Maestro news: An American in Basel
The sleepy Swiss town has announced a new music director at the opera from 2016. He is Erik Nielsen, 37, originally from Iowa, previously Kapellmeister at Frankfurt Opera. A Solti Fellowship holder, Nielsen has conducted Magic Flute at the Met. Like all good conductors, he can now open a Swiss account.
Someone else thinks concerts need changing
Esa-Pekka Salonen has brought in video artist Refik Anadol to ‘paint’ Walt Disney Hall with light and videos for “Visions of America: Amériques”, November 6, 7, and 9. Nice idea. Just a bit late for Halloween.
Sing along with Vlad: I take Crimea and two sugars
Today’s caption competition.
Home run! Joyce wins reprieve from Kansas City Royals
The campaign for a real singer to deliver the national anthem at the World Series has finally pierced the defences of the baseball establishment. KC Royals have agreed that members of the KC Symphony will play the anthem at Game 6. If – and it’s a big if – the series runs to game 7, […]
Everything you need to know about the Met in 10 graphs
The composer Suby Raman has been reflecting on the state of the Met and how it might present itself itself to a graph-oriented society. He has mined the Met’s archives and come up with this set of tables: Among other discoveries: the Met has never staged an opera by a woman composer.
Here’s one Suzuki never tried…
The much-loved Dorothy Schnupsky tells Throwcase about her patented teaching method, known as The Job: ‘As musicians, our Job is to play the music as musically as possible. So if you look at things like the notes, and perhaps the dynamics and phrase markings, and basically every other instruction that has been dutifully laid out on […]
Just in: Atlanta musicians concede numbers game, minutes before deadline
It appears the musicians have accepted proposals for a smaller orchestra – 77 now, possibly rising in future. WAC version here. WAC had set a 4pm deadline before cancelling the next tranche of the concert season. We await word from the musicians’ side but, if confirmed, the concession should effectively end the lockout. UPDATE: Here is the […]
Just in: The mother evicted by a maestro speaks her mind
The concertgoer who was asked to leave her seat at a New World Symphony concert by conductor Michael Tilson Thomas has given her version of events to Larry Johnson, who first reported the incident in South Florida Classical Review. Her perspective, needless to say, differs markedly from the maestro’s. She’s unhappy that he has not […]
There were three composers called Luciano Berio
And all of them can be heard on my album of the week, out now on sinfinimusic.com. Click here to read. The three Berios are played by what I think is, on current form, the loudest, most precise radio orchestra on earth. Care to guess which? photo (c) Guy Vivien/Lebrecht Music&Arts
The day Jack Bruce (of Cream) performed John Cage
You couldn’t make it up. It’s on the record: h/t: Steve Wehmhoff The Complete John Cage Edition – Vol. 28: The Works for Piano 5Soliloquy (1944) (3:09) Three Easy Pieces (1933) Round (for E.P.S.) (2:44) Duo (for M.M.) (1:24) Infinite Canon (for C.M.) (1:50) Four Walls (1944) Act I Scene 5. – 12. (37:33) Act II Scene 13. – 17. (25:04) Haydée Schvartz, piano Jack […]