When a conductor hits a player
London has been abuzz all week with reports that a well-known conductor allegedly threw a punch at a musician in the London Symphony Orchestra. Details have been printed in a widely-read newssheet. Facebook sites have gone white-hot with past occurences. We were interested to find out how the e bullient orchestra responded, the more so […]
Who’s playing the Chopin birthday concert in Warsaw?
Yundi Li returns on Saturday to the Philharmonic Hall where he won the Chopin International Comeptition 14 years ago. There has been a last-minute ticket surge after it was announced that the recital will not be broadcast. Programme: Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1 Nocturne in E flat major, […]
Death of a flamenco giant
Paco de Lucia has died in Cancun, Mexico, aged 66. He was reportedly playing with his grandchildren on a beach when struck by a heart attack. The son of a gypsy guitarist, Antonio Sanchez, he was acclaimed in Spain as its most universal flamenco interpreter. He was equally adept at classical and jazz.
Kurt Weill comes out of the dark
We’re excited by reports of a rare upcoming production of Weill’s last opera, Lady in the Dark. It opens May 17 in Mainz, a farewell show by outgoing director Matthias Fontheim. It opens with the editor of a fashion magazine on a psychoanalyst’s couch. What’s not to love? Kurt Weill, NY, 1946 (c) Stone Staatstheaters […]
All-day revels for un-ancient Marriner
We have been accused at times, quite unfairly, of being a tad harsh on that derivative, soporific, life-draining operation known as Classic FM. ‘Never a good word to say about us,’ we’ve heard its bosses complains. Well, here’s one. On Tuesday, April 15, Sir Neville Marriner’s 90th birthday, all music broadcast on Classic FM will be […]
Serge Dorny in line for a 1.5 million Euro payoff?
That’s the gossip in the German tabloids. Wild exaggeration. Dorny was on 300,000 a year for a five-year contract he had yet to begin. If he claims unfair dismissal, which may be expected, he’d be lucky to get a two-year payoff after the threat to resign and other abuses claimed yesterday by the Saxon government. […]
Dresden update: Serge Dorny was ‘acting like the Sun King’
The Saxon arts minister Minister Sabine von Schorlemer held a press conference today with the Staatskapelle music director Christian Thielemann in an attempt to dispel any confusion over her sacking of the Semper Oper director, Serge Dorny. photo (c) matthias creutziger The minister said Dorny had emailed her with a long list of changes he […]
Mayor says he’ll liquidate Rome Opera and Muti will quit if strike goes ahead
It’s getting nasty again in Rome. Graham Spicer reports from Milan that theatre staff are theatening to strike opening night. The Mayor, Ignazio Marino, says if they do that again he’ll shut the place down for good. Riccardo Muti, the music director, has indicated he will leave if the unrest continues. His daughter Chiara, is directing […]
Where are classical music’s Afro-Americans? demands Leonard Slatkin
The Detroit music director is worried abiut the declining visibility of Afro-American artists. He writes: Over time, the contributions of African-Americans profoundly changed the American musical landscape and paved the way for others. Well before such artists as André Watts, Henry Jay Lewis, William Grant Still, James DePreist and Thomas Wilkins, however, black musicians were […]
Breaking: Sibelius owner is delisted from Nasdaq
A major blow for Avid, the tech company that took over Sibelius software and got rid of its core development staff. Avid was today dropped from the Nasdaq share index after questions about its performance. Full report here. Avid closed at $4.93 yesterday, down more than 28% from Friday’s close. Avid was first listed […]
A flaming tendon prompts surprise replacement
The star violinist Vadim Repin has pulled out of a Liverpool concert with an excrucuating tendonitis of the shoulder. The concerto he was due to play this Thursday was Andrzej Panufnik’s. Not many soloists, outside Poland, know it off pat. Amazingly, the US violinist Tai Murray does. She flies in for a Merseyside debut amid cheers […]