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WildKat PR welcomes new music collective, Corre.

We are very happy to be working with Corre on their upcoming singles and album releases. ‘A Spark, A Beginning’ and ‘Proceed’ will be released on streaming sites on Wednesday 2nd August 2017.

Corre formed earlier in 2017 and aims to bridge the gap between electronica and classical music with a contemporary synthesis of light, movement and sound. The unnamed collaborators behind Corre wanted to create a multi-media, cross-genre alliance, inspired by the likes of Nils Frahm and Max Richter. With a background in electronic music, Corre’s composer was inspired by the possibility that the two seemingly contrasting elements of electronic and contemporary classical music could coalesce.

To create the fusion of natural and synthetic sounds, Corre uses Korg-created synthesiser loops paired with traditional, acoustic instruments such as violin, piano and classical guitar. The visual element takes naturalistic photography and melds it with digital manipulation and overlays to create modern and visually stunning films.

The two singles will be released on 2nd August, with a video premiere of ‘A Spark, A Beginning’ to follow.

© Corre 2017

(Written on July 31, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: Indian conductor Zubin Mehta performs with Berlin Philharmonic, Sebastian Manz’s recording of selected works by Carl Maria Weber, and hotelier Klaus Lauer hosts Badenweiler Musiktage. Cincinnati Opera announces premiere of “Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera,” and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) and Maestro Delta David Gier announce its 2017-18 concert season. Katherine Parr was in fact a masterful PR who rallied England behind its King on the way to war, an academic has claimed, and Amazon is to further diversify its business by staking out a presence at music festivals in a bid to enhance the experience of US festival-goers.

The Times

As robots take our jobs the arts will matter more

The humanities are in crisis. There is an urgent skills gap for at least 3,000 graduates capable of explaining the events that led to the War of Jenkins’ Ear. In 2015 alone Britain drafted in 1,200 Filipinos to write essays on symbols of patriarchy in the comedies of Lope de Vega.

The Telegraph

King Henry VIII’s sixth wife collaborated with Thomas Tallis to write music to rally her husband for war

Katherine Parr was in fact a masterful PR who rallied England behind its King on the way to war, an academic has claimed, as he prepares for the first performance of her secret musical collaboration in 470 years.

The Atlantic

Inside the Heads of People Who Don’t Like Music

For those who experience “musical anhedonia,” listening to a song is halfway between boring and distracting—and their brain activity reflects that.

The Drum

Amazon gets physical with US music festival presence

Amazon is to further diversify its business by staking out a presence at music festivals in a bid to enhance the experience of US festival-goers.

Der Tagesspiegel

Alles unter Kontrolle

Der indische Stardirigent Zubin Mehta führt mit den Berliner Philharmonikern Stücke von Elgar und Tschaikowsky auf.

SPIEGEL ONLINE

Beinahe heroische Größe

Carl Maria von Weber schrieb hinreißende Werke für die Klarinette. Sebastian Manz wollte keine halben Sachen machen und nahm gleich alle auf. Richtige Entscheidung!

concerti

Aus Liebe zur Musik

Hotelier Klaus Lauer ist das Herz der Badenweiler Musiktage. Bereits seit 1973 veranstaltete er im elterlichen Grandhotel Römerbad regelmäßig Musiktage, alles ganz auf eigenes finanzielles Risiko mit Schwerpunkt auf Neuer Musik

The New York Times

An Opera Inspired by Pink Floyd Will Get Its United States Premiere

The Cincinnati Opera has announced the United States premiere of “Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera,” capping its 98th season and its first after a $135 million restoration of the Cincinnati Music Hall.

broadwayworld.com

South Dakota Symphony Announces 2017-18 Season – Strauss Masterpieces, Video Games Live and More!

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) and Maestro Delta David Gier announce its 2017-18 concert season.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical in 1861 FP of Richard ‘s opera Tannhäuser in Paris at the Théâtre Imperial de l’Opéra.

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Facing the music: James Laing

Sebastian Manz Credit: Marco Borggreve

(Written on March 13, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, Grange Festival are to give the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s new work, celebrating Jane Austen, and Birmingham Conservatoire announce their pianothon. A New York orchestra are putting audience members side by side with players, and Marin Alsop calls for the monetary value of the arts in the society to be promoted.  Germany sees the opening of Club Transmediale, Berlin’s best pop festival, and the future of the Richard Strauss Festival is secured.

Rhinegold

Grange Festival announces Dove premiere

The Grange Festival is to present the world premiere staging of the orchestral version of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park.  The performances, which will take place on 16 and 17 September, will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and the inaugural season of the Grange Festival.

Birmingham Conservatoire announces all-night pianothon

Birmingham Conservatoire has announced an all-night pianothon, which will take place from 7.30pm on 3 March to 7.30am on 4 March at Town Hall.  The event will begin with Gergely Bogányi performing the complete Chopin Nocturnes, a mystery guest playing Beethoven Sonatas Op 109, 110 & 111 and Peter Donohoe performing Messiaen’s The Garden Warbler.

CMUSE

New York orchestra turning concerts inside out

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit among the musicians in an orchestra as they perform? The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony has developed a new concept with this idea: inside out concerts.

Music Business Worldwide

Google generated $90bn last year, 6 times more than the global recorded music business

The company’s parent Alphabet Inc. just posted mammoth annual revenues of $90.27bn for the 12 months to end of December, up 20% year-on-year and 24% at constant currency.

Classic FM

‘Art is not just revenue for the soul, it’s revenue for the pocket book,’ says top conductor

Conductor Marin Alsop has told Classic FM that the arts world needs to ‘promote the monetary value of the arts in our society’.

Berliner Zeitung

Club Transmediale Berlins bestes Pop-Festival ist eröffnet 

Vielstimmiges Singen, Brummen, Säuseln und Grunzen zur Abwendung der planetaren Klimakatastrophe gab es bei der Eröffnung des diesjährigen CTM Festivals zu hören; man kann sagen, dass die drei Leitbegriffe des Festivalthemas – „Fear Anger Love“, Furcht, Zorn und Liebe – bereits in diesen ersten knapp anderthalb Stunden eindrucksvoll und befriedigend zur musikalischen Erscheinung gelangten.

Spiegel

“Die Musik macht das Private politisch”

Das Berliner CTM ist eines der weltweit wichtigsten Festivals für elektronische und experimentelle Musik. Hier sprechen die Festivalchefs über ihr politisches Motto “Fear, Anger, Love” und Lücken in der Kulturförderung.

Klassik Heute

Zukunft des Richard-Strauss-Festivals ist gesichtert – neuer Intendant ernannt

Nach intensiven, über Monate geführten Diskussionen über die Zukunftsperspektiven des international renommierten Richard-Strauss-Festivals bekannte sich der Gemeinderat der Marktgemeinde Garmisch-Partenkirchen klar zur Fortführung des Festivals und dazu, die Finanzierung des Festivals über 2017 hinaus zu sichern.

Die Presse

Rudolf Bibl, der Maestro der Volksoper, ist tot

2273 Vorstellungen hat der Wiener Dirigent im Haus am Gürtel geleitet. Er starb 87-jährig in Frankreich.

Musik Heute

Volles Haus beim Familientag der Elbphilharmonie

Zum Abschluss ihres knapp dreiwöchigen Eröffnungsfestivals hat die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie am Sonntag einen Familientag veranstaltet. Zu Konzerten, Workshops und einer “Klangsafari” kamen rund 7.000 Gäste, wie das Haus mitteilte. Die kostenfreien Tickets waren bereits früh vergeben.

Twitter

Royal Northern Sinfonia @RNSinfonia We’re featured in @‘s list of the best classical concerts this week! @ bit.ly/2jJnTwQ / bit.ly/2jMPI4Q

Music History @today_classical  in 1774 Death of Bohemian and violist Frantisek

Musik Heute @Musik_Heute Jubel für afghanisches Frauenorchester “Zohra” in Berlin

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Photograph: The Grange Festival

(Written on January 30, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine reports that Richard Burnett’s collection is to be sold at auction for charity and fear has brought Egypt’s audience closer to Classical music. Also, Opera Platform announces its January-July streaming programme and the Rc4 Festival in Rio is exploring new directions in classical music

Classical Music Magazine

The Opera Platform announces January-July streaming programme

The Opera Platform has announced its streaming programme for January to July 2016

The Rio Times

Rc4 Contemporary Classical Music and Technology Festival in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Exploring new directions in classical musical and the use of electronics, software, and visuals during performances, the 2016 edition of the Rc4 Festival began on January 8th and will continue through January 31st

Classical Music Magazine

Richard Burnett’s collection to be sold for charity

Richard Burnett’s collection of over 70 historic instruments will be sold at auction to raise funds for the Finchcocks Charity

The Seattle Times

Without a net: ‘All-Star Orchestra’ premieres classical music on TV

Seattle’s PBS station KCTS-9 has quietly tucked the program’s local debut (at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17) into the end of a four-hour marathon of the current “All-Star Orchestra” season

Albawaba Entertainment

How fear in 2015 brought Egypt’s audiences closer to classical music

“Remember that classical music is an inheritance which belongs to all of us, and somewhere therein is a legacy for you,” writes Marianne Williams Tobias in Classical Music Without Fear: A Guide for General Audiences, published in 2003

The New York Times

David Bowie Dies at 69; Star Transcended Music, Art and Fashion

David Bowie, the infinitely changeable, fiercely forward-looking songwriter who taught generations of musicians about the power of drama, images and personas, died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday

Classicalite

Golden Globes Honor Classical ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ & Morricone’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Score

Also going home happy was Ennio Morricone and his score to Quention Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. Wins like these made it a night honoring classical music

Die Welt

David Bowie war schon immer irgendwo dort draußen

Er nahm noch ein allerletztes Album auf, feierte seinen 69. Geburtstag und ging aus der Welt. Als “Blackstar”. Plötzlich ist David Bowie nicht mehr da. Zum Tod des größten Popkünstlers unserer Zeit

Musik Heute

Countdown für Elbphilharmonie: Ein Jahr bis zur Eröffnung – Die letzten Etappen

Noch genau ein Jahr bis zu einer Eröffnung, an die manchmal fast niemand mehr geglaubt hat: Am 11. Januar 2017 soll in der Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg das Auftaktkonzert erklingen.

Klassik.com

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann sagt Auftritt wegen Erkrankung ab

Der Startenor Jonas Kaufmann hat seinen Auftritt im Rahmen der Feierlichkeiten zum 200-jährigen Bestehen des Teatro Real in Madrid abgesagt.

Francemusique

La délicate étape de la puberté chez les chanteurs

En Angleterre, plusieurs maîtrises ont récemment fait part de leur inquiétude devant la difficulté rencontrée pour recruter de jeunes chanteurs sopranos.

Le Monde

Dialogue de sourds autour d’une mise en scène de Tcherniakov

turbulent Dmitri Tcherniakov est de retour en France : le metteur en scène russe présentera d’abord Lady Macbeth de Mzensk, de Chostakovitch, à l’Opéra de Lyon du 23 janvier au 6 février,

Twitter

Music History@today_classical #Today in 1890 Birth of #tenor Charles Friant #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Top Classical News@topcmnews Viva La Diva! Angela Gheorghiu Returns as Tosca at Covent Garden http://bit.ly/1RzqQvG  #ClassicalMusic

Raindance Film Fest@Raindance Every movement needs a song – this one’s for the global anti-terrorist movement by RD Member @RobertOzn1 http://bit.ly/1OdxI0K

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A single manual harpsichord by J.J. Antunes (1785)/Classical Music Magazine

(Written on January 12, 2016 )

100 years ago, on 28 October 1915Eine Alpensinfonie by Richard Strauss was premiered in Berlin by the Dresden Hofkapelle, conducted by the composer. The critics didn’t particularly like it, some even called it ‘cinema music.’

'Eine Alpensinfonie' World Premiere Programme

‘Eine Alpensinfonie’ World Premiere Programme

Strauss’s love of nature greatly influenced this atmospheric composition. For most of his life, Strauss lived in southern Bavaria at the foot of Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze. Eine Alpensinfonie portrays the distinct episodes of an alpine trek undertaken by Strauss and friends during which they got lost in a thunderstorm.

Although Strauss labelled the work a symphony, it doesn’t follow the typical conventions of a multi-movement symphony. The work consists of twenty-two continuous sections of music making it technically a tone poem.

Eine Alpensinfonie includes a wide range of instrumental combinations and effects, requiring an orchestra of 123 players. Strauss regarded performing this piece as the equivalent of the challenge of climbing an actual mountain.

Listen to Eine Alpensinfonie, played here by the Dresden Staatskapelle who first premiered this dramatic work on this day 100 years ago!

(Written on October 28, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Max Richter explains his eight-hour composition ‘Sleep’ – the longest continuous piece of music broadcasted by the BBC – and Pergolesi’s Opera Settecento is finally premiered after nearly 300 years. Also, Christie’s exhibits its $60m Stradivarius and Guarneri collection and Classic FM reports on the Game Music Connect 2015.

The Guardian

Adriano in Siria – why Pergolesi’s overlooked masterpiece deserves a UK premiere at last

Pergolesi’s opera has lain unloved for nearly 300 years, but, with its cascade of showstopping arias, Opera Settecento are finally bringing it to a UK public

The Independent

Max Richter’s ‘Sleep’: The longest continuous piece of music broadcast by the BBC

As Max Richter prepares to premiere his eight-hour ‘lullaby for a frenetic world’, before a live, if slumbering, audience, he tells Jessica Duchen why he dreamt up the experiment

Classic FM

Game Music Connect 2015: what we’ve learned about videogame music

Classic FM is at London’s Southbank Centre for the annual videogame music conference, where we’ve heard insider knowledge from a Sony bigwig and why London’s musicians are the best.

The Strad

Christie’s exhibits $60m Stradivarius and Guarneri collection in Shanghai and Hong Kong

‘The Art of Music’ sale features seven violins and one cello from a private European collection

Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Symphony names Yaniv Dinur its new assistant conductor

Jerusalem native Yaniv Dinur is joining the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as assistant conductor. He will conduct youth, family and outreach concerts.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Achtstündiges Schlaflied

Eine boshafte Anekdote behauptet, dass Johannes Brahms sieben Jahre an seinem berühmten Wiegenlied komponiert habe, weil er dabei am Piano immer wieder einnickte

Neue Musikzeitung

Levy Sekgapane gewinnt den Montserrat-Caballé-Gesangswettbewerb

Der Südafrikaner Levy Sekgapane aus dem Jungen Ensemble der Dresdner Semperoper hat den Internationalen Montserrat-Caballé-Gesangswettbewerb in Spanien gewonnen

Klassik.com

Tenor Levy Sekgapane gewinnt den Montserrat Caballé Gesangswettbewerb

Der südafrikanische Tenor Levy Sekgapane hat den Hauptpreis beim 14. Internationalen Gesangswettbewerb Montserrat Caballé in Saragossa gewonnen. Levy Sekgapane überzeugte die Jury mit einer Arie aus Rossinis “L’italiana in Algeri”

France Musique

Un quatuor joue du Pachelbel sur une autoroute anglaise

Alors que de nombreux automobilistes stationnent à l’arrêt durant un embouteillage sur l’autoroute M5 en Angleterre, un  quatuor à corde sort de son véhicule et interprète le Canon de Pachelbel

Twitter

Sinfini Music

Carmen: ‘Our relationship goals are not compatible’. Famous Operas Made Significantly Shorter Through Feminism: http://bit.ly/1FfifJx

Which recording would you choose as The Recording of the Year? Vote here →

BBC Proms Team

Are you pitch perfect? Take our Proms Quiz and test your knowledge of this year’s season!

rehearsal, march 2012, Berlin Max Richter

(Written on September 16, 2015 )

WildKat PR is delighted to introduce our newest client Hideko Udagawa. The renowned violinist has recently released a collection of unusual 18th century concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Nicholas Kraemer. This disc is particularly exciting since it includes three previously unheard world premieres recordings, which Hideko discovered herself.

Hideko has also released two other CDs since last spring, both receiving high praise from international critics – a Khachaturian recital disc with Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky and a re-issue of the Brahms/Bruch violin concertos with Sir Charles Mackerras and the London Symphony Orchestra.

This year also marks the re-release of Hideko’s recording of Glazunov’s Violin Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Praised by critics for her passionate commitment, dazzling agility and refinement of taste, she has performed extensively across the globe in over thirty countries in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific with some of the world’s top orchestras and in international concert series.

We are very much looking forward to working with Hideko on her future releases and recitals. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates and also Hideko’s website.

Hideko Udagawa - Photo credit Sheila Rock

Photo credit: Sheila Rock

(Written on June 12, 2015 )

The US capital is in for a treat next week when baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan will be premiering their World War I Centenary Tribute recital at the Kennedy Center. The performance is the second annual Gerald Perman Emerging Artists Fund recital, promoted by Vocal Arts DC. Michael Kaiser, former president of the Kennedy Center, said about the programme: “Gerald Perman has produced one of the great vocal series of the world”.

John and Peter devised a recital programme which includes songs by composers who were directly affected by the Great War. There will be songs by European and American composers, many of whom fought in the war on different sides of the frontier. John Brancy will lead through the recital and annotate with historical and musical facts.

Both John and Peter are recent Juilliard graduates. John has already performed at the most prestigious opera houses in Europe such as the Dresden Semperoper and Alte Oper Frankfurt and was in concert with Boston and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras. Pianist Peter Dugan opened the season with Michael Tilson Thomas’ New World Symphony this summer.

John and Peter will be taking the World War I Centenary Tribute recital to Chicago in April 2015 and Montreal in May 2015.

Please visit the Vocal Arts DC website to see the full recital programme:

Watch a sneak preview of the recital on John’s YouTube channel.

John Brancy and Peter Dugan, photo credit Gerard Collett

(Written on December 5, 2014 )

Bamberg Symphony reveals 2014/15 concert season

On their annual press conference the Bamberg Symphony not only revealed their plans for the next concert season but also the brand-new design of their logo and re-launch of their website. The Hamburg studio Peter Schmidt, Belliero & Zandée, long-standing partners of the orchestra, designed the new logo and season brochure. The top-class orchestra from Bamberg – a town with UNESCO World Heritage status – will now be playing under the adequate slogan ‘extraordinary city. extraordinary orchestra.’ The musical programming, too, has some exciting innovations in store for audiences in Bamberg and abroad.

Three internationally renowned artists will take newly created positions in Bamberg: composer and clarinettist Jörg Widmann will be Composer in Residence at Bamberg for the next two years; Principal Organist Christian Schmitt will showcase the ‘queen of instruments’ in concert performances as well as curating the Organ Series in Bamberg’s Joseph-Keilberth Saal; and pianist Piotr Anderszewski will be featured in Bamberg Symphony’s Artist Portrait, performing in the city several times next season.

Another innovative undertaking is the encore!-project as part of which the Bamberg Symphony commissioned around 40 composers to write encores for the orchestra to serve as a meaningful addition to the orchestral canon. The orchestra aims to not only extend their repertoire – especially when touring – but also to prove that contemporary music can also be entertaining, in the best sense of the term.

The musical theme of the season will be ‘Symphonic Landscapes’, including musical depictions of nature by Claude Debussy, Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen, Benjamin Britten, Aaron Copland and Peteris Vasks.

 

Die Bamberger Symphoniker stellen die Konzertsaison 2014/15 vor

Auf ihrer jährlichen Pressekonferenz stellten die Bamberger Symphoniker gestern nicht nur die Konzertsaison 2014/15 vor, sondern enthüllten auch ihren neuen Slogan und ein Neudesign ihres Logos, der Website und der Saisonbroschüre. Das Hamburger Studio Peter Schmidt, Belliero & Zandée, die schon zuvor mit dem Orchester zusammen gebarbeitet haben, ist für das innovative, moderne Design verantwortlich. Außerdem sind die Bamberger nun unter dem Motto ‚extraordinary city. extraordinary orchestra.’ unterwegs – ein passender Leitsatz für das Spitzenorchester aus der Weltkulturerbe-Stadt. Doch auch musikalisch haben die Bamberger Symphoniker einige Neuerungen für ihr Publikum vor Ort und auf Tournee in Planung.

Drei international renommierte Künstlerpersönlichkeiten werden in der Saison 2014/2015 neue Rollen im Orchesterleben der Bamberger übernehmen: Komponist und Klarinettist Jörg Widmann wird das Orchester zwei Jahre lang als Composer in Residence mit seinen bedeutendsten Werken begleiten; Pianist Piotr Anderszewski wird als Portrait-Künstler mehrmals in der kommenden Saison zu erleben sein; und Principal Organist Christian Schmitt, der sich selbst musizierend und als Kurator der Orgelreihe um die „Königin der Instrumente“ im Bamberger Joseph-Keilberth-Saal kümmern wird.

Das encore!-Projekt ist eine weitere Neuheit, für das das Orchester bei rund 40 Komponisten Zugaben in Auftrag gegeben hat. Damit möchten die Bamberger Symphoniker in den nächsten Jahren nicht nur ihr Repertoire – vor allem auch für Tourneen – erweitern, sondern zudem den Beweis antreten, dass zeitgenössische Musik im besten Sinne auch unterhaltend sein kann.

Den programmatischen Schwerpunkt bilden Werke unter dem Motto Symphonische Landschaften: tönende Naturschilderungen u.a. von Claude Debussy, Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen, Benjamin Britten, Aaron Copland oder Pēteris Vasks.photo

(Written on May 22, 2014 )

Limelight Magazine

Esa-Pekka Salonen wins 2014 Nemmers prize

Finnish composer and conductor awarded the 2014 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition

Cincinnati

American Classical Music Hall of Fame inducts five

Legendary American pianist Andre Watts, who has appeared multiple times with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, is one of this year’s inductees in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

Israel National News

‘Violin Scam’ to Come to Trial

An Israeli conductor and his violinist wife were indicted on Monday by the Haifa Magistrates Court for fraudulently representing themselves as investment managers who dealt in valuable antique violins.

Voice of Russia UK

Women conductors passing on the baton in new Musin-model course

Conducting orchestras is largely a male preserve, with few women taking up the baton. But now Britain’s female conductors are working to change that, by launching a course designed to encourage more women to get onto that podium.

The Telegraph

Robotic arm gives amputee drummer ‘superhuman’ skills

A drummer who lost his arm after being electrocuted can continue to pursue his dream, thanks to a robotic arm

The Moscow Times

Turetsky Choir Mixes Opera Vocals and Pop Styles

The Turetsky Choir will celebrate its 14th birthday this year, yet the singers in the group have known each other for  20 years, since they first turned their trained operatic voices to the creation of pop music

Der Tagesspiegel

Premiere “Rein Gold” an der Staatsoper

Kalauernde Kapitalismusklatsche: Nicolas Stemann richtet Elfriede Jelineks Bühnenessay über Wagners „Ring“ für die Berliner Staatsoper zu.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on March 11, 2014 )