Martha Argerich is sick with flu. Who’s subbing?
Denis Kozhukhin replaces her tomorrow at the Philharmonie Berlin in duets with Gidon Kremer. The Berlin Philharmonic, which is in Baden-Baden, is rushing in young Igor Levit for Sunday’s Schumann concerto… his debut with the orchestra and the major-league festival circuit. Riccardo Chailly conducts. UPDATE: Not far for Igor to go: he’s currently teaching at […]
This may be the most beautiful way you’ll ever find to compose
It’s a $50 app from the Windows Store and this intro video makes it look irresistible. I want two of these. Read more about it on the Sibelius blog.
Sydney’s former head of composition has died
The distinguished Slovenian composer Bozidar Kos, who taught at the Sydney Conservatorium from 1984 to his retirement in 2002, has died at the age of 80.
Maestro stays: Pappano renews Rome, rules himself out of major reckoning
The Italian and Austrian press are reporting that Sir Antonio Pappano has renewed his contract with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia until 2019. That effectively takes him out of the running for the New York Philharmonic, where he was a frontline contender, and more immediately also for Berlin. Pappano, 55, has been with the Santa Ceilia […]
Just in: Theatre chief is fired for comparing cuts to ISIS
The popular head of a German theatre has been dismissed after likening local government funding cuts to the acts of destruction committed by Islamic militants. Sewan Latchinian was Intendant of the Rostock Volkstheater. His impending dismissal provoked widespread protests.
Amsterdam loses its Lady Macbeth
Nadja Michael has pulled out of Verdi’s opera, opening on Friday, with a Dutch bug. It’s her first cancellation in three years and she has posted a picture of herself with medications, hoping to take over by the third night, next week. Nadja was herself a late replacement in the cast for Tatjana Serjan. Meantime, Amarilli […]
Osmo Vänskä: ‘The most important guy on stage is … not the conductor’
A revealing interview with the Minnesota music director on his struggles with Sibelius, how a label owner sacked his orchestra for poor playing, and how he won them back. On the resmusica site. Click here.
Five top musical April Fools
1 Home-download vinyl, right here. 2 EU standardisation for musical pitch here. 3 Sweden clones new line of Birgit Nilssons here. 4 Classics to make light work here. 5 Vienna Philharmonic takes up residency in Florida. Hang on, that last one’s apparently true.
Hard working new classics series from Warner
Must try that. No distractions, then. Definitely a seller. Sleeve note states: Our extensive market research has revealed that demolition work is 142% more exciting with Ride of the Valkyries… Mark the date. h/t: Melissette Lesnie
Joni Mitchell is found unconscious
The great Canadian folksinger and songwriter, 71, was rushed to hospital in Los Angeles. She has acknowledged recently that she suffers from a rare skin condition, Morgellons Disease, which prevents her from performing. Her site states: Joni was found unconscious in her home this afternoon. She regained consciousness on the ambulance ride to an L.A. area hospital. […]