US opera maestro dies, aged 78
San Diego Opera has been notified by the family that the Italian conductor Edoardo Muller passed away yesterday at the age of 78. Edoardo Muller (or Müller) made his San Diego Opera debut in 1980, conducting the West Coast premiere of Giovanna d’Arco. Over the years he conducted over 30 San Diego Opera productions until […]
Happy returns: Chicago rehires the principal oboe it let go
In a move unparalleled in recent orchestra memory, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra rehired Alex Klein on Friday as principal oboe. Alex, a Brazilian, joined the orchestra in 1995 under Daniel Barenboim as successor to the unforgettable Ray Still. He retired nine years later, suffering from focal dystonia in his left hand, which he described as […]
What Brexit means for music in London
The consequences are becoming clearer. 1 No new concert hall Neither the country, nor the City, nor its staff-evacuating financial institutions will stump up half a billion pounds for Simon Rattle’s vanity hall. Its chief sponsor, the unpopular Chancellor George Osborne, is struggling for survival. 2 Music colleges will lose EU students They will be […]
First video: Musicians play Ode for Joy in spontaneous Brexit response
The night after the EU referendum result, a scratch orchestra of young musicians and singers from around Europe and the UK gathered outside St Martin-in-the-Fields in London’s Trafalgar Square to express their emotions. No UK media have reported this event, which was flagged up on Friday afternoon on Slipped Disc. You see it here first. © […]
Other lives: The street cellist of Vancouver
Meet Clara Shandler. You won’t regret it. My name is Clara, I’m a punk-rock-yogi cellist, and I take it outside. I put beats in my Bach, mix a little French impressionism with my metal, and throw a bit of a Buddhist philosophy in some jazz. I’ve been Vancouver’s Sidewalk Cellist since I was 14 and this year I’m […]
In Japan ‘100% of school students are exposed to western classical music’
A thoughtful piece on the state of play in Japan from pianist Josephine Yang: Music education begins at age 6 and lasts as a mandatory class until age 15 (during elementary and junior high schools). In elementary schools, music is taught as an independent subject either by the regular class teacher or by a specialized […]
Robots sing Beethoven. Warning: Don’t click
The Mirai Capsule Choiris is directed by two humans, Tomomi Ota and Kansuke Nishida. Careful, it’s going viral.
Bach with joined-up writing
The fugue in B-flat minor from the first book of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, performed by Kimiko Ishizaka, with an animated graphical score.
Can Moscow’s loser cut it on record?
My Lebrecht Album of the Week is Lucas Debargue’s debut recital on Sony: This is a great time for piano lovers, a terrible one for young pianists. The past four years have flung up the most phenomenal range of new talent, more than listeners can take in. Daniil Trifonov, the 2011 Tchaikovsky winner, set a […]
Just in: Bayreuth’s Parsifal is stopped by security
There have been mutterings from singers about tighter security measures at Bayreuth ahead of an Islam-themed Parsifal, but no-one has been seriously affected – until today. It appears that Klaus Florian Vogt, dressed in the role of Parsifal in a soldier’s uniform, was stopped by security and taken out for questioning. It was later said […]
Musicians call Ode to Joy and Europe rally tonight in Trafalgar Square
If you care about the state of the nation and our pleace in the world, get your instrument down to the Square tonight at 10pm for an Ode to Joy and Europe. The facebook site is here. Be there if you can. Watch video here.