The whole of Bruckner is now online
An Austrian project to collect all known Bruckner manuscripts in a single site appears to have reached completion. (Until they discover Symphony 000.) Click here for the full experience.
Can Valentina Lisitsa bounce back?
The dominant Youtube pianist, an outspoken pro-Kremlin activist in the Ukraine conflict, has published a video titled ‘To Donbass with Love’. An English translation is added for worldwide fans. Donbass is the part of eastern Ukraine that is torn by civil war between Putin-backed secessionists and Ukraine loyalists. Valentina has nailed her colours to the […]
Final roll for drumstick maker
A moment’s silence, please, in the timps. Everett ‘Vic’ Firth, maker of the world’s most trusted drumsticks and friend to players and bangers everywhere, has died at 85.
Bad news: Texas loses music critic
The Dallas Morning News is under new editorship and talent is fleeing in droves (the official language is that they are accepting buyouts). At the head of the exodus is music critic Scott Cantrell, a writer of international renown. He may not be replaced. UPDATE: Scott writes: Thanks for your very generous characterization of me. There […]
A much-recorded German conductor has died
Wolfgang Gönnenwein, a highly effective chorak conductor who recirded lots of Bach for EMI, has died at 82. He also served as president of the Stuttgart conservatoire and general manager of Stuttgart state opera.
Two 10th symphonies, one destined for posterity
My Album of the Week on sinfinimusic.com consists of two tenth symphonies by modern masters, one of them a world premiere. But which will last the test of time? Click here.
Andris Nelsons give cash boost to his former orch
This is rare for UK orchs which are lousy at raising endowments. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has just topped £2m ($3m). Big for UK. Well done. Among the givers is outgoing music director Andris Nelsons. Even more unusual. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has passed a fundraising milestone having raised an initial […]
A great pianist has died
We have received news of the death this morning in Prague of Ivan Moravec, at the age of 84. Ivan was a pianist’s pianist. Especially praised for his Chopin and Debussy, he was Czech to the core and probably prized Mozart above all composers. Most, including the Philips Great Pianists series, numbered him among the […]
You’ve got to watch Menahem’s Verbier recital
Knowing I couldn’t make it to Verbier this year – too much else going on – I had dinner with Menahem Pressler and his daughter Edna while they were in London the week before last. For a man of 91 who underwent major heart surgery in Boston seven months ago, Menahem has lost none of […]
My violin and The Man from U.N.C.L.E
Jeremy Constant, concertmaster at Marin Symphony and assistant concertmaster at San Francisco Symphony, has discovered his 1850 Vuillaume has history – movie history, London legends, happy days of father-son bonding. Read Jeremy’s story exclusively on Slipped Disc. It was nice to have my violin acknowledged from the stage during the concert today! We’re playing with Classical […]