Adele uncovers Mozart in viral cello mash
Sales blurb: Hello/Lacrimosa (or “Chello,” as it has affectionately been called in the studio) is a musical experiment bridging 18th century spiritualism and 21st century secularism. Imagine Mozart and Adele in the same room in an intense co-write session, quill and pen in hand, respectively. Picturing this hypothetical hangout helped to spark the creative combination of […]
It was 47 years ago today…
On 30 January 1969, the Beatles gave an ad hoc concert on the roof of Apple’s offices in Savile Row. It was their last public performance. Soon after, working a radio news shift, I wrote a short, sad headline: ‘The Beatles Disband’. The Beatles Rooftop Concert 1969 London (HD) from lordcris on Vimeo. (An earlier […]
What to do when Maestro gives you flowers
It’s a delicate etiquette point. The concert’s over. It’s been pretty good. Some flunkey or fan comes on and gives the conductor a bouquet of flowers. Which he then thrusts on you. What to do. Do you: (a) blush (b) blush and curtsy (c) say thank you (d) say thank you and dismantle the bunch, […]
Germany’s next music director?
We’re hearing that Wiesbaden will announce its new GMD this week. The name in the frame is apparently Patrick Lange. Patrick, who is 35, is a former Abbado assistant at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. He has been chief conductor at the Komische Oper, Berlin, since 2010.
At Pierre Boulez’s funeral service: ‘Beauty will save the world’
photo (c) Marion Kalter/Lebrecht Music&Arts The memorial service for Pierre Boulez in Paris was attended this afternoon by the French prime minister Manuel Valls, the culture minister Fleur Pellerin and others from across the political spectrum. The musician Daniel Barenboim spoke of Boulez’s legacy as a man of the future interested in many things beyond […]
How Pierre Boulez wound up in a Beach Boys cover band
A Slipped Disc reader explains how this picture came into being: I was student at Manhattan School of Music. Boulez came to our school in April 2005 for a week of workshops and concerts. He was working one evening with the orchestra while at the same time our school’s Beach Boy Cover Band was performing […]
Antonio Pappano ‘rallies to ENO defence’
The Times published a letter this morning from Humphrey Burton about rumoured threats to the future of English National Opera. Not rumoured, actually. The Arts Council is anti-ENO, full stop. We hear however that the Covent Garden music director is putting together a follow-up letter to try and get a Save ENO bandwaggon rolling. […]
Meet Mrs Thielemann
At the post-Hansel and Gretel party at the Vienna State Opera, a rare public appearance by the conductor’s mother, who accompanies him everywhere. Christian Thielemann, Agnes Buchbinder, Rudolf Buchbinder, Mrs Thielemann. Photo: Wiener Staatsoper/ Christian Pöhn