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.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists present Bach’s masterpiece the St Matthew Passion from memory on tour for Lent, Easter and beyond
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, who has dedicated his career to the performances of Bach’s choral repertoire, takes his multi-award winning Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists on tour across Europe in the lead up to Easter to perform Bach’s crowning masterpiece – the St Matthew Passion. Starting in Spain during the Lenten season and continuing to Belgium and Switzerland, they reach Paris on Good Friday, 25 March, and London’s Barbican Centre the following day, the Saturday before Easter. Mark Padmore takes the role of the Evangelist, Stephan Loges Christ, and Hannah Morrison the soprano, joining further soloists from the Monteverdi Choir including Reginald Mobley, Jonathan Sells, Alex Ashworth and Clare Wilkinson. In a true choral tour de force, the entire choir will sing the St Matthew Passion from memory. A different children’s choir is joining them in almost every city. The tour continues to Germany, Braunschweig and Leipzig, followed by a return to Spain and Poland, and finishing in Italy later in the year.