Armenian violinist claims Paganini record
Nikolay Madoyan, an international soloist, has written to the Guinness Book of Records claiming to be the first to perform all six Paganini concertos in one evening. Apart from the composer, perhaps.
How Giulini said Goodbye
Chicago psychotherapist Dr Gerald Stein learned important lessons on grieving and parting from the late principal guest conductor, Carlo-Maria Giulini, who would have been 100 years old this year. Some of the intimate material in his post has not been published before. Click here.
The Sound of Music is no more
Maria von Trapp, the last of the singing children, has died, aged 99. She owes her immortality to Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Serge Dorny hits back: ‘I was not given enough info to do the job’
Fired in Dresden on Friday before he could start work as general director of the Semper Oper, the ex-Lyon director Serge Dorny has published an open letter (in German) accusing the Saxon authorities of not playing straight with him. He also attacked the music director Christian Thielemann of being uncooperative. Since you can’t run an […]
How Charles Ives heard his music in Redding, Connecticut
Further to our various posts on the sale of the Chalres Ives house in Redding, here’s a reminiscence that appeared today on the Composers Datebook of American Public Media: Today in 1951, Leonard Bernstein conducted the New York Philharmonic in the premiere performance of the Symphony No. 2 by Charles Ives. […]
Chicago reclaims its clarinet from the New York Philharmonic
Our friend Andrew Patner has heard that star clarinet Stephen Williamson is returning to the CSO after a year’s sabbatical with the NY Phil. What’s New York got that Chicago hasn’t? Not enough to keep a clarinet, apparently. Read Adrew’s report here. photo (c) Todd Rosenberg
Kiev pianist bravely shows her face
Various opposition supporters have played the piano in Maidan Square during the Ukraine upheavals, taking care to conceal their identity. Today, a young woman played Chopin in the square, free of any disguise. It appears she has been the one who played all along. Any record label with a scintilla of news sense would sign […]
‘More alternative rock musicians steeped in classical music than ever before’
That’s the view of Sony Classical Senior VP Chuck Mitchell, who’s pushing ahead with a prog-rock version of Rite of Spring. It also seems to be the view at DG, where Bryce Dessner is cutting an album and Olafur Arnalds has scored a moody hit. And at Nonesuch, where Chris Thile had made hug numbers. So what […]
Two US musicians form foundation for survivors of child abuse
Two members of the 5 Browns, the classical piano quintet whose father was jailed for molesting his under-14 daughters, have launched a foundation for fellow survivors. It deserves everyone’s support. Please click here. Deondra and Desirae Brown write today: Long before news broke of the sexual abuse of my childhood, I secretly wished that I […]
Lucerne Festival wins opera house case in Bermuda court
A court in Bermuda has ruled that the Lucerne Festival has a right to inherit SFr 120 million ($137m) earmarked for an opera house by its late patron, Christof Engelhorn. The will was contested by Engelhorn’s heirs. Their defeat appears to be decisive, subject to appeal. Here’s a summary of events so far. And here’s the […]
Will sacked Dorny bounce straight back to Lyon?
That’s the instant on dit in French media. Apparently, the Opéra de Lyon has yet to draw up a shortlist to replace the outgoing Serge Dorny, sacked today before he started in Dresden. The job’s his for the taking back. It would be a serious career mistake, of course, if he did. But many are hoping […]