Exclusive: Washington rejigs Glass premiere
Washington National Opera has been scouring the world for a conductor after Dennis Russell Davies underwent knee surgery and pulled out of next month’s production of Philip Glass’s opera, Appomattox. The score is now in the hands of the Italian conductor and composer, Dante Santiago Anzolini, who recently led a production of Akhnaten in Turin. This […]
In mid-concert, concertmaster gets married
Congratulations to two Philadelphia players – first violinist Rachael Matthey and Philly Pops concertmaster Michael Ludwig – who put the intermission of their Saturday afternoon concert at Kimmel Center to good use by getting the mayor to marry them in front of an audience of 2,000. More here. Watch.
Yundi is back on Chopin jury
Slipped Disc’s scout at the Chopin Competition reports that after a five-day absence to attend a friend’s wedding in Shanghai, Yundi Li clocked in this morning to resume his jury service in Warsaw. He’ll need a good night’s sleep to overcome jetlag and the wedding hangover.
Watch the two tenors (one ex)
A fun duet, newly uploaded, by Jonas Kaufmann and Placido Domingo. h/t: Basia Jaworski
In defence of Tom Watson, MP
Now the ratpack is upon him for smearing the dying and the dead, let these things be remembered: 1 Tom Watson MP was the only person in authority who listened to victims of child abuse at a time when no newspaper could be bothered to give them time of day. 2 Tom Watson MP cared […]
Passing of a Peabody dean
Ray Robinson, who headed the Peabody conservatory from 1963 to 1969 and later served as music director of the Palm Beach Symphony, has died at 82. He was a prolific author of composer guides.
Valery Gergiev ‘gave little’ to the LSO
In a blog that the Guardian has not seen fit to print, veteran music critic Andrew Clements nails Gergiev’s eight years at the London Symphony Orchestra – a partnership that ends this week with not much more than a whimper. Gergiev’s interests range far and wide, from Fifa ((pictured) to turkey farms. He never seemed […]
Airport nightmare: Russians seize concertmaster’s violin
Josef Spacek, concert master of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, had his precious 1855 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume instrument confiscated by Russian customs officers at Koltsovo airport near Yekaterinburg, as he tried to leave the country on Thursday after giving a festival performance. The Customs men accused Josef of trying to smuggle out the instrument without paying duties. As of […]
Anyone seen Chopin’s missing juror?
We had a cryptic message from a Warsaw contact saying Yundi Li, the 2000 winner, had vanished from the juror. ‘Yundi is presently getting married.’ Which, for all sorts of reasons, seemed unlikely. But Yundi’s social media have gone unusually quiet – he hasn’t tweeted in half a week – and Rudolph Tang has come […]
Ankara bomb blanks out orchestra opening
A notice on the website of the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra: Season opening concerto of the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra scheduled for today, October 10, 2015, is cancelled due to the atrocious terror attack in Ankara today. At least 85 people were killed in two explosions at a peace rally in the city. The opening concert, conducted by Avi […]
A Russian wins richest violin competition
The winner of the 9th Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover is Sergei Dogadin. He leaves with 50,000 Euros and Naxos recording and a stash of concert dates. Dogadin, 27, came joint second at the 2011 Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow (the first prize was not awarded). The awards in full: 1. Sergei Dogadin […]