Extraordinary results in the Tchaikovsky competition
Narek Hakhnazaryan, the Armenian soloist who was humiliated by a Russian conductor, won gold in the cello. No first prize for violin – silver medal shared between Itamar Zorman (Israel) and Sergei Dogadin (Russia). Daniil Trifonov won the hotly contested piano gold. Two South Koreans – Sun Young Seo and Jong Min Park – won the two […]
News just in: Savage cut in Scotland
They’ve halved the subsidy for the national youth orchestra…. sheer, mindless vandalism. Story here in Classical Music.
A good day for announcing music directors – La Monnaie has a new one, too
He’s Ludovic Morlot, 38, a Frenchman who’s about to become chief condcutor in Seattle. Hope he enjoys the commute. No offence, but I have a funny feeling that Glyndebourne got the better deal. photo: Sussie Ahlburg Here’s the press release. French conductor Ludovic Morlot will take up the post of Chief Conductor at La […]
Breaking: Glyndebourne's new music director – he's younger than the Dude
Glyndebourne has just announced Robin Ticciati to succeed Vladimir Jurowski as music director. That’s brave – he’s only 28. But it’s also sound. He has been working well with Glyndebourne Touring Opera. He starts in 2014. Congrats to all.
Two more orchs sound off against Dutch government – that makes 8
This is video of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by Myung Whun Chung and this is the Metropole Orkest, with Jules Buckley (in Dutch)
Jarvis Cocker snuggles up with Why Mahler?
The singer-songwriter has signed on with my publishers, Faber & Faber. Here’s an entry-point video interview. ‘My breakthrough really came where I stopped thinking I had to be profound,’ he says. The next thing he’s expected to do is read Why Mahler?
IMF be damned, Greece will still get a bright new opera house
The architect Renzo Piano yesterday presented final designs for the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, which will include a 1400-seat hall for the national opera and nice new stacks for the national library, reports Architectual Record. photos: courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop, all rights reserved The $803 million project is privately funded, but will be turned over to […]
You may not want to hold Alan Gilbert to this
The music director of the New York Philharmonic has written to the orchestra’s publicity department, also known as the New York Times, vowing to restore the free summer concerts in Central Park. “I am making a personal promise that these beloved free concerts will return next summer and continue for many years to come,” he wrote […]
How a Russian conductor abuses his orchestra
The incident involving Mark Gorenstein and the Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan at the Tchaikovsky competition has brought in a shoal of mails about the way some Russian conductors treat their musicians these days, effectively as old-style commissars. One case in particular stands out. I have deleted the names in the following mail, since the individual (AB) […]
Bremen orchestra weighs in on Dutch protest
The conductor is Alexander Prior. Here‘s the vid.
'Oh my God, who can make music under coercion?' – composer tells orchestra to stop playing his works
The long-running calamity at the Brazil Symphony Orchestra took an ugly twist today when the senior composer, Marlos Nobre, found that the OSB had put one of his works on their programme next season. Mr Nobre referred back to a public ban he had proclaimed on the orchestra and its contentious conductor, Roberto Minczuk. Then […]