What does it take to make Czechs smile?
This is the trailer for a new Rachmaninov recording by Khatia Buniatishvili, one of the more engaging soloists on the circuit. The orchestra is the Czech Philharmonic. Their facial expressions are phlegmatic, if not glacial. Do these players enjoy being on record? And on camera?
Despite rave reviews, Idomeneo is not selling at the Met
It’s a slightly better picture than the deserted landscape we posted last week. But this is the current state of sales for tomorrow (Monday) night for Idomeneo. The red spots are the seats still available – about one-third of the house. No wonder they can afford to tell Jonas Kaufmann he’s not really needed.
Who behaved worse after 1945 – the Vienna Philharmonic, or the Berliners?
From my essay in The Literary Review, on Fritz Trümpi’s new book about the two Nazified orchestras. … Compare this to how the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra treated its former concertmaster. Szymon Goldberg, a Polish Jew, was recruited to Berlin in 1930 by the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler. Expelled from the orchestra in 1934, he roamed Europe […]
Happy news: Kissin gets wed
The pianist Evgeny Kissin, 45, married Karina Arzumanova yesterday morning in Prague, where the bride lives. The couple have known each other since they were children. We wish them every happiness.
Sicklist: Conductor and soloist drop out on LSO
Valery Gergiev has flu. Janine Jansen has sinusitis. Sunday’s concert will be conducted by Susanna Mälkki with Christian Tetzlaff as soloist in the Brahms concerto. No loss of value. Book here.
Teatro Colon accuses Angela Gheorghiu of misconduct
The Buenos Aires opera house has issued its own account of the events that prompted the Romanian soprano to storm out last week. We have shortened the text slightly for legal reasons. Media release: Buenos Aires, Argentina, 8 March 2015 – The Argentine soprano, Virginia Tola, will sing the leading role of Adriana Lecouvreur in the opening […]
Totenberg’s Stradvarius will be heard again
A precious violin, stolen from the Boston teacher Roman Totenberg in 1980 and recovered after the death of the thief, has been restored and is ready to be played once more. AP reports: Mira Wang, a violinist who immigrated to the United States from China 30 years ago to study under Totenberg, will play the instrument at […]
Imagine a future in which all artists are starving on the streets
An apocalyptic vision from two young Australian violinists.
Watch: Rare and unseen Shostakovich film
Albert Gendelshtein’s 1966 Soviet documentaty, ‘Dmitri Shostakovich – Sketches for a portrait of the composer’, shows rare historic footage of the great composer. Among the participants are Maxim Shostakovich, Leonid Kogan, Sviatoslav Richter, Galina Vishnevskaya, Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Evgeny Mravinsky and more. Do not miss the billiards scene. Or Richter with the Beethoven Quartet. […]
Watch Yefim Bronfman play the Mendelssohn violin concerto
You read it right: violin. ‘As Isaac used to say…’ Watch here.