‘The Nick Cave of classical’? Come on…
Even by Sony standards the hype is far-fetched. A feature on Teodor Currentzis in a newspaper that abolished arts reviews, refers to the conductor as ‘provocative, young’ (he’s 41). We are also told that he is described (where? by whom? let’s assume the press release) as the “Nick Cave of classical”. Erm, this is Nick Cave (pictured). […]
How Wojciech Kilar treated his conductors
The Polish conductor Antoni Wit was a close friend of the film composer, who died yesterday aged 81. He tells a good story, with an excellent imitation of his late friend (in Polish, with English subtitles).
In some US orchestras, they bring guns to rehearsal
Why? To use on whom? Discuss. h/t Holly Mulcahy
Cut! One of the great film composers has died
We’re receiving confirmation from Poland of the death of Wojciech Kilar at the age of 81. Kilar wrote music for more than 130 films, most notably for Polanski’s The Pianist, Coppola’s Dracula, Jane Campion’sPortrait of a Lady and Andrzej Wajda’s Promised Land. Born in Lviv (now Ukraine) on 17 July 1932, he settled in Katowice in […]
Very angry tweet: French birds demand share of Messiaen’s royalties
The Union Ornithologique de France is getting into a bit of a flap. Having belatedly discovered that the late composer Olivier Messiaen introduced pre-recorded sounds of birdsong into such works as Oiseaux exotiques and Réveil des Oiseaux, the UOF is demanding its rightful share of the incoming cash. If I were the Messiaen estate, I’d pay up without a […]
I’m a pianist, living downstairs from the world’s greatest player
Zsolt Bognar is a fine young pianist who is making a good career. His problem? He lives in Cleveland beneath Daniil Trifonov, the Tchaikovsky winner and finest pianist of his generation. Why is that a problem? Over to Zsolt: ‘Not only do I hear him in class, but he also happens to be my […]
China’s violin method: ‘Study and train hard, according to a scientific method’
The Chinese Violin Society has been holding its annual meeting in Xiangyang, the People’s Daily reports. Between performances of the Four Seasons and The Butterfly Lovers, the meeting reaffirmed its adherence to the national teaching method. Read here.
He turns out the lights in the world’s remotest opera house
Raimundo Pereira do Nascimento is the electrician of the Manaus Opera House, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. In a fascinating news film, he tells the BBC about his building and his work. Watch here.
Wedding of the New Year: A mandolin gets married
Our social secretary reports that Chris Thile, the classical chart-topping mandolin player, has quietly married his sweetheart, Hollywood actress Claire Coffee. Much happiness to them both.
Why did director ram-raid the Elysée Palace? He was trying to save his theatre…
Details are emerging about last week’s car crash at the Elysée gates, from which a 67 year-old man was taken into custody. He has been named as Attilio Maggiulli and in 1974 he founded the Comédie Italienne in Montparnasse. A student of Giorgio Strehler in Milan, Attilio and his wife Helene Lestrade have been running the show […]