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In today’s news: Stradivarius fiddles as good as their old versions, new president for Symphony Hawaii and blind testing experiment still effective after years. David Philip Hefti composes his first opera named ‘Anna’s Mask’, and baritone Adrian Eröd gets nominated chamber singer by the Wiener Staatsoper. Hvorostovsky gives first performance at the MET after his brain tumour diagnose.

The Telegraph

The great Stradivarius fiddle: modern violins sound as good as Old Italians

The name Stradivarius has become a byword for quality and prestige, with string instruments crafted by the Italian family often selling for more than £10 million.

The Strad

Players favour new violins over old in largest ever blind testing experiment

Five years after the 2012 blind test of old Italian and new violins in Paris and New York, fresh analysis has found that new instruments project more effectively

The Violin Channel

Prizes Awarded at Henri Marteau International Violin Competition

23 year old Lorenz Chen from Taiwan-Germany has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Henri Marteau International Violin Competition, in Hof, Germany

 The Guardian

Don’t apologise for classical music’s complexity – that’s its strength

Naysayers argue classical music is being chased to extinction by technology.

The Times

Listen, Doc . . . about Marilyn and me

A huge squad of reporters and biographers have strained to tell the story of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe: a torrid marriage that occupied a mere nine months of 1954 but secured an everlasting place in American culture.

Süddeutsche.de

Die Wiedergängerin

David Philip Heftis Kompositionen werden immer öfter gespielt. Jetzt hat er mit “Annas Maske” seine erste Oper komponiert, die jetzt in St. Gallen auf die Bühne kam.

Klassik.com

Wiener Staatsoper ernennt Adrian Eröd zum Kammersänger

Bariton ist an der Staatsoper in mehr als 380 Vorstellungen aufgetreten

Klassik Heute

Der Komponist Samuel Walther erhält den Théodore-Gouvy-Preis 2017

Der Théodore-Gouvy-Preis 2017, vergeben vom Eurodistrict SaarMoselle und der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, geht an den 1995 geborenen Komponisten Samuel Walther für sein im Rahmen der „Saarbrücker Komponistenwerkstatt 2017“ entstandenes Orchesterwerk Triptych for Ellsworth Kelly.

Idaho Statesman

The Boise Philharmonic names new music director after an international search

Eric Garcia is the new music director for the Boise Philharmonic, the orchestra announced Monday.

WQXR

Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s Surprise Performance at the Met Opera 50th Anniversary Gala

On Sunday, May 7, the Metropolitan Opera celebrated its 50th year in Lincoln Center. It was Hvorostovsky’s first performance at the Met Opera since being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2015.

Broadway World 

Hawaii Symphony Announces Michael Titterton as President

As the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra approaches the conclusion of its fifth season, the organization is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Titterton as President.

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2Karriere-News: Thomas Bockelmann (Staatstheater Kassel)

 

The Times

(Written on May 9, 2017 )

In today’s news:  Detroit Symphony Competition began for female composers, Birmingham Conservatoire student beats world record, Thomas Brandis and Kishori Amonkar have died, new music director for England’s Yehudi Menuhin School, piano celebrations in the Tiroler Festspiele Erl starts in April, Philips Collection piano-violin duo brings mature eloquence, Dance Camera West Presents 16th Annual Dance Media Film Festival, and restriction for re-opened Berliner Staatsoper.

Pizzicato

Detroit Symphony opens competition For female composers

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has launched the ninth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers.

Rhinegold

Birmingham Conservatoire student sets world record

Birmingham Conservatoire student Alistair Rutherford has broken the Guinness World Record for the fastest half marathon dressed as a musical instrument.

The Strad

Former Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster Thomas Brandis has died aged 81

Thomas Brandis, who served as a long-time first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, has died at the age of 81.

The Guardian

Rameau’s Les Fêtes d’Hébé: making a song and dance about it

This week the Royal College of Music is staging a UK premiere of an opera so successful that it had 80 performances in its first year in France and four revivals over the following three decades.

The Violin Channel

England’s Yehudi Menuhin School announce new Director of Music

The Yehudi Menuhin School has announced the appointment of conductor and composer Oscar Colomina i Bosch as their new Director of Music

The Times of India

Kishori Amonkar: Our music is fifth Veda

The singer who initiated the rasika into the journey of an in-depth swara and laya is no more-at Kamani Auditorium to come into the auditorium and wait for the melody called Gana Saraswati Kishori Amonkar was to be in the pathway of the rite of passage and taste the beauty of a raga as a living being.

klassik.com

Spielbetrieb in Berliner Staatsoper nach Wiedereröffnung nur mit Einschränkungen?

Die sanierte Staatsoper Unter den Linden wird nach ihrer Wiedereröffnung, die derzeitigen Plänen zufolge Anfang Oktober erfolgen soll, nicht voll bespielbar sein.

klassik-heute

Erstmals Klaviertage der Tiroler Festspiele Erl 6.-9. April 2017

Von Donnerstag, 6. April 2017, bis Palmsonntag, 9. April 2017, finden erstmals die Klaviertage der Tiroler Festspiele Erl im Festspielhaus statt.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Volk grölt, Schweine tanzen, Solisten jammern

Eindrucksvolle Musik, aber das Libretto lässt sich nicht retten: Mussorgskys “Der Jahrmarkt von Sorotschinzi” in Berlin.

The Washington Post 

Piano-violin duo brings mature eloquence to Phillips Collection

When chamber music comes together, there’s really nothing like it: expert individuals working as one to achieve something greater than could be achieved alone.

Broadwayworld

Dance Camera West presents 16th Annual Dance Media Film Festival

Committed to fostering and promoting the vibrant art of dance and dance on film from around the globe, Dance Camera West presents the 16th Annual Dance Media Film Festival, a public event incorporating dance explored through film and live performance.

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Ziemlich fidel für 65: Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Münchner Rundfunkorchester!
Coming up in John Suchet, a moment of musical sanctuary – Karl Jenkins’ beautiful “Gloria -…

 

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(Written on April 4, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius is reintroduced by Mira Wang, and PRS for Music celebrates the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System. Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton discuss the lost art of classical improvisation. Researchers have found that accelerometers in smart devices can be hacked using sound waves. Are non-profits a sustainable system for classical music?

The Times 

Conductor more minor than Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim first conducted an orchestra at the age of 12 while Sir Simon Rattle was 13.

Rhinegold

PRS for Music announces anti-piracy successes

PRS for Music is celebrating the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System (MAPS), which allows music creators to remove their repertoire from unlicensed online services and platforms.

Robert Murray withdraws from ENO’s Partenope

Robert Murray has withdrawn from ENO’s production of Partenope following a fall. He is suffering from severe concussion and has been advised to rest as far as possible.

Cmuse

Harness the Power of Classical Music: Five Reasons Why Classical Music should be on your Playlist

Classical music is powerful, and that’s no secret. May it be playing the piano, a Cremona violin perhaps, or cello amongst others, there’s always a certain beauty in putting together a beautiful piece and making a whole music out of it.

Pizzicato

Plagiatsvorwurf gegen designierten Wiener Staatsopernchef

Bogdan Roscic, dem designierten Intendant der Wiener Staatsoper wird vorgeworfen, sich in einer Arbeit über Theodor Adorno, mit der er 1988 in Wien promovierte, des Plagiats schuldig gemacht zu haben.

Music Business Worldwide

Deezer strikes major partnership with french retailer FNAC

Interesting news out of France: The market’s No.1 physical music retailer, FNAC, is getting into bed with its No.1 streaming music provider, Deezer.

Classic FM

How do you memorise music?

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra first played a piece of music from memory in 2010. It was Grieg’s five-part Holberg Suite. And while it was normal to see soloists performing from memory, it was something else to see a whole orchestra without music.

Musicalchairs

Is nonprofit the best way to do classical music?

Is non-profit status a good thing for classical music? It’s the standard model in the United States, but does that mean it’s the best model?

The Guardian 

The Damnation of Faust review – Liverpool Phil moves from loftiest speculation to the lowliest taverns

Berlioz’s “dramatic legend” eludes any single genre – is it a philosophical oratorio? An opera of the imagination? A macabre, metaphysical satire featuring lowbrow songs about fleas and a eulogy to a dead rat?

The Strad

Whatever happened to improvisation in classical music?

‘Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton grew up surrounded by Romani music and use a variety of Romani techniques in their performances – including writing their own variations and cadenzas. Here they discuss the lost art of classical improvisation.

The New York Times

Misha Mengelberg, Bold and Spirited Jazz Pianist, Dies at 81

Misha Mengelberg, a Dutch pianist and composer who approached the jazz tradition with an adventurous spirit and an antic sense of humor, died on March 3 in Amsterdam. He was 81.

The Washington Post 

Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius was once lost forever. Now, it plays again.

No two Strads are alike, they say, but the violin that Mira Wang reintroduced to the world Monday night is truly special. It was gone for decades, stolen after a concert in 1980, and its owner, Roman Totenberg, died in 2012 thinking it would never be seen again.

Pitchfork

Music Can Be Used to Hack Phones, Computers, and Cars, New Research Shows

“It’s like the opera singer who hits the note to break a wine glass, only in our case, we can spell out words.”

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Sound and Music Watch “The Iris Murder” an award winning new chamber opera by Alasdair Nicolson and librettist John Gallas. https://t.co/DsIvOw2Iu0

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(Written on March 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: a guide to newly opened Pierre-Boulez hall, a short profile of baritone Sir Bryn Terfell, and conductor Václav Luks is awarded Mozart Prize, the ICMA trophy revealed in Paris, Cheltenham festival programme for this year announced, New Order at Manchester international Festival, something different: Music tasting of Handel’s compositions, IGC winners 2017, Sirena Huang Awarded 1st Prize at NY Concert Artists Debut Auditions

The Guardian 

Opera for babies joins New Order at Manchester international festival

An opera for babies, Jane Horrocks singing about Lancashire’s cotton industry and New Order reworking their back catalogue with a 12-member synthesiser ensemble are some of the highlights of this summer’s Manchester international festival (MIF).

BBC News

Works to listen to after Handel’s Messiah

With 50-plus recordings, and thousands of performances every year, Handel’s Messiah is, without doubt, one of the most popular works ever written. But does its popularity overshadow other great music? Here are six similar works to explore…

Rhinegold

Cheltenham Festival 2017 programme announced

Highlights include performances by Bryn Terfel, the Hallé, Chineke! Orchestra, the CBSO with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, anniversary Monteverdi from I Fagiolini and Academy of Ancient Music, a new BBC Young Musician series including Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and the first outing of the Philharmonia’s Virtual Orchestra outside of London.

Pizzicato

New ICMA Trophy Revealed In Paris

Yesterday, with ICMA President Remy Franck attending, the new trophy of the International Classical Music Awards was revealed in Paris.

The Violin Channel 

Young Artist Sirena Huang Awarded 1st Prize at NY Concert Artists Debut Auditions

22 year old VC Young Artist Sirena Huang has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Auditions

The Strad

International Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists names 2017 prize winners

The tenth International Arthur Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists, which took place in Brussels, Belgium from 2 to 5 March, has named its 2017 category prize winners.

Der Tagesspiegel

Gibt es noch Karten?

Wer den neu eröffneten Saal sehen will, kann das noch im März tun. Auch für April gibt es Plätze. Für welche Veranstaltungen genau und worauf man sich bei einem Besuch einstellen sollte, verrät unser Autor

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Der sympathische Bösewicht von der britischen Insel

Für den Bariton Sir Bryn Terfel ist nur eine Sache wichtiger als die Musik: seine Familie

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Mozartpreis für böhmischen Entdecker

Der tschechische Cembalist und Dirigent Václav Luks erhält den Mozartpreis 2017 der Sächsischen Mozart-Gesellschaft.

musicalchairs

Meurig Bowen delivers stellar Cheltenham Music Festival To mark his 10TH anniversary as director

Commenting on this year’s Festival, Meurig Bowen said: “I am delighted to be celebrating ten years as director of Cheltenham Music Festival. Living here all this time, and culturally connected to the local community, I have come to appreciate Cheltenham’s many discrete, receptive and questioning audiences,…

Construction News

From opera singer to site manager

Having left the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2012, I began to take my first steps on the road to what promised to be a successful career as an opera singer.

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klassik.com@klassikcom: Szene aus unvollendeter erklingt in London

 

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(Written on March 10, 2017 )

 Classical News

In today’s classical news, in order to raise money for young musicians facing challenging circumstances, National Orchestra for All is inviting members of the public to play as part of a professional orchestra. Winners of International Classical Music Awards 2017 have been announced and applications are now open for the 1st Bartok World International Violin Competition, taking place in Budapest, Hungary, later this year. Festival Ultraschall is underway in Berlin, which this year focuses on the voice, and The Elbphilharmonie’s first piano evening featured Mitsuko Uchida. Also, listen to the Konzerthausorchester Berlin’s recreation of the sounds of Berlin.

Classical Music Magazine

NOFA announces Musical Chairs event details

The National Orchestra for All is offering members of the public the chance to play as part of a professional orchestra and raise money for young musicians facing challenging circumstances.

The Violin Channel

Applications Open for Inaugural Bartok World International Violin Competition

Applications are now open for the inaugural 2017 Bartok World International Violin Competition, which is to be held at Budapest, Hungary from September 10th to 17th.

Pizzicato

ICMA Awards 2017: The Winners

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) today announced the winners for 2017.

CMUSE

Berlin orchestra recreates the sounds of the city

Most classical music fans, when asked their opinion of the sound of Berlin, would likely assume you meant the acoustics in the Berlin Philharmonie or the sound of the city’s world famous Berlin Philharmonic. But, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin has different ideas.

The Strad

Man arrested for throwing mobile phone at orchestral musicians

The Madrid Community Orchestra was performing at National Auditorium of Music in Spain when the incident took place.

Music Teacher Magazine

University of Liverpool launches MA course with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

The University of Liverpool and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic are launching a new postgraduate course in the business of classical music.

The New York Times

Obama Understood the Power of Art. And He Wanted You to Get It, Too.

Mr. Obama brought all kinds of art and culture into the White House, and he sought culture out.

Broadwayworld

Seoul Philharmonic to Perform Asian Premiere of Rediscovered Work by Stravinsky

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) presented the program of its subscription concerts on January 20-21, featuring the recently rediscovered work by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971).

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Die Stimme als Spiegel der Gesellschaft

Ganz im Zeichen der Stimme steht das diesjährige “Ultraschall”-Festival von Deutschlandradio Kultur und RBB-Kulturradio. 14 Veranstaltungen präsentieren das “persönlichste aller Instrumente”: vom Liederabend bis zur experimentellen Performance, sagt Rainer Pöllmann.

Musik heute

Erster Klavierabend in der Elbphilharmonie: Mitsuko Uchida umjubelt

Der erste Klavierabend in der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie ist am Mittwoch vom Publikum gefeiert worden. Mitsuko Uchida, britische Pianistin japanischer Herkunft, spielte im 2.100 Besucher fassenden Großen Saal Werke von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Schumann und dem zeitgenössischen deutschen Komponisten und Klarinettisten Jörg Widmann.

klassik.com

Goldmünzenschatz in altem Klavier entdeckt

In einem rund 110 Jahre alten Klavier ist im englischen Shrophire ein versteckter Goldmünzenschatz entdeckt worden. Die Entdeckung wurde beim Versuch gemacht, das Instrument zu stimmen.

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Ultraschall Berlin @UltraschallB Bis heute Abend:Karten gewinnen für Abschlusskonzert am So mit #MarisolMontalvo, @DSOBerlin & #DennisRussellDavies! https://ultraschallberlin.de/kartenverlosung/ …

Music History @today_classical in 1955 Birth of English Simon

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Hitting the right note: the orchestra helping stroke survivors recover – video – The Guardian https://t.co/9vXxhWAw3P

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(Written on January 19, 2017 )

Alle sprechen darüber. In der Klassikwelt gibt es in diesen Tagen kaum ein anderes Thema als das neue Wahrzeichen Hamburgs: Am vergangenen Mittwoch wurde die neue Elbphilharmonie feierlich eröffnet und damit eine neue Ära eingeläutet.

Die Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg © Thies Raetzke

Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg © Thies Raetzke

Die Vorgeschichte

Für viele Diskussionen sorgte die Philharmonie bereits lange vor ihrer Eröffnung. 2001 fanden die ersten Überlegungen über eine neue Konzerthalle auf dem Kaispeicher statt und damit auch der erste Streit über die Finanzierungsfrage. Die Baukosten sollten zum Teil aus öffentlichen Geldern (77 Millionen Euro) und zum anderen Teil von Privatinvestoren getragen werden. 2007 wurde die Grundsteinlegung gefeiert, kurz danach aber schon Verspätungen und Kostenerhöhungen angekündigt. Schließlich verspätete sich die Eröffnung um sieben Jahre und die Gesamtkosten stiegen von 80 auf 800 Millionen Euro. Die wichtigsten Etappen mit Zeitangaben gibt es auf NDR nachzulesen. In ihrem Artikel „Der dunkle Weg zum hellen Glanz“ schrieb die taz: „Die Vorgeschichte [der Elbphilharmonie] ist ein Paradebeispiel dafür, wie man’s nicht macht.“ Kritisiert wurde die anfängliche Leichtgläubigkeit der Politik und der Bürger, die die unrealistischen Vorhaben ignorierten, um stattdessen die Vision der Weltklassearchitekten Herzog & de Meuron zu zelebrieren.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Mai 2011, Dacharbeiten

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Mai 2011, Dacharbeiten

Erfüllt die Philharmonie die hohen Erwartungen?

Mit umso größerer Spannung (und Druck!) wurde die Elbphilharmonie am Mittwoch, dem 11. Januar 2017 eröffnet. Dabei lautete die wichtigste Frage: Wird der Saal die versprochene, weltbeste Akustik liefern können?

Am Tag nach der Eröffnung äußerte sich zunächst Manuel Brug (Artikel in der Welt), leider enttäuscht. Der Klang scheint vorerst nicht zu halten, was die Architektur verspricht: „Der Orchestersatz wird komplexer, und auf einmal höre ich nur noch Bässe. Oder Hörner. Und unangenehm aus der Mitte trötende Klarinetten. Der Klang spreizt sich auf, verflacht dann, vieles dringt nicht mehr durch. Es atmet zu wenig, denke ich.“ Liegt es vielleicht daran, dass der Redakteur nicht am richtigen Ort saß? Vielleicht. Jedoch warb man genau damit, dass unabhängig davon, wo der Zuhörer sitzt, jederzeit der beste Klang garantiert sei.

Mit ihrem Artikel „Dieser Konzertsaal kennt keine Gnade“ stößt Eleonore Büning von der FAZ ins selbe Horn. Die Elbphilharmonie sei eine Augenweide, leider höre man nicht mit den Augen: „Dieser Saal, so wunderschön er auch auf den ersten Sinn wirkt (…)– den zweiten Sinn enttäuscht er. Dieser Saal klingt gnadenlos überakustisch.“ Jeder Fehler, jeder tiefe Atemzug, jeder schiefe Bogenstrich und auch die Publikumsgeräusche würden sich in die Musik mischen.

Elbphilharmonie, Grosser Saal, Pausenapplaus am 11.01.2017 © Michael Zapf

Elbphilharmonie, Grosser Saal, Pausenapplaus am 11.01.2017 © Michael Zapf

Obwohl Rabea Weihser in ihrem Artikel für die Zeit die gnadenlose Akustik des Saals ebenfalls bestätigt („Exzellenz im Spiel wird belohnt, Mittelmäßigkeit und Schwächen treten umso deutlicher hervor“), wird das finale Ergebnis gelobt: „ein glasklarer Klang von erstaunlicher dynamischer Bandbreite, überdeutlich in den Akzenten, voll und weich im Tutti“.

Ebenfalls begeistert schrieb Frederik Hanssen vom Tagesspiegel: Trotz eines schlechten Platzes (in höchster Höhe hinter dem Orchester), ist der Klang fantastisch. Dank des einzigartigen Schallbrechers, der „wie ein Ufo durchs Deckengewölbe dringt“ werden die Töne des Orchesters beispielhaft reflektiert: „Selbst das feinste Pianissimo hat hier noch eine enorme Präsenz. Klarheit und Wärme verbinden sich auf ideale Weise, das Blech entfaltet festlichen Glanz, die Streicher sind brillant, ohne allzu poliert zu wirken, und selbst bei voller Orchesterpower entsteht nie der Eindruck des Wuchtigen.“

Reinhard Brembeck von der Süddeutsche Zeitung sieht die Schwäche nicht in der Akustik des Saales: „Bei Mendelssohn und Brahms wird nach und nach deutlich, dass dieses Defizit nicht der Saalakustik anzulasten ist, sondern Hengelbrock und seinen Musikern.“

Doch letztlich ist die Frage der Akustik eine Frage des persönlichen Gefühls jedes Einzelnen. Der Akustiker der Elbphilharmonie, Yasuhisa Toyota sagt: „Mit der Akustik ist es ähnlich wie mit Whiskey: Selbst Experten können nicht erklären, warum der eine gut schmeckt und der andere nicht.“

Parallel dazu fragte sich die Presse (wie z.B. die Welt in ihrem Artikel „Die Elbphilharmonie beendet eine andere große Ära“), was aus der Laeiszhalle wird, die bis jetzt die begehrteste Stelle für Klassikliebhaber in Hamburg war. Optimal ist der Saal zwar nicht mehr, jedoch wird die künstlerische Leitung versuchen, durch ein neues Programm mit u.a. mehr Weltmusik und Jazz die Zuhörer weiterhin zu locken.

Thomas Hengelbrock / Hanna-Elisabeth Müller / Wiebke Lehmkuhl / Pavol Breslik / Sir Bryn Terfel © Michael Zapf

Thomas Hengelbrock / Hanna-Elisabeth Müller / Wiebke Lehmkuhl / Pavol Breslik / Sir Bryn Terfel © Michael Zapf

Und was sagt Europa dazu? Einblicke in die ausländische Presse

Auch im Ausland sorgt die Elbphilharmonie für Bewunderung und Kritik. Doch interessiert sich die Presse weniger für die Akustik-Frage, als vielmehr für das Gesamtprojekt und die Bedeutung des Saales für die Stadt.

Das gewagte Programm, mit einem Potpourris aus Werken der Romantik, des Barocks und der Neuen Musik, wirkt laut France musique kohärent und sehr gut umgesetzt. Gelobt wird die Innen- und Außenarchitektur des Gebäudes, die Meisterleistungen in Sachen Tontechnik hervorgebracht hat.

The Guardian wundert sich, dass ein so teures und kontrovers diskutiertes Projekt von der Politik und Gesellschaft schlussendlich so gut empfangen wird. Die Anwesenheit von Angela Merkel bis zum Ende der Veranstaltung sieht die Zeitung als Zeichen dafür, wie wichtig die Kultur und die Investition in Kunst für Deutschland ist.

Für The New York Times hat das Gebäude das Potential, einen „Bilbao-Effekt“ auszulösen. Die Zeitung spielt dabei auf die baskische Stadt Bilbao an, die heute dank des einzigartigen Designs des Guggenheim-Museums Touristen aus der ganzen Welt anzieht. Laut des Redakteurs wird die größte Herausforderung für das Gebäude sein, für alle einen Platz zu schaffen. Neben dem Anspruch, Musik zugänglicher zu machen, sollten Bildungsprojekte Vorrang haben, die weiteren gesellschaftlichen Zielen dienen, so z.B. der Integration von Flüchtlingen durch Konzerte, die Einwohner und Zugezogene zusammenbringen können.

El Pais macht einen kurzen Vergleich zwischen der Baustelle des Berliner Flughafens BER und der Elbphilharmonie. Beide seien Beweise dafür, dass die deutsche Effizienz nicht immer das ist, was es in der Theorie vorgibt zu sein. Trotz der Länge des Abends, der insgesamt über viereinhalb Stunden dauerte, wird die Akustik des Raumes und das gewagte Programm der musikalischen Leitung gelobt.

Großer Saal / Die "weiße Haut" der Decke © Oliver Heissner

Großer Saal / Die “weiße Haut” der Decke © Oliver Heissner

Kreativität in den Sozialen Medien

Viel Aufmerksamkeit erreichte die Elbphilharmonie auch in den Sozialen Medien, wobei es eher selten ist, dass Projekte aus der klassischen Musikwelt so viele Leute engagieren und gleichermaßen viel Kreativität in den Sozialen Medien hervorrufen.

Lohnenswert ist das Twitter-Konto der Elbphilharmonie @elbphilharmonie, das unzählige Einblicke in die Gebäude-Geheimnisse, in das Orchester und in die Vorbereitungen der Eröffnung gibt. Viele lustige Videos feiern die baldige Premiere, wie beispielsweise das Countdown Video Sounddown in yellow. Insgesamt ein gelungenes Story Telling, das sich zum Nachlesen empfiehlt.

Kreativ werden auch die Redaktionen vieler Rundfunkanstalten. Der SWR 2 glaubt, überall die Form der Elbphilharmonie zu sehen, sogar in Schokoladentafeln. BR Klassik hingegen transportiert die Elbphilharmonie mit einem lustigen, mithilfe von Photoshop bearbeiteten Video nach Bayern. In einem Video von NDR freuen sich die Musiker des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchesters über den schönsten Weg zur Arbeit. Über Deutschland hinaus werden Meldungen mit einem Augenzwinkern aus dem Ausland gesendet, so z.B. aus Island. Außerhalb der Musikwelt erfährt das Projekt aber auch viel Kritik, insbesondere wegen der vermeintlich unfairen Verteilung von Staatsgeldern.

Einen sehr guten Überblick über die Debatte in den Sozialen Medien rund um die Elbphilharmonie liefert ein kürzlich erschienener Artikel von Crescendo.

Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg © Maxim Schulz

Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg © Maxim Schulz

(Written on January 17, 2017 )

2016 – what a year it has been! 

It’s been a year full of political and cultural changes and we look forward what 2017 holds in store. 

We have also had to adapt WildKat’s set up and services towards the current climate. Artists and organisations, as well as independent projects, look for even more value for money, and for smarter, more effective approaches towards reaching audiences. 2016 is the year we truly went into number crunching, exploring what and how coverage converts into ticket sales, which platform drives different types of traffic, what will guarantee a sell-out and what is worth an investment for the future. 

We have brought in a new set of Account Managers and created new roles to cater to a renewed interest in broader press and online targets. 

I am optimistic about 2017. Change always means opportunity. It means we are in motion, and the arts are the first place we will see that. I look forward to new pieces being created, new companies being formed and new ideas coming to fruition.

Thank you to all our partners, clients, journalists and the wonderful staff across all our WildKat offices. We finish the year on a high with our annual skiing trip to Austria! Let’s slide merrily into the New Year.

Managing Director, Kat Alder

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In 2016, WildKat PR continued to expand our roster with lots of diverse projects and campaigns, from Ancient Academy of Music to Metal’s production of Steve Reich’s Different Trains with the London Contemporary Orchestra. We also worked with a wide range of fantastic organisations on unique projects, including projects with The European Union Youth Orchestra, Help Musicians UK and Live Music Now. Also, across the Atlantic Ocean in our New York office, we began campaigns with the world-renowned The Cliburn and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Here are some highlights from our fantastic year:

In Spring 2016, Sacconi Quartet and Sacconi Chamber Music Festival returned to WildKat, and it was another very successful year for them, highlights include a 5-star review by The Guardian and also an awesome review by Financial Times. They also premiered Jonathan Dove’s ‘In Damascus’, a brand new work for Tenor and String Quartet.

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In Summer 2016, another year, another weird and wonderful set of Tête a Tête performances, including Toni Castells‘ ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?‘, which featured in The Guardian‘s top classical picks, and on BBC Radio 3: In Tune, amongst other outlets. They also ran six productions, forming part of the Cubitt Sessions at the heart of King’s Cross this year. Looking ahead to 2017, lots are going to happen in January with Tête a Tête, so keep reading our blog to follow their latest news!

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In August, BitterSuite launched their crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter, and successfully reached their target. They were featured in Vice, and they also debuted in New York at Brooklyn Academy of Music in December.

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In Autumn 2016, we worked with Metal Liverpool on Steve Reich’s Different Trains. We gained a huge range of alternative coverage, including The Sunday Times, live-streaming on Boiler Room, and BBC Radio 6 Music.

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In Winter 2016, Ailie Robertson‘s classical debut single ‘Haven’ was a big hit, reaching No.2 on iTunes Classical Chart. She also made appearances on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 3: In Tune.

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The Academy of Ancient Music received a very strong set of reviews for our first concert with them, recording 4 and 5 stars.  They also continue to receive excellent reviews for their disc of music by Dario Castello, which proves to be increasingly popular following the concert and broadcast and is encouraging in supporting their aim to bring neglected music to a wider audience.  We now very much look forward to the release of the second volume in 2017.

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Accentus Music also has had an incredible year with us, with over 50 pieces of coverage throughout the year, and several productions nominated in several categories for the International Classical Music Awards 2017, including a CD by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Alban Berg’s opera ‘Wozzeck’ DVD performed by Opernhaus Zürich. We look forward to further collaborations with Accentus in the new year.

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We also had a great year with Dartington – this year’s festival saw musicians, writers and artists of all ages and abilities descend upon the beautiful medieval Dartington estate, to take part in courses, watch and participate in masterclasses, create new works, and attend concerts and performances, of which there were over eighty over the four week period!  We are excited to have the chance to work with them again for their International Summer School and Festival 2017, which promises to be just as, if not even more exciting.

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Besides our usual Press and Promotion service, we are also developing a wider range of services. We introduced our full Social Media packages and more Creative Campaigns.

We have recently worked with ECC100, a vinyl-only record label founded by Lush, on their release of ‘Set in Stone‘, music inspired by ancient stone circles in Dorset, UK. As well as a press campaign, we also organised a creative campaign, inviting journalists and bloggers to travel on a journey through their senses, with fragrances created by Gorilla Arthouse, which were inspired by the music from the album, live performance from Simon Richmond and John Metcalfe, and the screening of a film by Patrick Dunn.

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Now that the year is almost over, we are very much looking forward to announcing new partnerships in January 2017! To follow our latest news and updates, keep reading WildKat PR Blog, or follow us on our Facebook page and Twitter.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a great start to 2017!

(Written on December 21, 2016 )

WildKat PR wishes Steve Reich a very Happy Birthday today!

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WildKat PR recently worked with Steve and Metal Liverpool on their “Different Trains” project, which took place last week. The performance was given a five-star review by The Times, who described the performance as “an exuberant, sometimes dark blend of music and film — this was a superb performance of one of Steve Reich’s most poignant works.” “Different Trains” was performed as an open-air concert at Metal’s Liverpool home at Edge Hill station, the oldest active passenger railway station in the world, with a film accompaniment, which was  a newly commissioned work by artist and filmmaker Bill Morrison. Take a look at Steve’s interview with the London Contemporary Orchestra on Boiler Room, where he talked about the production.

Besides the Different Trains project, Steve also collaborated with The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, Wayne McGregor, to create a new one-act work, in celebration of Reich’s 80th birthday as well as Wayne McGregor’s ten years as Resident Choreographer at Royal Opera House. The world premiere performance will take place in November 2016. For more details about the performances, please refer to ROH’s website.

In addition, Steve Reich recently collaborated with Kristjan Järvi on his Sound Project and released a double CD “Steve Reich Duet,” in celebration of Reich’s 80th birthday.

Steve Reich will also be presenting his works with the Barbican. “Steve Reich’s music changed the way we hear our world,” as said by the Barbican. In his 80th birthday year, the Barbican begins a year-long celebration, with Britten Sinfonia launching the festivities with the European premiere of his work “Pulse”: just part of an evening of music and visuals that demonstrates his profound engagement with the events of our time: air travel, atomic testing, and genetic engineering. Visit the Barbican’s website for more details.

 

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Photo: WildKat PR. Steve speaks with Radcliffe and Maconie for their BBC 6Music show

 

“Without Steve Reich’s rhythms, pulses and phasing, contemporary culture would be a much poorer place,” says the Guardian. Reich has given the contemporary musical world a licence to groove. He created a model of a self-sustaining ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, to play, record and remain a living laboratory for his music, and he has inspired musicians from Michael Gordon to Nico Muhly, from Björk to DJ Spooky. And that means that we all live in a Reichian musical world.

WildKat is also very excited to work with Berlin-based label, FILM, on their release of Reich’s “Six Pianos,” with pianists Gregor Schwellenbach, Volker Bertelmann alias Hauschka, John Kameel Farah, Erol Sarp from Grandbrothers, as well as Daniel Brandt and Paul Frick from the techno ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, read more about it here.

(Written on October 3, 2016 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce our new client BitterSuite!

“BitterSuite symphonies allow you to remain powerfully in the moment by teasing your senses in time with the music…This is a concert where you don’t just listen to the music – you taste it, smell it and feel it as well.” Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian

BitterSuite are exploring how to re-imagine the classical concert through the use of all of the senses. Inspired by graphic notation and synaesthesia, Creative Producer Stephanie Singer created the company to explore new ways of thinking about and approaching classical music. Their concerts are intimate: audience members are blindfolded and led by a performer through a personal multi-sensory experience.

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Collaboration is key to BitterSuite’s ethos – partnerships to date include creating a multi-sensory experience by and for deaf and blind audiences with Sense UK, and engaging vulnerable young people and disadvantaged communities through workshops using innovative sensory techniques. All their performances have sold out including venues such as Vaults in London, Wilderness 2015, Nesta’s Future Fest 2015, Arcola Theatre, Round House 2015 and Rich Mix London. Their next concert will be on 23rd July at The Other Art Fair in Bristol. Further performances will be at  Wilderness Festival, Old Truman Brewery London and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Keep up to date with news from BitterSuite through their websiteTwitter, Facebook, Instagram and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on June 20, 2016 )

In today’s news, the BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform at the Proms, the New York City Opera announces its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy & Graham Parker announced to become the new president of Universal Classics USA. Also, Spotify surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn and Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons.

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Amateur musicians to play Last Night of the Proms

The BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform Bizet’s Toreador song, from Carmen, at the Proms. A “virtual orchestra” will be created to play the piece, conducted by Marin Alsop and supported by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

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NYC Opera announces 1st full season after bankruptcy

The revived New York City Opera announced its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy, planning 28 performances of six works in 2016-17 that include the U.S. debut of Antonio de Literes’ “Los Elementos” and area premieres of Peter Eotvos’ “Angels in America” and Tobin Stokes’ “Fallujah.”

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Graham Parker, WQXR GM, to Head Universal Classics, USA

Tuesday morning, the general manager at WQXR, Graham Parker, announced that after six years at New York Public Radio, he will be stepping down to become the president of Universal Classics, U.S.A. Music.

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Spotify revenues surge 80% to more than £1.5bn

Revenues at Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming service, surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn (£1.5bn) but losses widened as it invested heavily amid tough competition from the likes of Apple Music and Tidal.

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Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons

Yamaha is offering free 45-minute Clavinova lessons throughout Saturdays and Sundays in June. During each one-to-one session, a Yamaha pianist will demonstrate the features of the Clavinova which can help pianists to learn and improve.

The Irish Times

Classical music: Printed programmes are a convention worth keeping

The world of the classical concert is a highly ritualised affair. The dress code for performers is as formal as it is for weddings, although there are, of course, performers who shun it. Austrian pianist Friedrich Gulda took shunning to an extreme when he once appeared on stage nude.

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New Book ‘Sounds and Sweet Airs’ Details Female Composers Consigned to Oblivion

Anna Beer’s new book, Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music, highlights overlooked but important female composers of the classical music genre.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera’s Oedipe is yet another revived gem to thank Kasper Holten for

Those who deplore the current vogue for shock-horror productions may be rejoicing at the early departure next year of the Royal Opera’s Director Kasper Holten, but there are several things to thank him for – notable among them being his commitment to programming fully staged performances of significant but unjustly neglected repertory of the 20th century.

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Berliner Philharmoniker und Simon Rattle kämpfen für EU-Jugendorchester

Das Orchester in Berlin und sein Chefdirigent in München – gleich doppelt haben die Berliner Philharmoniker am Dienstag gegen eine Auflösung des European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) protestiert.

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Große Abwanderung beim Bayerischen Staatsballett

Nach dem Ende der Spielzeit 2015/2016 wird Ivan Liška nach 18 Jahren sein Amt als Direktor des Bayerischen Staatsballetts an Igor Zelensky übergeben. Mit Liška werden sich einige bekannte Gesichter von der Bühne des Nationaltheaters und vom Münchner Publikum verabschieden.

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Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert Musikhochschule Detmold mit 14 Millionen Euro

Das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert die Hochschule für Musik Detmold in den nächsten sieben Jahren mit rund 14 Millionen Euro.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Bad news for Boston criticism

Classic FM @ClassicFM The 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic are playing tangos on our Album of the Week:

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK 25. Mai 1887: Die Opéra-Comique in Paris steht in Flammen

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(Written on May 25, 2016 )