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We love to see artists returning to us with new projects, and we’re really excited about this one! Six years ago, Matthew Sharp joined the WildKat family for the very first time. Matthew Sharp is not only an exceptional cellist, who has worked with the best British Orchestras including the LPO and RPO, and recorded for labels such as Sony, EMI and Decca, but he is also an internationally-recognised baritone, director… and actor!

‘Extraordinary cellist, virile baritone, compelling actor – Matthew Sharp’s astonishingly comprehensive versatility.’ The Daily Telegraph

Matthew Sharp © Raphael Klatzko

Matthew Sharp is known as an artist who is not afraid of taking risks and exploring new artistic paths. So it is no surprise that his new recording project reflects this pioneering spirit: 2018 will see the world premiere recording of Hans Gál’s “Concertino for Cello and Strings”, played by Matthew Sharp and the English Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Woods.

Gál’s style is rooted in the Austro-German musical tradition to which he remained true throughout his long career. He never followed prevailing twelve-tone fashions, nor abandoned his belief in the importance of tonality. This work, the “Concertino for Cello and Strings”, which was written by the Austrian-British composer in the mid 60s, never reached the level of popularity it deserved, despite its incredible music: fragile, rigorous, powerful and sensitive at the same time.

Matthew was approached by Kenneth Woods, conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, to play the piece in 2013. The concert received such great acclaim – not only from the press but also from a descendant of Hans Gal himself – that they simply had to record the piece. While preparing for this first modern performance, Matthew shared his thoughts in a series of YouTube videos, under the name “Gal Concertino Diary”. Check this out, it is worth a watch!

WildKat PR is now working on spreading the word through Germany and Austria, ahead of the album release by Avie, which will take place in February 2018.

(Written on November 8, 2017 )

Classical Music Magazine

Alain Lanceron named president of Warner Classics & Erato

Alain Lanceron has been confirmed as president of Warner Classics and Erato following Warner Music Group’s purchase of EMI and Virgin Classics’ catalogues and recording contracts last year.

Telegraph

Stradivarius? You’d be better off with a modern violin

Professional violinists cannot actually tell the difference between a Stradivarius and a modern instrument, experts find. When 10 renowned soloists were blindfolded and asked to play a range of violins the majority preferred a newer instrument.

Guardian

When UK pop was born: the 18th century

We take it for granted that music is all around us and endlessly accessible. But did you know that gigs, muzak, and the music business itself were all born in the 18th century in the UK?

BBC News

Gerard Mortier given posthumous opera award

Opera director Gerard Mortier, who died last month age 70, has been given a posthumous lifetime achievement honour at the International Opera Awards.

BBC Music Magazine

Liverpool String Quartet perform ‘Heart Variations’

A new collaboration between Meike Holzmann and Ian Stephens converts the human heartbeat into music.

Die Welt

Die vollkommene Leichtigkeit des Klangs

Von Lukoil unterstützt setzt sich Teodor Currentzis geschickt als neuer Taktstock-Guru in Szene. Er machte Perm am Ural zum Mekka der Klassik. Seine Einspielung vom “Figaro” ist grandios. Ein Porträt

Concerti.de

Bach in Istanbul

„Türk Kültürü“ – das Bodenseefestival widmet sich in vielfältigen Formen der reichen türkischen Kultur

Le Monde

Benjamin Britten, « Mister mystère » à Lyon

Pour la dixième édition de son festival annuel, l’Opéra de Lyon rend hommage au compositeur anglais dont on fête cette saison le centenaire.

 

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Spitalfields Music: @SpitsMusic Artists – there’s an opportunity to win £10k plus your own solo show! The deadline to enter the East London Painting Prize is 10th April.

soundlounge: @soundlounge #DEBATE: Is it ever acceptable for a brand to not pay an artist to use their music in an ad campaign?

Sam Jackson: @classicjacko Just discovered Piers Brosnan listens to @classicfm whenever he’s in London. I always said that man had taste.

Telegraph

Telegraph

(Written on April 8, 2014 )

Lionel Bringuier’s latest CD La Muse et le Poète is out now on Erato. The disc features music by Camille Saint-Saëns performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Renaud Capuçon and Gautier Capuçon.

Despite Saint-Saëns’ first love being the piano, he was always passionate about the sound world and colour palate of string instruments, and the intrinsic virtuosity of his music is inherent in the works on this disc.

Camille Saint-Saëns 1835-1921

Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor Op. 61
La Muse et le Poète Op. 132
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op.33

Saint-Saëns cover

(Written on October 16, 2013 )

The Guardian

Paraguayan landfill orchestra makes sweet music from rubbish

Children of recyclers at Cateura landfill form band playing instruments fashioned out of discarded oven trays and oil barrels.

The Telegraph

Proms 2013: Most exuberant of all classical music festivals

Proms 2013 will feature some eye-catching ‘firsts’, as for the first time ever, the Last Night is conducted by a woman, Marin Alsop.

Gramophone

Borletti-Buitoni Trust celebrates 10th anniversary with live debate

Mitsuko Uchida will open ‘Is Talent Enough?’ at Southbank Centre with a video discussion – watch in advance on the Gramophone Player!

Classical Music Magazine

Warner/Parlophone deal set to strip EMI and Virgin Classics brand names from their catalogues

Artists who have recorded for EMI and Virgin Classics will find their releases appearing under a new brand.

Planet Hugill

Really rather rare – Verdi’s Alzira

Verdi’s Alzira is hardly one of his better known operas, yet it was his eighth opera, coming between Giovanna d’Arco and Attila…

Los Angeles Times (via Arts Journal)

Lang Lang: Popular classical music is great, too

He thinks commercial success and artistic integrity aren’t mutually exclusive.

 

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The Telegraph

(Written on April 29, 2013 )

Gramophone

Universal secures European go ahead for EMI takeover – but must divest labels including EMI Classics

$1.9bn takeover approved by European Commission competition authorities

Classic FM

Classic FM explores The Sage Gateshead “from top to bottom”

Classic FM’s 20th birthday celebrations continued at The Sage Gateshead with a concert from the Northern Sinfonia, conducted by John Wilson and a live broadcast that literally saw Classic FM presenters explore the entire Sir Norman Foster building.

Viktoria Mullova on her escape from Russia and her life afterwards

We spoke to violinist Viktoria Mullova about her new book, which details her difficult early life in Russia, her escape from the KGB and settling outside the Soviet Union.

The Observer

Julian Lloyd Webber joins pleas for music to survive Gove’s exam shake-up

Leading musicians warns new proposals mean many children will ‘never touch an instrument’

The Scotland Blog, The Guardian

Big Noise: the musical, social revolution jumps from Raploch to Glasgow

This week councillors in Glasgow will support the next flowering of a remarkable musical movement which has transformed children’s lives in Stirling, writes George Anderson, of Sistema Scotland

The Independent

Julietta, Coliseum, London
Outsider Music Night, Peckham car park, London

Martinu’s surreal 1938 opera plays tricks with the memory and shows ENO at its strongest

Slipped Disc, Arts Journal

Who’s going to lose in Chicago?

Our prediction that six US orchestras will be unable to open their 2012-13 season is starting to look over-cautious. Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra downed instruments this weekend in the course of negiotiations for a new, three-year contract.

Classical UK

Three Early songs by Eric Coates to receive World Premiere

Manuscripts of the songs have been donated to the Eric Coates Society, who will stage the performance.

BBC News (Found on Arts Journal)

Sales boost for music featured in Olympic ceremonies

The music featured in the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics has sparked a big surge in sales.

News.com.au (Found on Musical Chairs)

Philharmonic hits high note with classic ringtones

THE Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra has hit a high note by offering free ringtones from its classical repertoire that were downloaded 10,000 times in three days in what it terms an “unexpected success.”

Classic FM

(Written on September 24, 2012 )

Classic FM

‘Fifty Shades of Grey- The Classical Album’ set for release on EMI 

EMI are releasing an album of classical music chosen by author E L James.

Charles Ives’ house to be demolished?  

Developers are looking to purchase Charles Ives’ house.

Beethoven, Bach manuscripts up for auction 

Original manuscripts by Beethoven, Bach and Rameau are to be auctioned in October at Sotheby’s in Paris.

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc 

Just in: BBC signs another maestro 

The BBC Symphony Orchestra announced that Semyon Bychkov would join their roster of conductors.

Research: More Germans attend Classical Concerts than pop and rock 

A New survey detects an increase in audiences of classical concerts.

Amid Olympic confusion, Wales launches anthem app 

The Welsh have launched an app to teach you how to sing their national anthem properly.

The Guardian- Blog 

A guide to Olga Neuwirth’s music

Tom Service guides us through the music of Olga Neuwirth

BBC News 

Marvin Hamlisch, composer of The Sting and A Chorus Line, dies aged 68 

The composer Marvin Hamlisch, who wrote the scores for films and shows including The Sting and A Chorus Line, has died in Los Angeles, aged 68.

(Written on August 8, 2012 )

The Telegraph

Angela Gheorghiu voices new ambition

Angela Gheorghiu, the opera singer, says she hopes to move into acting in the future.

The Telegraph

Manon, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Lauren Cuthbertson makes her mark in her debut performance of Manon at the Royal Opera House.

The New York Times

A Little Old Work Fills a Big New Space

Così Fan Tutte Marie Lenormand as Dorabella in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of Mozart’s work, set in the Roaring Twenties.

Gramophone

EMI’s recorded catalogue sold to Universal Music, its publishing division to Sony/ATV

After years of speculation and near-misses, Universal Music has acquired EMI’s recorded music division, EMI Music, after the company was put on the market by Citigroup following an unhappy period under the ownership of Terra Firma.

The New York Times

Flashy Pieces from a Flashy Composer

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/15/arts/music/adam-gyorgy-at-carnegie-hall-review.html?ref=music

Adam Gyorgy The 29-year old Hungarian pianist playing Liszt at Carnegie Hall on Sunday.

 

(Written on November 15, 2011 )