Friday 31 August 2018

Japanese Summer for John Axelrod

While waiting for the next intense concerts' season, John Axelrod will be conducting quite often in Japan during the summer.
After beeing invited by Valery Gergiev as Principal Conductor at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, with concerts mainly dedicated to Mahler and Bernstein, on 31 August John Axelrod will be conducting the prestigious NHKSO in Tokyo with a program mostly dedicated to Bernstein, Axelrod's former professor.
More infos at the link.

Sunday 29 July 2018

Stanislav Kochanovsky in Saint Petersburg and Verbier

An intense summer for Stanislav Kochanovsky, who recently conducted two opera productions ("Madama Butterfly" and "Boris Godunov") at the "Stars of the White Night Festival" in Saint Petersburg. 
More over, following his successful debut in 2017 with "Eugene Onegin", Maestro Kochanovsky will be back to the Verbier Festival. In the 2018 edition, which is marking the 25th anniversary of the Festival, Stanislav Kochanovsky will be conducting a symphonic concert (Sunday 29/07, with Mikhail Pletnev and Lucas Debargue at the piano) and "Rigoletto" (Sunday 05/08) with the young artists of the Verbier Festival Academy. 

https://www.verbierfestival.com/concert/dim-29-juillet-19h00/
https://www.verbierfestival.com/concert/dim-05-aot-14h30/

Friday 27 July 2018

Daniel Smith conducts Barbiere di Siviglia in Genova

Among the Summer Season events organised by Teatro Carlo Felice in the fascinating Porto Antico in Genova, on Friday 27 and Sunday 29 two performances of Rossini's "Il barbiere di Siviglia" conducted by Daniel Smith.
Principal Guest Conductor at the operahouse in Genova, for this production Daniel Smith decided to donate his own fee to the theatre wishing to support all the activities dedicated to young artists.
More over, Maestro Smith will open the 2018/2019 Season at Teatro Carlo Felice, conducting "An American in Paris(12-21 October).
http://www.carlofelicegenova.it/2018/05/30/il-barbiere-di-siviglia-ti-porto-allopera/
http://www.carlofelicegenova.it/2018/07/02/an-american-in-paris/

 

Friday 29 June 2018

Tito Cecccherini at La Fenice in Venice

On Friday 29 June, Giorgio Battistelli's opera "Riccardo III" is performed for the first time in Italy at Teatro La Fenice in Venice. This premiere will be conducted by Tito Ceccherini, one of the most appreciated orchestra conductors on an international level, especially in the '900 and contemporary repertoire. The production is directed by Robert Carsen.

The work is inspired by Shakespeare's character of Richard III, who takes on dramatic and ironic features in the composer's score. According to Tito Ceccherini, "Giorgio Battistelli is a composer who – in particular in his theatre works – is able to use a wide variety of means with great ductility, fantasy and naturalness. In such a complex work as this, in which Shakespeare’s text has been rigorously adapted, this ductility proves to be extremely useful and prolific [...]".

Ricccardo III will be staged in Venice for five evenings and the performance on Tuesday, July 3 at 19.00 will be broadcast live on Rai Radio3.

Thursday 28 June 2018

Breaking news! JOHN AXELROD conducts the BR Symphonieorchester

JOHN AXELROD conducts this week the Symphonieorchester of the Bayerischen Rundfunks:

June 28 & 29
Barber – Adagio
Stravinsky – Chant Funébre Op. 5
Shostakovich – Symphony N. 13

As Music and Artistic Director of the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, John Axelrod has achieved an impressive success especially with his interpretations of Mahler, Shostakovich, Brahms and Bernstein Symphonies:

Historic Shostakovich of the ROSS
Shostakovich's interpretation of Leningrad was truly historic. Axelrod's direction proved to be very expert and intense, offering an accurate play of contrasts between the orchestral mass and more chamber music, and printing a character of expressive crescendo throughout the symphony.

Saturday 16 June 2018

THE QUARTETTO DI CREMONA AT THE UNITED NATIONS IN GENEVA

This evening at the United Nations Palace in Geneva, the Quartetto di Cremona will be playing Beethoven and Chausson in a concert included in the celebrations for the 70th Anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration.
The event is realized in collaboration with the Nippon Music Foundation which has given on loan to the ensemble the wonderful set of instruments known as the "Paganini Quartet", made by Antonio Stradivari and beloned to Niccolò Paganini.

After Geneva, the Quartetto di Cremona will play in Venice, in Albania, in Seoul and in Japan.

Friday 15 June 2018

John Axelrod between Sevilla and Belgrade

A very intense June for John Axelrod, with three concerts in Sevilla with the Real Orquestra Sinfonica (where he is GM, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor) and a new invitation to conduct the Belgrade Philharmonic (Friday 15 June).
John Axelrod in indeed an extremely versitile conductor, always proposing intresting programs: within a few weeks he will be conducting a really wide repertoire, with a huge presence of US composers (among them Bernstein in the 100 birth annyversary), a special attetion to rarerly performed works, and a specific focus on Shostakovich, already followed by amazing reviews on the Spanish press. 

Friday 8 June 2018

RELEASED THE QUARTETTO DI CREMONA BEETHOVEN BOX

Two years of intense work and eight CDs: here it is the Quartetto di Cremona Beethoven Box which collects the complete recordings of Ludwig van Betehoven String Quartets made by the Cremona and issued by the German label Audite.
The Beethoven Box is indeed an outstanding achivement in the ensemble career, considered the most rappresentative Italian string quartet all over the world.
The eight volumes have alreday gained the praise of the international critics as well as a few important prizes such as Echo Klassik 2017 (volume n.7) and ICMA 2018 (volume n.7 and n.8).

More information on how purchase or download the Beethoven Box at this link.

Thursday 12 April 2018

Tito Ceccherini triumphs at the Frankfurt Opera

Another resounding success for Tito Ceccherini at the Frankfurt Opera with a new production of "From the house of the dead" by Janacek, which debuted last Sunday and whose performances will continue until April 29.

A former guest of the German theatre, Tito Ceccherini has led the orchestra and the singing company through the complex pages of Janacek, "highlighting the many layers of colour inherent in music in an authoritative and extremely precise way, without ever losing sight of the overall architecture of the opera" (Deutschlandfunk-Kultur).
The French magazine ResMusica also highlighted how "the great strength of the representation comes mainly from the hole (...) thanks to the particularly innovative direction of the Italian conductor Tito Ceccherini...".

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Quartetto di Cremona wins the ICMA 2018 Awards

On Friday 6th April in Katowike took place the ICMA 2018 Awarding Ceremony with our Beethoven Volume n.7 and Volume n.8 winning this prestigious prize.

Here the Jury's motivation of the award: "These interpretations are powerful, vibrating, excitingly intense and inspiring from the very first to the very last note, providing decisive proof of Quartetto di Cremona's overwhelming technical capacity and fantastic musicianship".

Many thanks to Audite for this fascinating journey together.