Two fine playwrights gone in a day
First, it was Michael Hastings of ‘Tom and Viv. Now Shelagh Delaney has died, aged 71. She made her mark at 18 with A Taste of Honey and never lost it. Lovely lady. I once tried to get her to write a memorial tribute to a famous actor. She demurred, saying ‘I don’t want to […]
Conductor takes fourth wife, way to go
In a signal demonstration of hope over experience, Leonard Slatkin has simultaneously signed a new contract in Detroit and a new wife, Cindy McTee, his fourth. (photo: cindymctee.com) He may be approaching a record for the profession. Felix Weingartner married five times. Can anyone top that?
Oh, no! Now it's Israeli women stripping in solidarity with an Egyptian exhibitionist (update)
First, we all go nude for Ai Weiwei, who is being persecuted for his art. Now we’re being asked to get kit off for an Egyptian who likes to take the air on Facebook. Read here and here. Needless to say, the Daily Mail website has since milked the story for sleaze and CNN will […]
Just in: Vivaldi's L'Olympiade to prelude the London Olympics
A piece of thematic programming, announced this morning by Garsington Festival Opera. The opera will run 2 June to 3 July 2012. They’d better be careful, though. Lawyers for London 2012 are coming down like a ton of ordure on anyone who freeloads on their brand. My favourite Olympianist has been getting letters with menaces.
Update: More Chinese go naked to support Ai Weiwei
Reuters reports a wave of nudity protests on Chinese-based websites after the embattled artist Ai Weiwei was questioned by police over disseminating nude photographs of himself, seated with four women (see Guardian report this weekend). The above image comes from the Shanghaist daily, www.shanghaist.com and there are several more on site here. The response is remarkable […]
Tip-off: Sibelius 8 fragments to receive public premiere in Manchester
I hear that the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra is first in line to perform the newly-discovered fragments of Sibelius’s missing eighth symphony in front of a live audience. The score sheets have so far been played only in a video run-through at a Helsinki Philharmonic rehearsal session. But the Hel Phil’s chief conductor John Storgards is […]
Mahler third in a teacup
Montreal has a magnificent new concert hall, the Maison Symphonique. This weekend it was playing string quartets. While a performance of Mahler’s third symphony had to find another home – in Pollack Hall, where space is so tight that the choirs displaced the audience in several rows. Why would they schedule things like that? Arthur […]
Classical covers to cry for
In the wake of the most horrific classical CD cover of 2011, Classical KUSC has come up with a list of the Worst Classical Albums of All Time. Ever. Really. Top of the list is a truly appalling offering from the London Philharmonic – they really can’t keep out of trouble, can they? – As well […]
Death of a playwright
The death is privately reported of Michael Hastings, whose 1984 account of the T S Eliot marriage, Tom and Viv, was successful in the West End, on Broadway and around the world. William Dafoe and Miranda Richardson starred in the movie, ten years later. Hastings, South London born, also collaborated with the composer Michael Nyman […]
The disrupted concert – a secret recording
Nigel Simeone has posted on youtube a covert recording he received of the disruption by an audience member of Osma Vanskaa’s London performance of Bruckner’s fourth symphony. Judge for yourselves – though you’ll need to turn up the volume to hear what is being shouted.
This week’s most-read stories on slipped disc
1 http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2011/11/just-in-london-philharmonic-disrupter-comes-out-to-face-the-music.html 2 http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2011/11/discovered-first-fragments-of-sibeliuss-destroyed-8th-symphony.html 3 http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2011/11/disruption-at-london-philharmonic-concert-what-really-happened.html 4 http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2011/11/most-horrific-classical-cover-of-2011.html 5 http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2011/11/gutless-italy-runs-out-of-violin-strings.html