The pianist who's being threatened with jail for disturbing the neighbours
Laia Martin is a pianist, studying at the Conservatoire in Barcelona. She is 26 and, by all accounts gifted but her ex-neighbours are taking her to court for ‘psychological damage’ caused by her playing and their lawyer is asking for a seven and a half year jail sentence. Unbelievable? Read on….
Oldest working actor calls it a day
Johannes Heesters has died, aged 108. The Dutch actor and operetta singer never recanted his Nazi sympathies, and was never short of work. Read on here.
Death of a fine pianist
Roberto Szidon, the Brazilian pianist whom I first heard playing on the most verdant cover ever issued by DG has died in Germany, aged 69. Obituary here.
Just in: Biber's little-known Natale
I’ve been waiting all year to run that headline. We’re talking, of course, about Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704) and the Natale is not a new girlfriend. It’s his Christmas release, In Festo Trium Regium Muttetum Natale. Apologies if you thought it might be someone else. Listen up here.
Free classical downloads – a video grab of Kissin….
I know, we couldn’t wait. The festive season is not due to start for another day and a half, but we have obtained for you a sample of Evgeny Kissin playing Chopin at the Verbier Festival. It’s not due to be released on medici.tv until the new year, but Slipped Disc has been given an […]
Just in: Statement from the Gergiev Foundation
Further to the reports of embezzlement that have appeared in the last two days, the Foundation has issued the following clarification: The Valery Gergiev Foundation December 23, 2011 Moscow, Russia The Gergiev Foundation, which funds numerous projects throughout Russia including events and performances at the Moscow Easter Festival and the White Nights Festival in St. […]
Netrebko's doing Midnight in Moscow
Where’s Anna for Christmas? Among the true believers. Latest from Moscow News:
Exclusive: latest on the Gergiev embezzlement case
Sources close to Valery Gergiev have updated me on the fraud scandal that has hit the Gergiev Foundation. The amount stolen was not US$13.5 million – 400 million roubles – as originally reported in the Russian press, but the equivalent of US$8 million – still a hefty sum. Some of the money has been traced […]
More lyrics coming in for the great flute musical. C'mon, Sir Jim Galway, where's yours?
These contributions to our Year of the Flute production of Fred the Great Goes to Poland come from Dale Morehouse, chair of Vocal Studies Division at UMKC and friend of flutist Carol Dale. Act One, aria: In Poland, in Prussia, in Dresden and Wien, Our Quantz is the greatest, the best on the scene. Vivaldi’s a […]