Posts Tagged ‘Praemium Imperiale’
« Back to E-News

In today’s news: Riccardo Muti and Catherine Deneuve awarded the prestigious Praemium Imperiale. New Beethoven stamp to celebrate 250th anniversary of composer’s birth. Australian Ballett performance cut short by a rat. Classical music is dead? The Würzburger Mozartfest in portrait. Meet the alpinist musicians who took their passion for music high into the Alps. Street in named after missing soprano. Leeds Piano Competition reveals audience engagement. Stephen Fry appointed ORA Singers president. Meet two composers leading charge for women at the Proms.

Rhinegold

Leeds Piano Competition reveals audience engagement events

Piano+, designed to offer entertainment and insight to competition audiences, includes masterclasses, talks and insight events with members of the competition jury, such as Paul Lewis and Imogen Cooper.

Rhinegold

Stephen Fry appointed ORA Singers president

Fry will lead the group into a new residency at LSO St Luke’s from 2019.

The Telegraph

Meet the two composers leading the charge for women at the Proms: ‘It’s time to redress centuries of injustice’

Roxanna Panufnik and Anna Meredith are among the 22 female composers set to feature in the Proms this year. They tell Ivan Hewett why it’s about time

BBC News

Australian Ballet performance cut short by rat

A hungry rat has been blamed for a power failure during a ballet in Australia. Dancers and audience members were plunged into darkness during the second half of a Sleeping Beauty performance by the Australian Ballet.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Klassische Musik ist tot? Von wegen!

Die Krise der Klassik wird regelmäßig heraufbeschworen: Doch die Nachfrage ist groß wie nie zuvor. Nicht nur ihre Zuhörer sind zahlreich – sondern auch die Formen der Darbietung.

NMZ

Catherine Deneuve und Riccardo Muti erhalten Praemium Imperiale

Die französische Schauspielerin Catherine Deneuve (74) und der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti (76) werden für ihr Lebenswerk mit dem Praemium Imperiale geehrt.

klassik.com

Neue Beethoven-Briefmarke wirbt für Jubiläum 2020

Im Vorfeld des 250. Geburtstages von Ludwig van Beethoven erscheint eine neue Briefmarke.

Platea Magazine

Génova dedicará una calle a la desaparecida soprano Daniela Dessì

El Consejo de la ciudad de Génova ha aprobado, por unanimidad y a propuesta de Luca Pirandoni, de Movimiento Cinco Estrellas, dedicar una calle a la soprano genovesa Daniela Dessì, fallecida en el verano de 2016, a los 56 años.

Spettacoli

Manu Delago: “Sono un montanaro che porta sulle Alpi la passione per la musica”

Il musicista ha realizzato un film e un disco durante una spedizione sulle montagne austriache con altri sette musicisti-alpinisti.

Twitter

Riccardo Muti (c) Presse, Praemium Imperiale

(Written on July 12, 2018 )

Today, Accentus Music releases ‘The Lost Paradise’ – a documentary allowing a rare insight into the life of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.

1_Arvo Pärt (c) Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi_Accentus Music It is extraordinary that the most performed contemporary composer in the world has taken 80 years to agree to his first international documentary. Indeed, Pärt has often been described as a recluse, given that he rarely makes public appearances, is modest with regard to his music, and spends much of his time in his homeland, Estonia.

Yet, Accentus has successfully accompanied Pärt for an entire year, and this documentary sheds light not only on his collaboration with director Robert Wilson for ‘Adam’s Passion’ – a unique opera production – but also explores Pärt’s methodology, and how spiritual themes have inspired his compositions. Although Pärt declares: ‘I am no prophet, no cardinal, not a monk, not even a vegetarian’, he has been a member of the Russian Orthodox Church since 1980, and his stark religious beliefs actually forced him to leave Estonia in 1980, due to pressure from the Soviet power forces.

Arvo Paert (c) Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi_Accentus Music_s

The documentary follows Pärt’s journeys through Estonia, Germany, Italy and Japan, where Pärt was awarded the most prestigious award in the field of music in October 2014: the Praemium Imperiale. Accentus provides a fly on the wall’s perspective of rehearsals for ‘Adam’s Passion’, and also gives a unique insight into Pärt’s personality, and his serene, peaceful life in the forests and at the sea in Tallinn. This same serenity is evident in much of his composition, as is Pärt’s fascination with light and colour. He remarks: ‘I could compare my music to white light, which contains all colours’.

Pärt Wilson Noblessner_(c) Kristian Kruuser

Another focus of the documentary is the juxtaposition of silence with the velocity and commotion of everyday life, and how this concept relates directly to Pärt’s music. The documentary culminates in the premiere of ‘Adam’s Passion’, which draws together themes, and – for the first time – sheds light on how Pärt’s personality and life directly correlate to his music.

Buy the DVD online at Amazon and Presto Classical, view the documentary trailer below, and visit www.adamspassion.de. for more information about this unique insight into Pärt’s life.

Photography: Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi

(Written on October 30, 2015 )