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We love to see artists returning to us with new projects, and we’re really excited about this one! Six years ago, Matthew Sharp joined the WildKat family for the very first time. Matthew Sharp is not only an exceptional cellist, who has worked with the best British Orchestras including the LPO and RPO, and recorded for labels such as Sony, EMI and Decca, but he is also an internationally-recognised baritone, director… and actor!

‘Extraordinary cellist, virile baritone, compelling actor – Matthew Sharp’s astonishingly comprehensive versatility.’ The Daily Telegraph

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Matthew Sharp is known as an artist who is not afraid of taking risks and exploring new artistic paths. So it is no surprise that his new recording project reflects this pioneering spirit: 2018 will see the world premiere recording of Hans Gál’s “Concertino for Cello and Strings”, played by Matthew Sharp and the English Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Woods.

Gál’s style is rooted in the Austro-German musical tradition to which he remained true throughout his long career. He never followed prevailing twelve-tone fashions, nor abandoned his belief in the importance of tonality. This work, the “Concertino for Cello and Strings”, which was written by the Austrian-British composer in the mid 60s, never reached the level of popularity it deserved, despite its incredible music: fragile, rigorous, powerful and sensitive at the same time.

Matthew was approached by Kenneth Woods, conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, to play the piece in 2013. The concert received such great acclaim – not only from the press but also from a descendant of Hans Gal himself – that they simply had to record the piece. While preparing for this first modern performance, Matthew shared his thoughts in a series of YouTube videos, under the name “Gal Concertino Diary”. Check this out, it is worth a watch!

WildKat PR is now working on spreading the word through Germany and Austria, ahead of the album release by Avie, which will take place in February 2018.

(Written on November 8, 2017 )

In today’s news: Cressida Pollock to leave ENO, Lumen launches crowdfunding project, booking for NXCGB auditions are open. Too few women in the music industry, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the organ, and French organisation “Musique et spoliations” does research on instruments stolen by the Nazis.

Opera Now

Cressida Pollock to leave ENO

Cressida Pollock is to step down as English National Opera’s chief executive in June 2018.

Music Business Worldwide

Concord acquires Savoy Label Group – and its 3,000+ recordings

SLG includes the Savoy Jazz catalogue and an extensive classical catalogue, in addition to adult rock/alternative specialists 429 Records.

Choir and Organ

Lumen launches crowdfunding project for new album

London-based chamber choir Lumen is crowdfunding for a new recording project.

Music Teacher

Booking for NYCGB auditions now open

Those interested in joining the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) can now www.nycgb.org.uk/audition.

The New York Times

A Composer’s Debut, at 82

Some people are late bloomers. Then there is Richard Alan White, 82, who was a composer-in-hiding for the first eight decades of his life.

NMZ

Women Wanted: Hat die Musikbranche ein Frauenproblem?

Stellen wir uns mal vor, es gäbe keine Helene Fischer. Die Schlager- und Pop-Königin ist so omnipräsent, dass eine Tatsache nahezu verdrängt wird: Die Musikbranche hat ein Frauenproblem.

Klassik.com

Arnold Schwarzenegger an der Passauer Domorgel

Der Schauspieler und ehemalige kalifornische Gouverneur Arnold Schwarzenegger ist als Organist an der Passauer Domorgel in Erscheinung getreten. Im Rahmen eines von ihm besuchten Orgelkonzerts erhielt Schwarzenegger die Gelegenheit, einige Takte auf der Orgel zu spielen.

Pizzicato

Theater Trier löst Vertrag mit Operndirektorin

Das Trier Theater hat den Arbeitsvertrag mit Operndirektorin Katharina John einem ‘reporter’-Bericht nach vorzeitig aufgelöst.

France Musique

L’histoire méconnue des instruments de musique spoliés par les nazis

Les instruments de musique et documents musicaux spoliés par les nazis pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale n’ont pas fait l’objet du même effort de recherches que les autres œuvres d’art. L’association “Musique et spoliations”, initiative inédite, tente de réparer cette injustice.

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(Written on September 22, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to be working with 7K!, the new neo-classical Hub launched by the independent label !K7 Records.

7K! is a new platform and home for neo-classical projects which will be supported by the in-house expertise and spirit of legendary music company !K7 records. 7K! will comprise a record label and label services collective, as well as sync and artist management divisions.

In the first quarter of 2017, the label will kick off its release schedule with the album ‘Endless’ by multi-instrumentalist and globally-renowned composer Luca D’Alberto. Last week, two concerts took place in Berlin at Silent Green, including one sell-out performance.

D’Alberto is a brilliant, mold-breaking musician who is already highly regarded on the classical scene, as both a multi-instrumentalist and composer. He is a favourite composer of directors such as Peter Greenaway, Wim Wenders and Fernando Arrabal. His upcoming album ‘Endless’ is the result of his decision to shake up his classical training into new charters, preferring instead to use his talents to create a more contemporary style of music that sees him exploring the pairing of electronics with acoustic instruments. ‘Endless’ was produced by Martyn Heyne (Tiny Ruins, The National) and Henrik Schwarz, and is preceded by the single ‘Wait For Me’, released in December.

Watch here the official video to “Wait For Me”, a love Story told only by hands.

WildKat PR is very much looking forward to bringing D’Alberto and his music to the music world with a focus on the German press.

Carolin, Director of the Berlin office: „We are excited to be helping prestigious !K7 records on their new launch of the neo-classical label 7K! We have already successfully worked on projects with neo-classical composers such as Max Richter and Chad Lawson, reaching out to new audiences with their modern sound. We look forward to supporting !K7’s growth in the German music industry through active press work and consultancy.“

Keep up to date with 7K! on the !K7 website and Luca D’Alberto on his website and on the WildKat PR blog.

Luca D'Alberto (c) Jon Bergman

Luca D’Alberto (c) Jon Bergman

(Written on February 2, 2017 )

Klara Min has performed extensively both in solo recitals and with orchestras from around the world. In recent years, she has given concerts at the most prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Gasteig in Munich and Laeiszhalle in Hamburg.

She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of NYCA (New York Concert Artists), a modern-day realisation of Robert Schumann’s Alliance of David (Davidsbund), which supports and promotes young artists internationally.

Klara Min has a very exiting season coming up: in addition to the release of her new Scriabin album on the Steinway & Sons label, she will give concerts throughout Europe. Among her live engagements will be a date in Austria under the baton of Vladimir Fedoseyev as well as a record with the Warsaw Philharmonie Orchestra and renowned French violinist Augustin Dumay.

We are very much looking forward to supporting Klara Min during the new season. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates as well as Klara Min’s website.

Klara Min

Klara Min, picture by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

(Written on October 9, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas, Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education and 7 tips for performing from memory from The Strad.

The Times

Richard Morrison: ‘The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas’

It’s a bit of a memento mori to realise that I’m attending my 43rd Edinburgh Festival and my 39th as a journalist.

The Independent

Royal Opera House unveils colourful hand-painted silk installation telling its story

London’s Royal Opera House has unveiled the huge hand-painted silk installation that will hang in the Paul Hamlyn Hall next month.

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education

Author Philip Pullman has stated that he considers music to be the most important school subject.

Classic FM

We’ve got our hands on Andrea Bocelli’s new album (and we’ll be the first in the world to play it!)

The Italian tenor has always looked like a dashing hero from a cinematic classic, so it’s fitting that his new album is all about the best movie music. We’re so excited about it that we’re going to play it before anyone else.

The Strad

7 tips for performing from memory

Guidance from The Strad’s archive on performing and practising from memory – and how to deal with memory lapses

Klassik.com

Kölner Opernsaison droht zu platzen

Nachdem die Wiedereröffnung des Kölner Opernhauses aufgrund von Planungsfehlern und der Insolvenz des Bauunternehmens Imtech weiter aufgeschoben werden musste (klassik.com berichtete), steht die kommende Opernsaison auf der Kippe. Voraussichtlich wird das Haus weder in der Saison 2015/16 noch 2016/17 zur Verfügung stehen.

Klassikakzente

Musik als einziger Freund: Wie Keith Jarrett seine Einsamkeit in Kreativität verwandelte

Bei der Vorstellung von Wolfgang Sandners neuer Keith-Jarrett-Biographie unterhielt sich der Autor mit dem ECM-Produzenten Manfred Eicher über den Pianisten.

Musik heute

Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester reformieren

Die Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester in dem Freistaat umbauen. Dazu führe man seit Jahresbeginn Gespräche mit Intendanten und den kommunalen Trägern, sagte Regierungssprecher Alexander Fischer am Donnerstag in Erfurt.

Le Figaro

Moscou cherche à rapatrier les restes de Rachmaninov, inhumé à New York

Les autorités russes souhaitent que le grand compositeur repose dans sa région natale de Novgorod, dans le nord-ouest de la Russie. Les descendants du musicien s’opposent au transfert de ses restes.

Classicalite

Miguel Vásquez on Panama, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and His Grandpa

At the age of nine, Miguel Vásquez was an aspiring classical violinist/cellist in Panama. There on the isthmus, though, getting proper musical education proved difficult–especially as his skills improved. His grandfather, Luis Vásquez–a professional double bassist, guitarist and English horn player–first inspired the would-be musician.

Twitter

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Update: nearly 2k sigs on petition to include female composers on A-level syllabus. Story:

Sam Jackson @classicjacko: If anyone ever says studying music isn’t a good idea, show them this. Especially pleased to see @TrinityLaban at No.2

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I feel like an ambassador’

Times

Edinburgh Festival should look to Manchester for ideas
Credit: James Glossopp/ Times

(Written on August 21, 2015 )

WildKat PR is excited to introduce our newest client, Marina Baranova, a Ukrainian pianist and composer living in Germany.

“She sat down at the piano and played. With her right hand she held a melody, harmonically supported from the left. She was three and couldn’t read music” remembered Marinas Parents, both piano teachers.

Since her very first contact with a piano at the age of 3, Marina has won a long list of international prizes all over Europe. Her debut album Marina Baranova Plays Schumann was enthusiastically applauded by the press, who hailed her as an “excellent interpreter of Schumann”. She is also active as a composer – her last CD Firebird, recorded together with Murat Coşkun, contains only original compositions for oriental percussion and piano.

Marina is currently working on her next CD Hypersuites. The programme will be based on the graceful music of the Baroque period providing a foundation for the brilliant improvisations and deeply personal reinterpretations which Marina specialises in.

We are very much looking forward to supporting Marina in promoting this new album. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates as well as Marina Baranova’s website.

Marina Baranova

Marina Baranova, picture by Yoshi Toscani

(Written on July 31, 2015 )

Musician and composer John Matthias and record label Village Green have released another live video of music from John’s fantastic album. The second video is released today on youtube and features the track ‘Close Knit’ from John’s new album ‘Geisterfahrer’, out now to buy here.

This track was reviewed as ‘haunting’ by Irregular Crates, who also noted ‘the subtlest of electronic influence’ in this beautiful piece of music. John performs on the violin accompanied by piano and the ‘Neurogranular Sampler’, an instrument designed by John at Plymouth University with Jane Grant, Tim Hodgson, Nick Ryan, Kin Design and Eduardo Miranda.

John performed ‘Close Knit’ on BBC Radio 3 this February in the lead up to the album launch, describing the Neurogranular Sampler’s process whereby a ‘violin is played into the computer, which then takes part of that sound….when the neurons fire, it takes those pieces and retriggers them’ live on the show. Presenter Sean Rafferty described John’s performance as ‘fantastic’ and bringing the show ‘right up to date’.

Watch out each week for new videos to come! Follow John Matthias and Village Green on Twitter for album news and updates.

(Written on March 26, 2014 )

Musician and composer John Matthias and record label Village Green are releasing new live videos of John’s enchanting performances. The first video is released today on youtube and features the track ‘Jackie Bouvier’ from John’s new album ‘Geisterfahrer’, out now to buy here.

John performs on vocals, guitar and violin on his latest album, accompanied by the ‘Neurogranular Sampler’, an instrument designed by John at Plymouth University with Jane Grant, Tim Hodgson, Nick Ryan, Kin Design and Eduardo Miranda.

Today, Thom Yorke has added ‘Jackie Bouvier’ as the number one track on his office chart, highlighting great new music.

Watch out each week for new videos to come! Follow John Matthias and Village Green on Twitter for album news and updates.

‘Jackie Bouvier’ from John Matthias

(Written on March 17, 2014 )

Harp quartet 4 Girls 4 Harps released their gorgeous new Christmas album today. ‘4 Girls 4 Harps at Christmas’ features arrangements of well loved and lesser-known carols and Christmas songs, and showcases the many talents and sounds of this beautiful instrument. Arranged by the quartet’s members, the album embodies a wide range of styles and influences.

The CD was described by Classic FM as having a, “Warm and comforting sound, perfectly suited to the mood of the season and chilled out evenings around the fire,” and will be played on Classic FM Drive every day this week. Tomorrow the girls will begin tour of the south-east starting with London’s beautiful Temple Church.

You can order the CD from Amazon and other good retailers. For tour details, see 4 Girls 4 Harps’ website

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(Written on December 2, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Welsh male voice choir cover Chic’s ‘Good Times’

Chic’s classic funk hit ‘Good Times’ has been given a choral reworking by the Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir as a teaser for a forthcoming music festival

Anna Netrebko’s album is pop chart smash in Europe

Anna Netrebko’s new album, Verdi, has enjoyed no. 1 chart success in Austria, as well as placing in the pop charts in several other countries in Europe

Summer classics

What’s the best music for the summer time? Here’s a Top Ten suggested by you

The Independent

When Britten’s world was all at sea: How Billy Budd reflects the composer’s own turbulent times

A full programme of Britten’s works at the Proms culminates in a semi-staged performance of Michael Grandage’s acclaimed Glyndebourne production of the story of an outsider fighting the establishment

Gramophone

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra saved by donations exceeding £70,000

Successful fundraising campaign ensures the orchestra’s 2013-14 season will go ahead

Andrew Litton named Colorado Symphony music director

The conductor has served as the orchestra’s artistic advisor since June 2012

Joyce DiDonato interviews Dame Janet Baker for her 80th birthday

Exclusive video interview available on the Gramophone Player

Obituary: Richard Angas, bass

Born April 18, 1942; died August 20, 2013

Obituary: John Amis, broadcaster and music critic

Born June 17, 1922; died August 20, 2013

Der Tagesspiegel

Das neue Klassik-Portal des Tagesspiegels

Reden ist Silber, Geigen ist Gold

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(Written on August 23, 2013 )