Debussy on the mandolin? Unimaginably cool….
This is Chris Thile’s group, taken informally this week. l. to r. Chris Thile (mandolin), Gabe Witcher (fiddle/violin), Noam Pikelny(banjo), Chris Eldridge (guitar), and Paul Kowert (bass).
New video: Don Giovanni on a rundown housing estate
A new short midnight film for Channel Four by Tigerlily Films:
Who needs the 158th recording of Tchaikovsky’s 5th symphony?
The question is put – not for the first time – by my friend and colleague Martin Anderson, publisher, record producer and critic. Martin, in his new blogsite, takes issue with the relentless repetitiveness of classical recording. Sample: Two or three months ago I was sent for review a recording of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth […]
Music director turns to stand-up comedy. Sit-down, actually.
Peter Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony, is a cousin of Monty Python star Eric Idle. Faced with a season launch, he tapped deep into family DNA in a set-up with two comedians. So how many stars do we give him? As of this moment, the video has managed fewer than 400 views. Come on, […]
Video: Audience protests in Naples as strike stops the opera
A full house for Barber of Seville was left furious by the industrial action.
Airline talks of making amends for smashed lute
The storm of international protest raised by Slipped Disc over the smashing of Christopher Wilke’s lute by Delta Airlines is starting to have an effect, according to latest reports. ‘It is not uncommon for luggage to be damaged in transit,’ said Russell Cason of Delta corporate communications in Atlanta. ‘I’m hopeful we can resolve it […]
Eleven students are disciplined for disrupting Israeli pianist’s recital
The Berlin-based pianist Yossi Reshef was jostled and heckled by students at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg when he tried to give a recital there last March. The university offered a limited apology. Now, 11 students have been sentenced to community service for their part in the riot, a gentle rap on the knuckles. Read […]
Creation is cancelled in Kiev over fresh riot alarms
Our correspondent David Conway reports from the frontline: Although the city’s opera house and theatres are still functioning normally, rising tension in Kyiv means that the Philharmonia is now cut off within the barricaded ‘ war zone’ at the town’s centre. Everything is relatively calm in the city at present – although it is rumoured that shenanigans […]
Reassessing the first rebel of Bayreuth
In today’s Wall Street Journal, I review the new English translation of Eva Riger’s biography of Friedelind Wagner. Friedelind, sister of Wieland and Wolfgang, was the first member of the unholy family to denounce its racism and leave Bayreuth … only to come crawling back, begging forgiveness. Wolfgang never forgave. Hers was a profoundly compromised […]
Anna Netrebko speaks out about her son’s condition
The diva has a five year-old son, Tiago, to whom she is devoted. The boy was born with a mild form of autism and diagnosed shortly before his third birthday. Friends tell us he is progressing very well and attending a mainstream school. Anna, who is bringing up Tiago as a single mother, has now […]