Hot tip: French star dumps partner, jumps ship
Anyone who thought the classical music was in for a quiet time after this blog helped break up the proposed merger between Universal Music and the Harrison Parrott agency is in for a rude awakening. Since then, Parrott has grabbed a chunk of faltering IMG and vultures are swirling around other likely victims. So who’s […]
Another case of musician abuse?
I have received the following case history from a British musician who went to work in the sun as principal cellist of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. His name is Mark Peters. I can vouch for Mark as an individual – he used to play in the Concentus Musicus Wien with Nikolaus Harnoncourt – though not for […]
By popular request – more composers on the catwalk
After the big modelling contract of the day… First, Sir Harrison Birtwistle introducing his celebrated line in urban leisurewear. picture by Malcolm Crowthers for one of the last columns I wrote for the former Evening Standard Here’s Sofia Gubaidulina in her new off-the-shoulder look, perfect for premieres. […]
Breaking: Hot composer joins model agency
Vogue has just broken the exciting sooo-hot story that classical composer Eric Whitacre… like, a classical composer … has joined the Storm models agency. Now how cool is that? Looks to me like we’re missing a few tricks in the classical business, so here’s my spring collection. In tasteful browns and greys, it’s… Pierrot Lunaire […]
Breaking: Composer joins model agency
Vogue has just broken the hot story that happy-happy composer Eric Whitacre has joined the Storm models agency. Makes me thing someone’s been missing a trick all these years. What about Pierre Boulez in his tasteful browns and greys? Steve Reich for millinery? […]
Exclusive: Biggest archive of composer manuscripts to be sold
A letter has been circulating among the upper echelons of museum donors in New York, informing them that one of the city’s most treasured musical assets is up for sale. The Robert Owen Lehman collection at the Morgan Library is described on its website as ‘the world’s finest private collection of music manuscripts’. It contains […]
Menuhin moves to Beijing – and Barbirolli gives up the ghost
The next competition in the late Yehudi’s name will be held in China, it has just been announced. That should give the instrument a huge boost in the biggest musical market on earth. If I were Lang Lang, I’d offer to accompany the Kreutzer Sonata – just to keep up the home profile. Last year’s Menuhin […]
A week late, Kreizberg receives a first print obituary
It’s in the Daily Telegraph, here: The Guardian matched it with an inside-column obit, postage-stamp picture and no detail of his transformation of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Yakov Kreizberg died last Tuesday. Newspapers have fallen very long way behind the pace of life and death.
Breaking: Levine's in trouble
He has cancelled Rheingold and Trovatore at the Met. Expects to be fit for Wozzeck and Walküre. Terse press release just out. It’s little over a month since he quit as music director in Boston.
Brazil – an American union flexes its muscle
The American Federation of Musicians has made a formal representation in the ongoing orchestral standoff in Rio during the hours of Barack Obama’s visit. The AFM objects to the reaudition process that is being forced on the OSB musicians and describes those in charge of the Brazil Symphony Orchestra – director Eleazar de Carvalho jr. […]
Glyndebourne's Meistersinger – the cast, at last (and it's luxury)
Glyndebourne opens May 21 with its first-ever realisation of the founder’s dream – a full Meistersinger with a crack team. Move over, Bryn Terfel. My money’s on the Canadian Sachs. Creative team: Conductor Vladimir Jurowski Director David McVicar Designer Vicki Mortimer Lighting Designer Paule Constable Movement Director Andrew George Fight Director Nicholas Hall Cast: Hans […]