Frankfurt Oper boss gets renewed for the decade
Frankfurt is so pleased with its intendant Bernd Loebe it has extended his contract to summer 2023. He has been in the job since 2002. Season subscriptions are up by 12,000 and the average ticket sales are running at 85 percent. Funny, he never looks all that happy.
Her Majesty meets her new Master
Picture released by Buckingham Palace, via the PA. Caption: The Queen with composer and conductor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and composer Judith Weir at Buckingham Palace to mark Sir Peter handing over the post of Master of The Queen’s Musick to Ms Weir, 22 July 2014.
Alison Balsom: We have lost a Hollywood superstar
The trumpet virtuoso has sent us these reflections on the death of Rod Franks, former principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra. I first met Rod Franks when I was a star-struck teenager in the NYO - where he simply dazzled us with his terrific playing, his intriguing tales of touring, concerts, mischief he got […]
A second London orchestra is headless
We reported last night that the OAE had lost its chief exec. Now the Academy of Ancient Music follows suit. A statement from Terence Sinclair, AAM chairman:Jonathan Manners, the AAM’s CEO, has resigned following a bout of ill health. Everyone at the AAM is very grateful to Jonathan for all he has done, especially during a […]
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. UPDATE: Here it […]
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 […]