Why is London’s National Gallery showing stolen art?
E. Randol Schoenberg, grandson of the great composer and a lawyer specialising in restitution of art stolen by the Nazis, has drawn our attention to a Klimt portrait in the current National Gallery show, “Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900.”. The portrait is of Amalie Zuckerkandl, member of a newspaper family with whom Gustav […]
St Louis in mourning for bassoonist, 27
We have been informed that Andrew Thompson, contrabassoonist and bassoonist for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, has died suddenly of a heart attack aged 27. He was reportedly with friends at the time. They described him as ‘a home-grown, world-class talent’. Here’s the notice. Television tributes here:
Paris luthier casts renewed doubt over ‘Titanic violin’
The Paris instrument maker Frédéric Levi has been following with professional interest the story of Wallace Hartley’s violin that supposedly went down with the Titanic. M Levi does not dispute the various tests that have been carried out on the instrument over the past seven years, but he poses a simple question: why has the object […]
Big, secret party tonight for George Steel
He may have presided over the collapse of City Opera, but New York’s super-rich are not letting George Steel go without a party. It’s being given by donor Rita Mehos and it’s so private no-one is allowed to say they’ve been invited. Slipped Disc’s informant has declined to attend. Last one to leave turns out […]
Bare patches and frowns appear at the Met
Our mole in the box-office says the season is not selling well. Onegin and Norma are selling out and James Levine’s return in Cosi fan tutte has guaranteed a strong house. But the more adventurous stuff – Two Boys, The Nose and Midsummer’s Night Dream – are selling so slowly they are going for discounts. The […]
Behind Breaking Bad lies the sound of Philip Glass
An interview with Dave Porter, who wrote the soundtrack for the cult TV series, reveals that he started out – like so many others – in the Philip Glass studio, mastering the frugal craft of repetition. Read here. Nico Muhly, whose Two Boys is about to be staged at the Met, is another Glass protégé. The […]
Composer: I lost my complete works in a car theft
Sympathy, please, for Hannah Lash, teacher at Yale and composer in residence at the Alabama Symphony, whose entire output vanished into thin air when a thief broke into her car three years ago and stole her computer. No back-up? Maybe she didn’t need one. Hannah has written a new piece out of the disaster. It’s […]
Tuned to 440. Is that the local radio frequency?
Trials and tribulations of a travelling pianist of our distant acquaintance: the Steinway song.
Should you go to a performance with a bad cold?
A spat has erupted on Slipped Disc over one of our contributors who went to the Metropolitan Opera bearing the first of the seasonal catarrhs. It was no excuse, readers felt, that the opera he attended was called The Nose. If you’ve got a cold, keep it to yourself is the accepted etiquette. But do […]
Alert: Violin lost on a train in Cologne
A student from one of the Baltic states is distraught at the loss of her instrument, a ‘Pietro Grulli’ full sized violin and two bows (‘Stephan Kuhnla’ and a ‘Voirin’ copy). They were left last night on a train in Cologne, Germany. If you have any information, please contact 015120178073.