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2017 in continental European music in geographical order.

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Elbphilharmonie

Elbphilharmonie

The Elbphilharmonie, popularly nicknamed Elphi, is a concert hall in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg, Germany, on the Grasbrook peninsula of the Elbe River. It is among the largest in the world.

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra

The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra is a German radio orchestra. Affiliated with the Norddeutscher Rundfunk, the orchestra is based at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany. Earlier the ensemble was called the NDR Symphony Orchestra, and was also known in English as the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra.

NDR Chor

NDR Chor

The NDR Chor is the choir of the German broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), based in Hamburg. It was founded in 1946, with Max Thurn as the first director of then 55 singers. The group has participated in premieres of contemporary music, such as the posthumous concert premiere of Schoenberg's opera Moses und Aron. It is also known for a capella music, introduced by Helmut Franz such as a recording of all such works by Johannes Brahms. The current artistic director is Philipp Ahmann, who has held the position from 2008. NDR Chor, now a group of 28 singers, is one of the leading professional chamber choirs in Germany.

Thomas Hengelbrock

Thomas Hengelbrock

Thomas Hengelbrock is a German violinist, musicologist, stage director and conductor.

Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Kyiv, Ukraine, following the country's victory at the 2016 contest with the song "1944" by Jamala. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC), the contest was held at the International Exhibition Centre and consisted of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May, and a final on 13 May 2017. The three live shows were presented by Ukrainian television presenters Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko, being the first contest since the inaugural 1956 edition without a female host.

Kyiv

Kyiv

Kyiv, also spelled Kiev, is the capital and most populous city of Ukraine. It is in north-central Ukraine along the Dnieper River. As of 1 January 2021, its population was 2,962,180, making Kyiv the seventh-most populous city in Europe.

Ukraine

Ukraine

Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It is the second-largest European country after Russia, which it borders to the east and northeast. Ukraine covers approximately 600,000 square kilometres (230,000 sq mi). Prior to the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War, it was the eighth-most populous country in Europe, with a population of around 41 million people. It is also bordered by Belarus to the north; by Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary to the west; and by Romania and Moldova to the southwest; with a coastline along the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov to the south and southeast. Kyiv is the nation's capital and largest city. Ukraine's official and national language is Ukrainian; most people are also fluent in Russian.

Portugal

Portugal

Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country whose mainland is located on the Iberian Peninsula of Southwestern Europe, and whose territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira. It features the westernmost point in continental Europe, and its Iberian portion is bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain, the sole country to have a land border with Portugal. Its two archipelagos form two autonomous regions with their own regional governments. Lisbon is the capital and largest city by population.

Salvador Sobral

Salvador Sobral

Salvador Thiam Vilar Braamcamp Sobral ComM is a Portuguese singer, who won the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 for Portugal with the song "Amar pelos dois," written and composed by his sister, Luísa Sobral. In doing so, he gave Portugal its first ever win in the contest since its debut in 1964, ending the longest winless run by a country in Eurovision history. Sobral and his entry hold the Eurovision record for the highest-scoring winner, having earned a total of 758 points under the current voting system, after winning both the jury vote and televote.

Amar pelos dois

Amar pelos dois

"Amar pelos dois" is a song recorded by Portuguese singer Salvador Sobral. The song was written and produced by his sister Luísa Sobral and released for digital download as a single on 10 March 2017 by Sons em Trânsito. It premiered on 19 February of that year, when it was performed during the first semi-final of Festival da Canção 2017.

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Switzerland and Austria

France

Musical films

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Georges Prêtre

Georges Prêtre

Georges Prêtre was a French orchestral and opera conductor.

Anton Nanut

Anton Nanut

Anton Nanut was a renowned Slovenian international conductor of classical music. From 1981 to 1999 he served as the chief conductor of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. He was a professor of conducting at the Ljubljana Academy of Music and the artistic leader of the Slovene Octet in its most productive years.

Jan Stoeckart

Jan Stoeckart

Jan Stoeckart was a Dutch composer, conductor, trombonist and former radio producer, who often worked under various pseudonyms such as Willy Faust, Peter Milray, Julius Steffaro and Jack Trombey. In the UK he is best known for his composition Eye Level, the theme tune to the ITV series Van der Valk, which was a number one on the UK singles chart in 1973. He also composed "Homeward Bound", a theme from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), under the pseudonym Jack Trombey.

Gerd Grochowski

Gerd Grochowski

Gerd Grochowski was a German operatic bass-baritone who had an active international career from 1986 until his death in 2017. Particularly known for his performances in the operas of Richard Wagner, his roles included Donner in Das Rheingold, Gunther in Götterdämmerung, Klingsor in Parsifal, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde, Telramund in Lohengrin, and Wotan in The Ring Cycle. A graduate of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, he was a longtime resident artist at the Cologne Opera. He appeared in leading roles as a guest artist at the Bayreuth Festival, the Berlin State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, the Frankfurt Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, La Scala, the Liceu, the Linz State Theatre, the Stuttgart Opera, the Teatro Real, the Theater an der Wien, and the Salzburg Festival.

Ståle Wikshåland

Ståle Wikshåland

Ståle Wikshåland was a Norwegian musicologist.

Veljo Tormis

Veljo Tormis

Veljo Tormis was an Estonian composer, regarded as one of the great contemporary choral composers and one of the most important composers of the 20th century in Estonia. Internationally, his fame arises chiefly from his extensive body of choral music, which exceeds 500 individual choral songs, most of it a cappella. The great majority of these pieces are based on traditional ancient Estonian folksongs (regilaulud), either textually, melodically, or merely stylistically.

Jean Georgakarakos

Jean Georgakarakos

Jean Georgakarakos was a French-born Greek music producer, record label owner, and artist manager.

Jaki Liebezeit

Jaki Liebezeit

Jaki Liebezeit was a German drummer, best known as a founding member of experimental rock band Can. He was called "one of the few drummers to convincingly meld the funky and the cerebral".

Can (band)

Can (band)

Can was a German experimental rock band formed in Cologne in 1968 by Holger Czukay, Irmin Schmidt (keyboards), Michael Karoli (guitar), and Jaki Liebezeit (drums). The group used several vocalists, most prominently the American Malcolm Mooney (1968–70) and the Japanese Damo Suzuki (1970–73). They have been widely hailed as pioneers of the German krautrock scene.

Henry-Louis de La Grange

Henry-Louis de La Grange

Henry-Louis de La Grange was a French musicologist and biographer of Gustav Mahler.

Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler was an Austro-Bohemian Romantic composer, and one of the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer he acted as a bridge between the 19th-century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. While in his lifetime his status as a conductor was established beyond question, his own music gained wide popularity only after periods of relative neglect, which included a ban on its performance in much of Europe during the Nazi era. After 1945 his compositions were rediscovered by a new generation of listeners; Mahler then became one of the most frequently performed and recorded of all composers, a position he has sustained into the 21st century. A 2016 BBC Music Magazine survey of 151 conductors ranked three of his symphonies in the top ten symphonies of all time.

Source: "2017 in European music", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_in_European_music.

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References
  1. ^ Martin Kettle (2017-01-12). "Elbphilharmonie Orchestra/Hengelbrock review – storming debut for hall of wonders". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
  2. ^ Jordan, Paul (9 September 2016). "Kyiv to host Eurovision 2017!". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Eurovision 2017: Portugal's ballad wins contest". BBC News. 14 May 2017.
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  5. ^ Georges Prêtre, le plus viennois des chefs d’orchestre, est mort (in French)
  6. ^ Conductor Anton Nanut dies
  7. ^ Jan Stoeckart: Rouwberichten (in Dutch)
  8. ^ Obituary: German Bass-Baritone Gerd Grochowski Dies at 60
  9. ^ Nekrolog: Ståle Wikshåland (in Norwegian)
  10. ^ Décès de Frank Thomas, la parolier du Lundi au soleil de Claude François (in French)
  11. ^ Скончался эстонский композитор Вельо Тормис (in Russian)
  12. ^ Le producteur Jean Karakos, fondateur du label BYG, est mort (in French)
  13. ^ Can Drummer Jaki Liebezeit Dead at 78
  14. ^ Henry-Louis de La Grange est mort, disparition du plus grand spécialiste de Gustav Mahler (in French)
  15. ^ Пайшоў з жыцця Аляксандр Ціхановіч (in Belarusian)
  16. ^ Man and Iceberg guitarist Deke Leonard dies at the age of 72
  17. ^ John Wetton, frontman for Asia and key prog rock figure, dies aged 67
  18. ^ Den verdensberømte violinist Svend Asmussen er død (in Danish)
  19. ^ Greek Music Legend Loukianos Kilaidonis Dies at 74
  20. ^ Nu har IT rest vidare till sitt sataniska Nangijala – må han vila i kaos (in Swedish)
  21. ^ Po krátké nemoci zemřela v 87 letech zpěvačka Šuláková (in Czech)
  22. ^ Peter Skellern dead: Pop singer who became priest and deacon on same day dies after brain cancer battle
  23. ^ Morto Enzo Carella, arrivò secondo a Sanremo con 'Barbara' (in Italian)
  24. ^ Andlát: Jórunn Viðar tónskáld (in Icelandic)
  25. ^ Lamentan muerte de la pianista Eva María Zuk (in Spanish)
  26. ^ Jazzpianist Misha Mengelberg (81), groot dwarsdenker van de Nederlandse muziek, overleden (in Dutch)
  27. ^ Opernsänger Kurt Moll ist tot (in German)
  28. ^ Lutto nel mondo della lirica, è morto il maestro Alberto Zedda (in Italian)
  29. ^ Laulaja Barbara Helsingius on kuollut (in Finnish)
  30. ^ RIP Stan Robinson (1936–2017)
  31. ^ Trauer um Hamburger Liedtexter Frank Dostal (in German)
  32. ^ "Aslan keyboard player Patrick Fitzpatrick dies". RTÉ.ie. 20 April 2017.
  33. ^ Eduard Brunner verstorben (in German)
  34. ^ Elektronisen musiikin uranuurtaja Erkki Kurenniemi on kuollut (in Finnish)
  35. ^ Violinist Péter Komlós dies at 81
  36. ^ ‘Dogtooth’ Star Mary Tsoni Found Dead at Age 30
  37. ^ Report: Electronic music producer Robert Miles has died at the age of 47
  38. ^ Zmarł Zbigniew Wodecki (in Polish)
  39. ^ Zangeres Sandra Reemer (66) overleden (in Dutch)
  40. ^ Marele jazzman Corneliu Stroe, înmormântat mâine. A cântat cu artiști mari, însă prea puțini au trecut pe la capelă (in Romanian)
  41. ^ Gunter Gabriel ist tot (in German)
  42. ^ Schlagerstar Chris Roberts ist tot (in German)
  43. ^ Addio a Rudy Rotta, muore uno dei più stimati bluesman italiani (in Italian)
  44. ^ Mort de Pierre Henry, père de la musique concrète (in French)
  45. ^ Muere la actriz y cantante Paquita Rico a los 87 años (in Spanish)
  46. ^ Πέθανε ο Γιάννης Καλατζής (in Greek)
  47. ^ Egil Kapstad er død (in Norwegian)
  48. ^ "Lot. Décès en plein concert de la chanteuse Barbara Weldens: l'électrocution confirmée". Actu.fr (in French). 24 July 2017.
  49. ^ Andrea Jürgens ist tot (in German)
  50. ^ The Titanic violinist dies, a day after he turns 70
  51. ^ Paul Angerer mit 90 Jahren gestorben (in German)
  52. ^ In memoriam. Pēteris Plakidis (04.03.1947–08.08.2017)
  53. ^ Zomrel Marián Varga (in Slovak)
  54. ^ Schauspiellegende. Margot Hielscher ist tot (in German)
  55. ^ Zum Tod des Komponisten Wilhelm Killmayer (in German)
  56. ^ Muere Nati Mistral a los 88 años (in Spanish)
  57. ^ Pianist Aloys Kontarsky verstorben (in German)
  58. ^ Muere el bajo italiano Enzo Dara (in Spanish)
  59. ^ Joy Fleming dies aged 72
  60. ^ Fallece El Compositor Suizo Klaus Huber (in Spanish)
  61. ^ Meghalt Aradszky László (in Hungarian)
  62. ^ L’ultimo acuto di Gaetano Bardini (in Italian)
  63. ^ Composer Václav Riedlbauch dead at 70
  64. ^ Muzikant Hans Vermeulen overleden (in Dutch)
  65. ^ L’organiste Michel Chapuis est mort (in French)
  66. ^ Morreu a compositora Clotilde Rosa (in Portuguese)
  67. ^ Morreu Zé Pedro dos Xutos & Pontapés, aos 61 anos. “O nosso Zé Pedro deixou-nos hoje. Foi em paz” (in Portuguese)
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