‘Josquin has defined our career’: Peter Phillips on the end of a major recording project

Article first appeared on Arts Desk. Read HERE. “I have never been a fan of recording “Complete Works”. These projects almost inevitably include music that one would not normally spend time and money on, just to claim that one has done it all. For this reason the Gimell catalogue, from the earliest days, will beRead more ›

Moulds nominated for Golden Mask

Congratulations to Christopher Moulds who has been nominated in the Best Conductor category of the 2021 Golden Mask awards for his performances of Dido and Aeneas at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow this season. As part of the National Theatre Awards, the production has also been nominated for a Golden Mask in the Best Production category,Read more ›

Artist in Residence – Benjamin’s first concert of the season with BSO

9th December 2020 sees Benjamin’s opening concert as Artist in Residence this season with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He will perform Chopin’s E minor Concerto “abounding in melodies of indescribably expressive sweetness”. His recording of the Chopin concertos on Decca Classics won the Gramophone Concerto Award earlier this autumn. The BSO will be conducted by MartaRead more ›

Francesca Dego signs exclusive contract with Chandos Records

Italian-American violinist Francesca Dego has signed an exclusive recording deal with Chandos Records. For her first release, due in late February 2021, she celebrates the legacy of Niccolò Paganini with a recording of works inspired by the great violinist and performed on the his violin, the fabled “Il Cannone”. Future releases include the Mozart violinRead more ›

Marwood revisits Adès

Anthony Marwood returns to Adès’ violin concerto “Concentric Paths” in November with performances in Finland and Spain. In Finland he will appear with the Tapiola Sinfonietta and Ryan Bancroft in the Tapiola Hall at the Espoo Cultural Centre. In Spain, he will appear with the Orquesta Nacional de España, conducted by the composer, for threeRead more ›

Josquin Mass Cycle

On 30th October 2020 The Tallis Scholars release a new recording of Josquin’s Missa Hercules Dux Ferrarie, Missa D’ung aultre amer and Missa Faysant regretz. This album is the final release in the group’s project to record all of Josquin’s masses before the composer’s 500th anniversary in 2021. Founder and Director Peter Phillips comments: “WhenRead more ›

Mustonen live from Warsaw

Olli Mustonen is giving a recital tonight which is being broadcast live on Polish television and online from the ballroom of the Teatr Wielki, Polish National Opera. Part of the Master Recitals series, his programme includes worls by Chopin, Shchedrin, Prokofiev and his own piano sonata ‘Jehkin Iivana’. Click HERE for full details and toRead more ›

Moulds returns to Moscow

Conductor Christopher Moulds was last in Moscow in March 2020 – his final concerts before the pandemic struck. He is delighted to back at the Bolshoi Theatre this week for five performances of Purcel’s Dido and Aeneas. The production premiered in Aix-en-Provence in July 2018 in co-production with the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence andRead more ›

Live From London

The Tallis Scholars are performing a concert on 12 December as part of ‘Live From London – Christmas’, the new festive online vocal festival. The festival will broadcast 15 concerts across the festive period in December and January, filmed live from the heart of London and from venues across the world. Audiences will be ableRead more ›

Christopher Moulds in Berlin

No stranger in Berlin, this week Christopher Moulds makes his debut with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, stepping in for Bernard Labadie; the concert takes place at the Konzerthaus on 24th September at 8pm. The effervescent programme includes Bach Orchestral Suite no. 3 and Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and he is joined by the cellist Julian Steckel inRead more ›

Tito Muñoz with the Detroit Symphony

Conductor Tito Muñoz joins the Detroit Symphony this week, for two live-streamed programmes, including Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major (with cello soloist Wei Yu) Stravinsky’s Concerto for Chamber Orchestra “Dumbarton Oaks”, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and Takemitsu’s Archipelago S. For more information, click HERE.

Gramophone Award for Benjamin Grosvenor

Benjamin Grosvenor’s most recent recording on Decca Classics has been announced as winner of the Concerto category at the 2020 Gramophone Awards. The disc, which was released in February, features Frédéric Chopin’s two piano concertos, and was recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the baton of Elim Chan. Named Gramophone’s Recording of theRead more ›

Steffens’ takes up Principal Conductor post in Norrköping

Karl-Heinz Steffens is thrilled to be in Norrköping for his first concerts as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. They celebrate the opening of the season with two seminal Beethoven symphonies, nos. 3 & 5, and are joined by internationally renowned Swedish baritone Peter Mattei singing Mahler Kindertotenlieder on 5th September,Read more ›

Gala concert to open Prague State Opera season

Back in Prague, Karl-Heinz Steffens is delighted to be on stage with the orchestra of Prague State Opera conducting a gala concert to open the 20/21 season, his second as Music Director.  The concert marks the beginning of the four-year Musica non Grata project dedicated to “unwelcome music” written by composers who fell victim toRead more ›

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra appoints Associate Conductor

Alpesh Chauhan has been announced Associate Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. This follows regular appearances with the orchestra since May 2015, when he stepped in at short notice to conduct two concerts featuring works by Janacek and Shostakovich. At the time, The Herald commented: “There cannot be the slightest doubt that in theRead more ›

Honour for Christian Kluxen

Christian Kluxen, Music Director of the Victoria Symphony and Chief Conductor of the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra, has been announced as a recipient of a special grant of honour, awarded by the Danish Wilhelm Hansen Foundation. The conductor is one of 20 figures from the arts world who have been selected by the foundation for theirRead more ›

Julian Bream CBE. RIP.

We are very sad to report that Julian Bream CBE (b. 1933), English classical guitarist and lutenist, died peacefully at home today, 14 August 2020. Julian had a distinguished and internationally renowned performing career, working with some of the 20th century’s most important musicians and composers. His catalogues of recordings for RCA and EMI ClassicsRead more ›

Krzyżowa-Music 2020

Kryżowa-Music is hosting the sixth edition of the internationally acclaimed music workshop with festival concerts from 18th until 30th August 2020. Viviane Hagner, Artistic Director, is delighted that they are able to go ahead and everyone involved is looking forward to making music together.

Return to the Proms

Benjamin Grosvenor joins this year’s live Proms in a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 9 September. Appearing with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Benjamin will be the soloist in Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and available to watch onRead more ›

Artist “In Focus 2020/21” at Tonhalle Zürich

In the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich’s series «In Focus» , Olli Mustonen will be presented as an “extraordinary artist who inspires the audience with his individual approach and new concepts.” He will be appearing with Music Director Paavo Järvi in the season’s opening concerts as soloist in the piano version of Beethoven’s violin concerto, and featureRead more ›

Francesca Dego opens MITO Festival 2020

It has been announced that Italian-American violinist Francesca Dego will open the prestigious MITO Settembre Musica festival in early September 2020. Together with the la Verdi Orchestra and conductor Daniele Rustioni she will take the stage for the inaugural concerts both in Milan and Turin, performing Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher in an arrangement for solo violinRead more ›

The Tallis Scholars in India

The Tallis Scholars have been invited to give a performance in the Royal Opera House of Mumbai in 2021. This will be the ensemble’s first visit to this country. The programme will include some of the finest pieces of Renaissance polyphony including Allegri’s ‘Miserere’ and Palestrina’s ‘Missa Papae Marcelli’.

Artist in Residence at Radio France

Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has been announced as Artist-in-Residence with Radio France for the 2020/21 season. He marks the beginning of his residence with a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Orchestre National de France under the baton of Cristian Măcelaru, the orchestra’s Music Director Designate, in September 2020. Later in the season, Benjamin joinsRead more ›

New post for Alpesh Chauhan

Birmingham Opera Company has appointed Alpesh Chauhan as their Music Director from July 2020. Standing alongside Artistic Director Graham Vick, Alpesh will lead the Company in its ground-breaking work involving the local community and attracting new audiences for innovative and world-class opera performances.

Release of box set ‘Modern Times’

Recorded during Steffens’ time as Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the series of 20th Century works was released to critical acclaim. Rob Cowan, for Gramophone Magazine, says ‘…Rarely have I enjoyed a creative compilation as much as I’ve relished Capriccio’s enterprising l0-disc Modern Times Edition, where the conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens inspires the Deutsche StaatsphilharmonieRead more ›

Viviane Hagner performs live at Berlin Konzerthaus

Viviane was delighted to be invited to perform J.S. Bach’s Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 at the Berlin Konzerthaus. After so long without performing she returned to record solo in the empty Konzerthaus in their solo Bach series alongside esteemed colleageus including Suyoen Kim, Midori Seiler and Veronika Eberle. It’s available to watchRead more ›