Sad news: Classical record magazine loses its publisher
We are saddened to hear that Barry Irving died last night, after a short illness, aged 69. Barry was publisher of Gramophone in the boom times. When the magazine was sold to a corporate owner, he founded International Record Review (IRR) which he ran in a manner that he insisted was ‘true to the old […]
Erased from history: The rapist by his enembles
Two early music ensembles that were founded and led by Philip Pickett – jailed on Friday for pupil rape at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama – have moved swiftly to sanitise their website of his image and his name. No trace of the founder can be found. Pickett’s own joint website with the […]
Vivaldi, ‘revealing and moving’? You’d better believe it
Never thought I’d get excited again by old Viv. He’s my album of the week on sinfinimusic.com. Click here to read.
Germany trebles grants to two festivals
The federal government has upped its support for the Handel Festival at Halle from 50,000 Euros to 150,000. A festival at Gottingen receives the same boost. Small beer, but a significant signs of central approval.
Israelis sweep German Lied competition
Das Lied: International Song Competition in Berlin was won by mezzo-soprano Hagar Sharvit, who also took the audience prize. Hagar’s accompanist, Ammiel Bushakevitz, shared the pianist prize.
One man vs Oscars orchestra. One man won.
They struck up the band when Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski overran his thank-you time. But Pawel just carried on going through his list of the dear departed, and the band piped down. In the most micro-managed event on earth, humanity won. For once.
No winner at the Solti competition
The Georg Solti conducting competition in Frankfurt, dogged in recent years by fixing allegations, failed to produce a winner. Out of 20 finalists, Tung-Chieh Chuang (32, Taiwan) shared second prize of 10,000 Euros with Elias Grandy (34, Germany). Toby Thatcher (26, Australia) came third with 5.000 €. This is the seventh Solti competition. Among past winners, […]
An orchestra loses nuclear energy
The FAZ reports the death of the Camerata Nucleare, orchestra of the German atomic energy industry. The sector is in decline and the orchestra of employees, which toured extensively and released four CDS, has been pensioned off. At the press of a button. photo: Marcus Lechner
Tears and fears as two stars are forced to give up their violins
Time ran out this weekend for Frank-Peter Zimmermann. The German virtuoso has surrendered his Lady Inchiquin Stradivarius to a financial body, Portigon, that is obliged to sell it for the highest price. The violinist has played the instrument on loan for 12 years and has been trying to buy it at a price suggested by two […]
International airport stages composer exhibition
No prizes for guessing where. Helsinki Airport is running a major photographic exhibition on Jean Sibelius and Finland in the 1930s to the 1960s. Get early to gate area 32–38. More info here. The exhibition consists of five different sections displaying the versatility of the production of three Finnish artists, Heikki Aho, Björn Soldan and […]
The Passenger is taking flight
When David Pountney staged Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera in London almost four years ago, almost all the daily newspaper critics scorned it. Since then, the opera has grown and grown, in performances in German, Houston and New York. On Tuesday, it reaches Chicago. David Pountney’s production has been blighted by two tragic deaths – of its designer, Johan […]