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Last night, Kat, Olivia, James and Eliza attended the BBC Music Magazine Awards at Kings Place in London.

After a couple of glasses of fizz, we began the awards ceremony.  Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine, hobbled on stage to open proceedings, explaining how crowd-surfing at a Couperin-fuelled rave was the cause of his broken ankle a month before. Oliver then introduced his co-presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch, (standing in for James Naughtie), and things got underway.  See below for a summary of winners.

We were especially delighted to attend to see our client, Accentus Music, pick up the Best DVD Award.  Paul Smaczny, Director of Accentus Music and producer of the winning release of Berg’s Wozzeck was there to accept the award.  He gave his heartfelt thanks to his team, and read the following from soloist Christian Gerhaher:  “I feel so incredibly satisfied that this Wozzeck production, which was—and every director should please forgive me—the most exhilarating in my life, receives the greatest acclamation. The result of visualising this extraordinary staging in that simple but nearly fully conveying way is just admirable. It brings to life the wonderful months that we and the audience spent with Berg’s masterwork one and half years ago. I would definitely call this a defining criterion of opera DVDs. Thank you all!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special guest presenters included all-round fahionista and style guru, Gok Wan, who recently released his own curated album of opera entitled ‘Gok’s Divas’.  Comedian Alastair McGowan tickled the audience with a series of stunning impressions and tenuous puns, before presenting Best Instrumental Award to Mahan Esfahani for his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. With his customary loud-mouth, Mahan gave an impassioned and thoughtful acceptance speech, leaving us with a call to action: ‘Extend classical music, and it will be limitless in what it gives back to you.’

Dame Joan Bakewell, who presented the Recording of the Year Award offered a thought-provoking address on the great value the BBC has in the classical music world, and the impact it had on her own appreciation of music. She announced the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Vasily Petrenko performing Tchaikovsky Symphonies as Recording of the Year.

Throughout the evening, a number of references were made to the Proms Launch, which takes place today. BBC Radio 3 Controller, Alan Davey, slightly let the cat out of the bag when he said there would be lots of concerts in a big round hall.  Unfortunately, we can’t confirm this at the moment, but watch this space.

Vocal Award Matthias Goerne, Synergy Vocals, BBC SO, Josep Pons

Opera Award Mozart Don Giovanni, MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

Chamber Music Award Martinu Piano Trios, Smetana Trio

Orchestral Award Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Instrumental Award Bach Goldberg Variations, Mahan Esfahani, Deutsche Grammophon

DVD Award Berg Wozzeck, Christian Gerhaher, Opernhaus Zurich, Accentus Music

Newcomer Award Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos, Beatrice Rana, Antonio Pappano, Orchestra Dell-Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia

Concerto Award CPE Bach Cello Concertos, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo, Hyperion

Premiere Award Julian Anderson, Vladimir Jurowski, Carolin Widmann, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Choral Award Jonathan Harvey, Deo, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha, Signum Records

Record of the Year Award  Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Many congratulations from all of us at WildKat PR to Accentus Music, and all the other winners! We’re looking forward to next year’s awards already.

 

(Written on April 20, 2017 )

Telegraph

Parents think classical music is ‘elitist’ and only listen to pop

These days it is children who introduce classical music to their parents, says former Royal Harpist Catrin Finch

Daniel Harding: conductor on a mission to revive the classical concert

British conductor Daniel Harding has recruited the TV physicist Brian Cox and other famous thinkers to revolutionise the concert-going experience

Classic FM

Lindsey Stirling to join Andrea Bocelli on UK tour

Violinist and internet sensation Lindsey Stirling has been announced as special guest for Andrea Bocelli‘s November UK & Ireland arena tour.

The Strad

Former Chetham’s School of Music violin teacher charged with rape and indecent assault

The charges against Wen Zhou Li, who also taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, date back to the 1990s

Classical Source

London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski extend partnership

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to announce that its long-standing and celebrated partnership with Vladimir Jurowski, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, will continue until at least 2018.

The Stage

Online arts channel to be launched with arts council backing

A new on-demand channel for the arts is to be launched with £1.8 million of funding from Arts Council England.

Pizzicato

Atlanta Symphony President Resigns During Lockout

The President of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Stanley Romanstein, has resigned, mentioning that his leadership would be an “impediment” to reaching a new labor agreement with the symphony’s locked out musicians.

Die Zeit

Bayerische Staatsoper zur Oper des Jahres gewählt

Musikkritiker aus Europa und den USA haben das Musikhaus erstmals auf Platz eins ihrer Bestenliste gehoben. Ausschlaggebend war die Arbeit des Generalmusikdirektors

Musik-heute

Komponistin Milica Djordjević erhält Belmont-Preis für zeitgenössische Musik

Mit ihr werde eine der interessantesten Komponistinnen der jüngeren Generation ausgezeichnet, teilte die Forberg-Schneider-Stiftung am Montag mit.

Codexflores

Machtkämpfe bei Radio France

Beim Orchestre philarmonique de Radio France wird nach einer Ankündigung der Gewerkschaften Sud und CGT am 3. Oktober gestreikt. Zum Opfer fällt der Massnahme ein Konzert im Salle Pleyel. Protestiert wird gegen die Umstände beim Abgang des künstlerischen Leiters des Kultursenders.

ORF.AT

Dirigenten-Eklat: Meyer sieht Mitschuld

In der Staatsoper gibt man sich nach den jüngsten Turbulenzen um Dirigenten-Absagen und Sänger-Probleme vor der „Idomeneo“-Premiere am kommenden Sonntag entspannt. Gleichzeitig gestand Direktor Dominique Meyer eine Mitschuld ein.

ArtsATL

Breaking News: ASO’s Stanley Romanstein resigns; former Coke executive appointed interim CEO

Stanley Romanstein has resigned as president and CEO of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, effective immediately, the latest casualty of the acrimonious relationship between the orchestra musicians and its management, which led to a lockout four weeks long.

The New York Times

Austerity Leads Ensemble to Adapt

William Christie and Les Arts Florissants in Season of Change

Classicalite

Classical Musicians Said To Create “Peaceful Atmosphere” For Occupy Central Demonstrators

Occupy Central is underway in China and amid threats from the government to lay siege, protestors and organizers have tried to remain optimistic and calm.

Twitter

Royal Albert Hall @RoyalAlbertHall: See photos, setlist and more from Friday night’s acoustic @jason_mraz show at the Hall: bit.ly/1sLAP5n

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: “The key is to figure out what you’re contributing,” @JoshuaBellMusic on playing chamber music http://n.pr/1DSR6Z9 

Benjamin Britten @BrittenOfficial: On @BBCInTune today @suzyklein has 10 quirky facts about ‘Storm’ from Britten’s 4 Sea Interludes, part of 10 Pieces: bbc.in/1lrlo8j

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Lindsey Stirling. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on September 30, 2014 )

The Guardian

Cecilia Bartoli sings Bellini’s Norma: exclusive album stream

Listen exclusively to a new period-instrument recording of Bellini’s tragic opera that, with Cecilia Bartoli as the priestess, reveals the heroine as a woman of flesh and blood.

 

The scratch orchestra of Kinshasa

The members of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste – the world’s only all-black orchestra – are self-taught and started out playing homemade instruments. Now the band’s founder is to be given a major international accolade.

 

The Telegraph

Proms booking ‘fiasco’ as BBC announces record-breaking sales

The booking system for this year’s BBC Proms has been condemned as a “fiasco” as customers waited more than four hours for tickets inly to find out touts selling them for £1,250 elsewhere.

 

The Times

Vladimir Jurowski, the Zen maestro of opera

Emma Pomfret meets Vladimir Jurowski, Glynedebourne’s spellbinding Russian conductor. Just don’t call him a ‘prodigy’.

 

Gramophone

Operatic stars join forces to record songs of John Denver

Album features such names as Plácido Domingo, Danielle de Niese, René Pape and Thomas Hampson.

 

The Washington Post (via Arts Journal)

Ballets Russes drove audiences away from modern music? Just the opposite.

The premiere of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” in 1913 is often cited as a flash point in the divide between new music and its audience. From this point on — so the claim goes — the chasm widened between composers pursuing their own agendas and audiences wishing they could just be left alone to hear Mozart.

 

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The Telegraph

 

 

(Written on May 13, 2013 )

Excitement certainly abounds in our office when the BBC Proms programme is announced. This year was no different, from Joyce DiDinato closing the season, Marin Alsop becoming the first female conductor to lead the Last Night of the Proms, to a number of our clients performing in this year’s lineup.

Another great asset to this year’s Proms was the inclusion of new commissions, along with more national and world premieres in the programme. Whilst it is still less than 20% of the Proms that include new commissions, it is still a fantastic effort by the BBC to bring new works to a new, and very wide, audience. We hope that this number continues to grow in future!

This year’s BBC Commissions include works by Julian Anderson, Frederic Rzewski, John McCabe and Charlotte Seither. A definite highlight of the Proms will be the BBC co-commission of Mark-Anthony Turnage, with the Royal Philharmonic Society and New York Philharmonic: Frieze in Prom 38.

One of the 8 UK premieres this year is Colin Matthews’ Turning Point in Prom 21, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under the baton oThomas Søndergård, in his Proms debut. Also appearing in this Prom is violinist Daniel Hope, who is playing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

Daniel Harding conducts works by Mozart, Schumann and Sibelius at Prom 23 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, while pianist Anika Vavic makes her Proms debut at Prom 64 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, also performing Prokofiev.

Prom 19 is a performance of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde including tenor Andrew Staples with the BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

We salute all of these great performers with a ‘Toi toi toi!’ and look forward to the summer and another great year of BBC Proms programming.

What are you looking forward to?
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Anika Vavic

(Written on April 18, 2013 )

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Hooray For Haydn.

Haydn is named a member of the top ten most performed composers of 2011.

The Guardian

Delius: Beauty In The Ear Of The Beholder.

His life was as romantic and colourful as his exquisite music, yet his works are rarely performed today. Delius deserves better, writes Julian Lloyd Webber.

LA Times

Gustavo Dudamel’s Mahler Project.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s mammoth tribute to the composer is an unprecedented musical feat for the conductor.

New York Times

New York City Opera Declares Rehearsal Lockout.

Talks break down at City Opera.

The Independent

Twenty Years Of Brahms & Liszt: Meet The Classic FM DJs Who Have Made Fugues Funky.

For decades, classical music was considered fusty and exclusive. One broadcaster has changed all that.

Sergei Prokofiev: Beyond ‘Peter And The Wolf’ – The Rehabilitation Of Stalin’s Composer.

Prokofiev followed ‘the bitch goddess success’ back to Soviet Moscow – or so the story goes. Think again, Vladimir Jurowski tells Andrew Stewart.

The Times

Gabriel Prokofiev Takes On The Family Business.

Fancy a classical club night? The composer Sergei Prokofiev’s grandson’s is a dab hand at making worlds collide.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/music/classical/article3278958.ece

 

(Written on January 9, 2012 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music news.

The Independent

Street Scene, Young Vic

John Fulljames’s award-winning Opera Group production of ‘Street Scene’ reflects the brilliance and power of Kurt Weill’s ‘American’ style, says Michael Church. Rated 4/5.

The Guardian

War and the pity of war

Stravinsky sneered but the public loved it, and, nearly 50 years on, Britten’s War Requiem has lost none of its power to move us, writes Ian Bostridge

Pierre Boulez: Rebel with a cause

Pierre Boulez’s mission to change classical music has been entirely successful, but not perhaps in the way his younger self had envisaged, writes Tom Service

LPO/Jurowski – review

The real controversy last night was Vladimir Jurowski’s championship of post-Soviet Russian music – and the first half, at least, was wonderful, writes Tim Ashley

Financial Times

Weather strikes a chord with composers

Research shows that weather may have made British composers twice as likely to write music with a climate theme as their counterparts abroad. Pilita Clark reports.

The Arts Desk

Paganini’s Daemon

Christopher Nupen’s film about the first Romantic virtuoso is released on DVD. By Hilary Whitney.

(Written on September 23, 2011 )

Every day the WildKat team scan newspapers, websites and blogs for interesting classical music news, and now we’ve decided to publish our lists so that you can get a classical music news summary each day. If you’ve read anything interesting each day that we’ve missed do feel free to comment and let us know!


The Telegraph

Brandt Brauer Frick: as good at Cadogan Hall as Glastonbury

The trio fuse classical, jazz and techno in their performances.


The Times

Colin Currie bangs a drum for percussionists

Colin Currie is playing at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, on Sunday.


The Guardian

Glyndebourne 2011: The history of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg – video

Director David McVicar and conductor Vladimir Jurowski discuss the work and its history at Glyndebourne.


BBC News

Who, What, Why: How do you stop mobiles in concerts?

Should concert venues clamp down on mobile phone use?

(Written on June 22, 2011 )