Sicklist: Pires cancels tour
‘Due to unforeseen circumstances’, the pianist Maria João Pires cancelled her participation in next month’s tour of concerts with the Artemis Quartet in Berlin, London, Paris, Vienna and Brussels. The the young pianist Anna Vinnitskaya will take over the London date at Wigmore Hall.
Is your dog more than averagely musical?
A study from the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the University of Glasgow finds that dogs change their behaviour most when soft rock and reggae music are played. Classical just doesn’t wag their tails. That can’t be true, surely…. Read more here.
A second music director resigns in Israel
First, Zubin Mehta announces he’s leaving the Israel Philharmonic. Now James Judd is stepping down from the struggling Israel Symphony Orchestra, Rishon Lezion. Statement follows. After an intense relationship with the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, music director James Judd is stepping down. When he accepted the post in 2014 the orchestra’s CEO Ariel Cohen […]
The Netrebkos are to relaunch La Scala
Music director Riccardo Chailly has announced that the 2018 season with open with Andrea Chénier, starring Anna Netrebko and her husband Yusif Eyvazov. When was a major-house opera season last launched by a married pair of singers? Quiz fiends, here’s your chance.
Death of a busy Vienna conductor
The veteran conductor Rudolf Bibl died in France on Friday, aged 87. A student of Hans Swarowsky, Bibl held posts at various Austrian companies before becoming permanent conductor at the Vienna Volksoper in 1973. Over the next 44 years, he conducted no fewer than 2,273 times. His last performance was Die Csárdásfürstin on New Year’s […]
What you’ll lose when the NEA is scrapped
Tega Brain has compiled a long list of all the will go when President Trump shuts the arts funding agency. Read here.
LA Phil violinist moonlights among the downcast
Vijay Gupta spends his down time in homeless shelters, prisons and mental health facilities. He has formed Street Symphony, a group of professional musicians who bring music to the socially deprived. Vijay says: ‘I began to understand that there was a revolving door between being incarcerated in the Los Angeles County jails and being homeless in […]
NY Philharmonic players form string quartet
Concertmaster Frank Huang, Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, and Principal Cello Carter Brey will appear as the New York Philharmonic String Quartet. Their hitherto unannounced debut is scheduled tonight.
The go-to recording for Bernstein’s symphonies
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: Bernstein’s three symphonies have not enjoyed much exposure on record. Aside from the Sony and DG releases conducted by the composer, my database calls up only three other versions – Leonard Slatkin at the BBC, James Judd in New Zealand and an LA Phil DG download conducted by […]
Just in: Mahler’s biographer has died, aged 92
We share with sorrow news of the death this morning of Henry-Louis de LaGrange, a man who did more than any other to unearth the facts of Gustav Mahler’s life, which he published in four massive volumes. The son of an American heiress and a French aviator, Henry-Louis was transfixed by a Bruno Walter performance […]
How can orchestras replace lost sales?
Earlier this week we reported that British orchestras are playing more concerts than ever and earning less at the box-office. In the US, Doug McLennan reports that orchestras’ earned income – ticket sales and seasonal subscriptions – has dropped from 60 percent of total revenue in 1990 to 40 percent in 2014 (and certainly lower […]