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MOMENT MUSICAL

Deutsche Grammophon presents a series of high-quality productions entitled “Moment Musical” in collaboration with Arte Concert




Yellow Label’s stars offer specially curated programmes presented from Berlin’s historic Meistersaal.

The next two installments of Moment Musical, our series of professional live-streamed concerts in collaboration with Arte Concert, continue this evening and on Sunday with DG artists Albrecht Mayer and Avi Avital respectively. Albrecht Mayer will perform works by Gotthard Odermatt, Edward Elgard, Gabriel Pierné, Reynaldo Hahn, Jaques Ibert, Henri Büsser and Louis Klemcke, accompanied by Kimiko Imani.

Dr Clemens Trautmann, President Deutsche Grammophon, comments: “This series aims to support our artists as, together, we use innovative high-quality initiatives to connect them with their audiences and inspire music lovers worldwide with rare live performances. Chamber music has always been a genre that musicians have turned to when they wanted to express their inner feelings and convey them in uncertain times. We are thankful to our artists and partners who have collaborated to make this extraordinary series possible.”

Besides Arte Concert as co-producer, DG partners with C Major Entertainment, Emil Berliner Studios, Seagull Film and Meistersaal BESL Eventagentur GmbH & Co. KG to realise this series.

The artists who take part in the “Moment Musical” series will present live-streamed audio and video performances lasting up to an hour. Programmes will focus on solo or duo works. This approach will limit the number of artists, technicians and backstage staff involved, in compliance with government regulations, while drawing on the endlessly rich repertoire of chamber pieces past and present. Using remote cameras, members of the audio and video crew will be safely dispersed in different rooms.

Anyone who misses a live performance will be able to catch up on demand for 72 hours via the Deutsche Grammophon channels and Arte Concert channels. The concerts will also be archived on the Arte Concert website, while highlights will be made available by Deutsche Grammophon as audio and video releases on streaming and subscription platforms.



Mandonlin player Avi Avital is set to perform repertoire from de Falla, Mozart, Beethoven, Sollima and Lavry, and will be accompanied by Ohad Ben-Ari on the piano.

Many will know the Meistersaal, which first opened in 1913, as home to the Hansa recording studios, used by artists such as David Bowie, U2, Iggy Pop and Depeche Mode in the years before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now restored to its original condition, it has been home to the Emil Berliner Studios since 2010. The building’s warm acoustics, atmospheric charm and extensive digital infrastructure make it the ideal venue for live-streamed chamber music performances.




WORLD PIANO DAY - HIGHLIGHTS CLIP

Deutsche Grammophon’s star pianists mark World Piano Day (28 March 2020) with global virtual festival





Deutsche Grammophon is set to mark World Piano Day on Saturday 28 March with an international virtual festival featuring performances by members of its family of artists.

The roster of stars includes Maria João Pires, Rudolf Buchbinder, Evgeny Kissin, Víkingur Ólafsson, Jan Lisiecki, Joep Beving, Simon Ghraichy, Kit Armstrong and Daniil Trifonov. Other artists are expected to join the line-up as part of DG’s celebration of music’s power to bring people together.

Dr Clemens Trautmann, President Deutsche Grammophon, comments: “Technology allows us to turn this year’s World Piano Day into an online space where masterful pianists can share positive and uplifting messages through music, performing on their own pianos and reaching people in their homes. We are deeply grateful to all those musicians who have agreed to take part and invite everyone to join the virtual festival audience.”

Viewers will be able to watch streams of some of the world’s finest pianists via YouTube and Facebook using the hashtags #StayAtHome and #WorldPianoDay. The one-off programme will be streamed live at 3pm CET on 28 March and will be available online only for a limited period after that.

Deutsche Grammophon’s World Piano Day festival will comprise a series of short performances, each lasting between 20 and 30 minutes and pre-recorded live by the artists in their homes on high-definition smartphone video. The programme promises to share the unbeatable experience of music made in the moment with a vast potential worldwide audience.

The experience can be prolonged and heightened by listening to DG’s Piano Masters playlist – across all digital subscription platforms – which will feature recordings by all participating artists.




YELLOW LOUNGE - FULL PERFORMANCES FROM OUR ARCHIVES


In our second full-performance broadcast watch violinist Esther Yoo and mandolin player Avi Avital live from a Yellow Lounge at Club Octagon in Seoul, South Korea filmed in October 2018. Esther Yoo plays favourites from Tchaikovsky and Elgar to Dan Jones as well as Korean compositions, while Avi Avital plays music from Bach and Vivaldi to miniatures by Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze and a tradition Bulgarian ‘Bučimiš’ folk dance.

We will broadcast these performances in an ongoing rotation, one video at a time, rotating in a new performance every few days. We will communicate the start of each new performance by this newsletter, which of course means that we will be sending you an extra newsflash by email at the start of each week too.

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DANIEL HOPE LAUNCHES HOPE@HOME - A DAILY LIVESTREAM ON DG YOUTUBE & ARTE CONCERT

Daniel Hope is moderating and performing in a series of daily concerts live from his living room called Hope@Home.

In these troubled times Hope invites artists and friends to his home in Berlin to join him for spontaneous mini-concerts (of course one after the other and keeping the required safety distance).

Hope@Home concerts will be live streamed daily on Deutsche Grammophon’sDeutsche Grammophon and Arte Concert channels.

Daniel Hope will recreate the magic of La Belle Époque at home, with confirmed guests so far including Max Raabe, Christoph Israel, Katharina Thalbach, Sebastian Koch, Heike Makatsch and Robert Wilson.




JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME

  • Trevor Pinnock’s first ever recording of Book I of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier reveals its variety of moods and colours, lightness and weight
  • New Deutsche Grammophon release backed by major focus on artist’s inspirational catalogue of period-instrument performances
  • My Baroque videoblog gives access to insights of one of Early Music’s great visionaries

For British harpsichordist and conductor Trevor Pinnock intuition plays a central role in music making. He channels the formidable combination of instinctive understanding and in-depth knowledge of the scores into his first ever recording of Book I of Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, set for international release by Deutsche Grammophon on 10 April 2020.

Pinnock, now 73, is not only renowned worldwide as both conductor and harpsichord virtuoso, but is revered as one of the pioneers of historically informed performance practice. He founded The English Concert in 1972 and together they spearheaded the revival of Early Music performance on period instruments. Pinnock directed The English Concert for over thirty years, during which time they made many highly acclaimed recordings for DG/Archiv Produktion, highlights including Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and Orchestral Suites and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

To celebrate the riches of this extensive recorded legacy, Pinnock has begun making a series of short films for a new videoblog, My Baroque, in which he discusses everything from “Music and Intuition” to his thoughts on the enduring spiritual and dramatic qualities of Messiah. Hosted by DG (https://trevorpinnock-mybaroque.deutschegrammophon.com/), this ongoing series is also available on YouTube.

The latest additions to My Baroque include several videos about Pinnock’s new album for the Yellow Label in which he talks about his decision to record the twenty-four preludes and fugues of Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier, the choice of instrument, and issues surrounding pitch and temperament.

“My journey with The Well-Tempered Clavier has been life-long,” he recalls. “I first encountered it at about 12 years old … A few years later, I heard all the preludes and fugues played on the piano on the radio, and I was hooked. In my 20s I myself recorded some preludes and fugues for radio broadcast, and I knew then that one day I would play them all. The mountain seemed insurmountable, however … How could I possibly delve into the density of some of those fugues, let alone understand them?”

Pinnock climbed that mountain helped by the realisation that Bach himself took great delight not only in his compositional skill but also in his prowess as a keyboard player. Bach, he explains, demonstrates his mastery of fugue and inventive genius with lightness as well as gravity. “The range of this book is very wide, comprising informal music which can delight a child or casual listener, and formal music in which Bach could explore the far reaches of his mind and inspiration in composition. This is his richness: informal and formal, traditional and innovative, reaching out to touch both earth and heaven.”

The title page of The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I outlines the work’s purpose: it was created for the “profit and use of musical young people who are curious to learn, and also as a special pastime for those already skilled in this study”. Following reports of Bach’s own intuitive approach to tuning which allowed an instrument to be used in all keys, Trevor Pinnock adopts a “well-tempered” unequal temperament which sounds well in all keys but retains some variation of key colour.

For his recording, he chose a trusted companion – a copy of a harpsichord by the Franco-German builder Henri Hemsch tuned to the low pitch prevalent in Köthen during Bach’s time there and which, Pinnock says, “has a unique voice which combines a singing quality with enough clarity to allow Bach’s part-writing to shine”.

More information on the website.




Play On! Play, Against All Odds – New Music Video

Deaf Hip-Hop World Champion Dancer Kassandra Wedel dances to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony

Under the motto “Play On! Play, against all Odds” we premiere a new music video next Monday March 2 with deaf hip-hop world champion dancer Kassandra Wedel, who dances to one of Beethoven’s most famous themes – the 1st movement to his 5th symphony.

When noise ceases to be simply noise, when a magical symbiosis occurs between melody, harmony and rhythm, the result is music. But what then happens if melody and harmony are silenced? What remains, and what, if anything, might emerge in their place? These questions are particularly timely in 2020, as we mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, famously deaf in later life. Deutsche Grammophon is playing a key role in the anniversary celebrations with a range of projects and initiatives aimed at showcasing the many different aspects of the composer’s legacy. As expressed by the label’s chosen slogan for its 2020 campaign – “Play on, play against all odds” – Beethoven’s example in overcoming adversity and continuing to write groundbreaking masterpieces for the rest of his life, remains inspirational today.

To coincide with the WHO’s World Hearing Day on 3 March 2020, we are proud to release an exciting new music video created in collaboration with German dancer, actress, dance teacher, choreographer and hip-hop world champion dancer Kassandra Wedel, who brings the spirit of Beethoven to life through her own very personal dance style. The video will be presented at a press conference in Berlin on March 2, and will be available to stream from March 3 onwards.

The video, produced with the support of @googleartsculture, will be presented at a press conference in Berlin on March 2, and will be available to stream from March 3 onwards.



More info here.