Head of music school resigns. No comment.
The head teacher at the Purcell School in Bushey has resigned. No reason was given. His deputy replaces him. Parents have been informed and a short notice was placed in the local newspaper: Peter Crook stood down on Tuesday and Paul Elliott was installed by governors as acting headmaster at the Aldenham Road school. What […]
Guess who's opening the Bolshoi tomorrow night
Fresh from his 40th anniversary songfest in London tonight, the indefatigable Placido Domingo flies to Moscow for tomorrow’s Bolshoi reopening. Also on the bill are Natalie Dessay, Angela Georghiu and Dmitri Hvorostovski. The concert, attended by puppet-president Dmitri Medvedev (but without strongman Vladimir Putin) will be screened to crowds on the square outside and to audiences […]
Cabinet minister releases classical piano CD (+video)
As part of his campaign to promote safe driving, the German tourism minister Peter Ramsauer has published ‘Adagio im Auto’, a CD on which he plays soothing classical music. Ramsauer, 57, reckons that Mozart can stop accidents and save lives. Among other tracks, he plays the ‘Elvira Madigan’ movement of Mozart’s 21st piano concerto (K467) […]
The BBC has just given me more sex than I wanted (+video)
It’s a wonderful little item on the World Service about the man who drew the illustrations for Alex Comfort’s unbelievably illuminating Joy of Sex. The book was a breakthrough for many young couples in the particularly bleak British 1970s and I can call to mind the drawings without having to shut my eyes. But hearing […]
Classical business: return of the fraudster
Barrett Wissmann, disgraced owner of the talent agency IMG Artists, was forced to step down from his front-office role after he copped a state prosecutor’s plea to securities fraud involving the state pension fund in upstate New York. But you can’t keep a fixer down. Six months ago, Barrett secured a Russian investor to help […]
Can't get my head round this: NPR sacks opera host for joining Wall Street protest
Lisa Simeone felt strongly about the financial crisis and sat down in Wall Street as part of the Occupation protest. Next thing she knew the US Right were screaming for her head and a gutless public radio network duly delivered it. She no longer hosts The World of Opera or Sound Print on NPR network […]
If reviews are worthless, why quote them?
Dozens of artists have written in, denouncing the continued practice at Fanfare magazine of pedding advertising space in exchange for a favourable review. Fanfare is not the only classical outlet to practise such bribery, though others are perhaps less brash. What perplexes me – and I have been discussing this with several artists – is […]
Exclusive: Korean orchestra to play at the Vatican
You can’t keep these Seoul bands out of the news. First, the excellent Seoul Philharmonic won a 10-CD deal with Deutsche Grammophon and made a triumphant European summer tour with music director Myung Whun Chung. Then the less celebrated KBS Symphony Orchestra took a leaf from Russia’s Svetlanov ensemble by rising up against their music […]
German court rules sado music 'not harmful' to youth
It has earned them two years’ worth of headlines and high sales but the game is over for Rammstein, the hardcore German band. A track titled “Ich tu dir weh” (I wanna hurt you) from the Love is For All album, whose promo video featured real-life porn stars, has been taken off the protection Index for […]
'I told him those Beatles can't be trusted'
Allan Williams, who sort-of managed the Beatles before Brian Epstein stepped in and got them a record deal, has been spilling his regrets to a Scottish biographer. After sort-of selling them to Epstein for £9 in unpaid Hamburg commissions – a very small mess of pottage – Mr Williams advised the new manager: “Don’t touch them […]
Mahler's dinner menu for sale
Details here. Mahler, Gustav – Caruso, Enrico – Paderewski, Ignacy – Sembrich, Marcella – Signed Menu SKU: N2262-M2-11 Menu for a dinner by the Musicians of New York in 1909, honoring Marcella Sembrich´s 25th anniversary of her Met Opera debut. Signed by several important stars in the music world: composer Gustav Mahler, star […]