The concerts where a girl says, Yes!
While auditioning for the concertmaster’s post at Chattanooga, Holly Mulcahy sniffed something in the air-conditioning and recognised it as romance. What’s going on? she asked when they gave her the job. Here’s what she found out: There have been over 20 blind dates in the past year at our Chattanooga Symphony & Opera […]
In video interview, Khodorkovsky says, ‘I dreamed all these years of attending a classical concert’
Berlin, December 21, 2013. Interview with New Times editor Yevgenia Albats. Mikhail Khodorkovsky is asked: – Did you want to go to the cinema, theater? He replies: Theater – no, it’s difficult to convince me to go to the theatre, but I’ve heard about good theatres. I want very much to listen to classical music… I don’t […]
Alto sax king is dead
Herb Geller played so much in Europe that US media have failed to register his death last Thursday and his burial in Forest Lawn, California. After a spell with Benny Goodman, Geller went to Paris and Berlin, depressed by the death of his young wife. He got offered a job at the RIAS band and […]
French music director quits after one term
The conductor and violinist Jean-Jacques Kantorow has had enough of Orléans. He has just told the orchestra he’s leaving when his contract is up next June. No reason given. He has recommended Marius Stieghorst as his successor. Stieghorst is presently assistant music director at the Paris Opera.
My last album of the year is a five-star
Shuffling down the pile of review copies as the last deadlines of 2013 draw near, I never quite know what’s going to tweak my ear. All the big names have been and gone – either into print, or into the bin – and what remains veers from the quirky to the wild to the shamelessly […]
Andras Schiff: I won’t go back to Hungary, where they threaten to cut off my hands
The pianist has told the BBC why he won’t go back to his homeland. The Government, he accuses, honours war criminals. As for the public mood, it veers from cowardice to viciousness: ‘It’s the people that disturb me. Not all of them. There’s very little civilian courage. People are scared to speak up… I have been […]
Dudamel shows he’s still a player
Rehearsing Shostakovich 5 pieces for 2 violins and piano in Los Angeles with Etienne Gara and Yuja Wang.
Video: When Messiah comes unstuck
Media analysts at Slipped Disc Central have been scouring every frame of the video below in an attempt to isolate its everlasting appeal. They conclude that the moment at 0:22, when Messiah reaches round to touch his boxer shorts, is one of Handel’s subversive masterstrokes, on a par with Hombre, my fu…. and Come for […]
Just in: Young Brit in Salzburg baton final for third year running
The three finalists have been announced for the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award and, for the third year running, one of them is British. In 2012 it was Jamie Phillips, now assistant conductor of the Halle. This year it was Ben Gernon, now assistant conductor at the Los ngeles Philharmonic. Next year it’s Leo […]
Why is there a free willy on my record cover?
I was so keen to wrap my ears around the harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani’s debut disc – a set of C P E Bach Württemberg Sonatas – that I paid no attention to the wrapping until I’d had a full run-through of the stunningly advanced pieces on the album, brilliantly played. Then I looked at the […]