Video: How Seoul saw off its maestro
These are the final moments of Myung Whun Chung as music director of the Seoul Philharmonic. He went around the orchestra shaking hands with every player while the audience roared their support. Some were totally overwhelmed. It was a seminal few moments, a terminal moment. End of. Click here to watch. 이런 영상을 함부로 올리면 […]
Leipzig restores music house it stole in 1939
Edition Peters will start 2016 in the building its rightful owners erected in the late 19th century. Why did it take so long for Peters to get it back? Because it was impossible to dislodge the Nazi who seized the company in 1939 and held on until his death at over 100. All’s well now. […]
What classical presenters do while the music is playing
Should their station bosses be watching this?
Seoul threatens musicians with lights out
The Seoul Arts Centre threatened musicians before yesterday’s concert that, in the event of any demonstration or protest in favour of ex-music director, Myung Whun Chung, they would switch the hall lights out. (That’s what passes for free speech in ‘democratic’ South Korea.) One musician successfully distributed a circular among the audience telling them that […]
Watch that French bassoon
Sophie Dartigalongue will play principal bassoon in the Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Day Concert, televised around the world. It’s her first New Year’s concert and Vienna’s first time playing on TV with a woman principal. Sophie, 24, won the bassoon audition in May and was appointed principal bassoon in September.
Angela Hewitt receives Canada’s highest honour
The UK-based pianist is among the new members appointed Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest rank of national honours.
‘Most-recorded’ bassoonist dies
The prolific Daniel Smith, who recorded all 37 Vivaldi concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra and I Soloisti di Zagreb, has died in Brooklyn, aged 77. He was equally active in jazz, big bands and small ensembles. At one point he was known as the Rampal of the Bassoon. Full appreciation here.
Radu Lupu leads honours list
The Romania-born pianist was named Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the honours list of the UK, where he lives. There are OBEs for the pianist Malcolm Martineau and conductor Steuart Bedford, as well as David Joseph, chair and chief executive of Universal Music. Others honoured include Catherine Arlidge, a violinist in the City of Birmingham […]
New Year’s Eve treat: Glenn Gould sings Mahler
The great pianist tries out St Antony’s Sermon to the Fishes on a herd of elephants. Click here to watch. His baritone voice is not bad, but his German needs attention.
10 music predictions for 2016
1 The New York Philharmonic will pick the wrong music director. 2 No turf will be broken on Simon Rattle’s vanity hall. 3 Munich will complain about Valery Gergiev’s lack of rehearsal or Putinist statements. 4 The resurrection of NY City Opera will be postponed. 5 Eighteen critics will call on Placido Domingo to retire […]