‘Music critics are running out of credit’
In my essay in the new issue of Standpoint magazine, I reflect upon the plight of music critics, faced with falling pay and status and finding themselves at the centre of unsought storms. Sample par: No one had a kind word to say for the music critics, who were perceived to be misogynist, […]
New video single: In praise of older women
Do not, on any account, miss the Sound of Music scenes.
Glastonbury stopped by lightning
Peace restored to the countryside. Read more here.
Hero of the week: Soprano stands out against racist party
The operatic soprano Malena Ernman has boldly shed professional neutrality and launched a stinging attack on the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrat party, which she calls neo-fascist. Malena, who is about to sing Handel’s Xerxes, says that she saw while living in Switzerland how racism and Islamophobia has become the norm in many countries across Europe. ‘I […]
Breaking: Zubin Mehta quits Valencia
He told a press conference today that he can’t live with government cuts at the Palau de les Arts, where he has conducted since 2005. Subsidy has fallen from 1.4 million Euros in 2011 to 400,000 this year. The number of musicians in the orchestra has dropped from 96 to 57.
Great composers playing billiards
Heitor Villa-Lobos Dmitri Shostakovich What, no photo of Mozart?
Russian 1st, Korean 2nd at Gina Bachauer piano contest
Andrey Gugnin, 28, is the one to watch. He won the Salt Lake City contest on Rach 3. He gets a date at Weill Hall in Carnegie and a disc on Steinway’s promo label. Chi Ho Han, 22, was runner-up.
Ivan brings music back to Holocaust synagogues
The Budapest Festival Orchestra, conductor Ivan Fischer, is on a tour of towns and villages that were stripped bare of Jews during the Nazi-led Holocaust of 1944-45. Many synagogues have stood derelict ever since. ‘I come from a Jewish family,’ said Fischer. ‘My grandparents lived in a typical Hungarian village like this one and they […]
Museums join musicians in fighting Obama ivory ban
The absurd, draconian results of a well-intentioned White House measure to protect elephants has united the museum world with musicians who, like Christian McBride (pictured) earlier this week, are getting their bows and instruments confiscated by an out-of-control Transport Security Administration. Here’s part of an AP report. VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Museums […]
Maestro moves: Brussels appoints a new chief
Press release: The Brussels Philharmonic has appointed Stéphane Denève as its next Chief Conductor and inaugural Director of the new Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (Cffor). The French conductor, who succeeds Michel Tabachnik in September 2015, was chosen for the post to help realise the innovative and pioneering Orchestra’s ambitious artistic strategy. The Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire, meanwhile, […]
Violin stolen on camera is found in Utah
John Shin, who posted video of his violin being stolen, has got it back. All’s well that ends well. No word yet on the fate of the thief. Here’s what John has just posted: Dear friends/colleagues/musicians/people, I sincerely thank all of you for the incredible past 2 weeks. Not only was I able to experience all […]