Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster: How I won the audition
From Audition Cafe’s interview with Noah Bendix-Balgley: In Berlin (and in many German orchestras), the entire orchestra listens to the audition, not just a small audition committee. So it is a bit intimidating to look out into the hall, and see the entire Berlin Phil sitting there. But on the other hand, one […]
LA Phil piccolo dies, aged 77
Miles Zentner, piccolo player of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for many years, has died at 77 in Sherman Oaks, Cal. He was also the maker of highly sought-after Zentner piccolos (pictured). Miles retired from the orchestra in 1999.
Chandos signs a pianist
The independent British label has inked a multi-album deal with Ivan Ilic, the Paris-based, Serbian-American pianist, an eclectic artist with strong affinities to Leopold Godowsky and Morton Feldman. He will open with the 19th century Czech composer, Antoine Reicha.
In memoriam Don Hunstein
There will be no funeral for the great photographer, at his request. A celebration of his life will be announced soon. Lebrecht Music&Arts have put out the following obituary: We are so sad to announce the death of Don Hunstein after a long illness. Lebrecht represented him for many years, and we were […]
Update: Two London concert halls cancel tonight’s shows
The attack on Westminster Bridge has prompted the South Bank Centre to call off all today’s performances, including the London Philharmonic concert at the RFH. At least one person has died, others are seriously injured. We also hear that St John’s Smith Square has decided to close as police are advising the public to avoid the […]
Sad news: The last of the label photographers has died
In a corner of the CBS studios on East 30th, known as ‘the Church’, sat a man of unusual quietude. Don Hunstein could sit all day observing the musicians before he got his camera out. His stillness drew artists to him like a magnet. His unerring eye took pictures of unequalled intimacy. Some became iconic […]
Stephen Hough: Getting mugged changed my life
The pianist has talked about a boyhood incident that made him change his faith and his outlook on life. You can read the interview here.
The recordings Schnabel did not want us to hear
Sony have released the complete recordings made by Artur Schnabel for RCA during the second world war. The Beethoven concertos 4&5 with the Chicago Symphony and Frederick Stock are well known and altogether indispensable, preferable in almost every respect to Schnabel’s 1930s LPO set for EMI with Malcolm Sargent. Less well played are the sonatas […]
Opera Australia is at war with its Carmen team
The production team behind OA’s celebrated outdoor Carmen has lashed out at the company for not inviting them back to supervise this week’s revival. Director Gale Edwards, set designer Brian Thomson and costume designer Julie Lynch have issued the following statement: It is beyond our comprehension how any professional company or artistic director would exclude the […]
Mendelssohn’s Bach manuscript turns up for sale
A copy of two arias and a recitative from the St Matthew Passion, written out by Felix Mendelssohn soon after his restorative 1829 performance, has come up for sale in a Zurich auction next week. They’re estimating $120,000-160,000.