Big Mama of klezmer is nebbich nifter*
Adrienne Cooper, one of the leaders of the klezmer revival, has died in New York of cancer, aged 65. Adrienne, a fourth-generation yiddish singer, worked with a host of groups – The Klezmatics, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass AllStars, David Krakauer, Zalmen Mlotek, So-Called, The Three Yiddish Divas, Marilyn Lerner, Michael Winograd, Alicia Svigals and Mikveh, Greg […]
What it costs to hear Nigel Kennedy
He’s playing in Bristol next month, a busy university town. Tickets are £35-45 ($55-70). I guess that’s to keep the riff-raff out.
Queen summons threatened orchestra to Palace and state tour
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has invited one of her country’s endangered orchestras to play on her state visit next month to Oman and the United Arab Emirates. The Radio Philharmonic Chamber orchestra will cease to exist in August 2013 if government cuts go through. The Queen is a strong supporter of classical music. Her invitation may […]
The composer who grew up among the deaf
Helmut Oehring was born to parents who were profoundly deaf. He has written a book about finding his sound language through sign language. Der Standard interview here.
German orchestra gets bailout pledge
The Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, conducted by the American Eugene Tzigane, has been given three year’s breathing space by the town of Minden after running into financial crisis. It’s being paraded as a good news story, but in the small print the town will actually reduce its subsidy from 146,000 Euros to 81,000 and the orchestra will have to […]
Have major labels just seen an upturn in US sales?
Advance data suggest a one percent increase in 2011, against a 12.7 percent drop in 2010. But Digital Music News thinks it could be wishful thinking. Revenue is likely to be down again.
Wash those ears with a dose of Boulez – free classical download #3
The treat on your Slipped Disc turntable this morning comes from the oh-so shrewdly named French label, naive. It’s an upcoming release of Mémoriale by Pierre Boulez for solo flute and 8 instruments (2 horns, 3 violins, 2 violas, cello) lasting 5’39, followed by a bonus track of Fantaisie (Les Pleurs d’Orphée ayant perdu sa femme), possibly by Luigi […]
Farewell to a creative repetiteur
The death is reported of Martin Isepp, who coached two generations of singers at Glyndebourne over forty years and was greatly responsible for the festival’s enduring success. He was the son of a Viennese singer, Helene Isepp, who came to Britain as a Hitler refugee in 1938 and taught many fine singers, most notably […]
How to get more out of Slipped Disc
During the course of 2011, this site has undergone radical change. It has metamorphosed from an early-model, one-track opinion blog to an international, often multi-lingual, crowd sourcing and crowd sharing highway for breaking news and major issues in the lively arts. Plus a good deal of fun along the way. We will shortly publish a […]