Watch: The pianist who became Brahms’s friend
Daniel Hope reminded us this week of a video we posted in the early days of Slipped Disc and which had a profound influence on his thoughts about Brahms. By some mishap, the video got lost when we transferred to the present site. For those who missed it first time round, here’s Ilona Eibenschütz (1872-1967) recalling […]
Aussie quartet replaces two members
The Australian String Quartet has named two new members – Dale Barltrop, concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Francesca Hiew, an orchestral violinist. They replace husband and wife Kristian Winther and Ioana Tache who quit eight months ago.
Exclusive: Met rehires Brit head of music
John Fisher was Director of Music Administration at the Metropolitan Opera from 1997 to 2006. He went on to run Welsh National Opera for four years. We hear that John, 65, is returning to New York as Director of Music Administration at the Met from September 1.
Universal chief gets five more years
Vivendi announced today that Lucian Grainge will stay on as Universal CEO until at least 2020. That’s good for classical. He’s a fan.
Cliburn silver winner gets a record deal. Anyone seen gold?
The Italian pianist Beatrice Rana, who came second in the last Van Cliburn competition, has cut her first recording with Sir Antonio Pappano in a new album deal with Warner Classics. Details below. Warner Classics is delighted to announce the exclusive signing of Beatrice Rana, who shot to stardom at just 20 years of age […]
Tragedy: Famous soprano dies in house fire
We regret to share news of the death of Ludmila Dvorakova, who died on Thursday in a fire at her home in Prague. Ludmila sang leading roles in East Berlin, Bayreuth, Munich, Covent Garden and the Met in an international career that lasted from 1960 to 1985. Czech born, her Wagner arias were distinguished by exceptional […]
More British politicans than you’d think at the opera
The Guardian today runs what must be the 30th article we have seen about the failure of UK leaders to take an interest in culture. (I may have written three or four of them myself). The Guardian’s premise is that we presently have the most philistine government in modern times. Unfortunately, that’s untrue. It so […]
And the top-grossing indie of 2015 is … Schoenberg
Very good to see that Woman in Gold, which was sniffed at by most print critics, is now the top-earning independent movie of the year, grossing $33 million in 17 weeks. The film, starring Helen Mirren, tells the story of E. Randol Schoenberg, a struggling LA lawyer, who defeats the Austrian government’s attempts to keep […]
Mon ami, Kirill Petrenko
Our resourceful chers copains at resmusica have been having a conversation with Alain Altinoglu, a rare French conductor at Bayreuth, where he is in charge of the Lohengrin revival. In fact, he is only the third Frenchman on the hill, after André Cluytens and Pierre Boulez. Alain is having a marvellous time, feeling his way […]
Is America’s third opera company changing its DNA?
Questions have been asked about Chicago Lyric Opera ever since it failed to produce the usual financial returns at the close of its season. Fears have increased since word leaked that the company is putting on cabaret shows in the run-up to Christmas, traditionally a busy time for family-suitable operas. What’s up at the Lyric? […]
Nuremberg votes for new concert hall
The city council has decided that the iconic Meistersingerhalle does not meet 21st century ambitions. It has voted funds for a new 1,500-seater and will turn the Meistersingerhalle into a conference centre. When London gets a new hall, that must be the solution for either the Barbican or the RFH.