Who are they trying to spin in Atlanta?
The orchestra management has issued another dubious, upbeat statement: Earlier today, the ASO musicians’ union accepted the ASO’s request from September 17 to involve a federal mediator in the collective bargaining process. We’re so pleased with this movement and are looking forward to getting back to the table. We know our patrons are disappointed in […]
A Mozart masterpiece found in Budapest?
They think they have found the missing two-thirds of the original manuscript of the ever-so-popular A-major sonata (one extant sheet is kept in Salzburg). The find is claimed by Balazs Mikusi, 42, head of the music department of the National Szechenyi Library in Budapest. Verification will take many months, perhaps years. I shall be in Budapest […]
Young music director under attack for Jewish New Year concerts
Concertgoers in Louisville have turned on their incoming music director, Teddy Abrams, for scheduling concerts of Jewish-American composers over the Jewish New Year holiday. Abrams has responded with this statement: ‘As most probably know, I am Jewish and I have the highest respect for our traditions and holy days. Unfortunately, the Louisville Orchestra does not […]
Top violin teacher is charged with teenage rape
Manchester Police, investigating sex offences at Chetham’s School of Music, have charged Wen Zhou Li with one count of raping a teenaged girl at Chet’s and two of indecent assault. Wen also taught at the Royal Northern college of Music. He was arrested last February and has been bailed several times before charges were finally […]
A fourth Italian music director walks out
We warned last week that there would be more after Gianandrea Noseda quit in Turin, Riccardo Muti left Rome Opera and Nicola Luisotti called time on San Carlo in Naples. Next to go is Daniele Rustioni, 30, one of the bright young talents on the Italian scene. He has resigned as music director of the Teatro […]
When the wrong fach screws you up
Tenor-turned-baritone Simon Wallfisch shares his voice-changing experiences at Zurich Opera Studio. What the Fach? By Simon Wallfisch Being accepted in 2009 as a Tenor in the Opera Studio of the Zürich Opera House was in itself a great achievement, not to mention a huge surprise after having had only one year’s experience of experimenting […]
Might artists be more sane than non-creatives?
New psychological variations on a vital theme. Read here.
Attack IS: Support the Daniel Pearl Music Day
The WSJ journalist and musician was captured and executed by Islamists in Pakistan 12 years ago. Enlightened men and women in 132 countries are taking part in an initiative to sustain the human spirit and destroy the forces that cut short the life of a decent, innocent man. Read what you can do here. Then do […]
Putin, a hero of socialist realism
The last time we saw art like this, Stalin was its centrepiece. The resent work by Andrei Budaev shows the giant Putin being lionised by, among other heroes, the genocidal Hafez al-Assad of Syria and the Belarus kleptocrat Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko.
Ultra-rare film: Chaplin and Casals come to honour the most elevated of pianists
Archive film has been released of the day Clara Haskil was admitted to the Légion d’honneur. Click here to watch the procession of admirers. h/t: Frédéric Gaussin