One principal flute conducts another
This is the new release from Juliette Bausor, who has just joined the London Philharmonic as principal flute. She is conducted by Jaime Martin, who used to be principal flute with the LPO before taking a different career path. So he’s handing over the baton in more senses than one.
David Beckham does 22 push-ups on a piano (but can he play a scale?)
Celebrity at work. Lang Lang’s next.
This week we started to sound really good. Really good
Our weekly diarist Anthea Kreston is getting the red-carpet treatment with the Artemis Quartet. The quartet has been awarded an ECHO Award – the European equivalent to a Grammy. It is the fourth for the Artemis – and will be my first time walking the Red Carpet. I never anticipated that I would still be […]
Just in: Dmitri Hvorostovsky cancels Vienna Opera
The Russian baritone, who is receiving treatment for brain cancer, made a strong start to the season in Sochi earlier this month. But he has just notified Vienna that he is too unwell to sing the title role in Verdi’s Simon Boccangera, due to run from Friday. He will be replaced by Marco Vratogna. We wish […]
Hot tweet: Berlin names Korean principal flute, 19
The Konzerthausorchester in Berlin has named Yubeen Kim as its new principal flute. Yubeen’s quite a catch – easily the hottest contestant at last year’s flute competitions. And only 19. He inherits the seat vacated by Silvia Careddu, who went on to become principal of the Wiener Symphoniker and, very quickly, of the Vienna Philharmonic. […]
This voice is going to break
But, before it does, Norwegian composer Henning Kraggerud has rushed out a tribute aria. The boy, Aksel Rykkvin, is 13. In Norway, he’s bigger than Charlotte Church, Laura Bretan and Jackie Evancho put together. Watch.
He once shared a podium with Frank Zappa
Jean-Louis LeRoux started out as principal oboe of the San Francisco. He went on to become conductor of the San Francisco Ballet. The he founded a contemporary music ensemble and a chamber orchestra. Jean-Louis has died, aged 89. Obit here. This is him, sharing a programme of Webern and Varese with the eclectic Mr Zappa. […]
Leipzig splashes millions more on music
The hard-pressed former industrial city is increasing its cultural offer with a decision to increase spending on music in the next three years. The Leipzig Opera’s subsidy will increase from the present 47 million Euro to almost 52 mllion in 2020 (that’s about four times what English National Opera gets). The Gewandhaus gets a more modest […]
A Holocaust survivor gives up his violin
Deeply moving New Yorker mini-doc. Watch the trailer for Kahane Cooperman’s film. Then the full 24-minute film. Watch this video on The Scene.
Are orchestras on the way up again?
Our artsjournal.com pal Doug McLennan thinks they might be. There’s been a change in the news coming out of symphony orchestras over the past summer. Usually there’s a background drumbeat of struggle as orchestras fight to stay alive. But for months now, the beat has shifted, and we’re hearing about orchestras that are not only […]
John Williams: I could have been a cellist
The Brazilian classical guitar site, Guitar Co-op, has a remarkably frank and comprehensive interview with the last of the guitar lions, the accomplished John Williams. Much of the conversation, with Stephen Goss and Marcelo Kayath will be of invaluable technical interest to guitar players.. But John is an astute observer of musical habits and there […]