Can opposites attract on record?
There is no way this record should have worked. One of the two composers worked for a Catholic court, the other other was a Californian with no fixed sense of tradition. One represents the ultimate in order – old order. The other was a musical pioneer of chaos theory. One was a polysyllabic personage of […]
’10 best opera houses’ – and only one is Italian
Another fail day for old media. USA Today sends its readers to the opera. The only Italian house it selects is the Olimpico at Vicenza, which it mis-spells. Journalistmaking at its finest. Expect to find it on the Mail site in about ten minutes.
Watch: Lucerne’s remembrance concert for Claudio Abbado
This is unedited video from Arte. You need to fast-forward 13 minutes to the beginning. Andris Nelsons conducts the festival prochesrta, with Isabelle Faust and actor Bruno Ganz. Wonderfully hushed opening of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. Click here.
Air Canada regrets, and Itzhak Perlman’s charity flies high
The airline has formally apologised for one of its staff abandoning the wheelchair-bound violinist at Toronto’s Pearson airport last week. It has donated half a million air miles to the Chai cancer charity that Perlman was flying in to support. That’s decent. That’s noble. Incident closed.
Richard Strauss ‘blew with the wind’
A character assessment of the composer in Der Standard by the Klagenfurt musicologist Daniel Ender usefully cites most of the known sources about Strauss and the Nazis. Read here. foto: richard-strauss-institut, garmisch-partenkirchen Now watch this interview with Strauss’s Nazi protector and my own reflections on the character of ‘the least interesting composer that ever lived.‘
What an earthquake sounds like in mid-concert
This official audio has been released by the Los Angeles Philharmonic: **Actual Audio Recording** On March 28, 2014 at 9:09pm, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Philharmonic was six minutes into a performance of Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloé” with guest conductor Charles Dutoit when the quake hit. A strong jolt followed […]
Video: San Diego Opera chief gets hooted at final premiere
Ian Campbell was greeted with jeers, hisses and catcalls before the performance of San Diego Opera’s last production, Massenet’s Don Quichotte. Campbell’s plan to shut the company is now being hotly contested. Watch.
Hundreds sign anti-Gergiev protest in Munich
Russian and Baltic emigrés have launched a petition calling on Chancellor Merkel and the Bavarian President Horst Seehofer to veto the appointment of Valery Gergiev as music director of the Munich Philharmonic. They argue: ‘For the first time since 1938, a European State has stolen part of the internationally recognized territory of a neighboring country […]
The violin teacher that David Oistrakh recommended
In the middle of the last century, when the Moscow Conservatoire was a mecca for violin teaching in the old style, the great David Oistrakh would sometimes send his students for a second opinion to Abram Shtern – Abrasha – in Kiev. Shtern was a student of a Leopld Auer pupil, David Berthier. He was […]
The Godfather’s conductor has died
How many movie buffs can name him? Paul Salamunovich conducted the chorus in major feature 10 movies and in the NBC series ER. He sang solo on the soundtrack of How the West Was Won and prepared choruses for concerts conducted by Igor Stravinsky, Bruno Walter, Eugene Ormandy, Georg Solti, Carlo Maria Giulini, Simon Rattle and more. Music director of the […]