Placido Domingo mourns Lorin Maazel
The singer has just issued this statement: I am deeply saddened by the death of Lorin Maazel, one of the most significant conductors of his generation. His brilliant mind, which allowed him to conduct a vast repertoire, was known to everyone in the world of classical music, and he was as much […]
Bad label news: Warner relaunch with wealthy agent’s wife
We are following with considerable sympathy the attempt by Warner Classics to replace EMI Classics – which it took over – at the heart of a diminished recording industry. That sympathy has been slightly dented by the arrival of the first batch of midsummer releases. It contains a set of Bach cello suites, always cause […]
Frankfurt Oper boss gets renewed for the decade
Frankfurt is so pleased with its intendant Bernd Loebe it has extended his contract to summer 2023. He has been in the job since 2002. Season subscriptions are up by 12,000 and the average ticket sales are running at 85 percent. Funny, he never looks all that happy.
Her Majesty meets her new Master
Picture released by Buckingham Palace, via the PA. Caption: The Queen with composer and conductor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and composer Judith Weir at Buckingham Palace to mark Sir Peter handing over the post of Master of The Queen’s Musick to Ms Weir, 22 July 2014.
Alison Balsom: We have lost a Hollywood superstar
The trumpet virtuoso has sent us these reflections on the death of Rod Franks, former principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra. I first met Rod Franks when I was a star-struck teenager in the NYO - where he simply dazzled us with his terrific playing, his intriguing tales of touring, concerts, mischief he got […]
A second London orchestra is headless
We reported last night that the OAE had lost its chief exec. Now the Academy of Ancient Music follows suit. A statement from Terence Sinclair, AAM chairman:Jonathan Manners, the AAM’s CEO, has resigned following a bout of ill health. Everyone at the AAM is very grateful to Jonathan for all he has done, especially during a […]
Flash: US bans flights to Israel over rocket fears
The Federal Aviation Administration has prohibited U.S. airlines from flying to Ben Gurion International Airport for 24 hours, after a rocket landed about a mile away. Delta Air Lines, United and US Airways have all cancelled flights. More here. UPDATE: From Europe, Lufthansa, KLM, and Air France have also cancelled. Hamas will claim victory.
One London orch, maybe two, loses manager
We hear that the ultra-democratic Orchestra of the Age of Elightenment has parted company with its manager, Stephen Carpenter (pictured). His letter of resignation was circulated among the players a few days ago. He’s telling friends he ‘has other projects in mind’. We’re awaiting confirmation of a similar situation at another ensemble. UPDATE: Here it […]
Label news: Leon Fleisher’s first in a decade
The one-armed pianist is back with a solo recital disc for his 86th birthday. The rep: J.S. Bach: Chaconne (arranged for left hand by Johannes Brahms as Etude No. 5 for Piano) (1879) Leon Kirchner: L.H. (1995) for Piano Left Hand George Gershwin: The Man I Love (arranged for left hand by Earl Wild as Etude No. 3) (1954, rev. […]
Isaac Stern: An orchestra player’s view
The reassessment continues, this chapter consisting of a closely-observed memoir by Joseph Scheer, a distinguished chamber musician. I was 20 years old and, after 3 years of study at the New England Conservatory, for various rather unpleasant reasons, I found myself at my uncle’s house in Phoenix Arizona . I auditioned for a position […]
Hindemith Prize goes to someone you never heard of
Such a relief to report that an award has been made for future promise rather than long-distant achievement. Richer today by 20,000 Euros is the Austrian composer Bernd Richard Deutsch. (When they have three names, you’ve generally never heard of them). He’s 37, lives in Vienna and was recently signed by Boosey & Hawkes.