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Melba eNews | 24 April 2015

Congratulations to Guillaume Tourniaire
 Guillaume Tourniaire Guillaume Tourniaire’s OA Eugene Onegin dominates Green Room Awards for Opera.

Congratulations to Guillaume Tourniaire, Opera Australia and its many stars and staff whose marvellous work in last year’s Eugene Onegin has been recognised with a remarkable six of the eight Green Room Awards for opera. Our congratulations also go to Victorian Opera for its award-winning The Riders.

Click here for this year’s list of Green Room Awards in the field of Opera

We have 2 free tickets, courtesy of Opera Australia, to offer for Guillaume’s performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in Melbourne on 6 May. Click here to enter the draw.
“Benjamin Martin’s fiery debut recital”
Benjamin Martin Benjamin Martin’s debut solo recording, In the Wake of the Great War offers a passionate and poignant glimpse of the emotional lives of a group of leading British composers in the aftermath of the horrifying events of World War 1.

While the music is not directly linked to war (in the way that Britten’s War Requiem is, for example) it offers a telling intimation of the composers’ inner worlds in the uncertain times that followed the war that was supposed “to end all wars”. Critics have been praising Benjamin’s virtuosic playing and the intriguing repertoire.

Click here to read the reviews.
 Barry Tuckwell in Kuala Lumpur
Barry Tuckwell & Lin Jiang Barry Tuckwell, Grand Master of the French horn, has been in Kuala Lumpur conducting the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Two outstanding horn virtuosi, Lin Jiang and Radek Baborák , offer their insights into working with Barry Tuckwell and the huge impact he had on them during rehearsals.

Click here to watch the video.

In preparing Encore My Good Sir with Benjamin Martin, Lin Jiang worked intensively with Barry Tuckwell with prodigious results that impressed listeners and critics world-wide.

Listen to samples of Lin Jiang’s recording Encore My Good Sir on the Melba Recordings website.
Vale Barry Irving
Barry Irving We are enormously saddened to hear of the passing of Barry Irving, founder and sole director of the UK-based International Record Review magazine. Barry was a charming and fair-minded man held in the highest regard by everyone in the recording industry. His work with IRR leaves an invaluable legacy of excellence in music criticism and discussion.

Barry founded International Record Review in 2001 following the sale of the revered Gramophone magazine, where he had worked for 34 years in marketing and advertising. .

He spearheaded a group of former Gramophone colleagues to create a magazine that would maintain the traditional Gramophone ethos: an intelligent, in-depth focus on audio and video recordings and music-related books with an unapologetic bias towards informed and committed classical music record buyers. .

The service that Barry Irving provided to lovers of classical music recordings and to the industry was huge. The debt we owe him is immeasurable. .

There is more to Australia than sport…
Maria Vandamme Maria Vandamme spoke to Neos Kosmos about her Greek upbringing and how her grandfather’s ferocious work ethic has propelled her career. The article describes how her 20 years with the ABC and extensive experience recording in Europe have helped forge a passionate belief in promoting Australia – and our finest classical musicians – to the world.

Click here to read the article
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