A farewell note from sweet Sinfini
The classical discovery site, which ceased activity at the start of the year, has shifted its archive to the Deutsche Grammophon website prior to final shutdown. The farewell message went out today. At Sinfini Music, it has been our ongoing mission to ‘cut through classical’ and help you discover the very best of classical music […]
A second take on the harpsichord riot
Alexander Scherf, a cellist in Concerto Köln, has posted his account of yesterday’s disruption of Mahan Esfahani’s performance of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase for a conservative, bourgeois Sunday audience. Scherf was shocked when concertgoers heckled the soloist’s opening remarks with a demand that he speak German. They went on to give a slow handclap during […]
Outstanding Achievement in Opera? That will be ENO, again
The Olivier Awards shortlist was announced this morning. In the category Outstanding Achievement in Opera, the nominees are: – English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra for The Force Of Destiny, Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk and The Queen Of Spades at London Coliseum – Felicity Palmer for The Queen Of Spades at London Coliseum – Sir Antonio […]
At our concerts, please keep your Smartphones on…
Our pals at River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston are educating their audience by means of a Smartphone app called Octava. Basically, it offers screen guidance to musical works as they are being played in concert. Any objections? More here.
One composer on either side of the 1914 trenches
My album of the week pairs two composers who fell on opposite sides in the first year of the Great War. Neither achieved fame beyond – or even within – their own country. But the music survives. And demands to be heard. Stephan, a Munich avant-gardist, was the only soldier in his German unit to […]
Peter Gelb ‘can’t understand why visitor numbers are down’
Dominique Meyer, director of the Vienna State Opera, has been reflecting on his record 99.02 percent box-office and contrasting it to the declining returns at the Met. Gelb, whom he met recently, is, he says, ‘pretty desperate’ about the situation: Ich war vor ein paar Tagen in New York. Peter Gelb, der Generaldirektor, ist ziemlich […]
Oscar fail: the orchestra
by Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press: Completely out of tune: Just when you think the Oscar orchestra has done the worst play-off ever (for the winning director of a short doc on honor killings), it decides to play Wagner’s “Flight of the Valkyries” through most of the acceptance speech of best director winner Alejandro Inarritu’s back-to-back win […]
Death of a widely travelled pianist
The Baltimore-based pianist Reynaldo G. Reyes has died at the age of 82. Raised in Manila, he won a scholarship to Paris and went on to study at Peabody with Leon Fleisher. He toured extensively and taught at Towson University for 50 years. He was a member of the Baltimore Trio.
Never again, Air Berlin
From the international soloist, Viviane Hagner: Never again Air Berlin!!! They just made me pay an extra 396 Euros to be able to take my violin on board for a flight Munich- Berlin. And I thought this was over..
Just in: Berlin Philharmonic manager quits
Martin Hoffmann, Intendant of the Berliner Philharmoniker, has told Der Tagespiegel today that he is leaving next year, in August 2017, around the time that Simon Rattle steps down as music director. Hoffmann gives no reason, except to say the the coming of a new music director warrants a management change. The orchestra divided deeply last year […]
Noisy dissent disrupts a harpsichord recital
The international virtuoso Mahan Esfahani faced what may be the first recorded riot at a harpsichord recital yesterday when a conservative Cologne audience objected to him playing Steve Reich on a baroque intrument. Mahan tells Slipped Disc: As we know, the life of a soloist is mostly a string of “concerts played and […]