Flash: US bans flights to Israel over rocket fears
The Federal Aviation Administration has prohibited U.S. airlines from flying to Ben Gurion International Airport for 24 hours, after a rocket landed about a mile away. Delta Air Lines, United and US Airways have all cancelled flights. More here. UPDATE: From Europe, Lufthansa, KLM, and Air France have also cancelled. Hamas will claim victory.
One London orch, maybe two, loses manager
We hear that the ultra-democratic Orchestra of the Age of Elightenment has parted company with its manager, Stephen Carpenter (pictured). His letter of resignation was circulated among the players a few days ago. He’s telling friends he ‘has other projects in mind’. We’re awaiting confirmation of a similar situation at another ensemble.
Label news: Leon Fleisher’s first in a decade
The one-armed pianist is back with a solo recital disc for his 86th birthday. The rep: J.S. Bach: Chaconne (arranged for left hand by Johannes Brahms as Etude No. 5 for Piano) (1879) Leon Kirchner: L.H. (1995) for Piano Left Hand George Gershwin: The Man I Love (arranged for left hand by Earl Wild as Etude No. 3) (1954, rev. […]
Isaac Stern: An orchestra player’s view
The reassessment continues, this chapter consisting of a closely-observed memoir by Joseph Scheer, a distinguished chamber musician. I was 20 years old and, after 3 years of study at the New England Conservatory, for various rather unpleasant reasons, I found myself at my uncle’s house in Phoenix Arizona . I auditioned for a position […]
Hindemith Prize goes to someone you never heard of
Such a relief to report that an award has been made for future promise rather than long-distant achievement. Richer today by 20,000 Euros is the Austrian composer Bernd Richard Deutsch. (When they have three names, you’ve generally never heard of them). He’s 37, lives in Vienna and was recently signed by Boosey & Hawkes.
Renee, in play
Ms Fleming is attempting straight theatre, as an opera star who is coming to terms with advancing age. In Williamstown, Massachusetts. At the aptly named WTF.
The longest serving conductors on earth
The death of Lorin Maazel deprives us of a maestro who held the podium for more than 70 years. Earlier this year, we lost Claudio Abbado and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. The conductor Paul Mauffray wondered quite naturally whether this left room at the top. So he drew up a little list. What it shows […]
Two great Russian pianists in Martha’s vineyard
Daniil Trifonov is champion of the new generation, Evgeny Kissin of the middle generation. The photo, last night at Verbier with Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky, feels like a transitional moment.
Second job for Judith Weir
Press release, just landed: The BBC Singers today announced the appointment of Judith Weir CBE as their new Associate Composer from January 2015, in a tenure running until 2018. It follows the announcement that Judith Weir will be Peter Maxwell Davies’s successor as Master of the Queen’s Music, the first ever female composer […]
A son’s requiem, composed as Claudio Abbado lay dying
Etienne Abelin, a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, has sent us this moving reminiscence: Half a year ago, Claudio Abbado passed away. He was a mentor for me and countless others. There’s not a day that I don’t think of him and I keep being inspired by his deeply human […]
A non-political statement by Daniel Barenboim and Mariam Said
We have been alerted belatedly to the statement below, dated July 16. Joint Statement on Current Events in Israel/Palestine: We are deeply saddened and concerned by the news reaching us from Israel/Palestine and share the worries of our members. During these trying times, we must stress the importance of the art of listening. […]