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ICMA winner the pianist Josu de Solaun: « During this period any good news has a special meaning »

Among the winners of the International Classical Music Awards 2021 is the CD Fantasque produced by Audite and played by the violinist Franziska Pietsch and the pianist Josu de Solaun. ...

Boian Videnoff, the conductor who digitalises sheet music

Conductor Boian Videnoff is the Artistic and General Director of the Mannheimer Philharmoniker and the founder of the start-up Enote, a new sheet music app. To better understand what is ...

ICMA Jury nominates 365 releases for the 2021 Awards

The ICMA nomination list for 2021 is available. For the 2021 awards the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has nominated 365 audio and video productions from 122 ...

Joseph Moog, a pianist fascinated by Franz Liszt

Joseph Moog, a young pianist but already a double winner of the International Classical Music Awards, recently released a disc devoted entirely to the work of Franz Liszt. On this ...

Raphaela Gromes on the discovery of a Strauss score

Raphaela Gromes and Julian Riem have recently released a very special disc devoted to Richard Strauss' compositions, including the premiere recording for the first version of his Cello Sonata. On this ...

From Alan Walker, A Refined, Controlled, Artistocratic Chopin

This "Chopin" proves overall to be overwhelming, amazing, even insolent, insofar as it has everything possible in it, allowing us to learn all about the man, his time, and his work. ...

Gerald Finley sings Lieberson’s heartbreaking Songs of Love and Sorrow

Peter Lieberson's Songs of Love and Sorrow are not only emotionally direct, sincere, and unpretentious, but also heartbreakingly effective. The American composer Peter Lieberson composed the Songs of Love and Sorrow in difficult circumstances. He ...

Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts Pettersson and Sibelius with the Tampere Philharmonic

Under Rouvali's direction, Allan Pettersson's Symphony No. 7 felt like a connected series of very long phrases, each executed with a single breath. In the past half-decade or so, the star of the ...

ICMA 2020: The finalists

In three rounds, the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has chosen the releases competing in the finals for the awards 2020. « Our initial list with a total ...

Olari Elts in all-Russian program with the Finnish RSO

The Estonian conductor Olari Elts is a regular visitor to Helsinki and is often seen on the podium in front of both the Helsinki Philharmonic and the Finnish Radio Symphony ...

A Pettersson double-header with Christian Lindberg and the Norrköping Symphony

Christian Lindberg brought out the epic, almost Bruckner-like grandeur in the brass in Allan Pettersson's Symphony No. 15. In the early 1990s the Swedish record label BIS began an ambitious project ...

ICMA Jury nominates 390 releases for the 2020 awards

The ICMA nomination list for 2020 is available. To see the list, just click on our Nominations button, which will lead you to lists sorted by labels or categories. For ...

The Finnish RSO celebrates Magnus Lindberg

Any given Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra performance of Lindberg's music is both idiomatic and definitive.  Throughout his long and distinguished career as a composer of orchestral music, the Finnish RSO, Lindberg's hometown ...

For the composer Craig Shepard, the music is in the street

Craig Shepard is the « maître d’œuvre » for two events that are part of the Festival d’Automne : ‘ON FOOT: Aubervilliers’, 24 daily silent walks in the city’, and ‘TRUMPET CITY: ...

Intensity and commitment: John Storgårds and the Kamus Quartet play Pettersson

Pettersson requires superhuman concentration and virtuosity from the soloist and this is exactly what John Storgårds brought to the table. Like elsewhere in the classical music world, summer in Finland marks ...

Interview with Leif Ove Andsnes

The pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is one of the most creative musicians of his generation; each of his recordings is a significant event. We met him in Stockholm to discuss ...

Love at first sight : Nicholas Collon and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

After the second date, it looks like the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas Collon have a beautiful relationship ahead of them. The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (FRSO) has had a ...

Brad Lubman, the taste of the unexplored

He is one of the leading conductors of modern music in the world. He premiered a huge ensemble of pieces from Helmut Lachenmann, to Steve Reich, Régis Campo or Hilda ...

Stella Chen, First Prize at the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition

Stella Chen is the beaming young musician who has just been awarded the First Prize of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, violin 2019. She delighted us with her ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...