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.
Can you trill? Joyce shows how in a flash
She is the most unassuming, infectious, confident, funny and natural teacher on earth. Two minutes with Joyce DiDonato and your doorpost will start trilling.
More composers in fast cars
These five come courtesy of Mogens Madsen and Bart Diels, to add to our original collection pack. First, that Danish racer Carl Nielsen… followed by Mr & Mrs Paul Hindemith in an open top (she won’t give up the wheel), Roberto Gerhard out for a ride with his brother, and Hans-Werner Henze in a getaway car […]
Hungarian cellist sweeps top German prize
The ARD competition, with a record of yielding world stars and getting total German media attention, has produced an outright winner in the cello section. He is Istvan Vardai, 28, a Verbier veteran who already has a hatful of prizes – including the David Popper prize three times over. Will the ARD be his tipping […]
Woman points gun at clarinet playing kid
This may not be the full story. A woman was arrested in Clifton, Colorado, last week after pointing a rifle at an 11 year-old boy who was practising clarinet in the yard. The woman was drunk; that much is uncontested. The rifle, it is reported, may have been unloaded. The boy was playing outside because […]
Putin congratulates a loyal violinist
Loyalty works both ways. The violinist and chamber orchestra conductor Vladimir Spivakov has been quick to sign manifestos in support of the Russian president. This weekend, the Kremlin reciprocated by publishing a 70th birthday telegram from Putin to his court violinist. It says, among other fond things: ‘Thank you for your many years of work […]
The new Jackie Evancho: how far has she come?
Many readers will know that the world is divided between those who find the American talent show star angelic and above mortal criticism, and those who dissent from that view. Slipped Disc has been urged several times to guillotine the irresoluble discussion, but there have been developments on the Evancho front and her new album, […]
The highest baritone beneath the skies
Part four of Gerald Finley’s assault on Mount Kilimanjaro: Day 5 A strange and restless night – get up into the cold to traipse to the bucket tent, or ignore the rumblings and try to sleep? The sleep needs wins. Eventually sleep is had in the hour between light and Thomas’ “hello… how are […]
What happens when a baritone climbs too high
Part three of Gerald Finley’s assault on Mount Kilimanjaro: Day 3 Slept poorly – dreams strange but fleeting. The occasional deep snore from another tent – apparently a sign of altitude acclimatisation. The large group dynamics of similar language groups always throws up the livelier souls – always laughing too loud too often. Sleep is […]
‘Sex offence’ conductor is suspended from his post
Joseph Cullen, former head of the LSO Chorus who has been charged with sex offences in Glasgow, has been suspended from his position with the Huddersfield Choral Society. Statement follows. Statement concerning the position of The Huddersfield Choral Society’s Chorus Master The Huddersfield Choral Society has today suspended its Chorus Master, Joseph Cullen following […]
Atlanta shuts down comment
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra shut down the ‘comments’ facility on its website last night after being deluged with negative responses to its lockout. Soon, its board and management may resort to using bodyguards, as they did in Minnesota. All so unnecessary. These are peaceful musicians. Talk to them. Listen.