Brit guitarist gets Frankfurt Music Prize
He’s 70 this month, so it’s well timed, and John McLaughlin is probably better known now in Germany and France than in his native Britain – not least, his native Yorkshire. Some call him the most influential guitarist alive. Whatever his rank, the award is richly well deserved. More here.
Denmark disaster: the press release
Here’s a press release, just in, on the general evacuation of Danish Opera. Press release Director of the Royal Danish Opera Keith Warner to leave the Royal Danish Theatre Keith Warner has at a staff meeting at the Opera House this evening announced that he has been granted a release from his […]
Breaking: Opera conductor and director quit over government cuts
The Danish government attack on the Royal Theatre has just drawn blood. Keith Warner, the company’s artistic director, and Jakub Hrusa, its incoming chief conductor, have resigned in protest after weeks of negotiation aimed at mitigating the cuts. The double whammy is the biggest signal yet that Denmark has been declared by its government a […]
America mourns football coach, fired for 'Zander offence'
The sports pages, and some front pages, are in black today for Joe Paterno, one of the most successful and beloved coaches in college football. He has died of lung cancer, aged 85. Paterno’s last years were marred by the discovery that his close associate and defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, was charged with child sex […]
How a viola soloist deals with a ringtone interruption
You thought it couldn’t happen twice? It did.
Hungarian government rallies its supporters – and calls it democracy
I’ve been sent these private pictures of the pro-Government rally in Budapest. The faces and expressions have the totalitarian stamp reminiscent of rallies under former regimes.The rise of state fascism in Hungary is one of Europe’s greatest crises of 2012.
How perfect: Mrs Strauss-Kahn launches site to protect rich and famous
Any sympathy you might have felt for the sex-pest banker, which can’t have been much, will surely dissipate at the news that his stand-by-your-man Madame has linked up with Arianna to launch the French version of Huffington Post. Huff specialises in getting the rich and powerful to write articles saying how great and good they […]
BBC chief uncovers the lives of two lost Jewish girl pianists
Will Wyatt was a BBC career man, rising up the greasy pole to head of television and deputy director general until he took early retirement in 1999. He is now an independent film maker. Next Sunday, he presents the lives of two sister piano prodigies who fled Nazi-occupied Vienna and were taken in as child […]
Just in: celebrated mezzo dies
Rita Gorr, perhaps the best loved Belgian opera voice, has died in Spain, aged 85. She was a successful Carmen, Charlotte, Dalila, Eboli and more in Strasbourg and Paris in the 1950s before her career went international. She made her last stage appearance, resiliently, in 2007. More here (in Flemish).
Criticising the critics 2: how to review a bling concert
It’s never easy to write about a musical performance where the celebrity value is higher than the aesthetic pedigree. Zachary Woolfe drew the short straw and got sent by the NY Times to a Carnegie Hall recital by Lola Astanova, a catwalk model with influential friends. His review strike a tone ofexemplary detachment and three central […]
This is not a premiere
We have been pestered by PRs for several days to take note of the significant world premiere of an early piece of Brahms, supposedly discovered by Christopher Hogwood and played by the pianist Andras Schiff. Except it’s nothing of the sort. My Brahms friends in the antiquarian and academic community have known the piece for […]