A subversive Christmas song
The never-to-be-forgotten sings about infidelity at holiday time. The title means Happy Christmas. Full lyrics here. photo from « Barbara, photographies inédites ». Castor Astral. 35 euros
Just because it’s … Björling (3)
Inimitable power and seasonal beauty from our featured artist.
Exclusive: What conductors are paid in France
Radio France has conducted an investigation into conductors’ earnings and finds that monstrous fees are a thing of the past. Music directors of regional orchestras receive 2500 and 8000 Euros monthly, rising to 15 000 if the conductor is of international stature. Douglas Boyd at the Paris Chamber Orchestra, for instance, is paid 3,000 Euros per month […]
Kurt Masur as never seen before
This is the late conductor, fooling around for his student Brett Mitchell at Vienna Airport. photo (c) Brett Mitchell Brett, assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, has sent us some memories of Kurt: Nothing illustrates better the musician and human being I came to know than the time I asked him about a certain crescendo […]
New vid: Alagna sings Christmas in… Polish
The great French-Sicilian tenor has been learning Polish from his wife, Aleksandr Kurzak. The results are impressive and beautiful. You’ll want to watch twice.
Vienna Phil concertmaster: Without great composers, we’d be nothing
Rainer Küchl reflects tenderly on 45 years in the Vienna Philharmonic first seat. Lovely, modest man who ascribes all of his success to others. 45 YEARS OF MY LIFE – RAINER KÜCHL – CONCERTMASTER VIENNA PHILHARMONIC from Wiener Philharmoniker on Vimeo.
Just in: Two US conservatories to merge
Agreement has been reached to merge the Boston Conservatory with Berklee College of Music, effective in June 2016. The merger will release millions of dollars in real-estate sales, as well as payroll cuts. Neither of the schools is in the national top flight. Boston is also served by the variable New England Conservatory. Report here.
It’s official: In the US, Elvis is now designated ‘classical’
If I can dream, by Elvis Presley, has been included in the US classical crossover charts, as applied by Nielsen Soundscan. This week, Elvis is in second place, behind Andrea Bocelli and with 14,000 fewer sales. I guess to be classified as classical you have to show that you’re selling very few records.
England gets £10m arts boost, Scotland faces 9.5% cut
For the English arts settlement, click here. For the Scottish squeeze, click here. So which government is working better for us, his or hers?
This is a final boarding call for the last chorus from Cologne…
Lovely seasonal flashmob.
Philip Glass: Me and David Bowie
From a radio interview in Houston: The words ‘music’ and ‘guilt’ don’t go together for me. I got involved with doing benefit concerts and raising money for different kinds of organizations and I often put together all kinds of people to play. Sometimes it could be a string quartet with the Kronos Quartet, but it […]