Mahler premiere – right now
Colombia is streaming its first-ever performance of Mahler’s eighth symphony. Here’s more from Dianne Winsor: Mahler 8 will be performed for the first time in Colombia Oct. 15/16! Maestro Enrique Diemecke of Mexico will lead the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá in this premiere performance. In Latin America, Mahler 8 has previously been performed only in […]
Barenboim's new job
Just as I had written a piece observing how well La Scala was doing without a music director, the announcement comes through tonight that Daniel Barenboim is to be the new boss. The story is broken in El Pais by Jesus Luiz Mantilla. I guess Barenboim missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize and settled […]
Amy Winehouse, scary as life, at an opera house near you
La Monnaie, crowned last week as Opera House of the Year, is streaming all of this year’s productions free online, reports InterMezzo. Among them is Cherubini’s Medée, staged by Krzystof Warlikowski, with the German soprano Nadja Michael as the heroine dressed up to scare the living daylights out of you in an Amy outfit, hairstyle […]
Seoul singer has his Elvis moment
Sombre news has reached me from South Korea that the nation’s biggest pop idol is being called up into the army. His real name is Jung Ji-Hoon and he is best known as Rain. Someone dubbed him Asia’s Justin Timberlake. That may take some living down. Why they’ve called him up now I can’t work out. […]
Jazz saxophonist dies
The Dutch alto-sax player Piet Noordijk, a Charlie Parker wannabe, died on Sunday aged 79. He worked for many years with the pianist Misha Mengelberg, great-nephew of the great conductor. Here‘s a full lifeline.
Who got Domingo his big payday in the Gulf?
Want to know why Placido Domingo is conducting, not singing, at tonight’s opening of the Royal Opera House in Muscat? It was all set up by Michael Kaiser in Washington, apparently. Read the AP story. There’s Renee on honeymoon and Yo Yo still to come. And Domingo will sing a gala recital on October 18 […]
Pianist launches brave assault on her 'brutalised, corrupt' country
The international soloist Gabriela Montero, famed for her improvisations, is about to perform her first fully-composed work, titled Ex Patria. The premiere is in Nuremberg on October 20th with the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, conductor Patrick Lange, and the theme is made clear by the title. Gabi has left her home country, […]
Three new Mahler picture books
Gilbert Kaplan has updated his magnificent Mahler Album with six fresh photographs and several revised captions. There’s also a learned not on Mahler’s spectacles and Alfred Roller’s physical description of Mahler, in my translation. The Austrian Theatre Museum has also expanded its Gustav Mahler in Wien to GM in Wien und München. Likewise unmissable, if […]
Major theft alert
BBC Symphony Orchestra player Keith Gurry has had his violins and bows stolen from his home… Violins: Francesco Guadagnini (Turin, 1888) Ian Highfield (Birmingham, 1982) Bows: Malcolm Taylor (Gold-mounted, tortoiseshell) R. Herbert Leicht Matthew Coltman (Silver-mounted) Carbon fibre bow (col legno). If you see them for sale please contact the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Tel 020 7765 […]
McCartney's Jewish ceremony – the full story
It was not on impulse, nor last minute nerves, that Sir Paul McCartney attended synagogue on the eve of his wedding – on the day of Yom Kippur. Tomorrow’s JC has the full story. It appears that he booked 15 seats at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue three months in advance to make sure that his […]
What's the full financial situation at the Met?
The Metropolitan Opera’s press department, also known as the New York Times, has filed a report saying the company has enjoyed a record year in fundraising – all the more remarkable an achievement in the depths of recession. The Times calls it ‘astonishing’, ‘whopping’ and ‘bonanza’ – excessive even in press release language. Whatever, hats […]