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In our news today, Arts Council imposes quantitative measures of arts quality, violinist Kyung Wha Chung postpones 2016 UK tour due to finger injury, and Warner Classics is Label of the Year At Gramophone Awards. Also, Don Buchla dies at 79, and Pietari Inkinen has been confirmed as the new chief conductor of Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern.

Arts Professional

Arts Council to impose quantitative measures of arts quality

Arts Council England is forging ahead with plans to impose a standardised system for measuring artistic quality on its NPOs, despite a lukewarm sector response and warnings that this will require a “quantum change” in organisational attitudes to data.

The Strad

Violinist Kyung Wha Chung postpones 2016 UK tour due to finger injury

The 68-year-old Korean violinist, who was due to play Bach’s complete Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas at London’s Barbican on 26 October, has rescheduled her performance to 10 May 2017.

Gramophone

The 2016 Gramophone Awards issue – out now!

Enjoy Gramophones annual celebration of the best recordings of the last 12 months.

Music Business International

Warner Classics Named Label of the Year At Gramophone Awards

Warner Classics was named Label of the Year at the Gramophone Awards in London last week, the honour comes just three years after Warner purchased the catalogues of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics.

New York Times

Don Buchla, Electronic Music Maverick, Dies at 79

Don Buchla, a pioneer and maverick of electronic music who had a lifelong fascination with the ways that humans, technology and sounds interact, died on Wednesday at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 79.

My Web Times

Classical trio to perform Ottawa Concert Association show

Oglesby native Erin Shields is bringing her New York based group O Sole Trio and its new show “Bravissimo Broadway,” to the Central Intermediate School cafetorium, Ottawa, Sept. 29.

nmz

Nach den Wahlen: Die Freie Szene Berlins fordert starken Kultursenator

Die frei arbeitenden Künstler in Berlin erwarten vom neuen Senat mehr Unterstützung. „Wir brauchen einen starken Kultursenator, der das Interesse hat, die Künste zu stärken“, sagte Christophe Knoch, Sprecher der Koalition der Freien Szene.

Musik heute

Deutsche Radio Philharmonie: Inkinen wird Chefdirigent

Pietari Inkinen (36) wird neuer Chefdirigent der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern (DRP). Der Finne übernehme das Amt mit Beginn der Saison 2017/18, teilte der Südwestrundfunk (SWR) am Freitag mit.

Klassik heute

Sonderkonzert zum 468. Geburtstag der Staatskapelle Dresden

Am 22. September 1548 wurde sie gegründet, seit dem vergangenen Jahr erinnert die Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden an diesen Tag mit einem Sonderkonzert, das Werke aus der Vergangenheit mit Kompositionen der Gegenwart kombiniert.

Twitter

EnglishNationalOpera @E_N_O Last chance to apply for performance project !

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg take a look at how great look in

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Conductor PIETARI INKINEN FOTO: NGUYEN PHUONG THAO Weiterer Text über ots und www.presseportal.de/nr/7169 / Die Verwendung dieses Bildes ist für redaktionelle Zwecke honorarfrei. Veröffentlichung bitte unter Quellenangabe: "obs/SWR - Südwestrundfunk/Nguyen Phuong Thao"

Conductor Pietari Inkinen. Photo: Nguyen Phuong Thao

(Written on September 19, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the great American composer you’ve never heard of, Gramophone award winners are announced and how videogame soundtracks have come to be released on vinyl.

Guardian

George Walker: the great American composer you’ve never heard of

The first African American to win the Pulitzer for music is celebrated for overcoming cultural prejudice, but his work is so good this should only be a sideshow to the main event of his compositions

The Megadrive megamix – how classic videogame soundtracks went from background noise to cratedigger gold

Digital composers of the 1990s pushed the console tech far beyond its natural limits to produce warped symphonies that are buried deep in the minds of millions. Now specialist labels are reissuing them on vinyl

Classical Music Magazine

Lise Davidsen wins Queen Sonja competition

Lise Davidsen took first place in this year’s Queen Sonja International Music Competition.

Gramophone award winners announced

The recordings which have won Gramophone Awards in each of the 12 main categories have been announced.

The Strad

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra appoints new violist Hyobi Sim

The Curtis Institute and Juilliard School graduate is an active chamber musician

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Jenseits aller Grenzen

Daniel Barenboim will mit seiner Staatskapelle Berlin nach Teheran reisen, um dort zur Unterzeichnung des von Israel heftig kritisierten Atomabkommens mit Iran ein Konzert zu geben. In Israel ist man darüber empört.             

Klassik.com

Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters kritisiert geplante Theaterreform in Thüringen

Die Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters hat im öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunk Stellung zu der von der Landesregierung geplanten Theaterreform in Thüringen Stellung genommen. Grütters zufolge werden in den Ländern Thüringen und auch Mecklenburg-Vorpommern die Bühnen zu stark für Sparmaßnahmen im Kulturbereich herangezogen.

Musik heute

Weltweit erfolgreich ohne Skandale – Zum Tod von Opernregisseur Nikolaus Lehnhoff

Noch im Mai hatte seine “Turandot”-Produktion zur Weltausstellung in Mailand an der Scala Premiere. Ob in Frankreich oder an der Metropolitan Opera in New York, in Zürich oder Amsterdam – Nikolaus Lehnhoff war einer der gefragtesten Regisseure.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Bernàcer Named S.F. Opera Resident Conductor

The role of resident conductor at the San Francisco Opera is to be assistant and second-in-command to Music Director Nicola Luisotti, helping with planning, rehearsals, and production and conducting both special events and several mainstage performances.

Christoph Lieben-Seutter on Building a Concert Hall for the Future 

Germany is well known for its brass-knuckles approach to austerity programs, especially for its less well-heeled, profligate neighbors. But in the last several years the country has suffered an embarrassing series of infrastructure debacles that suggest the need to look in the mirror.

Twitter

The Amati Magazine : Together with a Gramophone Award, some devastating news from a distinguished cellist

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN : Alright, female composers: step up this fall to @DetroitSymphony competition! Application details available soon!

Classic FM : A @realaled selfie to kick off the Ultimate Classic FM ! What will be number one?

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American composer George Walker
Credit: Mike Derer/Associated Press/ Guardian

(Written on August 28, 2015 )

Guardian

Frédéric Chopin’s heart shows signs of TB, say Polish experts

Findings appear in line with composer’s 1849 death certificate which says he died from tuberculosis in Paris

Telegraph

Daniel Barenboim interview: Why I’m proud of my orchestra

Conductor Daniel Barenboim talks to Ivan Hewett about his Israeli-Arab orchestra the West-Eastern Divan

Classical Music Magazine

Sir James Galway, Sir Neville Marriner and Chailly & Gewandhaus win atGramophone awards

The 2014 Gramophone magazine awards were held on 17 September at a ceremony at St John’s, Smith Square in London.

BBC Music Magazine

The BBC unveils trailer for Ten Pieces

Beethoven’s Fifth, Holst’s Planets and Stravinsky’s Firebird will come to life on the big screen

The Strad

International Violin Competition of Indianapolis announces all-female final

Five Korean artists and one American will perform two concertos each over the coming days

Classical Source

Secret Theatres: the Music of Harrison Birtwistle [6-8 November, University of Cambridge]

Secret Theatres: the Music of Harrison Birtwistle brings some of the most respected practitioners of contemporary music to Cambridge in celebration of Birtwistle in his 80th year.

Concerti

Der Klang des Grauens

Vor 100 Jahren brach der Erste Weltkrieg aus – in Frankreich und Deutschland wird der Tragödie auch musikalisch gedacht

Codex Flores

Gewinner des Moskauer Geigenbauer-Wettbewerbs

In Moskau sind die Gewinner des Internationalen Geigenbauer-Wettbewerbs  «Violine: Selle und Gestalt» bekanntgegeben worden.

Klassik.com

Bratschist Fitz Gary erhält Auszeichnung des DAAD

US-Amerikaner wird für herausragende Studienleistungen ausgezeichnet

The New York Times

There’s a Lesson Here; All You Have to Do Is Listen

Roger Nierenberg and the Music Paradigm Program

Twitter

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: Your reaction: Check out our round-up of tweets from the #BPbigscreens live relay of Rigoletto. Is yours included? ^E http://bit.ly/1mfIea8 

Royal College Music @RCMLatest: Congrats to RCM alumni named as #GramoAwards winners: Sir Neville Marriner (Outstanding Achievement) & @Sir_J_Galway (Lifetime Achievement)

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic: Duncan Ward, 25, has been appointed principal conductor of @sinfoniavivauk from January, ‘minimum initial contract of two years’

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Sir Neville Marriner presents Riccardo Chailly with the Recording of the Year Award. Photo: Ben Ealovega

(Written on September 18, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Living Symphonies: when an ecosystem becomes an orchestra

24 speakers have been installed in Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent to create a natural symphony.

The Guardian

Why does the BBC assume its audience won’t like new music?

The BBC have cut Harrison Birtwistle’s Sonance Severance 2000 from the televised performance by the National Youth Orchestra. While they suggest that it will be performed in a special programme, concerns are mounting over the BBC’s fear of televising new music.

The Telegraph

Laura Wright: ‘I want to show that strength can be sexy’

Soprano, rugby player and official RFU anthem singer, Laura Wright tells the telegraph all about her perfect weekend and her wish to inspire young female athletes.

The Independent

Salomé’s feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

The independent’s article explores Salome as both an opera and Wilde’s story ahead of the BBC Prom tomorrow and the conversation between Pacino and Stephen Fry at the BFI Southbank, which will be screened nationwide.

The New York Times

The Dissatisfied: To Leave or Not to Leave?

Spectators Walk Out of a Show for Many Reasons

The New York Times

France’s New Music Temple

Philharmonie de Paris Prepares to Open Amid Controversy

Die Welt

Der Meister ist tot. Wer wird der neue Meister?

Im schweizerischen Luzern merkt man, wie schwer es ist, einen Nachfolger für das von Claudio Abbado gegründete Festivalorchester zu finden. Auch bei der Musikakademie steht die Nachfolgersuche an.

Klassik.com

Bayreuther Festspiele in der Krise?

Ein Tief über dem Grünen Hügel

Klassik.com

Musikwettbewerb der ARD in München startet

Deutschland sucht den Klassik-Superstar

La Croix

Les 25 ans du festival Sinfonia en Périgord 

Le festival célèbre dignement son quart de siècle avec une programmation centrée sur la voix.

Twitter

Southbank Centre: @Southbankcentre 70 couples are getting married @southbankcentre this weekend! http://j.mp/1rYpqtP  #BigWeddingWeekend

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Placido Domingo and @TheSixteen’s Harry Christophers take the Ice Bucket Challenge. Brilliant! http://classfm.co/vYzZOQ  #ClassicFMnews

London Bach Society: @bachlive Congrats @MahanEsfahani @BBCRadio3 @BBCInTune on his @GramophoneMag award. He plays JSB’s Well-Tempered Clavier Bk1 at LBS Bachfest 3/4/ Nov

Benjamin Britten: @BrittenOfficial Today at 3pm, Lucy Walker plays and discusses Britten’s solo piano music in his beautiful Library. The Red House itself is open 2-5pm today.

 

The grass is singing … Living Symphonies Image from Guardian

The grass is singing … Living Symphonies
Image from Guardian

(Written on August 29, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Harry Partch: the magic of a California hobo

Ahead of two Edinburgh Festival performances, Ivan Hewett salutes the late composer, Harry Partch, last in a great line of American mavericks.

The Guardian

Classical music students – the future’s bright, just use your imagination

Earlier this month, Julian Lloyd Webber gave a speech to music students at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Here, we reprint it in full.

Classic FM

Gramophone Awards 2014 winners announced

See the 12 recordings that have been crowned category winners at this year’s Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2014, ahead of the ceremony on 17 September.

Classical Music 

As a new survey reveals the stresses and strains of a musical career, are we doing enough to support musicians?

Being a musician can be one of the best jobs in the world. Musicians have the opportunity to do something they love, play with like-minded people and connect with audiences who share their passion.

Epoch Times

In Appreciation of a Master Fiddler

Buddy MacMaster’s music ‘a wonderful gift’.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Schroeder Hall Opens in Sonoma

Schroeder — the Peanuts‘ piano-playing, Beethoven-worshipper, pursued by Lucy van Pelt — now has his name on a new building in Sonoma’s Green Music Center.

Classicalite

EXCLUSIVE: Watch Igor Levit Play J.S. Bach; Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major (BWV 825) – I. Praeludium

Just like we promised we would, Classicalite’s A.V. Club is pleased to present the premiere of Russian-German pianist Igor Levit’s “music video” for Bach’s first partita.

Die Welt

“Abbado hat mir viel genommen und gegeben”

Stargeigerin Viktoria Mullova spricht erstmals über das schwierige Verhältnis zum Vater ihres Sohnes. Dabei hat auch sie sich als gedrilltes Violinbiest ihrer Mutter gegenüber grausam verhalten.

Der Tagesspiegel

Klaus Wowereit hinterlässt eine blühende Kulturlandschaft

Als Kultursenator hat Klaus Wowereit dafür gesorgt, dass endlich wieder über Kunst geredet wurde statt immer nur über Geld zu streiten. Das ermöglichte der Berliner Kulturszene einen neuen Höhenflug. Wie geht es nun weiter?

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Nike Wagner beklagt Uniformität von Kunstfestivals

Wagner: “Ohne Promi-Name geht nichts”.

La Croix

Radio France se remanie pour toucher tous les publics

Mathieu Gallet et ses sept directeurs ont présenté mercredi 27 août les nouvelles grilles de programmes, intégrant la dimension numérique et la prochaine ouverture au public de la Maison de la Radio.

Twitter

Classical Music Agen: @AClassicalMusic Birthdays and Commemoration at the Proms–Birtwistle, Davies, Rands, and others http://ift.tt/1mW48uc  #classicalmusic

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at the #bbcproms, join @LPOrchestra and pianist Alexander Toradze for Holst, Schoenberg and Scriabin: http://bbc.in/1nDDkyT 

Royal Philharmonic: @rpoonline Tickets for RPO concerts @TheBathsHall @FairfieldHalls & @wycombeswan are available on #RPORewards – the RPO’s #app!

Royal College Music: @RCMLatest RCM harpist @Ceciliasdm entertains guests @NHM_London latest sleepover #dinosnores event!

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Photo: The Guardian

 

(Written on August 28, 2014 )

Classical News

The Independent

Proms 2014: Tasmin Little is preparing for her 20th Proms – but busking is her real passion

The chart-topping violinist tells Jessica Duchen that her real passion is for performing for people who never set foot in a concert hall.

The Telegraph

Nicola Benedetti: first British solo violinist to reach top 20 of the UK albums chart in two decades

Nicola Benedetti’s latest album is the first release by a British solo violinist to reach the top 20 of the UK pop chart since 1995.

Classic FM

Germans use classical music to foil US spies

German politicians are using piano music to combat the threat of American eavesdropping during their meetings.

Slipped Disc

Video: Itzhak Perlman campaigns for universal polio vaccination 

‘Even two or three cases in a country, those cases can blow up unless everyone is immunised,’ pleads the great violinist.

Star Advertiser

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra extends contract with musicians

On the eve of announcing its third season, the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra extended the current agreement with its musicians, allowing for “incremental” growth of the organization.

Klassik.com

Überraschung? – “Rettungsversuch” für SWR Sinfonieorchester gescheitert

Die Rettung des SWR Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg durch ein Stiftungsmodell ist vorerst gescheitert.

kultur-port.de

ARD-Klassikprojekt: “Das Dvorák-Experiment”

“Das Dvorák-Experiment” ist das erste gemeinsame Projekt zur Musikvermittlung, mit dem die ARD-Rundfunkanstalten Schüler in ganz Deutschland für klassische Musik begeistern wollen.

Zeit Online

Klassik ohne Radio

Die ARD-Rundfunkanstalten müssen sparen. Wo tun sie es zuerst? Bei der Kultur, klar. Oder ist das nur Einbildung, die alte Verschwörungstheorie? Auf Spurensuche zwischen dem Programmauftrag und der Massentauglichkeit eines geliebten Mediums im digitalen Zeitalter.

Le Monde

Aurélie Filippetti chahutée au « off » d’Avignon

A Avignon, mercredi 16 juillet, il y a davantage de journalistes que d’intermittents du spectacle qui attendent la ministre de la culture. Le collectif des salariés du festival in, la CGT spectacle et la Coordination des intermittents et précaires (CIP) refusent de rencontrer Aurélie Filippetti.

Twitter

Jessica Duchen: @jessicaduchen Great and to the point piece by @susannaeastburn re British Composer Awards – get nominating! http://blog.soundandmusic.org/2014/07/16/susanna-eastburn-a-call-to-action-for-female-nominations-for-the-british-composer-awards/ …

Yannick Nézet-Séguin: @nezetseguin One week left…;-) Vote for the Gramophone Artist of the Year 2014 | http://gramophone.co.uk  http://www.gramophone.co.uk/artist-of-the-year-2014 … via @GramophoneMag

Berlin Philharmonic: @BerlinPhil Passion and precision: Karajan conducts the 1978 New Year’s Eve Concert. Last chance to watch for free now at http://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/10123/?a=twitter&c=true …!

 

Tamsin Little, Independent

Tamsin Little, Independent

 

 

(Written on July 17, 2014 )

Gramophone

The 2013 Gramophone Classical Music Award-winning recordings

Recording of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Young Artist of the Year, Label of the Year and Artist of the Year winners are discussed on the Gramophone website.

The Guardian

A quiet word about classical concert etiquette

Who says classical music must be enjoyed in silence? Despite a summer of mobiles, coughs and even a misfiring hearing aid, Kate Molleson refuses to join the tutters.

Madrid’s Teatro Real boss sparks row by saying no Spaniard can succeed him

Belgian Gerard Mortier sparks controversy by saying that no one from Spain is capable of running opera house.

Star Tribune

Minnesota Orchestra musicians make counter-offer in pay dispute

Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra on Tuesday said they had given management a counterproposal on a new contract. Management dismissed proposal as a “vague framework” that does not “constitute an official counterproposal.”

The Telegraph

BBC Big Band cuts are shameful mistake

BBC decision to axe Radio 2 show Big Band Special is a crass mistake, says Martin Chilton.

Nashua Telegraph

Stradivarius hometown gets a violin museum

The northern Italian town where Antonio Stradivari and other master violin-makers worked will open a new museum celebrating the instrument.

Classical Music Magazine

Last-minute Night of the Proms: Iestyn Davies was called in as late replacement

Countertenor Iestyn Davies was a late draft onto the bill for 7 September’s Last Night of the Proms after BBC producers were told they would not be able to use a treble soloist because the performance was to be broadcast live after 7pm. Davies was called in, announced to the public on the day before the event, and only rehearsed with Alsop and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus on the day of the concert itself.

Arts Journal

Vienna’s Konzerthaus ‘is bankrupt’

New director Matthias Naske says there has been no increase in public subsidy for 16 years and he can’t see how to make ends meet.

Die Zeit

Künstler zwischen Konzert und Konzern

Der Tourveranstalter Berthold Seliger kritisiert die Großen der Musikbranche gern. Sein neues Buch zeigt umfassend, wie auf Kosten der Kreativen Geschäfte gemacht werden.

Gramophone

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(Written on September 11, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Lang Lang and Einaudi to perform at Classic BRITs 2013

Pianists Lang Lang and Ludovico Einaudi have both been confirmed to perform at this year’s Classic BRITs award ceremony on October 2nd

Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines prompts unexpected classical hit

The R&B chart smash has driven a surge in sales for a violin and harpsichord duet of the same name

Roger Federer plays violin in Lucerne Festival tribute

Tennis maestro Roger Federer paid tribute to the Lucerne Festival’s 75th anniversary in a video made by his sponsor, Credit Suisse

Nicola Benedetti takes time off following Queen’s advice

The superstar violinist is taking a break ahead of the release of her new album, My First Decade, after being asked whether she was overworking by the Queen

Classical Music Magazine

Kaufmann among pre-announced winners of 2013 Gramophone Awards

Jonas Kaufmann’s last solo disc on Decca before his recent move to Sony Classical is among several pre-announced winners of this year’s Gramophone magazine awards

Ealing Autumn festival: Britten among friends11-27 October

Running 11 to 27 October, the Ealing Autumn Festival returns for its fourth year

The Independent

Julian Lloyd Webber: I’m doing a Dudamel over here

The Venezuelan conductor showed how poor children could become musicians. Julian Lloyd Webber explains how he was determined to do the same here. The result can be seen at the Proms on Sunday

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Das Gewitter ist vorbei, die Schäflein sind im Trockenen

Beim Stuttgarter Musikfest gab Helmuth Rilling den Stab an seinen jüngeren Nachfolger Hans-Christoph Rademann ab – Bundespräsident Joachim Gauk assistierte

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(Written on August 28, 2013 )

Gramophone

Gramophone Awards 2012 announced!

Record of the Year for Vox Luminis; Calleja is Artist of the Year

Rhinegold

Buyers circle EMI Classics and Virgin Classics after EU judgment

Prospective buyers are eyeing chunks of EMI’s recording operations – including its classical divisions – for the third time in five years after US and European regulators cleared the $1.9bn (£1.2bn) sale of the bulk of the British company to Universal Music Group.

Yahoo News (found on Arts Journal)

Blend of bikinis and Chinese opera stirs debate

BEIJING (AP) — A stage performance by bikini-clad women wearing headpieces styled after traditional Peking Opera has sparked debate in China after photos were made public this week, highlighting divided views on how to preserve the country’s traditions.

Deceptive Cadence, NPR

Klaus Heymann: On 25 Years Of Naxos — And Changing The Classical Music Business

Twenty-five years ago, no one — and I mean no one — would have predicted that a little budget label out of Hong Kong would totally upend the classical music industry.

Slipped Disc 

Soprano crushed in stage accident is riding high for a UK award

Five months ago, Annemarie Kremer was lying in an Austrian hospital bed wondering whether she would ever mount a stage again.

Exclusive: A conductor takes stock of orchestral wages

The US-born conductor John Axelrod has just brought out a book in German on the state of orchestral culture. It’s a brave book, and a timely one.

Financial Times

When the Mountain Changed its Clothing, Bochum Jahrhunderthalle

Heiner Goebbels’s new work weaves surreal stories, using a 40-strong girls’ choir from Slovenia

The News

Classical singer mesmerises music aficionados at Lok Virsa

A large number of people from different walks of life enjoyed a live performance by renowned classical singer, Rafaqat Ali Khan, from famous ‘Sham Chaurasi Gharana’ at the Lok Virsa Media Studios.

Financial Times

(Written on September 28, 2012 )

Accentus Music are proud to announce that they have won the 2012 Gramophone Award for DVD Performance. Their critically acclaimed production of Bruckner’s Symphony No 5, performed by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, conducted by Claudio Abbado, and directed by Michael Beyer was announced as the winner in a ceremony today in London. The concert was recorded live on 19th and 20th of August at the KKL in Lucerne in cooperation with LUCERNE FESTIVAL in summer 2011.

With reviews praising how the ‘sound is excellent, the camerawork sensitive and technically first-rate’, from Gramophone itself, as well as Classical Music Magazine urging readers to ‘simply buy it, mortgaging the cat if need be’, there is no surprise that this production has also won a prestigious a Diapason d’Or.

Previous Accentus Music DVDs also have been highly praised, such as the production of Claudio Abbado and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, which received a BBC Music Magazine award for best DVD performance.

This autumn, Accentus Music is set to add to success with many much-anticipated new releases including the UK release of Die Thomaner: A Year in the Life of the St. Thomas Boys’ Choir, Leipzig as well as the St Thomas Boys Choir, Leipzig performing the St Matthew Passion. In addition, 2012 will see the worldwide release of the Accentus documentary John Cage: Journeys in Sound to mark the composer’s centenary.

(Written on September 27, 2012 )