Seagull attack pianist undergoes emergency surgery
Paul Lewis, who damaged his hand in falling after an attack by seagulls outside Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall, is in renewed distress. Paul was due to play three dates with the Boston Symphony next month, in Boston and at Carnegie Hall. But here’s a message from his management, Ingpen & Williams, released by the BSO: Due to […]
Breaking bad: Brussels kills an orchestra
The Belgian government has confirmed plans to merge the orchestra of La Monnaie with the Belgian National Orchestra. The memo setting out the plans will require an army of bureaucrats to administer. Bottom line: Musicians will lose jobs. Read the memo here (in French).
International maestro shuns black dress code
You will normally see Vasily Petrenko, music director of the Royal Liverpool Phil and the Oslo Phil, in black tails. Not last night at the Royal Albert Hall, apparently. He dressed like the young Jack Nicholson in a very bad film.
Just in: Young German conductor wins Chicago post
Erina Yashima, newly appointed répétiteur in Kaiserslautern, has been named Solti Conducting Apprentice with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She gets to spend 10 weeks a year for the next two years assisting Riccardo Muti. Press release below. CHICAGO—The jury of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association’s (CSOA) International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship—CSO Music Director and […]
Just in: San Francisco Opera picks English boss
David Gockley is retiring next August, when he will be 73, after ten years as general director. After an international search, SanFran has decided to promote from within. The new guy is Matthew Shilvock, associate general director for the past five years. He’s young – 39 – and English, born in Kidderminster. More here from AP.
Let us now praise Thielemann
In my monthly essay for Standpoint, I analyse the thoughts of Maestro Thielemann as expressed in his book, My Life with Wagner (Weidenfeld, £25). Sample text: Here’s Thielemann: Sometimes I have nightmares. I dream that artistic quality is out of tune. I dream that art and music are destroying themselves because the quality has gone […]
Take that: Warner loses Happy Birthday copyright
A federal judge has stripped Warner of the rights to the song. Judge George H King ruled yesterday that Warner/Chappell never had the right to charge for the use of Happy Birthday To You’. The publisher owned only the piano arrangement, not the song itself. Read here. It’s a severe blow to the publisher.
Just in: Pope delays Anna Netrebko
Message to Metropolitan Opera goers: An Important Notice About Your Met Opera Performance Dear Ms. X Due to extensive street closures related to the Pope’s visit to New York City, the Met’s performance of Il Trovatore on September 25 will be delayed by 30 minutes, allowing audiences additional time to get to the Met. […]
How to get an antique piano out of a first floor window
We enjoyed this picture sequence from the Primavere Gallery in Cambridge, England. Click here for more pics. The 1920s Weber piano is valued at £65,000 ($100,000).
A violinist who plays four instruments
Not content with being a would-be Paganini on the violin, Sergey Malov also plays viola, Violoncello da spalla and baroque violin. Try some: his video reel runs through different instruments.
Sir David Willcocks on period instruments: ‘I sit firmly on the fence’
In a wide-ranging interview with Bruce Duffie, the choral conductor (who died last week, aged 95) was at once polite and forthright about historically informed practice. ‘Where composers have specified clearly what they want, one ought not to depart from that. Most modern composers do specify very clearly, first of all, the tempo. They give […]