In today’s Classical News, Colin Currie launches a record label dedicated to drumming, and Baroque at the Edge announces its inaugural programme. The V&A rescues an archive charting the decline of Wilton’s Music Hall, and the ECHO Classical Awards are announced.
Classical Music Magazine
Percussionist Colin Currie is to launch his own record label, beginning with a recording of Steve Reich’s Drumming, due in March 2018.
The Helios Collective has announced the programme for this year’s Formations masterclasses, which will showcase two new commissions and a revival.
Early Music Today
The inaugural Baroque at the Edge Festival will take place 5-7 January 2018.
Created by those behind the London Festival of Baroque Music, the three-day event comprises seven concerts. Lindsay Kemp and Lucy Bending have invited leading musicians from a range of genres to take the music of the Baroque era and see where it leads them.
An archive recording the glory days as well as the decay and near collapse of Wilton’s Music Hall has been acquired by the V&A theatre collection.
New York Times
So forget should you do a new “Bohème”: Can you do a new — a really new — “Bohème”? Is there an approach to this work that isn’t just moving the attic stove, a fixture of the libretto, from stage right to left to center?
The New Yorker
The film and music industries are old friends, and as films have evolved so has their music. Over the past few decades, this sometimes haphazard relationship has produced many odd and unpredictable movie soundtracks.
Sustained subscriber growth and a rise in advertising revenue helped Spotify’s U.K. arm make significant gains in 2016.
Hamburg’s stunning Elbphilharmonie concert hall, inaugurated just seven months ago, was abuzz on Sunday night as it played host to the annual German ECHO Klassic Awards. Among the winners were stars such as the American singer Joyce DiDonato, the Italian piano player Maurizio Pollini and the South African violin player Daniel Hope. American Kent Nagano, who helmed the Philharmonische Staatsorchester Hamburg throughout the evening, got the ECHO as conductor of the year.
Image: Baroque at the Edge