Bad Burns night: Scotsman ends classical and jazz record reviews
The Scotsman, Edinburgh-based newspaper of Caldeonian nationhood, has decided to stop reviewing classical, jazz and world music recordings. The editorial decision seems a tad odd at a time when Scots musicians are rising high in all three genres, but print newspapers these days can barely afford to pay for a cup of Horlicks let alone […]
Minister of Culture attacks Maestro’s salary
The Minister of Education and Culture in Andalusia, Luciano Alonso, has voiced outrage at the fees paid to Pedro Halffter, music director of the Royal Seville symphony orchestra. ‘I disagree with his salary, which is excessive. No one in the public sector of Andalusia should earn more than the president,’ said Alonso. The regional president is […]
Cornell President: Young scientists must be taught music and the arts
The President of Cornell University, David J. Skorton, has endorsed the growing recognition of the importance of arts and music in the making of young scientists. In tune with Nobel Prizewinner Thomas Südhof’s declaration last week that ‘training in the arts prepares a growing child just as well for a scientific or technical career as [does] training […]
Theatre is renamed after Claudio Abbado
The Teatro comunale in Ferrara will be known from today as the Teatro Claudio Abbado. The meastro, who died last week, conducted 41 concerts in the town, including an emotional benefit concert in 2012 dedicated to the theatre’s restoration after damage by earthquake.
Stainer’s grandson yields two music winners
John Ranald Stainer, former registrar of the Royal College of Music who has died aged 98, was the grandson of Sir John Stainer, composer of The Crucifixion. That much we knew. But diligent family research by his local newspaper, the Shropshire Star, reveals that two of his grandchildren are outstanding members of the music community. Edward Dusinberre […]
Viola player sues in Chicago over bus damage to her instrument
It’s not just airlines… Chicago, IL – A Cook County court Friday ruled that Katharine Dayner’s case against the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), stemming from an incident in which her valuable viola was crushed by a CTA articulated bus, should proceed to trial. The court, denying the CTA’s attempt to obtain summary judgment, rejected the CTA’s […]
Chorus director calls it quits at 92, with Chichester Psalms
Robert De Cormier is retiring from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus, which he founded 20 years ago. What to do for his farewell? Everyone agreed on Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. But De Cormier’s second proposal – Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time – was shouted down by the singers. They’ve insisted on Brahms’s Deutsches Requiem. Report here.
Claudio Abbado, ‘a loss to jazz’
The Swiss violinist Etienne Abelin, a member of Abbado’s ensemble in Lucerne and Bologna, has been pondering why it was that musicians dropped everything in order to play in his handpicked orchestras. Here’s his offbeat assessment: Some years ago, in Bologna, my friend the Belgian Jazz saxophonist and composer Fabrizio Cassol listened to a concert […]
Gay opera tenor is beaten up in Sweden. It’s the second time, he says.
Rickard (Rick) Soderberg, a well-known rainbow activist, was pelted with stones and eggs on Friday night after a rehearsal at Malmö Opera. Rick says it was in the same area as he was first attacked four years ago and it follows a rising tide of incoming hate mail on his social media. Report here (in Swedish). […]
New video: Lang Lang does Prokofiev, hip-hop style
Sony have quietly slipped out this vid of the Chinese pianist reworking Prok 3 with a drum set, followed by a stretch of Bartok. See what you think. Some may find the title a tad misleading. Mark Guiliana is on drums.
Armenia’s finest turns 75
The composer Tigran Mansurian will be 75 on Monday. Patricia Kopatchinskaja will give first performances of his violin concerto “Four serious songs” and also of the “Romance” for violin and orchestra which Mansurian dedicated to her: In February with the Orchestra della Toscana in Florence, Italy. In March with Camerata Bern, in Bern Switzerland and in […]