Boston's Zander scandal: more hokum from the NEC
An NEC insider has sent us this disturbing report: Just before the Youth Philharmonic’s concert at the end of last week, the first without Benjamin Zander, the orchestra had a question-and-answer session with an administrator from NEC. The administrator’s answer to essentially every question posed by the students was “It is for your health and safety.” This answer was […]
So far, how good? Nico Muhly premieres in Seattle
The hot young composer takes big risks, both in music and with his titles. So how did his new piece go down? Here‘s a first review.
Just in: Mozart makes his debut in the Cowboys Stadium
Dallas Opera is planning a free simulcast of Magic Flute at the city’s famous football stadium. It’s on April 28. More here.
UNESCO considers classical music heritage city – and it's not Vienna
Any guesses? Report here and here.
Singalonga Beethoven, with Barenboim on the baton
Germany is trying to put together the biggest ever virtual chorus for Beethoven’s ninth on July 29 (eat your heart out, Gustav Mahler, that Symphony of 1,000 will sound like a chamber piece in comparison). Barenboim’s conducting on the Waldbuehne and he wants to hear from YOU. Here’s his how-to on video: More details […]
Finnish maestro: a mourning on the south coast
We have received this fond remembrance from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, where Paavo Berglund served as chief conductor in the 1970s: “Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is sad to hear of the loss of its Conductor Emeritus Paavo Berglund, its Principal Conductor from 1972-1979. Berglund’s performances and recordings of Sibelius with the BSO are legendary and his […]
Just in: Darmstadt fires its music director
Constantin Trinks, 36, got his marching orders after a falling out with intendant John Dew. They don’t mess about in Darmstadt: one word out of order and you’re out.
How to rig your stage for Mahler's Eighth
It’s coming up next week in L.A. and the stage hands are doing musical dry-runs. Watch this:
The Giant Conductor: a maestro mourns
We have just received this tribute from Sakari Oramo, chief condcutor of Helsinki Radio and the Stockholm Philharmonic: A Giant Conductor, a demanding but warm-hearted man. To me, especially revelatory was the transparent style of his last decade of conducting, devoid of anything external, for example in Brahms symphonies. A man with a marvelous […]
Tributes pour in for fallen Finnish maestro
Vesa Siren on the Helsingin Sanomat has been collecting memories of Paavo Berglund, the doyen Finnish conductor, who died today aged 82. He interviewed Kurt Masur from Leipzig, Esa-Pekka Salonen from London, Jukka-Pekka Saraste from Oslo, Sakari Oramo from Stockholm and John Storgårds from Helsinki Music Centre for his obituary (in Finnish, here). And here are the […]
Boston's Zander scandal: the full truth, at last (updated)
I have received an independent account of Benjamin Zander’s dismissal which does not accord with the official version. This report has been confirmed by two people close to the case and reflects nothing but discredit on the New England Conservatory and its president, Tony Woodcock. Here’s what happened: Zander was on tour in Europe with […]