Salle Pleyel website is taken down
Despite a huge petition for the iconic Paris hall to be retained for classical concerts, the website has been taken down. Visitors are redirected to the new Philharmonie de Paris, on the suburban periphery. The city authorities have reaffirmed their determination to ban classical concerts from the central venue.
My unlikeliest album of the year
It was not easy in 2014 to pick one album that will last the test of time. An industry that is in transition from physical product to virtual cannot be expected to match the glories of its heyday and it is generally agreed that the year just ending has not been a golden one for […]
Coming off: Head will roll today in Seoul
We hear that a press conference has been called in Seoul this afternoon to clarify the future leadership of the philharmonc orchestra. Its is expected that the resignation of Park Hyun-jung, the bullying chief executive, will be announced. But that is not the end of the story. Park, who is connected to a powerful political family, […]
In 2014, which singer said…?
1 I want to take a gun and shoot the audience. Answer: click. 2 I love being a wife… it’s the best thing in the world Answer: click. 3 ‘I wanted to help and support my fellow artists with a donation, because I believe in the power of art in times of conflict. Answer: click. 4 On […]
Opera singer is helicoptered off burning Greek ferry
We have received reports that the Greek opera star Dimitra Theodossiou was among 478 people who endured a terrible ordeal on a burning ferry in the Mediterranean. Some 300 are still on board. According to latest information, Dimitra has been rescued and is in hospital. You can send good wishes to her Facebook page […]
Hot video: Anna Netrebko warms up for Dresden New Year
Not altogether clear what language she’s singing, and comments have been disallowed. Netrebko Ausschnitt from Staatskapelle Dresden on Vimeo. Click here if video does not play.
Death of an influential music critic
Le Monde reports the death this weekend of its long-standing music critic, Jacques Lonchampt. He was 89. Hired by the paper’s founder, Hubert Beuve-Méry, Lonchampt was music critic of Le Monde for 30 years. He published a widely-read book on the Beethoven string quartets, and an autobiography.
Andras Schiff: What the hell’s wrong with modern opera houses?
The pianist has published a blistering attack on the dominance of directors in German theatre and opera houses, published by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Two months in Berlin, he writes, is enough to make anyone give up going to the opera. What is it with directors? he demands. ‘Why is it that most directors find […]
Dire views: US Labor Secretary wants to cut tax breaks for opera and museums
Robert Reich has made this extraordinary proposal on his Facebook page: Tis the season to be charitable, or at least make a charitable contribution that can be deducted from 2014 taxable income. But if you’re very rich, charity seems to begin at home. No more than 30% of the charitable deductions of America’s wealthy go […]
Always right, never righteous: A memory of the late Claude Frank
Robert Fitzpatrick, dean at Curtis, 1986-2009, shares with Slipped Disc his fond observations of a much-mourned master. Claude and Pamela Frank; portrait by Alexandra Tyng I first met Claude Frank in 1988 after his life-long friend, Gary Graffman, invited him to join the Curtis faculty. He had a handful of students, some […]
The late Claude Frank sends up a Hollywood biopic
An unmissable parody of Song of Love, immortalised by a master’s touch in an act he performed several times at Curtis. Claude died yesterday, much loved, aged 89. And a bonus birthday gift. (A note on the performers: The pianist, Johannes Dickbauer, was a violinist student of Pamela Frank. Jose Maria Blumenschein, the violinist, is […]