Bryn Terfel: Why I won’t sing at Bayreuth
Summer time is family time, the baritone tells Die Welt. He’d rather do Sangria in Spain than Siegfried on the hill. Read here.
The blind spots of Pierre Boulez
Max Raimi, a viola player in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, played with Pierre Boulez for 25 years and greatly admired his human qualities. But some of his musical choices left Max vexed. Here, in an essay for Slipped Disc, is his thoughtful assessment of a musical giant and his myopia. I first played under the […]
Indiana professor of piano dies
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has announced the death of Edmund Battersby, professor of piano since 1995. He died on Friday at his home in Bloomington, Ind., at the age of 66. No cause has been given. A native of Detroit, Battersby had an extensive career as a recital and recording artist.
Death of an influential American composer
The death has been announced of the composer David Baker who, though primarily a jazz musician, received commissions from Janos Starker, the New York Philharmonic, Josef Gingold, the Beaux Arts Trio and many other classical individuals and ensembles. Baker, who was 84, founded the jazz studies department at Indiana University in 1968 and was its […]
La Scala makes last-minute maestro substitution
There was panic at La Scala Friday night when, minutes before the curtain rose on I due Foscari, the conductor Michele Mariotti came down with a high fever and flu symptoms. What to do? The tenor Francesco Meli remembered that there was a young guy from Milan who had assisted in a Foscari he had […]
Menahem Pressler: As a teacher, our children want to be our children
Slipped Disc exclusive: A masterclass by the great chamber musician at Bienen School of Music. Part 1 here. Part 2 here (includes Mozart and Messiaen).
Rising piano star is a Mussolini refugee
It turns out that Luca Buratto, 22, winner of the Honens piano competition, belongs to a family that fled Italy over Mussolini’s racial laws. His great-grandfather found refuge in Brazil but lost his promising career as a composer. Stephen Cera has the story here.
Whatever became of Bill Schuman?
Anyone alive in the 1960s will remember William Schuman, a power in the land of American music. President of Juilliard and the Lincoln Center, he won two Pulitzer prizes and a National medal for the Arts for his abundant orchestral music, which included ten symphonies. Not a note of his gets played nowadays. Chicago psychotherapist […]
Germany loses an orchestra
It has been decided to merge the Thüringen Philharmonie of Gotha with the Landeskapelle Eisenach. The two orchestras will become one in August next year. It will not escape your attention that this bureaucratic merger is taking place at the birthplace of J S Bach. Some 50 German orchestras, mostly in the former DDR have been […]
Two 90 year-old conductors return to lead their old orchestra
Minnesota welcomes the return of two former music directors next season. Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, who was music director from 1960 to 1979, is now 92. Sir Neville Marriner, Minnesota chief from 1979 to 1986, is 91. Can any other orchestra boast more than one nonagenarian? Does any other inspire such adhesion?