Idle thoughts while attending a symphony concert
From the New Yorker: Don’t clap too soon, wait till they’re done, don’t clap too soon, wait till they’re done, don’t clap— So this is the Symph-Tacular Winter Series. Four concerts times two seats plus parking equals . . . Jesus. I could’ve gotten something I wanted. Cool piece. Read on here. I bet it […]
How Kiri turned a football player into an opera tenor
Something about this 6-foot-5-inch man struck a chord with her. She put down her pen, looked straight at him and said, “What are you doing here? Are you a singer?” He replied, “Yes. I’m a tenor,” and she began asking questions about his career aspirations and preparation. When she asked how things were going, he […]
We get to make music with the boss of DG
Anthea Kreston’s weekly Slipped Disc diary: I have been savouring my final moments of vacation before quartet resumes this week. Both daughters are home with us (our youngest had her 5th birthday this week) and I have spent much time preparing for the heavy musical workload coming my way in the early months of 2017. […]
How the Dude lives
Gustavo Dudamel is selling his LA pad for $3.1 million. You can get the guided tour here.
Biz tears: New York agent dies after 60 years service
The death of announced of Mary Lynn Fixler, who retired last June as senior vice president at Barrett Artists. She was 85. Among the artists she looked after were: Rudolf Serkin, Robert Casadesus, Richard Tucker, Yevgeny Sudbin, Alessio Bax and Vadim Gluzman.
First Lebrecht Album of 2017
Whenever I watch any opera by Mascagni and Leoncavallo other than ‘Cav’ and ‘Pag’ I have no trouble understanding why the two composers went down in history as one-hit wonders. True, there are those who make claims for Leoncavallo’s La Boheme (Mahler deemed it vastly inferior to Puccini’s) and others are thrilled by Mascagni’s sex-slave […]
Breaking: Chailly cancels Berlin Philharmonic
He’s unwell. Marek Janowski will take over next week’s three performances of the Verdi Requiem.
This pianist has a lot to learn (and so does his label)
Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the Chopin Competition, is a fabulous artist with a brilliant future. But he should never be allowed to talk to camera until he acquires a pull-on charisma set from his local makeover shop. Which DG genius thought this chat was going to help sell records?
Death of a leading Belgian composer
The composer and oratorio singer Tristan Clais has died at the age of 87. A student of Igor Markevitch, he was fascinated by surrealism and explored affinities with graphics and collages. He was also a prominent broadcaster.
Biz news: Unitel sells out
UNITEL GmbH & Co. KG, the leading producer and distributor of televised classical music, has sold its backlist and Classica channel to Canadian giant Stingray. The deal is worth a reported $15 million. Stingray wins worldwide rights to a catalogue of 1,500 titles and 2,000 hours of premium content produced and owned by Unitel.