Slipped Disc editorial: Why Christoph Eschenbach attracts controversy
From his earliest steps in music, the German pianist and conductor was drawn to the centre of power. A protege of Herbert von Karajan, he was befriended by the German chancellor Helmut Schmidt and recorded with him (and Justus Frantz) the Mozart triple piano concerto on EMI. His first post as music director was in […]
A French-Canadian takes a German orchestra
The new chief conductor of the Nordwestdeutschen Philharmonie, based in Herford, is Yves Abel. He succeeds Eugene Tzigane next January. Abel was previously principal guest conductor at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin.
The Pianist’s last survivor
Chana Szpilman Wallace, first cousin of the hero of Roman Polanski’s iconic film, has died in Toronto, aged 106. The daughter of a successful violinist, Chana survived the horrors of Auschwitz and the knowledge that, after the War, her son was beaten to death by Polish anti-semites. She made a new life in Canada and […]
US orch launches a selfie
The Seattle Symphony has jumped late on the bandwaggon of orchestras with their own record label. Most have failed in their twin purposes: to replace revenue lost when the music industry died and to promote the ensemble’s activities in new markets. Few have broke even. The only label that has succeeded is LSO Live – […]
Flu-bound Dude dumps New York
Gustavo Dudamel is unwell and the Phil has gone scrambling for a dep. Paul Pelkonen has the story.
Washington confirms: It’s two more years of Eschy
As we reported yesterday, the outgoing Michael Kaiser has given his old pal the parting gift of a new contract. “For the past four seasons, Maestro Eschenbach has elevated the stature of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center,” Kaiser said in a press statement. “I am pleased this relationship will continue for an […]
Social and personal: Andrea Bocelli gets married
Our social secretary reports that the tenor has wed his longtime companion, mother of his child, occasional singing partner, Veronica Berti.
In defence of San Diego’s closure
A self-declared ‘personal friend’ of the Campbell couple who ran San Diego Opera into the ground has come up with a few interesting apologetics in a local media article. Don Bauder argues that San Diego’s audience and finances followed a pattern of national decline (they didn’t), that Ian Campbell’s half-million salary was industry standard (not […]
Why swap the best job in music for a cold and stony beach?
Here are some of the reasons Roger Wright may have considered in resigning as head of BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Proms in order to become chief executive at Aldeburgh: 1 He has headed the BBC’s classical music output for 15, going on 16 years. Fatigue can set in. 2 No BBC Controller has […]
Breaking: BBC music chief heads for the beach
In one of the more surprising moves of recent years, Roger Wright is to leave the BBC after 15 years as head of Radio 3 and the Proms to become chief executive at Aldeburgh, Benjamin Britten’s fortress by the sea. Release here. And some of the real reasons here.
Beethoven’s missing link is my 5-star album of the week
Recognise this Czech composer? I thought not. Heard a note of his music? No, I’m not surprised. His name is Anton Reicha and his main claim to fame was as a Paris teacher of Berlioz and Liszt. But Reicha was also once Beethoven’s best friend. For seven years in Vienna Reicha dined with Beethoven once […]