How Stockhausen composed his own oblivion
Tim Page, in a typically incisive essay for the New York Review of Books, remarks on the disappearance of Karlheinz Stockhausen who, along with Pierre Boulez, led the post-War avant-garde in European music. Very little Stockhausen is available on record and scores are obtainable only from his estate at outrageous prices. Eead Tim here. I […]
Paris takes a hint from the BBC Proms
The Orchestre de Paris, preparing to enter its new Philharmonie at the Parc de la Villette (pictured) in January 2015, is casting around for a different kind of audience than the old bourgeoisie who flocked to its old home, the Salle Pleyel. So they’ve looked at how London does it and copied a few tricks […]
Murdered at the Museum
This is the couple who were gunned down in cold blood while visiting the Jewish Museum in Brussels on Saturday. They leave two daughters, 16 and 15 years old. The attacker has not been caught.
How to get the best out of a great composer
They called him Great Bach in his time and forgot about him for the next two centuries. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, is, for most of us, an unopened book without title-page, index or much in the way of biographical information. I have been listening here and there to concert performances and record releases – notably […]
Melbourne plucks leader from Zurich Opera
Eoin Andersen, principal 2nd violin of the Zurich Opera orchestra and a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Lucerne Festival Orchestra, has been named concertmaster of Andrew Davis’s Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Now Lebedev owns the Toscanini Suite
The ex-KGB oligarchs, owners of London’s throwaway Evening Standard and once-Independent newspapers, have bought the lakeside Hotel Gütsch from which Arturo Toscanini founded the anti-Fascist Lucerne Festival in 1938. You can sleep in the Toscanini suite for SFr 1,260 ($1,400) a night. Sic transit…
Mahler’s toughest test
If you think you know Mahler, try this. Strictly for the nerds.
A singer’s life: the harsh reality
This is Olga Peretyatko, a rising Russian soprano who is touring Germany as Adina in Donizeeit’s L’elisir d’amore. Olga writes: DEAR ALL! Yesterday was a really great evening with Teatro Regio di Torino here in Wiesbaden. But only a few of you know, what a week I have had. My adorable grandmother died exactly on my birthday, […]
Just in: US string quartet detained at Belgian Customs
The Pro Arte Quartet, based at the University of Wisconsin, were held for several hours by Customs at Brussels Airport over concerns that their instruments contained protected ivory and wood specimens. Despite prior assurances that their instrument passports were recognised in Belgium, assistance had to be called from consular officials and a Belgian cabinet minister […]
Selling Moses und Aron
…. is never easy. Here’s the latest take from Welsh National Opera. We hear complaints from London Jews that the timing of the two Covent Garden performances would require them to break one of the ten commandments, the fourth to be precise. An act of cultural insensitivity.
Rennie Mackintosh disaster: full extent of damage
The fire that gutted the Glasgow School of Arts on Friday completely wiped out its famous library, but the majority of the Art Nouveau building was somehow saved. And curators are confident that the library can be restored in time from drawings and photographs. This could have been so much worse. Full statement from GSA […]