Sir Simon Rattle has renewed his recording contract with EMI Classics which will extend their relationship past the 30 year mark. Over the next four years Rattle and his orchestra, the Berliner Philharmoniker, will make 12 recordings. These will include the complete Nutcracker ballet by Tchaikovsky, a programme of American music which includes a new commission by Wynton Marsalis, and a disc that includes Schoenberg’s Begleitungsmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene (“Music for a Cinematographic Scene”).
This year’s batch of Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists include three Composer Awards. Chris Batchelor, Tansy Davies and Philip Jeck each receive £45,000 spread over three years, ensuring they have “the freedom to develop their creative ideas and to contribute to their personal and professional growth”.
To mark the start of a US tour by the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, a live concert is being made available at no cost tonight (Monday, November 9) at 7pm GMT (8pm EST). Simply log onto the website of the orchestra’s exclusive partner Deutsche Bank ( http://www.db.com ), register and you can watch and listen to Brahms’s Third and Fourth Symphonies live from the orchestra’s Berlin home, the Philharmonie.
Are you into The Rite of Spring ? Well, thanks to the Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen you could, quite literally, step inside this still-astounding score. A new multi-media celebration of Stravinsky’s 1913 ballet score is running on London’s South Bank until November 15 at the Bargehouse, Oxo Wharf, which allows you to walk through the orchestra as it plays: a quite amazing experience.
Tenor Mark Padmore and pianist Paul Lewis are two British musicians at the height of their powers. In our cover story, they discuss their searing collaboration in Schubert's tragic song-cycle Winterreise - the resulting recording, released...
Helen Watts was a singer of that best British school which, with the initial gift of a fine voice, learns the business and does the job, is hardly ever known to miss a beat or fluff an entry, and ends up being taken for granted. To the record-buying public she was a regular and reliable part of the LP scene, and when given a chance – as in the premier recording of Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea – she rose to the occasion nobly.
Although encouraged by his father, the MP Sir John Wallace, to study law, Ian Wallace seemed destined for the stage. His abilities were noticed while he was at Cambridge, and after serving in the Royal Artillery during World War II, he began to perform, at first for the benefit of fellow servicemen who had been wounded or invalided out of the army.
From fast food to Twitter, today’s culture is one of instant gratification, and EMI Classics is determined not to be left in the cold. In a first for the label, two live performances will be recorded tonight and tomorrow, prepared in the foyer, and sold to audience members as they leave the event.
After four years at the helm of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Oleg Caetani has stepped down from his role as artistic director and chief conductor - more than a year before his tenure was due to conclude. The Italian, who took up the post in January 2005, was scheduled to conduct performances in November and December this year and engaged for six weeks of performances in 2010.
Christian Thielemann has been named as the new principal conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden. The German conductor, currently music director of the Munich Philharmonic, will take up the role with the 2012/13 season. More information about his artistic ambitions with the orchestra – one of the oldest in the world, having been founded in 1548 – will be revealed at the formal signing next month.