Barihunk treks pole by pole up Kilimanjaro
The Canadian baritone Gerald Finley gave up his summer break to ascend unprecedented heights in order to raise funds for Help Musicians UK. Here’s the first extract of his climbing diary. Day One Woken by muezzin calling at 4 a.m. (!), who continued to bellow til about 6 a.m. The anticipation and anxiety joined […]
Starting tomorrow: Gerald Finley’s Kilimanjaro diary
The imposing baritone has spent his summer ascending unprecedented heights to raise funds for Help Musicians UK. We shall serialise his diary of the climb exclusively on Slipped Disc from tomorrow. Getting There In one of the guide books it stated that ‘attitude sickness, rather than Altitude Sickness is a main reason for […]
Maestro marries concertmaster
Our social affairs editor reports the wedding of Tomasz Golka, chief conductor of the Riverside Philharmonic (California) and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, to Anna Kostyuchek, associate concertmaster of Riverside Philharmonic. We wish them much happiness.
International pianist mourns banker husband
Paloma O’Shea, founder of the Queen Sofia School in Madrid and a piano competition in her name, has sadly lost her husband, Emilio Botin. He was head of the global Santander banking group. Emilio suffered a heart attack, aged 79. Our sympathies to Paloma, her six children and the school.
Chicago to deliver Muti’s Beethoven 9th (and more) for free
Leaping into the current fray of to stream or not to stream, Riccardo Muti has nailed his colours to the mast. Chicago have just announced: Taping for Worldwide Streaming of Beethoven’s Ninth The concert on Thursday, September 18, will be videotaped and made available, at a date to be announced, free, on demand at cso.org, […]
Why only one Brit among BBC’s New Generation artists?
The scheme has been boosting young careers since 1999, among them Alison Balsom, Mahan Esfahani and the Belcea Quartet. Here are the latest beneficiaries, with only one British artist, and one woman, among six. The BBC is a national broadcaster, paid for by the British nation. Sometimes it loses track of its prorities. Here are […]
Menuhin boys rehearse in London airport lounge
We warned you they were coming. Now they’ve arrived. Watch new health-and-safety defying video. Tour dates with the LPO are: London, 15 Sep, RFH Birmingham, 17 Sep, Symphony Hall Leeds 18 Sep, Town Hall Manchester 19 Sep, Bridgewater Hall
This week’s US classical top-seller is…
A clear win for Joyce DiDonato, but only 371 units sold. In second place, surprisingly, is Leon Fleisher’s 85th birthday album. This is Uchida’s Mozart concertos from Cleveland. Our use of Nielsen Soundscan data has been challenged as being non-comprehensive by a long-retired EMI commercial exec on an esoteric blog. The old fellow may have […]
If Atlanta fails, bang goes the southeast USA
We’ve received these sobering thoughts from a young player who was about to audition for the ASO. He has allowed us to publish his name. I’m a twenty-eight years old second generation double bassist, playing in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for a season; my father has been playing in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as a […]
Last night, Atlanta lost its irony
Here’s what they issued in a press release: ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA RELEASES FIFTH RECORDING ON ITS RECORD LABEL, ASO MEDIA All-Vaughan Williams Release Features The Lark Ascending, Dona nobis pacem And Symphony No. 4 DIGITAL RELEASE AND PHYSICAL RELEASE AVAILABLE TODAY, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 The Grammy® Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) today released […]
Placido Domingo duet with Kylie Minogue?
The pair are appearing at the i-Tunes festival at London’s Roundhouse at the end of the month. Domingo says he’s ‘thrilled to be the final performer at this year’s iTunes Festival seen all over the world… thrilled to be following Katy Perry who was last year’s closing performer; thrilled to be able to perform with other […]