The most depressing music book I have ever reviewed
I have just reviewed the book below this weekend for the JC. The book has completely changed my attitude towards western efforts to bring music to the West Bank. I am aware that many young musicians go to Palestine with the highest of intentions. But from Sandy Tolan’s account, it appears their ideals are cleverly […]
Practising Rachmaninov on the beach
This is Ben Reed putting in the hours on a piano he found abandoned in the dunes at Radical Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland. Never waste an opportunity.
Classical composer beats Taylor Swift in UK pop charts
It’s being claimed that Ludovico Einaudi is the first classical composer to break the pop charts for 20 years. That would be since since Henry Mikolai Gorecki, we reckon. But Gorecki sold a million copies of his 3rd symphony. Einaudi has some way to go. Universal press release: Ludovico Einaudi this week becomes the first […]
Theft alert: Duo devastated by violin robbery
The sisters Natascia and Raffaella Gazzana are a fine young violin-piano duo on the European circuit. Tonight, thieves broke in to Natascia’s house at Sora, near Rome, and stole her violin. It’s an ORESTE MARTINI made in Mantova, 1919. Please report any sightings [email protected] Natascia and her violin with a sometime mentor.
Shock poll: MIT beats Oxbridge for arts and humanities
You read that right. In the authoritative Times Higher Educational Supplement rankings, Stanford, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology took the top three spots, beating Oxford, London and Cambridge into 4th, 5th and 6th. MIT is where this sort of thing counts for piano practise. No idea what they pitch at Stanford. Yale fails to […]
Why does the Gershwin prize always go to a pop artist?
They’ve just given it to Willie Nelson. Previous winners (since 2007) are Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Burt Bacharach and Hal David. ‘The selection … is made by the Librarian of Congress in consultation with board members selected for their expertise in various fields related to music.’ Oh yeah? Then why […]
Covent Garden is hiring a Head of Better
There’s a restructuring going on at the Royal Opera House. Alistair Roberts has left Enterprises division and his empire is being split in two. The boring bits – secondary income streams such as retail, catering, events – join the Business and Development department. The people who handle print, online, broadcasting, cinema and suchlike are being […]
The man with broken flutes plays tonight for broken people
The flute virtuoso Boujemaa Razgui became an international celebrity two years ago when Slipped Disc reported that New York custom officials at JFK had broken his handmade flutes without warning or right of appeal. The story is one of the biggest we have ever carried and readers still refer to it to this day. Boujemaa […]
Just in: Which judge gave 1/10 to the Chopin Competition winner
Warsaw has just won the title for cleanest music competition on earth. It has published the votes in every round of every single member of the jury. You can see, at a glance, which judge gave just one mark out of 10 in the final round to the ultimate winner, Seong-Jin Cho, and which judge refused […]
Placido Domingo hopes to leave hospital over weekend
The opera lion is looking good after having his gall bladder removed on Tuesday. He has posted this family picture of his son’s 50th birthday party at the Manhattan hospital. Celebrando los 50 años de Placi y lo bien que todo ha salido! Ya con ganas de irme a casa pronto!
Winner: ‘I planned at age 11 to enter the Chopin Competition’
Erica Worth, editor of Pianist magazine, has posted her impressions of the final round of the competition and her first encounter with the winner, Seong-Jin Cho. At the press conference directly after, a smiling Cho said, ‘I decided to enter this competition when I was 11. I had listened to it in 2005, and it became […]