$200 million for touching up a concert hall? Not again…
The government of New South Wales has decided to sink a fortune into ‘renewing’ the concert hall inside Sydney Opera House. Bad move. The concert hall has never been great from the day it opened, and never will. London has squandered hundreds of millions on two bad halls, the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican, […]
A defining oboist
It’s the centenary year of Haakon Stotijn (11-02-1915 – 03-11-1964), principal oboist of the Concertgebouw orchestra from 1940 to his early death. His father Jaap was principal oboe in The Hague. The Stotijns set the tone across the Netherlands. Haakon’s son, Marc, is building a website to their achievements. See it here.
Meet the ‘it’ conductor
Musicians of the Met orchestra are getting out more and more on their website. We particularly liked this dinner interview with one of their conductors, Pablo Heras-Cassado, a man seemingly without pretensions. Asked why he doesn’t use a baton, he gives a straight answer: ‘I am left-handed. I tried holding the baton with the right, […]
Europe’s best airline for instruments is…
… according to Die Zeit…. Alitalia. The Italian airline specifies: ‘All musical instruments less than 115 cm long and 8 kg in weight can be carried as hand luggage. Full report here.
Here’s who you missed at the Oscars
He’s with Oscar-winning composer, Alexandre Desplat. Is there any party he doesn’t crash?
I’m a concert pianist with great reviews. I work behind a bar.
We received today a round-robin from a young British pianist whose talent is unquestioned. A Gramophone reviewer called his current series of recordings ‘a triumphant achievement’. Others, in Europe, have written of his ‘creative mastery’. We have heard his performances; they are of a very high order. But this pianist is not getting a foot […]
Just in: Charles Dutoit and Montreal kiss and make up
Further to the interview we published last week… (press release) Montreal, Monday, February 23, 2015 – The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is happy to participate in a special event reuniting the OSM and Maestro Charles Dutoit, produced and presented by Spectra Musique for the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE in 2016. This announcement was made during a […]
Kalman the second is gone
Charles Kálmán, an operetta less feted than his father Emmerich, has died in Munich, aged 85. He cmpleted his father’s las musical, Arizona Lady, in 1954 and has sme further success with a show called Quasimodo. Ute Lemper has recorded several of his songs.
Just in: Berlin Phil horn becomes London professor
The orchestra’s residency this month has left all sorts of legacies, outside the new concerthall campaign. Among the offshoots is a visiting professorship at the Royal College of Music for Berlin Phil principal horn, Stefan Dohr. Read here.