A violinist plays for France in Trafalgar Square
The Square was crowded for a spontaneous solidarity rally last night. The player was an Israeli student at the Royal College of Music, Bar Markovich.
A music critic among the Paris dead
Guillaume B. Decherf, a writer for the cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles, has been confirmed among the victims of Friday night’s Islamist massacre at Bataclan. Guillaume was 43, the father of two small children.
Paris pianist is named
The pianist who turned up this morning outside the Bataclan concert hall and played John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ on a grand piano that mysteriously materialised was named as Davide Martello from Konstanz, in Germany. Click here to watch: Pianist performs Imagine He turned up with a piano on a bicycle, played an emotional rendition of John Lennon’s […]
Opera houses and orchestras honour the Paris victims
The Metropolitan Opera is handing out leaflets of the Marsellaise to all matinee operagoers today, inviting them to join in the singing of the French national anthem before the performance. Good work, Peter Gelb. Placido Domingo conducted. The Atlanta Symphony is dedicating today’s performance of Verdi’s Requiem to the dead and injured in the Paris […]
Paris death toll: Universal Music mourn three staff members
Pascal Nègre, president of Universal Music France, has posted a message of mourning for three young staff members who attented the Bataclan Friday night concert in the line of duty. The performing band were signed to Universal. Pascal’s message: La famille Universal Music est en deuil : Thomas , Marie, Manu . Nos pensées vont […]
In France concerts are cancelled, musicians sent home
The Mayor of Lyon has announced five days of mourning for the victims of the Paris terror massacres. The national orchestra of Lyon were informed of the cancellation of their Saturday concert two hours before it was due to start. Their music director, Leonard Slatkin, who led the BBC Proms with dignity and calm in […]
The last Stravinsky link is gone
The death of Robert Craft, the great composer’s assistant from 1948 to 1971, has been confirmed by his family. Craft, who died on November 10, aged 92, acted as spokesman and swordsman for Stravinsky during his later years. He published five books of conversations with Stravinsky, asking many leading questions to which his master rose with […]
Death of Robert Craft
We are hearing from eminent musical personalities that Robert Craft died two days ago, on November 10, in Florida. He was 92. UPDATE: His death is now officially confirmed. Craft spent 23 years, 1948 to 1971, as personal assistant and general amanuensis to Igot Stravinsky. He introduced Stravinsky to music old and new – Gesualdo […]
The pianist, the ballet star and the daughter who jumped
All week long, there has been a campaign on social media about the pianist that time forgot. Esther Yellin led a turbulent life in the Soviet Union, Israel and Switzerland. Her recordings have just been reissued. She is, beyond doubt, an outstanding artist, as you can hear below. The tragic family story is recounted in […]
The Long Read: When a music director unseats a concertmaster
This weekend’s long read delves into some serious backstage turmoil at the Utah Symphony, an orchestra that appears to have been shaken out in quite old-fashioned ways by its Swiss music director, Thierry Fischer. There has been high player turnover under Fischer’s direction. A popular concertmaster, Ralph Matson, has been demoted. In June, the only […]
We’re loving the music for Mog
Judith Kerr’s fabulous cat has been brought back to life in Sainsbury’s Christmas ad – a class apart from the creepy John Lewis promo, we think you’ll agree. But who wrote the post-Stravinskian music? All is revealed below. Hint: she’s the first woman composer to win an Oscar.