Deep shock at early death of important historian, aged 58
The history world has suffered a terrible loss in the death today of David Cesarani. David was primarily an historian of Jewish and Holocaust issues, but he wrote an icebreaking biography of Arthur Koestler and was as much engaged in cultural history as he was in political events. Our conversation whenever we met always revolved […]
Exclusive: English pianist, 16, scoops Long Thibaud finals
Julian Trevelyan has made it to the finals of the Long-Thibaud-Crespin competition. The other finalists are: Madoka Fukami, 27, Japan Daria Kisleva, 26, Russian Kaoro Jitsukawa, 26, Japan and Hyeon Park Joo, 27, South Korea. Julian will play the Bartok 3rd concerto in the final on Tuesday – by far the most challenging of the […]
Martha Argerich: My greatest Polish moment since…
She was awarded an honorary doctorate on Friday by the Academy of Music in Katowice. In response, Martha said it was her greatest award in Poland since winning Chopin competiton in 1965. For someone who has returned loyally to the country many times in 40 years, you might have thought they would have given her some state […]
8 reasons why your child is giving up music
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A free lesson from the world’s #1 conducting teacher
John Hixson, who has written for Slipped Disc about his friend Pierre Boulez, is a former student of Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy, widely regarded as the world’s most influential and successful conducting teacher. We asked John how Jorma does it. Here’s his account. “Don’t get in the way” The conductor, composer and legendary […]
French soprano wins Neue Stimmen
Elsa Dreisig, 24, took first prize for women. Anatoli Sivko, 28, from Belarus was the men’s champion. South Africans took 3rd prizes. Results: Female 1st Prize Elsa Dreisig 2nd Prize Miriam Albano 3rd Prize Price Bongiwe Nakani Male 1st Prize Anatoli Sivko 2nd Prize Darren Pati 3rd Prize Lukhanyo Moyake
Maureen O’Hara, much mourned, could sing
Hollywood’s Irish Rose has died, aged 95. She had a fantastic repertoire of Irish songs.
Barenboim declares support for Angela Merkel’s refugee stance
‘I am a great admirer of Mrs Merkel‘s campaign,’ he has told the German press agency: By making the clear statement “We can do this,” Merkel really stuck her neck out, he said, arguing that now she must not lose her nerve. If she manages that, “I believe she will prevail.” Barenboim, 72, said refugees […]
Gorecki’s last shout
The last world premiere of a major Górecki work, his hour-long oratorio Sanctus Adalbertus, will take place in Kraków on 4 November. It was composed in 1997 to mark the millennium of Poland’s patron saint and somehow got ignored until after Górecki’s death in 2010.
How good a pianist was Emily Bronte?
The composer Ailís Ní Ríain has been playing Emily’s piano at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth and has composed an installation for it. She tells Slipped Disc: ‘She was a very good pianist and even studied piano seriously in Brussels for a while. She played daily and I’ve been through her scores and I can […]