Wagner’s Spanish letter fetches fancy price
A letter by Richard Wagner to the editor of a Spanish magazine has gone under the hammer in Barcelona. Dated 1881, it was addressed to the editor of El Periódico Ilustrado Español. The sale price at La Suite was 3,300 Euros.
‘An England real and imaginary, a land that once was, and never was’
I have been blown away by Mark Padmore’s new album of songs by Vaughan Williams, Jonathan Dove and Peter Warlock, five stars all the way. Read my Album of the Week review on Sinfinimusic.com.
Going viral: Lady, 89, hits the dance floor with boy of 9
Tel Aviv is cool city. The proof? They play all sorts of music in the streets and anyone can kick off shoes and make the moves. This little vid was caught by the Israel children’s museum.
Just in: Players in US orch vote to quit their union
In an unusual move that may prove a sign of the times, players in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra have voted to leave Local 502 of the American Federation of Musicians. Only 76 of some 175 eligible musicians cast their vote and they decided by a 49-27 split to go it alone. Trumpeter Michael Smith, who chairs […]
Barenboim to quit La Scala two years early
Amid mounting rumours about his successor, and a change of general management at the opera house, Daniel Barenboim has let it be known he’s leaving Milan at the end of 2014, two years ahead of schedule. Here’s the AP report: The famed La Scala opera house says Daniel Barenboim will leave the post of musical […]
Lang Lang to Syria?
The pianist collects another meaningless title. Press announcement below# SECRETARY-GENERAL DESIGNATES WORLD-RENOWNED PIANIST LANG LANG AS UNITED NATIONS MESSENGER OF PEACE United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki‑moon will designate the world-renowned pianist Lang Lang from China as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on global education. The designation […]
A founder’s family mourns the late Minnesota Orchestra
This just in from Constance Scheurer: Dear Family and Friends; This is why I write what I do. My heart is broken that after 110 years Osmo and the Orchestra I grew up with (my grandfather was a founding member beginning in 1909); now is no more. The departure of Osmo was the crowning blow, […]
Lou Reed, the perfect Jew?
Tributes to Lou Reed in Israeli media lead with a statement of his ancestry. Lou, who has died aged 71, is described in the leftwing daily Haaretz as the perfect counter-Jew, the one who broke all the rules, an iconoclasm that is, of itself, arguably Jewish. I would not dispute that characterisation, except to aver […]
Hot pic: Yundi declares victory over Lang Lang
The picture below has gone white-hot on weibo, the Chinese social site. It shows Yundi Li giving a ‘V’ for victory sign with Universal classics chief, Costa Pilavachi. Our Chinese friends interpret this as victory over his arch-rival, who quit Universal for Sony.
A formidable Russian accompanist has died
The Russian state agency has announced the death of Mikhail Bank, a pianist who accompanied many leading singers, as well as international contestants for the major music competitions. He was also, for a while, chief conductor of the Cuba National Ballet. Mikhail Bank was 85.