‘The beauty of these people is purifying for us, even after their passing’
From Joseph Joachim’s eulogy at the grave of Clara and Robert Schumann. Well worth reading here, in English and German. h/t: Joachim scholar Robert Eschbach
Going baroque at home
A former World Bank official took up the harpsichord in retirement. Then she and a neighbour started putting on Baroque concerts with well-known artists in their suburban homes. Lovely story with a lifestyle twist, in the Washington Post.
Just in: American Airlines throw off an international violinist
The Chicago-based soloist Rachel Barton Pine tweeted earlier that AA had refused to board her valuable violin despite having notified her that she could carry it on. Here’s the full story, from Rachel’s people: photo Lisa-Marie Mazzucco Internationally acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine was denied boarding her April 27 American Airlines evening flight #3542 because […]
Breaking: Netrebko to sing her first Norma
Anna Netrebko will appear for the first time as Bellini’s Norma to open Covent Garden’s 2016-17 season. The new production, directed by the Catalan theatre group La Fura dels Baus, will feature the Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja making his role debut as Pollione, and the Italian mezzo Sonia Ganassi as Adalgisa.
Arts Council under fire over ‘inaccessible’ portal
ACE said its Grantium portal is designed to be a money-saving way to apply for subsidy. Its clients say it’s ‘intimidating, off-putting and inaccessible’. They’re furious. Read here.
Driverless car can’t hit a static cellist on a public beach
A 1971 television ad for the Zastava (YUGO) 101. Irresistible. (Anyone recognise the cellist?)
Salonen arranges memorial for late composer
Just announced: The recent passing of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky has profoundly saddened the music world, and this is particularly true in Los Angeles where he had developed many deeply-rooted relationships. To honor Stucky’s immeasurable contributions and long-standing collaboration with the orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and several partner organizations have announced a special […]
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, […]