‘As a soloist you love yourself the most. In a trio, you love music.’
New interview with Menahem Pressler. Irrepressible as ever.
Renee Fleming: What’s changed in my life? Supertitles
The diva’s looks back with Toronto Symphony music director Peter Oundjian.
The world’s least flexible ensemble
Here’s what we find attached to the incredibly detailed contract of The MozArt Group: Dear partners, promoters, colleagues, This technical rider is the most important tool for all MozART group shows and productions. The MozART group is a string quartet with a respectful but very different approach to the so called “classical” music. Therefore […]
Double-bass is black business person of the year
Principal doublebass player in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and fonder of the Chineke! orchestra, Chi-chi Nwanoku has been named Black British Business Person of the Year, 2016. She has been congratulated by the prime minister and the Mayor of London. Go, Chi-chi!
As fine a Gurre-Lieder as you can find
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: It is so rare to hear the Gurre Lieder live that most of us are acquainted with it only on record — in memorable interpretations by Rafael Kubelik, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Claudio Abbado and others. The work employs a vast orchestra and chorus for an unbroken duration […]
No strings attached in Viennese gift to Latin kids
Message from the Austrian violinist, Daniel Auner: The Auner Quartet are on a concert tour through Brazil, playing in several cities. Before we left Austria, the Austrian Ambassador to Brazil, Marianne Feldmann, contacted me regarding a children’s orchestra ‘Reciclando Sons’. They contacted the Embassy as they need strings for their instruments. So I went in […]
The Olympic sprinter who became an opera soprano
We have received sad news of the death of Anne Pashley, who sang soprano roles at Glundebourne, Covent Garden and across Europe. Anne died of cancer in a south of England nursing home, aged 80. Before she took up singing, she won a silver medal in the 4 x 100 relay in the 1956 Melbourne […]
Proof: French music did not resist foreign influence
From Science Daily: Together with colleagues from London and Amsterdam, MIB postdoc Niels Chr. Hansen, analysed thousands of musical themes composed by French, Italian, and Austro-German composers living in 1600-1950. During these years, rhythmic variability in French music was initially low — just like in Italian music and language. Later on, it increased towards the […]
Maestro, 80, is stepping down at Verbier
The venerable Charles Dutoit, 80 years old today, tells Rodrigo Carrizo Couto in a rare interview that next summer will be his last as music director of the Verbier Festival. swissinfo.ch: Usted dirige la Orquesta del Festival de Verbier, en Suiza. C.D.: Sí, una semana al año. Pero la próxima edición será la última, pues tengo […]
Men in badly fitting jackets do uninteresting things
Berlin yesterday Tokyo, about the same time At the glamorous summits of classical music they are so proud of these pictures.
No refund for Jonas Kaufmann fans
Parisians paid 25 percent above normal ticket prices to see Jonas Kaufmann in Tales of Hoffmann next month. He cancelled. So here’s the deal. Instead of offering a refund, the Paris Opéra is telling subscribers it still expects to see them at Tales of Hoffmann – now with Ramon Vargas – but will also offer […]