Want to hear some achingly beautiful ringtones?
Chicago’s Spektral Quartet have commissioned 40 of them, releasing now. Listen here. Watch here: Donload for 50c each from the group’s website.
Pierre Boulez house for sale
Boulez, 89, is selling his place near Aix-en-Provence. Here’s the estate agent’s description: Architect House – Alpes de Haute Provence Built on a former quarry in the countryside, this architect home with a contemporary feel was owned by Pierre Boulez, famous composer and conductor and conveys this aspect through the white concrete forming the gesture […]
The jury’s out on Philip Glass’s next opera
He has composed Frank Kafka’s The Trial to a libretto by Christopher Hampton. Press release below. March 31, 2014 MUSIC THEATRE WALES TO PRESENT BRAND NEW OPERA BY PHILIP GLASS THE TRIAL – Based on the novel by Franz Kafka Libretto by Christopher Hampton WORLD PREMIERE: Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, […]
‘Women conductors? It’s not getting any better, only worse’
Jorma Panula has been the most successful spotter and trainer of conductors for the past 30 years. His pupils include Esa-Pekka Salonen and at least 20 others who hold international posts. Panula, however, is 83 years old and a man of strong, old-world views. Over the weekend, he had an outburst against women conductors on […]
This piano will make you take the stairs
A Swedish design team conducted a Metro station experiment to see if a visual and musical alternative to the escalator would encourage travellers to take more exercise. It did. What’s more, it gained more than 20 million viewers on Youtube. Watch.
English director provokes German storm by supporting opera cuts
Karen Stone, the experienced intendant at Magdeburg Opera (previously at Graz and Dallas), has drawn a furious response by accepting that budget cuts may be necessary in the coming years. The opera bosses at Dessau and Halle, where the cuts are kicking in right now, says Karen is only supporting cuts because Magdeburg has been […]
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice issue statement on paedophile associate
The pair have been concerned by a number of Times reports about Alan Doggett, an alleged member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) who was their early mentor at school. Doggett committed suicide in 1978 after being accused of indecent assault on a pupil ten years earlier. Here’s the Lloyd Webber-Rice statement: photo (c) […]
Eight Minnesota board members resign over Henson sacking
The Minnesota Orchestral Association Board has lost eight of its 77 members since it was announced that the president, Michael Henson, would be leaving in August. ‘I may never know the real story of how the Board got from a strong vote of confidence for Henson on February 28th to showing him the door on […]
Gergiev is ‘made aware’ of Munich’s Crimea concerns
The conductor’s support of Vladimir Putin has not yet jeopardised his next job with the Munich Philharmonic. But the city’s ruling coalition (which funds the orchestra) is letting the orchestra council know that it will be monitoring its prospective music director’s statements in support of the Russian president’s expansionism: “Im Philharmonische Rat wurde heute intensiv […]
The crazy inflationary spiral of ‘the finest viola in existence’
Sotheby’s are hyping up the late Peter Schidlof’s Stradivarius for a $45 million sale, with uncritical assistance from the New York Times and other unquestioning mass media. The instrument’s history has The Dutch composer Leo Samama has contacted Slipped Disc with the viola’s family history. Here’s his account: The MacDonald viola by Stradivarius was purchased by […]