Can a film composer write a concerto?
Korngold did. Likewise Rozsa and Waxman (both for Jascha Heifetz). John Williams’s suite from Schindler’s List has been marketed as a concerto. James Horner, who died in an air crash last week, has written a double concerto, modelled on Brahms. Any good? Click here to find out.
German editor regrets antisemitic slur against Kirill Petrenko
The programme director of NDR public radio, Barbara Mirow, has published a statement of regret that her site published an unfavourable comparison between the heroic German conductor Christian Thielemann and the Berlin Philharmonic’s incoming conductor, Kirill Petrenko, ‘ the tiny gnome, the Jewish caricature of Alberich’. Ms Mirow said there had been ‘shortcomings’ in Sabine Lange’s […]
Transfer news: Vienna signs St Petersburg 1st violin
We hear that Ekaterina Frolova will join the first violins of the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera (moonlighting as the Vienna Philharmonic) from November. Good signing.
Breaking: Thielemann is named music director at Bayreuth
His new title was announced at a press conference this morning. Nobody’s saying out loud that it’s a consolation prize for not getting the Berlin Phil. First intimation of the new dictatorship – er, directorship – appeared three days ago on Slipped Disc. Thielemann in the pit at Bayreuth
Music that comes up in the sand
photographer Conlin Hattersley Last year, the East Neuk Festival created a Schubert in the sand. This year, it’s a Stradivarius. Credits to Sand in Your Eye team Jamie Wardley and Claire Jamieson. The artwork reflects a beautiful 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that has been loaned to the Festival this year. It will all be gone by nightfall. […]
Maestro move (3): Brit stick gets Basle
The flourishing Ivor Bolton has signed on as music director of the Basle Symphony Orchestra, starting September 2016. The Swiss will announce it any day now. Ivor starts as music director of Teatro Real Madrid in September. He will also retain the period-instrument Dresden Festival Orchestra which he co-founded in 2012. He is presently rehearsing Handel’s Saul […]
Maestro move (2): EU announces Ashkenazy replacement
The European Union Youth Orchestra, hit by Vladimir Ashkenazy’s walkout two weeks ago, has scrambled up a substitute partnership. Liverpool’s Vasily Petrenko will be chief conductor, with Bernard Haitink as conductor laureate. Press release below. The European Union Youth Orchestra is delighted to announce that Vasily Petrenko will take up the position of Chief Conductor […]
Record deal: Warner sign young leftie
The British pianist, Nicholas McCarthy, who was born without a right hand, has been signed to Warner Classics. Nicholas, 26, will record arrangements by Paul Wittgenstein, and some of his own, for release in September.
Kazak, 17, wins Cliburn
press releae: Fort Worth, Texas, June 28, 2015—At the end of seven days of inspiring performances from 23 young, elite pianists from all over the world, Jon Nakamatsu, chairman of the jury for the First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival (June 21-28, 2015), at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, announced the winners on Sunday […]
Maestro move (1): Kiwis land big-name conductor
He used to be talked of as the next music director of the Concertgebouw and the Boston Symphony. Now, it’s all going south. As of March 2016, Edo de Waart will be music director of the world’s most remote concert organisation, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Edo, 74, has been music director successively of the […]
Dmitri Hvorostovsky opts for cancer treatment in London
Russian media, quoting family sources, report that the great baritone in undergoing treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, for a brain tumour that he announced last week. He is still undergoing tests to determine the extent of the treatment. Dmitri has made his home in London with his wife, Florence, and two children. The […]