Happy birthday, Zubin
He’s 75 today. Who knew? Not many men are recognised the world over by their first name.
The case of the missing Master
Far be it from this space to cavil at the power and the glory that was the Royal Wedding. The event was immaculate and uplifting, every component came in on cue, the chorus and musicians were outstanding and no-one left the Abbey or their living-room unmoved. And that’s before we even got to the street […]
Poignant appeal by eminent soloist to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
As I reported yesterday, the RLPO management are going ahead with a concert conducted by Roberto Minczuk, who has sacked half the musicians in the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, describing some of them as ‘amateurs’. Tomorrow, the distinguished pianist Cristina Ortiz will give a concert in Rio with the dismissed musicians. She has asked me to […]
Newest royal music goes up online
Before anyone heard it at the wedding…. FROM DIVINE ART RECORDINGS GROUP Royal Wedding Music available online! It was confirmed yesterday morning on the official British Royal Blog that as a central part of the Wedding Service for Prince William and Kate Middleton, after the Anthem, the choirs will sing ‘Ubi Caritas’ by […]
Won't donate to the opera? We'll sue you…
The case of the missing Lucerne Opera House is heading for the courts. Briefly, and in order not to tangle myself in legal ribbons, a very rich German called Engelhorn promised more than $100 million to the Swiss lakeside town to build a flexible, modern opera house, styled a Salle Modulable. He died, and the […]
Sell a violin and save Japan
The Nippon Music Foundation has put one of its most exclusive violins up for sale to raise money for earthquake and tsunami relief. The Lady Blunt Stradivarius was bought for around $10 million in 2008 and is expected to fetch at least as much at auction in June via online dealers, Tarisio. The Lady Blunt, […]
Brazil crisis – some applause, please, and some boos
Which do you want first? The 44 musicians fired by the Brazil Symphony Orchestra (OSB) will give a free concert this Saturday with Cristina Ortiz as soloist at the Salao Leopoldo Miguez – a protest of the best kind against an authoritarian management and conductor. Put yours hands together, please, and let’s hear it for […]
Is this the first woman to conduct at La Scala?
According to Italian news agencies, Susanna Mälkki broke an age-old taboo when she led the world premiere of Luca Francesconi’s opera Quartet. The work, based on a Heiner Müller, derives from Les Liaisons Dangereuses and runs til May 7. Could that really be true? Has Scala run 11 years into the 21st century before allowing […]
Nastiest opera ever?
The Schwetzingen Festival is staging the world premiere tonight of a new opera by Georg Friedrich Haas, the contemporary Austrian composer. Titled Bluthaus (Blood House), it describes the sale of a house where two murders were committed. ‘We waded in blood,’ said librettist Klaus Händel. Others are drawing explicit comparisons with the Kampusch child rape […]
Looted Klimt – the Mahler connections
The Klimt painting restored this week to its rightful owners after 70 years of Nazi dispossession has untold connections to the Gustav Mahler story. Victor Zuckerkandl, the original owner, was a property developer in Vienna who built, among other amenities, the strikingly modernist sanatorium at Purkersdorf. photo: http://www.alma-mahler.com/engl/gallery/spielort_wien.html His brother, the anatomist Emil Zuckerkandl, was married […]
Philadelphia star quits to join New York Philharmonic
In a first wobble since the Philadelphia Orchestra went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, principal clarinet Ricardo Morales is moving to Manhattan at the end of next season, writes philly.com Although he’ll be around til summer of 2012, the announcement is a blow for Philly morale. Soloists of Ricardo’s calibre are hard to come by. His […]