Pianist cancels with pneumonia
Denis Matsuev has been ordered to stay home, cancelling concerts in Russia, Israel and Carnegie Hall. An ebullient character, we wish him a swift recovery. Carnegie Hall today announced that the recital by pianist Denis Matsuev—scheduled for nextThursday, January 30 in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage—has been postponed to Sunday, June 15 at 8:00 p.m. Mr. Matsuev is currently […]
Free to view: Claudio Abbado’s Mahler 9 at Lucerne
Click here to watch an epochal performance from August 2010.
Exclusive: Nobel Winner says ‘In the US, classical music is fundamentally a dying art’
In October 2013, we reported that the winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine, Thomas Südhof, had said that he owed it all to his bassoon teacher. On the basis of that reported comment, Dr Südhof has given an exclusive interview at Stanford to Ryan Romine of The Double Reed, discussing his own musical education and […]
EMI refugee seeks asylum in Scotland
The fabulous Ingrid Fliter, Gilmore Artist of 2006, is one of dozens of artists who were left homeless by the abolition of EMI Classics. Unwanted by the dormant new owners, Warner Classics, and unable to sign to Universal which was forbidden by the EU to take on EMI artists, Ingrid like many others has been […]
Maestro moves: Barcelona buys Japanese once more
The next music director of the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra (OBC) will be Kazushi Ono. He starts in 2015, succeeding Pablo González Bernardo. Before him, the chief conductor (2006-2010) was Eiji Oue.
Just in: Dutch Police arrest suspects with 1731 violin
Two men walked into a luthier’s shop in The Hague today, offering to sell a violin. The luthier called police, who arrested them with a 1731 Landolfi, stolen a week ago in a burglary at Abcoude. The instrument is worth several hundred thousand dollars. Two men are being detained for questioning.
An opera by the author of Tom Jones
The Lottery By Henry Fielding A tale of seduction, delusion and financial corruption. Musical Director: Žak Ozmo with L’Avventura London Stage Director: Harry Fehr Bury Court Opera presents the modern premiere of The Lottery, Henry Fielding’s smash hit ballad opera of 1732. The Lottery is the outrageous tale of Chloe, a beautiful but foolish […]
Steve Reich’s percussionist, RIP
We’ve been notified of the death of James Preiss, who worked with the composer all the way back to the premiere of Drumming. While looking for interested percussionists to play his new piece, Reich called Paul Price at the Manhattan School of Music. Price referred him to James Preiss, who soon became a member […]
Stunning pin-ups from German retirement home
photo: international.contilia.de More pictures here.
Germany’s Laughing Vagabond is gone
Fred Bertelmann, 88. RIP. Key fact: He discovered swing music as a POW in Alabama.
Two musicians join search for Chicago manager
Our friend Andrew Patner reports that two musicians have been co-opted onto the small group that is searching for a successor to Deborah Rutter at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This is a welcome and progressive development, engineered by board chairman Jay Henderson, a vice chair of accounting giant PricewaterhouseCooper LLP. It is very much a […]