Just when you thought the classical charts couldn’t get more depressing….
One release sold more copies last week than any classical album in any week in the past year. Almost twice as many as the next contender. Over 9,000 copies sold in the US, according to the infallible Nielsen Soundscan. 9,106 to be precise. Cause for celebration? It’s Christmas at Downton Abbey.
Slipped Disc partner is among Europe’s top 15 music start-ups
Top of the list is Spotify – surprise, surprise. #4 is SoundCloud #8 is Songkick. But what’s this at #10? It’s Slipped Disc community partners, Hello Stage! Check the start-ups list here. Check out Hello Stage right here.
All week, I’m dancing with Poles
First, that wonderful Grazyna Bacewicz recording. Then, next Sunday, a whole day contemplating Andrzej Panufnik at Kings Place, London. I knew Andrzej and liked him a lot. He was open-minded, open-hearted and rigorously principled. His son, Jem, has made a film that will premiere on Sunday and I will chair a chat afterwards with the […]
Riccardo Chailly exclusive: ‘This is the worst moment ever for La Scala’
The incoming principal conductor at La Scala Milan is one of the most candid men on the podium, honest with his situation and with himself. We’ve had a wide-ranging conversation on film for sinfini.com about his life, his work and the massive challenge he faces. There is a short version (click here) about the problems at […]
London orch snaps student as principal trumpet
James Fountain, 20, a third-year student at the Guildhall School of Music, has been named Principal Trumpet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. They’re getting younger all the time.
If there are now two BBCs, why pay a licence fee?
We clicked on a link and found this: We’re sorry but this site is not accessible from the UK as it is part of our international service and is not funded by the licence fee. It is run commercially by BBC Worldwide, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BBC, the profits made from it go back […]
Youth orchestra director is fired amid claims of board fraud
There’s a bit of a fuss in Australia over the sacking of the ‘beloved and esteemed’ Artistic Director of the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Max McBride. McBride is a former principal double-bass of the Sydney Symphony and Australian Chamber orchestras, a popular and highly competent teacher. No cause has been given for his dismissal, but […]
The priest who founded a music festival
Josef Herowitsch, pastor of the Austrian village of Lockenhaus, has died aged 78. In 1981, he persuaded Gidon Kremer to co-found an adventurous, long-lasting festival in his parish, mostly with emigré artists from Eastern Europe. ‘They send us bishops, who drive people away from attending church,’ said the rebellious Father Herowitsch. ‘Artists bring them back.’
Hot new video: Meryl Streep sings the witch
Disney has released a clip of the Hollywood actress going Into the Woods for Stephen Sondheim. The clip is prefaced by the kind of gush you expect on these trailers, but as soon as the movie plays there are flaws that grate the ear. Meryl Streep is a movie actress who sings a bit, not […]
800 million Youtube views, but this violinist is heading for back pain
Lindsey Stirling, the gyrating American violinist, has a new album out. She plays and dances on NBC Today, but we think she could pay for those backward contortions late in life. Why does’t she just play safe?
Vienna’s Volksoper mourns the man who gave it style
Professor Robert Herzl, who has died aged 74, was Oberspielleiter at the Volksoper from 1973 to 2000, responsible for 47 productions and for the revitalisation and coherence of the house’s production style. He will be much missed. A master of Viennese operetta, he also loved working on new operas by Henze and Matthus.