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Last night, Kat, Olivia, James and Eliza attended the BBC Music Magazine Awards at Kings Place in London.

After a couple of glasses of fizz, we began the awards ceremony.  Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine, hobbled on stage to open proceedings, explaining how crowd-surfing at a Couperin-fuelled rave was the cause of his broken ankle a month before. Oliver then introduced his co-presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch, (standing in for James Naughtie), and things got underway.  See below for a summary of winners.

We were especially delighted to attend to see our client, Accentus Music, pick up the Best DVD Award.  Paul Smaczny, Director of Accentus Music and producer of the winning release of Berg’s Wozzeck was there to accept the award.  He gave his heartfelt thanks to his team, and read the following from soloist Christian Gerhaher:  “I feel so incredibly satisfied that this Wozzeck production, which was—and every director should please forgive me—the most exhilarating in my life, receives the greatest acclamation. The result of visualising this extraordinary staging in that simple but nearly fully conveying way is just admirable. It brings to life the wonderful months that we and the audience spent with Berg’s masterwork one and half years ago. I would definitely call this a defining criterion of opera DVDs. Thank you all!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special guest presenters included all-round fahionista and style guru, Gok Wan, who recently released his own curated album of opera entitled ‘Gok’s Divas’.  Comedian Alastair McGowan tickled the audience with a series of stunning impressions and tenuous puns, before presenting Best Instrumental Award to Mahan Esfahani for his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. With his customary loud-mouth, Mahan gave an impassioned and thoughtful acceptance speech, leaving us with a call to action: ‘Extend classical music, and it will be limitless in what it gives back to you.’

Dame Joan Bakewell, who presented the Recording of the Year Award offered a thought-provoking address on the great value the BBC has in the classical music world, and the impact it had on her own appreciation of music. She announced the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Vasily Petrenko performing Tchaikovsky Symphonies as Recording of the Year.

Throughout the evening, a number of references were made to the Proms Launch, which takes place today. BBC Radio 3 Controller, Alan Davey, slightly let the cat out of the bag when he said there would be lots of concerts in a big round hall.  Unfortunately, we can’t confirm this at the moment, but watch this space.

Vocal Award Matthias Goerne, Synergy Vocals, BBC SO, Josep Pons

Opera Award Mozart Don Giovanni, MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

Chamber Music Award Martinu Piano Trios, Smetana Trio

Orchestral Award Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Instrumental Award Bach Goldberg Variations, Mahan Esfahani, Deutsche Grammophon

DVD Award Berg Wozzeck, Christian Gerhaher, Opernhaus Zurich, Accentus Music

Newcomer Award Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos, Beatrice Rana, Antonio Pappano, Orchestra Dell-Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia

Concerto Award CPE Bach Cello Concertos, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo, Hyperion

Premiere Award Julian Anderson, Vladimir Jurowski, Carolin Widmann, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Choral Award Jonathan Harvey, Deo, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha, Signum Records

Record of the Year Award  Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Many congratulations from all of us at WildKat PR to Accentus Music, and all the other winners! We’re looking forward to next year’s awards already.

 

(Written on April 20, 2017 )

Guardian

Singing for Britten: commemoration of composer Benjamin spreads worldwide

A commemoration of the British composer Benjamin Britten, which was initially confined to his home county of Suffolk, spread to 13 countries across the world. About 100,000 singers from as far afield as Melbourne and California sung on friday afternoon to mark the composer’s 100th birthday on Friday, turning the event into one of the largest global community singing projects ever attempted.

Gramophone

Teodor Currentzis and Sony Classical to record Mozart operas

The conductor Teodor Currentzis and his MusicAeterna orchestra and choir are recording the three Mozart operas to libretti by Lorenzo da Ponte for Sony Classical.

Telegraph

Clemency Burton-Hill: Mozart would be ‘outraged’ to hear classical music is for the elite

Mozart and Verdi would be “outraged” to hear classical music was considered the “exclusive preserve of an educated elite,” says new Radio 3 presenter.

News Sentinel

Fort Wayne Philharmonic, union musicians preparing to vote on proposed new contract

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic and its union musicians announced Friday they have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract. The orchestra had sought about a 20 percent cut in musicians’ pay and for musicians to pay more than $3,000 a year for family health benefits. As of early last month, the it had an accumulated financial deficit of $2.3 million.

Los Angeles Magazine

The view from the “tweet seats” of LA Opera’s experimental production of “The Magic Flute” looks pretty good

As part of the attempt to increase audience engagement with the arts, LA Opera invited the over-sharers of the world for a sneak peak of their new production of The Magic Flute.

New York Times

Zachary Woolfe Sees the Met’s ‘Norma’ From 9 Perspectives

Woolfe watches Norma nine times sitting or standing in nine different places in an attempt to discover the ‘best’ way to experience an opera.

Dallas News

Dallas Symphony Extends Conductor’s Contract Through 2019 

Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden’s contract has been extended until 2019. “Van Zweden was almost unknown in the U.S. when he became the DSO’s music director in 2008. Since then, the Dutch conductor has presided over dramatic improvements in the orchestra.”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Die Krawallschachtel

An der „Ära Mortier“ müssen sich die Salzburger Festspiele bis heute messen. Er definierte das Musiktheater neu. Für die Kunst geht er keinem Konflikt aus dem Weg. Dem Intendanten Gerard Mortier zum Siebzigsten.

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(Written on November 25, 2013 )