The greatest benefactor of Britain’s arts
Anthony Field was Finance Director of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1957, when its budget was under £1 million, to 1985 when he was handling £300 million a year. Over that period, the field he tended matured from pro-am to world rank. Anthony, who died on Sunday aged 85, was an apolitical nurturer who […]
The man who brought Pavarotti to Seville
Lluís Andreu, director of the Liceo in Barcelona (1981-90) and the Maestranza in Seville, has died at the age of 79. Under fire for paying high fees to big singers, his proudest day was bringing Luciano Pavarotti to his home town. ‘No promoter ever lost money on me,’ Big Lucy assured him.
Russian National Orchestra mourns a violinist who drowned
Edward Yatsun was working out in the pool at the gym, doing laps, when a heart attack caused him to go under. He was hauled out by lifeguards and doctors arrived quickly on the scene but they could not resuscitate him. Edward, 45, had played in Mikhail Pletnev’s orchestra for 19 years. He leaves a […]
A list of 10 top music schools on which we can all agree. Mostly.
This list comes with the welts of experience. Read here.
Sad news: An English lion has died
We have been notified of the death last night, in Bath, of the glorious bass-baritone John Shirley-Quirk. John was 83 and still teaching at Peabody in Baltimore and at Bath Spa University in England. A colleague there writes: ‘He was very generous to students and they appreciated his wry sense of humour, to say nothing […]
Maazel, the great replacer, is himself replaced
FABIO LUISI TO STEP IN FOR LORIN MAAZEL ON SATURDAY, APRIL 12 CONDUCTING THE MUNICH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN ALL-RICHARD STRAUSS PROGRAM AT CARNEGIE HALLMaestro Maazel, Scheduled to Conduct on April 11 and 12, Unable To Appear Due to Illness Conductor for Orchestra’s Friday, April 11 Program To Be Announced Carnegie Hall today announced that conductor Fabio Luisi has agreed to step […]
Visiting soloist hits the town with free pop-ups
Alban Gerhardt was in Portland, Oregon, with time on his hands. So he took out his cello and played all over town. Watch.
Tragedy: Bob Geldof’s daughter is found dead
Peaches Geldof was 25, a mother of two. Her death is reported by BBC News. Our sympathies to Bob, who has done more to address world hunger than a million politicians. Respect his privacy.
Warner finally announces its Classics team
Alain Lanceron is confirmed as president and the label’s base as Paris. Erato will be the natural home for French artists, Warner Classics for the international market. You may notice some significant omissions from the ex-EMI artists’ list in the press release below. Their absence, we hear, is intended. ALAIN LANCERON NAMED PRESIDENT, […]
Oh, misery! New York greed has killed off Rizzoli
One of the most convivial bookstores in the world has fallen prey to developers and will shut this week. I used to go there in my 20s most days, stressed out from work at NBC News. Within minutes I was a man restored, my head in a book, or locked in conversation with one of […]
6 out of 10 soloists cannot tell a Strad from a new violin
The results are out today from Claudia Fritz’s Paris Experiment and they make bleak reading for the many dealers and auction houses that milk a musical fortune from the sale of old instruments. Ten international soloists blind-tested six new and six old Italian violins under controlled conditions. More than half of them thought the new ones were […]