The son also rises: Masur's boy gets a foot on the ladder
Ken-David Masur, 34, has been named principal guest conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra. photo: Chris Lee
Purse your lips: it's the year of the flute
If you have any time next year to take your mind off the economy and the Olympics, the spare attention will be taken up by a tootle of flutes. It’s the 50th anniversary of the death of Jacques Ibert, a French composer who did more for the silver tube than anyone since Pan, as well […]
This orchestra works with the homeless at Christmas
The church of St Martin-in-the-Fields on Trafalgar Square has a long history of helping those who have nowhere to lay their heads. At Christmas, they call in an orchestra – and it’s not the one you’d first expect. More here. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Working with London’s Homeless at Christmas Time This December the Royal […]
Free classical downloads on Slipped Disc
We shall be resuming our seasonal tradition this weekend by offering free download tracks from unreleased new recordings through the holiday period. So far, we have wonderful material from Decca, Orchid, Toccata, Somm and more. If other label owners would like to add to that list, please get in touch by end of work Wednesday.
English conductor wakes up to $8 million windfall
My friend William Boughton will be having a happy holiday. His orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, has been left the income on 40 percent of a rich man’s estate, valued at just over $20 million. William, who is working his way through recording Walton’s original orchestral scores which are archived at Yale, will be able to […]
Manager admits to stealing $200,000 from orchestra
… and the judge has to step down from the hearings because she is married to the orchestra’s executive director. A tale of small town petty crime. Read on here.
Just in: Elizabeth Taylor's jewels fetched … how much??
$156 million, it says on the press release. That’s over £100 million, more than any jewellery sale in auction history. Press release: MOST VALUABLE SALE OF JEWELRY IN AUCTION HISTORY MOST VALUABLE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF FASHION EVER SOLD AT AUCTION CHRISTIE’S FIRST EVER ONLINE-ONLY AUCTION – CONDUCTED IN PARALLEL TO LIVE AUCTIONS – […]
How Mahler wanted his 'r's enunciated
Further to the Brussels kerfuffle over French pronunciation, creative consultant Roger Neill has sent me an article he prepared for Vladimir Jurowski on the correct way to deliver an ‘r in German opera and Lieder. I’m delighted to publish it here: Mahler and the singing of the letter r in German opera and song […]
Mrs Barenboim leads total-diversity Sounds of Israel festival in Hamburg
It looks really eclectic on paper. Elena Bashkirova, Barenboim’s wife, brings her classical crew from the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, but the big draw is world star Noa and there are dj kings from Tel Aviv’s clubland, the Arab-Jewish piano Duo Amal, my favourite oud player Yair Dalal, an Ethiopian ensemble and much else of […]
A time for orchestral compassion, and commonsense: Reprieve the LPO-4
A Facebook page has been opened, calling on the London Philharmonic to reinstate the four musicians it suspended in July for up to nine months over their demand that the Israel Philharmonic be banned from the BBC Proms. I argued, at the time, in favour of the punishment. I also felt that it was too […]