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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 News

In today’s classical news, the full programme of Aldeburgh Festival 2017 will be announced in January 2017, and the 2017 festival will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall. English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) has appointed Michael Young as its new Assistant Conductor, effective January 2017. Also, read about the ‘pampered’ turkeys on BBC News, where turkeys were raised listening to classical music, and they might be on your Christmas table this year!

Classical Music

Aldeburgh Festival 2017

The 70th Aldeburgh Festival (9-25 June 2017) will mark the 50th anniversary of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

Temple Music Foundation announces 2017 programme

The Temple Music Foundation’s 2017 concert programme encompasses Venetian polychoral works, Bach’s St John Passion and a contemporary composition for church choir, organ and saxophone.

English Symphony Orchestra appoints assistant conductor

The English Symphony Orchestra has appointed Michael Young in the newly created role of assistant conductor.

BBC News

‘Pampered’ Corwen turkeys raised on classical music

Turkeys raised to classical music and fed a home-grown grain mix may be north Wales’ “most pampered”.

The Strad

Violist and teacher Paul Leggett drowns in Central Australia

The long-time violist with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic died while swimming in the Northern Territory.

klassik.com

Nürnberg bewirbt sich als Kulturhauptstadt 2025

Der Stadtrat gab gestern mit großer Mehrheit seine Zustimmung zu der Bewerbung, deren Kosten mit etwa 5 Millionen Euro veranschlagt werden. Nürnberg solle “Kulturhauptstadt der Ideen” werden.

Der Tagesspiegel

Erfolg für Bayreuther Festspiele

Das Landgericht Bayreuth weist die Klage von Wieland Wagners Angehörigen ab. Es ging um den Mietvertrag des Festspielhauses und Entscheidungen über die Festspielleitung.

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GVL: Künstler können jetzt noch Vergütungen für die Nutzung ihrer Produktionen in den Jahren 2010 bis 2012 erhalten

Ob Musiker, Schauspieler, Synchronschauspieler, Tänzer oder Dirigenten: Viele Kreative wissen nicht, dass sie für Ihre Mitwirkungen an künstlerischen Produktionen vergütet werden können, wenn ein Dritter (zum Beispiel ein TV- oder Radiosender) diese nutzt.

Musik heute

Bundesverdienstkreuz für israelischen Geigenbauer Weinstein

Der israelische Geigenbauer Amnon Weinstein hat das Bundesverdienstkreuz für die Restaurierung von etwa 50 Instrumenten von Holocaust-Opfern erhalten.

Berliner Morgenpost

Dercon will neues Ensemble an Volksbühne aufbauen

Chris Dercon (58) setzt für die Berliner Volksbühne auf ein festes Ensemble. Das Theater, dessen Intendanz der Belgier im August 2017 übernehmen soll, werde in den nächsten Jahren ein neues Ensemble aufbauen.

Twitter

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK  Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) by @thedarkness is a vastly underrated Christmas song

The Violin Channel @violinchannel ow.ly/Opxf3078ytm WACKY WEDNESDAY | Anna-Maria Hefele : World’s Best Polyphonic Singer [WOW] @AnnaMariaHefele

kulturradio vom rbb @kulturradio_rbb Macht Singen glücklich? Diskutieren Sie mit uns ab 12:10! Und singen Sie mit uns und dem @RundfunkchorB am 4. Advent

Photo: Jon Gibbs

(Written on December 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, relive the London Symphony Orchestra’s free concert in Trafalgar Square with photos in the Guardian. It was an all Shostakovich programme with Nicola Benedetti and Valery Gergiev. Also in the Guardian, Polly Toynbee urges the next Labour leader to increase the importance of the arts. Actor and musician, Johnny Flynn talks about composing for Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ and how it will be performed on period instruments. The Strad reports that violinist Julian Rachlin has been named the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s artist in residence.

The Guardian

The London Symphony Orchestra’s Trafalgar Square concert 2015: in pictures

On Sunday 17 May the London Symphony Orchestra performed in Trafalgar Square in the fourth of its annual open air concerts. Valery Gergiev conducted an all-Shostakovich programme, Nicola Benedetti also performed.

A tip for the next Labour leader – get yourself an interest outside politics

Michael Gove – and Nicky Morgan after him – downgraded arts education. But a rounded worldview is impossible without the influence of culture and creativity

The Independent

Johnny Flynn on composing for ‘As You Like It’, Shakespeare’s genius, and the charm of the nyckelharpa

Actor and musician Johnny Flynn’s music for ‘As You Like It’ at Shakespeare’s Globe is on period instruments – they’re peculiar but pleasingly idiosyncratic, he tells Emily Jupp

The Strad

Violinist Julian Rachlin named Royal Liverpool Philharmonic artist in residence

The musician will perform as soloist and conductor, and in chamber concerts in November 2015

Classical Music Magazine

Record-breaking first day of ticket sales for BBC Proms

Over 118,000 tickets were sold in the first 12 hours, a 9% increase on last year. Within the first hour of booking, more than 31,000 tickets were purchased online (over 10% more than in 2014).

BBC Music Magazine

Free Download: Enescu’s Cello Sonata in F minor

This week’s free download is Enescu’s Cello Sonata in F minor, as performed by Laura Buruiana and Alexandra Silocea on their latest disc, out now on Avie.

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Württembergische Philharmonie streikt

»Wir machen lieber Musik als Warnstreik«, rief Geiger Rainer Hill – aber gestern Morgen sahen sich die Musiker der Württembergischen Philharmonie doch genötigt, für symbolische 15 Minuten in den Ausstand zu treten. In gelben Streikwesten setzten sie sich zu Beginn der Probe fürs Sinfoniekonzert in den Zuschauerraum der Stadthalle und schwenkten Protest-Plakate.

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Norwegian and Slovenian Composers Won First Prize at the IMC Rostrum

Songr by Norwegian composer Jan Erik Mikalsen and Cancro by young Slovenian composer Matej Bonin are the works selected by radio music producers participating in the 62nd International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) held in Tallinn, from May 12 to 15.

Kenneth Woods Appointed Artistic Director of Colorado Mahlerfest

Kenneth Woods, Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, has been appointed Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest.

France Musique

Jean-Pierre Rousseau quitte la direction de la Musique de Radio France

Nommé il y a un an par Mathieu Gallet, Jean-Pierre Rousseau n’est plus directeur de la Musique de Radio France. Il y a deux semaines, le groupe avait annoncé un remaniement imminent de ses instances de direction.

NPR Music

After 42 Years, Juilliard String Quartet Cellist To Step Down

The Juilliard String Quartet was established in 1946 as an all-purpose quartet that would embrace music from every era. Its founders’ intent was to “play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new.”

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine : Good morning! Would you like us to begin the day with a run-down of conductors who haven’t been appointed and tenors who aren’t dead?

Halle Orchestra ‏@the_halle #Students can see remarkable young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor play Shostakovich for a remarkable £3 otd this Thursday http://www.halle.co.uk/concerts-tickets.aspx?

EnglishNationalBalle ‏@ENBallet : it’s #tututuesday! Here is @jenniedancer in her Swan Lake tutu at Beijing NCPA © @photos_byASH

LSO Trafalgar Square

The stage and audience for the London Symphony Orchestra’s concert in Trafalgar Square. Photo: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

(Written on May 19, 2015 )

Classic FM

Jonny Greenwood rehearses with ACO in Sydney, quashes apocalypse rumours

Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood has posted online from his rehearsals with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, contrary to reports from Sao Paulo saying that he had fled to Brazil to await the Mayan apocalypse.

English Symphony Orchestra appoints new Artistic Director

The English Symphony Orchestra has named their new Artistic Director, who replaces the late Vernon Handley.

The Telegraph

Royal Philharmonic Society: ‘the conscience of the classical music industry’

Celebrating its bicentenary next year, the Royal Philharmonic Society brings together classical music lovers and professionals, writes Rupert Christiansen.

CNET (found on Arts Journal)

Sydney Opera House and YouTube to live stream events

The Sydney Opera House will live stream 20 performances over a two-year period straight to YouTube, thanks to a new partnership.

Slipped Disc

It’s catching on! Now Chicago has an airport pianist

After yesterday’s discovery of a homeless piano player inside London’s Eurostar terminal, a young man, identity uknown, has taken up resieence beside the check-ins at Chicago’s O’Hare international airport.

Universal restructures its German classical chief out of a job

Christian Kellermann, head of Universal Classics and Jazz in Germany, will be leaving the company next April.

Just in: Boulez cancels his Christmas concerts

Pierre Boulez has been praying that his troubled eyes would recover sufficiently to allow him to resume conducting beforee the year is out

The Independent

Britten’s got talent: The celebrations for the centenary of Benjamin Britten will span the globe

Jessica Duchen says it’s the humanity of his works that gives this unlikely British hero a universal appeal

Deceptive Cadence, NPR

What Ever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album?

Is it just me, or does it seem like Santa is delivering far fewer classical Christmas albums these days? Decades ago, many of the top opera divas — from Renata Tebaldi to Joan Sutherland — released Christmas records.

Deceptive Cadence, NPR

(Written on December 18, 2012 )