New Yorkers tell soloist: ‘Classical music is so overused, so clichéd’
The violinist Philippe Quint took his video out for a stroll in Manhattan. The results of his impromptu survey are sometimes surprising, even shocking. Watch. Think about it. Share.
Stranded in America, a violinist gives thanks to his friends
Stefan Arzberger, first violin of the Leipzig Quartet, has been on bail in America for the past eight months since he was charged with attempted murder after an incident in a Manhattan hotel. Yesterday he made another court appearance but the case seems no closer to coming to trial. Meantime, Stefan is dependent on support […]
Soloist ‘forgets’ to attend post-concert CD signing
There were disappointed customers at the Royal Festival Hall last night when the soloist, Johannes Moser, failed to show up for the customary meet-and-greet with buyers of his new CD. One of them wrote to Slipped Disc: Some thirty concertgoers were left twiddling their thumbs after last night’s otherwise superb RFH concert. It was announced […]
A chosen Messiaen disciple has died
We have received news of the death today of the Hanoi-born French composer Nguyen Thien Dao, a favourite pupil of Olivier Messiaen’s, He was 75. Arriving in France as a boy of 15, Dao won first prize in composition in 1967 at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in Paris, followed by the Olivier […]
Eagles of Death Metal: ‘We will finish Paris concert’
Instagram message from the band’s drummer, Julian Dorio: November 13, 2015. I, along with my bandmates @eodmofficial, had the privilege to play to one of the most energetic crowds of our tour when, nearly half way through the show, the unimaginable occurred. Absolute and unnecessary evil turned our world on its head. I am beyond […]
New concertmaster in Detroit
Ee hear Eliot Heaton has won the Detroit Opera hot seat. He is presently He is the concertmaster of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and the Indiana University Conductor’s Orchestra.
Arts Council England gets £10 million yearly increase
The detail of the Chancellor’s statement has filtered through to the end users. The ACE says: ‘We understand that this results in a small increase in cash terms of approximately £10m per annum for the four years up to 2019/20. This settlement represents a better than average result for arts and culture compared to other […]
An orchestra is born
Every week or so we receive notice of a new orchestra forming in New York or London, where there are far too many orchestras already for the market to bear. But it’s rare the we hear of an orchestra being born where no orchestra existed before. It’s happening this weekend in the English seaport of […]
Which composer has the true sound of Paris?
From my Album of the Week on sinfinimusic.com: When thoughts turn darkly to Paris, a dose of Debussy and Dutilleux can settle the nerves. Claude Debussy died in March 1918 against the backdrop of a German bombardment; Henri Dutilleux was born in January 1916 and died in May 2013. Together, the two composers represent a […]
Putin’s not getting any better at piano playing
This is recent video of the Russian president playing at being a musician. You can’t see his hands so there’s no way of knowing who’s producing the notes. (Denis Matsuev, maybe?) Here’s an older, more credible video of presidential pianism.