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In today’s news: Pioneering Radio 3 show gives dementia sufferers a voice, leading musicians assemble for gala performance in aid of Refugee Council, and nudist viola player plays during naked skydive to raise money for body image charities. Harold Faltermeyer receives German film score prize, Bayreuth announces plans for 2018, and Musikfest Berlin starts today.

The Times

Pioneering Radio 3 show gives dementia sufferers a voice

A pioneering six-hour programme that blends the voices of dementia sufferers with classical music is to air on the BBC.

Classical Music Magazine

Leading musicians assemble for gala performance in aid of Refugee Council

A number of leading artists will assemble for a performance of Tippett’s A Child of Our Time to raise funds for Refugee Council and its work with unaccompanied children arriving in Britain having fled war, trafficking and persecution.

International Piano

Sony releases Gould’s Goldberg Variations sessions

Sony Classical is to release Glenn Gould’s complete sessions for his famous 1955 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations as part of a new box set.

The Strad

The lark descending – nudist viola player plays during naked skydive

Australian violist Glen Donnelly’s stunt is raising money for body image charities

Limelight

Saxophonist plays instrument during brain surgery

Dan Fabbio performed a piece on the saxophone during surgery to remove a brain tumour.

Pizzicato

La Monnaie in Brussels to reopen next Tuesday

The Royal Theatre of La Monnaie in Brussels will reopen on September 5 after a two-year-long renovation. The opening production is Philippe Boesman’s opera Pinocchio.

NMZ

Deutscher Filmmusikpreis 2017: „Top Gun“–Komponist Harold Faltermeyer wird Ehrenpreisträger

Der Deutsche Filmmusikpreis würdigt den in München geborenen Filmkomponisten und Musikproduzenten Harold Faltermeyer 2017 mit dem Ehrenpreis.

Kultur Radio

Bayreuth plant für 2018

Im kommenden Jahr zeigen die Bayreuther Festspiele eine Neuinszenierung der Wagner-Oper “Lohengrin”.

Klassik Heute

Heute beginnt das Festival Musikfest Berlin 2017.

Beim Musikfest Berlin präsentieren die Berliner Klangkörper sowie Gastorchester aus Amsterdam, Mailand, London, Perm und Freiburg große Werke der Musikgeschichte.

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Meet Me At The Opera‏ @MMATOpera

The packed house at the gala final performance at the old Metropolitan Opera House on Broadway at 39th Street 1966

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(Written on August 31, 2017 )

We’re delighted to be working with Kimiko again. This campaign will see us supporting her exciting new Kickstarter project, which will finance her recording of J.S. Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge.

Kimiko is not new to Kickstarter, her former project recording the Goldberg Variations was a tremendous success. Spiegel.de called her a “music activist“ for having published not only an online stream of her recordings but also her sheet music under Common License. As a result, Kimiko’s project was picked up all around the world and established her as a key interpreter of Bach’s repertoire.

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For her new project, Kimiko chose another demanding work by Bach: The Art of Fugue, a piece which was left incomplete by Bach when he died.  The question of how to bring the performance to an end has kept generations of pianists busy. Some end the performance abruptly when there are no more notes to play, like Glenn Gould, who would play the last note “like a pistol shot”, as Kimiko’s manager Robert Douglass interprets it, to mark the interruption and the ‘unfinishedness’. Dissatisfied with all of these choices, Kimiko thought: “This music, so miraculously crafted, can’t end like that, unfinished. It’s wrong. It can’t be accepted.“
So she wrote her own completion of the work. In March she presented her own solution, Die Kunst der Fuge, komplett, in Cologne, Germany. The concert ended with tremendous applause and the feedback from the audience was that they did not notice the transition from Bach’s composition to Kimiko’s addition, as it was composed and executed so flawlessly.

Now we’re delighted to support Kimiko in taking this project to the next level. The fundraiser for the CD release of Die Kunst der Fuge will start this Spring. The CD will be recorded in 2018 at Teldex Studio, Berlin. Stay tuned for Kimiko’s unique version of The Art of Fugue!

 

Kimiko Ishizaka

(Written on May 8, 2017 )

Last night, Kat, Olivia, James and Eliza attended the BBC Music Magazine Awards at Kings Place in London.

After a couple of glasses of fizz, we began the awards ceremony.  Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine, hobbled on stage to open proceedings, explaining how crowd-surfing at a Couperin-fuelled rave was the cause of his broken ankle a month before. Oliver then introduced his co-presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch, (standing in for James Naughtie), and things got underway.  See below for a summary of winners.

We were especially delighted to attend to see our client, Accentus Music, pick up the Best DVD Award.  Paul Smaczny, Director of Accentus Music and producer of the winning release of Berg’s Wozzeck was there to accept the award.  He gave his heartfelt thanks to his team, and read the following from soloist Christian Gerhaher:  “I feel so incredibly satisfied that this Wozzeck production, which was—and every director should please forgive me—the most exhilarating in my life, receives the greatest acclamation. The result of visualising this extraordinary staging in that simple but nearly fully conveying way is just admirable. It brings to life the wonderful months that we and the audience spent with Berg’s masterwork one and half years ago. I would definitely call this a defining criterion of opera DVDs. Thank you all!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special guest presenters included all-round fahionista and style guru, Gok Wan, who recently released his own curated album of opera entitled ‘Gok’s Divas’.  Comedian Alastair McGowan tickled the audience with a series of stunning impressions and tenuous puns, before presenting Best Instrumental Award to Mahan Esfahani for his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. With his customary loud-mouth, Mahan gave an impassioned and thoughtful acceptance speech, leaving us with a call to action: ‘Extend classical music, and it will be limitless in what it gives back to you.’

Dame Joan Bakewell, who presented the Recording of the Year Award offered a thought-provoking address on the great value the BBC has in the classical music world, and the impact it had on her own appreciation of music. She announced the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Vasily Petrenko performing Tchaikovsky Symphonies as Recording of the Year.

Throughout the evening, a number of references were made to the Proms Launch, which takes place today. BBC Radio 3 Controller, Alan Davey, slightly let the cat out of the bag when he said there would be lots of concerts in a big round hall.  Unfortunately, we can’t confirm this at the moment, but watch this space.

Vocal Award Matthias Goerne, Synergy Vocals, BBC SO, Josep Pons

Opera Award Mozart Don Giovanni, MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

Chamber Music Award Martinu Piano Trios, Smetana Trio

Orchestral Award Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Instrumental Award Bach Goldberg Variations, Mahan Esfahani, Deutsche Grammophon

DVD Award Berg Wozzeck, Christian Gerhaher, Opernhaus Zurich, Accentus Music

Newcomer Award Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos, Beatrice Rana, Antonio Pappano, Orchestra Dell-Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia

Concerto Award CPE Bach Cello Concertos, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo, Hyperion

Premiere Award Julian Anderson, Vladimir Jurowski, Carolin Widmann, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Choral Award Jonathan Harvey, Deo, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha, Signum Records

Record of the Year Award  Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Many congratulations from all of us at WildKat PR to Accentus Music, and all the other winners! We’re looking forward to next year’s awards already.

 

(Written on April 20, 2017 )

After having previously worked with Kimiko Ishizaka on her Goldberg Variations project, WildKat PR are delighted to welcome back this talented pianist.

A gifted and obviously devoted Bachian” (James R. Oestreich, New York Times), Kimiko Ishizaka has composed her own completion to Bach’s unfinished masterpiece, Die Kunst der Fuge. In September Kimiko will be performing the London premiere at St. John’s Smith Square, with a pre-concert discussion of her completion with composer Robert Hugill.

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In 2012 Kimiko Ishizaka received worldwide attention and recognition for her innovative recording of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”, a project that was financed by her fans using the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.com, and which Ishizaka released directly into the Public Domain in a desire to make Bach accessible to as many people as possible. As a result, her recording of the Goldberg Variations is the most visible recording of this work on the internet today.

A similar fan funding campaign led to her 2015 release of Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” which has been praised by multiple reviewers as their favourite interpretation of the work ever. This album was also a great commercial success – a significant fact in the face of ever-declining record sales – having occupied the #1 sales position on both Amazon.com and Bandcamp.com upon its release.

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Kimiko Ishizaka attains her unique Bach style through meticulous coupling of articulation to fugal structure, complete abstinence of the sustaining pedal, and many hours of practice in total darkness. Kimiko is passionate about sharing personal and unique ideas and interpretations that are truly her own, consciously refraining from listening to other artists’ recordings.

Apart from her rigorous efforts towards interpreting the music of J.S. Bach, Kimiko is also passionate about the music of Frédérick Chopin, and about competitive weight lifting.

Keep up to date with news from the Kimiko through her websiteYouTube, Facebook and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on August 1, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, ‘Classical Hundred’ initiative will make recordings available to primary schools teachers, a US astronaut plays bagpipes on an International Space Station to pay tribute to a colleague who died and Goldberg Variations will be touring from November 13th. Also, an interview with opera director Calixto Bieito about his inspiration behind his new take on Verdi’s ‘The Force of Destiny’

The Telegraph

Schools minister: ‘Expose youngsters to classical music’

The ‘Classical Hundred’ initiative will make high quality recordings available to primary schools teachers, writes Nick Gibb

The Independent

Percussionist explains why a huge mallet takes centre stage in Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 6

Making a ‘Hammerschlag’ (hammer blow) noise is crucial to the final movement of the Austrian composer’s work

BBC

Astronaut plays bagpipes on International Space Station

A US astronaut has played a set of Scottish-made bagpipes on the International Space Station to pay tribute to a colleague who died

The Independent

Calixto Bieito interview: Opera director on the inspiration behind his bloody new take on Verdi’s ‘The Force of Destiny’

Bieito has been likened to radical film directors such as Quentin Tarantino or Pedro Almodovar

Scotsman

Goldberg Variations blurs boundaries between classical music and choreography

The Scottish Ensemble’s musicians had a steep learning curve when they teamed up with Sweden’s Andersson Dance, but choreography has added a new dimension to their performance

BBC

Lord of the Rings voted ‘best movie soundtrack’

Music from The Lord of the Rings has been voted the best soundtrack of all time for the sixth year running

audiophil

BMW WELT JAZZ AWARD

Der BMW Welt Jazz Award geht im Januar 2016 in seine achte Saison. In insgesamt sechs kostenfreien Sonntagsmatineen von Januar bis März 2016 präsentieren sich international herausragende Ensembles im Doppelkegel der BMW Welt unter dem Motto „Inspired by Legends“

Klavier.de

Goldmedaille der Royal Philharmonic Society für Martha Argerich

Die Pianistin Martha Argerich hat die Goldmedaille der Royal Philharmonic Society erhalten. In der Begründung der Jury heißt es, Martha Argerich sei wegen der seltenen Verbindung von technischer Meisterschaft und leidenschaftlicher Kunstfertigkeit eine faszinierende und ausdrucksstarke Pianistin

Pizzicato

Riccardo Muti: Schelte für junge Dirigenten und Regisseure

Riccardo Muti hat bei einer Toscanini-Ausstellung in Mailand seinen Missmut über die junge Dirigentenszene zum Ausdruck gebracht

The Japan Times

Hyogo composer wins first place in Geneva music contest

Composer Shoichi Yabuta took first prize in the composition division of the Geneva International Music Competition on Sunday

Pizzicato

Spivakov Cancels International Violin Competition In Omsk

The 2015 edition of the Yankelevitch International Violin Competition in Omsk has been cancelled due to funding cuts

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM : We’ve found Beethoven’s Facebook profile:

Crane.tv @Cranetv : The Mind Mapped Through Dance – the fantastic story behind ’s

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic : Why did , Queen of the avant-garde, feature a forgotten instrument of the Renaissance on her latest album?

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Goldberg Variations, a collaboration between the Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance, which will be touring from November 13th 2015/The Scotsman

(Written on November 9, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

New York’s Metropolitan Opera labour dispute: a symptom of a company in crisis

The largest performing arts organization in the US is threatening to lock out its musicians on Friday, the latest setback for a company – and an art form – at a dangerous junction.

Classic FM

The Sacconi Quartet on why Beethoven is life-changing

Lights, cameras, and Beethoven – the Sacconi Quartet explain why their Bristol Proms performance speaks to listeners on many levels.

Classical-Music.com

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular to come to the UK

The popular show is set to invade six UK cities in May.

Classic FM

Charles Hazelwood: Terry Riley is like ‘climbing in a lava lamp!’

After he inspired a generation of electronic music in the 1960s, what kind of person might turn up to a Terry Riley concert? Jane Jones and Charles Hazelwood explain…

Classic FM

Ji Liu performs John Cage’s 4’33” live at the Bristol Proms

Ji Liu made a stunning Bristol Proms debut by performing two completely opposing pieces – John Cage’s iconic ‘silent’ piece ‘4’33”, and the complete Goldberg variations by Bach.

Classicalite



Turandot on the Beach, Anyone? Buff Members of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari Perform Puccini for Seaside Crowd

Summer opera takes on a whole new meaning in a recent video of Puccini’s Turandot, presented on the beach and in the water by the well-toned members of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Survival Economics: Small Opera Companies Drive Change

Some companies are reinventing themselves with complex business models. Others are sharing productions as a way to trim costs and increase production values. No matter what model these companies choose, however, they’re all chasing funds to sustain themselves.

Die Zeit

Klassik blüht im Sommer

Von Hitzacker bis Rheingau, Freden bis Nürtingen: Deutschland hat mehr als 300 Festivals für klassische und artverwandte Musik.

Klassik.com

Wiener Staatsopernmuseum wird Opfer von Sparmaßnahmen

Das Wiener Staatsopernmuseum soll als Teil einer organisatorischen Umgestaltung der Bundestheater geschlossen werden.

Klassik heute



63. Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD mit Anmeldungsrekord

Für den diesjährigen Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD, der vom 1. bis 19. September stattfindet, bewarben sich 519 Musikerinnen und Musiker sowie Ensembles, das ist die bisher höchste Anmeldezahl in der Geschichte des traditionsreichen Wettbewerbs.

Il Messaggero 

E’ morto Giorgio Gaslini, compositore e pianista: aveva 85 anni

Giorgio Gaslini, morto a 84 anni all’ospedale di Borgotaro (Parma), dove era ricoverato da circa un mese dopo una caduta, è stato uno dei personaggi più conosciuti di quella generazione di musicisti che a partire dagli anni ’50 ha praticamente inventato il jazz moderno in Italia.

Twitter

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at #bbcproms @BBCSingers @liverpoolphil @VasilyPetrenko perform Strauss & Elgar with soprano Inger Dam-Jensen http://ow.ly/zJXvH 

Bristol Old Vic: @BristolOldVic Coming up @BristolProms today: @sinfoniacymru Towards A Staged Concert 6pm, Daniel @HopeViolin 7.30pm, #Unbuttoned 10pm

NPR Classical: ‏@nprclassical With #FiftyShadesTrailer out, it’s time to revisit the book’s boost of #classicalmusic sales (of all things): n.pr/1s6mlt0

MasterclassFoundat’n: ‏@MMFmasterclass  bit.ly/1m0eEQi find out why a physicist crowd-surfed during the Hallelujah chorus #classicalmusic @bristolproms @guardianmusic

Classical Music Agen: ‏@AClassicalMusic  Audiences should be free to listen to what they want http://ift.tt/1twEza6  #classicalmusic

 

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A rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013

Photograph: Ken Howard/AP

 

(Written on July 31, 2014 )

Tonight, pianist Kimiko Ishizaka will bring her acclaimed tour of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier to London at the 1901 Arts Club at 7:30pm.

The tour, which was received with critical praise in the USA, sees Ishizaka perform all of Volume 1 of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier. The New York Times described her as a “gifted and obviously devoted Bachian”.

Kimiko Ishizaka sprang to the attention of the public last May with the Open Goldberg Project when her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations became available for anyone to download for free. On the first day the recording received over 200,000 listens and 50,000 downloads

For more information on the concert please visit the 1901 Arts Club website here.

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(Written on January 30, 2013 )

Kimiko Ishazaka and Robert Douglass will be featured at Munich’s Classical:NEXT conference on 31st May, where they will provide a demonstration of the Open Goldberg Project. Audience members will have the capability to see every note played via their partners’; MuseScore and SampleSumo’s unique technology.

Previously, the public domain Goldberg Variations scores and recordings were extremely hard to locate or non-existent. The Open Goldberg Project (OGP) desired to produce a public domain score and recording that is easily accessible to all. MuseScore.com is creating a public version of the score using open source software, based on an open peer review process.

Thanks to Robert Douglass’ vision, the project is realised! Through the use of crowd-funding via Kickstarter, the OGP raised over $20,000. Embracing technology – from raising funds to online publishing to open peer review and sourcing – is a distinguishing feature of the project.

The score and recording will be available for digital download on 28th May 2012.

For more information on the Variations and the free download please visit the OPG website here

For more information on Classical:NEXT please visit their website here

For information on the new technolgy used please visit MuseScore’s website here and SampleSumo’s here

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on May 18, 2012 )

You can watch a new video about the exciting Open Goldberg Project on Youtube now. Pianist Kimiko Ishizaka talks about her involvement in the project and the passion that inspired it.

The Open Goldberg Project, which was funded entirely through the crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter and raised over $20,000, has made a recording of pianist Kimiko Ishizaka playing all of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. It will be available for everyone to download for free from May 28th.

To visit the website, learn more about the Open Goldberg project and download the amazing recording please click here

To view the video (in Geman) please click below

(Written on May 11, 2012 )

Open Goldberg Variations director Robert Douglass, pianist Kimiko Ishizaka, and music notation company MuseScore have been invited to demonstrate a unique score-following technology at the Classical:NEXT conference in Munich at the end of May. In addition, Robert Douglass will be speaking on a panel discussing crowdfunding music projects.

This score-following technology, developed by SampleSumo and MuseScore, recognises the music as it is being performed and follows the score accordingly, allowing the audience to see every note being played. This development will, for the first time, bring the score to the forefront of the audience’s experience of a live concert.

The demonstration will consist of Kimiko Ishizaka playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations, with all members of the conference following the score in real-time, on their own computers, phones, or tablets, thanks to MuseScore’s technology.

Robert Douglass, the founder and director of the Open Goldberg Variations project, will also be speaking on a panel discussing the crowd-funding of music projects. The aim of the Open Goldberg Variations project is to provide a new public domain recording and score of the Goldberg Variations for anybody to listen to, copy, and use, however they like. Over 400 fans donated money towards the project via the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. The Goldberg Variations recording, made by pianist Kimiko Ishizaka, will be available as a free download for everyone in the summer.

For more information on the Open Goldberg Variations Project, please visit: http://www.opengoldbergvariations.org/

For more information on MuseScore please visit: http://musescore.com

For more information on SampleSumo please visit: http://www.samplesumo.com/

For more information on the Classical:NEXT conference please visit: http://www.classicalnext.com/

(Written on March 20, 2012 )