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Spanish composer and WildKat artist Jorge Grundman’s second CD has been released in the UK today. The world premiere of A Mortuis Resurgere (The Resurrection of Christ) is concerned with directness of expression and focusses on acoustic effects, intended to be performed in sacred buildings.

Featuring the Brodsky Quartet and soprano Susana Cordón, this is Jorge’s first release for Chandos records.

A Mortuis articulates Jorge’s scientific interests through its structure and arrangement – although composed in a single movement, the work has been imagined in three parts: the Gospel, the Creed and the celebration or Hosanna. In tune with its religious character, it has been conceived for performance in churches with very long reverberation, and has been composed with a reverberation time of four to five seconds in mind – ensuring that, in performance, the voice does not become unintelligible.

“Because this was a continuation of the work of Haydn, I decided to begin right where he had finished off, with the earthquake. I imagined a cloud of dust shrouding the sunlight. Little by little the dust falls to the ground and, after the emotional impact caused by someone’s death, the atmosphere fills with sadness and uncertainty.”

Written in 2013, A Mortuis was recently awarded First Place in the Instrumental Category of the International Songwriting Competition (ISC), and will also be released in the US later this month.

See Arts Wrap for the latest review.

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(Written on June 2, 2014 )

Telegraph

Radio 3 boss defends playing of film scores and TV themes

The controller of BBC Radio 3 defends the station from accusations of “dumbing down” and says it will continue to play theme tunes from television shows and films.

‘Single out’ children who show talent says head of National Children’s Orchestras

Britain should not be afraid of singling out talented children, says Sarah Derbyshire, managing director of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain. She argues young musicians should be given resources to develop in the same way as Olympic athletes.

Gramophone

BBC Radio 3 to broadcast live from a pop-up studio at London’s Southbank Centre

BBC Radio 3 and Southbank Centre will join forces in March to broadcast 15 live concerts (including three world premieres) from the Pull Out All The Stops organ festival. Radio 3 will establish a pop-up studio in the Royal Festival Hall’s cafe allowing members of the public the opportunity to witness the live broadcasts of several radio programmes, including: In TuneEssential ClassicsCD Review and Afternoon on 3.

Classical Music Magazine

Declan McGovern leaves RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Declan McGovern has stepped down from his role as general manager of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (RTÉ NSO) after just a year in post. RTE, Ireland’s national broadcasting organisation, announced his departure in a statement issued on 23 December.

Philly.com

Is conductor Lorin Maazel going vegan?

The internationally renowned American conductor expressed his support for the vegan community and says his vegan son has inspired him to change his lifestyle in 2014.

Die Zeit

Geigerin P. Kopatchinskaja

Geografisch ist der Weg von Moldawien bis in die Schweiz gar nicht so weit. Gefühlt und gelebt schon. Eine Begegnung mit der fulminanten Geigerin Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph


(Written on January 6, 2014 )