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Accentus Music ist eines der weltweit erstklassigsten Labels für klassische Musikproduktionen. Es arbeitet mit den renommiertesten internationalen Musikern zusammen und hat auch in diesem Jahr viele sehr hochwertige Neuproduktionen geplant. Wir fühlen uns sehr geehrt, für alle kommenden Produktionen die europäische Promotion zu übernehmen, und freuen uns insbesondere auf die PR-Unterstützung für die DVD/Blu-ray mit Riccardo Chailly und dem LFO im Frühjahr als auch für die CD-Box zu Herbert Blomstedts 90. Geburtstag”, so Carolin Denz, Leiterin des Berliner WildKat-Büros.

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Das in Leipzig beheimatete Label besteht aus einem äußerst routinierten Team aus Film- und Audioproduzenten sowie Redakteuren. Seit der Etablierung als DVD/Blu-ray Label auf dem klassischen Musikmarkt im Jahr 2010 produziert Accentus Music hochqualitative Konzert- und Opernaufführungen, sowie Dokumentarfilme und Porträts weltweit. Die Veröffentlichungen beinhalten Produktionen über Künstler wie Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Evgeny Kissin, Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell, das Lucerne Festival Orchestra, die New Yorker Philharmoniker, das Gewandhausorchester Leipzig oder die Staatskapelle Berlin. Sowohl künstlerisch als auch technisch erfüllt Accentus Music die höchsten Erwartungen und Ansprüche von Musikliebhabern aus der ganzen Welt.

 
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Wir freuen uns darauf, nach mehreren Jahren der erfolgreichen Zusammenarbeit, von nun an das renommierte Unternehmen auf dem gesamten europäischen Markt unterstützen zu dürfen, und den Erfolg unserer englischen Pressekampagnen auf die deutsche Presse zu übertragen. Bisher sind Rezensionen in den größten englischen Musikpublikationen wie BBC Music Magazine, Classical Music Magazine, Gramophone, sowie auf BBC Radio 3 und in nationaler Presse wie der Financial Times erschienen.

 

(Written on February 10, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, violinist Pekka Kuusisto talks about his plans to flood London with polka, French And South-Korean singers win Domingo’s Operalia, and CMUSE gives five reasons why one should take up a musical instrument. Also, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer with a day of events, and Bayreuth Festival opens without red carpet and official reception.

The Guardian

Facing the music: violinist Pekka Kuusisto

The Finnish musician on formative Eurovision experiences, wanting to play the ondes Martenot with Radiohead, and his plans to flood London with polka.

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French And South-Korean Singers Win Domingo’s Operalia

French soprano Elsa Dreisig, 25, and South Korean Tenor Keon Woo Kim, 30, won Placido Domingo’s Operalia contest, held at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Telegraph

Peter Hall: the Hallmark of operatic excellence

As Glyndebourne prepares to revive Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rupert Christiansen looks back on the great director’s career.

CMUSE

Five reasons why you should take up a musical instrument

As research on the subject continues to expand, we are learning about a growing list of additional benefits to becoming musical.

Classical Music Magazine

Britten Sinfonia announces 2016/17 season

Britten Sinfonia’s 2016/17 season will see the ensemble launch a three-year Beethoven symphony cycle. Each symphony will be played alongside works by Gerald Barry and Thomas Adès, who will conduct the cycle.

Broadwayworld

La Bohème, Sweeney Todd, The Crucible and More Set for 2016 at Glimmerglass Festival

The Glimmerglass Festival, which presents four mainstage productions of opera and musical theater every summer, rounds out each season with a schedule of guest appearances, concerts, public master classes, youth opera performances and more.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

BU Institute Now 50-Year Institution

The Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where talented high-school students attend one of the country’s premiere training programs for musicians, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer on August 6th with a day of events.

Klassik.com

Eröffnung der Bayreuther Festspiele ohne Staatsempfang und roten Teppich

Man verzichte im Gedenken an die Opfer des Müncher Amoklaufs auf eine feierliche Eröffnung und widme die Vorstellung den Opfern: “Die Mitwirkenden der Bayreuther Festspiele trauern um alle Menschen, die am 22. Juli in München auf so tragische Weise ums Leben kamen.”

Berliner Morgenpost

Barenboim: “Wir müssen miteinander leben”

Im Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires begann am gestrigen Sonntag die Sommertournee des West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Mit dabei ist die argentinische Pianistin und Barenboims Jugendfreundin Martha Argerich.

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65. Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD beginnt am 29. August

In diesem Jahr wird der Internationale Musikwettbewerb der ARD in den Fächern Kontrabass, Horn, Harfe und Streichquartett ausgetragen. Die Organisatoren rechnen mit ca. 18.000 Besuchern.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM And… GO! Booking now open for brilliant concerts in Huddersfield & Dewsbury this Autumn:

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg 5-year-old child shows off skills

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK Interview mit Hartmut Haenchen: “Der Fluss der Sprache bestimmt das Tempo”

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Daniel Barenboim mit dem West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Foto: KAI HEIMBERG I / BM

 

(Written on July 25, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Lugano Festival to be closed due to funding stop, Tobias Picker will become artistic director of Tulsa Opera, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra receives donation for its music education programs. Also, Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek wins the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and a veteran principal clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra reflects on the orchestra’s ups and downs.

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Bank Fails Martha Argerich: Lugano Festival To Be Closed

It has been reported by Ticino News that this year’s Lugano festival of Martha Argerich will be the last, since the bank BSI will stop funding the event.

Tulsa World

Tulsa Opera names Tobias Picker artistic director

Composer Tobias Picker, acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal as “our finest composer for the lyric stage,” will become the new artistic director of Tulsa Opera.

The Washington Post

Leaving the NSO, a veteran clarinetist reflects on the orchestra’s ups and downs

Loren Kitt, 74, has been the principal clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra since 1970. In the middle of this season, he quietly left the orchestra and retired to his home in Maine.

The Georgia straight

Shari Ulrich’s violins and mandolin stolen

A popular B.C. musician has lost precious instruments that were inside her car on the West Side of Vancouver.

Michigan Radio

Detroit Symphony Orchestra gets $2.9M for music education

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra says it has received a roughly $3 million donation for its music education programs.

Wayfair

How to Design Your Home Music Room

Including expert tips from top musicians and sound technicians on how to create your home music room…

Prague Monitor

Pianist Vondráček wins prestigious contest in Brussels

Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek, 29, has won the Queen Elisabeth Competition, which is considered the world’s most demanding piano contest, in Brussels

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“human requiem” in Rotterdam ausgezeichnet

Die Klassik-Messe Classical:next hat in Rotterdam das «human requiem», eine szenische Umsetzung des Brahms-Requiems durch Jochen Sandig und ein Team der Compagnie Sasha Waltz, mit dem Classical:next Innovation Award 2016 ausgezeichnet.

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Maifestspiele Wiesbaden ziehen positive Bilanz

Die Internationalen Maifestspiele haben eine positive Abschlussbilanz gezogen. Zu den 48 Aufführungen seit dem 1. Mai seien rund 22.000 Zuschauer gekommen, teilte das veranstaltende Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden am Sonntag mit.

Klassik.com

Untersuchungsausschuss verabschiedet Bericht zum Bauskandal der Berliner Staatsopern-Sanierung

Der vor rund einem Jahr eingesetzte Untersuchungsausschuss zu Verzögerungen und Kostensteigerungen bei der Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper hat seinen Abschlussbericht verabschiedet.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Giveaway: Win 1 of 5 Newly-Released Signed Leonidas Kavakos ‘Virtuoso’ CDs

 BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Schärferes Sicherheitskonzept bei den Bayreuther Festspielen 2016. Einschnitte betreffen Mitwirkende und Besucher

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The NSO’s principal clarinet, Loren Kitt, has retired after more than 45 years of service. (Photo credit: Kennedy Center for Washington Post)

The NSO’s principal clarinet, Loren Kitt, has retired after more than 45 years of service. (Photo credit: Kennedy Center for Washington Post)

(Written on May 30, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, after their artistic director resigned things are getting out of hand at Romanian national opera, stars lined up for the Jazz FM Awards celebrated in London last night and Apple Music revealed it had passed 13 million subscribers to its streaming service, closing the gap on market leader Spotify.

The Guardian

Romanian opera row intensifies as culture minister resigns

There is chaos at the Romanian national opera: a row that began when the ballet company’s Danish artistic director resigned has led to shows being cancelled, dancers refusing to perform, local artists protesting over pay for foreign stars and has even claimed a ministerial scalp.

Music Week

Stars line up for Jazz FM Awards

The highest achievers from the worlds of jazz, blues, soul and beyond have been honoured at the third annual Jazz FM Awards, which took place last night at a star-studded ceremony at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in London.

Apple Music UK subscriptions growth outpacing Spotify 

This morning, Apple Music revealed it had passed 13 million subscribers to its streaming service, closing the gap on market leader Spotify, which says it has more than 30 million.

Classical Music Magazine

#LoveOpera weekend to celebrate the art form

#LoveOpera weekend (6-8 May) will celebrate the range and quantity of live opera and music theatre around the UK.

The Strad

12th Lyon International Chamber Music Competition names prize winners

Duo Urba has won first prize at the 12th Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, this year dedicated to cello and piano. German cellist Marius Urba and Russian pianist Vita Kan receive €8,000 and concert opportunities in France and abroad.

The New York Times

Saluting Robert Shaw, a conductor of humanist spirituality

“I am not sure I ever have ‘heard’ Brahms’s ‘Requiem’ — strictly as a member of an audience,” the incomparable California-born choral conductor Robert Shaw wrote in 1997.

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Perlman and Argerich together for a new recording

In Paris, Itzhak Perlman and Martha Argerich just have recorded a new album, to be released late 2016 on Warner Classics.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

EU-Kommission kommt türkischen Zensurforderungen nicht nach

Der Beschreibungstext des Konzertprojektes „Aghet“ der Dresdner Sinfoniker ist trotz türkischer Proteste wieder unzensiert auf der Webseite der EU-Kommission zu lesen – allerdings mit einem Zusatz.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wie wir lachen wollen

Das kann ja heiter werden: Die Pläne des Staatstheaters Cottbus. Los gehen soll es mit einem musikalischen Familienfest.

El Pais

La Sinfónica de Euskadi reserva sus atriles a solistas de renombre

El violinista Zukerman y las hermanas pianistas Labèque participarán con la orquesta vasca.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Brave new season at Opera North

Conor Farrington  Enjoyed hearing ‘s on . Now listening to great recordings on her website

Black Dress Code @black_dresscode What’s your favourite piece from the first collection? We love the chiffon sleeves on the

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Photograph: The Arts Desk

(Written on April 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine reports that the Royal College of Music will digitise its musical instrument collections, International Arts Manager announces that Martha Argerich has been awarded a RPS Gold Medal and classical music programmes mark ‘Padwa’ in India. Also, the Menuhin Competition has received a record number of entries

Classical Music Magazine

RCM to digitise UK’s music instrument collections

When the doors to the Royal College of Music’s Museum temporarily close to the public for the building developments announced earlier this year, its curators have an exciting new project to digitise the entire musical instrument collection held in the UK, bringing the accessibility of the collections up to date with a more technology-focused audience

Business Standard

Classical music programmes mark Diwali ‘Padwa’

Several classical music programmes were organised here to mark ‘Padwa’ – the third day of Diwali – the festival of lights

International Arts Manager

Martha Argerich receives RPS Gold Medal

Pianist Martha Argerich, known for her incredible recordings of 20th century composers, has been awarded a Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Gold Medal

Classical Music Magazine

Menuhin Competition receives record number of entries

The Menuhin Competition has received the highest number of applications to date. 307 people have entered for the 2016 competition – an increase of 9% on 2014 – of which 44 will be chosen to compete in London in April 2016

Classicalworld.com

Martin Chalifour Joins Hollywood Chamber Orchestra’s Professional Debut

Violinist Martin Chalifour, the Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will be the featured soloist at the professional debut of the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra on Friday, December 11, 2015

Classicalite

10-Year-Old Charlie Kirby to Conduct Star Wars Theme With Columbus Symphony

A young musician will premiere with the Columbus Symphony as he has with several other large orchestras across the nation

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Politisches Gewissen der Deutschen und Seelenverwandter Bachs

Neben der Faszination für die Politik trug Schmidt von seiner frühen Kindheit an auch die Liebe zur Musik in sich und fand in ihr einen unerschöpflichen Kraftquell für die Anforderungen seines anstrengenden Alltags

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Die Kulturmarken-Gala 2015 im Video

Am 29. Oktober wurden zum zehnten Mal im Rahmen der Kulturmarken-Awards kreative Kulturanbieter und -förderer geehrt

Pizzicato

Wieder Streik an der Mailänder Scala

Weil eine Gewerkschaft das technische Personal zum Streik aufgerufen hat, wird die Balletttaufführung ‘Histoire de Manon’ heute Abend an der Mailänder Scala bloß in reduziertem Format über die Bühne gehen

Codex Flores

Junge Deutsche Philharmonie setzt auf Crowdfunding

Vier Wochen lang hat die Junge Deutsche Philharmonie im Rahmen eines Wettbewerbs der Aventis Foundation bei der Crowdfunding-Plattform Startnext Geld gesammelt – mit Erfolg

France Musique

Musicopolis : l’invention du concert public à Montpellier en 1903

Le 24 mai 1903, on pouvait lire dans l’hebdomadaire “La Vie Montpelliéraine “le titre suivant : “Le dernier concert symphonique”. Retour sur cette date importante dans Musicopolis

Le Parisien

Streaming musical : Apple Music arrive sur les terminaux Android

C’est une mini révolution sans fracas dans l’univers du streaming musical. Réservé jusqu’à présent aux utilisateurs du système d’exploitation iOS de la marque à la pomme, le service de streaming musical Apple Music et son application débarqueront très bientôt sur les terminaux Android

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Mayor’s Music Fund:@Mayorsmusic We are looking for volunteers to help us collect money at @towerlondonice next Thursday. Email chrissy@mayorsmusicfund.org for more info

New York Times Arts:@nytimesarts Effort to Revive City Opera Includes a ‘Tosca’ Staging http://nyti.ms/1kNqwLm

DCMS:@DCMS Our #charitablegiving indicators are out today! Our #GREAT cultural institutions have received £500m in fundraising

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(Written on November 12, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Music makes £4.1 billion for UK economy, Martha Argerich becomes the 101st recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, and BBC Proms Australia 2016 is announced. Also, Wigglesworth declares that the ‘ENO must stay at the Coliseum’

Classical Music Magazine

Inaugural BBC Proms Australia announced

The BBC Proms will be exported outside the UK for the first time in 2016

The Telegraph

Mark Wigglesworth: ‘ENO must stay at the Coliseum’

Mark Wigglesworth’s five-year term as Music Director of English National Opera got off to a splendid start in September with a new production of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

The Guardian

Wynton Marsalis: trumpeting controversial ideas of classicism

The talented jazz trumpeter-composer champions what many see as a regressive kind of conservatism. His new violin concerto is premiered tonight by Nicola Benedetti at the Barbican; are his forays into classical music further betraying the jazz cause?

BBC Music Magazine

Music makes £4.1 billion for UK economy

A new report from UK Music reveals the growing strength of the music industry

Gramophone

Martha Argerich awarded Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal

Argerich becomes the 101st recipient of the award

BBC Music Magazine

Barenboim on Beethoven

Daniel Barenboim on his relationship with Beethoven’s music

Die Welt

Soll ein Künstler eine politische Meinung haben?

Gustavo Dudamel möchte sich nicht politisch äußern, dirigiert aber auf staatlichen Veranstaltungen in Venezuela, die ein korruptes Regime stützen. Jetzt dirigiert er Mozarts “Figaro” in Berlin

Pizzicato 

‘Musikzentrum’ in Bochum im Zeitplan

Das ‘Musikzentrum’ am Marienplatz in Bochum ist am Werden. Um die Marienkirche, gebaut Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts, entsteht ein Neubau mit kleinem und großem Konzertsaal, die neue Heimat der Bochumer Symphoniker

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BYP

Das Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic (BYP) öffnet seine Pforten für die nächste Generation junger Musikstudenten: Rund 500 junge Musiker aus der gesamten Ostseeregion haben sich für die Ausbildungsprogramme und Touren des multinationalen Orchesters im Jahr 2016 beworben

El Pais

Adolphe Sax, padre del saxofón

Creador y obra protagonizan el último doodle, por el aniversario del nacimiento del creador y inventor, Adolphe Sax

El Mundo

La JORCAM acerca la música a todos los públicos con un ciclo de 29 conciertos

Los Teatro de Canal y la Joven Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid (JORCAM) han presentado la nueva temporada de Ciclo Ibercaja de música

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PRS FoundationOur Director blogs on the & the changing dynamics of the industry

AURORA:I sung Half The World Away for the Xmas ad this year!!! 

BBC Music Magazine : Remember remember the 5th of November. Here are 6 of the best pieces inspired by fire…

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Music makes £4.1 billion for UK economy/BBC Music Magazine

(Written on November 6, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, watch Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim play the last movement of Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos. Another pianist, Lang Lang, also speaks to the Guardian about his musical tastes which includes Pharrell and Bernstein. Elsewhere, there is an obituary for Brian Couzens, the founder of Chandos Records. He was also a champion in classical music recordings for audio engineering. Dolly the Sheep also features in today’s classical news: Steve Reich and Beryl Korot’s video-opera Three Tales comes to the Science Museum in London. It is the first opera to ever be performed live at an IMAX Theatre. Also, can you spot a Strad? Classic FM’s new game puts your ear to the test.

The Guardian

Watch Argerich and Barenboim perform the final movement of Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos – video

Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim, two legendary musicians – both born in Buenos Aires in the early 1940s – are friends and musical partners.

Facing the music: Lang Lang

Kempff and Kleiber, Rubinstein and Bernstein, and getting Happy with Pharrell – pianist Lang Lang on the music that inspires him

Classical Music Magazine

Obituary: Brian Couzens, 17 January 1933 ‒ 17 April 2015

Brian Couzens, the founder of Independent label Chandos Records and for three decades a standard-setter in audio engineering of the classical recording industry, has died after a short illness. He was 82.

Sinfini

Dolly the Sheep will make a surprise reappearance in London this week, as a Steve Reich opera examining the increasing dominance of science in society receives a performance at the world-famous Science Museum. 

Three Tales is the result of a creative collaboration between the minimalist composer Reich and his wife, the pioneering video artist Beryl Korot.

Classic FM

Blind test: can you recognise the sound of a Stradivarius?

Just how good does a Stradivarius sound, and could you pick one out in a blind test? The Strad magazine staged one to find out.

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Das junge Gesicht der Alten Musik

Jazz, Renaissance, Moderne: Nuria Rial ist offen für Vieles – doch ihr Herz gehört den Arien des Barocks

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Pietari Inkinen Named Chief Conductor Of The Japan Philharmonic

Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen (he turns 35 by the end of the month) has been named the Chief Conductor of The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pereira wärmt alte Ideen auf: Oper auf dem Flughafen

Der Intendant der Mailänder Scala, Alexander Pereira, will im September 2015 die Oper ‘L’elisir d’amore’ von Gaetano Donizetti am Mailänder Flughafen Malpensa aufführen.

klassik.com

Deutscher Pianistenpreis für Yekwon Sunwoo

Der Koreaner Yekwon Sunwoo (26) ist vom “International Piano Forum” mit dem Deutschen Pianistenpreis ausgezeichnet worden.

Le Figaro

Des mélomanes pas toujours dans le tempo

Le nouveau public de la Philharmonie de Paris applaudit parfois à des moments jugés inopportuns par ceux qui maîtrisent les codes du concert. Mais qu’importe le rituel  si l’enthousiasme est là!

NPR Music

Julia Wolfe Wins Music Pulitzer For ‘Anthracite Fields’

Julia Wolfe, a composer associated with the new-music collective Bang on a Can, has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for Anthracite Fields.

MIT Technology Review

What Makes a Violin Powerful

Study identifies features that boost a violin’s sound.

Twitter

Phil Miller ‏@PhilipJEMiller : Big announcement for Scottish Opera today, unveiling it’s new music director.

Opera Rara ‏@OperaRara : Missed Sir Mark Elder on @MusicMattersR3 on Sat? Catch up here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05qyhfz … – inc an extract from our new release #LesMartyrs

Opera North ‏@Opera_North : WOW. As if #singing #QueenoftheNight isn’t HARD enough, try hanging upside down by silks. @rainellesara #coloratura http://bit.ly/1D93NuI 

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Lang Lang. Photo: Pro Musica

(Written on April 21, 2015 )

Every day the WildKat team scan newspapers, websites and blogs for interesting classical music news, and now we’ve decided to publish our lists so that you can get a classical music news summary each day. If you’ve read anything interesting each day that we’ve missed do feel free to comment and let us know!


Independent

Opera singer Boe bites the (tiny) hands that feed him

A piece from Sunday about tenor Alfie Boe, who surprises many by stating that he thinks opera is boring.


Slipped Disc

The world’s most family-friendly orchestra

Norman Lebrecht discusses they ways in which some German orchestras balance performance and family by providing childcare centres for the children of musicians.


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When Jess met Martha Argerich

Martha Argerich has recently turned 70, and her world premiere performance of Rodion Shchedrin’s Romantic Offering is available on ACCENTUS Music DVD and Blu-ray now.

(Written on June 7, 2011 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce a new ACCENTUS Music release of a performance by Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra!

Coinciding with renowned pianist Martha Argerich’s 70th birthday on 5th June 2011, ACCENTUS Music has produced a new DVD and Blu-ray recording of her performing live at the Concert Hall of KKL Luzern, in co-production with Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen.  In this exciting concert, which took place February 2011, Martha Argerich performs with world-famous cellist Mischa Maisky and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Neeme Järvi.

The concert programme contains a world premiere performance of a newly commissioned work by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin: his “Romantic Offering” is a double concerto for piano, cello and orchestra.  This striking world premiere performance is complemented by a selection of late-Romantic masterpieces: César Franck’s Sonata in A major for Cello and Piano, Antonín Dvořák’s Scherzo capriccioso in D flat major, Op. 66 and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70.

This ACCENTUS Music release captures the sense of anticipation and excitement surrounding the world premiere, led by the internationally-renowned performers to whom the work is dedicated.  The additional bonus material on the DVD and Blu-ray edition offers a rare behind the scenes glimpse into the preparations of a world premiere, featuring the composer Rodion Shchedrin, pianist Martha Argerich and cellist Mischa Maisky.

For more information and to get hold of a DVD copy, visit the ACCENTUS Music website.

(Written on May 27, 2011 )

It’s that time of year again and the BBC Proms are almost upon us. We want to know what/who you are excited about seeing, and give you our picks of this year’s Proms Festival. Each WildKat has been limited to three Unmissable events… not an easy feat.

Kathleen:

Prom 5: Martha Argerich performs Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Despite turning 70 in June, Argerich is still the grand dame of the piano and at the top of her game. She’s having a really busy year which includes releasing a DVD on ACCENTUS Music of the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s Romantic Offering, a double concerto for Piano, ‘Cello and Orchestra, which I am also really excited about [shameless plug – sorry]!

Prom 29: I saw Dudamel recently in LA, and he is such an amazing animator and conductor. His skill and talent is still so fresh despite having been in the spotlight now for a number of years. I’ve lived with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra and Gustavo in South America, and just love their passion for music making.

Prom 46: Being a violinist myself I am a sucker for this kind of repertoire. I think the husband and wife team of Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley promises to be a sizzling late night Prom. Be sure to book tickets in the Gallery so you can lie down and just enjoy!

Victoria:

Well, I wanted to pick SBYO/Dudamel too, but Kat beat me to it. Mahler 2 is possibly my favourite work of ALL TIME, so I will definitely back her up on that selection.

Prom 28: I love a bit of Renaissance choral music (Kat says this makes me a geek), and Victoria is one of my favourites (not least because he has an excellent name). This late night Prom will be a great chance to hear the fantastic Tallis Scholars perform.

Prom 55: Here comes another plug for one of our artists…The WildKats are all very excited about working with Bass-Baritone Luca Pisaroni and he is performing at Glyndebourne Festival this year in the role of Argante in their new production of  Handel’s Rinaldo. I’m looking forward to seeing the company bring this production to the BBC Proms with a talk beforehand from Handel expert Ruth Smith and writer, critic and Handel biographer Jonathan Keates.

Prom 67: Sarah Connolly. Do I need to say more…? OK, I don’t, but I will. One of Britain’s foremost mezzo sopranos will perform Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the LSO and conductor Sir Colin Davis. Also make sure to check out the bass, Matthew Rose. I caught him at the Proms two years ago singing Handel’s Messiah, and he was INCREDIBLE.

Credit: Peter Warren

Vicky:

Prom 9: I really struggled to pick just three of the BBC Proms I am looking forward to this year, but this one definitely makes the cut!  With a programme of works by Sibelius, Bartok and Janacek performed by the Hallé Orchestra under Mark Elder, this promises to be an amazing concert.  Pianist András Schiff joins the orchestra in performance of Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Prom 18: In this Prom the amazing flautist Emmanuel Pahud performs two flute concerto world premieres by Elliott Carter and  Marc-André Dalbavie – a performance not to be missed!  BBC National Orchestra of Wales performs a programme of Beethoven alongside these world premieres, under the baton of Thierry Fischer.

Prom 22: I’m a bit of a Rachmaninov fan so I was pretty excited when I saw this Prom!  Gianandrea Noseda leads the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in an all-Rachmaninov programme, with his famous Vocalise and his grand choral work The Bells.  This is a musical feast of Russian choral music and song – I can’t wait!

(Written on May 26, 2011 )