Sitting in the timps for Mahler 4, I saw the drumhead burst…
Paul Mauffray, a devoted reader, has sent us this account of a slightly too close encounter with Mahler’s 4th symphony in the Vienna Musikverein last night: I spent a wonderful day in Vienna today attending two concerts in the Musikvereinsaal, and for both concerts I had one of the few seats offered to the public […]
This week's most read music stories
1 How to crash an orchestra http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2012/02/high-flying-asian-orchestra-runs-into-heavy-weather.html 2 Magnificent diva dies http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2012/02/sad-news-covent-garden-diva-is-dead-at-65.html 3 The conductor who got too Candide http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2012/02/the-conductor-who-gets-just-that-bit-too-much-candide.html 4 The tennis champion who’s hooked on Beethoven http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2012/02/exclusive-pics-which-world-tennis-champion-went-to-a-beethoven-concert-last-night.html 5 Dudamel wins a Grammy – but you can’t buy it anywhere http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2012/02/dudamels-grammy-winner-why-you-cant-buy-it-in-shops.html
Liza Connell, in memoriam
She never threw a tantrum, never courted the media, never did anything but sing and act to the very best of her considerable abilities. Elizabeth Connell, who died yesterday, was the consummate opera professional, at the highest level. She was the kind of singer you can build a house on. And she never lost her […]
How to build an audience: invite them in for tea
The enterprising Amsterdam pianist Daria van der Bercken was last seen taking her passion for Handel around town on the handlebars of her bicycle. Now she is trying a new way of getting people to go for baroque. Just watch: Handel At Home! from Daria van den Bercken on Vimeo.
OLM's Book of the Week on Slipped Disc
It’s City of Venice: How Venice Ruled the Seas. Read on here on Open Letters Monthly. And don’t miss Jessica Miller’s thoughtful essay on romantic fiction.
Mahler's 8th with 1,400 performers exclusive rehearsal pic
Caracas, Gustavo Dudamel:
Sad news: Covent Garden diva is dead at 65
Elizabeth Connell, a leading soprano at the Royal Opera House in the 1970s and 1980s, has died in London after a short illness. A hugely popular colleague, she sang Isolde and other major roles with innate modesty and distinction. South Africa born and London based for most of her career, she gave her last performance […]
Just in: cellphone video of biggest-ever Mahler 8 in the making
This is the Shrine performance in LA, before they flew to Caracas and went huge. Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 8, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra., Gustavo Dudamel, conductor, numerous soloists and choirs at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Unofficial Blackberry Torch video clip taken 04 Feb 2012, between 8:15–9:45 PM PST.
Bruno Walter died 50 years ago today
This is one of the last works he recorded, in 1961. The youtube upload is of the historic Vienna concert he gave in January 1938.
Candide camera: what the audience saw
So many readers have been asking about Joseph R. Olefirowicz’s scintillating performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide that we thought you’d like to see both sides of the coin. This, as shown yesterday, is what the musicians saw. And here’s how it came about. It started, I’m told, as a joke by the stage manager using the call […]