Saturday, 16 February 2013
He founded his own chamber choir in 1945 and changed the choral sound forever.
With his own choir he conducted works that rarely been performed and suddenly choral music was written directly for his choir. We at classicalify hope that his legacy will live on.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Two favourites of Classicalify and the rest of the world... New exciting CD's coming soon! Look in your local store (if you still have one) or on the traditional cd sites on the web.
Here are a couple of links:
Monday, 21 January 2013
Russian conductor Valery Gergiev will be the new music director in Munich according to german press.
He will replace the current Lorin Maazel in 2015. Gergiev is one of the most sought after conductors today and known as a workaholic. He is not only artistic director of the Marinsky theater and orchestra but also music director of the LSO and honorary conductor of the Swedish Radio symphony orchestra and one of the founders of the baltic sea festival. The cultural officer Hans-Georg Küppers has stated that he would prefer a younger music director to grow with the orchestra and other names were suggested.
Read more about this on the abendzeitung munich website:
Sunday, 13 January 2013
Sir Simon Rattle has announced he is to leave the Berlin philharmonic when his contract as chief conductor expires in five years' time. Rattle started in Berlin back in 2002 and has since then reached pop status in Berlin. Classicalify has been to many of Rattles concerts in Berlin and enjoyed all of them very much. Rattle has said it wasn't an easy decision for him but he wan'ts to give the orchestra plenty of time to find a new music director. Who will it be?.
Sunday, 28 October 2012
The composer Hans Werner Henze has died at the age of 86 in Dresden. He wrote more than 40 operas, 10 symphonies and chamber music. Soloists such as Dietrich Fischer- Dieskau, Elisabeth Söderström admired him and performed his music. May his music live on.
Friday, 26 October 2012
"If I do a speech? No, I speak through music". Those are words of Claudio Abbado about his return to La Scala next week on tuesday the 30th of october. He was once the music director of the La Scala orchestra from 1968 to 1986 and said goodbye to La Scala never to return again. That is until now.
His return was meant to be two years ago in the summer of 2010 but due to illness it was cancelled.
He was to have conducted Mahlers second symphony. On tuesday he will conduct Mahler sixth.
He had also come with a requirement to the mayor of Milan to plant half a million trees in the city center.
That will still happen. The concert on tuesday features also Chopins first piano concerto with Daniel Barenboim as soloist. The La scala orchestra will perform together with members of orchestra Mozart. One of Claudios own orchestras.
You can read the full interview with Claudio here: