December 10 2020

Review: Jean-Claude Picard "combines all the essential qualities of a conductor"

For his return to the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Jean-Claude Picard chose to close the program with Nielsen's Second Symphony "The Four Temperaments"  - the first time the orchestra has played one of Nielsen's symphonies.   

In his review, Emmanuel Bernier in Le Soleil was enthusiastic: 

"Jean-Claude Picard...combines all the essential qualities of a conductor: precision of gesture, analytical intelligence and eloquence of expression.

In the first movement, Picard takes the music head-on with a undeniable commitment from start to finish... In slow movements he shows remarkable relaxation and a real sense of

listening.
[In the Strauss Oboe Concerto, Picard] proves to be a high-class accompanist managing the many subtle tempo nuances in Strauss' score sensitively. "

Watch the concert here (until December 15th):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Image JCP: A. Saito / Montreal Bach Festival

October 29 2020

Ana de la Vega is featured in TV portrait film on ARTE TV

Australian flutist Ana de la Vega is the subject of an hourlong TV portrait on ARTE TV, broadcast on Sunday, November 1, 2020.

 

Ana de la Vega and the Flute" tells Ana's astonishing story from growing up on an Australian farm via her studies in Paris to her meteoric rise to the top ranks of European instrumentalists.

The film is available on the ARTE website.

September 2, 2020

Conductor Jean-Claude Picard Joins Wittenberg Artists for General Management

Wittenberg Artists is delighted to announce general management and worldwide representation for conductor Jean-Claude Picard.

Formerly associate conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Jean-Claude Picard is starting his second seasons in two chief conductor positions: as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières in his native Quebec; and as Chief Conductor of the Scottish Ballet.

Welcome Jean-Claude!

June 16, 2020

Steven Isserlis Returns to Wigmore Hall in Live Broadcast Recital

Wigmore Hall and BBC Radio 3 resumed their daily 's lunchtime recital series in June with live broadcast performances without audiences in the hall.

Steven Isserlis, a Wigmore regular for many years,  returned on June 8th with pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen and works by Beethoven, Schumann, and Fauré - to enthusiastic reviews:

"Judging from his playing…the celebrated cellist was feeling like a musical prisoner savouring his first day of freedom. Everything about his recital with the pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen spoke of a performer carried away by a reunion with his instrument and his art." 

The Guardian *****

Image: Wigmore Hall

December 8 2020

Recording Roundup: New Recordings by our Artists

Steven Isserlis & friends:

"Tavener: No longer mourn for me"
Gramophone Editor's Choice
"The result is magical...magnificently performed"
RECORDING OF THE MONTH ★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
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Manchester Collective EP "Recreation" 
Works by Vivaldi, Bach, Ligeti and Paul Clark.
“This wonderful EP bottles just a little of this ensemble’s light and fire with immersive performances and wild juxtapositions. Its musicality is unabashed.”
★★★★ BBC Music Magazine 

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Kremerata Baltica "Searching for Ludwig: Beethoven, Sollima & Ferré" 
"Performances of scorching insight and stature" 
★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
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Gidon Kremer, Giedre Dirvanauskaite, Georgijs Osokins: Beethoven & Chopin Piano Trios on Accentus Music
"full of momentum, sprit and passion...joyful music making paired with detailed interpretation" concerti
"terrifically flexible, lyrical and elegant one moment, biting and muscular the next." The Arts Fuse 

   

October 162020

Watch: Eric Lu returns to Wigmore Hall with Schubert

Pianist Eric Lu's Schubert recital at Wigmore Hall was live streamed on BBC Radio 3, youtube, and Facebook and is available to view.

Eric will open La Jolla Music Society's 2020-21 season with three performances on October 31 and November 1, featuring works by Mozart, Schubert, and Scriabin.

July 21, 2020

Ana de la Vega and Schaghajegh Nosrati nominated for Opus Klassik awards

Flutist Ana de la Vega has been nominated for Germany's prestigious Opus Klassik Award in three categories for her album of concertos by Haydn and Stamitz with oboist Ramón Ortega Quero and the Trondheim Soloists.

Watch: de la Vega plays Haydn

Pianist Schaghajegh Nosrati is nominated for her critically acclaimed recording of works by Alkan.

Watch: Nosrati plays Alkan

Congratulations Ana and Schaghajegh!

June 15, 2020

Eric Lu's Chopin Album Is Enthusiastically Received

Gramophone:

"Lu explores each of these miniatures with the utmost poetry and sensitivity... But it’s how Lu has fashioned the set into a single whole that is the most inspiring aspect. "

BBC Music Magazine:

Five Stars ***** | Instrumental Choice

"Lu's playing is in a rare class – one that has a vacancy since Radu Lupu’s retirement. This type of sensitivity and emotional intuition does not grow on trees, especially not when served by such a technique, with richly singing tone and delicate fleetness of finger."

November 19 2020

Manchester Collective Joins Wittenberg Artists

Wittenberg Artists is thrilled to announce that the intrepid Manchester Collective is joining the roster for North American representation.

Founded by Music Director Rakhi Singh and Chief Executive Adam Szabo in 2016,  the Collective creates interdisciplinary artistic performances, performing a combination of cutting-edge contemporary music, classical masterpieces, and staged theatrical work.

   

September 11, 2020

Gidon Kremer, Mari Samuelsen, John Kennedy, and Kremerata Baltica join WA roster

Wittenberg Artists has announced a significant expansion of its roster and is thrilled to welcome the following artists:

John Kennedy conductor & composer

Gidon Kremer, violin

Mari Samuelsen, violin

Kremerata Baltica, chamber orchestra

Read about it in Musical America and

The Violin Channel.

June 17, 2020

Wittenberg Artists Launches with Roster of Six Outstanding Artists

Wittenberg Artists is thrilled to collaborate with six world-class musicians from the US, Germany, Australia, and the UK:

 

Stella Chen, violin

Steven Isserlis, cello

Eric Lu, piano

Schaghajegh Nosrati, piano

Ana de la Vega, flute 

Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor

Please read Martin Wittenberg's welcome message here. 

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