Simon Rattle: My father met my mother in a record store
Searching for something else, we came across this almost unwatched and altogether fascinating video of the Berlin Philharmonic music director reminiscing about his musical antecedents in the multicultural city of Liverpool. The infrastructures and organisations he describes still exist – except for the record stores.
What is Herbert von Karajan doing on HBO?
The HBO drama series ‘Vinyl’ focusses on life in the old record industry. Typically, Herbie gets in first. Our review is from an industry veteran who asks to remains anonymous. Vinyl on HBO The first scene in HBO’s new series “Vinyl” opens with a close up of Richie Finestra, the CEO of American Century, a fictional […]
Weinberg’s daughter: My father was forcibly baptised
On the 20th anniversary of her father’s death, the daughter of Mieczyslaw Weinberg has been talking for the first time about his sad decline during the course of his second marriage. She maintains that his late conversion to Russian Orthodoxy was against his free will and that his wife’s mother had worked as a psychiatrist […]
Maestro won’t sign Swiss contract
The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande has issued another of its bizarre press statements, confirming it does not know where its next music director ic coming from. Jonathan Nott had been announced in the job but he’s refusing to sign a contract, the more so since the orch has just seen the departure of another chief […]
Met rehires its former press director
We hear Peter E. Clark will resume work Monday at the Metropolitan Opera. Clark took early retirement 11 months ago as director of the press office. He returns as Director of Archives, in place of the late Robert Tuggle.
Things I have to do before we start rehearsal
Anthea Kreston, the new violinist in the Artemis Quartet, has moved her family to Berlin, found a home and schools and is now settling into rehearsal. But before she can begin…. here’s the latest exclusive extract from her diary. This week – Ecki’s wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Gregor finally came […]
The core ingredients of a hit musical
Terry Teachout has discovered the secrets of the surefire Hammerstein formula in a new book by Jack Viertel. He lays them out point by point in an essay in Commentary magazine. Most striking is his opening par: Thirty-eight shows ran on Broadway during the first week of 2016, the best-attended week in the history of […]
Breaking: IMG snatches CAMI chief
In the turbulent world of major artist agencies, ownership challenged IMG Artists has snatched a v-p from generationally challenged CAMI. Oh, it’s all happening out there. It has been announced that Toby Tumarkin CAMI Music’s Executive Vice President since 2010 and a CAMI lifer since 1999 is joining IMG as Senior Vice President of Artists and […]
Maestro move: Belgians cry Wolff
The Belgian National Orchestra have chosen a new chief conductor to succeed Andrey Boreyko next year. He is the Boston-based Hugh Wolff, 62, director of orchestras at the New England Conservatory. Wolff’s last European attachment, with the Frankfurt radio orchestra, ended a decade ago.
This challenging giant was never Mueller light
Robert Fitzpatrick, former dean of Curtis, remembers a legendary professor, who died last night. Otto Werner Mueller (1926-2016) was a giant in many respects: physically at over two meters in height, intellectually because of his incredible analytical mind, and musically both as a teacher and as a conductor, especially of conservatory orchestras at Yale, Juilliard and Curtis. […]