Under-tenor saves Met Otello in t-shirt and jeans
The Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko has been singing a terrific run of Otellos at the Met but something went awry on Saturday night and by the final act he was running out of voice. Panic calls to the understudy. Francesco Anile, 54, was in his dressing room, texting, never expecting to make a Met debut. He […]
Ever heard The Rite of Sprinklers?
A twist on The Philadelphia Story, sent to us by Clinton F. Nieweg. From Carol Westfall, Orchestra Librarian Volunteer: At the morning rehearsal on Tuesday, December 3, 2002, The Philadelphia Orchestra was rehearsing Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with Maestro Eschenbach. They were using Clinton F. Nieweg’s 2000 corrected edition. Clinton suggested […]
Turkey protests to EU over Armenian genocide concert in Dresden
The Turkish state has wheeled out its diplomatic big guns to attack a forthcoming Dresden Symphony concert making the First World War massacre of Christian Armenians by Moslem Turks. The Turks see red when the word ‘genocide’ is used. The number of Armenians murdered in the state-inspired slaughter varies from 800,000 to 1.5 million. Turkey […]
Slipped Disc is awarded Carl Nielsen prize
There were extraordinary scene at the Carl Nielsen finals in Odense on Friday night. The jury president, Nikolai Znajder, having announced that he did not approve of any of the three finalists approved by the rest of the jury, proceeded to add an extra award for Slipped Disc ‘for creative journalism’. We accept it with […]
At concert 8, I was lonely, overwhelmed, homesick. The quartet saw me cry.
Anthea Kreston’s weekly diary on life in the international Artemis Quartet. Compelling, as ever: The North America tour is complete. 11 days, 9 concerts, one video session, one photo session, several interviews, two trains, one rental car, one cold, 10 flights, one massage, three HIIT exercise sessions, one visit to Niagara Falls, one Bikram Yoga. Chicago, NYC, […]
Was Prince classical?
Richard Elliott, Lecturer in Popular Music at the University of Sussex, has this take on the purple icon: … A truly eclectic and classical artist. For this is what Prince was: not in the narrow sense of his interest in Western classical music, but in a far more liberated and liberating understanding and extension of the varied […]
How to get from Debussy to Pink Floyd (via Ingmar Bergman) in 8 easy steps
Only Allan Evans can do this. The encyclopaedic record producer Allan Evans. Check this out.
As a kid I asked myself, which instrument would my future husband play?
The latest episode of Zsolt Bognar’s Living the Classical Life features the effervescent, candid and irrepressible Chicago violinist, Rachel Barton Pine. She was playing in the Civic Orchestra at 11 and concertmaster at 14. ‘I was told to leave that off when I went to competitions in Europe,’ she laughs, ‘but conductors say to me, […]
‘Dead musicians get a better deal than live ones’
Simon Zagorski-Thomas, professor at the University of West London, has used his 15 minutes of fame on BBC Radio 4 to argue that popular music should be given more academic attention and funding. ‘It seems to be up to the younger universities to take the lead in analysing musical forms that live outside of the […]
When Maurice Ravel lost faith in Wittgenstein
The wealthy one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein commissioned left-hand concertos from numerous composers, among them Prokofiev, Strauss, Schmidt and Britten. The most successful was by Maurice Ravel but the composer (below) was reported to be dissatisfied with the performance. Listen to this 1937 recording and you can see why. Especially at 1:40 –>; 2:55 – 3:10; 11:10 […]