Concertgebouw plays in concentration camp
Members of the orchestra played this weekend at Kamp Vught – now a national monument – to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Marius Flothuis, artistic director from 1955 until 1974. Flothuis (1914-2001) an assistant at the orchestra from 1937, was incarcerated in Kamp Vught in 1942 over his resistance to the German occupation. A […]
Where was Jonas Kauffman at the Echos?
The singer of the year called in sick yesterday. Some murmured he was miffed at having another tenor – Rolando Villazon – present the awards.
Longest serving music broadcasters
Leigh Kamann has died, aged 92. He went on air in 1940 and Saturday nights, from 1980 to 2007, he spun jazz on MPR. David Jacobs, who died last year aged 87, played music on the BBC from 1950 to a few months before his death. Anthony Hopkins, who died in May, broacast about music […]
‘The biggest fraud in music history’?
The Daily Telegraph has posted this headline above an attack by the American violinist Mark O’Connor on the Japanese educator, Sinichi Suzuki. O’Connor claims Suzuki may have faked some evidence about his education. That would make him a liar, on a fairly humdrum scale. It does not materially affect his teaching method. Anyway, there have […]
Sacher makes another composer comfortable
The Paul Sacher Foundation, created by a Swiss conductor who married into Big Pharma, has bought up the lifetime manuscripts of the Paris-based Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho for an undisclosed amount. The collection will include personal correspondence and recordings. Sacher, who died died in 1999, was close to composers of the Stravinsky era. His curators […]
An orchestra wears ribbons to reject its conductor
These are musicians of the symphony orchestra of Seville. They are wearing green ribbons to signify their rejection of the conductor Pedro Halffter, whose tenure was renewed by the political authorities against their expressed opinion. But Halffter, who has led Seville for 10 years, has the political machine sewn up. He wins. The musicians lose. […]
Germany’s culture minister: ‘Beethoven did not stop us becoming Hitler’s willing executioners’
Monika Grütters, the German minister of culture, held London’s arts leadership in thrall last week at the British Museum opening of ‘Germany: memories of a nation’ at the British Museum. Speaking from a bi-lingual text she had clearly written herself, Professor Grütters acknowledged Germany’s responsibility for both world wars and pointedly used the term ‘Hitler’s […]
Mahler Phil leaves unpaid bills all over Austria
The fradulent Salzburg Voice Festival and Mahler Philharmoniker that we exposed in the summer conned young musicians out of participation fees and professionals out of their wages. It now appears they also failed to pay hotel and food bills. The shady activities and overnight disappearance of Therese Mahler, a failed mezzo, and Jonathan Floril, her Ecuadorian […]
Atlanta: mediators fly home, musicians and audience head upriver
Two federal mediators who were seeking an end to the Atlanta Symphony lockout left town this weekend, according to a site that uncritically reports the views of the Woodruff Arts Center and the orchestra management. There are no plans at present for talks to resume. The WAC has given the musicians a Monday deadline to […]
Home-run diva discovers the limits of social media
Joyce DiDonato, Kansas City’s most celebrated daughter since Dorothy, decided she had to go to the ball. The Kansas Royals had made it to the World Series for the first time since 1985 and Joyce wanted to offer her support by singing the National Anthem. So she went online to drum up support. However, despite […]
No surprise winners at the Echo awards
Munich hosts the major classic awards tonight. Anna Netrebko is singer of the year. Jonas Kaufmann, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Berlin Philharmonic are also in the laurels. Nikolaus Harnoncourt, 85 in December, wins a lifetime achievement award. Full list: Sängerin des Jahres: Anna Netrebko Sänger des Jahres: Piotr Beczala Instrumentalist des Jahres (Klavier): Marc-André Hamelin Instrumentalist […]