The Deutsche and the Art of Love – a Slipped Disc exclusive
Last September, there appeared on the market an unusual tribute to the music of the French medieval composer, Guillaume de Machaut. It was the work of Robert Sadin, a Grammy winning producer, and the artists included the Brazilian guitarist and songwriter Milton Nascimento and the jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux. A limelight project from Deutsche Grammophon, once the […]
So how's your agent doing?
In the May issue of The Strad, out this week, I discuss the turbulent state of classical management, where personnel changes and recessional panics have caused a series of personnel upheavals. The latest, announced today, involves severe cutbacks at the world’s largest classical agency, the monolithic and secretive Columbia Artists Management Inc, known as CAMI. […]
Why do newspapers never learn?
Kudos to The Times, which splashed today with a picture of Polish mourning. It was the only British daily to do so. The others disgraced themselves, using their front pages to trail ‘exclusives’ of the Labour Party manifesto, which has been heavily leaked and will anyway be public knowledge before noon. The small matter of […]
Why buy a newspaper?
Waking up this morning, I turned to radio and television for updates on the Polish disaster, then bought the newspapers. Wish I hadn’t. Both the Sunday Times and the Sunday Telegraph splashed a grinning jockey on their front pages. The Observer featured a third-party leader and his wife. Two papers noted the Polish tragedy in a […]
Malcolm McLaren – the Mahler connection
Many of the obituaries of Malcolm McLaren, the Sex Pistols manager who has died aged 64, note that his first job was making costumes – with his partner, Vivienne Westwood – for Ken Russell’s 1974 bio-doc on the composer, Gustav Mahler. Russell’s film was not in the least bit authentic. It was shot in the English […]
More disturbances at the Wigmore Hall
This morning’s coffee concert by the Panocha Quartet was disrupted at the outset by a woman in one of the back rows, who started shouting something incoherent. She was removed by ushers and the recital proceeded without further incident. The Panocha Quartet are Czech. They played Mozart and Dvorak and there was no possible political […]
What are you paying for music lessons?
It has been a while since I last booked a teacher but the rates don’t seem to have risen much in recent years. A survey of 1,100 instrumental and singing members of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) shows rates ranging across Britain from £24 ($35) an hour to £34 ($50). The average rate is £29. Comparisons […]