Composers and their cats (1)
Harsh critics have complained of recent waves of dark, gloomy and contemplative stories in Slipped Disc. We respond with a series of pure trivia. Young Shostakovich with Lady Catbeth of Mtsensk. Many years later….
A partner’s lament for fallen conductor
Amari Barash was playing oboe in the orchestra when she saw the love of her life, conductor Israel Yinon, collapse and die on the Lucerne concert stage. Two days after Israel’s funeral, she writes for the first time about their life together. A blessing on his memory. When I first had the great […]
Orchestra alert as Radio France faces 50 million Euro cuts
Mathieu Gallet, incoming head of Radio France, has already warned of the need to cut 21 million Euros from the budgest. Latest estimates say the state broadcaster will be 50 million in the red over four years if it does not act promptly to stem the losses. There is talk, as ever, of scrapping an […]
A tale of two men on one flute…
A new kind of job share from Cesare Novellini. Post by Cesare Novellini.
Valery Gergiev announces judges for this summer’s Tchaikovsky Competition
Cello judges include: Lynn Harrell, Misha Maisky, David Geringas, Alexander Knyazev and Carnegie Hall chief Clive Gillinson (a former cellist in the LSO). Piano judges: Sergey Dorensky, Dmitry Bashkirov, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Denis Matsuev, Michel Béroff, Barry Douglas, Peter Donohoe, Alexander Toradze, Menahem Pressler, Verbier chief Martin Engström. Violin jury: Yuri Bashmet, Maxim Vengerov, Leonidas Kavakos, Viktor Tretyakov, Vadim […]
Deborah Borda: ‘You gotta play the long game’
Fascinating profile of the Los Angeles Philharmonic president in her city blatt. Doesn’t delve much below the epidermis – her Dutch predecessor left ‘undisclosed issues between him and the board’ (oh, yeah?) – but the reporter does well to convey the optimistic charge that this orch chief infuses into her organisation and its far-flung relationships. […]
Emirates smashed my instrument. No apology.
Rohan Kalé writes from New Delhi: Emirates recently broke my Gibson ES – 335. They took their time to tell me that they will not be claiming any responsibility whatsoever and will not be reimbursing me at all. Further, they have told me this “In conclusion, I do hope that you will not […]
Would-be concertmaster withdraws from New York
Erin Keefe, concertmaster in Minnesota and newly married to its conductor Osmo Vanska, has told the New York Philharmonic to take her off its search list. Erin’s telling friends: ‘I’m lucky and fortunate to have such fantastic colleagues bin Minnesota’.
New York’s next conductor won’t be American
The betting’s open on the next chief of the NY Philharmonic, but even at 50-1 you’d get few takers on an American contender. First, the last two music directors, Maazel and Gilbert, have been made in the USA. Time for change. Second, no American is presently in contention for front-line vacancies, in Berlin or elsewhere. […]
New York Philharmonic seeks new conductor
Alan Gilbert will step down in mid-2017, after eight years in the job. The official release says he has timed his departure to coincide with the renovation of Lincoln Center, allowing the next chief to start in 2019 with a clean sheet. Gilbert has brightened up the NY Phil’s repertoire, maintained high playing standards and […]