Play your Bach the Leonhardt way
A keyboardist at the Dutch Bach Society is making an edition of the old master’s scores. This from Siebe Henstra: BACH/LEONHARDT TRANSCRIPTIONS: EDITION IN PREPARATION The Dutch harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt (1928-2012) transcribed/arranged the works for solo violin and solo cello for harpsichord in the years 1975-1978. His recordings and recitals were very impressive and […]
Seriously weird: Estonian choirs sing Anarchy in the UK
The great Baltic choirs have discovered British punk. Watch here.
Claudio Abbado’s son cuts debut album
Misha Mullov-Abbado, son of Claudio Abbado and Viktoria Mullova, is a bassist, classical horn player, composer and all-round jazz musician. His first release appears today, by chance on the same day his mother issues an outstanding account of the second Prokofiev concerto. Mullova tweets: ‘By coincidence my son’s 1st CD is coming out on same […]
Just in: Valentina Lisitsa is silenced by Dutch airline
Ukrainian agitators have persuaded the Dutch airline KLM to take down audio tracks by the pro-Russian pianist from their in-flight entertainment. Valentina has expressed approval for Russia’s annexation of parts of Crimea and has performed with pro-Russian militants (pictured). Inna Thorn, a Canada-based Ukrainian, wrote to KLM: I traveled this August with KLM from Canada […]
Last-minute appeal: ‘We need concertmaster, solo cello, first trombone…’
Boian Videnoff has issued an SOS on behalf of the Mannheim Philharmonic. Dear Friends our season is about to start and we’re looking for a new concert master, solo cello, first trombone, tutti violins and violas. If you’re interested please apply or tell your friends. Die neue Saison beginnt und in Kürze stehen Probespiele an: […]
Orch hires: St Paul names oboe and viola
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has appointed Barbara Bishop to the vacant oboe post and Hyobi Sim solo violist. Details here.
Why critics split over new operas
Thoughtful piece by David Patrick Stearns in Philly.com on this summer’s two US operatic premieres. Everyone raved over George Benjamin’s post-modern opera, Written on Skin. Stearns could not see the point. Most reviewers cavilled at Jennifer Higdon’s traditionalist Cold Mountain. Stearns liked it. So why is that? Read here.
Arts buildings architect goes bust
Malcolm Fraser, the Edinburgh firm that designed headquarters for Rambert (in London), Scottish Ballet and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (pictured), has gone into liquidation. Fraser said: ‘The work we did is beautiful and important. However, we have been unable to make it profitable. I am immensely proud of what we have done over 22 years and the […]
A bleak week for poets
In addition to Charles Tomlinson, we have lost Stephen Rodefer – ‘a resort darling’ – and the mischievous Cynthia Macdonald. May they rest in peace and harmony.
Estonia mourns musicologist politician
Vardo Rumessen, who has died aged 73, was the leading scholar of the music of Eduard Tubin and member of parliament for the moderate-right Pro Patria party. (How many musicologists are there in your parliament?)
Ensemble cancels release after Universal steps in
A few days ago Mother Falcon, an Austin-based group that walks the gangplank between après-classical and indie pop, were about to release an album, Good Luck Have Fun, when the big guys stopped it. Mother Falcon (how do you pronounce that?) got made an offer they could not refuse. The new album will now come […]