Hindemith Prize goes to someone you never heard of
Such a relief to report that an award has been made for future promise rather than long-distant achievement. Richer today by 20,000 Euros is the Austrian composer Bernd Richard Deutsch. (When they have three names, you’ve generally never heard of them). He’s 37, lives in Vienna and was recently signed by Boosey & Hawkes.
Renee, in play
Ms Fleming is attempting straight theatre, as an opera star who is coming to terms with advancing age. In Williamstown, Massachusetts. At the aptly named WTF.
The longest serving conductors on earth
The death of Lorin Maazel deprives us of a maestro who held the podium for more than 70 years. Earlier this year, we lost Claudio Abbado and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. The conductor Paul Mauffray wondered quite naturally whether this left room at the top. So he drew up a little list. What it shows […]
Two great Russian pianists in Martha’s vineyard
Daniil Trifonov is champion of the new generation, Evgeny Kissin of the middle generation. The photo, last night at Verbier with Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky, feels like a transitional moment.
Second job for Judith Weir
Press release, just landed: The BBC Singers today announced the appointment of Judith Weir CBE as their new Associate Composer from January 2015, in a tenure running until 2018. It follows the announcement that Judith Weir will be Peter Maxwell Davies’s successor as Master of the Queen’s Music, the first ever female composer […]
A son’s requiem, composed as Claudio Abbado lay dying
Etienne Abelin, a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, has sent us this moving reminiscence: Half a year ago, Claudio Abbado passed away. He was a mentor for me and countless others. There’s not a day that I don’t think of him and I keep being inspired by his deeply human […]
A non-political statement by Daniel Barenboim and Mariam Said
We have been alerted belatedly to the statement below, dated July 16. Joint Statement on Current Events in Israel/Palestine: We are deeply saddened and concerned by the news reaching us from Israel/Palestine and share the worries of our members. During these trying times, we must stress the importance of the art of listening. […]
Judith is confirmed as Master: Expect no further shocks
At midnight, Buckingham Palace did as expected. It announced Judith Weir as Master of the Queen’s Musick, the first woman to hold a largely honorific role. Her name had been linked to the post a month ago and we heard rumours in recent weeks that she was wobbling. But the national interest prevailed and Judith […]
Tributes to a true and mighty trumpet
Stunned by his death in a road accident, colleagues and friends of the LSO’s former principal trumpet, Rod Franks, have been sharing their sorrows and memories. Clive Gillinson, the orchestra’s former cellist and managing director (now president of Carnegie Hall), writes to www.slippedisc.com: I knew Rod Franks very well in all my time at the LSO, and […]
Top Israeli conductor joins anti-war protest in Tel Aviv
The conductor Ilan Volkov, music director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, will lead an ad hoc ensemble of musicians at an anti-war protest tomorrow in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. The protest, organised by the artist Omer Krieger, will call for peace talks and an end to the occupation. A number of cultural personalities have pledged […]
BBC Proms loses two Rosenkavalier singers tomorrow and a conductor
Just in: Prom 6 (Tuesday 22 July) We are sorry to announce that Lars Woldt and Teodora Gheorghiu have had to withdraw from the Proms performance of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, owing to illness. We are very grateful to Franz Hawlata and Louise Alder who will sing the roles of Baron Ochs and Sophie respectively. Prom 26 (Tuesday 5 August) […]