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.
10 Composers in fast cars
Rachmaninov takes the wheel Puccini waits for driver Schoenberg shows the wife Britten takes the boys out for a ride Prokofiev (2l.) takes a lesson Alban Berg takes a spin with Alma Mahler Copland changes a wheel John Cage gets child-locked Kurt Weill, back fender driver Richard Strauss drove a Mercedes. Any more? […]
Barihunk treks pole by pole up Kilimanjaro
The Canadian baritone Gerald Finley gave up his summer break to ascend unprecedented heights in order to raise funds for Help Musicians UK. Here’s the first extract of his climbing diary. Day One Woken by muezzin calling at 4 a.m. (!), who continued to bellow til about 6 a.m. The anticipation and anxiety joined […]
Starting tomorrow: Gerald Finley’s Kilimanjaro diary
The imposing baritone has spent his summer ascending unprecedented heights to raise funds for Help Musicians UK. We shall serialise his diary of the climb exclusively on Slipped Disc from tomorrow. Getting There In one of the guide books it stated that ‘attitude sickness, rather than Altitude Sickness is a main reason for […]
Maestro marries concertmaster
Our social affairs editor reports the wedding of Tomasz Golka, chief conductor of the Riverside Philharmonic (California) and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, to Anna Kostyuchek, associate concertmaster of Riverside Philharmonic. We wish them much happiness.
International pianist mourns banker husband
Paloma O’Shea, founder of the Queen Sofia School in Madrid and a piano competition in her name, has sadly lost her husband, Emilio Botin. He was head of the global Santander banking group. Emilio suffered a heart attack, aged 79. Our sympathies to Paloma, her six children and the school.
Chicago to deliver Muti’s Beethoven 9th (and more) for free
Leaping into the current fray of to stream or not to stream, Riccardo Muti has nailed his colours to the mast. Chicago have just announced: Taping for Worldwide Streaming of Beethoven’s Ninth The concert on Thursday, September 18, will be videotaped and made available, at a date to be announced, free, on demand at cso.org, […]