Thieves steal violin and doublebass from Brussels home
Message from Thomas Clément, Brussels: Dear all, Both my instruments have been stolen. A double bass and a violone. Yes, this is possible. Getting in a house by night and just walking out by the window! Both instruments are easily recognizable with the information below. Please transfer so that this reaches all specialists who could […]
Lucerne names Boulez’s successors
The composers Wolfgang Rihm and Matthias Pintscher are takig over the artistic direction of the academy of the Lucerne Festival, with Pintscher assuming principal conducting duties as well. ‘I am very honoured,’ says Pintscher. Pierre Boulez is bedridden and can no longer attend the festival.
Listen to the world’s newest symphony
Kalevi Aho’s 16th symphony had its premiere in Helsinki this week. Our correspondent writes: ‘ I was surprised, in general, by the meditative, nearly religious character of the 5-movement piece with a duration of around 52 minutes. The string sections are really superb. Occasionally we get reminders of Shostakovich and perhaps some Polish contemporary composers. […]
IMG walkout agent names the artists who’ve joined him
Bill Palant was one of several high-profile agent departures from IMG Artists this year. He has just founded his own firm, Étude Arts. The roster consists of sopranos Christine Brandes, Julia Bullock, Christiane Libor, Melody Moore, and Lauren Snouffer; mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor; tenors Michele Angelini, Paul Appleby, Joseph Kaiser, Sean Panikkar, Stuart Skelton, Nicky Spence, and John […]
Veteran US critic dies, aged 93
The San Francisco critic Robert Commanday, music and dance critic for the Chronicle from 1964 to 1993, has passed away. He was always a good read, sometimes severe. After retiring from the Chronicle, he helped found San francisco Classical Voice. ‘If we’re tough, it’s because we care,’ was his parting motto.
Brilliant London violinist hanged himself, inquest is told
Vincent Sipprell, a sometime member of the Elysian Quartet and several rock bands, was found hanged in January while considering having treatment for depression. Vincent, who was 35, had played in the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and studied at Trinity College of Music. He played in an historic performance of Stockhausen’s Helicopter quartet (1st right) […]
University could lay claim to Happy birthday copyright
Warner Music has got rich in court on protecting what it claims to be its copyright in the song. Now an original copy has turned up at the University of Louisville. The song, unearthed by librarian James Procell, was part of a songbook called Song Stories for Kindergarten, written by Louisville residents Patty and Mildred Hill. […]
Busiest agency in the transfer market
With the transfer window closing, there’s no question which team has bought the most talent this summer. Harrison Parrott yesterday completed a deal for the German-Italian pianist, Sophie Pacini. Previously, they signed Thibaudet, Perianes and Francois Leloux, a canny midfielder. Not much happening elsewhere on the agency front.
Leipzig to announce music director next week
Riccardo Chailly’s resignation appears to have been well-coordinated. We hear that a media conference will be called midweek to introduce his Gewadnhaus successor. Meanwhile, at La Scala, the house cats are smiling. Chailly intends to devote more time to his opera job after next June, especially to its philharmonic orchestra.
Breaking: Chailly quits Leipzig early
Riccardo Chailly is fining two jobs at La Scala and Lucerne as much as he can handle. So he has asked the city of Leipzig to let him go next summer, a couple of years ahead of schedule. Diplomatic press release follows. The End of an Era Riccardo Chailly, the Gewandhauskapellmeister for the past ten […]
Don’t underestimate our audience
Some international artists are chuckling among themselves at a list of instructions sent out by Concerts at Cratfield, an English chamber music series. Among them: 5. What turns our concertgoers off fastest is a programme which they perceive as lightweight (in length or depth), or performers who assume that listeners are not knowledgeable because it’s ‘just’ a […]