Star Wars soundtrack sold 94,000 last week. And classical sales?
The top 25 classical albums put together sold just under 9,000 copies in the US, the world’s largest market, according to Nielsen Soundscan. That’s the state of the record business, end of 2015.
Seoul maestro lashes out at orchestra’s ex-CEO
In his resignation letter, sent today to Seoul Philharmonic players, Myung Whun Chung makes no secret of the cause of his departure, pledging to continue to combat Ms Park’s legacy and her powerful supporters. He writes: ‘It is with great sadness that I write this letter of departure from the SPO at the end of […]
Music critic signs off after 63 years
The Quebec critic Claude Gingras has written his final column in La Presse today. Gingras, who is 84, has reported on a rising talent pool among French-Canadians, capped by the outstanding Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He was an institution, a critic of another age. Here’s his last despatch.
Covent Garden puts up two tenors for the price of one
The Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko is sick and has withdrawn from tonight’s Cav and Pag. At short notice, they’ve called in two tenors. Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana will be sung by the South Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee, who sang the role at the house a couple of weeks back. The role of Canio in Pagliacci will be sung […]
Slipped Disc’s makers and breakers of 2015
Five makers: Monika Grütters: The German culture minister has been a leading advocate in the value of arts to society Chopin Competition: Clean, transparent and producing a worthy winner Semper Oper, Dresden: The first cultural institution to condemn anti-refugee movements Cleveland Orchestra: America’s finest, despite severe social blight. Kirill Petrenko: The shy maestro (l.) […]
Billionaire Getty calls for end to opera subsidy
Gordon Getty, an amateur composer who pays for his own works to be performed, has issued a garbled and incoherent attack on opera subsidy on a classical website that he, bizarrely, subsidises. Getty’s line of argument seems to be that stage directors would not run to sex and violence if they were not backed by […]
Cambridge in a twist over musicology job
The Times Higher Educational Supplement has picked up on a storm generated by Slipped Disc over a Cambridge advertisement for a Senior University Lectureship in Wagner, Liszt and the Cultural History of Technology. The terms are so specific that it seemed highly likely the job was tailored to a known individual. We named him. The THES […]
Editorial: Death of Seoul
Here are the immediate consequences of Myung Whun Chung’s forced resignation today as music director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. 1 The orchestra will lose its Deutsche Grammophon contract, along with its international exposure. 2 The search for a new music director, starting immediately, will attract no competent maestros – both because they are unavailable at […]
Diva Sonya: I got me a maestro
The soprano Sonya Yoncheva (‘best since Callas‘) has been obsessively tweeting an interview in which she recounts how she fell for the love of her life while auditioning two years ago for the role of Violetta in La Traviata at the Berlin Staatsoper. Daniel Barenboim’s assistant at the audition was a young Venezuelan, Domingo Hindoyan. Eyes […]
Breaking: Maestro quits Seoul
We’re receiving reports from Korean media that Myung Whun Chung has resigned as music director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with immediate effect. He will not conduct next month’s Mahler 6th, which was due to be recorded for DG. The move follows a campaign of harrassment by the orchestra’s sacked CEO, Ms Park, who has […]