And the 150th-year Sibelius Medal goes to…
… Sir Simon Rattle, in recognition of his ‘indefatigable’ performances of the Finnish composer’s works with the Berlin Philharmonic. The award was made by the Jean ibelius Society of Finland and presented by the Finnish ambassador in Berlin, Päivi Luostarinen.
New book: ‘Bartok had Aspergers’
A forthcoming biography from Yale University Press makes the provocative observation that the great composer suffered from a form of autism. It’s an interesting angle, not altogether far-fetched, but you wonder whether a professor of music and technology is best equipped to make a defensible medical diagnosis at a distance of seven decades. We await […]
‘Pianists who slam it should be…’
Complete the quotation as you see fit. It headlines a lovely profile of Mahan Esfahani in today’s Independent newspaper. And since these things tend to come in threes, we’ve just received two immortal classics of a pianist who slams it. Check this and this (especially at 3:52) He’ll go far. h/t: Zsolt Bognar
Los Angeles loses another principal flute
Julien Beaudiment has decided to leave the Los Angeles Philharmonic later this year ‘for personal reasons’ and return to France. He has assured friends that the reasons are wholly private, and nothing to do with his relationships with or within the orchestra, which have been excellent. He is the fifth principal flute to leave LA in […]
A great pianist has died, aged 89
We regret to share news of the death of Aldo Ciccolini, the French-Italian pianist who commanded classical repertoire on EMI in the 1960s and 70s. A Neapolitan of aristocratic family, he was reduced to playing in bars after the War until a 1949 Long-Thibaud competition win in Paris turned his life around. He specialised first […]
Israel Yinon’s daughter: He died doing what he loved best in the world
Shir-Ran Yinon has posted the following message in Hebrew and German on her father’s Facebook page: (Slipped Disc translation:) Father died doing what he loved best in the world, the thing to which he dedicated himself in full – music. He collapsed in the Summit movement of the Alpine symphony… He died while he was […]
David Garrett’s Paganini film is ‘a washout’
The German-American violinist’s biopic has just opened – to appalling reviews. Variety: Providing a performance that’s so wooden and unconvincing that his director habitually cuts away from his face during dialogue — the better to mask the awkwardness of his line deliveries — Garrett proves a washout in this formulaic period piece, whose minimal commercial prospects are […]
Dude buys $2.8 million pad with pool
The LA Times reports a new dive into the property market by music director Gustavo Dudamel. The residence in Los Feliz, for which he paid $2.775 million, is ‘a 1923 Four Square-style house with Mediterranean flair… the 3,600-square-foot house retains its Juliet balconies, high coved ceilings and large windows. [Plus] stylish new interiors, a state-of-the-art […]
Korean principal wins Leipzig Mendelssohn prize
Sara Kim, 27, has been announced as the winner of the viola section of the Mendelssohn Prize. Daejon born, Sara is solo viola of the Braunschweig state orchestra and the Berliner Ensemble.
NY police release Met protestor without charge
We have been informed that Dr Roman Torgovitsky was released from custody on Friday evening, after being arrested the night before for invading the stage of the Metropolitan Opera during curtain calls. He will not be charged with any offence.
Prokofiev vs Oistrakh: full match report
Many musicians play chess to sharpen their minds and kill hours in trains and planes. Some are rather good at it. The composer Sergei Prokofiev was good enough to steal a game off an international grandmaster. But he met his match in David Oistrakh. Read a move-by-move account of their contest here. (The young woman looking on […]