Christopher Hogwood: ‘Early music ended in 1984’
In the new issue of Standpoint, I offer some reflections on the conflicted legacy of Christopher Hogwood, who died last month. Hogwood was the first to create a mass market for period instrument recordings, and the first to shout out when he thought the early music movement had done all it could and needed […]
Latest: ‘No-one hurt’ in huge fire at Radio France
The Maison de la Radio in Paris has been evacuated. The seventh and eighth floors are affected. Part of the area was under construction. At least seven networks were taken off air. Latest: Luncthime bulletins show smoke still rising, but report there were no victims in the fire. Watch here.
Watch: Mischa Maisky plays AC/DC
Not every cellist plays it straight. This is the Amsterdam Cello Biennale this month. Raising the roof at the finale, Mischa Maisky and Giovanni Soulima joined 2Cellos in the AC/DC hit Thunderstruck. h/t: Ariane Todes’s Elbow Music.
Watch: Lang Lang plays Fazil Say in a no-score draw
It’s the Chinese star and a 12 year-old kid having a crack at the crazy Turkish version of Rondo alla Turca. Mozart will never sound the same. Fazil forever.
Sponsors take a curtain call at ‘opened-up’ Covent Garden
We hear that a small party of six or seven privileged patrons was seen walking across the ROH stage behind the cast and chorus last night as Placido Domingo was taking his bows in I due Foscari. Earlier in the day, the ROH chief executive announced plans to make the building ‘more accessible’. Cause and […]
‘I had 30 concerts lined up the morning after my London debut’
After an absence of 12 years, Kyung Wha Chung prepares for a return to the stage that changed her life. A remarkably frank and regret-free self-assessment. Watch. Mr Galamian used to say: ‘You have 10 fingers. They are 10 crooks.’
Be very afraid: Another US opera company says it is going bust
The general director of Florida Grand Opera, Susan T. Danis, has written to patrons saying its business plan is not working, there is nothing left to sell and there is no money for new productions. Unless vast amounts are donated, Florida goes dark. The critical paragraph in her letter is this: Since 2006, FGO has […]
Just in: Jordi Savall refuses Spain’s National Music Prize
The venerable early music pioneer hates the Government’s culture policies and tells them so in a letter (below), accusing Madrid of ‘dramatic disinterest and gross incompetence in the defense and promotion of the arts and their creators’. The prize carries 30,000 Euros and great prestige. Jordi, 73 (pictured left), is not bothered by such things. […]
Exclusive: Berlin Philharmonic fixes date for music director vote
We hear from several trustworthy sources that the orchestra wants to get on with making an appointment. Although Simon Rattle remains music director until the summer of 2018, the players want to end speculation and will announce a decision in the middle of May. Given the paucity of available top flight candidates, that somewhat limits […]
Just in: Carnegie Hall launches free streaming
Medici.tv will run Carnegie’s first live stream next week – a Joyce DiDonato recital, on Tuesday. The broadcast will be free, both in the live version and on-demand for 90 days. There will be three further Carnegie streams: Anne-Sophie Mutter (Nov 18), Leonidas Kavakos/Yuja Wang (Nov 22) and Daniil Trifonov (Dec 9). That’s right, folks: it’s free.