Breaking: third judge drops out at Tchaikovsky contest
Contrary to expectations, Anne-Sophie Mutter has turned up for the finals. So have Maxim Vengerox, Leonidas Kavakos and Yuri Bashmet. But Nikolai Znaider is a no-show. Sent a doctor’s note. That makes three out, after Freire and Ashkenazy.
Second judge quits the Tchaikovsky contest
Vladimir Ashkenazy is out, with a gastric infection – possibly the effect of too much long-distance travel. Shame, he was really looking forward to returning to the scene of his early torture and triumph. He joins Nelson Freire on the sicklist. Nelson’s recovering from exhaustion. The finals start tonight. photo: allegro films
Domingo switches FIFA for Formula 1
Watching the paddock scenes on television at the Valencia Grand Prix, I could not at first recognise the portly man in the lightweight suit who was presenting the winner’s trophy to Sebastian Vettel and conveying fraternal sympathies to Fernando Alonso, who came second. Who’s that? Surely not the man who’s been tasked with cleaning up […]
How to milk a German audience
I cannot vouch for the statistics on this Dortmund video, but it looks like one concert hall has tapped a genuinely new audience. Watch here in English, hier auf Deutsch. And there is a reverse effect reported in the Telegraph and the BBC. Go figure.
What the first night audience thought of Two Boys
English National Opera was out again with its viral videos for the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys. Watch here on youtube. And take a look here at the Flickr photo album.
Where are the women at the Tchaikovsky?
The cello finalists are now known: Norbert Anger (Germany), Ivan Karizna (Belarus), Edgar Moro (France), Umberto Clerici (Italy), Narek Hakhnazaryan. Here are the piano and violin results. Just two women, Jehye Lee and Yeol Eum Son, in the 15 instrumental finalists. Were the judging panels too male-oriented?
Two Americans in the Tchaikovsky violin finals, two Russians on piano and three Koreans
Here are the last five in each category: violin: Armstrong (US), Jehye Lee (S Korea), Dogadin (Russia), Silberger (US), Zorman (Israel) piano: Chernov (Ru), Cho (S. Korea), Romanovsky (Ukr), Son (S Korea) and Trifanov (Ru). Fancy a bet on more than one Korean winning gold?
Is London now leading the opera world?
By some freak of newspaper planning – most of them are so behind the times – I seem to be the first in print tonight with a commentary on the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys at English National Opera. I saw the dress rehearsal on Wednesday, it opening on Froday night and none […]
German orchestra joins Dutch protest – new video
Here’s the radio orchestra from WDR Cologne, playing Soldier of Orange to shame the Dutch government. The conductor is first violinist, Alfred Lutz. They are the third orchestra to raise their voice, after the Philharmonia with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the London Philharmonic with Vladimir Jurowski. Who’s next?
News just in: Barenboim is knighted (update with pics)
Daniel Barenboim received an honorary KCBE in Berlin last night from the British ambassador, acting as the Queen’s representative. The honour recognises his peace efforts in the Middle East and his lifelong association with music in London. Since he is not a British citizen, he cannot use the title ‘Sir’ and there will be no […]
Breaking: major US soloist boycotts Brazil orchestra
It is reported today in Rio that a leading American soloist has joined the roster of artists who are pulling out of concerts with the Brazil Symphony Orchestra, where half the musicians were sacked in a row over re-auditions. The new name on the boycott roster is the violinist Joshua Bell, according to the newspaper […]