Posts Tagged ‘Well Tempered Clavier’
« Back to E-News

After having previously worked with Kimiko Ishizaka on her Goldberg Variations project, WildKat PR are delighted to welcome back this talented pianist.

A gifted and obviously devoted Bachian” (James R. Oestreich, New York Times), Kimiko Ishizaka has composed her own completion to Bach’s unfinished masterpiece, Die Kunst der Fuge. In September Kimiko will be performing the London premiere at St. John’s Smith Square, with a pre-concert discussion of her completion with composer Robert Hugill.

kimiko

In 2012 Kimiko Ishizaka received worldwide attention and recognition for her innovative recording of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”, a project that was financed by her fans using the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.com, and which Ishizaka released directly into the Public Domain in a desire to make Bach accessible to as many people as possible. As a result, her recording of the Goldberg Variations is the most visible recording of this work on the internet today.

A similar fan funding campaign led to her 2015 release of Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” which has been praised by multiple reviewers as their favourite interpretation of the work ever. This album was also a great commercial success – a significant fact in the face of ever-declining record sales – having occupied the #1 sales position on both Amazon.com and Bandcamp.com upon its release.

kimiko-bw

Kimiko Ishizaka attains her unique Bach style through meticulous coupling of articulation to fugal structure, complete abstinence of the sustaining pedal, and many hours of practice in total darkness. Kimiko is passionate about sharing personal and unique ideas and interpretations that are truly her own, consciously refraining from listening to other artists’ recordings.

Apart from her rigorous efforts towards interpreting the music of J.S. Bach, Kimiko is also passionate about the music of Frédérick Chopin, and about competitive weight lifting.

Keep up to date with news from the Kimiko through her websiteYouTube, Facebook and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on August 1, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, 15-year-old violinist Daniel Lozakovich signs to Deutsche Grammophon, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra announces new assistant conductor Jonathan Bloxham and the Canadian Orchestre Métropolitain is to present a video game symphony. Also, the National Opera Studio announces its young artists for 2016/17 and Artemis Quartet musician’s Carl Becker violin was stolen on german train.

The Strad

15-year-old violinist Daniel Lozakovich signs to Deutsche Grammophon

The multi prize-winning young musician will record Beethoven’s Violin Concerto as his first DG release

Classical-music.com

CBSO appoints new assistant conductor

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra announced today that Jonathan Bloxham will be its new assistant conductor. The british conductor will take up the post in 2017.

Classical Music Magazine

National Opera Studio announces 2016/17 young artists

The National Opera Studio has announced its young artists for 2016/17. The young artists will undertake nine months of professional training, commencing in September.

Singers embark on SongCycle challenge for Help Musicians UK

A group of opera singers are planning to cycle 500 miles from Glasgow to London in order to raise money for Help Musicians UK and raise awareness of the charity’s work.

San Francisco Opera to present John Adams premiere

San Francisco Opera will give the premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West in November 2017. A co-commission with Teatro La Fenice, Dutch National Opera and Dallas Opera, the opera focuses on three women living in a small mining community in the Sierra Nevada mountains during the 1850s California gold rush.

pizzicato

Orchestra To Perform Video Game Symphony for Montreal’s 375th anniversary

Canadian Orchestre Métropolitain will present in November 2017 the Montreal Video Game Symphony as part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations. The work will take the form of a multimedia show in which the orchestra’s musicians will play music from landmark video games developed in Montreal.

Classic FM

This visualisation of a Bach prelude lets you see just how clever the piece really is

J.S. Bach’s Prelude in C major from the first Well Tempered Clavier volume is a gem of mathematical beauty. And now you can see exactly how beautiful it really is.

SFCV

Petaluma’s Opera House Is Well Worth a Visit

The Cinnabar in Petaluma is one of the theater gemstones within one hour of San Francisco. It was built in 1908 as a school house and converted into an opera house in 1972 by a baritone named Marvin Klebe.

BR_KLASSIK

Artemis-Quartett bittet um Hinweise

Gestern Mittag wurde der Geigerin Anthea Kreston im ICE ihre wertvolle Violine gestohlen. Die Musikerin und ihre Kollegen des Artemis-Quartetts waren auf dem Weg zu einem Konzert in Freiburg. Das Quartett bittet nun auf Facebook um Mithilfe bei der Suche nach dem Instrument.

klassik.com

Thüringen will Subventionen für Theater und Orchester bis 2021 erhöhen

Das Land Thüringen plant, die Förderung der Theater und Orchester bis 2021 auf 77 Millionen pro Jahr zu erhöhen. Es sei vorgesehen, die Unterstützung bis zum Jahr 2025 in gleicher Weise fortzuführen, 2021 müsse jedoch die Machbarkeit überprüft werden.

Musik heute

Oper Stuttgart: Cornelius Meister wird neuer GMD

Die Staatsoper Stuttgart und ihr Orchester bekommen einen neuen Generalmusikdirektor: Cornelius Meister (36) übernimmt den Posten zur Saison 2018/19, teilte das baden-württembergische Kunstministerium am Mittwoch mit. Der Vertrag werde zunächst für sechs Spielzeiten bis 2024 vereinbart.

Twitter

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung Theater & Konzert im Livestream: Zur Lage der Kulturinstitutionen im Internet

klassik.com @klassikcom Einigung im Streit zwischen Berliner Sing-Akademie und Senat

Digital Music News @digitalmusicnws Apple Says YouTube Is “Built On the Backs of Free, Stolen Content” http://bit.ly/28EM2Ha

Artemis Quartet musician’s Carl Becker violin stolen on German train: Anthea Kreston’s 1928 instrument was taken from the overhead rack. The group is asking for help to find the instrument. Photo credit: Ian Perkins

Artemis Quartet musician’s Carl Becker violin stolen on German train: Anthea Kreston’s 1928 instrument was taken from the overhead rack. The group is asking for help to find the instrument. Photo credit: Ian Perkins

(Written on June 16, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news the Royal Opera House has celebrated its 150th performance of Verdi’s La Traviata and Katie Derham presents a special podcast about Donizetti’s Poliuto, which will open the 2015 Glyndebourne Season. St John’s Smith Square has announced the latest musicians to join its Young Artists’ Scheme and the BBC have announced that they will be extending the Ten Pieces project to secondary schools.

Guardian

The Royal Opera’s La Traviata celebrates 150 performances – watch two clips with a classic cast

Richard Eyre’s Royal Opera production of Verdi’s opera marked its 150th performance and its 12th revival on the 18 May opening night. Here are two clips from a 2009 production, with Antonio Pappano conducting and Renée Fleming, Joseph Calleja and Thomas Hampson in the title roles

Telegraph

Glyndebourne 2015: Poliuto podcast

Donizetti’s Poliuto – the tale of a Christian martyr – opens the 2015 Glyndebourne Season. Here Katie Derham presents a special podcast about this rarely performed work

Classic FM

This beautiful animation uses neon lights to bring Bach’s ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’ to life

Visual artist Alan Warburton has used CGI neon lights to create a haunting animation inspired by Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s recording of Bach’s masterpiece. The result is mesmerising.

BBC Music Magazine

St John’s Smith Square announces its Young Artists for 2015-16

The London concert hall announces the latest musicians to join its Young Artists’ Scheme

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Ten Pieces project extended to secondary schools

The BBC’s Ten Pieces initiative will be extended to secondary schools from Autumn 2015.

Die Welt

Es waren auch Komponisten unter den Opfern

Sie hießen George Butterworth, Colin Coles und Rudi Stephan. Sie waren herausragende Talente. Sie fielen im Ersten Weltkrieg. Ein herausragendes Album erinnert an die Werke fast vergessener Tonsetzer.

pizzicato

Warnstreik in deutschen Orchestern und Theatern

Vor der nächsten Runde der Tarifverhandlungen am morgigen 20. Mai sind gestern und heute Orchester und Bühnenkünstler in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Warnstreiks getreten. 

klassik.com

Stimmensätze zu Bruckners 6. Sinfonie wiederentdeckt

Der Dirigent und Musikwissenschaftler Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs hat einen handschriftlichen Stimmensatz der 6. Sinfonie von Anton Bruckner wiederentdeckt.

Der Standard

Innsbruck bekommt ein “Haus der Musik”

Die Tiroler Landesregierung hat die Finanzierung für das Innsbrucker “Haus der Musik” beschlossen. 55,64 Millionen Euro soll die Musikeinrichtung kosten, die Landesregierung werde maximal 23,63 Millionen Euro beisteuern.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Terms of Engagement: Yes, Audiences Want Classical Music Apps

Arts organizations, especially classical music ones, speak of “audience engagement” these days. It’s a constant in a world that has seen concert and opera attendance drop precipitously over the past few decades, which has left organizations struggling with holes in their budgets.

Twitter

Gramophone: Gramophone’s Recordings of the Year, 2000-2015. 15 of the best releases of the 21st century:

Sinfini MusicWhy… so… SERIOUS? Voila: 10 of the funniest piano videos we could find on YouTube. Enjoy!

Wigmore Hall Grammy-nominated musician returns to Israel after selling out Carnegie Hall – Arts & Leisure

Diana Damrau as Violetta in the 2014 revival of Verdi’s La Traviata. Photo: Catherine Ashmore/Royal Opera House

(Written on May 20, 2015 )

Tonight, pianist Kimiko Ishizaka will bring her acclaimed tour of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier to London at the 1901 Arts Club at 7:30pm.

The tour, which was received with critical praise in the USA, sees Ishizaka perform all of Volume 1 of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier. The New York Times described her as a “gifted and obviously devoted Bachian”.

Kimiko Ishizaka sprang to the attention of the public last May with the Open Goldberg Project when her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations became available for anyone to download for free. On the first day the recording received over 200,000 listens and 50,000 downloads

For more information on the concert please visit the 1901 Arts Club website here.

kimiko-professional-portrait

(Written on January 30, 2013 )