Clarification by Kurt Masur on the Brazil situation
I have received the following message from Mr Masur’s office: “Due to an ongoing medical treatment since May 2011, resulting in cancellations in Paris, Israel, Leipzig and St. Petersburg, Maestro Kurt Masur has been urged by his doctors not to work or travel and to take an extensive break this summer to pursue this necessary […]
The greatest living Lieder singer – on the Lebrecht Interview
Not my description – it’s what Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau called him in a Lebrecht Interview four years ago. Who did he have in mind? Thomas Quasthoff. The diminutive baritone, bodily disabled but spiritually immense, talks on next Monday’s Lebrecht Interview about music and life. In the past year he has suffered a double loss – his […]
Was this the Mariinsky's first opera in English?
Claudi Solti’s debut went down a treat in St Pete, according to Moscow Times. Sir Georg’s girl directed Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with Willard White as Bottom and Valery Gergiev conducting. I’m not sure it was the Queen’s English with all the dipthongs sitting easily in Russian mouths, but it was very brave of them […]
Stockhausen junior writes new Ring for Berlin
Simon Stockhausen is co-writing a contemporary Wagner tribute opera for the Neuköllner Oper. The multilinear plot goes something like this: Bolivian journalist interviews capitalist crook-turned-philanthropist. In Naples, a 14 year-old immigrant is robbed of his ornaments. In Bombay, a temple prostitute sings. This is supposed to represent Rheingold. It might take a leap of imagination […]
What we're giving Riccardo Muti for his 70th birthday
The Vienna Philharmonic are making him an honorary member after Muti announced he’d never conduct another opera in Salzburg. Apparently. Actually, he confided his plans a couple of months back to Andrew Patner in Chicago. Slipped Disc does not like to fall behind the story. So we’ve been shopping hard and this is what we’re putting […]
New law against faked-up recordings?
The British advertising watchdog has banned airbrushed photographs of aging models for giving the false impression that certain creams can make any woman look 28. Julia Roberts and Christie Turlington (below) are among those being taken down. Forces in the music industry are proposing that the same principle should be applied to recordings of elderly, […]
Sad news: A second sax king dies
It’s Gil Bernal, famed for Duane Eddy’s Rebel Rouser and much else. He was 80. The whole generation are on the way out. Earlier, we lost Frank Foster. Here’s the LA Times obit for Bernal. There’s a memorial service on August 28 at First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Colorado, Pasadena.
Shocking cost of Philly's bankruptcy ploy
Peter Dobrin, a determined reporter who’s following the unwinding of the Philadelphia Orchestra, has come up with a shocking stat. The board has spent – wait for it – $2.4 million so far – on outside consultants who are taking it through the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The chief aim of the bankruptcy is to […]
News just in: Salzburg dedicates opening concert to fallen media mogul
Not to him Nor to him The news is that the Festival wants to pay homage to Leo Kirch, who went bust in the past decade and died to weeks ago, aged 88. In his pomp, he created a classical video company called Unitel with Herbert von Karajan in 1964. They fell out, fell in […]
The other Frank has died
Frank Foster, the saxophonist who did arrangements for Sinatra and doubled with flautist Frank Wess in a number called Two Franks, is gone at 82. His best-known number was Shiny Stockings. Hear it here. Obit here. More than anyone, he shaped the Count Basie sound.
Barcelona leads new wave of Dutch solidarity
Players in the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra have defied senior management to sound out their support for jeopardised Dutch arts. We’re all in this together, they day. The Catalan orchestra has taken a 30% cut and cannot afford to replace sick or absent musicians. Here’s a moving letter from the principal bassoon, Silvia Coricelli: I am […]