Mr Clarinet has died
Buddy DeFranco, who led clarinet playing into bebop after swing era of Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman, died on Christmas Eve, aged 91. He played with Gene Krupa, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Billie Holiday and all the greats of his time, retiring at 89.
Pierre Boulez on Grammy night
Masterworks producer Thomas Z. Sheppard has posted this triumphant scene from 1973, when he celebrated Album of the Year for their recording of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra with a sprightly PB, then chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic. It was the pair’s second album of the year; they first won in 1967 for Wozzeck. […]
Makeover day: Susanna adds style to substance
On the day when half the world looks at itself in the mirror and thinks of reimaging, one conductor has got in first. Meet the new-look Susanna Mälkki, incoming chief of the Helsinki Philharmonic. portrait (c) Simon Fowler
Dudamel pulls a selfie
The Qobuz site is pre-selling a premier Wagner release by the Dude and his Bolivar orch, out at the end of Jan and listenable here. The conductor has made no secret of his frustration at the constraints of his DG contract, which allows just two or three releases a year. As a curio, this selfie […]
One centenary you’re likely to forget
January 2, 2015… that a week tomorrow… marks the centenary of the death of Carl Goldmark and practically nothing is being done abaout it. Goldmark was one of the most popular and powerful composers in Vienna in the times of Brahms and Mahler. His opera, The Queen of Sheba, was hugely popular in his time, […]
First pic: Violinist plunges into freezing North Sea
This is Kerenza Peacock, leader of the Pavao String Quartet, emerging from a Christmas dip at 10 am today in the icy briny. ‘I couldn’t feel my legs from knees down!!!’ she tells Slipped Disc. Kerenza wasn’t trying to reach France in time for the sales. She is raising funds for the hospice where her […]
Top-selling US soloist: I take my little girls to other people’s concerts
To the bewilderment of the music industry, America’s top-selling classical artist this year was not one of its mega-hyped stars but an exceptionally hardworking, close-focused mother of two. According to our sources, Anne Akiko Meyers sold more than 10,000 units of two releases, which is more than any of the Grammy nominated classical records. Hot off […]
Arnold Schoenberg wishes you a very happy Christmas
An arrangement of “Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen” for chamber ensemble, courtesy of Dr Stephen Roe, one of several new friends I made during the course of this lovely year.
Rediscovered video: The Beatles look bored at a piano recital
Wonderful retrieval by Meloclassic – just in time for the festive wallow. And with the Maharishi in tow…
By special request: Verdi vs Wagner
We’ve been asked to repost the great debate from the Royal Opera House. Enjoy.
Five film composers discuss make-do, budget squeeze and failure
This is a fascinating conversation, just posted by The Hollywood Reporter, between five Oscar contenders: Marco Beltrami (The Homesman), Danny Elfman (Big Eyes), John Powell (How To Train Your Dragon 2), Trent Reznor (Gone Girl) and Hans Zimmer (Interstellar). No holds barred. ‘What’s it like when a director first hears the music?’