What's the music like in Euro-hit Athens?
A report from Slipped Disc correspondent Jonathan Elvey: Here in Athens this week we were reminded for the umpteenth time of the unique ability of music to inspire,nourish and console. You can imagine how regular culture has all but disappeared here at the moment, and our lovely concert hall, the Megaron, is dark and empty […]
Bookmark this: the ultimate lists of classical radio and classical blogs
Nico Schilder has written to me from Holland with what purports to be the ultimate guide to classical radio stations online. I haven’t browsed too far afield yet, but the research is impressive and if you feel a pressing need to catch up with what’s playing in Latvia or New Zealand, this is the place […]
The first Orthodox Jewish gay wedding?
I was searching youtube for a piece of cantorial liturgy when this film from a few days ago, stopped me stone dead. Seen from behind, it looks like a traditional orthodox Jewish wedding. The groom is wearing the strictly-orthodox kittel, or shroud. Then you notice that both grooms are wearing it. A landmark. Watch here.
Concert hall provides tweeting corner for restless thumbs
I suspect that 2011 will go down as a turning point in concert etiquette. What goes on in the hall is no longer confined to those who sit in it – as we have seen several times with demonstrators and disrupters in the hall and substitutions and childbirths from the backstage. Anyone can tweet from anywhere and it’s about […]
Meet the violin-in-laws
Our Social Correspondent reports the happy union in marriage of Maxim Vengerov, violinist of this parish, with Olga Gringolts , sister of the violinist Ilya Gringolts . The wedding was a strictly private family affair in the south of France and no photographs are being released at this moment. We wish the young couple and […]
Building a Library with a too-perfect Mahler 8
I was fairly confident that Radio 3’s Saturday feature would miss the point of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony on record and, sure enough, I was not disappointed. The point is that a work of 1,000 performers is unlikely to be credibly conveyed through two living-room speakers or mobile headphones (let alone mobile phones). So the record […]
'Luisi is a superior Wagnerian to either Levine or Leinsdorf'
Joseph Horowitz has written a shrewd and reasoned assessment of the first Metropolitan Opera season without James Levine in the Times Literary Supplement (behind paywall). He argues that the Met used to be a conductor house, rather than a singer’s showcase, and under Luisi might become one again. Here’s his key paragraph – buy a […]
Just in: Salzburg gets a new rival
As if it weren’t bad enough when Baden-Baden came poaching Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Salzburg will awake on Monday to find that Aix-en-Provence is pitching for its Easter audience. The French festival, already a serious summer contender, is opening at Easter under the joint direction of the ambitious violinist Renaud Capucon and […]
This week’s most-read stories on slipped disc
1 http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2011/11/germany-votes-extra-50-million-euros-for-culture-and-your-government-is-doing-what.html 2 http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2011/11/classical-covers-to-cry-for.html 3 http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2011/11/rub-your-eyes-brussels-follows-german-lead-with-massive-arts-funding-boost.html 4 http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2011/11/very-sad-news-international-soprano-dies-at-63.html 5 http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2011/11/mass-nudity-outbreaks-in-china-to-support-ai-weiwei.html
Abramovic dancer refuses to lie naked among donors for $150 and a legal threat
Marina Abramovi? has been getting a lot of press in the US of late. The Serb-born performance artist makes extreme demands of herself and her dancers, mostly unclothed. The Los Angeles Times calls her ‘the most successful or recognizable performance artist working today. The New York Times in its smarmy, have-it-both-ways style, characterises her as follows: […]