The finest Fidelio there ever was….
We introduced you a while back to the overture of Klaus Tennstedt’s inimitable January 1984 performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Metropolitan Opera. Now, an alert reader, Jürgen Irps, has come up with the complete radio broadcast of the opera. Save it, treasure it, share it.
Loved my Beethoven? Stay on, and I’ll play it again…
Message from the Wigmore Hall, London: Extra performance: Tuesday 13 June 10.00pm Igor Levit piano Beethoven Igor Levit is scheduled to conclude his marathon journey through Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas on Tuesday 13 June 7.30pm. Due to great demand, we are delighted to announce that Igor will repeat his final concert on the same night […]
Album of the Week: Three stars make music for your dinner party
I’d had high hopes for the J S Bach trios announced by Nonesuch with Chris Thile, Yo Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer. Now I’m not so sure. Read the Lebrecht Album of the Week here and here.
Pianist attacks Trump’s ‘cruel’ cuts
Emmanuel Ax’s letter in today’s NY Times: To the Editor: President Trump’s proposed budget, which cuts funding for the National Institutes of Health and eliminates the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, not to mention the cuts to such programs as Meals on Wheels and school lunches, is selling […]
Just in: Rossini Festival is saved by Rai
All week long, the festival at Pesaro has been struggling to replace the orchestra and chorus of the Teatro Communale, Bologna, which summarily ended a 30-year partnership. The good news today is that the national broadcaster, Rai, will supply its orchestra this summer. Rossini is saved.
Watch: Yo Yo Ma plays for a painting
The cellist made a surprise visit to the Neue Galerie where he performed three minutes of Swiss composer Ernest Bloch’s ‘Prayer,’ from Jewish Life No. 1 (1924) in front of Gustav Klimt’s portrait “Adele Bloch-Bauer I.” ⠀ This impromptu moment, conceived by Mr. Ma, was inspired after watching the scene in the historical drama “Woman in […]
Maestro move: Sakari Oramo takes over at Sibelius Academy
Message from Vesa Siren: Congratulations to Sibelius Academy and Sakari Oramo, their next professor of conducting from 2020. This is the famous chair of Jorma Panula, Eri Klas, Leif Segerstam and now Atso Almila, who retires in 2019. Oramo, son of two Sibelius Academy professors, will probably have to give up one of his orchestras […]
Forget the metronome, what am I doing in the next second?
Our weekly diarist, quartet violinist Anthea Kreston, is having time management issues. I am sitting on the plane to our next concert, ruminating about time. My mother has left and there are five days in which I am a single mother of two, with a daily work schedule as well as two out-of town concerts […]
Fabio Luisi: Orchestras need older musicians
The outgoing principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera has bucked the current trend of replacing older orchestral musicians with inexpensive young ones. Here are his contributions to a running Slipped Disc debate: Orchestras NEED older musicians, they bring experience, wisdom, knowledge and – yes! – they can also help young music directors to find their […]
Horror: Mariinsky star’s husband is assassinated
Denis Voronenkov, the rebel Duma MP was assassinated yesterday by a hit squad in Kiev. His widow is the mezzo-soprano Maria Maksakova, a member of the Helikon ensemble in Moscow from 2006 and of the Mariinsky Theatre since 2011, where she has been cast as Dorabella, Cherubino, Eboli and other important roles. She has performed in the UK […]