Valery Gergiev: ‘I have no plans to perform in Turkey’
The Mariinksy and Munich music director was asked at a Tokyo press conference whether he had plans to perform in Turkey. The question was tagged to the shooting down of a Russian military plane by Turkish ground forces. Gergiev, who is often an apologist for President Putin, said (according to the semi-official Tass news agency): […]
ENO chorus singer steps in for sick Musetta
At the Coliseum last night, the role of Musetta in La Bohème was sung by a member of the chorus, Jo Appleby, in place of the unwell Rhian Lois. It was the final performance of the run and it was, we hear, extremely well received. Jo, a popular company member, is married to the tenor Andrew Rees. […]
Cellist apologises for failing to sign CDs
The German-Canadian soloist Johannes Moser has issued a video apology to some 30-odd fans who were left queueing in vain for his autograph at the Royal Festival Hall while he, unwawares, was taken off to dinner. Watch Johannes’s unqualified apology here.
Brel and Barbara set the tone on France’s day of mourning
The first music to be sounded at the national day of mourning for 130 victims of the Paris terror attacks was Camelia Jordana, Nolwenn Leroy and Yaelle Naïm, singing the great Jacques Brel chanson’Quand on n’a que l’amour’ (if we only have love). It was followed by the Toscanini/NBC Orchestra recording of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for […]
Black Friday offer on Slipped Disc
A favourite from the Golden Era. Click here. Lyrics below. IRVING BERLIN “Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars” [1st verse:] Old man Rosenthal lay sick in bed Soon the doctor came around and said “No use crying, the man is dying. He can’t live very long!” “Send my son here to my side,” they […]
Going to the symphony just got a whole load crappier
They’re ripping up the centre of Birmingham – again. So the CBSO has issued a new video of how to get there. That’s if you ever manage to get out of the ripped-up station. Last time, I nearly gave up and took the next train home.
Gidon Kremer picks the best-ever Beethoven concerto
At least that’s what he was asked to do by the French magazine, Diapason. But for Gidon there is no such thing as best and no acceptance of the record industry’s repeated claims of perfection. So he proceeds by way of Oscar Wilde and Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Lockenhaus and Leonard Cohen, to give a tour d’horizons […]
Just in: Brit composer is first non-Dane, non-male to win Carl Nielsen prize
Berlin-based and not much performed in Britain, Juliana Hodkinson has been named winner of the annual Carl Nielsen Prize. Tomorrow in Copenhagen Julia will collect a statue and 80,000 Euros. Go, Julia.
Last night in Paris, rivals united
At the Opéra, superstar tenors Jonas Kaufmann and Roberto Alagna, appearing in different productions, asked to be framed in a show of solidarity. Thanks to Roselyne Bachelot for the tweeted picture.
Top Wagner tenor takes time out
The American heldentenor Stephen Gould has let it be known he is taking an immediate break for family reasons and on doctor’s advice. ‘I must take some time out to regenerate,’ he said in a statement. He will be gone at least two months. Stephen has pulled out of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung at the Vienna State Opera […]