A conductor gets a watch
First they gave one to a singer. Then to a guitar player. Now, at last, to a conductor. (Do you think they’ve got one left for Gergiev?) Press puff: Pablo Heras-Casado has partnered with Piaget, marking a remarkable period of his career that has included being named Musical America’s Conductor of […]
Video: ‘Listen to the cello,’ Sondheim tells his singer
An authentic master class.
When we’re in a care home, what will they sing to us?
Sharon Eckman, a professional singer, has written a moving account of the work she does with elderly people in care facilities. Many are in advanced stages of memory loss. Sharon demonstrates how music alone can reach their mortal souls. Read, reflect, remember. Click here.
Farewell to the foremost scholar of music among the Jews
We mourn the death today in Jerusalem, aged 85, of Amnon Shiloach, professor of musicology at the Hebrew University and an unrivalled authority on Jewish traditions in music. I had hoped to include him in my recent series on Music and the Jews, but he was sadly unavailable. He did an immense amount of groundbreaking […]
Stunned silence at surprise Juilliard appointment
Peter Sykes, a professor at Boston University, has announced on his Facebook page that he is joining Juilliard: Today I am very happy to share the news that I will be joining the faculty of the Historical Performance Department of the Juilliard School in New York City as its teacher of harpsichord, starting in […]
The Passenger in New York: first review
Our operavores Elizabeth Frayer & Shawn E Milnes were at the first night of HGO’s production of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s masterpiece. They weren’t overwhelmed (as we were), but this is an opera that takes time to eter the soul. Click here for their report – ahead of all New York media. Second review’s just in – […]
Contralto-conductor is signed by Warner
The French contralto Nathalie Stutzmann, who became a conductor under Seiji Ozawa’s mentorship, has a label deal. Warner has also signed a French harpsichordist. You don’t speak French? Find another label. Press release: July 2014 – Warner Classics & Erato are honoured to announce the signing of an exclusive recording contract with one of the most versatile […]
New memoir: ‘Isaac Stern tried to expel me from the US’
The memoir by Aaron Rosand, which we published earlier this week, has opened the floodgates to reminiscences by musicians who claim to have suffered at the hands of the superpower violinist Isaac Stern. Most were fellow violinists, but other artists did not escape his attention. The ensuing discussion on www.slippedisc.com has prompted the Israeli-born pianist […]
Fraud inquiry: Vanessa-Mae’s pre-Olympic results ‘were faked’
The heat-seeking violinist is in trouble. Her flamboyant entry into the Winter Olympics appears to have been founded on fixed results. AP reports: Four Slovenian ski officials were suspended Friday for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Competing in Sochi for Thailand […]
British Oscar-winning composer has died, aged 90
Ken Thorne was a genius at setting other men’s music to film. He won the 1966 Oscar for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (original Broadway musical: Stephen Sondheim). He also composed the first Beatles film, Help!, and two of the Superman films, using themes by John Williams.
It’s official: Anna Netrebko is getting married
Facebook announcement: Anna Netrebko and Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov (age 37) are pleased to announce their engagement. The couple met and began dating in March of this year when they appeared together in a production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Rome Opera House. A date for the wedding has not been set, and Anna […]