Eight year-old Russian girl plays Schoenberg serial work from memory
He once said that milkmen would whistle his tunes. This is almost a prophecy fulfilled. The girl’s name is Varvara Soyfer. Bookmark it. I’ve checked further down her list of videos. She also plays Krenek and Roslavets. This girl has a very adventurous teacher.
Gergiev flies Welsh kids choir to Russia for his Mahler 8th
Not to be outdone by competing events in Los Angeles and Caracas, Valery Gergiev has been grooming 85 Welsh children to perform in his Symphony of 1,000 next month. Read all about it here. OKARussiaRlse (1)
Dory Previn, RIP
She was Andre’s first wife, co-nominated for two Oscars. She also wrote for Frank Sinatra, Doris Day and Dionne Warwick. UPDATE: Here‘s a catch-up BBC report. Artist Biography Dory Previn was a successful lyricist for motion picture theme songs during the 1960s and early ’70s, earning three Academy Award nominations for best song; in the mid-’70s […]
Pittsburgh nails its conductor for the decade
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra survived the overnight departure of its president a few months back. It wasn’t taking any risks on the music director. Manfred Honeck was given a contract renewal to 2020, and told to sign. He has been there four years, so far, and has turned insitutional uncertainty into sure-footed confidence.
Chicago jazz founder dies
Jodie Christian, who played all the way through from bebop to post-modern, has died aged 80. He was founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, long may it advance without him. He worked with Lester Young, Johnny Griffin, Coleman Hawkins, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Eddie Harris, Sonny Rollins, Don Byas, Milt Jackson, […]
'Just do it again, first verse a capella': Whitney's music director remembers
Many have wondered how Whitney Houston brought off the national anthem so effortlessly at the 1991 Superbowl, and some malign souls have accused her of all sorts of deceits – lip-synching, post-dubbing, whatever. Now the truth is out. Her career-long music director, Rickey Minor, talked about her on The Tonight Show with Jan Leno, where […]
Video just in: Paul McCartney lays flowers for Whitney Houston
No fuss, just the decent thing to do.
Just in, still dusting: original Elgar score turns up in council clear-out
They were clearing out a council building in Loughborough, Leics, when someone caught sight of a musical score. Luckily, they did not throw it on a skip. It turns out to be the original Carillon Chimes, a memorial for Great War dead, written in July 1923. Next stop: the auction house. More here and here.
Bad taste award: the crappiest headline of the year
It’s a top-drawer Daily Mail story: pseudo-science meets pseudo-celebrity with a dash of genocide and bodily waste. The headline: Beethoven’s last movement: Composer creates song based on DNA from hair clippings that survived Auschwitz hidden inside prisoner’s body Just yuk. Read on, if you must.
Much-loved diva calls time on Munich, claiming she was sacked
Edita Gruberova told her fans that she will sing for the last time at the Bavarian State Opera on July 27, 2014. It sounds pretty close to the outbreak of a world war centenary. ‘I have the impression the State Opera has no further interest in working together,’ she said. There was no comment from […]
Just in: Boulez pulls out of Chicago
After cancelling three concerts in Cleveland, Pierre Boulez has informed the Chicago Symphony Orchestra that his opthalmologist will not permit him to conduct next week. Here’s what subscribers were told: Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus Pierre Boulez has withdrawn from his upcoming CSO appearances on the advice of his ophthalmologist. Performances that are affected include the […]