Don’t ever get this close to the Berlin Philharmonic
The lady at the end of the row has a problem with Kodaly’s g Dances of Galanta, conducted by Ivan Fischer. Freeze-frame by Christoper Russell from a streamed performance.
William Christie throws out audience member whose phone went off
At the national auditorium in Madrid, Wednesday’s performance of Handel’s Messiah was interrupted by a mobile phone going off in a side-row close to the stage during the aria, He was despised. ‘Out!’ yelled Christie at the phone owner. ‘You have just ruined one of the most beautiful passages of one of the most beautiful works ever […]
An editor tells the NY Times: I don’t read newspapers for the pictures
More mail coming our way on the contentious redesign of the NY Times arts section: For Dean Baquet Executive Editor Dear Mr. Baquet. While we have never met, I spent the last few decades at The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News, institutions that have also periodically redesigned themselves — and not always happily. That […]
A principal oboe plays Jingle Bells through her nose
This is Katherine Needleman, principal oboe of the Baltimore Symphony. On recorders. So what’s your party trick?
The Wagner Society dislikes the new-look New York Times
The following email has been sent to the Arts section editors of The New York Times: As President of the Wagner Society of New York, I, plus many thousands of readers of The New York Times, have noticed over many months, and most recently in the last two weeks, that the coverage of culture in the Arts pages […]
Just in: Philharmonia names new boss
In the last hours before Christmas, when hardly anyone is at their screens, the Philharmonia Orchestra has slipped out the announcement that it has found a new managing director. She is Helen Sprott, director of music at Arts Council England. Her predecessor, David Whelton, arrived at the Philharmonia by the same route. The orchestra has […]
Tragic news: A great cellist has died, at 65
The marvellous Austrian soloist and conductor Heinrich Schiff has died today in a Vienna hospital. He had been in poor health for several years after suffering a stroke and he no longer played the cello, but his teaching and his conducting lit up the music world. We mourn his loss. Heinrich Schiff was artistic director […]
A note of solidarity from beleaguered Berlin
Our diarist Anthea Kreston lives close to the market that was attacked. Here are her resolutions, as an American in Berlin. This week, Berlin suffered a tragedy – a terrorist attack at a Christmas Market close to our home. Similar to the attack in Nice, France, this major attack (by a truck cutting a […]
Who’s got the Christmas #1? Decca Classics
The shock hit of the season is a pair of classical crossover singer, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe. Their Together record has sold quarter of a million UK copies in a fortnight and is firmly predicted to be the all-coveted #1 in the pop charts on Christmas Day. This is a record made not so […]
Bolshoi mourns principal clarinet
Rafael Baghdasaryan, solo clarinet of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra of Russia and professor of clarinet at the Moscow Conservatory, has died. He was in his early 80s.
Mormon choir will sing at Trump’s inauguration
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has posted this: At the request of the U. S. Presidential Inauguration Committee, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has accepted an invitation to sing at the swearing-in ceremony during the presidential inauguration at the U.S. Capitol next month in Washington, D.C. On January 20, 2017, the Choir will perform during the inauguration […]