Just in: Musicians Union urges Government to force airlines to accept instruments
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s change in US policy, the Musicians Union in Britain has called on the government to change the rules by which airlines can refuse to carry instruments, or put them in the hold. ‘For a working musician, the fee can mean the difference between a concert or gig making or losing […]
'Oldest jazz club in Germany'? Pull the other one…
The Hot Club Iserlohn, marking its 60th anniversary in Darmstadt, claims to be the longest-running jazz club in the land. Bill Coleman once gigged there. I find the claim pointless and hard to believe. Berlin had a huge jazz scene right up to 1939 and resumed pretty much on the dot in 1945. There must […]
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The conductor Manfred Honeck, once a member of the dinosaurian Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, has not stopped breaking moulds since he became music director in Pittsburgh. The first US music director to volunteer a pay cut before his players felt the pinch, Honeck is now casting around for new soloists by soliciting video submissions from unknown […]
Big Italian baritone is gone
Giangiacomo Guelfi has died in Bolzano, aged 87. A pupil of Tito Ruffo, he performed all over Western Europe and, in the US, at the Met and Chicago Lyric. He was probably the loudest male singer of his time, always with volume to spare. Here’s how he sounded:
Hot: Russian site runs Detroit concert livecast with Ford cash
Messianic times? Lions lying down with lambs? A Moscow firm is partnering the Ford Motor Company to the bring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra tonight to the world. Here‘s the full McCoy (or Makosky)
Orchestra for a New Century? Could be….
The last time I met up with the New York Mahler Society, one of its leading lights, Gary Schneider, told me about an orchestra he was setting up. Gary’s idea was to assemble a group of young professional musicians who are basically, too enterprising to want to spend all of their lives in an orchestra. […]
A new wave of cuts at EMI – but these are quite good
The latest batch of EMI releases landed on the mat, a lot thinner than usual. Probably as a cost-saving measure, EMI has abandoned the plastic jewel case and downsized to cardboard covers. Actually, I much prefer the slimline version, easier to handle and store, never likely to break. Who says austerity is a bad thing? […]
Fast-moving story: Paul McCartney pulls out of all streaming services
First he cancelled Spotify. Now Rhapsody and others have been unlooped from the Macca machine. Here‘s the latest. He’ll be an iTunes exclusive. (So who’s next?) Original story here.
Skinny rock idol is dead
Luis Alberto Spinetta, known as El Flaco (Skinny), has died in Buenos Aires of lung cancer, aged 62. More here.
NY Phil Twitter feed loses the plot
Waiting at the dentist’s this morning – it’s all right, just keep up the flossing – I read the dullest, bottom-of-the-page piece I have seen about a conductor in a long time. And, yes, I do see lots. The New York Philharmonic are very proud of it. They have just tweeted: nyphil NY Philharmonic Alan Gilbert discusses […]