Latest: Atlanta Symphony in desperate ploy
The orchestra has published what purports to be its negotiating position, beside that of the musicians. However, the table below represents the musicians’ starting position, not the compromises they had offered at the point they were shut out. It is, therefore, a wilful distortion – evocative of a company that has lost the capacity for […]
Some more questions about the Indy ‘winner’
A Slipped Disc reader points out: Supporters of this year’s Indianapolis Competition’s results are using Ms. Cho’s previous wins at Montreal and Buenos Aires to support and prove the integrity of the Indianapolis Jury. However, looking back on her previous wins, there is a clear trend. 2006 Montreal competition – 1st prize Jinjoo Cho. On […]
Atlanta musicians announce free public concerts
In a statement just released, the musicians say that talks have resumed with the management but make no mention of the involvement of a mediator. The players are angry that the ASO won’t let the season start while negotiations continue – the play-and-talk option. Release follows. Atlanta, GA September 23rd, 2014 The ATL […]
Video: When Stephen Sondheim drops into your show
The New York Phil and Bryn Terfel are still getting over the shock of his visit. Will he do it again at ENO? (Click the word ‘Post’ if video does not pop out. Post by Live From Lincoln Center.
Now the Met’s a fire hazard
Breaking news on SFCV: the Met’s scenery has not been fire-proofed. The house is having to take on extra firemen to protect the backstage area, at considerable cost. Read here. image from the Met’s Ring
An American quiet: How a state capital lost its music
We reported last month that Sacramento, capital of California, is the largest US city without a functioning orchestra or opera house. One man cares. A lot. Gregg Wager, a local music critic, explains for Slipped Disc readers how the music died in his town. Sad Sac Swan Song By GREGG WAGER Is there […]
Lang Lang asks: Are you mad?
… about Mozart, apparently. Can’t be sure. Click here for video. Or not, if you’re sane.
Was the last Chopin Competition fair?
The 2010 winner, Yulianna Avdeeva, was a student of the jury chairman, Fou Tsong. Neither of them mentioned the relationship at the time. Claims were later made that the winner had *only* participated in Fou Tsong’s masterclasses. She’s a fine pianist but full disclosure should have been made. Second prize went to Ingolf Wunder, third […]
Rules for an Association of Clean Competitions
1 No judge shall have taught any student within the past two years. 2 Contestants must disclose all past teacher relationships. 3 Contestants must disclose any previous contact with any of the judges. 4 No more than four students shall be admitted of the same nationality. 5 No more than 60 percent of contestants shall […]
Look what just dropped through my door
The first three Christmas albums hit my doormat this morning. Okay, I understand, buy early and avoid the rush. But we haven’t got past the Jewish New Year and the marketing machine has begun chinging Christmas? Gimme a break.
Violinist is killed on charity bike ride
Sally Peece, 49, was cycling in Scotland to raise funds for Alzheimer treatment when she was hit by a car. She died in hospital the following day, leaving a husband and two teenaged children. She had hoped to cycle the length of Britain, from John O’Groats to Lands End. Among many good works, Sally was […]