Death of an eminent conducting professor
Thomas Baldner, who has died aged 87, conducted leading orchestras in London and Berlin before joining the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music, where he taught until 2008. A Hitler refugee, he founded the Greenwich Philharmonia in Connecticut and was artistic director of the Rheinisches Kammerorchester in 1950s Cologne, working with Stockhausen and Boulez on […]
Can you play the violin while surfing a big wave?
It seems to be possible. A Portuguese surfer, Nuno Santos, rode the big waves of Nazaré over Christmas, while playing Jingle Bells.
Last orders on closing Sinfini
I have posted my final album of the week on sinfinimusic.com, which is shortly to be amalgamated with the Deutsche Grammophon website. My last pick is this: I wrote a short farewell at the end of the review which did not survive the cut, so I’ll append it here: It’s the end of the year […]
Karl Böhm is named a Nazi in Salzburg
The Salzburg Festival board has decided to affix a plaque to the Karl Böhm Saal, specifying that the conductor, while musically gifted, was an enthusiastic Nazi who used the inhumanities of the Hitler regime to advance his career. The plaque will be engraved in German and English. ‘He was a great artist but fatally flawed politically,’ said […]
Watch now: Dmitri Hvorostovsky live from Moscow
The great baritone has posted his entire concert of December 27, 2105. Click here to watch. PROGRAMME: Glinka Overture “Ruslan and Lyudmila” Prokofiev The first scene from the opera “War and Peace” Tchaikovsky Dance of the buffoons, “Snow Maiden” Puccini’s aria from Madame Butterfly opera “Madame Butterfly” Rubinstein “In the ocean of air” from the opera […]
String quartet legend, 91, teaches on through dementia
These days Walter Levin is best known as lifelong teacher of the Met’s music director, James Levine. in his prime, he founded the formidable La Salle Quartet which played modern stuff other ensembles wouldn’t touch. Named after a street in Manhattan where the players lived as students, the quartet was Cincinnati based and world renowned. […]
The classical themes that John Williams references in new Star Wars
Michael Shobe on WQXR offers close analysis of the composer’s likely ‘inspirations’: For Han Solo and Princess Leia’s theme, Tchaikovsky sets the tone… Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D is where Williams found his melody for Han and Leia’s theme. The two are almost identical; the Tchaikovsky is faster, the Williams more sentimental…. Frederic Chopin’s Piano […]
The artist with most hits on Slipped Disc?
In 2015 it was ‘none of the above’. A year of withdrawals, society weddings and concert lapses made this Chinese pianist the most watched on our site. This one. The other one didn’t come close.
Retired opera diva is building 32 stables
Dame Josephine Barstow is seeking planning permission to build a Malthouse Arabians stableyard at Highlands Farm, Chiddingly, west Sussex. Now there’s a diva not going gently out to pasture.
You know when you’re improvising at the station piano and some other guy butts in…
And then the thing goes viral with seven million Youtube hits. Yes, that kind of Paris day. After the video was shared, the two guys made contact. One is called Gerard Pla Daró, the other Zaouche Nassim.
Minnesota is first US orch to play for Syrian refugees
Some two dozen members of the Minn Orch have put together a concert, to be conducted by Osmo Vanska and led by concertmaster Erin Keefe next Sunday, in aid of Syrian refugees. Tickets are priced at $50 and all proceeds will go to the American Refugee Committee. Booking details here. Minnesota is the first large […]