An Israeli sings the Pope’s Christmas Mass
It’s one of the big calls in any singer’s career: are you free to sing ‘Et Incarnatus Est’ for the Pope on Christmas Eve? Oh, and a global TV audience of 700 million. Chen Reiss, a London-based Israeli soprano, shot off to Rome and delivered the credo to perfection. Pope Francis, informed of the casting […]
Vienna Philharmonic: Daughter and father will play on New Year’s Day
As part of its media blitz to deflect accusations of embedded sexism, the Vienna Philharmonic has announced that a father and daughter will, for the first time, form part of its lineup at the New Year’s Day extravaganza. The father is principal viola player Heinrich Koll, 63, a VPO member for 24 years. His daughter, […]
Now Sony gets sued over The Interview soundtrack
Apparently, they never cleared the rights to the title song. Read here.
Vienna Philharmonic: ‘It’s not all about profit’
The new player-managers of the orchestra, Andreas Großbauer and Harald Krumpöck, have gone on a hometown media offensive ahead of the upcoming New Year’s extravaganza. The pair present themselves as a new generation of leadership, dedicated to openness about the past and equality in the future. Sample quote: Social change occurs naturally, even with us. Today, […]
A timeless US pianist has passed away
Claude Frank, a pianist of timeless values, died today, friends reported. He turned 89 on Christmas Eve. Nuremberg born, Claude reached the US in 1941. He studied there with Schnabel, his son Karl-Ulrich, and his student Maria Curcio. He was a towering interpreter of the Beethoven sonatas and often appeared as a piano duo with […]
Classical singer interrupts concert to propose marriage
Pene Pati of Sol3 Mio, the New Zealand aria singers, called his girlfriend Amina Edris up on stage to share a song. When she’d finished, he dropped on one knee…. And…. she agreed.
Thousands mobilise to save classical music at Salle Pleyel
Some 10,000 people have signed a petition calling for the retention of classical music at Salle Pleyel after the Orchestre de Paris moves out to the new Philharmonie on the city periphery next month. Here is a summary of their case: Salle Pleyel, a cornerstone of classical music in Paris, has been owned since […]
Video: Jonas Kaufmann and Take That in Udo Jürgens farewell show
The great Austrian entertainer, who died in mid-tour on Sunday, made his final TV appearance last night on Helene Fischer’s show in the company of Jonas Kaufmann and Take That. The violin soloist is Julian Rachli n.
Where’s Anna Netrebko?
Her Facebook page has apparently been taken down after it turned into a Cold War battleground over her Ukraine intervention. An anodyne fan page remains live. Her website is passive. Her airline deal (pictured) is at an end. She next appears in Dresden on Sunday.
Memories of a maestro pair
At this time of year, my thoughts drift back to Klaus Tennstedt, a transforming conductor who died in January 1998. His widow, Inge, lived on until August 2011. Not many outside their inner circle realised how quintessential Inge was to the magic Klaus made. A reader, Radcliffe Bond, has sent us these pics he took of […]