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WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Philharmonix to our roster! Philharmonix is an all-star ensemble, which brings together 3 members of the Vienna Philharmonic, 2 Berlin Philharmonic soloists, one of the most versatile Austrian pianists, and an improvising and singing violinist. They play and rearrange pieces for a deliciously heady cocktail of classical, klezmer, folk, jazz, Latin, and even pop – the kind of repertoire one would never see on the playbill of the legendary orchestras. The common link between all of the pieces? The quality of the music and the sense of fun, for both the players and the audience.

Photo: Philharmonix © Max Parovsky

Having lost and gained new members in 2017, Philharmonix is now presenting a brand new image to the audience, along with their new album, to be published by Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Austria at the end of February 2018. To accompany this new start, they’ll be giving a concert at the Berlin Philharmonie on 14th February.

Watch here their brand new video:

The musicians:

– Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin (1st concertmaster Berlin Philharmonic)
– Sebastian Gürtler, violin (former concertmaster Wiener Volksoper)
– Thilo Fechner, viola (Vienna Philharmonic)
– Stephan Koncz, cello (Berlin Philharmonic)
– Ödön Rácz, bass (principal, Vienna Philharmonic)
– Daniel Ottensamer, clarinet (principal, Vienna Philharmonic)
– Christoph Traxler, piano

The Golden Rule of the Philharmonix’ programmes: “Anything goes, as long as it’s fun“!

WildKat is looking forward to promoting this great ensemble through this new album and the Berlin concert, across German-speaking countries and the UK. Stay tuned, there is definitely more to come soon!

(Written on November 2, 2017 )

In today’s news: The Royal Opera House and Shubbak Festival have announced a London residency for Arab composers, and Facebook takes on Spotify and YouTube in the world of music streaming. Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne have announced an ‘one-off’ Hamlet event, and a group of Manchester musicians carry their new music video into new digital realms.

Classical Music Magazine

ROH and Shubbak Festival announce residency for Arab composers

The Royal Opera House and Shubbak Festival, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Festival, have announced a London residency for Arab composers.

Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne collaborate on Hamlet event

Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne have announced a one-off event which will examine the appeal of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook set to Challenge YOUTUBE and Spotify with ‘comprehensive music strategy’

‘The prospect of Facebook taking on the likes of Spotify and YouTube in the world of music streaming is no longer a matter of ‘if’ – it’s a matter of ‘when’.

WOSU

Taking Classical Music to Contemporary and Unusual Spaces

After completing the more-than-7-mile trek up a dormant volcano in Kruzof Island, Alaska, Bailey performed Bach on his fiber carbon cello.

BBC News Beat

The music video that changes each time you click play

This Manchester band’s new music video is configured so that you’ll never see the same thing twice.

Klassik.com

Schleswig-Holstein: 6 Millionen Euro für Sanierung der Musik- und Kongresshalle Lübeck

Das Land Schleswig-Holstein greift der Stadt Lübeck bei der Sanierung der Musik- und Kongresshalle mit weiteren bis zu sechs Millionen Euro unter die Arme.

Neue Musikzeitung

Die Stones kommen an der Freiburger Universität ins Archiv

Vor 55 Jahren haben sich die Rolling Stones gegründet. Die britische Rockband hat seither Musikgeschichte geschrieben. Nun kommen die Stones in Freiburg an die Universität: Die Hochschule beherbergt ihren Angaben zufolge künftig eines der weltweit ersten und größten Rolling-Stones-Archive.

Musik Heute

Bis zwölf Jahre Wartezeit für ein Abo: Wiener Philharmoniker werden 175

Die Wiener Philharmoniker sind gefragt wie nie. Allein im März haben die Musiker in den USA, in Deutschland, in Wien und in Paris mehr als zehn Vorstellungen. Am (heutigen) Dienstag feiert das renommierte Orchester sein 175. Jubiläum.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Boykott von Brexit-Befürwortern?

Der “Iron Maiden”-Sänger Bruce Dickinson will unbedingt raus aus der EU. Wenn Rock-Idole für den Brexit stimmen, geraten Fans in eine Zwickmühle.

Classical Source

Tudor Mass experience created in chapel visited by Henry VIII, for the first time in nearly 500 years

The unique sound of a Tudor Lady Mass has been created for the chapel where Henry VIII would have heard it, almost 500 years ago.

Neue Zurcher Zeitung

Mendelssohn: Romantiker oder Protestant?

Noch heute wird hauptsächlich der Romantiker Mendelssohn bewundert – der protestantische Kirchenmusik-Komponist hat es schwer. Das Freiburger Barockorchester versucht unter Pablo Heras-Casado den Brückenschlag.

Le Monde

Le chef d’orchestre Louis Frémaux est mort à 95 ans

Prédécesseur de Simon Rattle à l’Orchestre symphonique de Birmingham, il a porté la musique française en terre britannique.

Le Figaro

Trois questions à…Pascal Nègre

Seigneur de la pop, du rap, de l’électro et du rock, Pascal Nègre impose à nouveau son jeu, un an après son départ forcé d’Universal Music France.

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine  Is Britain really at the forefront of choral music? makes the argument for a new approach

Music History   in 1842 First official performance of the Orchestra

Image: WOSU

(Written on March 28, 2017 )

In today’s news, Vienna celebrates the 150th anniversary of Strauss’ Donauwaltz, and an insight into the role classical crossovers play in radio broadcasting. A classical revolution is arising in Madras, and Mandy Parnell surfaces as a hidden powerhouse influence in modern music. The Grammys tackle race politics from last weekend’s award ceremony, and the Vienna Philharmonic plays an homage to Schubert.

The Guardian

Master blaster: the woman making Björk, Aphex Twin and Eno sound so good

Parnell is one of the country’s leading mastering engineers, and this is where the likes of the Chemical Brothers, Max Richter and Brian Eno come to hear their finished tracks. Parnell has polished a huge number of albums here including, last year, Jamie xx’s In Colour and Aphex Twin’s Syro.

Classical Music Magazine

Chamber concert in aid of Arco project

Students at Birmingham Conservatoire are holding a chamber music concert later this month in aid of the Arco (Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music & Birmingham Conservatoire) project, which sees strings students aged between eight and 16 in South Africa participate in weekly instrumental Skype lessons given by academics, current students and alumni of Birmingham Conservatoire.

The Washington Post

Do the Grammys have a race problem? No, their president says — they’re like Trump’s election

The Grammys’ race problem followed the awards show all the way to the stage this year, when a white singer once again beat an acclaimed black artist for the top honor — but this time called attention to the fact.

BBC News

How an Indian maestro is taking classical music to the masses

India’s southern Indian city of Chennai (Madras) is witnessing a musical revolution of sorts.

The Harvard Press

Warner Free Lecture: The ‘other’ sounds of nature in music

Explosive, turbulent, violent—these are not the usual words to describe classical music inspired by the sounds of nature. And yet, by contrast, their musical presence adds richness to the perfect pitch of the hermit thrush’s song, the jazz riffs depicting clouds, the rhythmic sound of the surf at the seaside, and more.

Klassik

Wien feiert 150-jähriges Jubiläum des Donauwalzers von Johann Strauss

Die Johann-Strauss-Gesellschaft Wien hat eine Feier zum 150-jährigen Jubiläum des sogenannten Donauwalzers von Johann Strauss (Sohn) ausgerichtet.

neue musikzeitung

Eine kleine Tagesbegleitmusik

Was Crossover für klassische Musik in öffentlich-rechtlichen Kulturradios bedeutet

concerti

Interview Daniel Barenboim

Man kann seine Visionen wie ein Prophet in die Welt hinaustragen, man kann sie aber auch ganz einfach verwirklichen. Daniel Barenboim gehört zu letztgenannter Spezies: als genialer Pragmatiker, der seine Kräfte und Mittel dazu nutzt, seine Ideen in die Wirklichkeit umzusetzen.

The New York Times

Highlights From the Met Opera’s 2017-18 Season

A starry new production of “Tosca”; the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s “The Exterminating Angel,” based on a Buñuel film; and a Mozart work set in Coney Island are among the highlights of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 season.

The Vienna Philharmonic Remembers Schubert

Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, nicknamed “Unfinished,” forms the centerpiece of a three-part concert series by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra that opens on Friday, Feb. 24.

Twitter

Classical Music News Vienna remembers Jewish roots of its most famous tune

Music History  in 1884 FP of ‘s Orchestral Suite No. 2, in Moscow.

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Image: BBC News

(Written on February 16, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Violist Gerhard Marschner has been promoted to the new Principal Violist of The Vienna Philharmonic, effective from September 2017. Decca launches publishing division, and appoints Natasha Baldwin as head of the division. Also, Hungarian cellist István Várdai has been granted an extended loan of the ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivari.

Classical Music Magazine

Barbican celebrates record breaking year

The Barbican programmed a record breaking 3,910 arts and learning events over the 2015/16 season.

The Violin Channel

Vienna Philharmonic Promotes New Principal Violist From Within

The Vienna Philharmonic has today announced the appointment of 32 year old Viennese violist Gerhard Marschner as their new Principal Violist.

Music Week

Decca launches new publishing division, Natasha Baldwin appointed SVP

Decca has announced the launch of a new publishing division, with former Imagem executive Natasha Baldwin joining the company to head up the department. Opening this week, Decca Publishing will look to compliment the classical division of Universal Music Publishing.

The Strad

István Várdai receives ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivarius cello on extended loan

Hungarian cellist István Várdai has been granted an extended loan of the ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivari, purchased recently by a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous.

El Pais

Años de peregrinaje

Un volumen reúne por fin en español los ensayos completos del pianista Alfred Brendel.

Klassik.com

Bundesverdienstkreuz für Generalsekretär des Deutschen Musikrats

Prof. Christian Höppner, Präsident des Deutschen Kulturrates und Generalsekretär des Deutschen Musikrates, hat das Bundesverdienstkreuz erhalten.

nmz

Dresdens Theaterszene bekommt neue Spielstätten

Die Dresdner Theaterszene erhält an diesem Freitag auf einen Schlag vier neue Bühnen. Das frühere Kraftwerk Mitte wurde mit rund 100 Millionen Euro als Musentempel hergerichtet. Künftig residieren dort die Staatsoperette und das Theater Junge Generation (TJG).

Kein Vertrauen mehr: Trierer Stadtrat wählt Kulturdezernenten ab

Das unkontrollierte Schuldenwachstum am Trierer Theater hat nun auch Kulturdezernent Thomas Egger (SPD) den Job gekostet. Im Trierer Stadtrat wurde der Jurist am Montagabend abgewählt. Begründung: Das Gremium habe das Vertrauen in Eggers Arbeit verloren.

Musik Heute

Jonas Kaufmann verteidigt Spitze der Klassik-Charts

Die CD “Dolce Vita” von Jonas Kaufmann bleibt an der Spitze der deutschen Klassik-Charts. Daneben platziert der Tenor noch drei weitere Tonträger in den Top 20, wie GfK Entertainment am Dienstag in Baden-Baden mitteilte.

Codex Flores

Wirkung gedehnter Zeit als Forschungsprojekt

Der Europäische Forschungsrat unterstützt das Projekt «Slow Motion: Transformations of Musical Time in Perception and Performance» von Clemens Wöllner vom Institut für Systematische Musikwissenschaft der Universität Hamburg.

Twitter

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK In response to our ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’ survey results, we hope to the launch a nationwide service in early 2017 to support musicians. https://twitter.com/NoiseyMusic/status/808854043703574528

The Royal Ballet @TheRoyalBallet Painting with the colours of the orchestra. Tchaikovsky, of course:

Kallaway @kallawaylive The Arts Desk visits ‘the world’s best concert hall” @theartsdesk @MupaBudapest http://bit.ly/2hkTXE9

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Photo: Decca Publishing Natasha Baldwin

(Written on December 14, 2016 )