CECILA BARTOLI UNVEILS HIDDEN TREASURES OF ST PETERSBURG Sparkling Versailles launch for album of eleven world premiere recordings. DECCA artists Riccardo Chailly and Leonidas Kavakos take home top prizes at Gramophone Awards 2014 Decca artists Riccardo Chailly and Leonidas Kavakos are honoured at the Gramophone Awards 2014, winning Recording of the Year and Artist of the Year respectively at the ‘Oscars’ of classical music in London. Cecilia Bartoli receives the German Echo Klassik award for Norma Cecilia Bartoli’s recording of Norma on Decca is named “Opera Recording of the Year” – “… venturesome mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is not only the recording’s star; she’s also its mother, father and guiding light” (The Times). The award will be presented in Munich on 26 October 2014. Presenting St Petersburg - Cecilia Bartoli returns with a majestic new album of world premiere recordings, hidden treasures of the Mariinsky! For the very first time Cecilia Bartoli explores the Baroque musical treasures of Tsarist Russia with music from the court of three 18th century Tsaristas: Anna, Elizabeth and Catherine the Great. With music written by Italian and German composers working for the Russian court, this album sheds new light on an incredible and momentous time for Russia, shaping its politics and culture towards the enlightened West. HOMECOMING: A SCOTTISH FANTASY Nicola Benedetti explores her Scottish roots in an album combining the traditions of classical and Scottish folk music DECCA TRIUMPHANT AT BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE AWARDS American cellist Alisa Weilerstein was yesterday named winner of the BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year Award with her debut concerto disc of the Elgar and Carter Cello Concertos with the Berlin Staatskapelle and Daniel Barenboim on Decca. MORE SPECTACULAR BRAHMS FROM LEONIDAS KAVAKOS - Winning performances of the Violin Sonatas with Yuja Wang on CD and on tour The Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos teams up with star pianist Yuja Wang to display their special affinity with Brahms, recording the three Violin Sonatas for Decca. With Kavakos known for his “impeccable technique [and] sweet sound” (Daily Telegraph) and Yuja Wang described as “a prodigious talent, with an astonishing technique” (Guardian), this winning collaboration brings together two artists whose extraordinary musical rapport is heard at its finest in these life enhancing works. Valentina Lisitsa, YouTube’s most viewed pianist, turns her visionary artistry to the vibrant piano works of Michael Nyman Valentina Lisitsa’s latest album celebrates the instantly recognisable music of Michael Nyman. Chasing Pianos, released to coincide with the composer’s 70th birthday this April, is set to reinforce the Ukrainian-born pianist’s star status and massive popular appeal. Cecilia Bartoli - Latest Reviews: Premiere of “Alcina” at Zurich Opera Cecilia Bartoli’s voice continues to be capable of infinite nuances, whether in coloratura passage-work, in her tender tremulousness, heart-stopping entreaties or weary lamentations . . . GRAMMY® NOMINATION FOR "MISSION" Cecilia Bartoli has just received a nomination for the most prestigious US music award, the GRAMMY®, in the category "Best Classical Vocal Solo". RICCARDO CHAILLY NAMED MUSIC DIRECTOR OF LA SCALA Riccardo Chailly has been named the new musical director of La Scala, Milan. He becomes principal conductor in 2015, taking over the musical directorship in 2017. His appointment marks the return of an Italian at the head of the country’s premier opera house, in succession to Daniel Barenboim. Norma scoops Gold Award Cecila Bartoli has been honoured at the 49th Record Academy Awards in Japan with a Gold Award for Norma. Accepting the Award, Cecilia said: “I feel very honored and proud to receive the Record Academy Award from Japan which also intensifies my relationship with the Japanese public whom I am looking forward to meeting again very soon. I am extremely happy to have been awarded the 2013 Record Academy Award for our recent Norma recording. To me, an important prize of this kind means not only an acknowledgement of my work as a performer and researcher but also an award bestowed upon Vincenzo Bellini’s masterpiece: together with conductor Giovanni Antonini, the other soloists and the Orchestra La Scintilla playing on period instruments, we have tried to reveal Norma’s authentic pre-Romantic roots and restore it as Bellini originally intended.” DECCA SWEEPS THE BOARD AT CLASSIC BRIT AWARDS - Winner in four out of six categories – plus a lifetime achievement honour for Pavarotti Decca albums were honoured in a night of triumph at the Classic Brit Awards, held last night [2 Oct] at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Decca Classics Scoop Coveted Gramophone Award Internationally regarded as the Oscars of the Classical Music World, the 2013 Gramophone Awards were announced last night during a ceremony held at LSO St Luke’s in London. The “Label of the Year” Award was collected by Decca Managing Director Paul Moseley ... Decca artists receive ECHO Klassik Awards This year - celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ECHO Klassik Award - the following Decca artists have been honoured: Cecilia Bartoli, Jonas Kaufmann, Leonidas Kavakos, Janine Jansen and Julia Lezhneva.
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Cecilia Bartoli´s exploration of the music of Steffani continues on from her best-selling recording ‘Mission’ with an album of the celebrated ‘Stabat Mater’ Steffani's 'Stabat Mater' is his masterpiece, completed shortly before he died in 1728. It has been described as the most powerful expression of his religious fervour and, at almost half an hour, the largest-scale, most complex and heartfelt of his compositions outside his operas. Cecilia Bartoli leads an array of internationally celebrated singers including countertenor Franco Fagioli, the bass Salvo Vitale and the two young German tenors Daniel Behle and Julian Prégardien. Diego Fasolis conducts the authentic instrument forces of I Barocchisti and the chorus of RSI Lugano. Decca Congratulates Renée Fleming On National Medal of Arts Presented By Barack Obama President Barack Obama has presented soprano Renée Fleming with the 2012 National Medal of Arts “for her contributions to American music.” Among those who also received honours in the East Room of the White House, in the presence of the First Lady, were filmmaker George Lucas, comedy actress Elaine May and jazz legend Allen Toussaint. It is the highest honour for achievement in the arts conferred to an individual artist on behalf of the people in USA FROM TOWNSHIP TO OPERA HOUSE South African Soprano, PUMEZA MATSHIKIZA, Signs Global Record Contract with Decca Classics/Universal Music A singer who grew up in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa, and discovered classical music, today signs a record deal with Decca, home to the biggest opera star in the world, the late Luciano Pavarotti.

Pumeza Matshikiza has already been described by the UK’s leading critics as “poised for operatic stardom” and “one of opera's most exciting new voices" . But having been told she had no future as an opera singer in South Africa, she almost became a quantity surveyor.

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