classical music

Verbier Festival – Celebrating 25 Years At The Top With An Anniversary Art Book.

Verbier Festival – Celebrating 25 Years At The Top With An Anniversary Art Book.

The Verbier Festival is a classical music festival which encourages encounters and sharing between great musicians and young aspiring artists from around the world. With its different orchestral programmes, the Festival strives towards excellence in music education. The audience is invited to live a special experience at the heart of the Swiss Alps by attending prestigious concerts, witnessing unique encounters and participating in a wide range of free activities. Every summer, the best artists meet in Switzerland, in the heart of Swiss Alps, to share their passion for music. In order to celebrate its first quarter of a century, the Verbier Festival publishes a magnificent book displaying pictures taken every summer by the talented photographers who have followed the festival in Verbier. Inside the beautiful book, you can find the genesis of the festival as well as highlights memorable concerts backstage moments Amazing encounters the Festival community Michèle Larivière and Julian Sykes…

Elīna Garanča first biography: “Wirklich Wichtig Sind Die Schuhe”

Elīna Garanča first biography: “Wirklich Wichtig Sind Die Schuhe”

Elīna Garanča is official in “baby break” for the second time. We are all happy for her. In order to let us with something while she is away from the spotlights, last month she released a Best of album with her most iconic interpretations and this month she is releasing her first auto-biography called “Wirklich Wichtig Sind Die Schuhe”. In German, it means “Really important are the shoes”. Elīna Garanča, a star made in Latvia Latvia is an amazing country. This country has a little more than 2 million inhabitants and they have probably one of the strongest concentration of Classical singers with an international career. Elīna Garanča is a perfect example of such talented and gifted Latvian singer. From Lizete Iesmina-Mihelsone at the beginning of the 20th century to young Maija Kovalevska or Anna Krauja, Latvia bursted into the international scene of Opera singers for more than 100 years. Elīna Garanča…

Musopen, let the music free. Next project: Chopin.

Musopen, let the music free. Next project: Chopin.

Music is one of the most precious heritage human kind has. It should be shared to everybody and many times people complain about the price of music. Musopen has a mission to set free the music by proposing free recordings of the major masterpieces in classical music. Musopen, set the music free Musopen is a non-profit association with the mission to improve access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. Based in California, they provide free recordings but also sheet music and even textbooks to the public. No copyright restrictions. In their website you can already find many of the major composers for classical music and you can simply download the music. You can also find a lot of information about the composer, as a mini-bio. On each composer, you can browse the available catalog by composer, performer, instrument and even time period. It is probably…

Sissel Kyrkjebø, the voice of heaven… purely magical.

Sissel Kyrkjebø, the voice of heaven… purely magical.

If you love beautiful voices, you need to know this amazing artist, Sissel Kyrkjebø. Her voice is like hearing the sound of an angel. She is a great artist and at luxury activist, she is in our speakers every day. She is our music artist of the month. Sissel from Norway… Sissel Kyrkjebø was born in June 24th 1969 in Bergen, a city in the west coast of Norway. She is mostly known as Sissel. She is also considered as one of the world’s top crossover sopranos and her musical style is very broad. From pop, towards folk, classical vocals and opera. What strikes us when you hear her voice for the first time, is that she was a beautiful crystal voice. She sounds like if the doors of heaven have opened just at that precise moment you hear it. Fantastic. Her wide vocal range, brings her for performances going from…

Lucerne International Festival for classical music (sponsored video)

Lucerne International Festival for classical music (sponsored video)

The Lucerne Festival is an international music festival of classical music in Lucerne. It is one of the most prestigious festivals and attracts international artists from all over the world to Lucerne. Classical music is timeless and probably one of the most universal type of music. Sponsored by Credit Suisse  The first edition took place in 1938 and its story became year after year almost a legend. In deed, the world famous italian conductor, Arturo Toscanini, put in place an elite orchestra specially assembled for the occasion. Renowed soloists, talented chamber musicians, the Busch quartet and many ranks were filled with gifted musicians from the Suisse Romande orchestra. The aim was to being able to listen to masterpieces in a period of time that was not really very optimistic as the war was all around. For many years the Lucerne festival increased its reputation and today it gathers more than…

Hélène Grimaud, Brahms Concertos – new album

Hélène Grimaud, Brahms Concertos – new album

Hélène Grimaud is probably one of the most gifted pianist of her generation. And this fall, she is presenting a new album called BRAHMS CONCERTOS. Pure Romance. It is the perfect pretext to review the profile of this amazing pianist. Héléne Grimaud is french, she was born in Aix-en-Provence. She discovered the piano at age of 7 and since then it was a big love story between her and the beautiful instrument. After traveling quite a lot, she established herself in Switzerland and today she shares her time between her two passions: the piano and wolves! In deed she has been a passionate fighter to protect wolves from extinction. She is at the Direction board of the Wolf Conservation center in the US. They organize several original activities to the public in order to create a reassuring proximity between wolves and humans. You can do “Yoga with wolves”, or “sleep…

Herbert von Karajan 1970’s by Deutsche Grammophon. Masterpiece?

Herbert von Karajan 1970’s by Deutsche Grammophon. Masterpiece?

True genius or just megalomaniac ? The story of Herbert von Karajan is a very sulfurous one. Considered as the image of the romantic Orchestra conductor, he was one of the most proliferous conductor of all. Deutsche Grammophon released this month a collection of 82 CD’s recapitulating the 1970’s of Karajan.  Titanic work! On this amazing collection of 82 Cd’s you can find the best concerts of Karajan in one decade. From Christmas concerts, to operas and concertos, all the finest work of el Maestro. The collaboration is mainly with the Berliner Philamorniker. Herbert Karajan, the man Like him or hate him, this man does not leave you completely insensitive. His reputation of super-star attitude make a lot if ink flowing in newspapers and magazines. Nevertheless, it is quite complicated to summarize such man in a couple of words. The early years Herbert von Karajan was born in Salzburg, Austria…

Classical music, too expensive?

Classical music, too expensive?

The music industry evolved much more in the past 10 years than in the past 50 years. In deed Internet changed a lot the way we buy or listen to music. Of course it also developed the piracy around exchanging music illegally. And this would be another subject. If we focus on the “legal”channels, we can see that there are different prices for different sort of music and unfortunately Classical music is much more expensive than other categories. In deed, if you compare for example different kind of music in the iTunes store, we can see that classic music is much more expensive in general than Pop, Rock, Folk or even than world music. A good classical album can cost between 15$ up to 50$ depending on the artist and the orchestra. At the contrary, a Pop album will cost between 7$ up to 20$. So this makes things hard…