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In today’s news: Riccardo Muti and Catherine Deneuve awarded the prestigious Praemium Imperiale. New Beethoven stamp to celebrate 250th anniversary of composer’s birth. Australian Ballett performance cut short by a rat. Classical music is dead? The Würzburger Mozartfest in portrait. Meet the alpinist musicians who took their passion for music high into the Alps. Street in named after missing soprano. Leeds Piano Competition reveals audience engagement. Stephen Fry appointed ORA Singers president. Meet two composers leading charge for women at the Proms.

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Leeds Piano Competition reveals audience engagement events

Piano+, designed to offer entertainment and insight to competition audiences, includes masterclasses, talks and insight events with members of the competition jury, such as Paul Lewis and Imogen Cooper.

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Stephen Fry appointed ORA Singers president

Fry will lead the group into a new residency at LSO St Luke’s from 2019.

The Telegraph

Meet the two composers leading the charge for women at the Proms: ‘It’s time to redress centuries of injustice’

Roxanna Panufnik and Anna Meredith are among the 22 female composers set to feature in the Proms this year. They tell Ivan Hewett why it’s about time

BBC News

Australian Ballet performance cut short by rat

A hungry rat has been blamed for a power failure during a ballet in Australia. Dancers and audience members were plunged into darkness during the second half of a Sleeping Beauty performance by the Australian Ballet.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Klassische Musik ist tot? Von wegen!

Die Krise der Klassik wird regelmäßig heraufbeschworen: Doch die Nachfrage ist groß wie nie zuvor. Nicht nur ihre Zuhörer sind zahlreich – sondern auch die Formen der Darbietung.

NMZ

Catherine Deneuve und Riccardo Muti erhalten Praemium Imperiale

Die französische Schauspielerin Catherine Deneuve (74) und der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti (76) werden für ihr Lebenswerk mit dem Praemium Imperiale geehrt.

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Neue Beethoven-Briefmarke wirbt für Jubiläum 2020

Im Vorfeld des 250. Geburtstages von Ludwig van Beethoven erscheint eine neue Briefmarke.

Platea Magazine

Génova dedicará una calle a la desaparecida soprano Daniela Dessì

El Consejo de la ciudad de Génova ha aprobado, por unanimidad y a propuesta de Luca Pirandoni, de Movimiento Cinco Estrellas, dedicar una calle a la soprano genovesa Daniela Dessì, fallecida en el verano de 2016, a los 56 años.

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Manu Delago: “Sono un montanaro che porta sulle Alpi la passione per la musica”

Il musicista ha realizzato un film e un disco durante una spedizione sulle montagne austriache con altri sette musicisti-alpinisti.

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Riccardo Muti (c) Presse, Praemium Imperiale

(Written on July 12, 2018 )

Daniel Hope’s new album Spheres was named as John Suchet’s Album of the Week on Classic FM this week. Each day, a different track was played from the highly anticipated album. Monday’s track was Ludovico Einaudi’s I Giorni,Tuesday was Elena Kats-Chernin’s Eliza Aria, Wednesday was Passagio by Einaudi, Thursday was Gabriel Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine arranged by John Rutter, ending with Benedictus from Karl Jenkins’ ‘The Armed Man’ today.

Classic FM invited Daniel to the studio last week to discuss the scientifically inspired album in a podcast which can be seen here.

Daniel Hope’s Spheres is available to buy from Deutsche Grammophon here.

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(Written on February 22, 2013 )

Stockholm club Obaren hosted an intriguing event on 10th January: Stockholm’s first Yellow Lounge. Established in Berlin seven years ago, the Yellow Lounge promotes ‘classical clubbing’, where international classical musicians perform with top DJs in unexpected spaces. The project is hosted by Decca, supplying world-class artists to perform.

The evening’s performance was another first for the Yellow Lounge, as it was streamed live for the first time and broadcast on the Deutsche Grammophon website.

Violinist Daniel Hope, accompanied by composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi, performed pieces from Daniel’s upcoming album Spheres, to be released on 15th February internationally on Deutsche Grammophon. The music of the album celebrates the concept of Musica Universalis, which is the idea of the planets creating sound through their movement. Spheres features works from canonical composers such as J. S. Bach and Gabriel Fauré to contemporary favourites, such as Arvo Pärt and Ludovico Einaudi.

The live videos can be found on Deutsche Grammophon’s YouTube page here.

Other Yellow Lounge events will be taking place across the globe, such as in Trouw, Amsterdam on 7th February. More information can be found here.

(Written on January 25, 2013 )

Today the digital single from Daniel Hope’s new album ‘Spheres’, is released. ‘I Giorni’ by Ludovico Einaudi, is a piece inspired by twelfth-century folk music from Mali and is performed by Daniel Hope, Jacques Ammon and the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin.

The track is part of a curated anthology (“Spheres”), which explores the idea, first brought forward by Pythagoras, that planetary movement creates its own kind of music; an idea that has fascinated philosophers, musicians, and mathematicians for centuries. “Spheres” contains the world premiere recordings of five works by diverse and strikingly inventive composers: Alex Baranowski (b.1983), Karsten Gundermann (b.1966), Aleksey Igudesman (b.1973) and Gabriel Prokofiev (b.1975).

The album also reflects older, historic notions of the “music of the spheres”. It opens with Johann Paul von Westhoff’s hauntingly beautiful Imitazione delle campane, published in Dresden in the 1690s, an earthly evocation of the bell-like sonorities attributed to planetary motion. In addition to new works and contemporary arrangements of pieces by J. S. Bach and Gabriel Fauré, “Spheres” also includes compositions embracing Baroque, minimalism and even cinema by Lera Auerbach, Ludovico Einaudi, Philip Glass, Karl Jenkins, Elena Kats-Chernin, Michael Nyman, Arvo Pärt and Max Richter. Hope performs here with members of the multi-Grammy®-winning Berlin Rundfunkchor, pianist Jacques Ammon and the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin under the direction of Simon Halsey.

Hope, an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2007, has been nominated for five Grammy® Awards, most recently for “Best Small Ensemble Performance” 2010 for his DG recording of concertos and arias by Antonio Vivaldi. His recordings have been honoured with a Classical BRIT Award, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and five ECHO Klassik Prizes. He attracted worldwide attention and critical acclaim this autumn for his performance on the release of Vivaldi Recomposed, a world premiere album of German-British composer Max Richter. The recording, a captivating re-working of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, was hailed by the media as “one of the best albums this year” and an “album for the 21st century”. It leapt straight to the top of the Classical iTunes and Classical Billboard charts.

To download I Giorni on iTunes, please click here.

For more information on Spheres, please visit the Deutsche Grammophon website here.

For more information on Daniel Hope and all his upcoming projects, please visit here.

(Written on December 14, 2012 )