Kiwi conquers Caballé
The New Zealand tenor Darren Pene Pati has won the 14th Montserrat Caballé voice contest in Zaragoza, with a cash prize and a kiss from the diva. Darren is part of the Decca crossover group Sol3Mio.
Just in: Tracks from the new Leonard Cohen
Click here to stream the hypnotic new album from the singer-songwriter, 80 next week. Then read this.
Wanda Landowska’s last pupil?
We have received news of the death of the harpsichordist Hilda Jonas, who studied with Landowska in Paris after being exiled from Germany in 1934. Wanda died in 1959. Hilda was 101 years old. She performed concertos with major US orchestras and founded a harpsichord festival in Ohio in the 1960s. You can read her […]
Concertos of the year?
Long as Ihave known and admired the music of Andrzej Panufnik, whose centenary is being marked in 2014, I have never heard his concertos for three major instruments – piano, violin and cello. I thought I knew what to expect when I gave a spin to a new release from CPO’s unfolding series of the […]
Better news of Kenny Wheeler
We reported last week that the great jazz trumpeter is unwell and unable to afford the necessary care. Quite a few of our readers have helped out. Here’s what we’ve heard today from Kenny’s son, Mark: My Dad was moved from the care home into hospital a couple of weeks ago. We […]
The conductor from hell
Anyone recognise him? (Click on blue word ‘Post’ if video does not pop out). Post by Michael White. Anyone know which movie? UPDATE: It’s this.
French orchestra boss quits
Eric Montalbetti, artistic director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, has just quit without notice after differences with the new radio regime. Instability is becoming this season’s fashion in French orchestras. Chers amis, Dear friends, comme certains d’entre vous le savent, la semaine dernière a été pour moi le moment d’une décision difficile, et j’ai […]
Russian ballet’s bad boy defects to Hollywood
The ever-interesting Gramilano has picked up a Ria Novosti report saying that Sergei Polunin, possibly the most gifted Russian dancer of his generation, has walked out on his Moscow company and flown to Los Angeles in pursuit of a movie career. Polunin, 25, previously walked out on London’s Royal Ballet.
Gidon Kremer’s anti-political manifesto: Now in Russian
The great violinist’s important statement on the darkening political situation has been translated unofficially by Russian media and circulated in Putin land. For the English original, see here. К концерту “Моя Россия” Я решил по целому ряду причин заменить запланированный нами спектакль-концерт “Все о Гидоне” в Земпер-опере, который должен был быть частью цикла моих концертов […]
Artists manager backs orchestra closure
There’s a very odd article today in the Danish national newspaper Berlingske Tidende by the artistic director of Nordic Artists Management, Jacob Soelberg. In it, Soelberg asserts that the national broadcaster, DR, is absolutely right to shut down its chamber orchestra, because the ensemble is playing Mozart and Beethoven, no longer fulfilling its national purpose. […]
Why size matters in symphony orchestras
Two symphony orchestras are presently facing reduction. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has locked out its players with a view to getting their agreement to shrink the ensemble to Mozart dimensions, 45-55. The numbers have not been specified but these are the intentions that are reaching us from the company’s upper echelons. If they can’t force […]