King's College Cambridge to release new CD with Guy Johnston
The record label of King's College, Cambridge launch a major new series of alumni recordings with an album by
cellist Guy Johnston, which celebrates the 300th anniversary of his Tecchler cello. The cello’s homecoming
to Rome in January for a recording of Respighi’s Adagio con variazioni with the Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa
Cecilia is the culmination of year-long journey from Cambridge, Hatfield House and London’s Wigmore Hall.
Also a homecoming for Guy Johnston, the project begins in Cambridge with a recording of Ola Gjeilo’s O Magnum
Mysterium with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Guy Johnston's cello was broken on a trans-Atlantic flight
10 years ago, prompting a long search for a new instrument. Guy was helped to buy the 1714 David Tecchler cello by a consortium of generous patrons and the Royal Society of Musicians.
Line-up for Incontri in Terra di Siena festival at La Foce announced
Celebrated pianist and new Artistic Director of the Incontri in Terra di Siena, Alessio Bax is inviting musical friends and colleagues Joshua Bell, Radovan Vlatkovic, Henning Kraggerud, Lise Berthaud and Paul Watkins to the Festival's 2017 edition. Located in the Val d'Orcia, the Tuscan chamber music festival runs from 29 July to 5 August. A festival highlight is Sarah Connolly, who is making her first and much-anticipated appearance for a recital with Julius Drake. Set in the buildings and gardens of one of Tuscany's most beautiful estates, villas and churches of the Val d'Orcia, the summer festivities begin with Incontri's founding Director and cellist Antonio Lysy together with new artistic Director Alessio Bax and pianist Lucille Chung. Also making their debut at the festival,
the Escher String Quartet joining jazz pianist Dan Tepfer to perform the European premiere of Tepfer's Piano Quintet Solar Spiral.
2017 line-up announced for Ton Koopman's Itinéraire Baroque Festival
At this summer’s Itinéraire Baroque, Ton Koopman is marking the 250th anniversary of German composer Georg Philipp Telemann during his annual festival in the Dordogne. The composer’s works form the backbone of the 4-day programme alongside Koopman’s trademark Bach Cantatas with the Amsterdam Baroque Choir and Orchestra. Set in the picturesque medieval villages and towns around Riberac, the festival runs from Thursday 27 July to Sunday 30 July 2017.
Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva announce 2017 line-up of London Piano Festival
Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva announce a Russian-themed programme for the second annual London Piano Festival, which runs from Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 October at Kings Place, London. The stunning line-up of pianist’s include Nelson Goerner, Ilya Itin, Lisa Smirnova, Jason Rebello, Danny Driver and Melvyn Tan. Co-Artistic Directors Owen and Apekisheva have commissioned Russian-born British composer Elena Langer to compose a new work and they perform her Kandinsky during the Two-Piano Marathon on 7 October. Melvyn Tan gives the world premiere of a new composition by Kevin Volans.
Diana Ambache marks International Woman’s Day with a CD of Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz
To mark International Women’s Day, Diana Ambache champions the music of the Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz with a new CD of her chamber music on the Ambache label. Bacewicz was the former leader of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and became Poland’s most highly regarded female composer of the last century. This new recording offers a fresh perspective on Bacewicz’s work, noting the influence folk music had on her compositions. It forms the third disc in the Ambache series raising the profile of lesser-known female composers.