US orchestra returns from the dead with Mahler’s Resurection
Good news from the graveyard shift. Last August we reported that Sacramento had lost both its orchestra and opera company, leaving the state capital of California dry of classical music. Now, a team from the Detroit Symphony has found a way to bring them back. Read here.
Mock election: Berlin public want a young Philharmonic chief
The results of the public vote are in… and they are decisive. More than half the votes cast (51%) went to two men in their thirties, Andris Nelsons and Gustavo Dudamel (voters were not informed that Dude has made himself unavailable). Thielemann was polled 17% Here are the poll results: Andris Nelsons: 448 votes Gustavo […]
5 Americans, 3 Brits make the Chopin Competition finals
After listening to 152 contenders, the Chopin judges have agreed on 84 finalists for October. The largest contingents are from Poland and China – 15 each. There are 12 pianists from Japan, 9 from South Korea and 7 from Russia. Two of the Russians appear to be sisters. 1. Ms Soo Jung Ann (South Korea) 2. […]
Britain’s richest resident owns a music label
Not because he loves music, necessarily. Owning a record label no longer makes you rich. But Warner owner Len Blavatnik, 57, who tops the Sunday Times Rich List with £13.17 billion, is known to have some cultural interests. He was among four backers, for instance, of the movie Woman in Gold, a tale of post-Nazi […]
A countertenor gets engaged
Our eagle-eyed social affairs correspondent spotted a small-ads announcement in yesterday’s Times (recte), announcing the engagement of Mr Iestyn Davies, countertenor of this parish, to Ms Gemma Lawley, of Shropshire. We wish them lasting happiness. The groom is a magnificent proponent of countercultural subversion.
Which musicians are running in the London Marathon?
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Hall is to blame for London’s latest concert disruption
The ugly political eruption at Friday night’s Jerusalem Quartet concert could and should have been prevented. The Quartet are a regular target for a small, known group of disrupters. The Wigmore Hall, where they usually play, have taken measures to exclude those noise-makers and, if one slips through, to eject the agitator with minimum fuss […]
Times music critic retires
‘In 35 years reviewing for The Times,’ says Hilary Finch in the paper’s ombudsman column, ‘I’ve felt that what I’ve been paid to do is not to criticise, but to report – as succinctly and vividly as possible. And to report for a newspaper which has always thought – and I hope always will – […]
Mock election: Berlin public votes for Rattle successor
The Morgenpost has opened its website until 5pm today for Berlin citizens to vote on who they would like to see as the next chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. Readers (and listeners to RBB) are invited to choose between Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Riccardo Chailly, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Christian […]
Breaking: Jerusalem Quartet disrupted in London
A concert by the Jerusalem Quartet at the Queen Elizabeth Hall was disrupted last night by the usual suspects – a group of fanatical anti-Israel activists. Shouting erupted during the quartet’s performance of the first item on the programme, Mozart K387. The disrupters were silenced and the concert continued. The disrupters posted a video of […]