In bewildered America, this fraying rocker counts as classical
At the top of this week’s classical crossover charts (Billboard) and sales (Nielsen) is this man. He’s called Ben Folds, he’s 49, and he was the founder of a rock group, the Ben Folds Five. Now he’s on his own. The only reason Ben Folds counts as classical is that he employs the Nashville Symphony […]
Death of a versatile bass trombone, aged 50
We are saddened to learn of the death, from cancer, of Adrian Morris, bass trombone of the Hallé Orchestra for the past 18 years. Previously with the Ulster Orchestra, Adrian – known as Benny – also played with brass bands and jazz orchestras. Our sympathies to his family and colleagues.
Sunset Coliseum? This could be ENO’s swansong
Slipped Disc editorial Today’s announcement that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is to occupy the home of English National Opera for 43 performances over five weeks in April arouses the same kind of emotions as the sight of that railway carriage in the forest of Compiègne. It is a complete and unconditional surrender. True, the costs of […]
On a rainy day in Paris, Henri Dutilleux gets his due
After the political storm, the plaque has finally been affixed to the composer’s former home. Photos (c) Marion Kalter/Lebrecht Music&Arts
An orchestra at war with its powerful conductor
Two months ago we were approached by musicians of the Symphony Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) with lurid tales of the breakdown of their relationship with chief conductor Emil Tabakov. Since much of the material was highly subjective and the orchestra of limited international interest, we declined to publish it. Since then, much has […]
Munich orch picks London winner
The Munich Chamber Orchestra have chosen Clemens Schuldt, 32, to be their chief conductor from next season. He succeeds Alexander Liebreich. Schuldt, a former orchestral violinist, won the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London back in 2010. he’s managed by KD Schmid in Hannover. photo (c) Chris Christodoulou/Lebrecht Music&Arts
Valery Gergiev tells Tass: I never signed Putin’s Crimea letter
In a section of his Tass interview that appeared only in Russian, Valery Gergiev denies ever having signed a letter of support for Putin’s intervention in Crimea. In March 2014, Gergiev says, he received a call from culture minister Vladimir Medinsky asking him where he stood on events in Crimea. Gergiev replied: People need to […]
Music sales rise as Germans reclaim their own
The German music market has grown six percent so far this year. Even more remarkable is that much of this growth is attributed to German popular artists – as distinct from American – who now command 73 percent of the German market, the highest on record. A similar pattern has evolved in classical music, with David Garrett […]
Spanish bank founds Polish orchestra
Is this the new Europe at work? The Santander Orchestra was launched this morning at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice, southern Poland. The conductors are Penderecki and the American, John Axelrod. Young talent is being recruited from academies across Poland. Details here.
ENO’s ex-boss finds new role
John Berry was snapped last night at the Metropolitan Opera, escorting Bette Midler to her seat. photo (c) Slipped Disc Much more fun than filling in Arts Council forms.
Syrian exiles form German orchestra
Rather than languishing in camps, Syrians in Bremen have found enough musicians in their midst to form an orchestra. The organiser is double bass player, Raed Jazbeh. The Syrian Expat Phiharmonic Orchestra (Sepo) gives its first concert tonight, opening with Mendelssohn’s music from Die Heimkehr aus der Fremde, the homecoming from abroad. TV report here.