Which musicians are running in the London Marathon?
Let us know how you/your friends get on.
Hall is to blame for London’s latest concert disruption
The ugly political eruption at Friday night’s Jerusalem Quartet concert could and should have been prevented. The Quartet are a regular target for a small, known group of disrupters. The Wigmore Hall, where they usually play, have taken measures to exclude those noise-makers and, if one slips through, to eject the agitator with minimum fuss […]
Times music critic retires
‘In 35 years reviewing for The Times,’ says Hilary Finch in the paper’s ombudsman column, ‘I’ve felt that what I’ve been paid to do is not to criticise, but to report – as succinctly and vividly as possible. And to report for a newspaper which has always thought – and I hope always will – […]
Mock election: Berlin public votes for Rattle successor
The Morgenpost has opened its website until 5pm today for Berlin citizens to vote on who they would like to see as the next chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. Readers (and listeners to RBB) are invited to choose between Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Riccardo Chailly, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Christian […]
Breaking: Jerusalem Quartet disrupted in London
A concert by the Jerusalem Quartet at the Queen Elizabeth Hall was disrupted last night by the usual suspects – a group of fanatical anti-Israel activists. Shouting erupted during the quartet’s performance of the first item on the programme, Mozart K387. The disrupters were silenced and the concert continued. The disrupters posted a video of […]
Video: Glenn Gould plays ‘Bella, Ciao’
There must be some copyright violation involved in this manipulation, but see what you think…
A musical dream house?
It’s in Huainan City, An Hui Province, China. The staircase is built into the cello.
Rare video: Nathan Milstein plays guitar on his Strad
Keep watching til he starts the Mendelssohn concerto. Credit: MeloClassic
The amazing life and tragic death of Bolshoi’s American leader
Russia’s Classical Music News has a fascinating article on Leon Zaks who, born in Canada of Russian-Jewish parents based in Detroit, was taken back to the USSR after his father joined the American Communist Party. Leon’s music education began in Moscow at age seven. He went on to study with David Oistrakh before landing a […]
2Cellos tour ended by injury
An unfortunate accident has halted the 2Cellos US tour. The injury is to Stjepan Hauser’s neck. UPDATE: A press release said: ‘The group apologizes to their fans and looks forward to returning to the US after Stjepan has healed.’ 2Cellos are a crossover duo from Croatia, signed to Sony Music Masterworks. 2nd UPDATE: A Sony executive […]
Why the BBC has to Fach up the Proms
Slipped Disc editorial: There was always a risk when Roger Wright stepped down on the first night of the 2014 Proms that the power vacuum would lead to a decisive weakening of the event. Nine months later, those fears have born fruit. Edward Blakeman, the acting controller, has fulfilled his job admirably without […]