A much-recorded maestro has died, aged 65
We regret to report the death of Arpad Joo, a Hungarian conductor who migrated to the USA in 1968 and performed internationally throughout his life. He died in Singapore on July 4; the cause of death is not yet known. After stuying at Juilliard, Arpad won the Liszt piano competition in Boston and went on […]
Why I’ve taken my music off Amazon
If you’re a small label owner, there’s no place to hide online. Spotify and other streaming services will strip you bare in return for for a few cents. Youtube gives click numbers. And Amazon, worst of all, relegates you to the far corners of civilisation. Viola soloist and impresario Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin has had enough. He […]
Children of the lockout
During the 15 months of the Minnesota Orchestra’s lockout of its musicians, some new shoots sprouted. Students and schoolchildren, irked by the terrible silence, formed Young Musicians of Minnesota and went around playing and campaigning for a resumption of concerts. They wrote to the musicians, telling them how much they were missed. They formed a […]
Lou Reed’s Wagner has died
The death has been announced of Dick Wagner, guitarist and songwriter for Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Aerosmith. He was 71.
Wagner’s Ring in a weekend
Some ideas are so glaringly obvious, you wonder why they don’t catch on. Gustav Kuhn is performing the complete Ring as a weekend holiday package in the Tirol. Rheingold on Friday night, the rest over Saturday and Sunday. Read here (auf Deutsch). Tickets still on sale.
Ukrainians picket Bolshoi US tour
Russian media are reporting a small, hostile reception that greeted the ballet company at Saratoga Springs, where it retreated after a two-week residency at Lincoln Center. The Saratoga demonstrators said they plan to turn out for all Bolshoi performances until August 1.
Theft alert: precious oboe stolen in Montreal
Ron Cohen Mann left New York for Montreal to spend the summer with a local orchestra. He tells Slipped Disc: ‘I had just played a concert with L’Orchestre de la Francophonie at Place des Arts in Montreal and was having a snack at the Café when I noticed that my backpack with my oboe was […]
Gelb blinks, agrees to mediation
A day and a bit before deadline, the Met weakened. After one union, Agma, proposed a less confrontational form of bargaining, the Met suggested calling in the the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service – provided other unions join in. Mediation would get both sides off the hook and save Gelb’s career from the legacy of a […]
Watch the Google Glass opera company take its Turandot to the beach
This is the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari that has been making all the headlines about using Google Glass in a one-off Turandot in Sardinia. We’ve never seen them on stage, but they look pretty fit – and sound pretty good – on the beach. Post by Teatro Lirico di Cagliari. (If the video does […]
Oligarch lends Strad to rising Russian soloist
The ‘Molitor’ Stradivarius, which has been played in the past by Elmar Oliveira and Anne-Akiko Meyers is being loaned by present owner Maxim Viktorov to the Luxembourg-based virtuoso, Alena Baeva. She gets to play it for a year. Viktorov has a collection of ten instruments which include the so-called ‘Ex-Paganini’ violin by Carlo Bergonzi and the ‘Ex-Vieuxtemps’ […]
An American diva is getting married
The soprano Latonia Moore, who sang a stupendous last-minute Met Aida in 2012, has announced she’s getting married in a fortnight, and that she’s starting a family. The whole opera world is thrilled for her. Latonia was due to reprise Aida in New York at Christmas, but that now seems unlikely – even if the […]