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Have you ever wondered how a polyphonic piece would sound if you listened to some of the individual parts, or even just one?  A special new online tool—created for today’s release of an outstanding modern interpretation by six pianists—offers this possibility and allows you to get closer to Steve Reich’s famous Six Pianos.

Influenced by electronic club music, as well as their classical education, the six pianists Gregor Schwellenbach, Hauschka, Erol Sarp (Grandbrothers), Daniel Brandt, Paul Frick (of Brandt Brauer Frick) and John Kameel Farah, show their devotion to the influential composer of minimalist music though this modern approach to the idea behind Six Pianos.

Six Pianos

Each pianist performed his part on his own piano using typical studio equipment, before passing the recording over to the next pianist. With the help of the online tool you can listen to every single part individually, or up to all six parts together. This opens up new sound experiences as well as giving a special insight in both the piece and the work of the musicians.

Due to technical reasons the tool only works with Google Chrome. When opening the page, it can take up to 30 seconds until all tracks are completely loaded, but it’s definitely worth the wait! Here you can find the tool: www.film-recordings.com/sixpianos

This recording of Six Pianos, which also includes Keyboard Study #1 by Terry Riley, is now available on the FILM label as Vinyl, CD and as MP3.

(Written on November 18, 2016 )

Leonie Rettig is one of the most interesting young pianists of her generation. The twenty-five-year-old pianist offers persuasive and profound interpretations of a wide variety of musical styles. Her extensive repertoire includes works ranging from Domenico Scarlatti to Henry Dutilleux, with the compositions of the Romantic era playing an integral role in her work.

»We experienced a creative miracle […]. Right from the first notes of Liszt’s B minor Sonata the audience was on the edge of their seats. It was as if Leonie Rettig began to read a long pianistic novel […].Following on from last year’s Liszt bicentenary, Leonie Rettig had delivered such an overwhelming masterpiece that it was some moments before the applause began. (Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 28.2.2013)

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Leonie Rettig © Schneider Photography

Leonie Rettig has won several prizes at national competitions, the International Piano Competition Nikolaï Rubinstein in Paris at the tender age of 12, among others. She has played with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Nova Scotia and at prestigious festivals like the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the International Chamber Music festival at Viana do Castelo.

In the 2016/2017 season Leonie will make her Swedish debut with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Further recitals will take her to the USA and Canada, as well as to Germany, Switzerland and Austria. WildKat PR looks very much forward to introducing Leonie to artist managers with the aim of securing a partnership.

(Written on August 12, 2016 )

WildKat PR are very excited to introduce our new client – Chad Lawson.

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Multi award-winning composer and pianist Chad Lawson will release his new album Bach Interpreted: Piano Variations on Bach Chorales in September 2016, accompanied by a European tour – Chad Lawson: Bach and Chopin Interpreted.

Chad will perform at Lido, Berlin on 15th September and in London at The Forge, Camden, on 29th September.

A Steinway artist, Chad’s most recent album The Chopin Variations reached #1 on the Billboard, iTunes and Amazon Classical charts in 2015. His music has huge popular appeal, and is listened to over 1.7 million times per month on streaming platforms. Described as ‘the classical CD for people that hate classical music’ (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Chad Lawson’s music is the perfect first step on a journey into classical music.

Chad is a national speaker and blogger on the subject of today’s independent music industry, and US streaming service Pandora have invited him to speak before Congress about the groundbreaking influence of streaming services on the ways people listen to music.

To keep up to date with Chad, follow him on Facebook and Twitter

(Written on May 31, 2016 )

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 )

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 )

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