Broken quartet cellist quickly finds new seat
On Friday, Yovan Markovitch played in the closing concert in Paris of the celebrated Ysaye Quartet, which broke up after 30 years. Today, we hear, he has rejoined the Danel Quartet in Brussels. Things happen fast in the football transfer window.
Chicago laments a chamber music pioneer
Andrew Patner writes: The sudden and wholly unexpected death yesterday of Chicago pianist and artistic and organizational force Deborah Sobol is a terrible tragedy for her family and for music and community in our city. Over her 40 years here, Debbie co-founded and led the Chicago Chamber Musicians for 20 years, launched, led, and has been […]
Planning a spring break?
Wonderful 1930s brochures from Stalin’s Intourist organisation in Ross Wolfe’s blog, right here.
Global alert: reward offered for 100 string instruments stolen in Bremen
The instruments were taken during a lunchtime break-in on Friday, January 24, in Bremen-Oslebshausen. Violins, violas, cellos, gambas and bows were in the haul. The owner, a private collector, is offering 20,000 Euros as a reward for information leading to recovery of the property. The most distinctive item is a Viennese cello with an angel’s head. […]
Audio London: the sounds of water beneath our feet
This is an astonishing project: recordings of the waterways that run beneath the great city, made available by a click on the map. Every sound is explained in a few words. Try it right here.
Sad news: Eminent composer mourns his wife
Heinz Holliger, the Swiss composer, has lost his wife Ursula, at the age of 76. An outstanding harpist, Ursula Holliger played on many recordings for Philips, DG, Claves and Novalis. She performed the European premiere of Elliott Carter’s harp concerto, Mosaic, and with her husband gave the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s 26 Orpheus Elegies for Oboe […]
Classical Grammys: Minnesota wins!
Here are the highlights of the classical awards before the institutional PRs get at them. The big winner was American composer Maria Schneider, who collected three Grammys for “Winter Morning Walks”. The set was recorded by Dawn Upshaw with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. The Minnesota Orchestra won the Grammy for […]
Video: So what did we make of Lang Lang and Metallica?
The announcement says it all: ‘Lang Lang and the one, the only…. Metallica!’ Big splash of Tchaik b-flat, then into the band. Somewehre in the middle, the pianist was allowed another riff. Was anyone watching, listening to, Lang Lang? screen-grab: Rolling Stone
Abbado’s commemoration live-streamed from La Scala
A performance of Beethoven’s Eroica by the Scala orchestra and Daniel Barenboim will be streamed on the opera house’s website from 6pm Milan time today, 5pm London, noon New York. Since the website is hopelessly disorganised, you may be better off finding it live on Youtube.
Simon Rattle to be a father again
Magdalena Kožená has announced on Czech television that she’s pregnant. The baby is due in June. The couple have two sons, born in 2005 and 2008. Rattle, 59, has two grown-up sons from his first marriage to Elise Ross.
Top international quartet splits up
The Quator Ysaÿe is breaking up after 30 years. Trained by members of the Amadeus (Martin Lovett) and the LaSalle (Walter Levin) quartets and named after the great Belgian composer Eugène Ysaÿe, the French group have been among the world’s leading string quartets, playing both core and contemporary repertoire. They recorded for Decca, Philips, Aeon […]