Boston's troubled NEC: who else was employing reformed sex offender?
Angry music teachers have drawn our attention to a line in the statement by Peter Benjamin, the videographer with a sex crime in his past whose discovery prompted the dismissal of YPO conductor Benjamin Zander. Issued through Peter Benjamin’s lawyer, it says that Zander was not the only member of staff to employ him: ‘Recently, […]
Dudamel's DG Grammy winner – no plans for release
My sources at Universal/DG say that, despite winning a Grammy, there are no plans to release Gustavo Dudamel’s Brahms 4th on CD. It will remain exclusively an iTunes product – the first Grammy winner, perhaps, to be totally virtual.
The orchestra that can't find its head
Ever since Simon Taylor left in the summer to run Dublin’s National Concert Hall, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has been without a chief executive. Not for want of searching. They’ve tried headhunters. They even reached the point of offering the job to someone from outside the classical music world, only for the candidate to say […]
Musicians: only iTunes makes you money
Streaming services deliver no bread. That’s the finding of a cutting-edge survey published yesterday in San Francisco. It may explain why Macca is leading a long retreat from Spotify and Resonance. Depressing, isn’t it, when iTunes sound is just so poor.
Who gets to play Paganini in the big-budget biopic?
Yep, it’s him. Read all about it in Variety.
Emerson Quartet loses cellist, hires English conductor (update)
David Finckel has decided to leave the Emersons, their first dropout in 34 years. He is to be replaced by Paul Watkins, 42, winner of the 2002 Leeds Conducting Competition, music director of the English Chamber Orchestra and principal guest of the Ulster Orch. How Paul will find time to play full-time cello in the […]
The Ring that crashed to earth
We’ve just put two and two together and realised that falling scenery is not the only thing that is going down at the Darmstadt State Theatre. Two weeks ago, we reported the the chief conductor, Constantin Trinks, had been fired by general manager John Dew. Something to do, apparently, with the partner of one man […]
12 ebooks on Whitney Houston published in 24 hours
So The Bookseller reports. The Kindle store is groaning beneath the weight of new, virtual titles. How did the authors write them so fast? And who’d want to read unedited bandwaggon books? See also: http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2012/02/sony-rush-to-release-whitney-houstons-last-film.html
Dudamel's Grammy winner – why you can't buy it in shops
It’s a Los Angeles Philharmonic recording of the Brahms fourth symphony and no-one’s quite sure this morning where to find it because physically it does not exist. Under the antediluvian terms of the orchestra’s collective bargaining agreement, the performance could not be released on disc without triggering heavy payments to the players. Neither Deutsche Grammophon […]
Sony rush to release Whitney Houston's last film
It’s called ‘Sparkle’ and it’s a remake of a 1976 film, casting Whitney as the mother of three kiddie stars and listing her as executive producer. It shot last October in Detroit and was in the pipeline, awaiting a release slot. Now, in sad circumstances, it’s got one. Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston in 2012’s “Sparkle” (Credit: […]
Salzburg on trial: former director admits he got 5% of all sponsorships
The long-running saga of who almost crashed the Easter Festival in 2009 is finally coming to court. It’s incredibly complicated and sub judice, but in a hearing on Friday the former director Michael DeWitte, who is facing separate criminal charges, voluntered the admission that he was entitled to receive five percent of all sponsorship money […]