Anna-Maria Helsing has been appointed as Artistic Director of the Rusk Chamber Music Festival in Jakobstad, Finland from 2020. The festival takes place annually in November.
Tõnu Kaljuste has been appointed Conductor Laureate of the Swedish Radio Choir. From 1995 to 2001 he held the position of Chief Conductor and has afterwards maintained a very strong relationship with the ensemble. He conducts a tour with the choir in Germany in spring 2020.
The famous trumpet star had been on tour in June 2014 at festivals and Open air concerts in Trondheim, Harstad, Hardanger and Lofoten island performing his programme "Musical Landscapes" with his jazz band.
Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš and the Netherlands Radio Choir have recorded Rachmaninov’s "All-Night Vigil" op. 37 for BIS Records: "A wonderful legato is unfold,
elegant, ruled lines, added by a closed vertical quality: it is impressive how compact and safe chordal effects are set…The recording is very compelling, especially in the elegant ability to fine difference (www.klassik.com, Matthias Lange, 31.05.2014).Read more
A concert performance of Francesco Cilea’s opera L’Arlesiana with Fabrice Bollon and the Freiburg Philharmonic has been released by cpo records: "The eruptive, French music of Puccini’s contemporary develops a maximum of suggestive power by the Music Director of Freiburg, Fabrice Bollon. Bollon elicits a passion and Italianità of the orchestra playing with a high quality and conciseness and prominently set up in all sections. The interpretation is especially touching at its lyrical and pastoral character (Badische Zeitung, Alexander Dick, 26.04.2014).
Peter Sadlo has won huge plaudits for his interpretation of Ferran Cruixent’s percussion concerto Focs d’Artifici with several orchestras, lately with the Staatsorchester
Darmstadt: "The 'Magic Fountain' in the middle movement gives the soloist the opportunity to prove his sensitivity. With much more energy the drum fire in the third movement starts, whose hot rhythms refer to a Catalan festival. Peter Sadlo’s increase in tempo is intoxicating until the work in the end concludes in a bell ringing apotheosis" wrote the Darmstädter Echo.Read more
Laurence Equilbey conducted Mozart’s Requiem with her Insula Orchestra and Choeur Accentus in Paris (Salle Pleyel) and Aix-en-Provence: "The magnificent evening was a consecration for conductor in complete osmosis
with her musicians… As though transcended, Laurence Equilbey opts for frank tempi and builds an architecture that delivers with fervour and humility the highly spiritual nature of this score"(ResMusica 11.02.2014). In 2015 Naïve Records releases the recording of the Mozart Requiem with Laurence Equilbey, Insula Orchestra and Choeur Accentus as their first CD.Read more