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La pianiste Eva Gevorgyan, prix découverte des ICMA

The pianist Eva Gevorgyan, Discovery Award of the ICMA

Young Russian pianist Eva Gevorgyan has already played on many prestigious stages. A student of the Central Music School in Moscow and a scholarship holder of the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein, she has won prizes at various competitions as well as the Discovery Award 2019 of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). Jury member Evgenia Krivitskaya from the Russian magazine Musical Life has made the following interview with the ...
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Gustavo Gimeno in Britten and Shostakovich with the Finnish RSO

One of the most immediately appealing aspects of cellist Tomas Nuñez-Garcés' performance was his understated confidence and assured virtuosity. Benjamin Britten and Dmitri Shostakovich were two of the greatest composers of the 20th century. In addition to being  admirers of  each other's work, they also shared a common link with one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century: Mstislav Rostropovich. This evening's program featured one of Shostakovich's most popular and accessible ...
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One thousand and one lessons from la Nilsson

This autobiography of Madame Bertil Niklasson, stage name Birgit Nilssson, written in Swedish, translated into Danish, then German, then English, is solid, frank, direct, never reckless, always spontaneous and witty. No detours, without artifice, without secondary or superfluous references to Marx, Freud, or Jesus…It goes straight to the point and scores a bulls-eye. Let’s admit it from the outset: Madame Nilsson has an astonishing, overwhelming memory of events that transpired over ...

ICMA and Luzerner Sinfonieorchester announce terrific program for the Gala Concert

The International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) and the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester have announced the program of the ICMA Gala Concert which will take place on 10 May 2019 at the iconic KKL Luzern with eight soloists, one chamber duo and the orchestra conducted by American conductor Lawrence Foster as well as by the Finnish Maestro Leif Segerstam. The concert will feature pianists Nelson Freire (Lifetime Achievement Award), Javier Perianes (Artist of ...
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Leonard Bernstein, Revealed

In the little game of drawing familiar analogies, always a bit foolish, it’s true, but still unavoidable, Charlie Harmon’s compilation quickly joins the leading ranks of works published in 2018 on the occasion of the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, through its qualities of authenticity, sincerity, naturalness— even candor. As Bernstein’s «assistant,» man Friday, jack-of-all-trades (but also secretary, collaborator, copyiste), Harmon survived more than six years (while others lasted only four ...
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Osmo Vänskä’s Americana with the Helsinki Philharmonic

Soloist Jonathan Roozeman handled Barber's fearsome technical demands with ease, particularly the seemingly inhuman left-hand acrobatics required in the outer movements.  One of the highlights of the current Helsinki Philharmonic season is the focus on American composers, giving Helsinki audiences the opportunity to sample repertoire infrequently performed in this corner of the world. Samuel Barber's music is firmly established in the American repertoire and was represented with his early First Symphony and wartime Concerto for ...
Les lauréats des International Classical Music Awards – ICMA 2019

The Winners of the International Classical Music Awards – ICMA 2019

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) announced today the Awards for 2019. Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire is honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Spanish pianist Javier Perianes is Artist of the Year, Croatian bassoonist Matko Smolcic is Young Artist of the Year. The Discovery Award is awarded to 14-year-old Russian pianist Eva Gevorgyan. Ars Produktion is the Label of the Year, and the newly created Composer Award goes ...
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Relishing the extremes : Hannu Lintu in Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 with the Finnish RSO

Both Lintu and the orchestra pulled out all the stops in the sprawling final movement.  The winters are long and dark in Finland. Coincidence or not, Mahler's Symphony No. 6, the composer's bleakest, seems to be performed on an annual basis in Helsinki. Whatever the reason, this work gives orchestras and conductors ample opportunity to display their technical prowess, physical and emotional stamina, and interpretive insight. Lintu's take on the opening march was ...
ICMA Finalist 2019

ICMA 2019 – The finalists

In several rounds, the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has chosen the releases competing in the finals for the awards 2019. « Our initial list with a total of 319 nominations comprised many very good as well as outstanding recordings. In the course of several rounds, the list is now reduced to three releases per category, the releases that are our finalists for 2019 », Jury President Remy Franck ...
ICMA Nomination 2019

ICMA Jury nominates 319 releases for the 2019 awards

The ICMA nomination list for 2019 is available. For the 2019 awards the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has nominated 319 audio and video productions (321 in 2017, 357 in 2018) from 107 labels (119 in 2017, 120 in 2018). To become a nomination, a production needs to be proposed by at least two jury members. With 13 nominations, ICMA's Label of the Year 2018, Alpha, shares the first ...
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Famous Father Girl, A powerfully successful Portrait of Leonard Bernstein

From the first lines of this Famous Father Girl, A Memoir of Growing up Bernstein, a passably inelegant, even frankly indigestible title, the reader quickly discovers little Jamie, oldest daughter (followed by Henry, the dog, then Alexander and Nina) of Felicia and Leonard—whom we’ll call like everyone else “LB.” She, too. with her wide-eyed stare, like one of Margaret Keane’s children, learns day by day, step by step, about an enchanted, ...
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Outhere Chairman Charles Andriaenssen : « I am cautiously optimistic »

This year, the record label Alpha is Label of the Year of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). Alpha belongs to Belgian music group Outhere (Alpha, Ricercar, Fuga Libera, Ramée, ZigZag, Arcana, Phi, Linn…). ICMA Jury member Juan Lucas (Scherzo, Spain) has made the following interview with Outhere’s Chairman Charles Adriaenssen. ICMA : How would you describe your origins and at what point did you decide that you wanted to get involved in ...
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Samuel Hasselhorn, First Prize at Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition 2018

Samuel Hasselhorn has just been awarded First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, Voice, 2018. The 27-year-old German baritone graduated from the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover (Opera singing) and from CNSMD in Paris (Voice), and is currently working in New York under the supervision of Patricia McCaffrey. He had already won many awards at various prestigious international competitions. He specializes in both German and French song ...
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Florence Bolton, dreamy baroque

Since its foundation in 2004, the baroque ensemble La Rêveuse has recorded a wide repertoire of both instrumental and vocal music, not only from France, but also from England and Germany. After publishing 12 recordings including one DVD, these musicians have now dedicated their new album to Marin Marais’s latest works. On this occasion we interviewed the co-founder and co-director Florence Bolton. “ When we play instrumental music, we try to ...
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In Helsinki, Mälkki’s cool-headed intensity in Mahler’s No. 9

Susanna Mälkki's take on Mahler's final completed masterpiece focused on tight control coupled with clear, unsentimental intensity. Nearing the end of her second year as music director of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Susanna Mälkki has explored a broad range of repertoire, from warhorses to challenging contemporary fare. Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 is one of the great monuments of the symphonic literature, and the work’s forbidding technical and emotional challenges are the ...
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Christian Lindberg in Allan Pettersson’s Symphonies No. 5 and 7

Like other releases in this series, Lindberg exposes every detail and every colour in Pettersson’s Symphony No. 7 while maintaining total control over the work’s overall structure. Christian Lindberg and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (SON) are nearing the finish line of arguably (forgive my biased opinion) one of the most important recording projects of the 20th/21st centuries: the complete symphonies of the Swedish composer Allan Pettersson. The Swedish record label BIS initiated this ...

ICMA announce Recording of the Year

From the list of their 15 winning audio and video productions, the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has chosen the overall winner of the Recording of the Year Award. It goes to the CD Visions, winner in the Vocal Recital category, with music by Bizet, Bruneau, David, Février, Franck, Godard, Halévy, Massenet, Niedermeyer, and Saint-Saëns, sung by Véronique Gens. The French soprano is accompanied by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester ...

ICMA announce major awards for 2019

During the Award Ceremony of the ICMA 2018 prices in Katowice, Poland, ICMA President Rémy Franck yesterday announced two major awards for 2019 : Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire, 73, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Spanish pianist Javier Perianes has been elected Artist of the Year. All the other awards for 2019 will be proclaimed in January next year. The Jury will publish the list with the Nominations on November ...
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Beethoven Year for the pianist Pavel Kolesnikov

Since becoming Prize Laureate of the Honens Prize for Piano in 2012, Kolesnikov has performed around the world. He is undertaking UK and European tours with the Czech National Symphony and Flanders Symphony Orchestras. "In my work I particularly relish an opportunity to strip the layers of conviction." ResMusica : You just started a UK Tour. Your repertory contains mainly Beethoven's Concertos 4 and 5. Could you tell us what touches you in ...
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Liechtenstein Symphony Orchestra will host the ICMA Gala in 2021

Last Wednesday, in the Town Hall of Vaduz, in presence of mayor Ewald Ospelt, Dr. Ernst Walch, president of the Liechtenstein Symphony Orchestra and ICMA president Rémy Franck signed the contract for the organization of the ICMA Award Ceremony and Gala Concert which will take place in April, 2021 in Vaduz. The president of the Liechtenstein Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Ernst Walch, says: « The Liechtenstein Symphony Orchestra is proud to be able ...
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Denise Fedeli : « The Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana is ready for new challenges »

In the category DVD Performance, this year’s prize of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has been awarded to Rileggendo Brahms with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana conducted by Markus Poschner. This OSI production with the complete Brahms Symphonies has been supported by Helsinn, the orchestra’s international partner, and was published on two DVDs by Sony Classical in December 2016. The live recordings were made during the first season at ...
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ICMA create new ‘Composer Award’

To underline the importance of musical creation in today’s musical life, the International Classical Music Awards ICMA have created a Composer Award. During their General Assembly at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg, the members of the Jury decided to add a new award to the existing 22 categories. The Composer Award is to honor the work of a living composer. Jury President Rémy Franck said: « For this new award we will monitor ...
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The Winners of the International Classical Music Awards – ICMA 2018

For the International Classical Music Awards 2018, the ICMA Jury has once more selected musicians and organizations that have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements. The independent and international jury has also chosen their favourites from 357 nominated audio and video releases. Jury President Rémy Franck said: "Running for eight years, ICMA has become a huge annual celebration and a widely respected benchmark for musical excellence. One of the reasons of this ...
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An Exciting Biography of Toscanini, by Harvey Sachs

Toscanini : Musician of Conscience is a fascinating tome of 923 pages (in English) devoted to Toscanini. Fascinating, because it’s often brilliant and unquestionably deserves a place among the greatest biographies in the language. Fascinating, not because it (sometimes) sets the record straight regarding certain  episodes in Arturo Toscanini’s life (not really necessary), but quite simply because Harvey Sachs, author of a Toscanini, published in 1978 and translated into French in ...
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ICMA 2018 – The finalists

In several rounds, the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has chosen the releases competing in the finals for the awards 2018. « Our list with a total of 357 nominations comprised many very good as well as outstanding recordings. Yet, the rules are way of cruel, since every member has to eliminate step by step all the releases but one », Jury President Rémy Franck said. « Obviously many excellent productions ...
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Passionate and virtuosic : Tianwa Yang in Britten’s Violin Concerto

Yang brought a devilish and almost unhinged quality to the dancing second movement of Britten's Violin Concerto, which further highlighted her amazing virtuosity. The current Helsinki season has been almost an embarrassment of riches for lovers of Britten's Violin Concerto. Several weeks ago, Helsinki audiences were treated to Vilde Frang's arguably definitive and breathtaking account of this masterpiece with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Expectations were naturally high to hear Tianwa Yang's ...
ICMA Nomination 2018

ICMA Nomination List 2018 Is Available

ICMA Jury nominates 357 releases for the 2018 awards. The ICMA nomination list for 2018 is available. To get the list, just click on our Nominations link which will lead you to lists sorted by labels or categories. For the 2018 awards the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has nominated 357 audio and video productions (321 in 2017, 364 in 2016) from 120 labels (119 in 2017, 115 ...
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The sea in many forms: the Finnish premiere of Matthew Whittall’s piano concerto

Matthew Whittall's new piano concerto, Nameless Seas, was effective in evoking not only literal but also metaphorical feelings of the sea. Respighi is best known for his ecstatically colorful symphonic portraits of Rome, which are textbook demonstrations of orchestral brilliance. Respighi's orchestration of Bach's D major Prelude and Fugue is further evidence of the Italian composer's orchestral wizardry. Particularly striking in the opening Prelude was Respighi's ability to closely mimic the colors of an organ within an orchestral soundworld; this was ...
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Irene Dalis in recital, for collectors and everyone else

This priceless CD illustrates, as if that were still necessary, and strongly underscore the consummate vocal and dramatic mastery of this great American mezzo of the 50’s and 60’s. It offers us, unfortunately, only a few limited examples and vocal fragments of a young and still developing Irene Dalis. Enhanced by long excerpts from Carmen (eight of them), sung in German, which come to us straight from Oldenburg (but can we be ...
 

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