Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Neue Mozart-Ausgabe Goes Digital

In the wake of the 250th anniversiay of Mozart's birth, a digital version of Barenreiter's New Mozart Edition (Neue Mozart-Ausgabe) has been made available free online by the International Mozart Foundation of Salzburg.

Now, all 600+ works of the master is available to search and view online.

Here's what they say on their 'about' page:
The Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum (ISM) and The Packard Humanities Institute (PHI) have agreed to establish a comprehensive digital edition of the music of Mozart, with the goal of making all of Mozart's music in the form of digital scores and parts freely available to the broadest public, online and in other electronic formats, for study and performance. The intention is that there will not be any charge to the public for online access - including downloading for local printing, study and performance - and only a minimal handling charge for the data on CD ROM or similar media.

The new digital edition will serve several audiences, including editors, researchers and performers (both professional and amateur). It will not be identical in text and design with the printed volumes of the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe (NMA) of the ISM, but the contents of the new digital edition will be based on, and closely coordinated with, the authoritative NMA. The inheritant flexibility of the digital format will make it possible to incorporate alternate versions or interpretations, and to keep the edition up to date.

A new Mozart Institute of the ISM will be established in Salzburg with primary responsibility for the contents of this electronic edition. This will provide continuity with the existing NMA editorial function.

Within agreed guidelines, the digital edition will be controlled by a committee with representation from the ISM and PHI.

Be sure to go over and give this site a try!!


Saturday, December 23, 2006

Ni Mei Article in DSO "Performance Magazine Online"

Ni Mei was a valued part of the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra violin section, and we were thrilled to hear of her acceptance into the Detroit Symphony Orchestra last year.

For Ni Mei's bio and her introduction to the Detroit audience, check out Issue no. 2 (2006-07) of the DSO's Performance Magazine Online.

Congratulations, Ne Mei, to a well earned chair in such a prestigious organization!!

... oh, and perhaps we should tell KU that we're now "The" University of Kansas...


Monday, December 11, 2006

Conspirare nominated for two Grammy Awards

The choral ensemble Conspirare under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson has been nominated for two Grammy awards, one for “Best Engineered Album” (up against the likes of recording labels Deutsche Grammophon and Telarc), the other for “Best Choral Performance”. The title of the CD is “Requiem”, recorded last October.

Stella Hastings has been a member of Conspirare (Latin for "to breathe together") for a number of years. The group recorded the album “through the green fuse” in August, 2004 at George Lucas' Skywalker Sound in California.

Conspirare was also the recipient of the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, given by Chorus America at their convention in June 2005. Past winners of this prestigious award include Chanticleer, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Dale Warland Singers.

Mrs. Hastings sister, Nina Revering, who performed with the SEK Symphony Orchestra in March 2004, is the director of Conspirare’s children’s choir.

For more information about Conspirare, go to: http://www.conspirare.org/

... or read an article by Aprill Brandon of the Victoria Advocate "And the Grammy Goes To..."

Detailed information from the Grammy website:

49th Annual Grammy Awards Nominee List

For recordings released during the Eligibility Year

October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006
Note: More or less than 5 nominations in a category is the result of ties.

Field 29 — Production, Classical

Category 94

Best Engineered Album, Classical
(An Engineer's Award. (Artist names appear in parenthesis.))

  • Elgar: Enigma Variations; Britten: The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra, Four Sea Interludes
    Michael Bishop, engineer (Paavo Järvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
  • Látigo
    Leslie Ann Jones, engineer (Quartet San Francisco)
    [Violinjazz Recordings]
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 2
    Wolf-Dieter Karwatky & Rainer Maillard, engineers (Pierre Boulez, Wiener Philharmoniker, Christine Schäfer, Michelle DeYoung & Wiener Singverein)
    [Deutsche Grammophon]

[] Requiem
John Newton, engineer (Craig Hella Johnson & Conspirare)
[Clarion Records]

  • Vaughan Williams: Mass In G Min., And Other A Cappella Works
    Jack Renner, engineer (Norman Mackenzie & Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus)

Field 30 — Classical

Category 99

Best Choral Performance
(Award to the Choral Conductor, and to the Orchestra Conductor if an Orchestra is on the recording, and to the Choral Director or Chorus Master if applicable.)

  • Immortal Nystedt
    Øystein Fevang, conductor (Bærum Vokalensemble & Ensemble 96)
  • Mozart: Great Mass In C Min.
    Paul McCreesh, conductor (Sarah Connolly, Neal Davies, Timothy Robinson & Camilla Tilling; Gabrieli Consort; Gabrieli Consort & Players)
    [Deutsche Grammophon]
  • Pärt: Da Pacem
    Paul Hillier, conductor (Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir)
    [Harmonia Mundi]

[] Requiem
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare)
[Clarion Records]

  • Whitacre: Cloudburst And Other Choral Works
    Stephen Layton, conductor (Thomas Guthrie, Elin Manahan Thomas & Simon Wall; Polyphony)