Exclusive: Seattle picks concertmaster, loses more players
We hear (unofficially) that Nathan Cole of the Los Angeles Phil has won the concertmaster audition at the Seattle Symphony. He will replace Alexander Velinzon who has gone back to his old job as assistant concertmaster in Boston. Also leaving Seattle are two more front desk violinists – gone to San Francisco Ballet and Australia […]
Israel orch says it will survive
When the music director James Judd gave up his salary last week, there were fears for the financial security of the Israel Symphony Orchestra, based in Rishon Lezion. Today, its board issued this statement: The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion (ISO) continues with its planned schedule and programming and is proud of its enthusiastic audience, […]
Homeless Beethoven pianist, 26, is found dead on the streets
Five months ago we introduced you to Alan, a homeless man in a soaked sleeping bag who played Beethoven on a piano in Newcastle station, in the northeast of England. We begged passers-by: ‘Do not avert your eyes’. Today, we have news that Alan has been found dead, surrounded by needles. Go home. Watch the […]
ANUs denounced as ‘indecent’
The never-ending saga of academic back-stabbing and incompetence at the music school of Australia’s so-called National University has been slammed by one of the teachers, David Pereira, as ‘arrogant’ and ‘indecent’. The school has been headless since Peter Tregear was forced out in August. Pereira writes: I rebuke them for their indecency and for their […]
Just in: Bolshoi grabs La Scala ballet chief
Granilano reports that Makhar Vaziev is leaving La Scala to become head of the Bolshoi Ballet next March. He succeeds the acid-attacked Sergei Filin, who was unsentimentally sacked on his recovery by Bolshoi boss Vladmiri Urin. Vaziev, 54, is a former Mariinsky soloist who headed the Mariinsky Ballet for Gergiev for 13 years before serving seven […]
Slipped Disc is at Peabody today… watch live
It’s the Dean’s Symposium with Norman Lebrecht, 2.30 pm EST, or 1830/1930 Euro time. Watch here.
What else goes with Janacek?
Not much. Two new recordings attempt to pair the string quartets and piano works with works by other composers, and somehow miss the mark. The Amadeus Quartet, dominant in the middle of the last century, told me in retirement that their greatest regret was never having played the two Janáček quartets. You can see how the […]
Meet the Neue Stimmen winner
The final round reel is online here, with Elsa vamping it:
London’s new concert hall fails value-for-money test
The first notes of opposition to Simon Rattle’s proposed new hall rallied in The Observer yesterday, following last week’s admonitory post in Slipped Disc. This morning, The Times has picked up the controversy. Briefly, it’s a question of how much bang you get for a half a billion bucks. Both Munich and London face the same dilemma. […]
A pianist finds music has died in Australia
Anna Goldsworthy despairs of having to play for audiences of pension age. It is reassuring to imagine that our audiences will naturally renew themselves, but last year, on tour with my trio, Seraphim, I started to have my doubts. We began in Macedon, Victoria, where we delivered eulogies for two cherished audience members who had […]
‘Meddling Anglican’ music director dies at 50
The Telegraph reports the death of Christopher Tambling, director of music for 18 years at Downside School, near Bath. Downside is staunchy Roman Catholic. Tambling was low-church Anglican with distinctly populist tastes. He will be widely remembered for a much-played fanfare on the tune, Shine, Jesus, Shine.