Archive | November, 2013


Sony Classical is prepareing for Barenboim’s 2014 New Year’s Day Concert

Posted on 30 November 2013 by admin

Sony Classical has confirmed that it will be releasing a recording of the 2014 New Year’s Day Concert from the Vienna Philharmonic, which will be conducted by Daniel Barenboim. A seasonal institution in the classical music world – along with, in its very different way, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge – the annual celebration of the music composed by members of the Strauss dynasty and their contemporaries has welcomed a prestigious roster of famous conductors to the Musikverein podium in its 75-year-long history. Barenboim previously conducted the event in 2009, and his return next year celebrates a quarter century of collaboration between him and the orchestra. Sony Classical will be issuing its recording on January 13 – the third year in a row that Sony Classical has released the concert – on CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, Vinyl, digital download and digital longform video formats.

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24 days of free high-resolution music downloads on Linn

Posted on 29 November 2013 by admin

Linn is celebrating the festive season with free Studio Master high-resolution music downloads from the beginning of December until Christmas. The hi-fi manufacturer, whose Linn Records label wonGramophone’s Label of the Year in 2010, will offer a free track from its Studio Master catalogue every day, starting at 10am and available for just 24 hours. Three free tracks will be available on Sunday, December 1st to start the ’24-bits of Christmas’ promotion, and we’re promised a ‘special gift’, to be available between Christmas Day and December 27th. As a taster of what’s on offer, ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ from the Dunedin Consort’s Gramophone Award-winning recording of the 1724 Dublin Version of Handel’s Messiah, is available from now until Sunday morning. It can be downloaded from the 24-bits of Christmas website in either 24-bit/88.2 kHz FLAC or ALAC (Apple Lossless). During the promotion, Linn promises ‘something for everyone to enjoy, including the award-winning Sir Charles Mackerras and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Britain’s First Lady of Jazz Claire Martin, electronica legend Jean-Michel Jarre, popular Scottish indie-rock band Admiral Fallow and much, much more.’ All the tracks will be downloadable in the highest quality available on the Linn Records site, which means resolutions of up to 24-bit/192kHz, and for those without the wherewithal to play high-resolution music, they’ll also be available in CD quality FLAC and ALAC, and 320kbps MP3.

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Orchestra conductor Michael Tilson Thomas stunned to throw cough sweets

Posted on 28 November 2013 by admin

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conductor Michael Tilson Thomas stunned a concert audience on Saturday night by throwing cough sweets into the crowd in an effort to silence some coughing. Tilson Thomas left the stage after conducting the first movement of Mahler’s 9th Symphony and returned with a handful of throat lozenges, which he then tossed into the audience. An eyewitness, Lawrence A. Johnson of Chicago Classical Review, described the scene: “On Saturday night, there was even more coughing throughout the first movement. The conductor went offstage and emerged with two large handfuls of loose cough lozenges, which he tossed underhanded into the main floor audience seats.” “He said he hoped that would solve the problem and encouraged audience members to pass them on to those that need them.” Though Tilson Thomas has not commented on the incident, a spokesperson for the Chicago Symphony said that “the audience responded in the same good-natured spirit, with laughter and applause.” The issue of coughing in concerts has been a constant source of debate among artists and concert-goers, with research concluding that people are in fact more likely to cough if they are at a classical concert .

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Teodor Currentzis to record three Mozart operas for Sony Classical

Posted on 27 November 2013 by admin

Teodor Currentzis  is a Greek conductor, musician and actor, who works in Russia. Teodor Currentzis and his MusicAeterna orchestra and choir are recording the three Mozart operas to libretti by Lorenzo da Ponte for Sony Classical. These studio recordings are being made in Perm, on the edge of Siberia and about 1400 kilometers east of Moscow. Currentzis, who is artistic director at Perm’s opera house, has created an artistic community that operates under unique circumstances that allow for unlimited rehearsal time as well as the option to perform only when the rehearsal process has been deemed complete.  The Nozze di Figaro recording was made over a period – unheard of these days – of 14 hours per day for 11 days.

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