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WildKat PR is excited to be working with the Swiss mother and daughter ensemble Duo Praxedis in the coming months.

Praxedis Hug-Rütti (harp) and her daughter Praxedis Geneviève Hug (piano) are set to revive the rather unusual chamber ensemble formation of piano and harp duo – an instrument combination which was frequently used in the early classical era but has since fallen into obscurity.

Praxedis and Praxedis first performed on stage together in 1996 when they were asked to play Bach’s Double Concerto, arranged for harp and piano, with orchestra. Since 2009, the duo have performed regularly in Switzerland and also internationally with their diverse repertoire, including early classical works for their instruments as well as their own arrangements of later masterpieces and contemporary compositions. They commissioned the renowned Swiss composer Oliver Waespi to write a Double Concerto for Harp, Piano and Wind Orchestra, which had its world premiere at the Tonhalle in Zürich in 2014.

Duo Praxedis fascinates audiences with their sensitive and intimate interpretations as well as their extraordinary concert dresses, which are their own designs, carefully tailored by the long-established embroidery company St. Galler Stickerei-Manufaktur Forster-Rohner and Jakob Schläpfer. The duo have performed at prestigious festivals such as the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy AG, festival.Esterházy and the Engadin Festival. Their CDs were released with the labels Guildmusic, Preiser and Paladino.

Visit Duo Praxedis’ Youtube channel to get an impression of their unique music-making and follow them on Facebook for news and updates.

Duo Praxedis

(Written on December 12, 2014 )

Lionel Bringuier is the Chief Conductor designate of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich. Today he announced his first season with the orchestra. During the season, Bringuier will be joined by Artist in Residence Yuja Wang, and Esa-Pekka Salonen will assume the newly created role of Creative Chair, composing a new work that will be premiered by Lionel and the orchestra at the 14/15 season opening concert in September.

A highlight of the first season will be a tour of France, Germany and Austria, on which Lionel, Yuja and the orchestra will perform works by Prokofiev, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, Ravel and Salonen.

“It is important for me to welcome a new, young audience and also not to hold back from including contemporary repertoire in our programmes”, said Bringuier and throughout the 14/15 season he will conduct a diverse range of repertoire as well as two tonhalleLATE events.

For more information, visit Lionel’s website, or keep up-to-date via his Facebook page.

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich 14/15 Season press conference

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich 14/15 Season press conference

(Written on March 31, 2014 )

The Times

Death of David Kelly To Provide Inspiration For Opera

Will Self has used the death of the British scientist and biological warfare expert Dr David Kelly as inspiration for an opera.

How The Higginbottom Home Hatched Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

One wears cassocks and the other wears feathers. But Edward and Orlando Higginbottom say that all music is costume drama.

LA Times

Pasadena Symphony: Michael Stern Takes Baton For Ailing DePreist

James DePreist, artistic advisor of the Pasadena Symphony, is recovering from heart bypass surgery and won’t be able to conduct its April 28 program at the Ambassador Auditorium, the orchestra announced Thursday.

Telegraph

The Parliament Choir: Cross-Party Harmony In The House

The Parliament Choir allows people of all persuasions to put aside political differences and unite in song.

Robin Ticciati: The 28-Year-Old Who Makes Top-Rank Conducting Look So Easy

Robin Ticciati, musical director of the SCO, tells Ivan Hewett the secret of his success.

Colin Currie: It’s Not Noise, It’s Real Music

Colin Currie is leading a generation of ever more sophisticated players, says Ivan Hewett.

As Bach Demonstrates, The Great Story Is Greater Still When It’s Sung

It is an amazing feeling, knowing that people have been singing their accounts of the Passion of Christ for at least 1,200 years.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Musical Miracle In The Congo

An ex-pilot in Kinshasa founded a symphony orchestra

New York Times

Let’s Talk About ‘The Ring’

Talking about the ‘Ring’ by Wagner at the Metropolitan Opera

Guardian

Export Ban Helps Britten Manuscript Stay In The UK

The British Library have acquired a fascinating manuscript of Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Tom Service tells the story.

Intermezzo

Hair Of The Choccy Dog

The crowning point of Zurich’s recent Salon du Chocolat exhibition was a fashion show where designers paired with chocolatiers to create outfits connected to the theme of opera.

http://intermezzo.typepad.com/intermezzo/2012/04/chocolate-fashion.html#more

 

 

(Written on April 10, 2012 )