New Bolshoi crisis: They can’t find a conductor for Tsar’s Bride
Vasily Sinaisky’s walkout as chief conductor three weeks ago has left a huge hole in the schedule. There’s a signature new production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s royalist opera coming up in February and no-one’s available to conduct it. Ria-Novosty reports that the embattled chief exec Vladimir Urin has asked the veteran Vladimir Fedoseyev, but he’s too busy. Anyone […]
Holland’s biggest export earner is Big Brother. The second is….
We didn’t make it up. It’s an official Dutch stat. Read here.
The three worst places for a musician to spend Christmas
1 Syria 2 Minnesota 3 An airport Be safe. Be warm. Be happy.
Stuttgart appoints Israeli as its general music director
The Stuttgart Philharmonic has appointed Dan Ettinger to be the city’s GMD, succeeding Gabriel Feltz. A former assistant of Daniel Barenboim’s at the Berlin State Opera, Ettinger, 41, is presently music director in Mannheim, and chief conductor with the Tokyo Philharmonic and the Israel Symphony Orchestra.
What we’re winding down to today…
Some recent releases that may have passed you by.. A stunning, contemplative soliloquy. A fine cellist fights back from years of shoulder injury. Too clever by half, but infinitely engaging. Clever still, plays misty for me. And a great ghost story for tonight.
Mikis Theodorakis is rushed to hospital
The iconic Greek composer, 88, is under observation in Athens with a respiratory infection. We wish him a swift recovery.
Hans Zimmer: In film, you’re working with people who encourage you to fail
The sought-after film composer and five of his pals sit around a table and chew out the business in a fascinating colloquy for THR. Thomas Newman says: ‘You have to let people know you’re flexible. If you come in like the guy who knows what he’s doing, and this is what it is, that’s tough.’ […]
Sax giant Yusef Lateef blows out
A formative influence on John Coltrane, the great jazz saxophonist Yusef Lateef died yesterday in western Massachusetts. He was 93. Born William Emanuel Huddleston in Chattanooga, he grew up in the musical backstreets of Detroit and burst onto record in 1957. One of the first to play exotic instruments in modern jazz, he used Chinese […]
Mikhail Khodorkovsky receives his first classical gifts
Reading on Slipped Disc yesterday that the freed Russian oligarch had wanted nothing more in his jail years than to attend a classical concert, Toccata label owner Martin Anderson promptly sent a batch of new releases to his hotel in Berlin. He chose an esoteric set, knowing that Khodorkovsky would listen with fresh ears. · Ashton […]
A composer stricken with tinnitus
The Swedish composer Lars Edlund died yesterday, aged 91. A prolific writer for voices, with an oratorio on Dante’s Divine Comedy to his name, he began suffering from a terrible ringing in his ears after undergoing surgery to correct the effects of a stroke. Edlund was an influential teacher for several decades at the Royal […]
This Christmas video will destroy your faith
…. in human nature, if nothing else. Bohemian Rhapsody is a wonderful, anarchic expression of the meaninglessness of absolutely everything. So some straitlaced geeks and sock-puppets have reset it to the Nativity Story. Now, how perverse do you have to be to do that? Oh, for Freddie’s sake….