Going to the symphony just got a whole load crappier
They’re ripping up the centre of Birmingham – again. So the CBSO has issued a new video of how to get there. That’s if you ever manage to get out of the ripped-up station. Last time, I nearly gave up and took the next train home.
Gidon Kremer picks the best-ever Beethoven concerto
At least that’s what he was asked to do by the French magazine, Diapason. But for Gidon there is no such thing as best and no acceptance of the record industry’s repeated claims of perfection. So he proceeds by way of Oscar Wilde and Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Lockenhaus and Leonard Cohen, to give a tour d’horizons […]
Just in: Brit composer is first non-Dane, non-male to win Carl Nielsen prize
Berlin-based and not much performed in Britain, Juliana Hodkinson has been named winner of the annual Carl Nielsen Prize. Tomorrow in Copenhagen Julia will collect a statue and 80,000 Euros. Go, Julia.
Last night in Paris, rivals united
At the Opéra, superstar tenors Jonas Kaufmann and Roberto Alagna, appearing in different productions, asked to be framed in a show of solidarity. Thanks to Roselyne Bachelot for the tweeted picture.
Top Wagner tenor takes time out
The American heldentenor Stephen Gould has let it be known he is taking an immediate break for family reasons and on doctor’s advice. ‘I must take some time out to regenerate,’ he said in a statement. He will be gone at least two months. Stephen has pulled out of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung at the Vienna State Opera […]
New Yorkers tell soloist: ‘Classical music is so overused, so clichéd’
The violinist Philippe Quint took his video out for a stroll in Manhattan. The results of his impromptu survey are sometimes surprising, even shocking. Watch. Think about it. Share.
Stranded in America, a violinist gives thanks to his friends
Stefan Arzberger, first violin of the Leipzig Quartet, has been on bail in America for the past eight months since he was charged with attempted murder after an incident in a Manhattan hotel. Yesterday he made another court appearance but the case seems no closer to coming to trial. Meantime, Stefan is dependent on support […]
Soloist ‘forgets’ to attend post-concert CD signing
There were disappointed customers at the Royal Festival Hall last night when the soloist, Johannes Moser, failed to show up for the customary meet-and-greet with buyers of his new CD. One of them wrote to Slipped Disc: Some thirty concertgoers were left twiddling their thumbs after last night’s otherwise superb RFH concert. It was announced […]
A chosen Messiaen disciple has died
We have received news of the death today of the Hanoi-born French composer Nguyen Thien Dao, a favourite pupil of Olivier Messiaen’s, He was 75. Arriving in France as a boy of 15, Dao won first prize in composition in 1967 at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in Paris, followed by the Olivier […]
Eagles of Death Metal: ‘We will finish Paris concert’
Instagram message from the band’s drummer, Julian Dorio: November 13, 2015. I, along with my bandmates @eodmofficial, had the privilege to play to one of the most energetic crowds of our tour when, nearly half way through the show, the unimaginable occurred. Absolute and unnecessary evil turned our world on its head. I am beyond […]