Boston mourns a principal trombone
Don Davis, principal trombone of the Boston Philharmonic since it was founded in 1979, has died of cancer. Read Benjamin Zander’s tribute here.
Young Puccini’s lost organ music to have an unexpected premiere
It had long been assumed that the music Giacomo Puccini wrote for the church organ at Lucca as a boy was either lost or insignificant. Apparently not. Researchers have found 45 minutes of unpublished score and there’s to be a premiere at Lucca on May 5.
More rot in the state of Danish music
The head of ensembles at Danish Radio, Kim Bohr, has been accused of giving prize jobs to his best friends without bothering to advertise them. Read more here and here. Wouldn’t happen at our own dear BBC now, would it?
Happy news: Maestro gives birth
The Barbican Centre has rather drily reported a change of cast: We are sorry to announce that Joana Carneiro is no longer able to conduct this concert. Happily, this is due to her having recently given birth, and we send her and her family all our best wishes. We are delighted that Benjamin Shwartz is able to […]
Kuwait Opera House is on fire
Kuwait’s new opera house, opened three months ago, is in flames today. No word yet of casualties or damage.
Death of a New York agent
The Thea Dispeker agency has announced the death of Larry Wasserman, who retired in 2006 after 40 years with the company, the last eight years as its president. Larry was 82. His artists included Martina Arroyo, Judith Blegen, Barbara Bonney, Faye Robinson, Richard Leech, Håkan Hagegård, D’Anna Fortunato, Wendy White and more…
John Adams accepts London post
The American composer has been named visiting professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music. press release: John Adams, one of the world’s leading composers, has joined the Royal Academy of Music faculty as a Visiting Professor. His commitment cements a relationship that began in 2012, when he conducted concerts at New York’s Lincoln […]
Just in: Christoph von Dohnanyi warns against the new US intolerance
A personal statement issued today by the music director emeritus of the Cleveland Orchestra: PRINCIPIIS OBSTA – RESIST THE BEGINNINGS 6th February, 2017 Four men in my family were executed by the Nazis. Hans von Dohnanyi, my father, honored in Yad Vashem, was killed in the Nazi concentration camp Sachsenhausen short before the Second World […]
Editorial: When the booing has to stop
There were boos on two successive nights at the Vienna State Opera. The first was a lone protestor who had something against the (excellent) conductor. The second was a spattering of hoots at Daniele Abbado’s fine design team for Trovatore. The Vienna rag Kurier this morning made the – brief and unrepresentative – booing their […]
Air Canada refuse to fly Kremer’s cellos
The Kremerata Baltica were due to fly yesterday from New York (Newark) to Toronto. Extra seats had been booked for four cellos, and confirmed by email. At the check-in desk, Air Canada announced that is was ‘policy’ not to carry more than one cello per flight. Prior to check-in, all four cellos had been officially confirmed […]
Only the four best singers in the world
Arturo Toscanini, asked what was required to cast Il Trovatore, is said to have replied: ‘Only the four best singers in the world’. Vienna did not quite achieve that elite distinction in its first new Trovatore of the 21st century, but it came close, breathtakingly close. It is hard to imagine there is a more […]