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Unique boutique record label, ARTARIA, celebrates its 2nd anniversary with a second CD release

Unique boutique record label, Artaria, which specialises in presenting recordings of gorgeous music featuring the oboe – founded by former Adelaide Symphony Principal Oboist Celia Craig – is marking its second anniversary with a second CD release and new worldwide distribution for both physical CDs and digital downloads.

The independent label, which features an evocative repertoire recorded in ultra high audio and visual quality – set within the backdrop of South Australia – featuring world class artists, will be two years old on November 9, 2019.

The new album ‘Artaria 2’ is a virtuosic, tour de force studio creation featuring haunting oboe d’amores—‘the oboe of love’—to a modern Australian seven instrument multi-layering, accompanied by a short, visually stunning promotional film featuring the interior of Adelaide’s finest Victorian mansion: Ayers House Museum.

Dining Room, Ayers House Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

The film, shot with the support of the National Trust of South Australia, will be made available to South Australian schools and other organisations as part of Celia’s advocacy for local music education and participation. 

Artaria 2 Official Promo

Two companies – Australia-based Planet MGM and US Portland Oregon-based company BDC, which is also marking its 25th anniversary – will be supplying Artaria’s two CD releases to shops worldwide and digital downloads via platforms, including Amazon.

CEO of Burnside Distribution, Bill McNally, applauded Artaria’s vision, which aspires to present the oboe differently, addressing its Endangered status, and using an appealing repertoire created for more than the current classical music market.

Speaking from their head offices in Oregon, US, Bill said:
“We are honoured to be working with the two-year-old classic label Artaria. We look forward to spreading the word around the world.”

A further development will see Artaria making a third recording later this year by Celia with award-winning acclaimed Russian pianist Konstantin Shamray, who is now based in South Australia.

Celia Craig and Konstantin Shamray
Celia Craig and Konstantin Shamray

Commenting on the opportunity to work with a pianist who has been described as “commanding” with “musical presence” and a “virtuoso”, Celia said: “I am thrilled to announce a new collaboration recording including solo piano works, in ultra high quality DSD with the stunning pianist and musician Konstantin Shamray. It is an absolute joy to be working together.

“What is also incredibly exciting is that our recording will exist in the highest possible digital audio format as well as traditional CDs. I am so grateful to our supporters and subscribers who are driving this collaboration and can’t wait to create this latest quality recording here in Adelaide for our new global audience,” she said.

The new release and future recording comes shortly after Celia performed the UK premiere of Judith Weir’s Oboe Concerto at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, in September.

Judith Weir, Celia Craig and Andrew Gourlay, Conductor.

ARTARIA: THE BACKGROUND

The label’s aim is to widen the appeal of a classical chamber concert to engage new audiences, young and old, with visual interest and stimulation. Filming performances will be an integral part, revealing the intimacy of chamber music collaboration and eventually produce a complete package for home cinema, DVD, or computer that engages all the senses.

The musicians involved gather together in a break from busy lives around the country, relishing the collaboration with venues, recording teams, producers, designers and a videographer. 

The name derived from Artaria & Co. which was one of the most important music publishing firms of the late 18th and 19th century, founded in Vienna, the company is associated with many leading names of the classical era, including being Mozart’s first publisher.

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For further information and interview requests for press, TV and radio, please contact: Celia Craig at artaria@celiacraig.com.au

Release compiled by Angela Cole, contact via email angelacolepr@gmail.com

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Concerto a fitting finale for Principal Oboist

Principal oboist Celia Craig will perform Judith Weir’s Oboe Concerto, written especially for her, with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra this week in what will be one of her last major performances with the orchestra before she joins the Sydney based chamber group Omega Ensemble in 2019.

Performing the Concerto written for her by Master of The Queens Music, Judith, who travels to Australia from London to witness the world premiere on October 12-13, she is set to move on from her role as principal oboist after seven years with the ASO in December.

Celia, who recently founded her recording company Artaria to showcase South Australia through music and landscape, will become a Principal musician in Omega Ensemble’s concert seasons at Sydney Opera House and City Recital Hall Angel Place and for their recordings.

Continuing to base herself in Adelaide with her husband Richard, whose internationally-renowned woodwind repair business is based in the CBD, she will keep strong links with the orchestra, supporting the ASO’s Professional Pathways scheme, and continuing her work with wind players of Adelaide Youth Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra.

In her role as Music Curator for National Trust of South Australia, Celia will present the Signature Series at Ayers House Museum, and continue to lecture in Oboe at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, where a significant new double reed Scholarship has been recently introduced.

She said: “It will be an amazing privilege to play Judith’s Concerto and play out on my seven years with the ASO on such a high.

“However, there’s a crisis in South Australia’s music education that I’d like to address; to rebuild current low student intake in oboe in this State and help to create more pathways for people to recognize and participate in classical music.”

“Without oboes, orchestras can’t even tune up. Our student crisis is real due to the lack of participation in certain ‘endangered instruments’ at the grassroots level Statewide. There are several programs in place to improve this and I will be glad to play my part.

“By leaving ASO now I will open the pathway for another player to enjoy living in our community and to teach, while I will enjoy building my recording company Artaria, supporting South Australian schools through free resources and creating accessible videos that bring classical music performance to a wider audience through our unique visual presentations and cultural tourism.”

In her time with the orchestra, UK-born Celia has performed solos by Albinoni, Strauss, Mozart and the famous ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ with the composer, Ennio Morricone.

Norman Gillespie, Executive Director, The Orana Foundation, Board Chair, Pinchgut Opera, former CEO of Sydney Opera House and Unicef Australia, said:

“Australia is so fortunate to have welcomed to its shores one of the world’s leading oboists, Celia Craig.

“With such a distinguished background and pedigree she was always going to be an irrepressible and positive force on the Australian music scene.

“Celia is not only a passionate and inspiring person, but is a world class asset for South Australia and Australia in performance, and in the development of a generation of aspiring young musicians.”

Artaria’s debut release earlier this year received a five star review from the Weekend Australian and Album of the Week on Dutch website Native DSD, for whom Artaria is only the second Australian label in their extensive catalogue of super high quality audio.

Supporters of Artaria include celebrity South Australian Chef and music lover, Maggie Beer, who has said:

“…I was so delighted to meet Celia and to listen to her original idea that resonated so strongly with the story of the Barossa where immigrants from Silesia came to settle here and brought with them their food and music and meshed it with their new landscape …I have loved listening to it…”

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For further information contact: Celia Craig – artaria@celiacraig.com.au
Telephone: 0421 501 705
Twitter: @artaria_celia
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artaria.co/


Compiled by: Angela Cole, contact via angelacolepr@gmail.com
Twitter: @AngelaFCole

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Unique boutique record label, ARTARIA, releases debut recording

Unique new boutique record label, Artaria, specialising in presenting recordings of gorgeous music featuring the oboe in a range of collaborations – all set within the backdrop of South Australia – have released their debut recording.

With an evocative repertoire recorded in the highest quality and featuring world class players, Artaria’s unique approach aims to set the music within the stunning backdrop of South Australia, drawing inspiration from the landscape, heritage and light for a visual age and creating a sensory package for a 21st century audience.

Formed in 2013, Artaria aspires to present the oboe differently, addressing its Endangered status, using an appealing repertoire created for more than the current classical music market with future releases planned to be presented with video, engaging more of the senses and presented for today’s audiences.

Founding member, Celia Craig, former Principal player with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London, and current Principal Oboe of Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, said the concept was inspired while playing the Bax Quintet at Royal Academy of Music.

She said: “I fell in love the Bax Quintet, as it reignited my synaesthesia, exploding into all colours in my head. Vision in terms of colour, landscapes and textures, has always been with me when I perform. And when I perform music with my best possible colleagues the performances have real communication and flow. We believe Artaria provides a new experience of classical music proudly originating in the heart of South Australia.”

Australian cooking legend and food writer Maggie Beer helped suggest the combination after meeting with Celia to discuss the concept.

She said: “I was so delighted to meet Celia and to listen to her original idea that resonated so strongly with the story of the Barossa where immigrants from Silesia came to settle here and brought with them their food and music and meshed it with their new landscape.

“I could see why Celia was undertaking this project to tap into a tradition of Australian settlers and re-evaluating its meaning in this new setting.”

ARTARIA’S FUTURE PLANS

Artaria plans to follow up this first release with further releases soon, released with accompanying video and to tour when timetables allow. There are also plans for a solo oboe CD soon under the same label, which is currently in production.

ARTARIA

The label’s aim is to widen the appeal of a classical chamber concert to engage new audiences, young and old, with visual interest and stimulation. Filming performances will be an integral part, revealing the intimacy of chamber music collaboration and eventually produce a complete package for home cinema, DVD, or computer, presented with the highest quality audio to engage all the senses.

The musicians involved gather together in a break from busy lives around the country, relishing the collaboration with venues, recording teams, producers, designs and a videographer.

The name derived from Artaria & Co. which was one of the most important music publishing firms of the late 18th and 19th century, founded in Vienna, the company is associated with many leading names of the classical era, including being Mozart’s first publisher.

Compiled by Angela Cole (February 2018)