Gidon Kremer receives supreme award
The violinist and ensemble director has been awarded Japan’s 2016 Praemium Imperiale, sometimes called the Nobel Prize for the arts. He shares this year’s prize with the film director Martin Scorsese. The prize is worth 15 million Yen, around 130.000 Euros.
Concertmaster dies, aged 98
John Lambros, who died on Thursday in Charleston, was concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra – renamed the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra – for longer than anyone can remember. In all he played in the first violins for 55 years – and goes straight into the Slipped Disc list of longest serving orchestral musicians.
Ailing streaming site offers 99 cent, 3-month access
Soundcloud, the struggling music database, is offering one quarter’s subscription to 135 million tracks for less than a dollar. Check here.
La Scala to sing in department store
The visiting Italian company is giving an ad hoc performance at 2pm today in Moscow’s GUM store. Not a bad idea, since the former shopping preserve of Soviet nomenklatura wives closely resembles one of Franco Zeffirelli’s sets at La Scala.
French label goes bankrupt
The elegant and often innovation record label Naive has run out of time. It was put into administration last month, and bought out by a digital distribution firm, Believe. About half the work force, 25 staff, will keep their jobs. t remains to be seen whether there will be continued production after the current season’s […]
France awards Susanna Mälkki the Légion d’Honneur
The Finnish conductor was formerly music director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris. She received the award today in Helsinki from the French Ambassador.
She sold six times more albums last week than anyone else
Nielsen Soundscan figures are in, not quite as bad as usual. Anna Netrebko sold more than 900 copies of her new DG album in the US last week. The next-best contender were the Norcia monks, with 160.
Itzhak Perlman is giving it away
The violinist is choosing who should share the $2 million Genesis prize he was given in Israel: The violinist announced Monday that he would donate NIS 3.2 million (approx. $850,000) to organizations in Israel that connect people with disabilities with the classical arts. The biggest donation — NIS 940,000 (approx. $250,000) — will go to […]
Solti’s last interview: ‘Would you kindly not bring out so much my love of ladies?’
Searching for something else online, I stumbled across an interview I conducted with Solti 19 years ago, the last one of his life. It was the happiest I had ever seen him, the day of his daughter’s engagement, and we spent the whole morning in reckless mood, sharing unbuttoned intimacies. Sample: At a recent record […]
Just in: Cleveland aide becomes music director
Brett Mitchell, Associate Conductor at the Cleveland Orchestra, has been named music director of the Colorado Symphony from next season. Brett, 37, has also been in charge of Cleveland’s youth orchestra. Colorado has bounced back from har times with its first budget surplus. Detailed press release follows. Meantime, many congrats to Brett and his radio […]
Classical artists join anti-gun lobby
On September 25 there will be concerts across the US in support of an end to gun violence. A classical section is being rallied by Musicians Against Gun Violence in America with classical musicians sounding off at the following locations. Go support them if you can. Cleveland, Ohio: At U.S. Bank Plaza in Playhouse Square, 12:30pm. Performers include musicians […]