Khatia Buniatishvili: I played two years in Verbier festival orchestra
The Georgian pianist, who has the closing concert at this year’s Verbier Festival, reveals that she spent two formative teenaged summers playing keyboard in its ad hoc orchestra. She’s talking to our copains at resmusica, here.
‘Russia’s Korngold’ dies, at 82
Misha Keylin, who premiered his violin concerto, informs us of the death in Prague after a long illness of Vladislav Kladnitsky, one of the most successful composers in the Russian film industry. A 1969 score for Pavel Kadochnikov’s The Snow Maiden established his lifelong appeal. Some considered him the Korngold of Russian movies.
Bayreuth director’s stage partner dies, aged 54
Bert Neumann, who designed Frank Castorf’s productions in Berlin for the past 25 years, has died – ‘suddenly and unexpectedly‘ – at 54. An East Berliner who moved west in 1988, he was not picked to be part of Castorf’s Ring at Bayreuth. photo: LENORE BLIEVERNICHT/LSD
Roger Waters: I don’t hate Israel. My grandchildren are Jewish.
The ex-Pink Floyd member has given an extended interview to the Israeli colunist Gideon Levy, explaining his activism in the BDS movement, an involvement that had led to accusations of anti-semitism against him. It is a bit of a one-way conversation. Waters takes a fixed position, drawing much of his information from disaffected Israelis, among […]
Man fires conductor, board fires man
Turmoil at the San Luis Obispo Symphony, midway between San Francisco and LA. Three months ago executive director Edmund Feingold terminated the music director Michael Nowak, who had served for 31 years. This weekend, the board fired Feingold, who had been in the job for just over a year.
Kozena cancels Melbourne, Rattle conducts sitting down
Australia’s star visitors had a rough night in Melbourne, we hear from the musicians. Magdalena Kozena had to withdraw from the concert at the last minute when her voice went faint and her husband went on stage with a raging temperature. He battled on through the performance, sitting down. Brett Dean’s new orchestration of Debussy’s […]
When Lang Lang rang my bell, looking for a piano
This from our friend Erica Worth, editor of Pianist magazine. Here’s more.
Heart-warmer: Philadelphia timpanist flies deprived kids to Italy
Here’s one to warm the cockles of our hearts. Don Liuzzi, principal timpanist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, has been conductor of the Philadelphia All-City Orchestra for the past ten years. The players are high school kids from poor areas of the city, mostly Latino and African-American. Don is about to step down from the podium, […]
Watch: The pianist who became Brahms’s friend
Daniel Hope reminded us this week of a video we posted in the early days of Slipped Disc and which had a profound influence on his thoughts about Brahms. By some mishap, the video got lost when we transferred to the present site. For those who missed it first time round, here’s Ilona Eibenschütz (1872-1967) recalling […]
Aussie quartet replaces two members
The Australian String Quartet has named two new members – Dale Barltrop, concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Francesca Hiew, an orchestral violinist. They replace husband and wife Kristian Winther and Ioana Tache who quit eight months ago.
Exclusive: Met rehires Brit head of music
John Fisher was Director of Music Administration at the Metropolitan Opera from 1997 to 2006. He went on to run Welsh National Opera for four years. We hear that John, 65, is returning to New York as Director of Music Administration at the Met from September 1.