final will take place on 10th December 2014 – find out more here. There was also a great talk that a few of us attended, hosted by the wonderful YPIA team. Guardian Culture Professionals Network’s Matt Caines led the discussion “from Intern to CEO” with V&A Director Prof. Martin Roth and Royal Opera House’s CEO Alex Beard. This was a truly interesting and insightful event, and great to catch up with lots of familiar faces.

Over in Berlin, the WildKat team moved offices and are now settled in Prenzlauer Berg. Drop in and say hi if you’re in the area! The team also attended some really great events including the first PODIUM Festival concert at one of Berlin’s most cutting-edge classical music venues, the Radialsystem V at the River Spree. The concert was fittingly called ‘Radium’ and featured light-shows and 360° surround-sound performances. Our WildKat clients were also very busy this month with the Managing Director of Bamberg Symphony Marcus R. Axt interviewed on the German BR TV channel for the show alpha-Forum to discuss the new season 2014/15, new ideas like their encore! project and much more. Our new client Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels organised a great and sold out concert with horn soloist Radek Baborák in the Berlin Philharmonie. Another exciting opportunity for soprano Caroline MacPhie who, after the success of her album launch in London, moved to Berlin and auditioned for a few management companies, one accompanied by Carolin – a great new experience for both.

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Also, lots of congratulations and cake this month as we’ve had lots of WildKat birthdays – Account Managers Olivia, Clara and Carolin celebrated their birthdays, as well as our lovely University of Leeds Year in Industry colleague Rhian.

As busy as November was, we’re definitely still looking forward to December for the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Winter Concert, Avi Avital’s recital at The Globe with Mahan Esfahani, Moritz Eggert’s concert with the German pop duo 2RAUMWOHNUNG and a Christmas concert organised by the Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels.

The offices are open until midday Christmas Eve and we re-open on 2nd January 2015.

P.S. Look out for our Christmas cards which are on their way to you now!

(Written on December 2, 2014 )

The Bamberg Symphony will perform at the Berlin Philharmonie tonight at 8pm as part of the Musikfest Berlin. The festival takes place at the Philharmonie and its Kammermusiksaal over the course of 21 days. 25 orchestras, instrumental and vocal ensembles and numerous soloists are representing the international music scene and the music city of Berlin in 31 events with over 75 works by 24 composers.

The Bamberg Symphony will be led by their principal conductor Jonathan Nott in a performance of Max Reger’s “Fantasy and Fugue” [1915] with organist Christian Schmitt. Richard Strauss “Four Last Songs” [1948] 
will be performed with renowned singer Genia Kühmeier who steps in for the ill Christine Schäfer. The concert will be concluded with Helmut Lachenmann’s “Ausklang” [1984/85] with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

Once again the Bamberg Symphony are guests at the Musikfest Berlin and strengthen their reputation as one of the most widely travelled orchestras in Germany. Since their foundation in 1946, they performed more than 6,500 concerts in 60 countries in over 500 cities and are well-known as Cultural Ambassador for Bavaria.

The orchestra will be opening the concert season in their home in Bamberg on 19th, 20th and 21st September.

 

Bamberger Symphoniker

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(Written on September 8, 2014 )

The Independent

Monteverdi gets the Silent Opera treatment

Jessica Duchen visits Trinity Buoy Wharf for the rehearsals for Silent Opera’s L’Orfeo. The article can also be read on Jessica’s blog here.

When a wet tenor wowed Woody Allen

Fabio Armiliato’s recent experience in itself reads almost like a Woody Allen film.

Gramophone

Sir Simon Rattle to step down as Berlin Philharmonic chief conductor in 2018

Conductor announces he will not extend his contract when it expires in five years’ time

Classic FM

Funding for Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4 reaches halfway

Virtual Choir 4 has reached $50,000 in donations, halfway to its target of $100,000.

Pianist’s classical Pink Floyd is unlikely hit

A young Turkish pianist and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music has become an unlikely sensation after recording a Lisztian interpretation of the works of Pink Floyd.

The Guardian

Royal Opera House reveals new direction on eve of chief executive’s departure

Shows based on Oscar Wilde and Iain Banks works among those announced as Tony Hall gets ready to join BBC

Benjamin Britten at 100 – time for a new appraisal?

A more relaxed attitude may be emerging towards the colossal musical legacy of Britain’s modern titan of the opera

The Telegraph

ENO accounts are ‘shockingly bad’

English National Opera has £2.5million deficit and 2012 audiences were down nine per cent on previous year.

Slipped Disc

Just in: Vienna’s Jews honour the Philharmonic chairman

Just as the orchestra is besieged once more with allegations of sexual and racial discrimination, the Vienna Philharmonic chairman, Clemens Hellsberg, has received a notable award from the city’s Jewish community.

BBC News

Celebrating Doctor Who pioneer Delia Derbyshire

Twelve years after her death, a group of artists and musicians are preparing to celebrate the work of electronic music pioneer, Delia Derbyshire.

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(Written on January 14, 2013 )

Today, the conductor, pianist and Music Director of the Staatsoper Berlin, Daniel Barenboim, will celebrate his 70th birthday. Accentus Music, in association with ZDF and Arte, will honour the esteemed musician with a two-part documentary and a live broadcast on Arte of his “birthday concert” with the Staatskapelle Berlin. In addition, Accentus Music is pleased to announce the DVD release of Bruckner’s Symphonies Nos. 4-9 performed by Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin.

This evening, the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim will give a concert in aid of a music kindergarten in Berlin, which will also mark the conductor’s birthday. Under the direction of Daniel Barenboim’s long-time colleague, Zubin Mehta, a new piece by Elliott Carter: “Dialogues II” will be performed. The work for piano and orchestra is dedicated to Daniel Barenboim, who will perform the piano part, as well as Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto. Accentus Music will record the concert in co-production with ZDF and Unitel at the Berlin Philharmonie, which will be broadcast live from 20:15CET on Arte.

The two-part documentary; “Crossing Borders: Daniel Barenboim” by Paul Smaczny accompanies the artist in a search of the social significance of music and his tireless efforts for intercultural dialogue. The first part shows Barenboim working with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and follows him at sensational premiere concerts in Cairo and Gaza City. Part two highlights Barenboim’s efforts to overcome the Wagner taboo in Israel. Arte will broadcast the co-production of Accentus Music and ZDF tonight at 22:00 CET, following the special birthday concert broadcast.

Completing Accentus Music’s monumental celebration will be the release of a major symphonic series: Anton Bruckner’s “Mature Symphonies”. In 2010 Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin performed Bruckner’s Symphonies Nos. 4 to 9 in just eight days. Accentus Music and Unitel Classica recorded the six highly acclaimed concerts at the Berlin Philharmonie. In January 2013, Accentus Music will start with the release of Bruckner’s Symphony No 4.

Paul Smaczny, producer, director and founder of Accentus Music, has collaborated for over 20 years with Daniel Barenboim. In numerous concert recordings and publications, Smaczny documents the musical work of the Buenos Aires-born conductor and pianist. For his film, “Knowledge is the Beginning – Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra”, Smaczny won the 2006 International Emmy® Award for Arts Programming.

Broadcast date: Thursday, 15th November 2012, Arte

20.15: Daniel Barenboim Birthday Concert – Live from the Berlin Philharmonic

(A production of Accentus Music in coproduction with ZDF and Unitel, in collaboration with Arte.)

22.00: Crossing Borders: Daniel Barenboim (1/2): Music and Politics

23.00: Crossing Borders: Daniel Barenboim (2/2): Musical Approaches

N.B. Above times are CET.

(A production of Accentus Music in coproduction with ZDF, in collaboration with Arte)

For more information please visit the Arte website here, or the Accentus Music website here.

(Written on November 15, 2012 )