Slipped Disc editorial: Have maestros gone … a little … mad?
Five music directors have walked off the job in as many weeks, three of them in Italy*. Ah, Italy, you say. True. A special case. But the cause in four of the five cases is the same: a clash of general director and music director in which there could only be one winner. What’s unusual […]
Arts in Belgium face 7.5% cuts
The culture minister will tell Parliament today that institutions in the Flemish region must cut back, starting now.
Why-oh-why: Joshua Bell to replay his Metro stunt
The one where he busked on a $3m Strad in 2007 and the commuter world just walked by. This time, he has announced it in advance. He made $32 and a few cents in tips on the original gig. Times must be tough.
Did you know Mercedes is named after a chief rabbi’s granddaughter?
Hitler didn’t or he’d have rode a different car. The original Mercedes Jellinek, for whom the car was named in 1901, was the daughter of Emil Jellinek, entrepreneurial owner of Daimler Motors. Mercedes married twice into the ruined Austrian aristocracy and died of cancer in 1929, aged 39. Her paternal grandfather, Adolf Jellinek, was rabbi […]
Bad seat partner? Don’t fume. Shame.
In case you haven’t discovered it, there’s a Passenger Shaming page on Facebook where you can get your own back on sub-humans who behave disgracefully beside you after takeoff. Take a look, and tell the person next to you to put those bare feet down or he/she will be framed. The site, started by a […]
Berlin Philharmonic grabs slot on New York radio
It has been a tough decade for the Berlin Philharmonic, losing one media stronghold after the next. First Deutsche Grammophon stopped recording them when sales no longer covered the BPO’s high fees. Then other labels pulled out. The recent invention of an own-label struck the market as an act of desperation and the orch’s streaming […]
Watch Emma Thomson rehearse Sweeney Todd
This clip is from the New York Philharmonic’s production of Sondheim’s musical thriller, which airs this Friday on PBS. Post by Live From Lincoln Center.
Exclusive: Cliburn names conductor chairman, cleans up its selection
The Van Cliburn competition has asked Leonard Slatkin to be its next jury chairman, succeeding John Giordano who held the seat for 40 years. That much is – or is about – to become public knowledge. Behind the scenes, we understand that Slatkin and others are working hard on the jury process to reduce the […]
A fourth music director walks out
First Gianandrea Noseda blows out of Turin. Then Welser-Möst quits Vienna. Next Han-na Chang dumps Qatar the morning after their Proms debut. Now Naples has been left headless. Nicola Luisotti has announced he will leave the San Carlo after the opening night, December 12. He has been music director there for just three years. He holds […]
An important composer would have been 100 today
He was the foremost composer in Poland when he fled to England in 1954. Like many exiles, he struggled to rebuild his reputation. English lefties who had fawned upon him when he represented Stalin’s heaven now cut him dead in the street. He took a conducting job in Birmingham and got on with his life. […]