Chicago trumpet star deletes ‘Trump’
Nico Segal, who used to appear as ‘Donnie Trumpet’, will appear in future under his own name because he does not want to be associated with the tone of the president-elect. Nico writes: We just came off the release of Coloring Book and The Magnificent Coloring World Tour, both huge successes. But all during the […]
Bataclan refuses entry to Eagles of Death Metal
It is reported that two members of the group who performed on the night of the Bataclan massacre were denied entry at the reopening of the Paris venue last night. One of the band, Jesse Hughes, had accused Bataclan staff of aiding the suicide gang. His partner was also exlcuded. ‘They came, I threw them out […]
What my grandad learned from Kreisler
Erich Röhn was concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic during the Second World War and of the NDR symphony orchestra in Hamburg from 1945 to 1974. As Furtwängler’s soloist on January 12, 1944, he played the most ominous account of the Beethoven violin concerto that it is possible to imagine. It turned out to be the […]
This astonishing trove of archive finds is unavailable anywhere on line
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: If the print on this review goes blurry on your screen it’s because I’m still rubbing my eyes at the cast list on this astonishing trove of archive finds, unobtainable anywhere on line. The composer Dmitri Shostakovich was a capable pianist who sometimes participated in his own premieres. […]
Paris Opéra is giving away preview seats for 10 Euros
The catch? You have to be under 28 years of age. Stéphane Lissner is very proud of the scheme. Read here.
A US music critic in Moscow has died
The death is reported of Raymond Stults, an American who wrote music criticism for the English-language Moscow Times. A lawyer whose work took him to Russia, Raymond fell in love with the Bolshoi and covered its performances on a regular basis.
A social whirl to blot out the news
Our weekly diarist Anthea Kreston, violinist of the Artemis Quartet, packs her diary in election week: On the morning after the United States election, exhausted and emotionally torn, Jason and I find ourselves both in transit, me to Brussels for three days of teaching at the Queen Elizabeth Chapel (the Artemis Quartet is the resident […]
Europe’s first mannequin orchestra
Oregon Symphony were first onto the teenage craze. Now it Norway’s NRK radio symphony.
Watch Leonard Bernstein’s cigarette lighting machine
It plays an aria from Candide.
Frankfurt gets new concertmaster
Hessische Radio symphony orchestra has named Maximilian Junghanns, 29, as second concertmaster. He has been playing in the orchestra for the past four years.