Maestro buys €1.2m coal house so he can play piano at 1a.m.
The Wall Street Journal covers real estate in … Helsinki. From the article: … an upscale apartment building in Helsinki, Finland, was likely used in the past to shelter horses and store coal. But Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu and his partner, business-school professor Pekka Mattila, saw the spot as a luxury refuge. They paid €1.2 million, […]
Never play Debussy without a page turner
Here’s why. The pianist is Maria Szwajger-Kulakowska, a legendary figure in Polish chamber music; the violinist is Patrycja Piekutowska. The venue: Lancut Music Festival.
Bernstein anoints new conductor of the New York Philharmonic
A photograph of Leonard Bernstein with his arm around the young Jaap Van Zweden has begun to circulate online, suggesting – sometimes none-too-subtly – that Lenny picked his successor from beyond the grave. The picture was taken at the 1985 Holland Festival, when Van Zweden was concertmaster of the Concertgebouworkest. Let’s not take this too […]
Villazon and Hampson in race for South Pole
Big premiere in Munich tonight. Slipped Disc will be there. photo: Wilfried Hösl/ Bayerische Staatsoper
Seoul can’t sign conductors
The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, headless since Myung Whun Chung was forced out, lists no conductors on its website for the second half of this year. The blanks affect a Tchaikovsky Four, two Ravel and Brahms concerts with Yuja Wang as soloist in July/August, and Brahms First Symphony and the Beethoven’s Ninth in December. A notice on the News […]
The orchestra that played as the Nazis wiped out Kovno Ghetto
An untold Holocaust story in Haaretz, almost too harrowing to read. Photo (c) George Kadish / Zvi Kadushin / U Apparently SS men were punished for showing their enjoyment of the music. Read more here.
Second death on Jefferson Airplane
Band members are reporting the death of Signe Toly Anderson, the first female member of the rock band. She died on January 28, the same day as co-founder, Paul Kantner. Marty Balin, another founder, messaged: ‘One sweet Lady has passed on. I imagine that she and Paul woke up in heaven and said “Hey what […]
Adele uncovers Mozart in viral cello mash
Sales blurb: Hello/Lacrimosa (or “Chello,” as it has affectionately been called in the studio) is a musical experiment bridging 18th century spiritualism and 21st century secularism. Imagine Mozart and Adele in the same room in an intense co-write session, quill and pen in hand, respectively. Picturing this hypothetical hangout helped to spark the creative combination of […]
Chicago Symphony mourns Solti veteran
Francis Akos joined the violin section under Fritz Reiner in 1955 and played on for 48 years. A Holocaust survivor from Budapest, he was one of the Solti favourites who knew what the conductor wanted before he knew it himself. In 1959, Francis was named assistant concertmaster, holding the title until 1997. He died this […]
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, feeling better, plans three-stop tour
The great Russian baritone has told the Tass news agency he is ‘much better’ after the latest bout of treatment for brain cancer in London. He will sing a recital at Carnegie Hall on Feb 17, followed by Toronto (21st) and Chicago (26th). His next opera date is Otello at the Salzburg Easter Festival.
Death of ‘greatest’ modern flute player
Aurèle Nicolet, the Swiss flautist, died yesterday in Switzerland, a week after his 90th birthday. He was among the foremost 20th century champions of new music for the flute. Among the composers who wrote for him were Takemitsu, Ligeti, Denisov and Krzystof Meyer. From 1950 to 1959, Aurèle was principal flute of the Berlin Philharmonic […]