Don’t blink video: Flautist plays on with butterfly on her face
This is Yukie Ota last night at the Carl Nielsen international flute competition in Odense. She doesn’t miss a beat. h/t: Dianne Winsor
Scotland’s top composer cries ‘No!’
James MacMillan is the country’s foremost living composer. He has good reason to reject its dis-integration.
Vienna Opera throws on first substitutes
The Czech conductor Tomás Netopil will step in for Franz Welser-Möst in Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen in November. He made an impressive debut last season in Dvorák’s Rusalka. Patrick Lange, a young German conductor, takes over the New Year performances of Fledermaus.
A second conductor quits the Vienna Opera
To lose one conductor is unfortunate. To lose two is an Oscar Wilde farce. Ten days after Franz Welser-Möst’s abrupt resignation as music director of the Vienna State Opera, his colleague Bertrand de Billy has announced he won’t conduct there any more. De Billy, music director of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, told the tabloid newspaper […]
Kiwi conquers Caballé
The New Zealand tenor Darren Pene Pati has won the 14th Montserrat Caballé voice contest in Zaragoza, with a cash prize and a kiss from the diva. Darren is part of the Decca crossover group Sol3Mio.
Just in: Tracks from the new Leonard Cohen
Click here to stream the hypnotic new album from the singer-songwriter, 80 next week. Then read this.
Wanda Landowska’s last pupil?
We have received news of the death of the harpsichordist Hilda Jonas, who studied with Landowska in Paris after being exiled from Germany in 1934. Wanda died in 1959. Hilda was 101 years old. She performed concertos with major US orchestras and founded a harpsichord festival in Ohio in the 1960s. You can read her […]
Concertos of the year?
Long as Ihave known and admired the music of Andrzej Panufnik, whose centenary is being marked in 2014, I have never heard his concertos for three major instruments – piano, violin and cello. I thought I knew what to expect when I gave a spin to a new release from CPO’s unfolding series of the […]
Better news of Kenny Wheeler
We reported last week that the great jazz trumpeter is unwell and unable to afford the necessary care. Quite a few of our readers have helped out. Here’s what we’ve heard today from Kenny’s son, Mark: My Dad was moved from the care home into hospital a couple of weeks ago. We […]
The conductor from hell
Anyone recognise him? (Click on blue word ‘Post’ if video does not pop out). Post by Michael White. Anyone know which movie? UPDATE: It’s this.
French orchestra boss quits
Eric Montalbetti, artistic director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, has just quit without notice after differences with the new radio regime. Instability is becoming this season’s fashion in French orchestras. Chers amis, Dear friends, comme certains d’entre vous le savent, la semaine dernière a été pour moi le moment d’une décision difficile, et j’ai […]