Strictly for the Korngold curious
How often do you hear a Korngold piece that is not the violin concerto? Well, here’s a chance. You’ll have to fly to Glasgow for it but, hey – it’s Korngold, it’s Shakespeare, when will you get another chance? Photo: The Adventures of Robin Hood” (a broadcast of Erich Korngold’s music for the film, with Basil […]
Breaking: opera links up with science geeks… and more
The Glyndebourne opera festival is about to announce live screenings of three productions at the Science Museum in London. Breakthrough? Well it’s not penicillin but it’s rare bridge thrown across what C P Snow called the Two Cultures. Glyndebourne, under Gus Christie’s and David Pickard’s enlightened leadership, is breaking out of the arts ghetto and […]
Who wins, who loses, from Berlin's slap in Salzburg's face
In the truculent post-War history of the Salzburg festivals, no more resounding slap in the face has been seen than the one delivered by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra this weekend. After 45 years’ uninterrupted service, the Berlin players gave the festival 12 months’ notice which, in the slow-moving world of festival management, is rather like […]
Levine cancels Berlin
James Levine has pulled out of two Berlin concerts next week. Usual reasons. Daniel Barenboim steps in. Here‘s the German source.
Breaking: Berlin Philharmonic cuts links with Salzburg festival
The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra has announced that it is quitting the Salzburg Easter Festival, after next year. Apparently, it has been made a better offer by the festival at Baden-Baden and the musicians voted to take the money. They demanded that Salzburg put on four new productions at Easter, knowing full well that there was […]
Another orchestra pulls out of Japan
The National Orchestra of Lyon in France, with conductor Jun Märkl, have cancelled next month’s tour of Japan after ‘extensive consultations with musicians and staff’, who expressed ‘disquiet’ about travelling in the recent earthquake and tsunami zone. The musicians of Lyon had received assurances that there was no risk to life or health. They had also […]
Sad news: Bernard Greenhouse is dead
The cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio from its foundation in 1955 to his retirement 32 years later, has died at Cape Cod, aged 95. With pianist Menahem Pressler and violinist Daniel Guilet (succeeded in 1968 by Isidore Cohen), he formed part of the busiest piano trio on record, the most popular and authoritative. Menahem […]
A first for Carnegie Hall – but who knows?
There’s going to be some ice broken at Carnegie Hall on May 30. The Danish accordionist Bjarke Mogensen will be making his debut in works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Sergei Prokofiev, Domenico Scarlatti, a world premiere by the young British composer, Nick Martin, as well as works by the Danish composers Martin Lohse and Ole Schmidt. It appears to be […]
Met stars crash out of Japan
Jonas Kaufmann and Olga Borodina have withdrawn from the Met’s tour of Japan. Borodina has ‘vocal issues’. Kaufmann’s excuse? ‘Personal reasons’. Oh, so that’s all right then. Music director James Levine is already out for all the obvious reasons. This tour is stating to feel more than a little half-hearted. The replacements for the two […]
So who is the lady in the Glyndebourne lake?
Bookmakers across Sussex are taking bets on the identity of the charming young lady on the left in Grayson Perry’s festival cover. Since superinjunctions are being sought by several eminent singers of the recent past, some of whom should feel seriously flattered by the representation, the best we can do is narrow down the search […]
Koreans bring comfort music to Japan
The appalling euphemism ‘comfort women’ has soured relations between Japanese and Koreans ever since the occupying power abused human rights on an appalling scale during the Second World War. But time can heal, and so does music. The Korean conductor Myung Whun Chung was in Japan with the Czech Philharmonic when the earthquake and tsunamis struck. […]