Shock death of star percussionist, 54
Friends are sharing word of the death of Peter Sadlo, one of the most successful percussion virtuosi. He died of complications following a surgical operation. Spotted when he was 20 by Sergiu Celibidache, Peter became principal timpanist of the Munich Philharmonic in 1982 and professor of percussion at the city’s music academy. He added the […]
Test case: Conductor wins pregnancy discrimination suit
The Irish conductor and games composer Eimear Noone has won judgement in Los Angele against Jason Michael Paul Productions Inc. for firing her from the production of “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” after she got pregnant. A jury awarded Eimear $647,000 in compensation, having decided that the company acted with malice. Report here.
Maestro is attacked by shark in Hong Kong
The German pianist and conductor Justus Frantz had a lucky escape after a shark bit his leg as he was swimming in waters off Hong Kong. He spent several days in hospital with severe lacerations. Justus says he got off lightly. The shark was a small one. He ‘s back conducting this week at German […]
Lebrecht Album of the Week: It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for….
From the review: This is one the world has been waiting for. The Minnesota Orchestra’s partnership with the Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä is a treasure of our times, especially when they play music of the frozen north. Minnesota is sufficiently remote from the rest of musical America to maintain its own sound and Vänskä, ever […]
Sad CD day: Philadelphia loses its last classical record store
Peter Dobrin reports: ….It seems impossible, but with the closing of F.Y.E., Center City may be without a brick-and-mortar store selling new classical releases for the first time since the dawn of the recording era. F.Y.E. put considerable care into its classical department, and for years after it took over from Tower in 2007, the […]
Tributes to a Monty Python composer
We have been notified of the death of Fred Tomlinson, a very active session singer and a strong member of Equity’s Concert & Session Singers Committee, working with John Noble, Les Fyson, Meryl Dickenson, Edgar Fleet, Terry Edwards and others. As leader of the Fred Tomlinson Singers, he provided vocals for the Two Ronnies and other TV […]
Looted Dürer is found in flea market
Amazing grace: A long lost copper engraving by German artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) has found its way back to the southern German Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. The graphic work dating from 1520 was thought to have been lost during the Second World War and had been registered in the specialized “Lost Art“ database. More here.
Parting hug of a great composer
The BIS owner Robert von Bahr has sent us this reminiscence and fond farewell from his recent meeting with the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, who has died aged 87. Interesting that Norman would mention the Flute Concerto from 1975. It is a work, with which I feel particularly at home, since it was I, who […]
Cool Austrian reception for new Ades opera
The first review in the Salzburger Nachrichten acknowledges frenzied applause for The Exterminating Angel, but finds the plot boring and lacking in surprise: Wer Intention, Stück und Aufführung so zu lesen versuchte, musste sich wie im falschen Film wähnen. Wen das nicht anfocht, jubelte aus seiner Sicht womöglich zu Recht. Der Standard notes that the Thomas […]
Film composers’ cherished trumpet calls it quits
Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith made their recordings with the Royal Scottish National Symphony Orchestra because they loved its principal trumpet, John Gracie. Yesterday, after 35 years, John blew his last notes with the orchestra and went into retirement. He remains Professor of Trumpet at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, and a member of the […]
Seller wanted £50 for Krysia’s stolen £200,000 Gofriller
The London violinist Krysia Osostowicz, who got her precious violin back within a day after it was stolen, has posted a note of thanks to all who helped in the search: Dear Friends, for those of you who haven’t already heard, I’m thrilled to report that my violin has been recovered! A woman took it in […]