Research: Babies need music to help them relate and speak
From a study at the US National Academy of Sciences: We examined the effects of a randomized laboratory-controlled music intervention on music and speech processing in 9-month-old infants. The Intervention exposed infants to music in triple meter (the waltz) in a social environment. Controls engaged in similar social play without music. After 12 sessions, infants’ […]
World’s biggest harpsichord fan is no more
Andreas Beuermann was a popular figure on German children’s radio, founder of the Europa record label (now owned by Sony) and, by his own estimation, the biggest collector of early keyboard instruments on earth. Andreas died in Hasselburg on Sunday, aged 88.
Concertgebouw mourns revered principal clarinet
George Pieterson, principal clarinet of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from 1975 to 2004, died on Sunday. at 74. He had played in the best Dutch orchestras from the age of 18 and was greatly esteemed by both Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Chailly, his music directors in Amsterdam, as well as musicians around the world. Brahms Trio in A minor, […]
Death of a concertmaster, 82
Bernard Lurie, who led the Hartford Symphony, the Hartford Ballet and the Hartford Opera for almost half a century, has died after a long illness at 82. He first played in the Hartford Symphony at 18 years old and never looked elsewhere. Obit here.
Salzburg’s maestro is irreplaceable
The Mozarteum had plenty of time to find chief conductor to succeed Ivor Bolton, who is leaving after 12 years. But it seems they can’t. They’ll muddle through next year with Giovanni Antonini as principal guest conductor, splitting himself three ways with his own ensemble Il Giardino Armonico and the Basle chamber orchestra. Ivor, for […]
America’s top-selling classical album this week is … Rachel
She featured twice on Slipped Disc last week, but we accept there may be other reasons that Rachel Barton Pine is now top of the Nielsen Soundscan charts with the complete Bach partitas and sonatas on the Avie label. On the down side, her top-selling record sold fewer than 250 copies in the US, and […]
UPDATE: Glenn Close will return tonight, after all
Contrary to its previous message, ENO has just tweeted: UPDATE: Glenn Close WILL sing the role of Norma Desmond in tonight’s performance of Sunset Boulevard. (Mon 25 April) We’re delighted to announce Glenn’s return but also want to send HUGE thanks to @RiaJones67 for stepping in the role #ENOSunset She must have been under a […]
Glenn Close cancels third Sunset
The Hollywood star is still* unwell, ENO have announced. Ria Jones will sing the lead role in Sunset Boulevard, amid rising demands for refunds from disappointed ticketholders. See comments here. *One readers has pointed out it’s the fifth show she has missed; there should have been two on Saturday.
Just in: Jonas Kaufmann receives Germany’s highest honour
The tenor is to be awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz, Germany’s highest civil honour on Wednesday. The award will be made in Munich by the Bavarian premier, Horst Seehofer.
A mezzo remembered by a cancer-care hotel
Graham Spicer has been to visit the Casa Lucia Valentini Terrani in Padua, a subsidised hotel where cancer patients can stay while receiving daily therapies at the nearby hospital. It is a profoundly moving memorial to a much-loved singer, who died of leukaemia, aged 51. Alberto Terrani, Valentini’s husband, says: ‘While Lucia Valentini was in America […]
Victoria Wood’s daughter is up for major singing award
The semi-finalists have been announced for the Kathleen Ferrier Award at the Wigmore Hall on Wednesday. First to sing among the last 12 will be Grace Durham, 27, a mezzo-soprano member of the Glyndebourne Opera chorus, and daughter of the much-lamented comedian Victoria Wood, who died last week. Line-up here.