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In today’s classical news, Vienna Philharmonic perform in new suits designed by Vivienne Westwood, Vienna celebrates 11-year old composer Alma Deutscher, and conductor Jeffrey Tate is given a knighthood. Also, a sneak preview of 2017’s cultural highlights, and the countdown to the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg begins.

The New York Times

A New Year, and New Duds, for the Vienna Philharmonic

For the Vienna Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Knonthaler — her designer partner, creative director and husband — have designed a new stage outfit, the Philharmonic Suit, for the musicians.

DW.com

2016: The year in classical music

Numbers, facts, people: it was a year of milestones in the classical world – and as always, Germany calls the tune.

Classic.fm

Opera singer Bryn Terfel given a knighthood, Dame Evelyn Glennie made a Companion of Honour and Iestyn Davies given an MBE in the New Year’s Honours 2017

Stars of the classical world are among those recognised in this year’s Honours List, joining sports stars including Mo Farah and Andy Murray, and BFG-actor Mark Rylance

The New Yorker

Bach’s Holy Dread

The composer has long been seen as a symbol of divine order. But his music has an unruly obsession with God.

Telegraph

Mariah Carey ends 2016 on low note with ‘disastrous’ New Year’s Eve performance

Pop diva Mariah Carey suffered a series of mishaps during her New Year’s Eve performance, with viewers branding the show a disaster.

Spiegel Online

Wien feiert elfjährige Komponistin

Die elf Jahre alte Alma Deutscher hat mit ihrer Aschenputtel-Oper das Wiener Publikum begeistert. Bei der Uraufführung gab es Standing Ovations. Und das Wunderkind plant schon die nächsten Projekte.

Musik Heute

Dirigent Jeffrey Tate wird zum Ritter geschlagen

Der Chefdirigent der Hamburger Symphoniker, Jeffrey Tate, wird von der britischen Queen zum Ritter geschlagen. Das teilte das Orchester am Sonntag unter Berufung auf das Londoner Königshaus mit.

Wiener Neujahrskonzert 2018 mit Riccardo Muti am Pult

Riccardo Muti soll 2018 das Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker dirigieren. Das Orchester würdige damit die jahrzehntelange Zusammenarbeit mit dem 75-jährigen Italiener.

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Kulturelle Highlights 2017: eine Medien- und Kultur-Vorschau

Oscars, Eurovision Song Contest, Buchmesse – was uns 2017 in Kultur und Medien erwartet. Ein Überblick von Januar bis Dezember.

Klassik Heute

ARTE feiert die Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie

Von der langen Geschichte dieses ambitionierten Projektes bis zur Eröffnung des großen Saals am 11. Januar 2017 erzählen eine ARTE-Dokumentation und das glanzvolle Eröffnungskonzert.

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MUSIK HEUTE @Musik_Heute Umjubelter Berlin-Einstand von Dirigent Justin Doyle beim

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Share your 2016 highlights using – we’d love to hear from you bit.ly/2hJ9od9

BBC NOW @BBCNOW  Congratulations to the following composers, whose music has been chosen for this year’s

Alma Deutscher © Christian Wind/dpa

Alma Deutscher © Christian Wind/dpa

(Written on January 2, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Iestyn Davies discusses the challenges of being Farinelli, and the Royal Northern College of Music launches its first ever four-year BMus in popular music. Also, Coady Green reports on a unique concert in the Himalayas, and The Telegraph writes Alexander Faris’s obituary

The Guardian

The King and I: Iestyn Davies on being Farinelli

In a play about the healing power of song, who does the singing? Countertenor Iestyn Davies ponders the challenges of breathing life into the castrato singer Farinelli in Claire van Kampen’s play

Classical Music Magazine

RNCM launches UK’s first four-year degree in popular music

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is launching the UK’s first ever four-year BMus (Hons) degree in popular music on 1 October

The Strad

Hong Kong’s MTR reviews ban on large musical instruments following criticism from orchestras

The railway company had threatened to issue fines and refused entry to students for carrying cellos

The Telegraph

Alexander Faris, composer – obituary

Composer who wrote the theme tune for Upstairs, Downstairs and orchestrated music for Pavarotti

BBC Music Magazine

Scriabin in the Himalayas

Pianist Coady Green reports on a unique concert in the mountains

Artsjournal

Nonesuch Records Chief Robert Hurwitz To Retire After 32 Years

When executives at big record companies leave their jobs, there is usually a quick announcement and a scramble behind the scenes to install a new regime.

NPR classical

‘We Need To Be Human’: Zuhal Sultan On Starting The Iraqi Youth Orchestra

It’s difficult enough to start an orchestra, but Zuhal Sultan founded the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq (NYOI) as a teenager in the middle of a war. She brought together 40 young musicians from different Iraqi cities and sectarian backgrounds in an effort to unify a divided nation. Now, six years later, the Euphrates Institute has named her Visionary of the Year.

Berliner Zeitung

Schön Rumstehen mit Blick auf die Elbe

In Hamburg traf sich die Musikindustrie zum Reeperbahn Festival. Während in Berlin Musikindustrie-Events nie geklappt haben, sind die Hamburger ehrlich und auf Zack: Auf dem Reeperbahn Festival werden Hände geschüttelt, nicht viel mehr. Völlig ausreichend, findet unser Autor

Die Welt

Nun ward der Herbst unseres Tenorvergnügens

Der Klangritter von hohen B: Der Tenor Jonas Kaufmann räumt mit Giuseppe Verdi und Giacomo Puccini bis in die Popcharts ab. Ob CD, Kino oder Oper, er ist überall. Und er ist immer exzellent.

Musik Heute

“Opernhaus des Jahres” in Frankfurt und Mannheim

“Opernhaus des Jahres” 2015 sind die Oper Frankfurt und das Nationaltheater Mannheim. Das ergab eine Umfrage unter 50 Musikkritikern in Europa und den USA, die die Zeitschrift “Opernwelt” am Mittwoch veröffentlichte.

France Musique

Démission du chef d’orchestre Jean-Yves Ossonce, directeur de l’Opéra de Tours

Jean-Yves Ossonce, directeur du Grand Théâtre lyrique de Tours et chef de l’Orchestre symphonique Région Centre – Val de Loire – Tours a annoncé sa démission via un communiqué.

Le Parisien

La filière musicale française s’accorde sur les revenus du streaming

La filière musicale française a annoncé mardi avoir conclu un “accord” pour une “juste répartition” des revenus issus du numérique, pomme de discorde dans une industrie en crise depuis 15 ans qui voit son salut dans le développement du streaming.

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The Royal OperaMozart’s Magic Flute had its premiere in 1791

Classic FMStars so far in our radio play for Davids Tennant & Suchet More on bfast tomorrow

BBC Radio 3Fascinating. Mark-Anthony Turnage and Peter Erskine, composer and drummer, on working together
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Coady Green and Christopher Wayne Smith performing in Ladakh (Picture courtesy of Scriabin in the Himalayas)/BBC Music Magazine

 

(Written on September 30, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Antonio Pappano talks about politicians at the opera and the fate of the ENO, Rossini’s William Tell to be performed at Covent Garden, Iestyn Davies is interviewed by The Guardian and how Andre Rieu’s concerts have inspired a cult following. Furthermore, Lesley Garrett on why opera must give more roles to older women, Albert Ostermaier speaks about the Nibelungen Festival, an interview with Kent Nagano and the Strauss Festival needs help from Munich. Finally, why classical music needs the summer and Live Science on whether music gives you math skills.

The Telegraph

Antonio Pappano: ‘I haven’t time to sit through The Ring’

The chief conductor of the Royal Opera talks to Nigel Farndale about politicians at the opera and the fate of ENO

The Guardian

I have a story to Tell

Rossini’s mammoth opera about the freedom-fighting, sharp-shooting hero William Tell is rarely staged. Working on a new Covent Garden production, Gerald Finley is grappling with ‘clever dirt’, archery skills and crowd control

Iestyn Davies: ‘Falsetto is like yodelling’

The renowned countertenor on finding those high notes, battling acid reflux and emulating the castrato Farinelli on stage

The Independent

Andre Rieu: How the Waltz King’s concerts have inspired a cult following

Rieu’s concerts prove that classical performers can engage with their audience without sacrificing their musical integrity

Classic FM

Lesley Garrett: Opera must give more roles to older women – or die

In the modern world, older women run countries and corporations. It’s time opera composers reflected this, says soprano Lesley Garrett.

Die Welt

“Ich halte die Nibelungen für ein Antikriegsepos”

Für die Nibelungenfestspiele hat Albert Ostermaier den blutrünstigen Sagenstoff neu bearbeitet. “Gemetzel” heißt sein Stück. Ein Gespräch über die Entgiftung eines von den Nazis missbrauchten Stoffs.

concerti

„Der Mensch braucht mehr als Unterhaltung“

Von der Isar an die Elbe: Als neuer Generalmusikdirektor hat Kent Nagano in Hamburg große Pläne – und hofft an Nord- und Ostsee auf die perfekte Welle

pizzicato

Strauss-Festival Garmisch-Partenkirchen blickt hilfesuchend nach München

Das Richard Strauss-Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, bei dem dieses Jahr Christa Ludwig die erstmals vergeben Strauss-Ehrenplakette erhielt, ging mit viel Lob für die Intendantin Prof. Dr. h. c. KS (sic!) Brigitte Fassbaender zu Ende.

RP online

Klassik für den Sommer

Zu den Binsenweisheiten unserer Kultur zählt, dass Musik an Jahreszeiten hängt: Ohne den Sommer kommt sie überhaupt nicht aus.

The New York Times

Seeking Genuine Discovery on Music Streaming Services

One day last week I woke up and decided I wanted to have the best morning ever. So I went to Songza — the music-streaming service that offers only predetermined playlists, much of them designed around mood, time of day or activity — and chose the playlist “Best Morning Ever.”

Live Science

Does Music Give You Math Skills? It’s a Tricky Equation

Naomi Eide is a master’s student in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. She contributed this article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

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ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: Dmitri Hvorostovsky opts for cancer treatment in London

I Care If You Listen @icareifulisten: Festival Reveals Piano Gems From A Siberian Prison via

klassik.com@klassikcom: Unternehmer spendet eine Million an die Rom

Antonio Pappano - Photo: © ROH Photographer: CLIVE BARDA

Antonio Pappano – Photo: © ROH Photographer: CLIVE BARDA

(Written on June 29, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news The Telegraph features an interview with Nico Muhly and Iestyn Davies, Chausson’s opera has languished in the shadows for over a century and The Large Hadron Collider has ‘composed’ a piece of music which sounds like Philip Glass. The Record asks why classical music is so hard to enjoy on streaming services, the Governors Ball hits its stride, the Montreal International Musical Competition announces the three prize-winners of its 2015 Voice edition and Sir Roger Norrington is interviewed by concerti. Furthermore, 25 year old composer Matthew Aucoin is compared to Mozart, Wagner and Leonard Bernstein and Bryce Dessner invents a new instrument.

The Telegraph

‘We didn’t want to make a sad gay oratorio’

A new musical monologue attempts to get inside the mind of Alan Turing. Sinclair McKay meets its composer, Nico Muhly, and its star, Iestyn Davies

The Guardian

Chausson’s operatic rarity Le Roi Arthus deserves clarity not banality

Chausson’s opera has languished in the shadows for over a century. Graham Vick’s new production in Paris does little to makes its case

Classic FM

The Large Hadron Collider has ‘composed’ this piece of music, and it sounds a lot like Philip Glass

Data from science’s mammoth atom-smashing machine has been transformed into a piece of music. And it’s full of triads.

The Record

Why Can’t Streaming Services Get Classical Music Right?

Why is classical music so hard to enjoy on streaming services? In one word, it’s metadata.

pizzicato

South Korea Sweeps Prizes in Montreal

Following ten days of intense high-level competition, the Montreal International Musical Competition (MIMC) announced the three prize-winners of its 2015 Voice edition.

concerti

„Der Dirigent muss nur die Regeln kennen“

Klanggestalter und individueller Interpret? Sir Roger Norrington hält nichts von solchen Allüren am Pult: Der Mann mit dem Taktstock habe vor allem für Freude und Selbstvertrauen im Orchester zu sorgen

klassik.com

Hindemith-Preis 2015 geht an David Philip Hefti

Den Hindemith-Preis des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals erhält in diesem Jahr der Schweizer Komponist David Philip Hefti.

The New York Times

Governors Ball, Now in Its Fifth Season, Hits Its Stride

When Big Boi was touring as a solo act in 2011, he played a brand-new festival on Governors Island in New York Harbor. “The sound was banging — the crowd was bananas,” he reminisces. Most fondly, he recalls he had to take a ferry to get ther

npr music

A 25-Year-Old Opera Composer Who Does It All

Matthew Aucoin is being compared to Mozart, Wagner and Leonard Bernstein. He’s worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

classical MPR

Bryce Dessner invents new instrument for Sō Percussion

It’s one thing to compose music for performance, and it’s another thing to compose music that requires an entirely new instrument.

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Classicalite @Classicalite: Tech Talk: Enormous Produces Sound Too Low For Human Ears!

NPR Classical @nprclassical: Why can’t streaming services get classical music right?

Ruth Brons @Things4Strings: Gustavo Dudamel on why he’s staying in LA; how classical music can reach the working class –

 Iestyn Davies and Nico Muhly at Bletchley Photo: Rii Schroer


Iestyn Davies and Nico Muhly at Bletchley Photo: Rii Schroer

(Written on June 5, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Lang Lang and Angela Hewitt join Edinburgh international festival lineup

Classical programme to include a Beethoven sonata series by pianist Rudolf Buchbinder and choral works celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus

The Times

Iestyn Davies on the castrato who tried to cure a King’s madness

The countertenor, who is recreating Farinelli’s voice on stage, explains this musical phenomenon of the 18th century

Telegraph

School inspections will be shorter but more often, says Ofsted

Ofsted has said it will give more weight to subjects like music in future when deciding whether a school is good or outstanding.

Classic FM

Hearing aid uses tongue to process sound

A new kind of hearing aid is being developed that will be worn in the mouth and communicate sounds through vibrations felt on the tongue.

Sinfini

Simon Rattle’s Young Orchestra for London

When Simon Rattle raises his baton on 12 February in the Barbican Hall, he will be standing in front of an orchestra of 100 hand-picked musicians.

Die Welt

München braucht keinen weiteren Konzertsaal

Freistaat und Stadt sind sich einig: Es wird keinen neuen Konzertsaal für das Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks geben. Dafür wird der Gasteig renoviert. Nicht die schlechteste Lösung.

Süddeutsche.de

Gute Nacht, München!

Nach zehn Jahren Debatte um einen neuen Münchner Konzertsaal macht das Ergebnis fassungslos. Wären öffentliche Bauherren schon immer so mutlos gewesen, die Stadt wäre für alle Zeiten ein Dorf geblieben.

Klavier.de

Ton und Erklärung 2015: Gewinner stehen fest

Der erste Preis des Klavierwettbewerbs “Ton und Erklärung – Werkvermittlung in Musik und Wort” geht in diesem Jahr an Elisabeth Brauß und Fabian Müller, die die Jury für sich gewinnen konnten.

The New York Times

Aldo Ciccolini Dies at 89; Pianist Interpreted Satie

Aldo Ciccolini, an Italian-born pianist who specialized in the music of French composers and was known in particular as a champion of Erik Satie, has died at his home outside Paris.

pizzicato

ICMA Warns Over Danger Of Confusion With New Organization

In the Netherlands, an organization is presenting itself under the name of ICMA 2015 – International Classical Music Auditions, with a corporate identity resembling very much to the one of the International Classical Music Awards, ICMA.

Michal Klauza Named Music Director Of Polish Radio Symphony

Michal Klauza (41) has been appointed Music Director of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw.

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Pianist magazine ‏@pianistmagazine: And more Libertango, from Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung! https://t.co/sAlvCWfPeR http://fb.me/7p6bW7hUa 

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: With #ROHhollander setting sail on Thurs,we’ve picked our musical highlight: http://t.co/0aZiivaABK Do you agree? ^C

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: Documentaries about 230 great composers, including dozens from Britain. Listen here http://bbc.co.uk/greatcomposers 

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Iestyn Davies who will voice the castrato Carlo Farinelli on stage. Photo: Paul Rogers

(Written on February 4, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

UK’s orchestras to get tax relief

The measure, aimed to encourage performances across the UK, brings British orchestras in line with theatre and film industries

Telegraph

The tragedy of Europe’s great forgotten female composer

Vítězslava Kaprálová was on the cusp of greatness when she died of tuberculosis. On the centenary of her birth, John Allison uncovers a tragic love triangle in Vichy France

Independent

ENO’s outgoing chairman Martyn Rose demands artistic director John Berry be sacked

The chairman’s animosity towards Mr Berry was revealed in a private letter sent to the ENO’s president Sir Vernon Ellis

The Times

Michael Morpurgo: ‘Bring children who wriggle and scream’

When the violinist Kyung-Wha Chung interrupted her comeback concert at the Festival Hall last December to suggest to the parents of a coughing child that maybe they “bring her back when she’s older”, reactions ranged from sympathetic to outraged.

BBC Music Magazine

Mozart’s birthday to be celebrated with first ever worldwide virtual recital

Pianists of all ages and abilities invited to join in online

Die Welt

“Da ist Bratsche einfach gnädiger als Klavier”

Die Bratsche war lange ein belächeltes Instrument. Tabea Zimmermann hat es zu Weltruhm mit ihr gebracht. Ein Gespräch in der Trattoria – über eine nicht einfache Kindheit und den späten Beethoven.

KulturPort.De

WDR 3 Jazzfest mit 14 Konzerten und WDR Jazzpreis-Verleihung am Freitag

Mit insgesamt 14 Jazz-Konzerten inklusive der Verleihung der WDR Jazzpreise macht das WDR 3 Jazzfest von Mittwoch, 28. Januar bis Samstag, 31. Januar 2015 Station in Dortmund.

Klassik.com

Neuer Intendant nach Skandal am Palau de les Arts Valencia

Trotz Korruptionsvorwürfen erhält Schmidt Abfindung für zehnjährige Intendanz

Gewerkschaft will Scala-Vorstellung zur Expo-Eröffnung boykottieren

Traditioneller Feiertag wichtiger als Weltausstellung

pizzicato

Flash Mob Generates Audience in Poland

There are many of the so called flash mobs on various Internet platforms, and seldom we learned about any positive result.

El Mundo

Doña Helga S.A.

La polémica gestión en el Palau de Les Arts

Twitter

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Facing the music: Iestyn Davies http://gu.com/p/4537g

Classicalite @Classicalite: ‘Eyes Wide Open’ at Café Carlyle, Avant Music Festival + More! – http://eepurl.com/bcpPKf

Klassik.com @klassikcom: Mindestlohn: Heinrich-Schütz-Haus in finanziellen Nöten http://klassik.com/?Tu5OY  #Musikwissenschaft #Kulturmanagement #Kulturpoliti

Helga Schmidt Photo via El Mundo

Helga Schmidt
Photo via El Mundo

(Written on January 26, 2015 )

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.

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(Written on September 11, 2013 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.

The Guardian

Manchester and the Hallé orchestra

The Hallé orchestra has been the pride of the city – and the Manchester Guardian – for over 150 years.

The Independent

Xerxes, Britten Theatre, London The Fairy Queen, Britten Theatre, London Takács Quartet, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

English Touring Opera’s dazzling romance, set during the Second World War, is sexy and stylish.

The Times

The Queen of Spades at the Grand, Leeds

Halloween has come early to leds, and not just because the bakers are already arranging plastic spiders over their sticky buns…

The Times

Duke Bluebeard’s Castle at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

To stage or not to stage; that is the question. And each rendition of Bartók’s action-light opera Duke Bluebeard’s Castle offers its own answer..

The Times

The Barber of Seville at Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Rossini’s quick-fire comedy of frustrated lovers plotting to thwart an overly attentive guardian with the help of Seville’s polymath barber zings from the stage in this revival of Thomas Allen’s 2007 Scottish Opera production, directed, once more, by the moonlighting baritone.

Gramophone Online

Milos, Iestyn Davies, Christophe Rousset, and the Specialist Classical Chart

Welcome to the latest edition of the Gramophone Podcast, presented by Gramophone editor-in-chief James Jolly.

(Written on October 24, 2011 )

Gramophone Online

Four Alumni Honoured by Wells Cathedral School.

Four young alumni of the Wells Cathedral School were honoured by their former alma mater for their outstanding contribution to music. Countertenor Iestyn Davies, soprano Meeta Raval, cellist Jamie Walton and recording engineer Sam Okell were awarded Foundation Fellowships.

 The Independent

Xerxes/ The Fairy Queen, English Touring Opera, Britten Theatre.

The Handel aria which everyone knows – ‘Ombra mai fu’ – is the Persian King Xerxes’s paean of praise to a generously-spreading plane tree. Trust director James Conway to come up with a different take.

The New York Times

Rap in and of Brooklyn, with the Rumble of the Subway

Restoration Rocks Music Festival, with the rapper Most Def and members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Pierson.

 BBC Music Magazine

Piano duet version of Brahms’s First Piano

Brahms’s own arrangement of his Piano Concerto No. 1 – for piano duet – is to receive its UK premiere almost 150 years after he wrote the transcription.

 

 

 

(Written on October 13, 2011 )