Sick list: Hilary Hahn is out for the summer
The violinist joins an ever-lengthening line of stress and fracture victims. Her issue? An inflamed muscle. Her agents have told festivals it will keep her out for six weeks.
Where’s Gustavo? Chinese go Caracas as President Xi faces mangled anthem
A state visit by the Chinese president is something that brings out the best in most countries. Not Venezuela, apparently. President Xi Jinping was greeted by a rendering of the Chinese national anthem that, by the look on his face, made him want to turn back ad fly home. Just watch. As millions are doing […]
Dutch cellist wins festival prize
This might not normally make the news but on a national day of mourning in the Netherlands it is warming to report that Harriet Krijgh has been awarded the soloists prize at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. Previous winners include Daniel Hope and Julia Fischer. Go, Harriet!
Supreme Lieder accompanist wins Hugo Wolf Medal
It comes with a cheque for 30,000 Euros and it’s being awarded to Graham Johnson, the most dedicated follower of singers in Lieder – and sometimes leader of singers in Wolf. Graham., 62, came to London at 17 from the former Rhodesia, accompanied Peter Pears’s masterclasses at Aldeburgh and founded The Songmakers Almanac. He has […]
Placido Domingo mourns Lorin Maazel
The singer has just issued this statement: I am deeply saddened by the death of Lorin Maazel, one of the most significant conductors of his generation. His brilliant mind, which allowed him to conduct a vast repertoire, was known to everyone in the world of classical music, and he was as much […]
Bad label news: Warner relaunch with wealthy agent’s wife
We are following with considerable sympathy the attempt by Warner Classics to replace EMI Classics – which it took over – at the heart of a diminished recording industry. That sympathy has been slightly dented by the arrival of the first batch of midsummer releases. It contains a set of Bach cello suites, always cause […]
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.