Maestros we have lost in 2015
Collapsed in mid-concert Beat on to the last. Remembered on Christmas Eve. Rose from the Vienna Phil From Warsaw to St Louis Indispensable at the Met Broke through in Chicago Cut through record crackle His middle name was Wolfgang He baroque the mould He maestro’d the maestros.
Style twins sign on at La Scala
It has been announced that the fashion pair Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are to be core sponsors of La Scala Milan. They have committed to to donate 600,000 Euros annually until 2021. The duo have long been regular first-nighters.
Putin lavishes praise on Gergiev
The Russian president, in a meeting with his Council for Arts, singled out the Tchaikovsky Competition as a notable achievement and thanked ‘Maestro Gergiev’ for organising it (maybe he’s starting to forget first names). Putin said: ‘”We can say that this year the Tchaikovsky Competition really returned to its former glory revived. This was a […]
Just because it’s … Björling (5)
The nonpareil Swedish tenor in ‘a gay opera’. Click here to watch video. You won’t be disappointed.
What to do with a cougher in the front row
A new book by Edward Dusinberre, first violinist of the Takacs Quartet, opens with a familiar situation: No sooner do I play my opening notes in Beethoven’s late string quuartet, opus 131, than a man in the front row of London’s Wigmore Hall coughs ominously. A teacher once suggested to me that coughing in an […]
When Jean-Luc Goddard filmed a British pop video
Lovely a capella singing, a little too much vibrato. Background here.
Meet the hospital choir who just beat Justin Bieber to the Christmas #1
Our family has particular reason to be grateful to the National Health Service on this Christmas Day. Meet the hospital team that has just outsold Bieber. And here’s the national NHS chorus, fighting political interference and public complacency to save the dream. Bless them. And join them in song.
Edward Elgar, his dog and his car
Newly rediscovered footage. A seasonal treat. Tip: Play Nimrod as you watch.
Just in: Lucas Debargue premieres his own sonata
The Tchaikovsky finals pianist is presently storming Russia with his own music, a new sonata for cello and piano. He told Russian TV: ‘I knew that if I go to the finals of the Tchaikovsky Competition I would be invited for concerts but I did not imagine I’d be so in demand and that Russia […]