Injured tenor: latest news
Here’s the official medical bulletin from Salvatore Licitra’s website. Keep up those prayers for his recovery. Update on Salvatore Licitra’s medical condition (August 31, 2011) Salvatore Licitra remains in Garibaldi Hospital in Catania, Italy, after his accident in traffic riding a scooter on August 27, 2011. Due to his severe head injuries surgery was necessary. […]
There's a classical violinist in the new Vogue
Yeah, that’s him, fresh from the Apple store (remember?)
Musicians call on BBC to cancel Israel Philharmonic Prom (update)
A small group of musicians has sent a letter to the Independent newspaper calling on the BBC to cancel this week’s Prom by the Israel Philharmonic. The gesture is absurd, almost beyond words. The BBC knew what it was doing when it invited the Israel Phil. Political conditions have nmot changed markedly since the invitation […]
Ozawa latest: he's in Tokyo hospital 'for tests'
Forced to pull out of an important China tour after a single warm-up performance in Mastumoto, the 76 year-old conductor has reportedly been admitted to hospital with a bout of pneumonia. Here’s Reuters bulletin.
Mahler baby breaks twitter record
I am thrilled to learn from BBC Newsbeat that a baby announcement on a minority channel broke the twitter record at 8,868 tps (tweets per second, newbies). I am even more thrilled to learn that it is a new baby in the Mahler family. The singer Beyonce, pregnant at 29, is an eighth cousin of […]
America's Most Brilliant Musicologist – is now online
The Shostakovich Wars – or how US academics ganged up on Solomon Volkov’s book Testimony – is now online and free to read. The chapter that will excite most interest is a devastating, line-for-line account of the twists and turns that Professor Richard Taruskin has performed to maintain an intellectually untenable position. Taruskin is not […]
The hall that built a sauna for musicians (updated)
Ahead of tonight’s opening, I had a private backstage tour of Helsinki’s promising Music Centre, perhaps the most auspicious concert hall since Walt Disney in LA – and with the same acoustician. But more of that when I have heard it in action. Yesterday, I got to see where the two resident orchestras get to […]
South American orchestras get backing from International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM)
The embattled orchestras of Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Quito (Ecuador) can take comfort from fresh resolutions of support and action by the international orchestras conference, ISCOM. Here are the three new resolutions: Resolution #14 – to offer support for the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira Whereas, The Fundação Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (FOSB) of the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (OSB) sought […]
Seiji Ozawa abandons China tour
After cancelling his second performance of Bluebeard’s Castle at Matsumoto, it is now reported that the pneumonia-stricken conductor has been forced to abandon his participation in the Saito Kinen Orchestra’s China tour. He will be replaced by his excellent French understudy, Pierre Vallet. The news was broken by the well-informed Musical America website, which has close […]
Latest: Injured tenor 'extremely serious, but stable' (update)
Today’s hospital bulletins report that Salvatore Licitra, critically injured when his Vespa hit a roadside wall, remains in a serious condition (extremanete grave) after emergency surgery at the Garibaldi hospital in Catania. There has been no worsening to his condition, said Sergio Pintaudi, head of the hospital’s resuscitation team, but he remains ‘in an evolutionary […]
How Mahler added a third dimension to musical perception
My Salzburg Festival programme essay has now been posted online by my UK publishers to mark the appearance of the paperback edition of Why Mahler?. It amplifies the way that Mahler extrapolated his childhood forest experience to create new applications for symphonic music. You can read it here.