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In today’s news: Indian conductor Zubin Mehta performs with Berlin Philharmonic, Sebastian Manz’s recording of selected works by Carl Maria Weber, and hotelier Klaus Lauer hosts Badenweiler Musiktage. Cincinnati Opera announces premiere of “Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera,” and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) and Maestro Delta David Gier announce its 2017-18 concert season. Katherine Parr was in fact a masterful PR who rallied England behind its King on the way to war, an academic has claimed, and Amazon is to further diversify its business by staking out a presence at music festivals in a bid to enhance the experience of US festival-goers.

The Times

As robots take our jobs the arts will matter more

The humanities are in crisis. There is an urgent skills gap for at least 3,000 graduates capable of explaining the events that led to the War of Jenkins’ Ear. In 2015 alone Britain drafted in 1,200 Filipinos to write essays on symbols of patriarchy in the comedies of Lope de Vega.

The Telegraph

King Henry VIII’s sixth wife collaborated with Thomas Tallis to write music to rally her husband for war

Katherine Parr was in fact a masterful PR who rallied England behind its King on the way to war, an academic has claimed, as he prepares for the first performance of her secret musical collaboration in 470 years.

The Atlantic

Inside the Heads of People Who Don’t Like Music

For those who experience “musical anhedonia,” listening to a song is halfway between boring and distracting—and their brain activity reflects that.

The Drum

Amazon gets physical with US music festival presence

Amazon is to further diversify its business by staking out a presence at music festivals in a bid to enhance the experience of US festival-goers.

Der Tagesspiegel

Alles unter Kontrolle

Der indische Stardirigent Zubin Mehta führt mit den Berliner Philharmonikern Stücke von Elgar und Tschaikowsky auf.

SPIEGEL ONLINE

Beinahe heroische Größe

Carl Maria von Weber schrieb hinreißende Werke für die Klarinette. Sebastian Manz wollte keine halben Sachen machen und nahm gleich alle auf. Richtige Entscheidung!

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Aus Liebe zur Musik

Hotelier Klaus Lauer ist das Herz der Badenweiler Musiktage. Bereits seit 1973 veranstaltete er im elterlichen Grandhotel Römerbad regelmäßig Musiktage, alles ganz auf eigenes finanzielles Risiko mit Schwerpunkt auf Neuer Musik

The New York Times

An Opera Inspired by Pink Floyd Will Get Its United States Premiere

The Cincinnati Opera has announced the United States premiere of “Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera,” capping its 98th season and its first after a $135 million restoration of the Cincinnati Music Hall.

broadwayworld.com

South Dakota Symphony Announces 2017-18 Season – Strauss Masterpieces, Video Games Live and More!

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) and Maestro Delta David Gier announce its 2017-18 concert season.

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Music History @today_classical in 1861 FP of Richard ‘s opera Tannhäuser in Paris at the Théâtre Imperial de l’Opéra.

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Facing the music: James Laing

Sebastian Manz Credit: Marco Borggreve

(Written on March 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: conductor Zubin Mehta talks about Ravi Shankar and Haydn, trombonist Mathias Götz releases remix-album, and Bavarian village hosts a festival with Gerold Huber as Artistic Director. Grammy- winning flautist Dave Valentin dies at 64. Grimes’ Visions is getting remade as classical music, and RSNO 2017/18 season to celebrate 175 years of RSNO Chorus. Love letters between Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears go on display, and how contemporary composers are revitalizing – and reinventing – classical music.

Fact Mag

Grimes’ Visions is getting remade as classical music

Grimes’ breakthrough album Visions has been reinterpreted by the Canadian classical ensemble Plumes for the upcoming concert series “Many Visions: Plumes Deconstructs the Music of Grimes.”

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO 2017/18 season to celebrate 175 years of RSNO Chorus

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s 2017/18 season celebrates the 175th anniversary of its founding organisation, the RSNO Chorus.

The Guardian

Love letters between Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears go on display

Ardent and joyful love between composer and tenor is revealed in exhibition marking 50th anniversary of Sexual Offences Act.

National Post

How contemporary composers are revitalizing – and reinventing – classical music

The New Creations Festival continues on March 8 and March 11 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

Press and Journal

Classical music from celebrated Scottish composer recorded for first time

A Moray pianist has unearthed lost piano music from a legendary Scottish musician.

BBC News

Music ‘could face extinction’ in secondary schools

They say music is being squeezed because of pressure on pupils to take subjects included in the EBacc school league table measure.

Der Tagesspiegel

„Ohne Musik kann ich nicht leben“

Dirigent Zubin Mehta hält sich zur Zeit viel in Berlin auf. Ein Gespräch über Ravi Shankar, Haydns “Schöpfung”, Strauss’ “Frau ohne Schatten” – und die Pläne des 80-Jährigen.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Im Zerrspiegel

Der Posaunist Mathias Götz gehört seit langem zum Label-Kosmos der Brüder Acher. Als “Le Millipede” veröffentlicht er jetzt ein spannendes Remix-Album

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Die Mischung macht’s

Im oberbayerischen Pfaffenwinkel machte im letzten Jahr ein Festival von sich reden. 2017 finden die Pollinger Tage Alter und Neuer Musik unter der künstlerischen Leitung Gerold Hubers zum zweiten Mal statt

The New York Times

Dave Valentin, a Grammy Award-Winning Latin Jazz Flutist, Dies at 64

Dave Valentin, a Grammy Award-winning Latin jazz flutist who recorded dozens of albums and performed on six continents, died on Wednesday in the Bronx. He was 64.

WXQR

How a Yellow Cab Ride Created A Classical Music Connection

The first thing I noticed as I slid into the passenger seat of the yellow cab with my kids crowding into the back was that the radio was switched to WQXR

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klassik.com @klassikcom Düsseldorfer Symphoniker: Sattes Abonnenten-Plus in der Saison 2015/16

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Zubin Mehta vergangenes Jahr bei einem Konzert in seiner Heimatstadt Bombay. Foto- imago_Hindustan TimesDirigent Zubin Mehta

(Written on March 9, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, Martyn Brabbins is ENO’s new music director, City Music Foundation announces 2016 artists, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians and management plan to get back to negotiating table. Also, youngest opera composer premieres Cinderella under Zubin Mehta in Vienna in December, and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra protests against plans to make cuts to the orchestra.

The Guardian

English National Opera names Martyn Brabbins as music director

The British conductor Martyn Brabbins is to take over as the new music director of the English National Opera, in the latest attempt to revive the beleaguered company. The respected conductor takes over from Mark Wigglesworth as company seeks stability after two years of cuts and crises.

BBC News

Amadeus play: NT homecoming in fine tune

It’s 37 years since Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus was first seen on stage and it’s now widely accepted as a modern classic. Now Lucian Msamati and Adam Gillen are bringing the play back to its original home in London. And this time there’s an orchestra too.

Classical Music Magazine

City Music Foundation announces 2016 artists

Tabea Debus (recorder), Miguel Gorodi (jazz trumpet), Joseph Houston (piano), Hannah Morgan (oboe), Ligeti Quartet, Nérija (contemporary jazz ensemble) and Mihai Ritivoiu (piano) have been selected asfor the 2016 City Music Foundation Artists programme.

Syracuse.com

Syracuse Opera opens season with Rossini’s ‘La Cenerentola,’ a tale of kindness and redemption

Banish all visions of singing mice and magic wands. A story closer to reality is told in Gioachino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.” It stars a Cinderella who relies on wisdom and goodness rather than sorcery to honor the love she feels for the prince.

CBC News

New concert series celebrates B.C. composers

There’s a new place in Vancouver’s West End dedicated to teaching more of us about contemporary Canadian classical composers. The Canadian Music Centre in B.C. opened in 1959. Its mission is to promote the ever-changing world of new classical music in the country. The organisation recently moved to its new home in the heart of Davie Village.

WTAE.com

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, management plan to get back to bargaining table

The big issue between management and the musicians has been an argument over dollars. Musicians say there are three key items that led to the strike; management requesting they take a 15-percent pay cut, changes to pensions and a freeze on three openings.

Klassik.com

Luzerner Sinfonieorchester protestiert gegen Kürzungspläne

Das Luzerner Sinfonieorchester hat mit einem spontanen Platzkonzert vor dem Rathaus gegen die Kürzungspläne des Kantons protestiert. Nach Angaben des Intendanten sei eine weitere Kürzung der Subventionen für das mit 70 Musikern besetzte Orchester existenzbedrohend.

Kulturradio Rbb

Jüngste Opernkomponistin aller Zeiten mit “Cinderella”

Alma Deutscher, ein elf Jahre altes Mädchen aus Großbritannien, hat ihre eigene Version von “Aschenputtel” komponiert. Am 29. Dezember soll ihr Werk unter Schirmherrschaft von Zubin Mehta in Wien uraufgeführt werden.

Neue Musikzeitung

Bochumer Symphoniker bekommen erstmals eigenes Konzerthaus

Fast 100 Jahre nach ihrer Gründung bekommen die Bochumer Symphoniker erstmals eine eigene Spielstätte in ihrer Stadt. Mit drei Konzertabenden weihen sie am kommenden Wochenende (28. bis 30. Oktober) das Anneliese-Brost-Musikforum Ruhr ein.

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klassik.com @klassikcom  Erster Preis beim Wieniawski Violinwettbewerb für Veriko Tchumburidze

Top Classical News @topcmnews  Montreal Symphony becomes first orchestra to own an octobass

Music History @today_classical  in 2003 opening of Walt Disney Hall, home of

Martyn Brabbins. Photo Credits: Martin Cervenansky.

Martyn Brabbins. Photo Credits: Martin Cervenansky.

(Written on October 24, 2016 )

Classical news

In today’s news, LA Phil appoints Susanna Mälkki as principal guest conductor, Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition names its candidates and music charity PRS For Music Foundation has launched a new edition of its Flash Funding initiative. Also, ‘Billy Blythe,’ an opera based on life of Bill Clinton, makes its world premiere this weekend and the Wiener Staatsoper presents its new season with 54 operas

classicalite

‘Billy Blythe,’ Opera Based on Life of Bill Clinton, Opens This Weekend

Opera Ithaca’s production of Billy Blythe, a work based on the early life of President Bill Clinton, makes its world premiere this weekend

Classical Music Magazine

LA Phil appoints Susanna Mälkki as principal guest conductor

Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki will take up the role of principal guest conductor of the LA Phil in the 2017/18 season for a three-year term

The Strad

Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition names 36 shortlisted candidates

The inaugural Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition has named the 36 candidates who have been selected to take part in its live rounds from 14 August to 2 September 2016. The violinists, aged between 18 and 32, will compete for a generous grand prize of $100,000

The Guardian

Royal Opera to serve up opera of Buñuel’s surreal dinner party in 2017

Thomas Adès’s opera of Exterminating Angel among new season highlights, as well as Anna Netrebko tackling Norma and Jonas Kaufmann singing Otello

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When Krystian Zimerman Discovers An Old Grand

Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman surprised the audience at his recital in the Italian city of Macerata earlier this week. Instead of performing on his own Steinway, as he uses to do, he played on an old instrument he had discovered backstage at the Teatro Lauro Rossi, the recital venue

Music Week

PRS Foundation launches live-focused Flash Fund

Music charity PRS For Music Foundation has launched a new edition of its Flash Funding initiative

Classical Music Magazine

Choral singing benefits cancer patients

A new study has found that singing in a choir for one hour can boost levels of immune proteins in people affected by cancer

Focus online

Wiener Staatsoper: Mit 54 Opern in die neue Spielzeit

Unter den fünf Premieren ragten die Verdi-Opern „Falstaff“ mit dem Dirigenten Zubin Mehta am Pult und „Il Trovatore“ mit der Sopranistin Anna Netrebko heraus, teilte die Oper am Mittwoch bei der Präsentation der Saison 2016/2017 mit

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Das größte Orchester der Welt: Bis zu 10.000 Musiker aus ganz Deutschland in der Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt

Am 9. Juli 2016 findet in der Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt ein einzigartiger Weltrekordversuch statt: Bis zu 10.000 Musikerinnnen und Musiker sollen das größte Orchester der Welt bilden

klassik.com

Luzern: Neues Theater soll neben dem KKL gebaut werden

Das neue Luzerner Kulturhaus “Salle Modulable” soll neben dem Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern (KKL) gebaut werden

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klassik.comKarriere-News: Orhan Yildiz (Staatsoper Wien)

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Tristram Kenton / Jonas Kaufmann is to make his debut as Verdi’s Otello in a new production / The Guardian

(Written on April 7, 2016 )

Classical news

In today’s news the Telegraph and the Independent discuss the William Tell outrage at the Royal Opera House and the Guardian announce that the choral music of the Caius Choirbook is to be performed in the royal chapel at Westminster. Ivor Bolto has been named musical director of the Basel Symphonic Orchestra, as well as an interview with pianist Gabriela Montero. Also, the Potsdamer Musikfestpiele attracted 14,500 guests and four new cultural institutions are added to the German red list of cultural endangered institutions.

The Telegraph

William Tell gang rape scene causes uproar at Royal Opera House

A ‘gratuitous and graphic’ sexual assault was violently booed by the audience at the opening night of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell

The Guardian

16th-century music returns to the setting for which it was written

Choral music preserved in the hand-illustrated Caius Choirbook is being performed in the 13th-century royal chapel at Westminster

The Independent

Guillaume Tell gang-rape scene causes uproar at the Royal Opera House

As show is greeted with boos, director defends use of nudity and sexual violence

Classic FM

How to play Grieg’s Piano Concerto, by Gabriela Montero

We sat down with superstar pianist Gabriela Montero before she performed Grieg’s majestic piano concerto at Classic FM Live in Cardiff, and she showed us how it’s done.

Classical Music Magazine

Sinfonieorchester Basel signs up Ivor Bolton as musical director

The Basel Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of Ivor Bolton as musical director for a four year contract starting from the 2016/17.

Neu Musikzeitung

Rote Liste der bedrohten Kultureinrichtungen Juli/August 2015

Neue Negativmeldungen aus Berlin, Bremen und NRW. In der aktuellen Ausgabe der Zeitung Politik & Kultur ist die 19. „Rote Liste bedrohter Kultureinrichtungen“ erschienen. Ein Musikwettbewerb, ein Stadttheater, ein Studiengang und zwei denkmalgeschütze Fabrikhallen wurden neu auf die Rote Liste gesetzt.

Klassik.com

Potsdamer Musikfestspiele mit positiver Bilanz

Die Musikfestspiele Potsdam sind in diesem Jahr mit einer positiven Bilanz zu Ende gegangen. Insgesamt besuchten 14.500 Gäste die 82 Veranstaltungen an mehr als 30 Orten in und um den Park Sanssouci.

(Written on July 1, 2015 )

WildKat PR are pleased to be working with the young and talented violinist Asi Matathias. Asi did his first ever performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the age 14 under the baton of Zubin Mehta, who was so impressed by Matathias’ musical maturity at such a young age that he invited Asi back to play for the next season. Concert-goers can hear this sophistication beyond years at another debut of his this month: at the Berlin Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York.

His recital programme will take the audience through the history of the key repertoire for violin and piano: Brahms and Beethoven via Strauss and Takemitsu. We will hear all the experience he has accumulated over the past ten years, during which he has performed concerts throughout Europe, the USA and Asia and played in some of the most prestigious concert halls and with some of the best conductors of our time.

Also a keen chamber musician, Asi has collaborated with the likes of Yefim Bronfman and Kirill Gerstein at festivals such as Vienna’s FestWochen Festspiele, and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival.

Having begun playing the violin when he was only 6 years old, he has studied with Chaim Taub, Aaron Rosand and David Nadien. He currently is a student of Pinchas Zukerman in New York. Prior to this, he was enrolled at Vienna’s Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst where he was the youngest student ever to have been accepted.

Asi’s debuts promise to be exciting milestones in his career which is already developing well and flourishing.

Book tickets to the concert here.

Pinchas Zukermans Protegé, Asi Matathias, debütiert in Berlin und New York

Das Team von WildKat PR freut sich über die Zusammenarbeit mit dem jungen und talentierten Geiger Asi Matathias. Seinen ersten Auftritt hatte der Künstler bereits im Alter von 14 Jahren mit dem Israel Philharmonic Orchestra unter der Leitung von Zubin Mehta, der so begeistert von der musikalischen Reife bei einem so jungen Alter war, dass er Asi bereits für die folgende Saison wieder einlud. Konzertbesucher können nun eine über Jahre gereifte Verfeinerung seines Violinenspiels bei einem weiteren Debüt in diesem Monat in der Berliner Philharmonie und der Zankel Hall der Carnegie Hall in New York erleben.

Sein Konzertprogramm führt das Publikum durch die Geschichte der berühmtesten Werke für Violine und Piano: Von Brahms und Beethoven über Strauss und Takemitsu. Das Publikum wird die Erfahrungen, die Matathias in den letzten Jahren bei Aufführungen in Europa, USA und Asien gesammelt hat, hören können. Er spielte in den besten Konzertsälen der Welt und mit den bedeutendsten Dirigenten unserer Zeit. Darüberhinaus hat Asi als begeisteter Kammermusiker bereits mit Größen wie Yefim Bronfman und Kirill Gerstein bei international bekannten Festivals wie den Wiener Festwochen und dem Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival zusammengearbeitet.

Seit er mit sechs Jahren angefangen hat Geige zu spielen, wurde er von Chaim Taub, Aaaron Rosand und David Nadien auf seinem Weg begleitet. Aktuell studiert er bei Pinchas Zukerman in New York. Davor war er an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien immatrikuliert, wo er als jüngster Student seit der Gründung der Universität aufgenommen wurde.

Asis Debüts versprechen spannende Meilensteine in seiner bereits aufstrebenden Karriere zu werden.

Buchen Sie hier Tickets für das Konzert.

Asi

(Written on February 12, 2015 )

Der 24jährige Dirigent Lahav Shani ist den Bamberger Symphonikern und dem Bamberger Publikum noch in bester Erinnerung. Im vergangenen Juni gewann er fulminant den ersten Preis des internationalen Gustav-Mahler-Dirigentenwettbewerbs, der seit 2004 von den Bamberger Symphonikern alle drei Jahre ausgerichtet wird. Nun ist er erneut in der Domstadt zu erleben: Noch in der Nacht auf den 19. November reiste er nach Bamberg, um für Gustavo Dudamel in drei Konzerten einzuspringen. Dieser war an Grippe erkrankt und musste die Konzerte kurzfristig absagen. Dudamel, der den ersten Dirigentenwettbewerb 2004 gewonnen hatte, wollte nach 10 Jahren nach Bamberg, einem wichtigen Meilenstein seiner künstlerischen Laufbahn, zurückkehren.

Auch für Lahav Shani nehmen „die Bamberger” eine besondere Stellung innerhalb seiner Karriere ein. 2009 erst begann er sein Dirigierstudium an der Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler” Berlin, seitdem assistierte er unter anderem Zubin Mehta mit dem Israel Philharmonic Orchestra und zeigt sich nun als Profi am Taktstock.

Seine Rückkehr nach Bamberg gab Anlass, ihn und die Musiker einmal näher zu ihrer Zusammenarbeit zu befragen.

Zwei weitere Konzerte finden am 21.11. in der Alten Oper Frankfurt und am 23.11. in der Konzerthalle Bamberg statt. Das Programm der zwei Abende umfasst Johann Sebastian Bachs Konzert für Klavier und Orchester d-Moll BWV 1052, das Lahav Shani als Solist vom Klavier aus leiten wird, sowie Gustav Mahlers Symphonie Nr. 1 D-Dur “Der Titan”.


Young conductor Lahav Shani steps in for Gustavo Dudamel with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

The 24-year-old conductor Lahav Shani is still remembered by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Bamberg audience. Last June he won the first prize of the International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, which, since 2004, has been organised every three years by the Bamberg Orchestra. Now he is once again performing in the cathedral city. In the night of the 19th November he traveled to Bamberg to step in for Gustavo Dudamel in three concerts. Sadly, Dudamel was forced to cancel the concerts last-minute due to a bout of flu. Dudamel, who won the first competition in 2004 was looking forward to returning to Bamberg, the place of a major career milestone 10 years ago.

“The Bamberger” are also of great importance to Lahav Shani, who only began his conducting studies at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin in 2009. Since then, Shani has also assisted Zubin Mehta with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

His return to Bamberg allowed us to question him and the musicians about their collaboration – see the video above.

Two further concerts take place on 21st November at the Alte Oper Frankfurt and on 23rd November in the Konzerthalle Bamberg. The program includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D minor BWV 1052, which will be conducted by Lahav Shani as soloist from the piano, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major “Titan”.

 

(Written on November 20, 2013 )

The Guardian

Google launches Spotify rival Music All Access in the UK

Subscription-based music service aims to undercut Spotify and other rivals with £7.99-a-month offer for early signups

Zubin Mehta to conduct concert in Kashmir

Mumbai-born maestro to perform with orchestra on banks of Lake Dal in Srinigar next month

Classic FM Online

New Zealand Symphony cancels tour to record Hobbit soundtrack

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has cancelled its tour of New Zealand because it coincides with recording dates for the soundtrack to the second Hobbit movie

Eric Whitacre on VC4, dubstep and meeting the Royals

Eric Whitacre chats to Classic FM’s Tim Lihoreau about the success of Virtual Choir 4 and its premiere at Buckingham Palace

Stephen Fry cites Tchaikovsky in anti-Olympics open letter

Actor, writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry has used Tchaikovsky as an example in an open letter to the Prime Minister and the International Olympic Committee calling them to boycott the Russian Winter Olympics due to LGBT prejudice

Gramophone

Fiona Shaw replaces Deborah Warner as director of Met Opera’s season-opening Eugene Onegin

Warner withdraws due to an unexpected surgical procedure

Rural opera festivals can be serious rivals for the big London houses

Smaller stages at Longborough and Dorset show what can be done with limited resources, bags of enthusiasm – and one Jonathan Miller

Classical Music Magazine

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra launches 10-day campaign for £70,000 rescue fund

A campaign has been launched to raise funds for the freelance professional Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

Klassic.com

Namhafte Künstler engagieren sich für Menschenrechte in Russland

Geiger Gidon Kremer kritisiert Anna Netrebko und Valery Gergiev

 

(Written on August 8, 2013 )

Today, the conductor, pianist and Music Director of the Staatsoper Berlin, Daniel Barenboim, will celebrate his 70th birthday. Accentus Music, in association with ZDF and Arte, will honour the esteemed musician with a two-part documentary and a live broadcast on Arte of his “birthday concert” with the Staatskapelle Berlin. In addition, Accentus Music is pleased to announce the DVD release of Bruckner’s Symphonies Nos. 4-9 performed by Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin.

This evening, the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim will give a concert in aid of a music kindergarten in Berlin, which will also mark the conductor’s birthday. Under the direction of Daniel Barenboim’s long-time colleague, Zubin Mehta, a new piece by Elliott Carter: “Dialogues II” will be performed. The work for piano and orchestra is dedicated to Daniel Barenboim, who will perform the piano part, as well as Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto. Accentus Music will record the concert in co-production with ZDF and Unitel at the Berlin Philharmonie, which will be broadcast live from 20:15CET on Arte.

The two-part documentary; “Crossing Borders: Daniel Barenboim” by Paul Smaczny accompanies the artist in a search of the social significance of music and his tireless efforts for intercultural dialogue. The first part shows Barenboim working with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and follows him at sensational premiere concerts in Cairo and Gaza City. Part two highlights Barenboim’s efforts to overcome the Wagner taboo in Israel. Arte will broadcast the co-production of Accentus Music and ZDF tonight at 22:00 CET, following the special birthday concert broadcast.

Completing Accentus Music’s monumental celebration will be the release of a major symphonic series: Anton Bruckner’s “Mature Symphonies”. In 2010 Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin performed Bruckner’s Symphonies Nos. 4 to 9 in just eight days. Accentus Music and Unitel Classica recorded the six highly acclaimed concerts at the Berlin Philharmonie. In January 2013, Accentus Music will start with the release of Bruckner’s Symphony No 4.

Paul Smaczny, producer, director and founder of Accentus Music, has collaborated for over 20 years with Daniel Barenboim. In numerous concert recordings and publications, Smaczny documents the musical work of the Buenos Aires-born conductor and pianist. For his film, “Knowledge is the Beginning – Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra”, Smaczny won the 2006 International Emmy® Award for Arts Programming.

Broadcast date: Thursday, 15th November 2012, Arte

20.15: Daniel Barenboim Birthday Concert – Live from the Berlin Philharmonic

(A production of Accentus Music in coproduction with ZDF and Unitel, in collaboration with Arte.)

22.00: Crossing Borders: Daniel Barenboim (1/2): Music and Politics

23.00: Crossing Borders: Daniel Barenboim (2/2): Musical Approaches

N.B. Above times are CET.

(A production of Accentus Music in coproduction with ZDF, in collaboration with Arte)

For more information please visit the Arte website here, or the Accentus Music website here.

(Written on November 15, 2012 )