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ICMA 2014 : The winners

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) announced the Awards for 2014. Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit, 78, is honored with our Lifetime Achievement Award. One of the most eminent fortepianists of our time, Andreas Staier, is ‘Artist of the Year’. the young French viola player Adrien Boisseau is ICMA’s ‘Young Artist of the Year ». In total seven Special Awards are listed, among them the one for the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden ...
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Splendid Stigmatized by James Conlon

These “Stigmatized” (Die Gezeichneten) by Franz Schreker, Jew-lovers and degenerates (entartete musik) for Hitler’s Reich, disappear quickly from the repertoire in 1930. The opera debuted in Frankfurt on April 25, 1918, (a triumph, with Else Gentner-Fischer, Karl Ziegler, Robert vom Scheidt, and Walter Schneider, under the baton of Ludwig Rottenberg), six years after the enormous success of Schreker’s FERNE KLANG, with a libretto by the composer. After Zemlinsky had been approached, ...
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Allan Pettersson’s 9th by Lindberg : enlightening

When accused of composing out of self-pity, the Swedish composer Allan Pettersson (1911-80) angrily responded by saying that his music conveyed not self-pity but “pure information.” The circumstances of Pettersson’s life has allowed, perhaps too readily, interpretations of his music informed by the composer’s difficult childhood and constant battle against illness as an adult. Christian Lindberg has taken a different approach to Pettersson, conveying the music’s “pure information.” On the ...
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Clefs d’Or ResMusica « Gold Keys » : The Winners 2013

Each month ResMusica awards five Clefs ResMusica to recognize outstanding publications of albums, videos and books. Since 2009, selected recipients of these Clefs ResMusica  have been awarded the Clefs d’Or ResMusica (Gold Key, Master Key Awards), acknowledging outstanding releases of the year. The Winners 2013 : Master Key Penderecki by Penderecki : the symphonies Krzysztof Penderecki’s symphonies had already been issued separately: now they have all been gathered together in a box set called The ...
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The ICMA 2014 nomination list is available

The ICMA 2014 nomination list is available. The winners will be announced early in 2014. « This list comprises all the initial choices submitted by at least two Jury members and clearly reflects the international character of our Awards. The list comprises 264 CD and DVD releases of a total of 94 labels, up from 86 competing in 2013″, said ICMA President Remy Franck. With 18 nominations, the French label Harmonia Mundi is ...
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Penderecki by Penderecki : the symphonies

Krzysztof Penderecki’s symphonies had already been issued separately: now they have been all gathered together in a box set called The Complete Symphonies. In fact, the set includes only seven of the eight: the sixth, which is supposed to be an hommage to nature, a kind of Polish “Pastorale,” is not yet finished. These monumental works have been composed across thirty years of a life dedicated to composing, and their ...
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‘Label of the Year’ Audite celebrates its 40th Anniversary

ICMA’s ‘Label of the Year 2013′ Audite celebrated it’s 40th anniversary yesterday in Berlin. With music performed by Audite artists ‘Mandelring Quartett’ and ‘Klavierduo Bard’ the official celebration consisted essentially in the presentation of several upcoming birthday editions confirming the label’s outstanding artistic achievement. Audite was founded in 1973 by Friedrich Mauermann. The creation took place at a period when the music market was dominated by the so called major labels ...
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ICMA Trophy for Pierre Boulez

In his IRCAM office in Paris, French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez received the ICMA trophy for the CD set ‘Ballets Russes’ on Melodiya. In this recording Boulez is conducting the Moscow Conservatory Orchestra in Stravinsky’s ‘Petrouchka’. The set is the 2013 winner in the category ‘Historical Recordings’. Since Pierre Boulez was not able to attend the ICMA Ceremony in Milan, on 18 March, Melodiya arranged a delayed award presentation for ...
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La Passion de Simone by Kaija Saariaho

In 2006, Kaija Saariaho takes a French topic with a universal appeal on again, on a booklet by Amin Maalouf. La Passion de Simone, an oratorio for solo soprano, choir, orchestra and electronics, which caption is : « A musical path in fifteen stations», received its premiere in Vienna, on the 26th of November 2006 with a staging by Peter Sellars, and Susanna Malkki was the conductor. That day Simone ...
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American masterworks by Bo Holten, the best introduction to Delius

Frank Delius’s enthusiasts often come up against the same questions: how to help his music to get played, which pieces to put forward so we can hear it again in concert halls? His work sings of love, sensuality, nature, and deals with serious, timeless, deeply touching themes such as racism (in Koanga) and the loss of the beloved (in Sea Drift). One of the reasons Delius is not very well-known today ...
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Andris Nelsons conducts Antonín Dvořák

The Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons is less a media stunt than his colleague Gustavo Dudamel. However, he is “the other" young conductor of the beginning of our century.  At 35, he is one of the busiest conductors in the classical music world. For now, he is the principal conductor of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has just been elected as the new music director of the prestigious Boston Symphony Orchestra.  ...
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François-Xavier Roth conducts Debussy

The French conductor François-Xavier Roth is the first to record the Suite n°1 by Claude Debussy. The musicologists Jean-Christophe Branger and Denis Herlin rediscovered the score in a library in New-York. They found both versions of the score: for piano and for orchestra.  The orchestration of the third movement has not been completed so a new orchestration has been commissioned to the French contemporary composer Philippe Manoury. Debussy composed the ...
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Denis Matsuev in New York

Denis Matsuev, an extraordinary pianist, offers, as part of the 140th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Rachmaninoff an album that confronts the Concerto No. 2 with the Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin. A confrontation at first somewhat unexpected between the romanticism of the Russian and the American jazz rhythm. Yet these two composers are closely related to New York City where this album was recorded in collaboration with the ...
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17th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw

As usual, around Easter, the Warsaw Beethoven Festival makes the polish music life more lively. At this edition, which was the 17th, the program was still very extensive, mixing genres from chamber music to symphonic music. The Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra is Poland's youth orchestra. It was founded in order to ease the youngsters' way into the world of professional orchestras. It performed at the festival in a concert starring two young ...
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Quartet, an enchanting comedy with music

The Beecham House - named in honor of the British conductor Thomas Beecham - is in effervescence. Residents, retired former musicians and singers, prepare the annual gala, perhaps the last, which profit will help keep the house open. Among them, Reggie, Wilf and Cissy, opera singers who formed a quartet in their youth with Jean another famous singer legendary... And here she arrives, one day. She is constantly inhabited by ...
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ICMA 2013 : a trophy for Vladimir Fedoseyev

In the category Historical Recordings, Russian label Melodyia won an Award for the box 'Les Ballets Russes' (catalogue No. 1001990) with Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring, played by Moscow Philharmonic, Moscow State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra under conductors Dmitrij Kitajenko, Pierre Boulez and Vladimir Fedoseyev. While at the Award Ceremony in Milan (18 March 2013), Dimitrij Kitajenko was given a trophy, ...
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Riccardo Chailly at the ICMA ceremony in Milan

Maestro Riccardo Chailly, Conductor Laureate of laVerdi awarded the ICMA for the CD « Discovery » by Verdi (DECCA) with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. Watch the video.
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John Axelrod speaks about the ICMA 2013 Awards ceremony

Maestro Axelrod speaks about the edition 2013 of the ICMA and of the prizes which will be awarded during a concert event at the Auditorium in Milan on 18th March 2013. Watch the video: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb8gy1t_8fI[/youtube]
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Iolanta and Perséphone, a successful pairing

The originality and success of this DVD results from first an unusual pairing of two works, or rather two rarities, belonging to very different eras and idioms. Indeed, aside from their very obviously Russian origins—even though Persephone, which premiered at the Paris Opera in 1934, could almost be taken for a French work—everything about these two works would seem to be entirely different. The late post-romanticism of Tchaikovsky's last opera (Iolanta ...
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Staggering Médée by Krzysztof Warlikowski

This DVD featuring Médée provides the  music lover with the opportunity to watch Christophe Rousset and director Krzysztof Warlikowski’s memorable production of Cherubini’s masterpiece. First given at La Monnaie in Brussels in 2008, this opera returned in September 2011 before being presented in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in December 2012. First, we must applaud the appropriate choice of using the French version of the opera, including the spoken ...
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Christian Lindberg : Pettersson is gigantic !

On November 25, on a famous social network, Christian Lindberg wrote: «Having lived now for 6 months with Pettersson´s 9th symphony I am SO MUCH looking forwards to start the work with the orchestra tomorrow! Pettersson gets under your skin, and You actually feel his pain working with his music. So why do we love him so much?? HE SPOKE OUT MUSICALLY ABOUT HUMAN DISPAIR! And in some strange way, ...
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Gens and Axelrod rediscover Berlioz and Ravel

Those scores have a mesmerizing beauty but demand a very high technical and musical level. Hence, their discography is quantitatively massive but qualitatively very (very) poor. The tone of the solists cannot always seduce the listener into forgetting clumsy diction, misreading of the text or ignorance of the stylistic rules of prosody. In this context, the legendary version of Crespin and Ansermet (Decca) of Les Nuits d’été and Shéhérazade is ...
 

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