Exclusive: ‘It wasn’t my fault they couldn’t sell the $45 million Strad’
David Aaron Carpenter, who lent his playing skills to the hype machine that sought to sell Peter Schidlof’s viola, has been thinking over the unfortunate result. He has come to the conclusion that the reason the sale failed in the showroom lies in the modern auction method of canvassing sealed bids. Here’s his report, exclusive […]
Met musicians play at schools. Why can’t Met Opera do that?
In the latest post on the Met Orchestra Musicians’ page, horn player Barbara Jöstlein Currie describes how, towards the end of an exhausting season, she and some colleagues put together a chamber ensemble to play Peter and the Wolf in her child’s inner-city public school. It seems such a natural, such an obvious, thing to […]
Beat this: Yiddish and Hebrew songs in a Beijing public park
The songs are Tumbalalaika (Yiddish) and Oseh Shalom (Hebrew) and they are being improvised in a mixed chorus earlier this month by a group of retired Red Guards and a party of Israeli tourists. Go figure.
Exclusive: A Schubert portrait fades before our eyes
A giant portrait of Franz Schubert was created this morning by the East Neuk Festival on the Scottish coast to highlight its forthcoming ‘Schubertiad’ weekend. Then the tide rolled in and washed it all away. Pictures exclusive to Slippedisc.com. The East Neuk Festival’s Schubertiad is a day and a half (Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 July) […]
How well did the BBC know Rolf Harris?
A dozen years ago, the Australian entertainer was teaching art on BBC1 at prime time and painting Her Majesty the Queen in his spare time. When some of us in the critical professions challenged the promotion of this rank amateur to the status of Artist Laureate, we were told by BBC controllers – one, […]
Zubin Mehta is honoured in Istanbul
The conductor for life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has been presented with the İstanbul Music Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. A sign of thawing relations?
Which musical Harry is dining at Downing Street tonight?
David Cameron’s having a summer party. Selected names have been leaked from the guest list including ‘Tevye’ Terfel and Katherine Jenkins. One of three Harrys is expected to attend. Is it – (80 next month) (earlier than most) actually, it’s this one.
Rolf Harris is guilty, OK?
The Australian musician and BBC darling has been convicted of 12 counts of indecent assault of minors. Story breaking here. Now, who at the BBC knew this was going on?
Chicago defaulter announces a new Beethoven fest
George Lepauw, who has failed to pay many of his musicians for last year’s festival and is under threat of a union boycott, has put up a web page for the 2014 festival in September. Check here. Do not play unawares. Lepauw is presently in Paris, with friends.
Concertmaster makes the nightly news
Glenn Dicterow’s farewell performance at the front of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra made it onto America’s screens. Respect. That’s what he talked about. Then Alan Gilbert weighed in and contradicted him. Watch here.
Universal revives the EMI brand … in China
Press release … just in: UMG’S EMI RETURNS TO CHINA AND SOUTH EAST ASIA WITH A-MEI, SHOW LO AND RAINIE YANG Taipei, June 30, 2014 – The legendary label EMI is making history once again in China and South East Asia with the signing of Mandopop superstar A-Mei as well as […]