Stanley Drucker, 85, returns to play a concerto
The long-serving principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic is still out there, playing solo. Conductor David Bernard has booked him to play the Mozart concerto with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony on November 8-9 (details below) and has been quizzing him about some of the twists and turns of 60 years in the Philharmonic. Why, for instance, […]
Want to be Boston Symphony’s new cello?
This is today’s audition set-up. Not exactly friendly.
Sudden death of college music director, aged 50
We regret to report the sudden death of David Trendell, director of music at Kings College London and a widely respected scholar, performer and broadcaster. This message has just gone up on the college board: I am very sorry to inform you about the sudden death of David Trendell, who held a joint […]
So there was this cellist on my flight…
Meet Francisco Vila. Every flight should have a resident cellist and beatboxer.
Hot new warm-up video from Joyce Didonato before the big night
She’s singing the anthem tonight at the World Series. Couldn’t make it last night because she was working with kids at Carnegie. What a (non)-diva! press release: Opera superstar and Kansas super-fan Joyce DiDonato sings US National Anthem to over 25 million viewers at World Series Final after worldwide social media campaign Lifelong Kansas […]
Grim lockdown as Atlanta nears result
The two sides have resumed talks. Neither is saying much, but agreement should be close now that the musicians have caved in on minimum numbers. What’s lacking is any sign of mutual understanding. The musicians have been decimated twice in as many years. It will take a manager of genius to restore their confidence in […]
Best early music crowdfunder?
A light world apart from the usual begging bowl, Hello Stage mezzo soprano Maria Weiss takes us gently into the process with a genuine, personal message. Take a look below. If you like, click here to subscribe.
Cult of Currentzis reaches Cosi
Teodor Currentzis, 42, a Greek conductor working in Russia, is the last active baton on the Sony Classical label – and they are making the most of his charismatic appeal. A freshly-made promo video for his recording of Cosi fan tutte puts all the spotlight on the conductor and none on the singers and musicians […]
Britten biographer maintains syphilis claim despite conclusive evidence
Dr Michael Petch, a member of Britten’s medical team after his 1973 heart operation, has written in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine that syphilis was ‘very much in the minds’ of his clinicians and that ‘we found no evidence’. End of subject, you’d think. Think again. Paul Kildea, the official Britten-Pears Foundation biographer, […]
Ivry in his element
I had a call last night from Ivry Gitlis in the interval of a concert in Poland. ‘Must rush,’ he said, ‘we’re about to play the Enesco Octet.’ Ivry is 92. Today, he is visiting Auschwitz. Irrepressible. Ivy, yesterday, with the pianist, Maria Szwajgier-Kulakowska (c) Aleksander Hanslik/Slipped Disc