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In memoriam Chris Ellis (1928-2019)

18-01-2019 In memoriam Chris Ellis (1928-2019)

Sad to announce that pioneer record producer, co-founder of Challenge Records, jazz classicist and singer Chris Ellis passed away in Hilversum (NL) near Amsterdam at the age of 90 this week. He was a big inspiration to us and he shall be missed! ELLIS, CHRISTOPHER REGINALD (CHRIS) was the son of Myrtle Roberts (formerly Ellis nee Orchard) and stepson of Trevor Victor Roberts.  Chris Ellis was educated at Shrewsbury’s Larcastrian School and Technical College and after army service worked in various local clerical ...

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Challenge Records official curator for Apple Music!

21-12-2018 Challenge Records official curator for Apple Music!

We are proud to announce that Challenge Records is now an official curator for Apple Music! Our curator page has been launched with already over ten playlists. ‘New Jazz Releases’ and ‘New Releases’ will be regularly updated with our newest releases for both Challenge Records and Challenge Classics. Our other playlists are based on moods, genres and instruments, such as 'Winter', 'Christmas', ‘Famous String Quartets’, ‘The Joy of Summer’ and ‘Classic Russia’. More playlists will be added! We want to share the ...

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The spirit of Christmas is here again!

14-12-2018 The spirit of Christmas is here again!

The spirit of Christmas is here again! And pianist Valentina Tóth gives us a very special musical gift. She sings the words of a well known Hungarian Christmas song which composer Ernő Dohnányi used in his 'Pastorale on a Hungarian Christmas Song' and she plays the piece as well! So we can enjoy Valentina playing AND singing. Happy Christmas! Watch the video through this link. Video edit and camera by Valentine Laout Recorded at Pauluskerk in Aldtsjerk Galerie Bloemrijk Vertrouwen in Aldtsjerk.  Paintings by Arthur Artos

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This week on NPO Radio 4 in Passaggio in their window, the new album of Aventure

04-12-2018 This week on NPO Radio 4 in Passaggio in their window, the new album of Aventure

This week on NPO Radio 4 in Passaggio in their window, the new album 'Totdat de wachter heeft gezongen' of Aventure - ensemble voor middeleeuwse muziek! Medieval music is like archeology, carefully reconstructed and also the imagination can do its magic! You can listen to this through this link.

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Isabelle van Keulen - two concerts in The Netherlands in January 2019

30-11-2018 Isabelle van Keulen - two concerts in The Netherlands in January 2019

In January, Isabelle van Keulen will give two concerts in The Netherlands! She will perform Martinu and Brahms string quintets together with the Prazak quartet. 9 January 2019 | Philharmonie Haarlem | More information 11 Januari 2019 | Muziekgebouw Eindhoven | More information Last month, we released a new album by Isabelle van Keulen. With this release - one of Challenge Classics highlights of 2018 - Isabelle van Keulen proves once again her skill and musical insight both as a violinist and as a violist. This ...

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Tonight: Aventure @ Opium

07-11-2018 Tonight: Aventure @ Opium

Tonight, Wednesday 7 November, Aventure will play on Opium Radio (22:30 - 00:00). The show will be broadcasted live from VondelCS, Vondelpark in Amsterdam. You can listen to this show through this link. About the new album (will be released on November 9th) The poems and songs of the Gruuthuse Manuscript originated in Bruges around 1400, and the collection is named after the later owner, Lodewijk van Gruuthuse. The songs form the most well-known part of the collection: love songs, bawdy songs and drinking ...

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Our Edison 2018 winners!

07-11-2018 Our Edison 2018 winners!

The winners of Edison Classical 2018 are announced! These prestigious prizes go to albums of a special quality. This Sunday, November 11, some of the Edisons will be handed out during the live broadcast of Podium Witteman on NPO2. We proudly present the winners of our distribution labels: The Debut Laura van der Heijden (Prokofiev/Shaporin e.a. – Russian works for cello and piano) – New Arts International, Champs Hill Records Jury: "It is not often that a 21-year-old music student is awarded with ...

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This Friday: Foyle-Štšura Duo live at Opium

06-11-2018 This Friday: Foyle-Štšura Duo live at Opium

This Friday, Friday 9 November, Foyle-Štšura Duo will play on Opium Radio (22:30 - 00:00). The show will be broadcasted live from VondelCS, Vondelpark in Amsterdam. You can listen to this show through this link. About the new album (will be released on November 11th) Created in the depth of morbidity, Debussy’s parting musical gift is a subtle, dignified and heroic celebration of youth and joie de vivre. A sense of patriotism in the war years links Debussy with the foremost Moravian composer of ...

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GOLDBRUN Gesamtkunstwerk in Museum De Fundatie of Honing/Van der Linden

23-05-2018 GOLDBRUN Gesamtkunstwerk in Museum De Fundatie of Honing/Van der Linden

Yuri Honing has won a prestigious Edison Jazz Award 2018 which will be handed out to him in LantarenVenster in Rotterdam on July 6th 2018 for his album 'Goldbrun' together with his Acoustic Quartet. As a follow-up of the album he has set up a presentation in one of the museum halls of Museum De Fundatie in Zwolle together with Mariecke van der Linden. The opening of this presentation will be on September 22nd. In the hall one can see and ...

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New album and tour by Eric Vloeimans

26-01-2018 New album and tour by Eric Vloeimans

Just released: The album Levanter by trumpet player Eric Vloeimans, clarinettist Kinan Azmeh and pianist Jeroen van Vliet.  Levanter is the new album by trumpet player Eric Vloeimans. The title refers to the warm, strong, eastern wind that regularly blows accross southern Europe.  Eric invited the Syrian clarinet virtuoso Kinan Azmeh for this project. The two met some years ago on an 'Imagining Europe' collaboration. Jeroen van Vliet, Boy Edgar winner of 2014, with whom Eric has been performing for more than ...

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Conductor Ton Koopman wins Edison Classical Oeuvre Award

07-11-2017 Conductor Ton Koopman wins Edison Classical Oeuvre Award

Congratulations conductor Ton Koopman for winning the Edison Klassiek Oeuvre Award! On November 19th Koopman has received the award in the Dutch TV show Podium Witteman. Head of the jury Mischa Spel: "Conductor, harpsichord player and organ player Ton Koopman (73) is a boiling source of knowledge of and enthusiasm for music. [...] Koopman is music, in the flesh! You see it in the way he conducts: rocking, breathing and experiencing every note." On November 24th a new album of Koopman will be released together with the Amsterdam Baroque ...

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Three Edison Classical nominations for Challenge Classics

13-10-2017 Three Edison Classical nominations for Challenge Classics

The Edison Nominations have been announced. Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar has been nominated for the Edison Audience Award with his Gabriel Faure album. You can vote for this album: here Furthermore horn player Rob van de Laar has been nominated in the Category ' The Debut' with his album 'Heartfelt' and conductor James Gaffigan and the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the Category 'The Orchestra' for the album with Prokofiev's Symphonies 1 & 5.  

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