How fast can you get from dressing room to stage?
The pianist Ashley Was has a new pre-concert routine. What’s yours?
Holiday gift: Free Beethoven quartets this weekend
The Miro Quartet are offering us the chance to download their new album for free. Click here.
Now Jonas Kaufmann cancels Japan tour
The unhappy tenor has called off a forthcoming Japan tour, according to his website. The earliest he will return to singing is at the Nobel Prize concert in Stockholm on December 8.
Computer just composed a song. How long til its first symphony?
‘Daddy’s Car’ was composed by artificial intelligence. ‘Flow Machines software learns music styles from a huge database of songs. Then, exploiting unique combinations of style transfer, optimization and interaction techniques, it can compose in any style.’ Be very afraid.
Fidel Castro’s musical impact
Five decades of international isolation allowed an antediluvian style to be conserved on the island. Cuba’s music was largely uncorrupted by commercialism.
Domingo cancels Cuba concert
Placido Domingo has called off his hotly anticipated Havana homecoming tonight, due to the nine days of mourning declared for the death of Fidel Castro. He is hoping to reschedule in 2017.
This album redefines the encore
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: If you thought of encores as sweetmeats, this album redefines the genre. Each is piece is not so much a cap on the proceedings as a new line of inquiry, a way of keeping all the evening’s music in mind while continuing to explore its possible ramifications. Read […]
Death of a brilliant American composer, aged 84
The death has been announced of Pauline Oliveros, a composer of striking originality and a profound philosopher of modern music. An activist at the San Francisco Tape Music Center, she she coined the term ‘Deep Listening’ and founded the Deep Listening Institute. Aside from electronic music, she was an accordion enthusiast. From an interview with Bruce […]
Nobody ever put up a statue to a music publisher…
Er, today they just did. Giulio Ricordi, in Milan, via Salomone.
Maestro move: Russian chief for Danish Opera
Alexander Vedernikov, music director at the Bolshoi from 2001 to 2009, is to be chief conductor of Royal Danish Opera, starting September 2017. Vedernikov, 52, is presently chief of the Odense Symphony Orchestra, with whom he is conducting a Wagner Ring. Artistic director of Royal Danish Opera, Sven Müller, said: ‘We have had the pleasure […]
The Magnificent Seven guitarist has died
Al Caiola, a guitarist who recorded hit versions of The Magnificent Seven themse and of the NBC series Bonanza, has died at 96. Caiola was one of the busiest pluckers in New York, making records with Buddy Holly, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis, Simon and Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, Glen Campbell and Rosemary Clooney.