The tight bonds between Europe and Argentina are known since the 19th century, the tango being one of them. Born in the melting pot of the popular suburbs of Buenos Aires and imported to Europe by the Argentine sailors, the tango aroused an extraordinary hype - especially in Paris - and its music has constantly been developed since the 20th century. With his CD "Nuevo Tango Nuevo", newly released by Oehms, Facundo Agudin, of Argentine roots and European education, presents us in a masterly way that the tango is a sage music maintained by fascinating composers - in this case Marcelo Nisinman, Julio Vieira and Pablo Ortiz. Link to some extracts of the CD
Heather Newhouse was an acclaimed Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) last season at the Opéra national de Lyon. Now she is back under Jean Nouvel's cupola in a new production of The turn of the screw by Benjamin Britten (role of the governess) conducted by Kazushi Ono and staged by Valentina Carrasco. Opening night on 11 April 2014
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The most recent research on the Middle Ages thinks Walther von der Vogelweide to originate from a part of today's Austria. Therefore, Salzburg born Peter Sonn is not only an artistically ideal cast for this role but also a historically authentic one.
In his role of Walther in the new production of Wagner's "Tannhäuser", Peter Sonn is now engaged in his second premiere at the Berlin State Opera in the Schillertheater. However, this time he will sing under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim. Stage direction and choreography are by Saha Waltz, his partners will be Peter Seiffert in the title role, René Pape als Landgraf Hermann, Pter Mattei as Wolfram von Eschenbach and Ann Petersen as Elisabeth.
Last season, Peter Sonn gave his debut as Steuermann in Wagner's "Der fliegende Holländer" at the Berlin State Opera. Also David from "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" belongs to his repertoire. He sang this role in 2013 at the Salzburg Festival; the production will be soon released on DVD.
The exquisit stylist and highly demanded vocal teacher Sylvia Greenberg gives one of her rare Viennese recitals with a very specific programme. A block of lied-classics by Schubert, Brahms, Wolf and Rossini is followed by French melodies and Jewish songs.
The Ehrbar Hall (1040 Vienna, Mühlgasse 30), sometimes called 'Small Musikverein', will be the acoustically excellent setting for this extraordinary event. On Sunday, 27 April 2014 at 08:00 p.m., Sylvia Greenberg and her partner, both in life and in music, David Aronson, will present music that comes from the heart.
For CD the two artists recorded a completely different programme: lieder by Korngold, Mahler, Bittner, Goldmark, Zemlinsky, Puccini, and others – put together under the aspect that all of them lived in or frequented a certain building in the 6th district of Vienna; given that the Greenberg-Aronson-family lives there today, turns it also into their own personal 'music of the house'.
For the official opening of the Rameau year, a true event took place on 13 February at the Opéra Royal de Versailles: the rediscovery of one of the last unknown treasures of the French master, Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour (1747). Reinoud Van Mechelen participated in this concert performance alongside with the Concert Spirituel under the baton of Hervé Niquet. The recorded concert can be attended until 14 August 2014 on the website Culturebox of France Télévision.
A few months ago, Alexis Kossenko and his ensemble Les Ambassadeurs made sensation at the occasion of the release of their Rameau recording with Sabine Devieilhe (Erato). Here are some of the press extracts:
"Alexis Kossenko is one of the most fascinating baroque conductors of our days. In the way of an inspired "ambassador", he displays all his know-how as a flutist (three soli) and as conductor with an invigorating energy, not shying away from the picturesque effects of the percussions and knowing how to shape the dancing rhythms and how to revive the orchestral colours." (Classica, December 2013)
"Alexis Kossenko effervesces in accents, tensions and necessary respiration together with his young orchestra. Already the intelligence of the character (what a programme, what well-thought-out sequences!) deserves respect." (Diapason - November 2013)
"To be indispensably associated to this huge success are Les Ambassadeurs with their admirable style and sonorous beauty of the sound as well as the wonderful musical direction of Alexis Kossenko with his good taste and efficiency." (Les Echos - 30 October 2013)
"As overwhelming complices of an accurate discourse, the instrumentalists of Les Ambassadeurs seduce with their same mellow expressivity, accordingly insistent or supple; here is a Rameau who is not only articulated, rhythmically sparkling and cheeky, sensually exquisit and dramatically constructed: the visibly congenial interpreters live this Rameau with absolutely convincing profundity and pure elegance. " (Classique News - October 2013 )
"What a posture, what an intelligence of the style!" (Forum Opera - 25 November 2013)
"Alexis Kossenko, equally known as remarkable flutist, is a subtle and enthusiastic accompanist." (OPERA MAGAZINE - November 2013)
Les Ambassadeurs, Alexis Kossenko and Sabine Devieilhe will give a concert at Salle Gaveau on 29 April 2014 (20.30 pm.) where they will present a great scope of the programme they recorded for their CD of music by Rameau.
18 March 2014