Cellist Raphael Wallfisch releases disc in new series of cello concertos by exiled Jewish composers
Raphael Wallfisch releases a new album Voices in the wilderness as part of an ongoing series featuring cello concertos by exiled Jewish composers with Classic Produktion Osnabrück (CPO). With this series, Wallfisch embarks on a personal journey to rediscover the forgotten cello music of exiled Jewish composers who escaped Fascism and the Third Reich. The first disc includes cello concertos by Hans Gál and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, the latter of which is a world premiere recording. Later discs will include pieces by Goldschmidt, Ben Haim, Korngold, Bloch and Weinberg. Many of the selected composers had a connection either to Wallfisch’s own parents, themselves émigrés, or to his teacher Piatigorsky. With conductor Nicholas Milton, Wallfisch has joined forces with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra and Deutschland Radio to record the series.
Gianluca Marcianò announced as new Chief Conductor of the Serbian National Theatre of Novi Sad
Gianluca Marcianò has been announced as the new Chief Conductor of the Serbian National Theatre of Novi Sad. In 2021 Novi Sad will become the European Capital of Culture and Marcianò is now planning for a year of celebration with a focus on building ties internationally.
Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras conclude their triumphant Monteverdi 450 tour with FINAL concert at V&A on 15 December
Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists conclude a triumphant year celebrating Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary at the Victoria and Albert Museum on Friday 15 December for the only London performance of their critically acclaimed Monteverdi Trilogy. They will perform highlights from Monteverdi’s three extant operas in the Raphael Cartoon Gallery, where 50 years ago the young conductor and his newly-formed choir marked the composer’s 400th anniversary. Attendees will receive entry to Opera: Passion, Power and Politics. The exhibition, from the V&A and Royal Opera House, is the first to explore opera on a grand scale, featuring seven seminal premieres in seven cities including Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea.
Palazzetto Bru Zane and Chandos release the little-known works of Antoine Reicha
Antoine Reicha is the focus of the autumn chamber festival at Palazzetto Bru Zane, and to celebrate this Palazzetto Bru Zane is releasing a disc of Reicha’s music on Alpha Classics coinciding with Ivan Ilić’s new disc of solo piano sonatas released on Chandos.
Cellist Mario Brunello embraces Bach’s repertoire in a pictorial odyssey at the National Gallery
Cellist Mario Brunello, former first prize winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1986, embarks on a series of lunchtime concerts at the National Gallery from 14 September to 7 December, with art historian Guido Beltramini, director of the Andrea Palladio International Centre for Architectural Studies. Choosing three paintings by Botticini, Holbein and Conegliano at the National Gallery, Brunello has devised three programmes to explore three individual themes - resonance, enigma and distance. For the second concert on 24 October, Brunello explores the idea of an enigma at the heart of Holbein’s Ambassadors – the skull placed between the Ambassadors only visible from certain angles – through Bach’s Partita No.2 for violin but on a violoncello piccolo.