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American Composers Orchestra and BIS Records Co-Commission New Piano Concerto from José Serebrier for Yevgeny Sudbin

José Serebrier

The American Composers Orchestra has announced a new co-commission in cooperation with the record label BIS, for a piano concerto by José Serebrier, made possible by a special grant from long-time ACO board member Paul Underwood. The Swedish label BIS will undertake the recording with pianist Yevgeny Sudbin, exclusive BIS artist, with an orchestra to be announced.

BIS previously commissioned José Serebrier's Flute Concerto with Tango, which they recorded with soloist Sharon Bezaly and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. José Serebrier’s works have been recorded by Leopold Stokowski, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and others. Yevgeny Sudbin has been hailed by The Telegraph as “potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century.” As BIS Records’ only exclusive artist, all of Sudbin’s recordings have met with critical acclaim: his Scriabin recording was awarded CD of the Year by The Telegraph and received the MIDEM Classical Award for Best Solo Instrument Recording at Cannes. It was described by Gramophone as “a disc in a million” while the International Record Review stated that his Rachmaninov recording “confirms him as one of the most important pianistic talents of our time.”

José Serebrier, now a world-renowned conductor and composer, first came to prominence when he won the Uruguayan National Orchestra’s annual music composition contest (SODRE) with his Legend of Faust overture, which the then 14-year-old composed in only four days. Within five years he had been honored with many of music’s most sought-after awards including back to back Guggenheim Fellowships in music composition, at 19 the youngest person to have ever received a Guggenheim appointment.

 

Beethoven Chamber Orchestra Plans

The Beethoven Chamber Orchestra under its founder-conductor Dr Patrick Noronha and Chief Conductor Santiago Mantas will give a programme of music by Beethoven and Mozart for wind instruments at Rosslyn Hill Chapel on March 4th at 7.30pm, to include a performance of Mozart’s Serenade in B flat major, K 361, known as the ‘Gran Partita’. The concert opens with Beethoven’s rarely-heard Octet for wind instruments Op 103.

Tickets are £18, available from the Beethoven Chamber Orchestra, 18s Furness Road, London SW6 2LH. Telephone: 0207 731 0010.

 

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An Offer from a Generous Reader

We have received the following letter recently:

Dear Sir,

Over the past seventy three years I have saved all my concert, opera and ballet programmes. I am in the process of downsizing and wish to pass them on to an individual or organisation to whom they would be of interest. Some of the concert programmes are autographed- Beecham, Boult and Barbirolli to mention but three.

I am willing to separate the genres.Anyone interested can contact me by telephoning 01458 442880. Thank you; Brendan Sadler, Street, Somerset.

 

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Gift of Life Charity Concert at Royal Festival Hall

Conductor Teodor Currentzis and his orchestra, musicAeterna, are returning to London for an exclusive concert at The Royal Festival Hall, performing music from Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet on January 14 in aid of the charity Gift of Life, set up to provide urgent medical treatment for sick children in Russia.

The programme will also contain recitals from Shakespeare’s play by Russian actresses Chulpan Khamatova and Dina Korzun, who are founders of Gift of Life’s sister charity, Podari Zhizn, and supporting guests.

Treatments provided by Gift of Life are currently unavailable in Russia and therefore, are vital. Gift of Life has helped over 260 seriously ill children and has raised over £2,500,000 since 2011. The charity’s patrons include Princess Catherine Galitzine, singer and songwriter Katie Melua and actors Ralph Fiennes and Stephen Fry, as well as actress and screenwriter Justine Waddell, and Cancer Centre London’s Leukaemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist, Professor Ray Powles.

 

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Grieg Society of Great Britain News

John McCabe CBE

Celebrating its Silver Jubilee in 2017 with a series of special events, details of which will be announced later, The Grieg Society of Great Britain is planning to mount a special concert programme in London to honour the Jubilee, which will include the world premiere of a work written specially for the occasion, as well as containing music by Grieg, full details of which will be given in our next issue. The Society has also awarded its Record of the Year 2016 to SOMM Recordings for their release of the widely-acclaimed recording of the composer’s two late masterpieces – the Norwegian Peasant Dances (Slåtter) Opus 72 and Moods (Stimmungen) Opus 73 for solo piano played by John McCabe - a recording made in 1978 and originally issued on LP by RCA Records.

John McCabe CBE, who died last year aged 76, was one of this country’s finest composers, a pianist of international acclaim and a noted writer on music. Speaking of her late husband’s award, which will be presented to her at a reception to be held at the London residence of HE The Norwegian Ambassador on October 20th Monica McCabe said:

"I am deeply touched that this mark of recognition has been given to John, who was so ardent in his love of music in general, and especially Nordic music. He was single-minded in his desire to record the Slåtter, and struggled to buy the music (at that time unavailable here) being rewarded in the end by a chance finding of a tattered copy in a second-hand bookshop, from which he made this recording."

Beryl Foster, Chairman of The Grieg Society of Great Britain and Immediate Past President of the International Grieg Society, added: "This Award will acknowledge the important contribution the late John McCabe made to the greater perception of Grieg’s music. We are delighted that SOMM Recordings have made such an outstanding job of remastering these memorable performances and making them available again through world-wide distribution. SOMM are to be warmly congratulated on their enterprise."

Siva Oke, founder and Managing Director of SOMM Recordings, said "We are honoured to have been awarded the Society’s Record of the Year, following in the footsteps of previous winners such as Kirsten Flagstad and Sir John Barbirolli. The reception given to John McCabe’s performances fully justifies our decision to remaster and reissue these wonderful performances by this  greatly missed and dearly-loved artist."

 

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