Our ensemble is called Isis. Er….
There’s a rather good London ensemble with a little problem. They’ve been around for nine years and are just getting ready for anniversary liftoff. But some other group seems to have hijacked their name. What do you think they should do? Read here. h/t: Susanne Stanzeleit
Who’s a winner in Cremona?
Slipped Disc accepted the Mondo Musica award this weekend in absentia by means of a video link. The other winners were:
This BBC pianist makes things disappear
He’s one of the fresh set of BBC New Generation artists. If he can’t be the next Alfred Brendel he might yet be the new Houdini. Watch the Swiss pianist Louis Schwizgebel perform his magic tricks.
‘Let’s talk about Gaza’: Israeli and Palestinian musicians sing in Central Park
Some 60,000 New Yorkers saw Alicia Keys call up Israeli artist Idan Raichel and Palestinian qanun player Ali Amr to join her in “We Are Here” at the weekend’s Global Citizen music festival. Watch. Join in. Tell a politician.
Just in: ‘Opera singer’ gets married
Our social affairs correspondent reports: Katherine Jenkins, popularly referred to as an opera singer though she has never sung an opera, married Andrew Levitas, an American film producer, at Hampton Court Palace on Saturday night. Ms Jenkins, 34, looked happy. The couple are said to have received both Christian and Jewish blessings.
French PM: France without Jews would not be France
We have been sent video of an extraordinary speech made by the French prime minister, Manuel Valls, in response to widespread reports that Jewish citizens are leaving France in the face of rising anti-semitism. M. Valls, wearing a skullcap while speaking in a synagogue and referring explicitly to it in his speech, spoke with passion […]
Andris Nelsons’ first night: So how was it for you?
It was a gala night at the Boston Symphony, ushering in the new music director with the help of two singing stars – Jonas Kaufmann and the conductor’s wife, Kristine Opolais. Except Mrs Nelsons was not, apparently, feeling well. Read first review from our pals at Boston CR here. UPDATE: First video:
New York protest over the orchestra they don’t want you to hear
We understand the Hungarian conductor Adam Fischer will conduct an extra concert on November 14 in Copenhagen’s Koncerthuset with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, the one the national broadcaster, DR, is shutting down at the end of the year. DR, apparently, is refusing to announce this concert. The orchestra will play Mozart’s last two symphonies. Tickets […]
Lord Widmerpool rising at the BBC
Of all the wretched executive appointments we have seen at the BBC – up to and including the shortlived last director general – the installation of Alan Davey as controller of Radio 3 goes down as the greatest betrayal of BBC values and aspirations. Mr Davey, whose press lackeys have been mobilised to extol his […]
Oslo loses its éminence grise
Krešimir Šipuš, the Croatian conductor and composer who served as artistic adviser to the Oslo Opera for 38 years, died there last week, aged 85. Šipuš, a conducting protégé of Igor Markevitch and composing student of Olivier Messaien, was conductor of the Zagreb opera and radio orchestra before he migrated to Norway in 1976.
IMG Artists in disarray as prized agent flies off
Just when you thought things could get no worse at the fraudster-owned classical mega-agency, they just did. In the thick of a bloodstained reconstruction, the company’s most respected and highest paid agent has gone off to start her own company and several hangers-on of limited imagination have been promoted way above their abilities. The IMG […]