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Heute erscheint das neue Album der Pianistin und Komponistin Marina Baranova bei Berlin Classics. Hypersuites sind „akustische Remixe barocker Meister“ und höchst persönliche musikalische Dialoge zwischen der Künstlerin und ihren Lieblingskomponisten. Dadurch werden neue, ungeahnte Querverweise zu den Stücken geschaffen. Auch der Pianist und Komponist Hauschka hat dem Album einen zusätzlichen, spannenden „Hyperlink“ zwischen ihm und Marina Baranova hinzugefügt. Hauschka komponierte einen Remix auf ihre Version von La Poule. Rameaus Stück gewinnt dadurch eine zusätzliche Dimension.

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Marina Baranova: Hypersuites. Foto: Felix Broede

Schon in der Barockzeit war das Kombinieren und Rekomponieren sowie das Mischen einzelner Stücke zu einer Suite weit verbreitet. Heutzutage scheint diese Tradition wiederaufzuleben: in der Klassikwelt hat sich eine ganze Remix-Generation entwickelt; Wettbewerbe wie der Romantic Revolution Remix Contest des DSO Berlin werden ins Leben gerufen, um dazu aufzufordern, die klassische Musik einer gewissen Ehrfurcht zu entbinden.

Zu dieser neuen Generation klassischer Musiker gehören neben Marina Baranova auch Künstler wie Moritz Eggert und Chad Lawson. Der Komponist und Pianist Moritz Eggert setzt sich kontinuierlich mit genreübergreifenden, ungewöhnlichen Projekten dafür ein, das Image des „braven Klassikkomponisten“ zu verändern. Bis vor kurzem lief Traviata Remixed, eine stark gekürzte, modernisierte und experimentelle Version der wohl berühmtesten Oper Verdis beim Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam, Ende September kommt sie nach Wien. Auch der amerikanische Pianist Chad Lawson liebt es, wohlbekannte Werke großer Komponisten mit einem neuen, ganz persönlichen Anstrich zu versehen. Im September erscheint sein neuestes Album Bach Interpreted / Piano Variations on Bach Chorals, für das er verschiedene Bach-Choräle analysiert und einzelne Melodien zu einem neuen Gebilde zusammengefügt hat. Entstanden sind Neuinterpretationen mit ganz eigenem Klang, die Chad Lawson im September auch in Deutschland vorstellen wird.

Am Ende bleibt die Frage: Bachs Musik umschreiben – darf man das überhaupt? Marina Baranova sagt ja, auch wenn sie Hochachtung vor Bach habe und seine Kunst niemals in Frage stellen würde. Was sie aber gern erforsche, sei Tradition. „Tradition bietet uns eine Komfortzone, die alles gemütlicher und somit risikofreier macht. In dieser Situation besteht die Gefahr, dass die Kunst weniger ‚passiert’, sondern mehr getrieben wird.“ Nicht zuletzt war das Improvisieren auch in der Barockzeit eine gängige Vorgehensweise. Von den Noten abzuspielen hingegen, exakt wie notiert, galt als schlechter Geschmack und wies auf mangelnde Fantasie hin!

Am 08. September wird Marina Baranova ihr neues Album Hypersuites im silent green Kulturquartier in Berlin vorstellen. Tickets für den Abend gibt es hier. Das Album kann man hier bestellen.

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Marina Baranova. Foto: Felix Broede

(Written on August 26, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra faces triple jeopardy, discord revealed as Theodore Kuchar leaves the Fresno Philharmonic, and new transgender choruses are springing up in North Carolina. Also, the Calidore String Quartet of New York wins the first ever $100,000 chamber music prize and Valery Gergiev is honoured with Sergei Rachmaninov International Award.

thestar.com

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra faces triple jeopardy

TSO must replace both Jeff Melanson and Peter Oundjian, who leaves in 2018, and handle its $12-million deficit.

The Telegraph

Can classical go digital?

The digital revolution in the way we consume recorded music is roaring ahead.

The Fresno Bee

Complexities, discord revealed as Kuchar leaves Philharmonic

Theodore Kuchar, music director of the Fresno Philharmonic, left the post after 15 years.

Daily Mail

Monica Bellucci, 51, oozes glamour in a plunging silk gown with statement bling at Sofia Coppola’s opera La Traviata in Rome

She dazzled the silver screen when she made her Bond girl debut at the age of 51 in 2015 007 hit, Spectre.
And Monica Bellucci proved her eternal sex-appeal as she stepped out for the opening of Sofia Coppola’s take on La Traviata at the Rome Opera House in Italy on Sunday night.

The Portsmouth News

Classical music gig to raise funds for Fareham church

Classical music lovers are urged to get down to Holy Trinity Church in Fareham later this month for a concert to raise money for the church.

Ubergizmo

Musician Transforms Popular Ringtones Into Classical Music

Some of the biggest phone manufacturers like Samsung and Apple have their own iconic ringtones that will forever be associated with their handsets. Even companies like Nokia and BlackBerry who are not as big as they used to be had their own iconic ringtones which many of us still remember since we’ve all used a Nokia or BlackBerry back in the day. A musician has taken those popular ringtones and turned them into nothing short of classical music.

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Transgender Choruses Harness The (Changing) Power Of Voices

The ongoing controversy in North Carolina over access to bathrooms has increased the general public’s awareness of issues facing transgender people.

artsjournal

The First-Ever $100,000 Chamber Music Prize Has A Winner

The grand prize at the inaugural M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, held at the University of Michigan, was won by the Calidore String Quartet of New York.

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Dirigent Valery Gergiev mit Sergei Rachmaninov International Award ausgezeichnet

Der russische Dirigent Valery Gergiev ist mit dem Sergei Rachmaninov International Award 2015 ausgezeichnet worden.

Klassik heute

Sofia Coppola inszeniert Verdis “La traviata” an der römischen Oper

Die römische Oper hat die amerikanische Regisseurin Sofia Coppola für die Neuinszenierung von Verdis La traviata engagiert.

Musik heute

Martin Grubinger und Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra bringen den Groove nach Hannover

Da stand er ganz allein mit seiner Pipe Drum und füllte mühelos Deutschlands größten Konzertsaal – nicht nur mit Klängen, sondern vor allem mit seiner ausdrucksstarken Bühnenpräsenz.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews  new UK study launched to combat depression and anxiety in musicians

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK Opernsängerin und Showstar: Ingeborg Hallstein wird heute 80. Ein Porträt zum Geburtstag der Sopranistin http://bit.ly/1Rjz0SZ

klassik.com @klassikcom Leipziger -Nachwuchspreis an Alexandros Stavrakis verliehen

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Valery Gergiev, © Sergei Rachmaninov International Award

(Written on May 23, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classic FM reports how heartbreak caused Tenor Stephen Costello to lose his voice just before going on stage, The Strad announces six finalists of the 2015 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, and Graham Keeley discusses unborn babies’ remarkable response to music

The Strad 

2015 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover names six finalists

The violinists will each perform a substantial concerto on 8 and 9 October before the winner of the €50,000 first prize is announced

BBC Music Magazine

From Bach to Bakes 

Hilary Hahn and Alexandra Dariescu on the art of cake-making…

Classic FM

Heartbreak made this singer lose his voice moments before going on stage 

Tenor Stephen Costello found he was unable to sing moments before performing Verdi’s La Traviata in New York. It was a side-effect of his separation from his wife, Ailyn Perez

The Times

Foetuses can dance to music at 16 weeks

The soothing tones of Mozart or Bach and the operatic rock of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody make foetuses as young as 16 weeks “dance” in the womb, a study has found

Pizzicato 

New York Has A New Venue For Contemporary Music

The brand-new concert hall, a place for exploration and discovery has fulfilled the goal to be a place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike

KlassikAkzente

Er ist ein Mann des Understatements, der sympathischen Zurückhaltung. So gewaltig seine Gaben am Klavier auch sind und so sehr er das Publikum mitzureißen vermag, so still, besonnen und überlegt ist der Mensch Maurizio Pollini

Klassik-Heute

Edita Gruberova als Anna Bolena an der Wiener Staatsoper

Kammersängerin Edita Gruberova, die im Februar ihr 45jähriges Bühnenjubiläum an der Wiener Staatsoper feierte, kehrt am Freitag, 9. Oktober 2015 in der Titelpartie von Donizettis Anna Bolena zurück auf die Bühne des Hauses am Ring

El Pais

Santiago inaugura el primer museo dedicado a la cantautora y artista, creadora de himnos como ‘Gracias a la vida

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine: @MusicMagazine What is the best setting of poetry by a composer? #NationalPoetryDay

Arts Professional: @ArtsPro #APNews: New ‘Culture Zone’ to open at £22m conference centre in Cambridge

Arts Council England: @ace_national ICYMI: New Artsmark Award & website now open. Made by & for schools to deliver high quality arts & culture provision

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Amalia Hall (New Zealand)
The Strad

(Written on October 8, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news the Royal Opera House has celebrated its 150th performance of Verdi’s La Traviata and Katie Derham presents a special podcast about Donizetti’s Poliuto, which will open the 2015 Glyndebourne Season. St John’s Smith Square has announced the latest musicians to join its Young Artists’ Scheme and the BBC have announced that they will be extending the Ten Pieces project to secondary schools.

Guardian

The Royal Opera’s La Traviata celebrates 150 performances – watch two clips with a classic cast

Richard Eyre’s Royal Opera production of Verdi’s opera marked its 150th performance and its 12th revival on the 18 May opening night. Here are two clips from a 2009 production, with Antonio Pappano conducting and Renée Fleming, Joseph Calleja and Thomas Hampson in the title roles

Telegraph

Glyndebourne 2015: Poliuto podcast

Donizetti’s Poliuto – the tale of a Christian martyr – opens the 2015 Glyndebourne Season. Here Katie Derham presents a special podcast about this rarely performed work

Classic FM

This beautiful animation uses neon lights to bring Bach’s ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’ to life

Visual artist Alan Warburton has used CGI neon lights to create a haunting animation inspired by Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s recording of Bach’s masterpiece. The result is mesmerising.

BBC Music Magazine

St John’s Smith Square announces its Young Artists for 2015-16

The London concert hall announces the latest musicians to join its Young Artists’ Scheme

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Ten Pieces project extended to secondary schools

The BBC’s Ten Pieces initiative will be extended to secondary schools from Autumn 2015.

Die Welt

Es waren auch Komponisten unter den Opfern

Sie hießen George Butterworth, Colin Coles und Rudi Stephan. Sie waren herausragende Talente. Sie fielen im Ersten Weltkrieg. Ein herausragendes Album erinnert an die Werke fast vergessener Tonsetzer.

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Warnstreik in deutschen Orchestern und Theatern

Vor der nächsten Runde der Tarifverhandlungen am morgigen 20. Mai sind gestern und heute Orchester und Bühnenkünstler in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Warnstreiks getreten. 

klassik.com

Stimmensätze zu Bruckners 6. Sinfonie wiederentdeckt

Der Dirigent und Musikwissenschaftler Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs hat einen handschriftlichen Stimmensatz der 6. Sinfonie von Anton Bruckner wiederentdeckt.

Der Standard

Innsbruck bekommt ein “Haus der Musik”

Die Tiroler Landesregierung hat die Finanzierung für das Innsbrucker “Haus der Musik” beschlossen. 55,64 Millionen Euro soll die Musikeinrichtung kosten, die Landesregierung werde maximal 23,63 Millionen Euro beisteuern.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Terms of Engagement: Yes, Audiences Want Classical Music Apps

Arts organizations, especially classical music ones, speak of “audience engagement” these days. It’s a constant in a world that has seen concert and opera attendance drop precipitously over the past few decades, which has left organizations struggling with holes in their budgets.

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Gramophone: Gramophone’s Recordings of the Year, 2000-2015. 15 of the best releases of the 21st century:

Sinfini MusicWhy… so… SERIOUS? Voila: 10 of the funniest piano videos we could find on YouTube. Enjoy!

Wigmore Hall Grammy-nominated musician returns to Israel after selling out Carnegie Hall – Arts & Leisure

Diana Damrau as Violetta in the 2014 revival of Verdi’s La Traviata. Photo: Catherine Ashmore/Royal Opera House

(Written on May 20, 2015 )

Classical News

Classical Music Magazine

Belfast Council commits £100,000 as ‘Save The Ulster Orchestra’ campaign continues

Belfast City Council has offered a conditional £100,000 to the troubled Ulster Orchestra, which remains some distance from securing a £500,000 rescue package which it says is necessary to prevent its closure next year.

The Strad

Violinist Renaud Capuçon named artistic director of Swiss festival

The French artist heads the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad from its 2016 edition

Russian violinist Aylen Pritchin wins Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition

The 27-year-old receives a cash prize of €25,000

International Arts Manager

Alyson Cambridge is first opera performer at Soul Train Awards

Soprano Alyson Cambridge will become the first opera singer to perform at the Soul Train Awards, when she appears at the event on 30 November.

Sinfini

Backstage: Opera North’s La traviata

Giving a photographer unlimited access backstage at the opera is like letting a child loose in a sweetshop. Tom Arber took up residence with Opera North as they prepared for a new production of Verdi’s La traviata: the results can be seen in an exhibition at the White Cloth Gallery in Leeds until February 2015.

Pizzicato

Cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl gründet Verein zur Unterstützung von Kindern mit Gehörminderung

Das Ziel des gemeinnützigen Vereins ‘Get a Hearing’ ist es, durch Benefizkonzerte Hörhilfen finanzieren zu können, die Kinder mit Hörproblemen dringend benötigen, um dem Unterricht folgen zu können, die aber von den Krankenkassen nicht finanziert werden.

Klassik.com

Lockenhaus-Gründer Josef Herowitsch ist tot

Herowitsch leitete von 1981 bis 2011 mit Gidon Kremer das Festival

Crescendo

Video der Woche: Aus eins mach 12

Wir finden: eine lustige Idee, die hier videotechnisch beeindruckend umgesetzt ist! Dieses Video hat großen Unterhaltungsfaktor – nicht nur für Hobby-Cellisten!

The New York Times

As Music Streaming Grows, Spotify Reports Rising Revenue and a Loss

Spotify, the company that has come to symbolize the growth of streaming music around the world, had more than $1 billion in revenue in 2013.

Pizzicato

Mezzos And Baritones Lead At The Antonin Dvorak International Singing Competition

Singers from 20 countries (Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Rep., Estonia, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Serbia, South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukraine, Unites States) competed in various categories.

Twitter

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest: Now on Flickr: photos of composer Brett Dean working with the RCM Symphony Orchestra last week http://bit.ly/1y0pHDm 

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: How do you make an orchestra’s viola section smile? Programme ‘Harold in Italy’. #violajokes http://bit.ly/1E8bQfF  #WHViola

Classic FM @ClassicFM; Many thanks to cellist @corinnemorris for joining us for our web chat this morning. Read what she had to say here: http://classfm.co/fTktPW 

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Edward Thornton, a founding member of the Opera North chorus, awaits his entrance. Photo: Tom Arber

(Written on November 26, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Puccini’s Italian tragic love affair house up for sale

The home that served as a romantic retreat for Giacomo Puccini and his married lover in 1886 is up for sale in Lake Como for €400,000.

The Guardian

Daniel Harding: ‘Telling a young musician to be patient is like telling Wayne Rooney to score more goals’

Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding, talks about his work under Simon Rattle, his musical development and his current projects.

The Telegraph

La Traviata at Glyndebourne: what the audience thought

Having been broadcast online live on 10th August, the telegraph have interviewed audiences of La Traviata from Glyndebourne.

The Times

The I, Culture Orchestra: uniting troubled countries through music

The I, Culture Orchestra are a youth orchestra who unites 18-28 year olds from nations including Poland, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine, some of the most conflict-ridden countries in the world. Azerbaijan and Armenia have technically been at war since 1988, yet the young players sit together and make music harmoniously. They will be performing at the Edinburgh International Festival on the 17th August.

Der Tagesspiegel

Doch ein Punk

Das Bundesjugendorchester beginnt bei Young Euro Classic erwachsen, getragen, pflichtbewusst – und zeigt schließlich doch, was in ihm steckt.

Klavier.de

Martha Argerich wird Ehrenmitglied des West Eastern Divan Orchestra

Ehrung anlässlich eines gemeinsamen Konzerts im Teatro Colon verliehen.

The Australian

Classical composer Peter Sculthorpe dies

CLASSICAL composer Peter Sculthorpe has been lauded as a musical giant following his death.

Dutch News

Christina Deutekom dies at 82

The world famous Dutch coloratura soprano Christina Deutekom died on Thursday evening.

Le Monde

Polémiques budgétaires à l’Opéra de Paris

L’Opéra de Paris serait-il dispendieux ?

 

Twitter

Time Out London: @TimeOutLondon Hurry! Tickets for Hamlet at the @BarbicanCentre are on sale NOW: http://timeout.entstix.com/tickets/hamlet-barbican

The Times of London: @thetimes Read Richard Morrison’s interview with @NickyBenedetti on doubling up at the #EdFringe http://thetim.es/1sMPF9j

IdeasMag: @IdeasMag Should you give up on your creative dreams? @Jennie_Nicole has her say: http://ideastap.com/IdeasMag/all-articles/discuss-give-up-on-your-dreams

Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic Do children need to be taught to listen to music properly? So says @lauramvula http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/teach-the-digital-generation-to-listen-says-laura-mvula-9659442.html?origin=internalSearch

 

 

Photograph: Mario Nunes Vais/ Alinari Archives/Corbis

Photograph: Mario Nunes Vais/ Alinari Archives/Corbis

 

 

 

(Written on August 11, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

The truth about falsettos

As he heads to Glyndebourne for a battle of the countertenors, Anthony Roth Costanzo reveals the secrets of singing high.

Classic FM

Kobe Bryant unveils Beethoven-themed Nike trainers

Basketball star Kobe Bryant has revealed his line of new trainers for Nike, entitled ‘Kobe 9 Elite Low “Beethoven”‘.

Classicalite

Pianos in the Parks, a Playful Public Art Project in Seattle, Encourages You to Tickle the Ivories

Artistically decorated pianos are scattered throughout Seattle parks, encouraging passersby to play a quick melody or two.

The Guardian

Olivier Messiaen: beyond time and space

Composed while he was a prisoner of war, Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time seems to touch the far edges of human experience, writes pianist Steven Osborne.

Classical-Music.com

Listen to Glyndebourne’s La traviata podcast

Find out all you need to know about Verdi’s masterpiece.

Klassikakzente.de

Ein Monat der Musik – Das Musikfest Berlin

Vom 2. bis 22. September findet zum 10. Mal das von den Berliner Festspielen gemeinsam mit der Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker veranstaltete Orchesterfestival Musikfest Berlin statt.

Tagblatt

Verbier Festival mit guter Bilanz

Das am Sonntag zu Ende gegangene 21. Verbier Festival konnte 33’000 Eintritte verzeichnen. Das ist das viertbeste Resultat seit Bestehen des Klassikfests. Dazu kamen 12’000 Besucher der Gratis-Events plus 600’000 Klicks auf die Internet-Live-Streams von 27 Konzerten.

concerti.de

Die ewige Boygroup

Seit Jahrzehnten behaupten die King’s Singers den Spitzenplatz in der internationalen A-cappella-Liga

Twitter

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at the #bbcproms @Grosvenorpiano joins @BBCPhilharmonic for Prom 29, followed by an epic Late Night Battle of the Bands in Prom 30.

London Lyric Opera: ‏@LondonLyric Sad loss of a great Australian composer. Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014) http://fb.me/34BMeiKJ2

Jennifer Johnston: ‏@jjohnstonmezzo  Piano geeks: a rare Schimmel glass grand piano is on display at Forsyth’s in Manchester

 

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Anthony Roth Costanzo performing in 2012

Photo: Hulton Archive

 

 

(Written on August 8, 2014 )

The Guardian

Polish tenor hits back after a ‘fanatical minority’ boos La Scala production

Piotr Beczala says he will not take another role in Italy after section of audience boos new production of La Traviata

Limelight Magazine

What’s the value of sacred music in a secular age?

Is sacred music past is sell-by? Religious leaders, musicians and non-believers share their views

Classic FM Online

Joseph Calleja hangs out with Snoop Dogg at Kennedy Center Honors

Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja performed an aria from Verdi’s Aïda last night at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony

Andrea Bocelli Foundation donates $500k to MIT

Tenor Andrea Bocelli’s charity foundation has donated a sum of around $500,000 to aid MIT in researching new technology products for the blind

ABO

New Directions – Conference 2014

In 2014, after a break of 25 years, the ABO Conference returns to the capital for three days of crucial debate and discussion, networking and learning, and analysing of the future of the orchestral sector in the UK and around the world

Manassas Patch

Holiday Flash Mob: Manassas Cellist Leads First-Ever By Air Force Band

The flash mob took place in the middle of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Drowned in Sound

Drowned in sound reveal their Top 20 albums of this year

A mix of genres and styles for the ‘ listmas’ of 2013

Der Tagesspiegel

Wuschelköpfe

Hat der 32-jährige Gustavo Dudamel das Zeug dazu, 2018 Sir Simon Rattles als Chefdirigent der Berliner Philharmoniker zu beerben? Jetzt war der Dirigent aus Venezuela mit Werken von Schubert, Beethoven und Strawinsky bei dem Orchester zu Gast

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on December 10, 2013 )

A fascination with cognitive development in babies and children and its link with classical music has often been explored and experimented with by parents, scientists and music aficionados. This week, Classic FM reported on a new study conducted in Israel, which ‘revealed that premature newborn babies are more conductive to development if they listen to the music of Mozart rather than Bach.’

Here at WildKat PR we all began to think of our development alongside classical music and whether the music we listened to as children has affected us today – just how did we get into classical music?

Tania: ‘When I was 9, my Grandma gave me Schubert’s ‘Trout’ with Alfred Brendel playing the piano. I was notorious for never sitting still and it was the first time I lay on the sofa and listened to an entire CD from start to finish: mesmerized!’

Francesca: ‘When I was a toddler apparently I loved ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ by Dukas (I still do) because it was featured in Fantasia during the iconic scene with the dancing brooms, so I used to watch it on repeat!’

Harriet: ‘I grew up in Italy so had a lot of wonderful exposure to opera, yet the most poignant moment was when our local British vicar played the role of the Doctor in ‘La Traviata’. I thought he was the star of the show! ‘Libiamo’ is still our family’s favourite late night singalong song.’

Victoria: ‘When I was six and I first started the piano my very unmusical granddad sat me on his knees and played me the only thing he knew how to play – one octave of C Major’

Olivia: ‘I remember being in reception, aged four, and visiting the music department to see what instrument I would like to play. We listened to people performing, and I decided I would like to play the violin.’

Kat: ‘When I was a young toddler, and I was suffering from a cold, my Dad would sit at the piano with me and work out how much lower my singing register was. He would join in too!’

Fleur: ‘I remember seeing the Proms on television when I was about nine and picking which instrument I wanted to play’

Olivia: ‘From a very young age I went to church every Sunday, which is when I heard the choir and decided that I would like the join and learn to sing.’

Francesca: ‘I also loved performing, and played keyboard duets at Primary School in assembly and at local music events with my twin sister; my dad played keyboard and guitar and we wanted to copy him so he taught us. My love for classical music ignited when I started the trumpet aged fourteen!

Tania: ‘When my brother was learning the piano, his book had ‘God save the Queen’ in it. On the page of music was a picture of a beefeater so I thought that was what God looked like.’

Kat: ‘As a family we frequently made chamber music for and with my Nan (she was on the flute, my dad on piano, my mum on viola, me violin and my brother cello’

Harriet: ‘As one of four sisters who all loved making a racket, the natural progression was to stick an instrument in each of our hands forming a string quartet. We were first quoted as ‘sounding worse than Athens traffic’ but gradually improved working with our Dad’s fascination with Schubert to produce a fairly decent sounding ‘Death and the Maiden’, a much more pleasant experience for the neighbours than the day we decided to form a rock band…’

Victoria: ‘My first opera experience was in Prague, I want to see ‘La Traviata’, in Italian with Czech subtitles. It was a long time before I went to another opera…’

Fleur: ‘Both my older sisters were forced to have piano lessons when they were young, but hated it so my parents didn’t want to force me into it, yet I turned out to be the only musical one!’

What is interesting to note is that some first musical experiences have really shaped the music we listen to and enjoy in our adult lives, whilst some have had the opposite effect. Victoria is an opera fanatic yet did not enjoy her first opera experience, Fleur was not encouraged to play an instrument yet was the most musical member of her family; on the other hand Harriet continues to love Schubert after growing up with his music and Olivia continues to love choral music after her years in a church choir. However, our experiences come to shape us, the music we grow up with really does affect us today, defining our opinions and growing our passions.

Share your experiences with us: what’s your first classical musical memory?

We’ve also dug out a couple of early photos of ourselves – can you work out who’s who?

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(Written on July 5, 2013 )

The Telegraph

The Sound and the Fury: A Century of Modern Music, BBC Four, review

Nigel Farndale reviews BBC Four’s excellent documentary The Sound and the Fury: a Century of Modern Music

Opera singer’s life ‘destroyed’ by childhood deal

A pregnant opera singer has said her life has been “destroyed” by an “immoral” deal which saw her father promise 35 per cent of her earnings to a Romanian businessman.

The Guardian

Arts head: David Pickard, general director, Glyndebourne

The opera chief on new commissions, community participation, running a tight ship and why teenagers still love La Traviata

Classic FM

The Sixteen record ‘new’ Allegri Miserere

The Voices of Classic FM present a new version of the famous Lenten piece, charting its evolution from the music originally performed in the Sistine Chapel to the version we know and love today.

Planet Hugill

It’s all about Piano!

The Institut francais in London is having an action packed three-day festival (22-24 March) covering all things piano.

Music Week

BMI issues ‘letter to the music industry’ about recent rights withdrawals

BMI president and CEO Del Bryant has issued an ‘open letter to the music industry’ clarifying Sony/ATV and EMI’s recent withdrawal of catalogues for digital uses – as well as outlining a new royalty processing agreement with the publisher.

American Express launches ‘Pay By Tweet’ on Twitter

American Express has launched a ‘Pay By Tweet’ service on Twitter, allowing its cardholders to buy products by sending a message on the social network.

The Sound and the Fury: A Century of MusicThe Telegraph

 

(Written on February 13, 2013 )