BBC’s creative director to be interrogated by MPs
The House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee intends to call in Alan Yentob to examine his role in the collapse of the charity Kids Company, of which he was chairman. Yentob, 68, was previously chair of the arts charity ICA, which ran close to insolvency in 2010. He was also a member of […]
Schoenberg Centre reopens after fire
In an amazingly swift clean-up and turnaround, the Arnold Schoenberg Centre in Vienna will reopen on Thursday, two weeks after a fire that forced the all-night evacuation of its major artefacts. The library, however, remains closed for the time being.
Breaking: Vienna Philharmonic won’t go to Iran
Contrary to statements issued earlier in Teheran, the orchestra has tersely announced it will not be accompanying the Austrian president on a state visit. No reason given.
Watch: Beethoven’s 9th marks Ukraine’s independence day
Slipped Disc was invited to observe Ukraine’s 24th independence anniversary concert last night in Kiev but was unable to attend. Amid much verbosity and political bombast, music duties were conducted by Kirill Karabits with the Warsaw-based I, Culture orchestra, cilmaxing in the finale of Beethoven’s ninth symphony. You can watch the full concert here. Beethoven starts at […]
London awaits Aids symphony premiere
Raymond Yiu’s symphony, premiered tonight at the BBC Proms, is founded on personal memories of the 1980s Aids crisis and wound around Thom Gunn’s poem, In the Time of Plague. Raymond tells his local newspaper: ‘When I first came to London (from Hong Kong) AIDS seemed to encircle my life. People just vanished, everyone was […]
‘Maria Callas would find it hard today to find a job’
Former Seattle Opera chief Speight Jenkins has written a thoughtful blogpost on what’s wrong with singers today and why audiences don’t get excited as they used to. Speight blames musico-political correctness: The most successful singers of the past who filled opera houses involved their audiences emotionally in the way they sang. If a soprano can handle […]
Lament for a Mahler maven
Jerry Fox, longtime president of the American Mahler Society, a kindly man who wore vast knowledge lightly, is no more. Jerry travelled far and wide in search of Mahler, was pre-concert speaker at the Boulder MahlerFest and was generally a very good guy. Our sympathies to his family. Announcement: It is with sadness that we […]
‘Mother of the children’s choir movement’ has died
Helen Kemp worked for almost 80 years as a singer, teacher, choir director and composer. In 1949 she founded the Choristers Guild, which turned into a nationwide movement. Hundreds of US professionals owed her their first musical experience. Helen, who was 97 at the time of her death, had been professor of voice and church music […]
Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics in talks for Iran trip
We reported six weeks ago that Chancellor Merkel was planning to take with Berlin Staatskapelle with Daniel Barenboim on her first trip to Teheran. Now it appears the Iranians are negotiating dates with both philharmonic orchestras. The Vienna Phil is expected to accompany Austrian president Heinz Fischer on a state visit in the months ahead, […]
The particle physicist who restores erased recordings
Of course! It takes a genius of a physicist to remove the crackle and pop from eroded old recordings. Fascinating read here.