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In today’s news, should we ‘sex up’ classical music, Beatrice Rana signs to Warner Classics and Czech pianist Ivan Moravec dies.

The Guardian

Classical music completists, unite! What mighty cycles shall we stage at the Proms?

Many stamina-testing, technically demanding musical marathons could really work at the Royal Albert Hall. Here are five contenders – what would you choose?

The Strad

No sex please – we’re classical musicians

Does ‘sexing up’ classical music increase accessibility or is it merely crass exhibitionism? Two well-known string players debated one of the hot topics of the industry in The Strad’s March 2006 issue

BBC Music Magazine

Beatrice Rana signs to Warner Classics

Italian pianist debuts with Antonio Pappano

Six of the best: classical music film cameos

We spot six famous classical musicians who have appeared in movies

Classic FM

We filmed Mari and Håkon Samuelsen playing Halvorsen’s unique, completely ballistic spin on a Handel classic.

We filmed Mari and Håkon Samuelsen playing Halvorsen’s unique, completely ballistic spin on a Handel classic. Strap in, everyone…

Die Zeit

Wie klingt die Gegenwart?

Die Zeit der Debatten in der neuen Musik ist vorbei. Vier Komponisten der jüngeren Generation darüber, wie man die Jetztzeit vertont und was das mit Politik zu tun hat.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wie entsteht eine Kultinszenierung? Buhs und Bumerang

Erst Pfui, im nächsten Jahr schon Hui? Udo Badelt besucht den “Lohengrin” bei den Bayreuther Festspielen – und wundert sich über die Genese von Kultinszenierungen.

BR Klassik

Mit Weihnachtsoratorium in den August : “Wohltemperierte” Bachwoche in Ansbach

Unter dem Motto “Wohltemperiert” startet am Freitag die Bachwoche Ansbach. Zum ersten Mal dabei ist dieses Jahr der BR-Chor. Und die fränkischen “Lokalmatadoren”, die Sänger des Windsbacher Knabenchors, sind auch wieder vertreten – mit dem zweiten Teil des Weihnachtsoratoriums.

France Musique

Disparition du pianiste Ivan Moravec

Le pianiste tchèque Ivan Moravec est décédé lundi 27 juillet à l’âge de 84 ans. Assez méconnu du grand public il est admiré des mélomanes notamment pour ses interprétations de Chopin.

The New York Times

Ivan Moravec, Pianist Who Specialized in Chopin, Dies at 84

Ivan Moravec, a Czech pianist who earned a reputation as one of the greatest interpreters of Chopin largely through recordings that had penetrated the Iron Curtain, died on Monday in Prague. He was 84.

Toby Deller @TobyDeller: The French have a word for people like conductor @mtortelier: un gentleman (they do! he is!) Read my interview in August @ClassicalMusic_

Ensemble Perpetuo @EnsemblPerpetuo: How does music taste? How loud is a scent? Let us take you on a journey you won’t forget!

NYOGB @NYOGB: 10 questions for @tansydavies – composer of ‘Re-Greening’, a new commission by @NYOGB

Antonio Pappano and Beatrice Rana

Antonio Pappano and Beatrice Rana
Photo: BBC Music Magazine

(Written on July 31, 2015 )

In today’s news, Angel Blue reveals her dream to perform at the Proms, an interview with Susanna Mälkki and artist manager Caroline Oakes retires. Also, Czech pianist Ivan Moravec dies at the age of 84.

The Guardian

Angel Blue: ‘America doesn’t have anything like the Proms. They’re the envy of the world’

The American soprano on presenting at this year’s Proms, the inspiration of her pastor father – and her former career as a California beauty queen

Facing the music: Susanna Mälkki

From Ligeti to Björk and Mozart – the Finnish conductor reveals her musical inspirations

The Strad

Success of Stradivarius violin recording leads to sequel

The 1715 ‘Lipiński’ Stradivarius violin, which was sensationally stolen in January 2014 and recovered nine days later, will be the star of a second recording chronicling its history through music.

Classical Music Magazine

Leading artist manager retires

Artist manager Caroline Oakes has retired after more than four decades in the profession.

Ivan Moravec (9 November 1930 ‒ 27 July 2015)

The Czech pianist Ivan Moravec has died at the age of 84.

Der Tagesspeigel

Stets sollst du mich befragen

Familiengeschichte: Das Wagner-Museum im wiedereröffneten Haus Wahnfried erlaubt Einblicke in das Leben des Komponisten – und in die Verstrickungen der Familie Wagner in den Nationalsozialismus.

Klavier.de

Letzter Flügel von Franz Liszt ist in Wien zu sehen

Der von dem Komponisten und Pianisten Franz Liszt in seinen letzten Lebensjahren genutzte Flügel ist nun Teil der Sammlung Alter Musikinstrumente des Kunsthistorischen Museums in Wien.

Pizzicato

Gesamtwerk Anton Bruckners ist online

Das gesamte Werk Anton Bruckners (1824-1896) kann jetzt online abgerufen werden. Die Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW) teilte mit, dass auf ihrer Webseite www.bruckner-online.at der Zugang zu der umfangreichen Sammlung von Handschriften, Erstdrucken seiner Kompositionen und Bildern aus verschiedenen Archiven möglich ist.

Le Figaro

La Roque d’Anthéron, le rendez-vous des stars du piano

Pendant quatre semaines, les virtuoses du clavier vont se produire dans le célèbre petit village de 4000 habitants des Bouches-du-Rhône. De Anne Queffélec à Monty Alexander, un bonheur pour les amateurs de musique.

France Musique

Le Festival d’Athènes annule le concert de l’Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerrannée

Première tournée depuis 2009 à l’étranger de l’Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerrannée s’est vue amputée de la date grecque. « Le pays est à l’arrêt. Les gens ne viennent pas aux spectacles.»

Tweets

Nicholas McCarthy @NMcCarthyPiano: Speaking and performing at @GoldmanSachs this evening. Can’t wait.

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Some great music coming up in @johnsuchet1‘s show, including a few highlights from the so far:

Music Network @MusNetIrl: A really interesting interview for any musician or music lover in @FinalNoteMag with @chathamsax:

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Angel Blue dreams of performing at the Proms
Photo: Graeme Robertson

(Written on July 28, 2015 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to announce that it will be working with young Israeli pianist Ariel Lanyi.  Ariel made his orchestral debut at the age of 7 after beginning piano lessons just before his fifth birthday.  He has since built up a busy recital profile of engagements in Paris, Rome, Prague and Belfast and his concert appearances are regularly featured on Israeli radio.  His debut album Romantic Profiles was released in 2012 on LYTE Records and includes Schumann’s Carnival Scenes from Vienna, Liszt’s Fantasy and Fugue on the theme B-A-C-H, Brahms’ Fantasies Op. 116, and Janacek’s Piano Sonata I.X.1905.

Ariel has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras in Israel and has participated in the Israel Festival, Prague Music Performance, Tempietto Festival in Rome and the Ravello Festival.  In 2014, he will participate in the Young Prague Festival.  His talent has also been the focus of numerous documentary programmes on Israeli and British television, including ITV’s “Superhuman: Genius”.

Ariel is currently a student at the High School and Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and also studies violin, chamber music, and composition.  He has played in masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, András Schiff, Yefim Bronfman, Murray Perahia, Andrei Gavrilov, Ivan Moravec, Angela Hewitt, Paul Badura-Skoda and Jonathan Biss, among others.

(Written on May 22, 2014 )