The man who wrote the Airborne Symphony – free classical download #2
The songs of Marc Blitzstein do not exactly trip off the tip of memory, but the man was a close friend and collaborator of Leonard Bernstein and the chance to revisit his work is not to be missed. The symphony referred to above was written in London in 1944 and premiered by Bernstein in New […]
German culture minister slams TV channel for dumbing down arts programming
I’m getting fonder and fonder of Bernd Neumann. The German culture minister who gave the arts a 50 million Euro investment boost last month has turned his guns on the main TV channel ARD, attacking it for replacing arts programmes with talk shows. And he’s not just on about high culture. This guy likes to give […]
Breaking: opera chief quits over Christmas
Peter Konwitschny, director in chief of Leipzig Opera, quit his job with one week’s notice on Christmas Eve. He will be out by January 1, 2012. No reason has been given. Konwitschny, 66, called in sick early this month and Verdi’s Macbeth was staged without him. He has been in the post for three years. […]
Menuhin School loses formative teacher
Peter Norris, one of the best-loved teachers at the Yehudi Menuhin School, has died after a degenerative illness, his pupils report. The Canadian son of New Zealand parents, Peter was a much-cherished coach in a school where pupils have decidedly mixed experiences. This page has some background on his life and work. If you have […]
Best music result of the year
Gareth Malone’s motley collection of army wives has beaten the X Factor contender by a 5-1 margin to top the UK singles charts. Gareth, former youth choir leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, makes television programmes in which he teaches communities how to express themselves in song. In the latest series, he immersed them in […]
Eleanor Rigby – the final chord resolved
The Guardian‘s obituary of John Gardner failed to mention his greatest claim to fame – that, as first reported here, he contributed the E minor chord that closed Paul McCartney’s ambitious song, Eleanor Rigby. All three of Gardner’s children have since confirmed the episode to me. Lucy Gardner writes: My father certainly did teach Paul M […]
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This English composer feels more at home in France
Roger Steptoe has lived in Uzerche in the French Limousin since 1999. ‘From this small medieval hill-top town, his creative output has been renewed,’ according to his website. Here’s a Christmas Eve French interview.
Carlos Kleiber, as seen by friends and musicians
Instead of wasting the day on Christmas television, watch this hour-long German documentary on the mystery of the most perfect conductor of modern times.
Who was Carlos Kleiber's favourite Mahler conductor?
In yesterday’s review of the new Carlos Kleiber biography-with-correspondence in the Wall Street Journal, I made passing reference to a conductor who caught Kleiber’s eye in the 1990s and aroused his unqualified respect. Here’s what he had to say: I don’t love Mahler, but this time I succumbed, thanks to Tenn. He is a most […]
A rare violin gem for Christmas Day – free classical download #1
Yevgeny Kutik, a young Russian violinist living in Canada, raised the money for his debut album through a kickstart campaign, helped on its way by Slipped Disc. Yevgeny, 24, fascinated by the persistence of faith in times of adversity, has titled his album Sounds of Defiance. It contains works by Shostakovich, Schnittke and Pärt – […]