Slipped Disc editorial: What kind of anniversary is 125th?
Clive Gillinson’s new season at Carnegie Hall is built around an anniversary. With considerable imagination, he has arranged to commission 125 new works of music to mark the date. That’s a lot of work for a lot of composers in 2016. Much to be commended. But beyond the razzle-dazzle, what the numbers betray is a […]
Gergiev’s protégée shall go to the ball
The latest rising star of the Mariinsky Theatre will sing at both the Dresden Semperoper Ball on 30 January and at the Vienna Staatsoper Ball on 12 February 2015. Both balls will be broadcast live on TV to audiences across Europe. Garifullina, who signed a Decca contract in London yesterday, has not been roped in to […]
The post-irony awards
The Association of British Orchestras is holding its annual gabfest in Gateshead. To keep participants awake, Rhinegold Publishing announces a series of awards for the most notable small-island attainers. We present the winners below without comment. This is an irony free zone. ABO/Rhinegold orchestra manager of the year: Auroraorchestra’s John Harte ABO/Rhinegold orchestra manager […]
Who’s got most prizes? (Clue: He’s just banked another 250k)
The Times Literary Supplement runs an occasional squib about writers who are showered with prizes just for being themselves. Top of its leaders board at present are Amos Oz and Philip Roth. In music, it’s not much of a contest. The composer with most prizes, year on year, is the German household favourite, Wolfgang Rihm. […]
Row brews in the US over an ‘anti-semitic’ composer
The Nashville Symphony is getting nervous about its upcoming performance of an opera by Roger Waters (pictured) of Pink Floyd, an outspoken anti-Zionist. Some believe his obsession with Israel makes him anti-semitic. Here’s how the Nashville orch is preparing for trouble. You read it here first. Dear Board Members, Musicians and Staff: […]
Breaking: Kissin to headline Carnegie season… with Yiddish evening
Just in, from Clive Gillinson. press release: CARNEGIE HALL ANNOUNCES 2015–2016 SEASON Carnegie Hall’s 125th Anniversary Celebration Season launches with Opening Night Gala concert with Alan Gilbert, Evgeny Kissin, & the New York Philharmonic on October 7, 2015 All-star anniversary gala featuring Carnegie Hall Artist Trustees on May 5, 2016 marks 125 years to the […]
Mozart gold for Mitsuko
The pianist Mitsuko Uchida was awarded the Golden Mozart Medal in Salzburg on the composer’s birthday. No marzipan was harmed in the making of this ceremony. The laudatio was given by incoming Salzburg Festival director Markus Hinterhäuser.
An American heroine sings out for the homeless
Frederica von Stade joined a street choir of homeless people Sunday night in Dallas, wearing the orange t-shirt of protest. Flicka is off the circuit now, no longer obliged to play the diva role. But in a week when her successors are flaunting excess consumption and tyrant worship, her gesture speaks volumes for the values […]
Anna Netrebko gives thumbs-up to Putin demonstrators
The diva leaves Carnegie Hall last night. Photo: Pavel Gintov. A report from Adrian Bruttan, one of the protestors: If there was still any lingering doubt about her total awareness of what she has been doing, look at this picture taken outside the stage entrance of Carnegie Hall following Gergiev’s concert yesterday. We faced […]
The man who mistook his wife for a hat… no more
Fred Westcott, the baritone who played the title role in the stage premieres and recording of Michael Nyman’s powerful chamber opera, has died in retirement in France at the age of 93.
Coco, the jazzman from Auschwitz
Our partners at Ullstein have been following one of the great survivors: Heinz Jakob „ Coco“ Schumann – is a German Jazz musician who survived the Holocaust. He was born at May 14, 1924 in Berlin. He was the son of a Christian father and a Jewish mother. Coco Schumann stayed in Berlin for the first 10 years of Nazi rule. […]