Just in: Boston's silent Woodcock hires crisis management PR
The New England Conservatory of Music is refusing to answer seven questions, posted on a Facebook page, about the propriety and legality of its dismisal of Benjamin Zander, the popular and experienced conductor of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. How long its president, Tony Woodcock, thinks he can hide is for him to decide. But from […]
The Lion of Early Music: first tribute by a disciple
The outstanding harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani has written a personal tribute to Gustav Leonhardt, whose death was announced today: * I had the honour and pleasure of making the acquaintance of Gustav Leonhardt during the last few years of his career and during the first few years of my own. Leonhardt had long been a great […]
Very sombre news: the lion of early music has died
I’ve just had a call from one of his students to tell me that Gustav Leonhardt, the harpsichordist and conductor, has died. He was 83 and retired from performance last month. His wife has told colleagues that he died Monday afternoon. Photo NRC / Maurice Boyer. His wikipedia entry, freshly updated, tells the life story. […]
Has Boston become the new sick man of musical America?
There has been a nasty business at the New England Conservatory, where an authoritarian president has sacked a popular and experienced orchestra leader and dissimulated the cause for his dismissal with an imputed sex slur. We await a rely to our questions from President Tony Woodcock and so do lots of followers of a crisis […]
Opera goes green on Friday
Glyndebourne takes its first step on Friday to being self-sustaining – ecologically as well as financially – by opening its own wind turbine. Glyndebourne’s wind turbine construction from Glyndebourne on Vimeo. Details below: Join us at Glyndebourne on Friday 20th January as Sir David Attenborough officially launches the Glyndebourne wind turbine. The turbine launch is a […]
Another Barenboim rises in Beijing
Our China correspondent, Rudolph Tang of Klassikom, reports the emergence of a third orchestra in Beijing: The Beijing Symphony Orchestra, long overshadowed by two state-funded rivals, has been promised a minimum 50 million RMB (US$7.5 million) grant from the Beijing municipal government and, according to its music director Lihua TAN, BSO will embark on two European tours in […]
In my next Carnegie Hall recital, I shall play the Torture Sonata
I’m excited to receive a press release about the first piece of classical music to reflect abuses by the US military in Abu Ghraib and elsewhere. It’s by the Chicago-based composer Drew Baker and the pianist is Marilyn Nonken. The title track, we are told, ‘is an artistic response to a torture technique used in Abu Ghraib […]
What it will cost to save Bayreuth from demolition
There’s been a rather tense meeting on the Green Hill of the Society of the Friends of Bayreuth. They have just found out that the main festival house is disintegrating. ‘Unless something happens soon, the building will fall down,’ said Wolfgang Wagner before his death in 2010. You might have thought he would have noticed […]
Come cruising with the Vienna Philharmonic. Women need not apply.
For a place in the orchestra. They’re allowed on the ship. If you want to perpetuate institutional sex discrimination, do join the orchestra this July in the Mediterranean with conductor Herbert Blomstedt, singers Jessye Norman and Angelika Kirschlaeger, pianist Rudolf Buchbinder and others who ought to know better. Oh, and you have a ‘Meet and Greet’ […]
Has recalcitrant conductor finally accepted his successor?
The International Bachakademie of Stuttgart has announced the Dresden conductor Hans-Christoph Rademann (r) as successor to Helmut Rilling. We know that because it was announced today at a press conference. But what does Herr Rilling make of it? He’s been threatening alternately to resign immediately or cling on forever if he doesn’t get the successor he […]
Philip Glass gets an opera surprise for his 75th
It has just been announced that Glass’s Kafka opera, In The Penal Colony, will be released next month on CD for his big anniversary. It’s the Music Theatre Wales production from 2010 and it will appear on the composer’s own Orange Mountain label. Details below: CD Release: February 20, 2012 (UK) Philip Glass – In […]