Breaking: New York Philharmonic appoints the wrong music director
The orchestra has named Jaap van Zweden, 55, as its next music director. A Dutchman, van Zweden is presently music music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. A maestro of modest accomplishments, few would consider him among the foremost in his profession. Few, except the ever-unready New York Philharmonic. His […]
Germany’s next music director?
We’re hearing that Wiesbaden will announce its new GMD this week. The name in the frame is apparently Patrick Lange. Patrick, who is 35, is a former Abbado assistant at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. He has worked at the Komische Oper, Berlin, since 2010.
Coroner’s verdict on homeless pianist
An inquest at West London Coroner’s Court has heard details of the sad life and tragic death of Anne Naysmith, who was reduced to sleeping rough after a promising recital career came to a halt. The coroner, ruling that Anne had been accidentally crushed to death by a lorry travelling at below 10mph, said ‘She was […]
Rare video: Lang Lang at 10 years old
This 1992 French documentary has come to light. ‘I was not a very open person when I was a kid. I was kind of shy and not really connected to people.’
Classical blog shuts down: ‘It’s not the business that needs changing, it’s the people’
One of the longest-running classical blogs, Sticks and Drones, has come to the end of its useful life, or so its co-authors have decided. Conductors Bill Eddins and Ron Spigelman started sharing their thoughts on September 14, 2007. They covered the US orchestral scene and achieved a committed, sometimes passionate, readership. But now they have concluded […]
English youth orchestra founder dies
We regret to share news of the death of Lizzy Aston (Edmonsen), founder in 1992 of Yorchestra, a summer ensemble in the city of York that went on to produce many professional musicians. Lizzy died on January 15. She was also known as the author Lizzy Pewsey and Elizabeth Aston.
Mark Elder on ENO: The chorus is the haemoglobin of an opera company’
‘However,’ the former music director goes on to tell Richard Morrison in The Times (paywalled), ‘many companies survive — and have done for years — without a 12-months-a-year chorus and orchestra. Whether ENO can have musicians employed all year round must be one of the issues its management is facing.’ Mark says ENO has always been […]
Just in: Jonas Kaufmann cancels the Met
This is an unfortunate recurrence. Met statement: Jonas Kaufmann has canceled his performances in this season’s new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut due to illness. Star tenor Roberto Alagna, currently at the Met giving an acclaimed performance of Canio in Pagliacci, will sing his first-ever performances of des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, replacing Kaufmann. To […]
Poulenc’s muse has died, aged 94
The soprano Denise Duval created the roles of Elle in La voix humaine and Thérèse in Les mamelles de Tirésias, as well as playing Blanche in Dialogues des Carmelites, after its Italian premiere. Poulenc first spotted her at the Folies Bergères and decided she would be his perfect interpreter. A member of the Paris Opéra and Opéra-Comique […]
Watch live and free from the Philharmonie de Paris: Boulez in memoriam concert
Click here. Programme: Pierre Boulez Dialogue de l’ombre double extraits Improvisation I Messagesquisse Dérive 1 pour six instruments Improvisation II Notations pour orchestre I-4 Notations pour orchestre VII Ensemble intercontemporain Orchestre de Paris Elèves du Conservatoire de Paris Matthias Pintscher, direction Paavo Järvi, direction Bruno Mantovani, direction Yeree Suh, soprano Andrew Gerzso, Réalisation informatique musicale Ircam