Trifonov cancels for an unusual reason
A ‘last-minute travel logistics issue … beyond his control,’ regrets the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. The Tchaikovsky-winning pianist couldn’t find his passport, reports Mike Vincent at Musical Toronto. Report here.
Sad news: A grand French maestro has died
We have been informed of the death of Louis Frémaux, an estimable conductor who was principal conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1978, and chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 1979-1982. Louis died at home on Monday. His death was reported the following day by a presenter on France […]
Violin dealer is offering young artist grants
Tarisio is dishing out $25,000 among five string-based projects, selected by Kim Kashkashian, Martin Engstroem and Quatuor Ébène. Get your app/lication in by May 10 here.
Orchestra embraces African-Americans
The Georgia Symphony Orchestra, music director Timothy Verville, is addressing the great unplayed minority composers in its coming season. Our mole in the orchestra says: ‘As an orchestra based in a city with a rather famous historical lynching, the decision to purse this program has not been one taken lightly.’ “America, Vol. 4” will step outside […]
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. Listen here. Save it, treasure it, share it. UPDATE: Hypnotised by the performance, we forgot […]
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. 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 […]