‘Unique’ instrument is stolen from baggage claim at Chicago’s O’Hare airport
A Canadian musician, “Mysticssippi” blues man Harry Manx, is appealing for the return of his precious instrument, a cross between a guitar and a sitar. Harry flew into at O’Hare from Toronto on Friday morning to play in Wisconsin. But the black fibreglass case was not there when he reached Terminal 2 baggage claim at 10:47 […]
Who’s got the first signed copy of Yundi’s new album?
Today’s inscription reads: ‘To dearest Norman. Love, Yundi.’ The disc is out tomorrow, timed for Yundi’s Royal Festival Hall recital. Watch this go wild on Weibo.
A Ukrainian conductor rejects the Russian perspective
Kirill Karabits, principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, has been talking to the London Times, which is a subscriber-only site. Here’s a sampling: My mother and sister live in the centre of Kiev and now I’ve been watching what’s happening there almost 24 hours a day on television. I never imagined that one […]
Was the Met’s Werther worth it?
Yeah, Kaufmann was great. But the rest? And that tired old story? An uncluttered assessment from our closely-engaged operavores, Elizabeth Frayer and Shawn E Milnes. Click here to read. And, by way of ballast, here’s a hardcore professional view by Manuela Hoelterhoff on Bloomberg (you may have missed it since Bloomberg no longer houses a specialist […]
A second Venezuelan conductor calls for an end to Government atrocities
Jan Wagner, Caracas born, is former principal conductor of the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark and a regular guest conductor with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela. Today, he joins the protests by Gabriela Montero and Carlos Izcaray against the continuing violent suppression of dissenting citizens in his country. Here is Jan’s letter to Slipped Disc: […]
When a quartet member breaks her wrist on tour
The Kelemen Quartet arrived in Australia to open the Music Viva chamber music season. Then disaster struck. An exclusive report by Zoltán Szabó, in Sydney: The much anticipated first subscription concert in the 2014 Sydney season for Musica Viva turned out to be rather different from the plan. The ensemble was the Kelemen Quartet from Hungary, truly a […]
Germany’s favourite tenor gets booed in Berlin
Ask anywhere in Germany for the top Wagner tenor and the odds are that Klaus Florian Vogt will get the popular vote ahead of Jonas Kaufmann. Smaller in voice and physique, much favoured in Bayreuth, Vogt has a universal, trans-generic appeal where Kaufmann’s fans are mostly female opera buffs. The rivalry is, in its clear […]
Musical mementos of Russia’s Olympics
Denis Matsuev, multiplied many times, plays a frangment of Rachmaninov’s C-minor concerto at the closing ceremony. Matsuev solo, in the Lang Lang Beijing role. Gergiev gets decked out in court dress. Record deal of the week.
‘My mother was a friend of Mahler’s’
Alice Herz-Sommer, who died yesterday at the age of 110, was a reluctant ‘survivor’. Although journalists mostly wanted to talk about her experiences in Nazi concentration camps, Alice was full of joie de vivre – and rich memories – to the last. Here’s an interview the formidable musician gave to Martin Anderson. And a video […]
A great piano survivor is gone
We have been notified of the death of the pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, survivor of the Terezin concentration camp and a powerful witness to torture and injustice who played Bach as a healing balm daily to the end of her days. She was 110 years old. A documentary about her life has been shortlisted for the […]