Programme for 2016 Itinéraire Baroque Festival announced
Ton Koopman's Itinéraire Baroque Festival in the Dordogne, set in the picturesque medieval villages and towns around Riberac and Brantôme, returns for its 15th edition from Thursday 28 July to Sunday 31 July 2016. The festival's annual highlight is the Saturday pilgrimage circuit to small forgotten Romanesque churches for five "taster" concerts, following Koopman's uplifting morning recital on the organ.
Kyung Wha Chung opens the 2016 Verbier Festival following Warner Classics signing
Kyung Wha Chung, who has made a sensational return to the concert stage, opens the Verbier Festival on 22 July alongside the Festival's orchestra and conductor Charles Dutoit, with whom she has performed for four decades. Kyung Wha Chung appears twice in the festival, with Brahms' Violin Concerto for the opening concert, followed by a morning recital on 24 July with sonata partner Kevin Kenner in a programme of Fauré, Prokofiev and Franck.
Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva announce London Piano Festival
Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva announce the inaugural London Piano Festival at Kings Place from 7-9 October 2016 as they release their debut duo album of Stravinsky piano ballets today. The festival – co-curated by Owen and Apekisheva – will include performances from some of the world’s leading pianists such as Kathryn Stott, Noriko Ogawa, Stephen Kovacevich and Julian Joseph in addition to a lecture on Liszt From Exuberance to Asceticism by Alfred Brendel. Owen and Apekisheva will perform the world premiere of a new work for two pianos written by American composer Nico Muhly.
St Matthew Passion dedicated to families and victims of Brussels atrocity
Klarafestival’s decision for tonight's performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion at the Bozar in Brussels to go ahead has been endorsed by Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, who will be attending the performance himself. The performance will be dedicated to the memory of the victims, their families and the people of Belgium following yesterday's tragic events.
Angelo Villani’s launches his debut recording – Dante’s Inferno – to mark the poet’s 750th anniversary
To mark Dante Alighieri’s 750th anniversary in 2016, Australian pianist Angelo Villani released his debut album on 4 February during a concert at the home of Sir Vernon Ellis. Villani’s disc, available for download and on CD through Amazon, is themed around the legendary figures of doomed love - Dido and Aeneas (from Dante’s Divine Comedy inspired by Virgil’s Roman classic The Aeneid), Tristan and Isolde, Paolo and Francesca da Rimini and Dante’s own love for his muse. Both Dido’s Lament and the Tristan Fantasy are world première recordings and were performed exclusively by Angelo Villani on 4 February.