Classical musicians looking uncomfortable (12)
First they took away my violin. Then they took my chair….
Back by special request: Classical musicians looking uncomfortable (11)
Memo to DG photographers: Pose artist in Berlin. Perch on Wall (railings will do if you can’t find Wall). Wait for car in matching shade. Then shoot. The elegant Mahan Esfehani.
After Thielemann, the deafening silence
The main complaint made by Christian Thielemann, in a carefully-coded Pegida bombshell article, is that German politicians are refusing to address the concerns of German citizens. The conductor accuses his country’s leaders of elitism and hypocrisy. In one telling quote, he flings an Angela Merkel quote back in the face of the Chancellor: Der Islam […]
Diva drives: US soprano wins major management
LA-launched and London-based, Angel Blue has signed with AskonasHolt. The deal is not as simple as it looks. Angel is managed by Emma Hawkins at The Music & Media Partnership, a branding agency that works for David Garrett, Russell Watson and Cliff Richard. They are not equipped to manage a developing operatic career. That’s where […]
Silent orchestra launches Dior’s new menswear line
A full chamber orchestra of 30 musicians was hidden in complete silence behind the Paris catwalk. When the models started to strut their stuff, the ensemble struck up. A spotlight showed them all dressed in Dior Homme. They played a suite by the Ivory Coast composer, Koudlam. All the fashion writers were *amazed*. Celebrities gasped. […]
Christian Thielemann: We should listen to Pegida issues
The German conductor has written an article, calling on the nation to pay attention to the issues raised by the anti-Moslem Pegida demonstrations in Dresden. Thielemann stands on the right of German politics. His article is seeded with a number of political messages, some of them inexplicit. In order to avoid any distortion, we publish […]
Pierre Boulez becomes honorary citizen of German town
The French composer and conductor has been made an honorary citizen of Baden-Baden, where he has maintained his main residence for the past half-century. The honour was granted to mark his forthcoming 90th birthday in March. We thought he’d like everyone to see it.
Putin’s present pet
The viola player and conductor Yuri Bashmet was summoned to be congratulated on his birthday. Photo: RIA Novosti / Mikhail Klimentyev At their meeting in Novo-Ogaryovo, Putin officially said: ‘I want to congratulate you on your birthday. Thank you very much for your work, especially with children. You do much that few people see.’
Oh, dear, naked violinist sues for unlawful arrest
Matthew T. Mglej stripped naked outside a courthouse in Portland, Oregon, while playing a violin and posting stickers with sayings by that great humanitarian sage of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmedinajad. After due warning, the police took him away. Mglej, 25, has now filed suit for $1.1 million, alleging unlawful arrest and detention, use of excessive force, […]
40 years on, a major maestro’s widow finds her rest
We have been notified of the death of Harrietta Krips, widow of the much-recorded Josef Krips, who died in 1974. Harrietta was co-author of a recent books of memoirs titled, ‘Pas de musique sans amour’ – there’s no music without love. She died on January 12, aged 76. Krips conducted the Vienna hilharmonic and […]
Maestro move: Slow burner adds Berne to his batch
It has been seven years since Kevin John Edusei, now 38, won the Mitropoulos Competition. This season he became chief conductor of the Munich Symphony, the city’s third-ranked orchestra. This weekend he was named chief conductor in Berne, Switzerland. It’s starting to happen for Kevin.