To calm my wedding day nerves
Our youngest daughter is about to get married and the flutters are taking over. Here’s what I’m using as musical benzo: a Piazzolla four-hand piece, played in Singapore. How holistic is that? Shut your eyes, give in to the music. The players are Lori Kaufman and Albert Tiu.
Have you seen the great Chopin Polonaise mash?
16 pianists tackle the opus 53. Fascinating. Especially Gilels and Paderewski. And some of the wrong ‘uns.
12-tone music gets a rebrand
Die Zwölftonmethode – totgeschwiegen und totgeredet, geliebt und verehrt, verhasst und verdammt – ist eine jener Mysterien der Musikgeschichte, die unser Leben wie kein anderes in den Bann ungeahnter tönender Dimensionen zu ziehen vermag. Lassen wir uns erklären, wie unser Alltag durch Anhörung der herausragenden atonalen und dodekaphonen Werke von Arnold Schönberg, Alban Berg und […]
Violin lost on London Underground is restored to owner
No details yet, just these tweets from happy owner, Satoko Fukuda: I was contacted reg a violin so I went with my heart in my throat. It’s mine, my tiger is back, Violin Found!!!! Still in utter shock! Thank you kind Londoners for helping me to find my Violin!! Pls celebrate with me […]
DC’s first lady of oratorio is no more
Amy Antonelli, president of the Oratorio Society of Washington for 18 years and accompanist to many visiting and resident maestros, has died of liver cancer, aged 72. She won a Grammy for the Oratorio Society’s 1995 performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, conducted by Robert Shafer. Amy was also assistant dean for undergraduate studies at the […]
Milwaukee gets out of jail
The Milwaukee Symphony has raised the $5 million it needs to pay off a looming $2m shortfall and plan a balanced future. In all, the orch found 1,408 new donors. The music director is Edo de Waart, once of Minnesota.
This record label chief is running for your life
Rebecca Allen is head of Decca Records. She has a diary that bulges at the seams and a young family that demands what’s left of her time. So why is she running the London Marathon (on Sunday, April 14)? Cancer, that’s why. We asked Becky (r.) how the training’s going. – why are […]
John Cage mushrooms go on show
Fascinating exhibition coming up at the Horticultural Society of New York on the great mycologist and musical time-bomb. Announcement below. By leaves or play of sunlight John Cage: Artist and Naturalist April 2 – May 16, 2014 Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 2nd, 6:00pm to 8:00pm Curated by Chris Murtha Presented with the John Cage Trust and the […]
Taiwan conductor named head of Dutch opera chorus
Ching-Lien Wu is the new artistic leader of the Chorus of Dutch National Opera, starting September. She has been in the same post at the Grand Théâtre de Genève since 2001. This is a serious career upgrade, albeit on meagre Dutch pay.