21 Music : digital label

21 Music : label digital ! Music Ahead !

21 Music provides international artistic promotion services to musical institutions, either distributing their digital recordings or supporting them in the creation of both digital and physical productions. Drawing on its extensive experience in all areas of album production, including communication with international media organisations, 21 Music is a flexible, committed partner, offering strategic support to orchestras, ensembles and artists.

21 Music collaborates with the Orchestre national d’Auvergne, Orchestre philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Ensemble Variances and Cameristi della Scala, and also boasts a selection of its own productions of several works by composer Jean-Pascal Beintus, alongside a series of historical recordings.

21 Music enables orchestras and artists to see their music accessible in every corner of the globe via 24 platforms and to appear in international charts and playlists (Apple Music, Spotify, etc.), whilst making noise amongst specialist and general international media players.

Orchestre national d'Auvergne Live 

In January 2019, the Orchestre national d’Auvergne broke new ground on the French music scene with the launch of Orchestre national d’Auvergne Live: the first exclusively digital label ever to be created by a French orchestra. Two and a half years later, its catalogue boasts a total of 8 albums recorded live in concert, now available to stream or download in every corner of the globe.

These tracks have achieved national and international critical acclaim and are now enjoyed by music lovers worldwide, featuring time and time again in playlists and charts on the likes of Spotify and Apple Music.

However, with a wealth of physical recordings dating back to when it was founded in 1981, the Orchestre national d’Auvergne now enriches its discography with Crépuscule, the first album released under its new OnA label, recorded in the studio under the baton of Roberto Forés Veses.

Driven by the artistic innovation and excellence deeply engrained in its DNA, the Auvergne-based orchestra is therefore the first French ensemble to produce and distribute its own live concert and studio recordings, and to offer them in both physical and digital formats.

In a connected world, we have to develop a strong digital presence and that is why we are creating this label, unique in France. To allow audiences around the world to discover this wonderful orchestra and the beautiful Auvergne region.” Roberto Forés Veses

Since its creation the Orchestre national d’Auvergne is synonymous among French orchestras for its striving for a special sound, a strength, a certain quest for perfection. Its reputation for sensitive and adventurous programming, spanning six centuries, is well-known in France and on the international stage.

1981 saw the founding of this permanent chamber orchestra in the heart of the Massif Central, and from the beginning desirous of a strong presence on both regional and international levels. The orchestra aims to bring music to a wide and diverse audience while assuming a strong educative role. In the Auvergne it pursues many outreach activities and in 2019 received the Label  « Orchestre national en région » awarded by the Ministry of Culture. It’s artistic project, although anchored on its home territory, also involves touring in many countries around the world and developping an innovative recording policy. In January 2019, the orchestra launched its own digital label « OnA Live », with more than 95,000 listeners in 86 countries. It has also recorded over 50 albums during the last 40 years.

Their spirit of cohesion and comradeship is nurtured by former and present musical directors Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Arie van Beek and Roberto Forés Veses. The conductor and violinist Thomas Zehetmair will be its next Principal Conductor as of the 2021-2022 season, his artistic team associating Enrico Onofri, baroque violinist and conductor and the pianist and conductor Christian Zacharias.

Born in Valencia (Spain), Roberto Forés Veses studied orchestral conducting at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he received his Master Degree under Leif Segerstam. In 2006, he won the Orvieto Conducting Competition in Italy with a special prize from the jury. In 2007, he was also one of the winners of the Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition in Luxembourg. 

Roberto Fores Veses is an extremely versatile conductor, devoted to both symphonic and operatic repertoire. In 2008 he made his debut at the Teatro Regio de Torino conducting Salome and Elisir d’amore, and at the Bolshoi with Macbeth. In the following years he conducted several operas in France, Italy and Swiss.  

Roberto Forés Veses has conducted many orchestras worldwide, including NHK Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Prague Philharmonia, Saint-Petersburg Symphony Orchestra...

In 2020-21, along with an intense season in Clermont Ferrand with the Orchestre  national d’Auvergne, Roberto Fores Veses looks forward to take part at the l’Île de Ré Festival. He will be in Moscow with the Russian State Symphony Evgeny Svetlanov Orchestra, and will perform with the Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Metz, Orquesta de Valencia, Sinfonietta Lausanne and Orquesta de Extremadura. He will also return to Japan with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ensemble Variances Ohuaya Records 

Celebrating its first 10 years, it is the perfect time for Ensemble Variances and Thierry Pécou to look back on their rich and daring journey whilst showcasing new creative directions for the future. The Ensemble is taking the opportunity of its 10th anniversary to celebrate new independent and artistic directions while giving life and air to several flagship creations of recent years. Unlike any other form, a digital album crosses all global borders offering a coherent and connected presence of across the whole world,touching many cultures.

"10 years makes you think of a good, old rum (let's not forget that Variances was founded in Martinique) or a good ‘pu ehr’ , my favourite tea which needs to age, like  wine. Because yes, you have to have lived 10 years to share so many musical and human moments - even non-humans!, having travelled the world, met audiences, other artists and musicians, created many scores, to form a real family, a mature spirit of the whole and imbued with multiple flavours." Thierry Pécou 

Human Non Human is a two-part album questioning the relationship of humanity tonature and living things. “ In our time, shattered by a global pandemic and by the climate threat, we want to be of our time, tell the world with our sound palettes and give people reason to pause, take some distance, to dream.» explains Thierry Pécou. In a process of awakening sound and contemplative awareness to major current environmental problems, the album encourages listeners, through the power of music, to see the changes experienced by our planet and our friends in the animal kingdom. A double album entirely made by contemporary composers, musicians, sounds and themes

OPMC Classics

OPMC Classics, the label of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, was launched in the fall of 2010 by Yakov Kreizberg, Artistic and Musical Director of the orchestra. Among the projects that he had initiated, the recording label was particularly close to his heart. 

21 Music  will offer, from the spring of 2019, the worldwide digital distribution of  OPMC Classics. Music lovers from all the world will be able to find all the titles edited under the baton of : Yakov Kreizberg, Gianluigi Gelmetti or Jean Deroyer as well as new releases under the conducting of Kazuki Yamada, its music director : Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique et Rêverie et Caprice by Liza Kerob, violin ; Felix Mendelssohn's Symphonies n°1  & n°3  and Gabriel Fauré's Requiem & Cantique de Jean Racine with : Regula Mühlemann, soprano; Jean-François Lapointe, baryton; Saya Hashino, orguan and theTokyo Philharmonic Choir. 

Jean-Pascal Beintus 

Jean-Pascal Beintus was born in Toulouse on 1966. He grew up in Nice and started his musical education at the local Conservatoire (Double bass, piano and composition) and joined the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique in Paris and Lyon. In 1983, he was appointed doublebass player at the Opera National de Lyon under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Fond of his orchestral job, while discussing with his colleagues and conductors, in parallel to his job as an orchestra player, he  composed a Concerto for Doublebass and Orchestra (Samskara).

In 1996 Kent Nagano, Music Director of the Orchestra of the Opera de Lyon, decided to promote Mr Beintus’s works and commissioned him several scores for his concert seasons of Opéra de Lyon. A new road was open for Mr Beintus therefore he decided to begin an official career as a full time composer.  To date, he composed for the Opéra de LyonBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Variations on a Gershwin’s tune for piano duet and orchestra), Hallé Orchestra in Manchester (Couleurs cuivres, Concerto for brass quintet and orchestra), Berkeley Symphony Orchestra  in California (Luna tree), Accademia  Santa Cecilia in Roma (Concerto for Clarinet –  dedicated to Alessandro Carbonare), German Symphony Orchester in Berlin (Le Petit Prince, Suite), Russian National Orchestra (Wolf Tracks – recorded on Pentatone by Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev – Grammy Award 2004).

Since his childhood as a big fan of John Williams, Mr Beintus dream is to compose films scores. He filled his dream by joining Alexandre Desplat’s team first as his first assistant and main orchestrator. With Alexandre Desplat, Mr Beintus works on all the main international blockbusters since the past decade: Harry Potter, King’s Speech, Argo, Imitation gameZero Dark Thirty, Tree of life, Shape of Water, Valerian, etc.). Mr Beintus composed the original movie soundtracks for Leonardo di Caprio’s documentaries (11th hour and Carbon). In 2016 Mr Beintus worked together with Alexandre Desplat in the original score of Marseille (HBO) and they will  continue their collaboration on the season 2 (2017). In 2017 Mr Beintus composed the original score for Michel Cymès’s Hippocrate aux enfer(France 2).

In 2019 Mr Beintus’s Fantaisie concertante for trumpet, piano and string orchestra was performed in Colmar, Mons and Antalya (Turkey) by the Orchestre royal de Chambre de Wallonie (conducted by Frank Braley) and in Lille by the Orchestre de Picardie during the Lille Piano Festival 2019.  His Le Petit Prince was performed in Monte-Carlo (Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo) and Katowice (Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestrain 2019 and recorded by Alexandra Conunova (violon), Bryn Lewis (Harp) and the Members of the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Quentin Hindley (Label 21 Music). This recording regularly appears in digital music charts. During the 2021/2022 season, this work has been performed by the Orchestre Colonne and the Orchestre de Besançon Franche-Comté

Together with his accomplice Sylvain Morizet, pianist Jean-Pascal Beintus is all set to take part in an ambitious project for two pianos dedicated to the film music of Charlie Chaplin. The premiere is scheduled for 8 May 2022 at the Théâtre du Jorat (Swiss) and will be narrated by Eugène Chaplin himself.

Cameristi della Scala Live

Praised for his deep musicianship, natural authority, exuberant energy and elegance as a conductor, Wilson Hermanto has built up a prolific international career. Following his sensational debut with the Cameristi della Scala, Mr. Hermanto begins his association with the orchestra as its Principal Guest Conductor (effective December 2017).

Wilson Hermanto has conducted numerous orchestras including the London Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre philharmonique de radio France. Mr. Hermanto’s mastery of wide stylistic range of music allows him to excel in repertoire from Mozart Don Giovanni (Mariinsky Theatre), Varèse Amériques all the way to contemporary program with music of Pierre Boulez and Helmut Lachenmann. 

The chamber orchestra « Cameristi della Scala », formed by the musicians of the orchestra of Teatro alla Scala di Milano, was founded in 1982. Its core repertoire includes many masterpieces written for chamber orchestra from the 18th century up to the present day, in addition to promoting and championing works by the lesser known Italian composers.

Significant artistic influence from celebrated great conductors of the past and present working at Teatro alla Scala contributed to the character and the shape of Cameristi della Scala’s musical phrasing blended with distinct Italian sound. 

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