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Sony predicts bright future for video game music

Posted on 30 September 2014 by admin

“The opportunities in terms of creativity and interactivity are there to create a new genre of entertainment… I think we’ll see a big explosion in the ability of composers to think around interactive spaces and interactive experiences.”

Bardino, who is the Director of Creative Services for Sony Computers Entertainment Europe, told Classic FM his thoughts on the future of game music after appearing at the Game Music Connect conference last week.

He also singled out his own company as one of the few to still employ in-house composers: “We make a large investment in music in our games, and we make a large investment in music  in terms of our industry as well.”

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Natalie Clein in Saint-Saëns’ Romantic Cello Concerto Vol.5

Posted on 29 September 2014 by admin

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This disc in Hyperion’s ongoing Romantic cello concerto series pairs Natalie Clein with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Manze.

Clein’s playing is superb throughout, bringing plenty of punch and personality to Saint-Saëns’ brilliant (and more popular) first concerto. The second is a real Lisztian trial, where the drama is not just musical but in the soloist’s physical exertion – it’s a proper workout of big and fast leaps, thickets of double stopping, but also draws on the cello’s lyrical qualities. Clein is more than equal to the task.

La muse et le poète, a one-movement work for violin, cello and orchestra (with Antje Weithaas the co-soloist), is a less remarkable work in itself but this performance brings plenty of style to make up for its slight lack of substance. The disc is rounded off with a couple of encores, the pop song-length Allegro Appassionato for cello and orchestra and ‘The Swan’ from Saint-Saëns’ best known work, The Carnival of the Animals.

Spanning nearly 40 years of Saint-Saëns’ career, the selection gives a good snapshot of a body of work which, while fairly conservative and overshadowed by the great stylistic strides of more celebrated contemporaries, is nevertheless rich, imaginative and unique.

By Kimon Daltas

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Remembering Christopher Hogwood

Posted on 28 September 2014 by admin

Hogwood has died at the age of 73 following an illness lasting several months.

Hogwood’s Mozart symphony-cycle  with the Academy of Ancient Music, which began in the late 1970s, won a Gramophone Award and changed the perception of period-instrument performance. Hogwood founded the Early Music Consort in 1967 with David Munrow, and the Academy of Ancient Music in 1973. He was awarded a CBE in 1989.

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Stars taking part in a new charity single for Global’s Make Some Noise

Posted on 27 September 2014 by admin

The single will be recorded on 9 October at Air Studios in London, and released on 10 October to raise money for Global’s Make Some Noise, a new national charity uniting all of Global Radio’s stations to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.

Solos from Katherine Jenkins OBE, Alexander Armstrong, Alfie Boe, Aled Jones, and other big names will complement the sounds of Sol3 Mio, Laura Wright, guitarist Miloš, Myleene Klass on the piano,Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on percussion and John Suchet on the trombone. The music will be written by Howard Goodall, presenter of Saturday Night at the Movies, and Classic FM’s composer in residence. Julian Reynolds will conduct, collaborating with producer Anna Barry, who has worked with many big acts over the years and famously produced the official royal wedding album.

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