Sad death of noted English harpsichordist
We regret to report the death, at her Leith flat near Edinburgh, of the much recorded harpsichord player and organist Lucy Carolan. A Cambridge scholar who went on to study with Gustav Leonhardt, she was an extremely private person with a wide range of musical connections. Lucy was 62 when she was found dead, on […]
Sunday in the Park with Dmitry Hvorostovsky
The Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov has posted these relaxed pictures from Central Park with his much-loved colleague, who has been receiving cancer treatment. Hvorostovsky will sing the opening performances of Il Trovatore on September 25 and 29 before returning to London to resume treatment.
First English concert for Syrian refugees
Following on from the Danish orchestral fundraiser that we reported earlier, the conductor Nicolas Nebout is putting together a big concert for Syrian refugee children on 11 November at St James’s Piccadilly. Programme: Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No.5 Gustav Mahler, Kindertotenlieder (soloist: Sarah Connolly) Malek Jandali, Phoenix in Exile (World Premiere) Book tickets here.
Yannick’s mentor is honoured by Canada’s biggest music prize
When Yannick Nézet-Séguin was just 23, a retired national politician called Jean-Pierre Goyer fired the conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal and named the young man his successor. photo: scena.org Goyer, who died in 2011, had been Solicitor General in Pierre Trudeau’s government, driving through an agenda of prison reform. He later chaired the arts […]
Danish orch throws benefit for Syrian refugees
The Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra is giving a refugee aid concert on Wednesday at the DR hall in Copenhagen. Viola player Katrine Bundgaard (pictured) tells Slipped Disc she has invited 104 refugees and arranged bus transport from the Sandholmlejren camp. The programme is: Sibelius: Karelia suite Per Nørgård: Percussion concerto (‘For a change’) Carl Nielsen: 3rd symphony, Espansiva. […]
Outrage as a second doublebass is destroyed in Atlanta
Last week, Karl Fenner had his instrument smashed at the airport in Atlanta, Georgia, just after he won an audition to play in the ASO. Now we hear from Milton Masciadri, a teacher at the University of Georgia, that his doublebass has suffered the same horrible fate. Milton’s bass is, we hear, a beautiful Tessore. […]
No classical musicians endorse Bernie Sanders for President
The Democratic Party’s socialist candidate has released a list of artists who are lending him support. There are many musicians among them but only two who are even marginally classical – the film composer Hans Zimmer and the blues composer Corky Siegel. Does this mean classical music USA has written off Bernie’s chances? Would […]
English National Opera digs a deep grey hole
Headless since the last chairman winged away and the putsch that removed John Berry as artistic and executive director, the ENO board has made two stand-ins into permanent appointments. Harry Brünjes is confirmed as chairman and Cressida Pollock as chief executive. Brunjes is a pioneer in private medicine. Pollock is a McKinsey management consultant who speaks geek […]
Who runs the Met? The musicians send a message to Peter Gelb
From an open letter published today by the Metropolitan Opera Musicians: The Met was able to trim $18M from its budget, the majority of which savings came from “management expenses,” and not from the players, singers, and craftspeople that make the Met the greatest opera house in the world. Our contention all along has been […]
Valery Gergiev: How I exert discipline
In an interview with Tass today, the maestro talks about maintaining control at the Mariinsky Theatre: ‘It was my strong wish the theater had a chance to live by its own rules, and I demanded obedience to the internal, corporate rules. Whenever some abused the code of conduct or fell out of step, I instantly […]
So what are we to make of Jonas Kaufmann’s ‘My Puccini’?
From my album of the week, on sinfinimusic.com: Reviewing Jonas Kaufmann is rather like presenting the weather forecast. Nothing you say will make a blind bit of difference. The Jonas devotees will go out anyway to buy it and the sceptics will stay home. All a reviewer can do is tell it how it is, […]