Sombre news: Marion Thorpe has died
We have been informed by close friends of the death, early today, of a significant figure in British music and public life. Marion Thorpe was 87. Vienna born, she was the daughter of Erwin Stein, the music publisher and musicologist who became an early mentor to Benjamin Britten. She was one of the few people […]
The third man remembers that Callas-Gobbi Tosca
Renato Cioni, who died this week, gave an interview a few months ago to an Italian magazine, recalling his role as Cavaradossi in the most indelible of all opera productions. Here’s a sample: On stage (Maria) was always caressing me, touching my hair, crossing her arms around my neck. Maria magnificently brought to life a […]
ASCAP appoints composer director
Alex Shapiro takes the place of Stephen Paulus, who is making a slow recovery from a devastating stroke. Details here.
Palestine in Brooklyn
The inimitable Charlemagne Palestine is let loose for the first time in New York tonight on the beast of instruments. Palestine originally developed his organ technique in 1964 at the Unitarian Church on Central Park West, gave his first public performance in Holland in 1979, and has since played internationally on the instrument. In this […]
Flute sales go viral thanks to Brazil soap
A popular character in a Brazilian TV soap opera has boosted sales of the instrument this year by up to 1,000 percent, it is reported.
Ulster Orchestra chief is gone overnight
Rosa Solinas, a former Arts Council flak, was supposed to save the orchestra. The following has just been posted by another ex-CEO of the troubled band: I rang Rosa Solinas at the Ulster Orchestra this morning and was shocked to be told that she’s gone. “She’s achieved everything she set out to achieve and has […]
US orch boss is charged with embezzlement
Stephen Jay Carlton, 45, former executive director of the Peninsula Symphony, based in Los Altos, is accused of embezzling at least $240,000 from an orch of volunteer musicians. The total heist could be as much as half a million. Carlton has been jailed, pending bail. Details here. Full story from Janos Gereben.
Late J S Bach portrait is discovered at Eisenach
Foto: Constantin Beyer / Bachhaus Eisenach. This is the great man in old age, newly acquired and announced today by the birthplace museum.
New owners say: ‘we’ll save the Ives House’
Naomi Lewin has tracked down the couple who bought the house that Charles Ives built. Happily, they have awoken to its historic value and decided to preserve its essential character. Their architects and planners are Ives admirers. Read and listen to Naomi’s report here. All’s well that ends well.
Eminent bass is sacked in Belgium
We hear rumblings from Ghent, where the international bass-baritone Gidon Saks has been informed in mid-term that the university will not apply for a renewal of his work permit. His place is being taken by a nondescript local teacher. Students and faculty are unhappy. Apparently, this part of a new policy of Belgianisation. UPDATE: We […]
A forgotten Mahler master would have been 100 today
There will be a concert in Amsterdam tonight in memory of Kirill Kondrashin, the Russian exile who was named principal guest conductor of the Concertgebouw in 1978 and died three years later, on a day he was due to conduct Mahler’s first symphony. His defection stunned the Soviets, who suppressed all his past recordings. Kondrashin […]