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German band legend dies, aged 89 - Article - 15 August 2015
Max Greger, master of 150 recordings and stage partner of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, has died of cancer in a Munich hospital. He ran the house band for the ZDF television network.
The pianist who played til her fingers bled - Article - 13 June 2015
photo Chris Slaughter This is the piano as it was left by Rui Urayama after she played a Bartok sonata at the Cincinnati World Piano Competition this week. You’ll be relieved to hear that Rui got through to the semi-finals. The piano was sent for treatment.
Salzburg Easter era ends on an unprecedented high - Article - 7 April 2015
Stats are out for the festival, Peter Alward’s last as manager, and the indicators are all pointing upwards. Ticket sales hit 94.2 percent, up from 88 last year and the highest since 2002. Revenue was up 14.4 percent to 3.4 million Euros. Alward, a former EMI Classics boss, was brought in by a panicked Eliette von […]
Music vid master dies, at 52 - Article - 6 January 2015
The endlessly inventive animator film producer Andras Erkel, founder of Hungary’s Studio Baestarts, has died of brain cancer. After launching with a Simpsons music cartoon, he worked with MTV, HBO, Disney, Warner, BBC, ITV, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, ZDF, WDR and Svensk Film.
Who’s watching New Year’s Day from Vienna? - Article - 1 January 2015
The following countries are taking the feed. You may well wonder why, given the horrible history. EUROPE: Albania: RTSH Austria: ORF / 3sat Azerbaidjan: ICTIMAI Belgium: VRT / EEN, RTBF Bosnia-Herzegovina: BHRT Bulgaria: BNT Croatia: HRT Cyprus: CYBC Czech Republic: CT Denmark: DR Estonia: ERR Finland: YLE France: FR2 Georgia: GTVR Germany: ZDF/3SAT Gibraltar: GBC […]
Thielemann goes for Broadway - Article - 17 December 2013
Dresden has announced its New Year’s Eve TV offering, designed to put Berlin in the shade. In the past few years, Thielemann has trounced Rattle in the ratings. This time round, instead of the usual Strauss confections, he is putting on the Broadway lights – and with a pair of great singers. Beat that, Berlin. […]
Video: Netrebko, newly single, rehearses Trovatore in Berlin - Article - 25 November 2013
‘Its a damned difficult role,’ says the diva, who has announced her separation from baritone Erwin Schrott. In a huge bustle, she’s made to look a great deal larger than life. Watch a five-minute report here.
Better ratings news: Berlin is wiped off the map - Article - 3 January 2012
Depressed by the Vienna mass audience? The good news is that, for the second year running, the Berlin Philharmonic extravaganza on German ARD television has been overwhelmed in the ratings by the Dresden Staatskapelle on ZDF – and this despite a Netrebko no-show in the Meissen china showcase. Details on intermezzo. It’s a big win […]
How this Tchaikovsky competition is being judged – a view from the jury room - Article - 22 June 2011
It is abundantly clear that the 14th Tchaikovsky competition differs from its predecessors in one significant respect – its trasnparency. Every round can be watched live online, viewers are encouraged to cast their votes and several judges are using their cellphones and notebooks to tweet and email their emotions as the contest progresses. This is […]
The Napoleon conductor has died - Article - 14 June 2011
Remember when Abba won Eurovision in 1974 with that ghastly song, Waterloo? The man who directed the orchestra had dressed up for the occasion as Napoleon. His name was Sven-Olof Walldoff and he’s just passed away, aged 82. He’s in here, somewhere. And Here’s some video.
The mass murderer who loved Mahler - Article - 3 June 2011
In a recent review of Jens Malte Fischer’s disappointing German best-seller of a Mahler biography, I deplored Fischer’s unquestioning dependence on a man who is widely held to be the post-War champion of Mahler scholarship in western Germany. His name is Hans Henrich Eggebrecht and many of the leading musicologists at German universties are his […]