Lots of Latvian musicians. Why no Lithuanians?
There are times when it seems that classical music is overrun with artists from a state of barely two million souls. It could almost make a Gershwin patter song: Jansons, Nelsons, Skride, Skride, Skride Galante, Garanca Kremer, Maisky, Vasks… (to name but a few). Plenty, too, from Estonia. But what of neighbouring Baltic state, Lithuania? […]
Breaking: Vienna Opera poaches principal from the Berlin Phiharmonic
Sophie Dartigalongue, a bassoonist in the Berlin Philharmonic for the past two years has won the audition for principal bassoon in the Vienna Opera orchestra. She succeeds Professor Michael Werba in September this year. Sophie, 24, French-born, played in the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie and the Orchestre de l’Opéra Lyon before upgrading to Berlin. […]
Remembering the conductor that got shot
The Berlin Philharmonic, setting aside other distractions, is dedicating this weekend’s concerts to the memory of Leo Borchard, who conducted its first post-Hitler concert on May 26, 1945, standing in for Wilhelm Furtwängler who had fled to Switzerland. Borchard, 46 at the time, had been born in Moscow to German parents and lived in Berlin […]
Chailly denies he’s quitting Leipzig
The German Bild tabloid has an ‘exclusive’ splash today, claiming that Riccardo Chailly will leave the Leipzig Gewandhaus in 2018, two years before his contract expires. Chailly, 62, took up additional duties this month as principal conductor (a less demanding role than music director) with La Scala, Milan, where he was born and bred. However, […]
Pianist cancels rare piece. Martha Argerich steps in.
Daniil Trifonov has pulled out of the Kremerata Baltica’s Mieczyslaw Weinberg weekend at the Vienna Festival next month. Daniil received a summons from Valery Gergiev to play in Moscow at the opening of the Tchaikovsky Competition, of which he is the most recent winner. It’s the kind of offer you don’t refuse. What to do? Not […]
Tragedy: Chicago theatre head, 40, is killed in Scotland
P J Paparelli, artistic director of the American Theater Company and an award-winning director of new plays, has been killed in a car crash while on vacation in Scotland. PJ, who was 40, was one of the most vibrant figures in new American drama. Tragic details here.
Maestro serves as pallbearer at orchestra funeral
James Zimermann, principal clarinet of the Nashville Symphony, suffered the sudden, tragic loss of his wife, Candice, from a coronary incident on Saturday. Candice was 38. She leaves James with two children, aged five and two. Her funeral was held yesterday. James tells Slipped Disc: ‘I have been very moved so far by the outpouring […]
Just in: Chicago locks down Atlanta’s kid bassoon
Keith Buncke (r.) is the new Principal Bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, starting July 6, 2015. Buncke, 22, was appointed principal bassoon of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra last year while still a student at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Andris Nelsons on tour takes Germany by storm
He may have failed to win the Berlin Philharmonic last week, but the Latvian conductor is earning rave reviews on his timely tour with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. This just in from Stuttgart: Da ist er: Andris Nelsons, 36, weltweit zurzeit einer der gefragtesten Dirigenten, und schon beim ersten Stück seines Stuttgarter Abends […]
British baritone extends his ‘complete vocal rest’
Simon Keenlyside has pulled out of Don Carlo in the Munich Festival at the end of July, extending the period in which doctors ordered him to rest his voice completely. He has barely been heard since December and is cancelling engagements month by month, as required. All in the opera world wish Simon a very […]
Sicklist: Late pianist switch at New York Philharmonic
Jonathan Biss has pulled out of tonight’s Brahms piano concerto, and the rest of the weekend, ‘due to an arm injury suffered in a recent accident.’ He is replaced by Kirill Gerstein. The concerts mark conductor Susanna Mälkki’s debut with the NY Phil. So here’s what happened. Jonathan broke his arm last month. It has healed quite […]