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German Record Critics’ award for ‘Theodora’

The recent DVD and Bluray release of Handel's Theodora has been awarded the Quarterly Critics' Choice ("Bestenliste") of the German Record Critics' Award Association ("Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik").  The Quarterly Critics' Choice is awarded to new releases of outstanding importance, which merit special attention for quality of interpretation, creativity, and value to the repertoire. Theodora, in a new production by Christof Loy, was recorded live at the Salzburg Festival 2009, with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under the baton of Ivor Bolton, and is now available online and in stores on the Unitel/C major...

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Teatro Real ‘Jenůfa’ now available

Ivor's performance of Janacek's Jenůfa, recorded live at the Teatro Real in October 2009 with Amanda Roocroft in the title role, is now available for purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray.  For more information or to purchase, visit the Opus Arte...

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Forthcoming release of Janáček's 'Jenůfa' on DVD and Blu-ray

Recorded live at the Teatro Real in October 2009, Ivor Bolton conducts Stéphane Braunschweig's production of Jenůfa starring English soprano Amanda Roocroft in one of her signature roles as the opera's heroine, Slovac tenor Miroslav Dvorský as Laca, and the great dramatic soprano Deborah Polaski as Kostelnicka.  Due for release by Opus Arte on DVD and Blu-ray in August this year. "Not only did he [Ivor Bolton] conduct the score superbly, with extraordinary tension and sensitivity throughout, but he drew some truly wonderful playing from his orchestra, significantly better than anything I...

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"Moments of staggering originality": imminent release of Bruckner 6 live recording

Soon to be released is the next instalment on disc of Ivor Bolton's Bruckner cycle with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg. The release in July this year of Symphony No. 6 on Oehms Classics follows previous recordings of Symphonies 3, 5, 7, and 8, which earned high plaudits from the critics: "moments of staggering interpretative originality", (musicwebinternational.com); "Bolton lets emotional enthusiasm for Bruckner's expressive world roam free, and the orchestra follows him, clear and committed, and impresses with it clear phrasing, rich string timbre and cleanly-tuned winds" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 20.01.11, review of Bruckner 8). Symphony No. 6 was recorded live...

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Ivor records Haydn's final three symphonies

This May, Ivor Bolton records Joseph Haydn's final three symphonies with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg. Following their highly-acclaimed first disc of Haydn symphonies ("These fresh accounts have punchy woodwind and nimble muscular strings… If you've never believed in the powers of Haydn's seriously joyful oomph, try this." The Observer, 6.12.09), Ivor and the Mozarteumorchester continue their exploration of Haydn's symphonic output with Symphonies 102, 103 and 104, due for release on Oehms Classics in...

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Ivor Bolton to appear at the Mozart Woche festival 2011

In addition to concerts in Hamburg and Kiel, Ivor Bolton is making two appearances at the Mozart Woche in Salzburg this January.  Ivor will appear as the conductor of the Concertus Musicus in the opening concert of the Mozart Woche on 21st January, in a programme of works by Handel and Mozart.  This concert will take place in the Haus für Mozart.  On 29th January the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg will then join Ivor in a concert of works by Mozart and Heinz Holliger at the Grosser Saal. For more information and to book tickets, visit the Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg

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Salzburg reveals all…

The programme for the 2011 Salzburg Festival has been revealed and Ivor has a considerable involvement. This year's world famous festival, established in 1920, runs from 27th June - 30th August 2011. He has concert performances of a double bill of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, with Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala on both Monday 15th August and Saturday 20th August. He is also performing Stravinsky’s Rossignol on both of those days. Mozart Matinees will occur on August 6th and 7th, with Julia Fischer and August 27th and 28th, with Bejun Mehta. And, finally, he has The Young...

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Ivor Bolton tours Germany with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

Ivor Bolton and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg are now embarking upon a tour of Germany.  After the success of his UK tour in November, Ivor will be visiting the Philharmonie Essen, the Rudolf-Oetker-Halle in Bielefeld, Festpielhaus Baden-Baden, the Dresden Frauenkirche in Dresden, and the Graf Zeppelin Haus in Friedrichshafen.  The tour programme will comprise works by Haydn, Mozart and Gluck.  On 8th December Markus Groh will join Ivor Bolton and the Mozarteumorchester in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor K466 at Gasteig,...

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Ivor Bolton tours the UK with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg

After the 2009/2010 orchestral tours to the US, Southern Germany, Italy and Abu Dhabi, chief conductor Ivor Bolton and the internationally acclaimed Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg will be visiting the UK.  From 17th to the 28th November, Ivor Bolton and the Mozarteum Orchestra will bring Viennese Classicism to concert halls in London, Warwick, Cambridge, Southend, Sheffield, Hull, Carlisle, Middlesborough, Bradford, Llandudno and Cardiff.  In addition to music by Schubert and Schumann, Freddy Kempf will be joining the orchestra as a soloist in performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major. For...

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A busy time for Ivor

Sorry to not be in touch for such a while, but Ivor has been engaged with his exciting but extremely busy schedule.  He has had many highlights, with the main being his deep involvement with the 2010 Salzburg Festival. Ivor conducted the opening night on July 26th as well the weekend matinées with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra. Upcoming events Ivor is soon to be conducting performances of Wagner’s Flying Dutchman with the Mozarteum Orchestra in the Landes Theatre in Salzburg as well as Mozart’s Magic Flute in Vienna. Throughout September, Ivor will be rehearsing as well as preparing for the Mozarteum orchestra...

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