31st August: Columbia Artists Management is closing down, Bartoli continues to run Pfingstfestspiele Salzburg, Countertenor and ensemble leader Claudio Cavina has died

Monday 31st August 2020

Columbia Artists Management is closing down

New York based Columbia Artists Management Inc., one of the leading agencies representing classical music performers, says it is shutting down on August 31. A statement emailed Saturday to their artists says: « It is with a heavy heart that, having endured a prolonged pandemic environment, we must announce that effective August 31, 2020, Columbia Artists Management, Inc. will close its doors. Throughout our 90-year history in supporting the arts and artists in New York and around the world, it’s been a joy to be your advocates in your careers.  We still believe in every one of you and your creations and are hopeful that the world will come back performing and creating like never before.

Columbia Artists has engaged with a fiduciary to enter into an assignment for the benefit of creditors, a form of insolvency proceeding where assets are liquidated, and claims addressed in an orderly manner.  We are working tirelessly to provide each of you individual, concrete guidance on your specific situation over the coming days.  In addition, we’re working together with the fiduciary to see a safe place to land for your Columbia Artists relationship. »

The company is representing artists like Seiji Ozawa, Valery Gergiev, Markus Poschner, Christoph Koenig, Maurizio Pollini, Anne-Sophie-Mutter, Khatia Buniatishvili, Nicholas Angelich, Christian Zacharias, Menahem Pressler, Gidon Kremer and many more.

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Bartoli leitet weitere fünf Jahre Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele

Cecilia Bartoli bleibt weitere fünf Jahre die künstlerische Leiterin der Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele. Ihr im kommenden Jahr auslaufender Vertrag sei bis 2026 verlängert worden, teilte das Direktorium der Salzburger Festspiele am Freitag mit. Die italienische Sängerin leitet das Minifestival der Festspiele bereits seit 2012.

«Es ist mir eine große Freude, mit Cecilia Bartoli unsere so fruchtbare künstlerische Zusammenarbeit die gesamte Laufzeit auch meines Vertrages fortzusetzen», betonte Intendant Markus Hinterhäuser. Wegen der Coronapandemie wurden die diesjährigen Pfingstfestspiele abgesagt. Im Mittelpunkt des Programms für 2021 hat Bartoli ihre Heimatstadt Rom gestellt. Zentrales Werk wird die szenische Aufführung des Oratoriums «Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno» von Georg Friedrich Händel.

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Bartoli continues to run the Pfingstfestspiele Salzburg for another five years

Cecilia Bartoli remains the artistic director of the Salzburg Pfingstfestspiele for another five years. Her contract, which expires next year, has been extended to 2026, the Salzburg Festival Board of Directors announced on Friday. The Italian singer has been the festival’s mini-festival director since 2012.

“It is a great pleasure for me to continue our fruitful artistic collaboration with Cecilia Bartoli for the entire duration of my contract,” emphasised Director Markus Hinterhäuser. This year’s Pfingstfestspiele were cancelled due to the corona pandemic. Bartoli has placed her home city of Rome at the centre of the programme for 2021. The central work will be the scenic performance of the oratorio “Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno” by Georg Friedrich Händel.

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Claudio Cavina, contre-ténor et chef d’ensemble, est mort

Il était surtout connu pour avoir fondé et dirigé l’ensemble La Venexiana, spécialisé dans les madrigaux italiens et la musique de Monteverdi.

Né en 1962, formé à Bologne par Candace Smith, puis à la Schola Cantorum Basiliensis par Kurt Widmer et René Jacobs, le contre-ténor Claudio Cavina fait ses débuts comme soliste dans diverses œuvres baroques — dont un rôle dans L’Orfeo aux Arènes de Vérone en 1990. Il chante au sein de l’ensemble Concerto Italiano de Rinaldo Alessandrini. Bientôt, il consacre une grande part de son énergie à son ensemble, La Venexiana, fondé en 1995 avec la soprano Rossana Bertini. Il y chante, il en assure la direction artistique. D’abord duo avec basse continue, La Venexiana s’étoffe bientôt pour aborder ce qui sera le cœur de son répertoire : le madrigal italien, qu’il a enregistré principalement pour le label Glossa.

Une remarquable intégrale des neuf livres de Monteverdi, mais aussi des disques consacrés à Barbara Strozzi, Carlo Gesualdo (dont un Diapason d’or), Giaches de Wert (Diapason d’or), Luca Marenzio et Sigismondo d’India, dont beaucoup font référence dans le domaine. Sous la direction de Claudio Cavina, La Venexiana a également gravé les trois opéras de Monteverdi — on en retiendra principalement un Orfeo encore bien ancré dans le contexte madrigalesque de son écriture — ainsi que la Selva morale e spirituale.

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Claudio Cavina, countertenor and ensemble leader, has died

He was best known for founding and directing the ensemble La Venexiana, which specialised in Italian madrigals and Monteverdi’s music.

Born in 1962, trained in Bologna by Candace Smith and then at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis by Kurt Widmer and René Jacobs, countertenor Claudio Cavina made his debut as a soloist in various Baroque works – including a role in L’Orfeo at the Arena in Verona in 1990. He sings in Rinaldo Alessandrini’s Concerto Italiano. He soon devoted much of his energy to his ensemble, La Venexiana, founded in 1995 with soprano Rossana Bertini. He sings in it and is its artistic director. Initially a duo with basso continuo, La Venexiana soon expanded to include what would become the heart of his repertoire: the Italian madrigal, which he recorded mainly for the Glossa label.

A remarkable collection of Monteverdi’s nine books, as well as records devoted to Barbara Strozzi, Carlo Gesualdo (including a Diapason d’or), Giaches de Wert (Diapason d’or), Luca Marenzio and Sigismondo d’India, many of which are references in the field. Under the direction of Claudio Cavina, La Venexiana has also engraved Monteverdi’s three operas – mainly an Orfeo still firmly rooted in the madrigalesque context of his writing – as well as the Selva morale e spirituale.

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