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In today’s classical news: How Muhammad Ali’s life was turned into an opera, a video of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with Riccardo Muti conducting Verdi’s ‘Requiem’,  Sophie Lewis is appointed as NCO Managing Director. A biologist on music as being the oldest form of art, the director of the San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson-Thomas steps down after 25 years and the Teatro Real in Madrid is celebrating its 20th anniversary since its reopening.

Rhinegold

Sophie Lewis appointed as NCO managing director

Sophie Lewis has been appointed as Managing Director of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain. She will step down from her current role as chief executive of Sinfonia Cymru to succeed Carrie Sage, who is stepping down at the end of this year.

ORA announces musical advent calendar

ORA is to mark the festive season with a musical advent calendar.

Available on the ensemble’s website, the ORA Advent Calendar will see a new door open each day, allowing listeners access to a daily contemporary carol recorded by the group.

The Violin Channel

Finalists Announced at South Korea’s Isangyun International Violin Competition

The 4 Finalists have today been announced for the 2017 Isangyun International Violin Competition, in Tongyeong, South Korea.

Guardian

Float like a butterfly, sing like a soprano … how Muhammad Ali’s epic life became an opera

Among the many tributes to Muhammad Ali – books, films, documentaries, exhibitions and plays – an immersive orchestral experience might be one of the least expected. But in Louisville, Kentucky, the boxer’s birthplace, the ambitious young maestro who leads the Louisville Orchestra has found his muse.

SF Station

Au Revoir! SF Symphony Director Michael Tilson-Thomas Announces Plans to Leave after 25 Years

Earlier this week, SF Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson-Thomas announced that he will step down from his post after the 2019-20 season, marking 25 years in his current role, and perhaps an end of an incredible chapter for the symphony.

Limelight

Bronwyn Douglass wins Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship

Mezzo-soprano Bronwyn Douglass has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship, awarded by the Opera Foundation for young Australians.

BR Klassik

Verdis „Requiem“ mit Riccardo Muti RICCARDO MUTI

Riccardo Muti war zu Gast bei Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Musik-Heute

Thomanerchor geht auf Nordamerika-Tournee

Der Leipziger Thomanerchor unter der Leitung von Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz geht auf eine Konzertreise durch Nordamerika. Vom 6. bis 22. November sind Auftritte in neun Orten in Kanada und den USA geplant, teilte der Chor am Donnerstag mit.

Deutschlandfunk Kultur

“Musik ist wahrscheinlich die älteste Kunst”

In seinem neuen Buch befasst sich der portugiesische Neurowissenschaftler Antonio Damasio mit dem biologischen Fundament der menschlichen Kultur. Denn ohne Gefühle gebe es keine Kultur. Eine besondere Rolle spielt für Damasio in diesem Zusammenhang die Musik.

El Mundo

La favorita es ella

El Teatro Real celebró anoche los 20 años de su reapertura con una función de gala de La favorita, la ópera de Donizetti con la que se abrió la programación del coliseo madrileño en 1850.

Twitter

@blnfestspiele Der Artist-in-Residence, @tyshawnsorey, spricht über seine Konzerte beim #jazzfestbln. Heute Abend tritt er mit seinem Trio auf.

 

 

The historic Teatro Real in Madrid

(Written on November 3, 2017 )

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 )

Dmitry Masleev, pianist and first prize winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, brings classical music up close: using a GoPro camera, he films himself playing Nikolai Kapustin’s Concert Etude No. 3 ‘Toccatina’, a virtuosic etude that makes you wonder how he manages to achieve such a steady image while his fingers are dancing over the piano.

With GoPro cameras, normally used for spectacular sport videos, you can provide a unique, personal perspective from the performer’s viewpoint. Anne Sophie Mutter already uses it and the Royal Opera House used 31 cameras to film their performance of Rossini’s William Tell Overture and create an orchestra guide.

Get your own close-up experience, watch the video and feel like you are playing the piece yourself!

 

(Written on June 21, 2016 )

Saturday will be the the 6th International Jazz Day celebrating jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. The day was initiated by UNESCO.

This brings us to focus on our Jazz clients today:

Michael Chillingworth is a London based saxophonist and clarinettist. With his debut jazz album Scratch And Sift – out on 1st July – he reminds us how inspiring everyday life is. Each track tells a story from his everyday life and finds drama in the mundane, from the freshness of a shower to cinematic villains or the poetic presentation on Japanese sweet packaging!

Kenneth Dahl Knudsen is a Danish composer and double bass player. For his debut album We’ll Meet In The Rain, which is to be released on 6th May, he gathered together an international jazz orchestra. The album weaves between contemporary jazz and cinematic orchestral music. Each piece speaks about Dahl Knudsen’s encounters with people, their stories and anecdotes.


Michael and Kenneth are definitely two artists you should keep your eye on! Stay tuned and follow them on their social media sites:

Michael Chillingworth: website, twitter

Kenneth Dahl Knudsen: website, YouTube, facebook

Both artists will release their albums on the London-based record label Two Rivers Records.

(Written on April 29, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Telegraph claim that Schubert is needed now more than ever, Leif Ove Andsnes films a video guide to Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, and Seymour Lipkin dies aged 88. Also, Susanna Eastburn reflects on the results of this year’s composer commissioning survey

Telegraph

Schubert is needed now more than ever

The composer Franz Schubert died on November 19 1828, aged only 31

The New York Times

Seymour Lipkin, Pianist and Conductor, Dies at 88

Seymour Lipkin, a pianist and conductor widely admired in both roles for his acute, deliberately unflashy musicianship, died on Monday in Blue Hill, Me

BBC

Why you can’t stream Adele’s new album 25

Adele’s 25 is expected to be the best selling album of the year, but currently you won’t be able to listen to it on music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music

Classic FM

Leif Ove Andsnes’ video guide to Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto

Leif Ove Andsnes is one of the today’s greatest living pianists – and he’s particularly brilliant when it comes to Beethoven

Classical Music Magazine

Value judgment

As Sound and Music publishes its second composer commissioning survey, chief executive Susanna Eastburn reflects on what, if anything, has changed

Pizzicato

Christiane Karg mit Bayerischem Kulturpreis ausgezeichnet

Die Sopranistin Christiane Karg wurde gestern in Essenbach bei Landshut mit dem Bayerischem Kulturpreis ausgezeichnet. Neben ihrer herausragenden Rolle als Künstlerin wurde die Sängerin auch für ihr Engagement für die Kultur geehrt

KulturPort.de

Deutscher Kulturförderpreis 2015 geht an heristo ag, Carl Bechstein Stiftung und PSD Bank Hannover eG

Zum 10. Mal vergibt der Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e. V. gemeinsam mit seinen Partnern Süddeutsche Zeitung und Handelsblatt den Deutschen Kulturförderpreis an Unternehmen

Klassik.com

Quartetto Lyskamm gewinnt 52. Possehl-Wettbewerb

Das Quartetto Lyskamm hat den 52. Possehl-Wettbewerb an der Musikhochschule Lübeck gewonnen. Das Ensemble überzeugte die Jury mit Kammermusik von Schubert, Haydn, Beethoven und Verdi

El Pais

Los Grammy Latinos premian a la memoria de Paco de Lucía

‘Entre 20 aguas’, disco homenaje al guitarrista español fallecido en 2014, recibe el reconocimiento al Mejor Álbum de Música Flamenca

Classicalite

Mark O’Connor Talks Method, American Music and Summer Camp

Mark O’Connor has allotted himself the time and patience to craft an entire new perspective on American string education. A Grammy-winning composer and violin virtuoso, his ability to revolutionize an entire genre of performance teaching is unfettered

Twitter

Sinfini MusicAt a time of violence, Paris turns to music:

BBC Radio 3Today’s choice for the Music Box is Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir – what would you like added?

The Strad : Video: Baroque gives a bowing masterclass for in 2014

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Seymour Lipkin/PCMS Concerts

(Written on November 20, 2015 )

Edward Yudenich, one of the youngest conductors in the world, conducts the Student Orchestra of the State Conservatory of Music, Pashkent, Uzbekistan.
Edward became proficient in violin in one year and learned orchestral conducting in only six months. He is a student of professor Vladimir Neymer, one of Uzbekistan’s most venerated conductors.

It is stunning to watch this boy conducting Liszt’s ‘Les Préludes’ with such perfection. He has complete control over the orchestra and gives a great performance as he has the whole piece memorised.

Franz Liszt himself was a composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor and teacher. In the early 19th century he started to get recognition in Europe, especially because of his virtuosic skills as a pianist – probably the most technically advanced pianist of his era.

He is also known as one of the most prominent representatives of the ‘New German School’. He left behind an extensive and diverse body of work, which influenced his forward-looking contemporaries and anticipated some 20th-century ideas and trends.

Liszt’s notable contributions include the invention of the symphonic poem. He developed the concept of thematic transformation as part of his experiments in musical form.

His ‘Les Preludes’ is the third of his 13 symphonic poems.

(Written on October 30, 2015 )

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 )

How quickly can you recognise/ name these famous pieces of classical music?

Listen to the video and test yourself!

(Written on October 22, 2015 )

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is a concert tour featuring music from Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda video game series. It brings Zelda fans and symphony goers alike an entirely new, exciting multimedia experience presenting over 28 years of music from The Legend of Zelda franchise.

Symphony of Goddesses does not only refer to the concert programme itself, but also recounts storylines from several games in The Legend of Zelda series.

Jason Michael Paul Productions and Nintendo produced the concert series with producers Jeron Moore and Chad Seiter. The all-new arrangements are designed to be as epic and thrilling as the Legend itself. Also, Amy Andersson is the musical director and conductor for the 2015-2016 season.

(Written on October 21, 2015 )

150 years ago, on 20 October 1865, Cosima von Bülow (wife of Richard Wagner) allegedly went to the Bavarian treasury in Munich to collect 40,000 florins owed to her husband by King Ludwig. 

Officials had no paper money and gave her the entire sum in coins.  She employed two cabs to haul the loot away.

King Ludwig II greatly admired Wagner; he bought him to Munich, settled his numerous debts and offered to stage TristanDie Meistersinger and the Ring.

Tristan and Isolde premiered at Munich in June 1865, here is the Prelude and Liebestod.

 

(Written on October 20, 2015 )