Politically correct musicology ‘perpetuates a culture of apartheid’
Pierpaolo Polzonetti, the professor who provoked a musicology war by writing about teaching in prisons, has contacted Slipped Disc to clarify his position. He writes: I am grateful for the support I received on slippedisc.com. I am also concerned that this debate, on this site, has turned into a critique of musicology. The accusations against […]
London won’t hear world’s most sought-after conductor
The Bavarian state orchestra is going on a Europe-wide tour in September with its music director Kirill Petrenko, incoming chief of the Berlin Philharmonic. The tour will take in Milan, Lucerne, Dortmund, Bonn, Paris, Luxembourg, Berlin, Vienna and Frankfurt. Why not London? Because the BBC Proms turned it down and neither South Bank nor Barbican was […]
Serb is named music director at Opera North
Aleksandar Marković, outgoing music director of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, has been appointed music director in Leeds, in succession to Richard Farnes. Marković, 40, will open in September with Rosenkavalier. He says: ‘I can honestly say that when I first worked with Opera North it felt like love at first sight, and ever since my admiration […]
Eschy wins a prize (surprise!)
This year’s Hindemith Award (10,000 Euros) goes to Christoph Eschenbach. He may have to give it back for lack of space on his mantelpiece. Not to mention the bank charges for small change.
Radio France gets another head of music
After years of ongoing turmoil, the Radio France boss Mathieu Gallet has wheeled out his latest pen-pusher. Michel Orier, 57, appears to be one of those all-purpose political-cultural functionaries that France throws up in such limitless profusion. He has been head of the maison de la culture in Amiens and grenolbe, a cultural advisor to the […]
Ulster turns for salvation to BBC man
The Ulster Orchestra, on the brink of collapse for the past two years, has named Richard Wigley as its next managing director. Richard, a New Zealander, spent ten years as head of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester. He starts work immediately. He inherits an orchestra saved by Sinn Fein from disaster. And one whose two […]
Carreras announces farewell tour
The Catalan tenor, who is 69, has told a Berlin press conference that he’s on the way out. His ‘Final World Tour’ will run for a year.
At the Victoires, a pianist of 92 receives his due
Menahem Pressler last night received the Victoire d’Honneur Lifetime Achievement Award from Les Victoires de la Musique Classique in Toulouse.
Do you need to study race theory before teaching musicology?
The terminology war in American musicology shows no sign of abating. It has nothing to do with music, or music teaching, and all to do with suppression of free speech and ideas in many American universities. (I have experienced this at first hand. Once, when I addressed a group of US academics about aspiring to excellence […]
Leipzig star still trapped in New York on attempted murder charge
The latest request by Stefan Arzberger, former first violin of the Leipzig String Quartet, to reclaim his passport and his career was denied yesterday by a New York judge for want of a psychological evaluation to assess whether he is prone to acts of violence. Stefan is accused of attempting a strangle a fellow hotel […]