After Tannhäuser, the Kremlin moves to control opera repertoire
The deputy head of Russia’s presidential administration Boris Magomedov has told state-controlled RIA Novosti that he intends to introduce a repertoire approval system in order to avoid another Tannhäuser blasphemy row. He said: ‘Today I spoke with the Ministry of Culture.Probably, it will be necessary at some stage to approve the repertoire, especially at state […]
World-famous artists ‘express concern’ about playing in Indiana
The chief executive of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has struck an alarm bell about the state’s new law of religious and sexual intolerance. Gary Ginstling published this open letter tonight: As the Chief Executive Officer of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, I want to reaffirm our institution’s commitment to inclusiveness. The ISO does not discriminate in […]
Classical record magazine is declared insolvent
The death of Barry Irving last month drained his publication of essential support. We have received this final notice: March 30th, 2015 To Whom It May Concern Due to the death of Barry Irving, the sole Director of International Record Review Ltd, the company must now be considered insolvent and a letter has been sent […]
10 things composers should do before they die
When you’re feeling troubled…. there’s always a lawyer at hand. To read the 10 rules for composers to fulfil before it’s too late, click here.
An American orchestra is rehearsing its final concert
The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin, founded in 1913, will give its farewell concert on April 11. Audiences are down and there is not enough will in the community to raise money, administrators say. The last symphony it will play is Shostakovich 5th. Story here.
Just in: Berlin hires Frank Gehry, 86
The architect of Los Angeles’s stunning Walt Disney Hall and Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum has been booked to design a production for Berlin State Opera. It’s Glück’s Orpheus and Euridice, director Jürgen Flimm, conducted by Daniel Barenboim in March 2016. Gehry has only designed one opera before – Mozart’s Don Giovanni in LA, 2012. He is […]
Naked hotel violinist was ‘a victim of New York crime’
The Leipzig String Quartet have posted a supportive message about their leader, Stefan Arzberger, who was arrested after running naked through a Manhattan hotel. The Quartet write: We have to announce that Stefan became on Sat. 26th victim of a serious crime in New York City. Things are in clearance now. At this time […]
Who on earth needs the complete works of Scriabin?
Of all the things I never knew I needed, the complete works of Alexander Scriabin come somewhere near the top, along with the collected speeches of Ronald Reagan and the unexpurgated letters of the last three Popes. Scriabin (1872-1915) was a composer of great imagination and very little self-restraint. His short piano pieces, the most […]
Bolshoi Opera conductor has died, aged 66
Alexei Stepanov, conductor at the Bolshoi Opera from 1977 to 2005, has died after a long illness. He conducted the company on tour in Italy and was a frequent guest conductor across Europe and the US. In 2011 he gave the world premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s Shakespearian opera, Vision of Lear.
Greek composer wins Golden Lion at Venice Biennale
They have announced Georges Aperghis, 69, as the 2015 laureate in the music category. A Xenakis apostle, he lives in France.
The #1 radio station in this city is …. classical
Rub your eyes, girls and boys. The Nielsen ratings are in for 2014 and the #1 music station for San Francisco is…. classical KDFC. And by a standout margin. The ratings are measured on an average share of listening Monday-Sunday 6am to 12am; for persons aged six and over. How do they do that?