This is soooo BBC
I have been smuggled the new logo of the BBC Symphony Orchestra by some of its unlicensed dissidents. See what you think.
British conductor lands orchestra in Galicia
Paul Daniel, who has been on the loose since leaving English National Opera in the last decade, has landed a good berth in Spain. He is to be chief of the Real Filharmonía de Galicia (Santiago de Compostela), succeeding Antonio Ros Marba and, before him, Helmut Rilling. Very good orchestra, I hear. Read on.
Just in: magisterial conductor has died
Paavo Berglund, the austere, authoritative and vastly accomplished Finnish maestro has passed away, aged 82. Renowned in Sibelius, he developed a Mozart style that – like Neville Marriner’s – modified the difference between romantic and period interpretation. Never the most approachable of men, I found him polite, agreeable and carefully unassuming. We went shopping once […]
The man who finished off Lulu gets an unearned bonus
Friedrich Cerha, the Austrian composer best known for completing Alban Berg’s torso opera, has been awarded the 200,000-Euro Ernst von Siemens prize. Cerha is 85, and unlikely to blow it on Lulu-like indulgence.
Long-lost Rubinstein video comes to light
Much delight among pianophiles at the unexpected reappearance of a 1966 German documentary about the phenomenal Arthur Rubinstein, shot in the Steinway factory at Hamburg. Watch here… and be prepared to watch again. The pieces he plays are: Chopin: Etude in A-Flat Major, Op. 25 No. 1; ” Etude in C Major, Op. 10 No. […]
First a ringphone, now a crying baby
Conductors know what to do when a phone goes off in their concert. It’s called the Alan Gilbert gambit. In Dayton, Ohio, they are used to ringing phones. But when a baby started cying in the flute solo of Debussy’s L’Apres-midi d’un faun, conductor Neal Gittelman had enough. Read on here.
Opera chief tells Denmark: you no longer have an opera
‘We have been through a war together these past few weeks,’ says Keith Warner, in a full and frank explanation of why he quit – twice – as head of the Royal Opera in Copenhagen. And it’s not just the Government cuts, he adds, though they were the trigger to his decision. ‘The cuts are […]
Criticising the critics 4: please may I quote your review?
It has been standard practice in the entertainment industries for as long as we’ve been around that a good review is raw promotion. It gets posted far and wide and serves to attract paying customers and further engagements. So imagine the consternation of German singer Peter Schöne when two fine and appreciative reviews that he posted on his […]
So which London Philharmonic is playing tonight?
The LPO has joined the disreputable list of UK orchestras that manage, somehow, to play in two venues at once. According to the Telegraph, the LPO have been chosen to serenade HM the Queen for her diamond jubilee on Sunday, June 3, under music director Vladimir Jurowski. That same afternoon, they are supposed to be […]
Criticising the critics 3: the wife who piped up, then piped down
Regional orchestras like the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic get very little coverage in the UK national press. So credit to the Telegraph for occasionally publishing a review of this effervescent ensemble with its going-places conductor, Vasily Petrenko. The Telegraph cannot, of course, afford to send a critic from London so it relies on an academic from […]