Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Claudio Abbado 1933-2014

Claudio Abbado passed away yesterday at the age of 80. He had his last concert in Luzern on the 26 of August last year. After the concerts in Luzern he cancelled several concerts including a tour of Japan with Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Classicalify was in Vienna to see him conduct Beethoven and Schumann but unfortunatly Claudio was so ill he couldn't come. Bernard Haitink stepped in to conduct what was to be the last concert of Orchestra Mozart which has been suspended. Classicalify first saw Claudio Abbado conduct in Luzern in 2006 and since then been to Luzern every year and two years ago in Berlin for a concert with the Berliner philharmoniker. There will never be someone like him ever again. My thoughts are with his family and friends. Thank you Claudio for all the amazing concerts and what you have done for music.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Changes in the tour of Orchestra Mozart

Claudio Abbado has cancelled another tour of concerts. He simply has to rest. We at classicalify wish him all the best. But there are still concerts ahead for Claudio in Vienna. On december 4th and 5th he will conduct Schumanns symphony nr 3 and Beethovens piano concerto nr 5 with Maurizio Pollini as soloist.
The tour of Orchestra Mozart how ever will continue with Bernhard Haitink and Maria Joao Pires as soloist.
Dates unchanged for the tour of Amsterdam, London and Brussel.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Opera and Concert news.

After a stressful summer we at Classicalify will certainly try to be more active and give you more news about exciting opera productions and concerts. Here is some news about what's happened recently:

Claudio Abbado has had to cancel a tour of Japan with the Lucerne Festival orchestra. On advice from his doctors he can not travel to far and after a busy month in Lucerne at the summer festival he is now resting at his home in Sardinia. Claudio will be in Amsterdam on the 25th conducting the orchestra mozart and with soloist Martha Argerich performing Beethoven piano concerto nr 1. The same concert will be performed in Bruxelles Palais des beux Arts on the 29th and Londons Royal Festival Hall October 1.

Opera News will honor Christa Ludwig, Juan Diego Florez and Swedish soprano Nina Stemme at the opera news awards next year in April. Juan Diego Florez can be seen at the Vienna state opera in november in La Fille de regiment. Nina Stemme will be in Stockholm on December 4th to 6th at Berwaldhallen.

OPERA NEWS - Patrice Chéreau, Juan Diego Flórez, Christa Ludwig, James Morris and Nina Stemme to be Honored at the Ninth Annual Opera News Awards

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Eric Ericson 1918-2013

The Swedish choral conductor and professor Eric Ericson has died today at the age of 94.
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

Pierre Boulez wins BBVA award in contemporary music

Our warmest congratulations to conductor and composer Pierre Boulez for winning the BBVA award in contemporary music. Pierre Boulez music is performed all over the world and often conducted by Pierre himself. The award is endowed with 400 000 €.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Valery Gergiev to Munich in 2015.

 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: