When the Red Army Choir became a Metro flashmob
Many of those who took part in this 2013 video died in the hideous Black Sea air crash on Christmas Day. May their souls find eternal rest.
Iran bans female cellist from Xmas concert
The authorities stepped in to stop the Iranian-Armenian cellist Melanie Awanessian from playing in a Tehran Christmas concert, despite previously granting her all necessary ermits. The concert, starring the Iranian pop singer Benjamin, was to have taken place in Tehran’s Milad Tower. ‘We just wanted to give pleasure to our Christian fellow-citizens,’ said Benjamin’s spokesman.
Yefim Bronfman: I keep playing for other pianists
The Russian-Israeli US-based virtuoso, in a candid video interview with Zsolt Bognar, confesses to constant attacks of nerves, accompanied by the need for approbation by other pianists. ‘I get very nervous… before a concert it’s a struggle to go on stage…. you have many fears,’ he confesses. ‘But then (you find that) everybody is in […]
Two violinists in a string quartet seal their wedding vows
Our social affairs editor reports: Daniel Auner married Barbara de Menezes Galante, his violin partner in the Auner Quartet, in Vienna this summer, and very nice it was, too. But Barbara is Brazilian and it doesn’t really count without a bossa nova. So the couple, together with dozens of friends, are heading off for Sao […]
Martha Argerich: Some days, the piano doesn’t love me
A hyper-rare television interview, released today. ‘It goes okay?’ she asks the journalist. ‘Music is wonderful,’ she says, ‘but the profession is not.’ Click here if the video is blocked in your region.
Romania mourns a music director
We have been informed of the death of Nicolae Licaret, long-serving music director of the Georges Enesco Philharmonic Orchestra of Bucharest and a vital figure in post-Ceaucescu reconstruction. He was 73.
Norwegian airline cancels Christmas for a violinist
We hear that the German violinist Elia Kaden was denied boarding on his Norwegian flight DY1104 from Oslo to Berlin two days before Christmas. He was forced to buy a new ticket for both himself and his violin, even though regulations clearly state that violins can be carried on board. This callous budget airline goes […]
Breaking: Zubin Mehta to leave Israel Philharmonic
One of the world’s longest musical partnerships is about to end. Zubin Mehta first conducted the Israel Philharmonic in 1961. He was named music director for life in 1981. Today, he announced that he will step down in October 2019. Zubin Mehta turned 80 earlier this year. Our friend Amir Mandel has the full story […]
The inimitable sound of Sibelius’s voice
Now, at last, with English subtitles. The unique 1948 radio interview begins at 1:50. The voice, steeped in liquor and cigars, is unforgettable, hypnotic.