When a soloist gets ignored
There’s a small storm brewing in France over a concert review in Le Figaro, where the stand-in conductor was praised to the skies and the soloist in the Brahms concerto barely got a name-check. The double-stand-in conductor was the timpanist Adrien Perruchon, who made his debut after Lionel Bringuier and Mikko Franck called in sick. […]
What a record producer does: ‘I give the artists back their ideal interpretation’
Michael Fine, former head of Deutche Grammophon G and now a world-travelling independent record producer, attempts to explain a difficult role.
Violinist will dive into freezing North Sea on Christmas Day
Kerenza Peacock, leader of the Pavao String Quartet and a regular soloist at London venues and sporting events, is stripping off tomorrow and taking the plunge at Felixstowe. It’s for charity, raising funds for the St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, where here dying mother was cared for in March this year. Good for Kerenza. You can […]
Tchaikovsky Competition will pay prize money in dollars
The budget for the competition is 300 million rubles, but with the fluctuation in currency values the organisers have bee forced to stipulate that the award oney will be paid in US currency according to the exchange rate on the day. The gold medal winner will collect $130,000, the biggest prize anywhere. Valery Gergiev, the […]
Montserrat Caballé is sentenced to six months
The great soprano has been spared jail by a Spanish court after admitting to one year’s tax evasion. Caballé has paid back half a million Euros and a 240,000 Euro fine, and accepted a six-month sentence that she will not have to serve, under terms of a plea-bargain deal. The singer is practically under house […]
Ohne Parodie: Udo Jürgens vishes heppy Christmas
The headline quote is from Gustav Mahler, Symphony #4. The rest is vish fulfilment. We lost a great entertainer this week.
Season’s greetings from a birthday dame we overlooked
The great Fairouz turned 80 last month. Her work used to be disseminated across the Levant by EMI Greece. Halcyon days.
Dying orchestras resort to desperate measures
Denmark Radio’s chamber orchestra will cease to exist next week. Canada’s Orchestra London will be wound up some time next month after the city shut down funding. OL is giving a free concert next week at London Airport in a bid to raise funds and profile. The Danish orch has launched a kickstarter campaign to raise three […]
Just in: Barenboim stops playing after flash goes off
AFP reports from La Scala, quoting the Italian news agency, that Monday night’s Schubert recital was disrupted by a photo flash in the audience. Daniel Barenboim stopped playing, turned to the audience and said ‘whoever is taking photos has been badly brought up.’ He went on to say: ‘Madam, I am trying to give of […]
Sad news: Death of an international maestro
We have been informed of the death, early today near Lausanne, Switzerland, of the Polish-born French conductor Jerzy Semkow. He was 86. A student of Erich Kleiber, Bruno Walter, and Tulio Serafin and assistant for two years to Evgeny Mravinsky in Leningrad, Semkow started out in 1959 as artistic director of the Warsaw National Opera. […]