Classical label lists the albums no-one buys
In a desperate attempt to drum up business – or an act of ironic self-deprecation, according to your point of view – the Hyperion label has posted a list of the albums that have not sold a single copy for the longest time. Several have received accolades from reviewers. One is by the Dallas Symphony […]
German media antisemites come crawling over Kirill Petrenko
Two responses in German media to the election of Kirill Petrenko as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic have been decidedly hostile, verging on racist. Sabine Lange on NDR Kultur drew an unfavourable comparison between the rejected candidate Christian Thielemann, ‘a world acclaimed expert in the German sound’, and the Russian-born Petrenko, ‘ the tiny […]
Rome Opera gets $1.1 million from a Malaysian friend
Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, a Malaysian plutocrat, has given a million Euros to Rome’s floundering opera house. Yeoh, 60, just loves opera.
Sicklist: Pires pulls out of Ruhr
The venerable Maria João Pires has cancelled Sunday’s recital at the prestigious Klavier-Festival Ruhr. She is replaced at two days’ notice by the Canadian, Janina Fialkowska.
Gunther Schuller: ‘Everything I’ve done was, in a way, for her…’
The brilliant and prolific composer, who died last weekend, reflects in this moving recent film by Mark Trunk on the loss of his wife, Marjorie, who died in 1992. A beautiful man.
Two US conservatoires discuss merger
Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory have been pursuing the same goals – and student pool – for half a century. Now they want to create a ‘powerhouse’. It’s getting tenured music teachers worried right across the USA. And beyond. One widely respected administrator calls it ‘enlightened’. Read here.
Maestro quits: Austrian flounces out of French orch
Sascha Goetzel has terminated ‘with immediate effect’ his job as principal guest conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, a post he has held for three years. He blames the orchestra’s administrateur général, Marc Feldman, over changes in future programming and the removal of Goetzel’s name from the orchestra’s website. A summer spat, in other words. COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE […]
Is Christian Thielemann now chief in Bayreuth?
He missed out on the Berlin Phil – and that hurts. But Bayreuth may have compensated Thielemann with a new title. Here’s what has gone up in the parking lot. ‘Reserviert für Musikdirektor C. Thielemann’ Until now, apparently, the parking spots were just marked with ‘Dirigenten’ and ‘Festspielleitung’. Now, it has been personalised and dignified […]
A trumpet widow honours her husband’s orchestra
We are saddened to learn of the death of Avis Herseth, widow – after a 69-year marriage – of the inextinguisbale Chicago Symphony principal trumpet, Bud Herseth. Avis, an academic librarian, was 95. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to either the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, or Merit Music Chicago, in support of Merit’s […]
Tchaikovsky piano final: It’s Lucas vs Lukas
We asked our Moscow observer Marina Evreison Arshinova for an assessment of the piano finals, the only part of the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition that has yielded big personalities and public involvement. Here’s Marina’s report: The second round of the Competition included 2 stages: solo program and a Mozart’s concerto. In his solo program Lucas Debarque of […]
Berlin Philharmonic principal flute steps down after 46 years
Andreas Blau, who delayed his retirement by a year while a successor was sought, has bid farewell to the orchestra, in which his father played before him. His seat will be taken by Mathieu Dufour, ex-principal flute of the Chicago Symphony. (Photo: Monika Rittershaus) press release: “I’ve always considered it a privilege to be […]