Watch the future King of England sing
A clip of Prince William has come online, doing ‘Living on a Prayer with Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift during a charity gala at Kensington Palace on Monday. Check it out here.
Composer throws back Government award in cultural protest
Catalan composer Josep Soler, 78, has refused to receive the Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. He said: ‘I don’t accept the authority of the Spanish Government and want nothing to do with this prime minister, Rajoy, who ignores culture and education.’
Love this pic, newly posted by JoAnn Kane Music Service of Lionel Newman and John Williams enjoying a cigar after a Star Wars session in London. Magic moments…
Best-ever wedding video?
I’m involved in a forthcoming happy event, and came across this. Gonna be hard to beat.
Watch: Sigmund Freud’s home movies
From the same source that brought us the sound of Freud’s voice, here’s some silent film of the great man in Vienna with an archaeology pal, narrated by his daughter, Anna, and filmed by Princess Marie Bonaparte. A gift for Thanksgiving. The full, 23-minute film can be found here. It is through Marie Bonaparte that […]
Breaking: Kissin to receive Israeli citizenship
The pianist Evgeny Kissin, an outspoken champion of the Israeli cause, will be granted citizenship on December 7, according to a spokesman for the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem. Although Kissin does not live in Israel, he was recommened for citizenship by the former Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky, now chairman of the Jewish Agency.
Sick list: Abbado still out of action
Bernard Haitink has jumped in for next week’s Orchestra Mozart performances in Vienna.
Just in: Vienna votes big increase in opera funding
We haven’t read all the small print, but it looks like an extra 4.9 million Euros next year for operas staged at the Theater an der Wien, and played by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (pictured). This is city money, not state. The Wiener Staatsoper is funded centrally. But Vienna has decided it needs more opera […]
Mexico’s great mezzo has died
Oralia Dominguez, who sang Amneris on her debut opposite Maria Callas as Aida, has died in Milan, aged 88. She appeared in all the major European houses and created the role of Madame Sosostris in Michael Tippett‘s The Midsummer Marriage. Her last appearance was in 1982, singing Verdi’s Requiem in Mexico City. Just listen to that ringing sonority….
Ever heard Bartók on the harpsichord?
I’ve been filming a conversation with the inspirational young harpsichordist, Mahan Esfahani, who thinks his instrument works best with modern and contemporary music. He’s about to release his first commerical recording. Out of the blue, in a sea of Bach, Mahan starts playing Mikrokosmos … and it sounds like club music. Irresi Watch us talk […]
Just in: Spanish court acquits pianist of noise pollution
After all the media hysterics about her facing jail, concert pianist Laia Martin has been found not guilty by a court in Gerona of inflicting noise pollution on her irascible (and possibly irrational) neighbour. Read the verdict here. Now some of you may appreciate why Slipped Disc refrained from covering the non-story. We send our […]