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Wo bleibt die Leidenschaft?

Lei­den­schaft, die
Wortart: ℹ Substantiv, feminin

Leidenschaft für klassische Musik-viele Menschen besitzen sie im Kindesalter und verlieren sie im Laufe des Erwachsenwerdens. Sei es, durch das Spießerklischee, welches vielen Klassikfans aufgeschrieben wird oder weil Ihnen die Impulse, der Anreiz oder die Freude verloren gehen. Es gibt unendlich viele Gründe.
Und dann gibt es Menschen, die es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht haben, diese Leidenschaft wieder neu zu entfachen, den Eifer, für eine Sache zu brennen, erneut anzutreiben und anderen ein Leuchten in die Augen zu zaubern.
Der Dirigent Benjamin Zander versucht durch mitreißende Vorträge, wie diesen TED Talk 2008, die Leidenschaft an der Musik bei den Menschen wieder neu zu entflammen. In einer schnelllebigen Zeit einfach innezuhalten und den Klängen der Musik zu lauschen, scheint für die meisten fast unmöglich.

 

Casual Concert Lounge mit Live Act Leslie Clio | Fotos: Kai Bienert

Casual Concert Lounge mit Live Act Leslie Clio | Fotos: Kai Bienert

Laut Zander gibt es heutzutage nur noch eine Minderheit an Menschen, welche leidenschaftlich Klassik höre. Für sie gebe es „keine Leben außerhalb der Klassik.“ Eine zweite Gruppe an Menschen, welche den größten Teil ausmache, sei die, denen klassische Musik „nichts ausmacht.“ Die Klassik sei „nicht Teil ihres Lebens, aber Vivaldi im Hintergrund schade nie.“  Zuletzt spricht Zander über eine Gruppe, welche „kein musikalisches Gehör haben soll.“ Diese Gruppe gäbe es nicht, denn jeder Mensch habe in irgendeiner Art und Weise ein musikalisches Gehör, mit dem man beispielsweise anhand der Stimmlage am Telefon die Gemütsverfassung des Anderen erkenne.

KLASSIK Underground mit Anne-Sophie Mutter. Credits: KLASSIK Underground

KLASSIK Underground mit Anne-Sophie Mutter. Credits: KLASSIK Underground

Wieso aber verschwindet die Leidenschaft für klassische Musik immer mehr aus dem Leben vieler Menschen?

Bei einem Stück ohne Akzente schweift man früher oder später ab, so Zander. „Die Gedanken schleichen sich in die Köpfe“ und man denkt über Banalitäten wie die Einkaufsliste oder den nächsten Urlaubsort nach. Doch dann kommt das schlechte Gewissen, wenn man merkt: „Das ist Kultur, wach doch auf!“ Ein langer Arbeitstag und dann noch ein langes Stück – schlechte Kombi? Falsch! Man muss beginnen die klassische Musik zu verstehen und einen Bezug zu schaffen. Der Grund, warum klassische Musik viele Menschen müde macht, sind nicht sie selbst, sondern die Musiker.

Also braucht es neue Konzepte. Das Deutsche Symphonieorchester Berlin hat 2008 die Casual Concerts ins Leben gerufen, welche auch das jüngere Publikum ansprechen sollen. Einmal im Monat kommen Musikbegeisterte oder die, die es werden wollen, zusammen und lassen sich von Dirigenten durch das gesamte Stück führen. Im Anschluss dazu bietet die Casual Concert Lounge mit DJ und Liveact einen gelungen Abschluss.

© Stefan Hoderath — at Säälchen.

Yellow Lounge © Stefan Hoderath — at Säälchen.

Die Idee klassische Musik in einer lockeren Atmosphäre ans Publikum zu bringen, gibt es aber nicht erst seit 2008. Classic meets Clubbing- im Jahre 2002 wurde Yellow Lounge in der Berliner Club Szene von der Deutschen Grammophon / Universal Classics gegründet, um Klassik von ihrem angestaubten Klischee zu befreien. “Das Konzept: DJs legen klassische Musik auf. Alles von Bach bis Ligeti, wohl ausgesucht und durch raffinierte Übergänge miteinander verbunden. Gute Getränke, kommunikative Stimmung. Der Höhepunkt einer jeden Yellow Lounge ist der Live-Act”- ein Zugang zur Musik ohne Dresscode und strikte Regeln.

Auch die Musiker von KLASSIK Underground bringen den Casual Dresscode in Verbindung mit ihrer Musik. Bei den Aftershowsessions kommen Musiker und Publikum in Clubatmosphäre zusammen und erleben einzigartige Shows und Bühnenprogramme.

Wir würden uns wünschen, dass solche Projekte noch mehr Aufmerksamkeit und Unterstützung erfahren. Denn es braucht mehr dieser Menschen, die es schaffen mit so viel Liebe und Respekt an der Musik, anderen ihre Leidenschaft näher zu bringen und die Grenzen zwischen Kulturen und Altersunterschieden aufzuheben.

(Written on February 27, 2017 )

Brooklyn Rider, the dynamic New York quartet, will be showcasing their own brand of creative programming in their upcoming European tour, which kicks off in Copenhagen on Tuesday. The group’s combination of limitless innovation and passion for new music has transformed the 300-year-old form of the string quartet into a signature 21st century ensemble. Their love of new music also inspired the Brooklyn Rider Almanac, which began in 2012, and continues its on-going commissioning project. So far they’ve commissioned 15 new works from a diverse list of musicians in the worlds of jazz, rock, pop, and folk. Brooklyn Rider recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds for an ambitious complementary body of work directly related to the commissioned music. This will include videos, animation, choreography, photo essays, articles, interviews, remixes, and much more. So far Brooklyn Rider have raised over $22,000 of their $40,000 goal.

The 8-date European tour will include a blend of classic quartet repertoire and new works that challenge genre boundaries. Clubs and concert halls across Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the UK can expect to hear works from the group’s 2013 Mercury Classics release A Walking Fire, including Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin’s Culai, and Three Miniatures by Brooklyn Rider’s Colin Jacobsen, with the addition of music by Philip Glass, Franz Schubert and the premiere of String Quartet No.1 by Swedish composer Tobias Broström on 23rd and 24th April. Brooklyn Rider will also perform at Yellow Lounge in Stockholm on 26th April collaborating with DJs and VJs at Fotografiska. The tour culminates in a late night performance at London’s Wigmore Hall on 2nd May.

Check out a video of Colin Jacobsen’s A Walking Fire here:

(Written on April 17, 2014 )

 

The WildKats have been especially busy this January with a number of exciting events to both organise and attend, accompanied by numerous previews, reviews and interviews from national newspapers to specialist classical music press. Let’s have a look at some of the stand-out events…

 

On 10th January, violinist Daniel Hope performed alongside composer and pianist, Ludovico Einaudi, in Stockholm’s first ever Yellow Lounge. Established in Berlin seven years ago, the Yellow Lounge promotes ‘classical clubbing’, where international classical musicians perform with top DJs in unexpected spaces. The event was streamed live on the Deutsche Grammophon website. More and more events are being streamed live online, making concerts and recitals accessible both physically and economically, and reaching out to new audiences. Cellist Guy Johnston performed Walton’s Cello Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic on 14th, which was streamed live on BBC Radio 3.

 

Several of our clients had opening nights in January, including Silent Opera’s L’Orfeo. The first performance received huge amounts of press and publicity, specifically a BBC News report answering ‘What is Silent Opera?’. Silent Opera is still ongoing and tickets can still be purchased here – don’t miss out! The Silent Opera team appeared on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch this weekend, watch it online here. Meanwhile in Milan, Daniel Harding had his opening night for La Scala’s Falstaff: a fantastic production of Verdi’s famous opera, staged in the same opera house it received its first ever performance. The esteemed conductor also performed with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra in Munich, Baritone Christian Gerhaher, receiving a great review from Süddeutsche Zeitung. Andrew Staples also performed in Munich with Daniel, receiving outstanding reviews for his performance. Another highlight of January for WildKat was the premiere of Raymond Yiu’s The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured at the Barbican, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Raymond also wrote a guest blog for Gramophone last month, discussing challenging perceptions of British classical music.

 

January was a highly successful time for AyseDeniz Gokcin who was applauded worldwide for her Lisztified EP. The young Turkish pianist was featured in an article by Prog Rock Magazine Online, which was shared hundreds of times through Facebook and Twitter. The article has continued to spread, through major music websites and social media in Hungary, Spain, Finland, Brazil, Greece, the Netherlands, Turkey and many more. Classic FM then published a news story on her success, bringing the article back around in a full circle. Another triumph we celebrated was another award for production company Accentus Music, who have been awarded a second International Classical Music award for John Cage – Journeys in Sound.

 

In anticipation of his upcoming CD release of Franck & Strauss Violin Sonatas, Augustin Dumay was featured in BBC Music Magazine discussing the recording of the album. Another event for the violinist was the Gala Concert at The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, where Augustin mentors the young string players. Young musicians of the Music Chapel performed works by Bloch, Liszt and Schubert, alongside the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Octopus Symphonic Choir and British conductor Christopher Warren-Green.

 

The WildKats had a number of great recitals to attend in January; such as Kimiko Ishizaka’s flawless performance of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavieran intimate performance of works by Tom Smail at Susanne Kapoor’s home, along with a unique event from Samson Marzbani where he performed improvised piano pieces, before the audience received a preview premiere of his new work: Un Jour Infini.

 

Finally, the busiest of all has been our Founder and Managing Director, Kat Alder, who has been travelling across the world visiting our international clients performing all over the world; from Berlin to Austria, Munich to New York, and a few visits back to London.

Although January was so busy, February has a lot of exciting projects in store. Keep up to date with WildKat news through our Facebook, Twitter and daily posts from our blog.

 

 

 

(Written on February 4, 2013 )

Stockholm club Obaren hosted an intriguing event on 10th January: Stockholm’s first Yellow Lounge. Established in Berlin seven years ago, the Yellow Lounge promotes ‘classical clubbing’, where international classical musicians perform with top DJs in unexpected spaces. The project is hosted by Decca, supplying world-class artists to perform.

The evening’s performance was another first for the Yellow Lounge, as it was streamed live for the first time and broadcast on the Deutsche Grammophon website.

Violinist Daniel Hope, accompanied by composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi, performed pieces from Daniel’s upcoming album Spheres, to be released on 15th February internationally on Deutsche Grammophon. The music of the album celebrates the concept of Musica Universalis, which is the idea of the planets creating sound through their movement. Spheres features works from canonical composers such as J. S. Bach and Gabriel Fauré to contemporary favourites, such as Arvo Pärt and Ludovico Einaudi.

The live videos can be found on Deutsche Grammophon’s YouTube page here.

Other Yellow Lounge events will be taking place across the globe, such as in Trouw, Amsterdam on 7th February. More information can be found here.

(Written on January 25, 2013 )

Tonight, at 8pm CET, the first ever live stream of a Yellow Lounge performance will be broadcast to the Deutsche Grammophon website. Featuring Daniel Hope (violin) and Ludovico Einaudi (piano), the evening will take place at the Stockholm club O-Baren Sturehof.

The set list will feature pieces from Daniel Hope’s upcoming album Spheres, to be released on February 15th on Deutsche Grammophon; a curated anthology of music exploring the concept of “musica universalis”: the idea that planetary movement creates sound.

The first e-single from the album, I Giorni, by Ludovico Einaudi, was released in mid-December 2012 and will be performed tonight by Daniel Hope, a string ensemble and Ludovico Einaudi himself, alongside several other tracks from Spheres.

To view the live stream, from 8pm CET tonight, please click here.

For more information on Spheres please click here.

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(Written on January 10, 2013 )

WildKat PR is pleased to announce that we are now working with world-renowned violinist Daniel Hope on his European-based projects.

WildKat PR will be managing Daniel Hope’s communications and media strategy across Europe, with a particular emphasis on the UK. 21C Media Group will continue to manage Mr. Hope’s North American press and media.

Following on from his highly successful recording of “Recomposed by Max Richter – Vivaldi – The Four Seasons”, Daniel Hope will be releasing “Spheres” (Deutsche Grammophon) on 15th February 2013. The album is an anthology of music from Bach to Gabriel Prokofiev examining Pythagoras’ “Musica Universalis” theory that planetary movements create sound. It features a wide range of genres, from core repertoire such as Bach and Fauré, to new compositions written by younger composers especially for Hope (Gabriel Prokofiev and Alex Baranowski) and works by established contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt and Philip Glass.

Highlights from Daniel Hope’s forthcoming season include; two carte blanche concerts performing and presenting with conductor Alexander Shelley and the Berlin Konzerthausorchester; launching Sweden’s first ever Yellow Lounge on January 10th 2013; a recital at Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional and a concert in Munich to celebrate the release of “Spheres” on 18th March 2013. Marking his tenth anniversary as Associate Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival USA, Mr. Hope will host two weeks of curated programmes culminating in a performance of Brahms and Beethoven featuring renowned mezzo-soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter in March and April 2013. From the beginning of the current season at Lucerne’s KKL Concert Hall, Daniel Hope also becomes Principal Guest Artist of the Lucerne Festival Strings. The position has been specifically created for Hope and he will play and direct the orchestra in various concerts throughout the year, including a performance at the Lucerne Festival 2013.

Daniel Hope is a renowned interpreter of the work of Benjamin Britten. His 2004 recording of Berg and Britten’s violin concertos garnered such praise as being not only played to technical perfection but with its poignant emotional content – realised to the full’ by The Sunday Telegraph and was declared ‘an excellent one’ by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, with the ‘agony of the movement’ said to be overwhelming as he does not resort to a distorting eccentricity.’ To celebrate Britten’s 2013 centenary, Daniel Hope will be performing Britten’s violin concerto with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner in February and on tour with the European Union Youth Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy in April.

In addition to the Savannah Music Festival, Hope is also Artistic Director of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany which presents 125 concerts to over 70,000 visitors across the summer, and where he will complete his tenure in 2013. Future festival plans include Hope taking up a position as Artist in Residence at the Meraner Musikwochen in Italy in September 2013, as well taking over the direction of the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele from 2015 with Thomas Hengelbrock, Chief Conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg and Balthasar Neumann Ensemble.

Daniel Hope is also a prolific writer and has published three bestselling books, including Familienstücke, a family memoir; Wann Darf Ich Klatschen? – a guide for concert-goers and Toi Toi Toi!, a collection of small mishaps and giant disasters in the classical music world. Demonstrating his immense versatility, Hope’s latest book, due to be published in 2014 by German publisher Rowohlt, explores the fascinating topic of exiled Jewish musicians, artists and writers who ended up in Hollywood before the Second World War. Readers can also enjoy Daniel Hope’s monthly columns in the German magazines “Crescendo” and “Cicero”.

Daniel Hope is at work on several compelling television projects, including a major documentary for the Bayerischer Rundfunk about the Theresienstadt concentration camp, which tells the story through the eyes of two musician survivors; Coco Schumann and Alice Herz-Sommer. Other projects include a documentary for ARTE, which explores the mysteries of the violin world, to be broadcast in Spring 2013.

For further information on “Spheres” please visit the Deutsche Grammophon website here.

To stay updated with all of Daniel Hope’s upcoming projects please visit his official website here.

 

Upcoming dates:

December 7th 2012: Tampere, Finland
Tampere Hall
With Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Hannu Lintu
Berg Violin Concerto ‘To the memory of an angel’

December 15th, 2012: Release of “Spheres” eSingle: “I Giorni” by Ludovico Einaudi

December 19th & 20th 2012: New York, USA
Le Poisson Rouge
With Max Richter & Ensemble LPR
Recomposed by Max Richter – Vivaldi – The Four Seasons

December 22nd 2012: New York, USA
Metropolitan Museum of Art
With the Salome Chamber Orchestra
All Bach Concert: Violin Concerto in A minor, Triple Concerto in D major, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

December 31st 2012: Berlin, Germany
Konzerthaus
With the Berliner Konzerhausorchester and Alexander Shelley

January 1st 2013: Berlin, Germany
Konzerthaus
With the Berliner Konzerhausorchester and Alexander Shelley

January 9th 2013: Stockholm, Sweden
Konserthuset
With Alexander Shelley and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Korngold Violin Concerto
Rózsa Love Theme from Ben Hur
Morricone Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso
Bateman Williams arr., Theme from Schindler’s List

January 18th 2013: Olten, Switzerland
Stadttheater
With Festival Strings Lucerne
Josef Suk: Meditation on the old Bohemian carol “St. Wenceslas” op. 35 a
J. S. Bach: Violin Concerto in A Minor BWV 1041
J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 for flute, violin and harpsichord in D major BWV 1050
Antonín Dvorák: Serenade for Strings in E minor op. 22

January 26th 2013: Frankfurt, Germany
Alte Oper
With Festival Strings Lucerne
Josef Suk: Meditation on the old Bohemian carol “St. Wenceslas” op. 35 a
J. S. Bach: Violin Concerto in A Minor BWV 1041
J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 for flute, violin and harpsichord in D major BWV 1050
Antonín Dvorák: Serenade for Strings in E minor op. 22

January 29th 2013: Madrid, Spain
Auditorio Nacional de Música
With Sebastian Knauer
Mendelssohn: Sonata for violin and piano in F Major
Schulhoff: Sonata for violin and piano No. 2
Stravinski: Russian Song
Messiaen: Praise to the Immortality of Jesus (Quartet for the End of Time 1941)
Ravel: Kaddish
Dauber: Serenade for Violin and Piano
Weill: Selection from the Threepenny Opera
Gershwin: ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’, ‘Summertime’, ‘I Got Rhythm’

January 31st 2013: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Auditorio de Galicia
With Philip Dukes and Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Britten: Double Concerto for Violin and Viola

February 1st, 2013: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Auditorio de Galicia
With Philip Dukes and Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Britten: Double Concerto for Violin and Viola

February 15th, 2013: “Spheres” – International Release

February 15th & 16th, 2013: Indianapolis, USA
Hilbert Circle Theater
With the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Krzysztof Urbanski
Bruch: Violin Concerto no. 1

February 19th 2013: Zurich, Switzerland
Tonhalle
With Klaus Maria Brandauer
“Don Juan” in word and music

February 27th & 28th, 2013: Gothenburg, Sweden
Konserthus
With Edward Gardner, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Britten Violin Concerto
Schubert / Berio: Rendering

Photo Credit: Harald Hoffman

(Written on December 10, 2012 )

Classic FM

Britten to be honoured on 50 pence piece

The Royal Mint announced the new coin today as part of ‘Britten 100’, a huge anniversary celebration of the composer’s life and work.

Gramophone

Berlin’s Yellow Lounge plays host to Vivaldi ‘recomposed’

Club venue is perfect setting for Max Richter’s reworking of ‘The Seasons’.

Benjamin Britten’s centenary celebrations launched at the Britten Theatre

An intensive focus on Britten art for 2013.

The Guardian

Michael Hall obituary

Conductor, broadcaster and writer who founded the Northern Sinfonia.

(Tom Service on Classical blog, The Guardian)

A guide to Brian Ferneyhough’s music

His compositions are the ultimate in complexity. So how to approach the works of this philosophically demanding musician?

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

London pianist plays out against Turkey’s blasphemy trial

The composer and pianist Fazil Say will go on trial in Turkey next month on the medieval charge of ‘insulting religious values’. AyseDeniz Gokcin is trying to raise awareness of the issue by playing one of Fazil’s trademark pieces, Alla Turca Jazz, on any pianos she happens to find left on a street corner.

The Arts Desk

The Art of Conducting 2012

Chris Christodoulou’s fascinating images from the podium at the BBC Proms.

New Music Box

Instruments for Playing Water

The artist Katherine Kavanaugh has designed and built a sculptural installation using bamboo, water, a plexiglass pool, and copper. On Saturday, a new composition will be played at the installation’s official opening with Benjamin Buchanan, David Smooke, Jacqueline Pollauf and Noah Getz.

NPR music, Deceptive Cadence

Gorecki’s ‘Miserere,’ An A Cappella Oasis Of Calm

Twenty years have passed since Polish composer Henryk Górecki became one of the most talked about figures in classical music.

Gramophone

(Written on September 12, 2012 )

The Guardian

Delius’s string concertos may be unfashionable – but I love them.

Tom Service praises Delius.

LA Times 

Inner-City Arts names Joseph Collins as new CEO and President.

Inner-City Arts, the nonprofit organization in downtown L.A.’s Skid Row that provides free arts education to disadvantaged youth, has named Joseph A. Collins as its new president and chief executive officer.

Slipped Disc: Norman Lebrecht

Poland remembers the Pianist’s 100th birthday.

Władysław Szpilman, the pianist who was hidden by a German officer in Warsaw and became the subject of Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning movie, was born 100 years ago yesterday.

The Telegraph

Classical music just got cool. 

Lucy Jones goes to the Yellow Lounge in London.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/lucyjones/100058571/classical-music-just-got-cool/

 

(Written on December 6, 2011 )