The maestro with five orchestras – no, just four
When Rossen Milanov was named last month as the next music director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, we assumed he’d be giving up his ensemble at Princeton to take the Ohio job. A polite note from Columbus corrected that misapprehension: on the contrary, Mr Milanov, 49, planned to maintain his Princeton commitment, as well as […]
A conductor proposes 10 changes to classical concerts
Baldur Brönniman, incoming chief conductor at Porto, Portugal, is one of the more thoughtful and challenging members of the younger baton generation. He has just published a blog proposing 10 important changes to the way we stage concerts, including the right to keep our phones switched on. Read here.
Air wails: ‘Lufthansa lost my cello’
An everyday story of musical woe, posted two days ago on Facebook: Hello, my name is Lachezar Kostov and I am a tenured member of the San Antonio Symphony, as well as a concertizing cellist. I flew with Lufthansa on October 12 from Houston to Sofia via Frankfurt. When I arrived at my final destination, […]
World’s most elusive pianist signs for DG
The Yellow Label is sounding very pleased by its latest signing. Grigory Sokolov, 64, a byword among pianopholes, refuses to perform with orchestras and will not play on a piano that is more than five years old. It has been 22 years since he last made a record. DG will release a Salzburg 2008 Mozart-Chopin […]
Peter Gelb puts Met on war footing for Monday
An insider tells us: At the close of the rehearsal today Gelb addressed the company to alert them that trouble is expected Monday night. Police will be on standby. Big demonstration expected on Amsterdam Ave. No visitors will be permitted backstage- no friends, family, fans, agents, etc. Nobody! Be sure to carry company ID cards. […]
Why a Strad is beyond the reach of street criminals
Vanity Fair has published a minutely detailed account of the hijacking and return of the Lipinski Strad from the hands of Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony. It’s a long read, with a happy ending. Savour it at leisure. Click here.
John Cage, the writer. Any good?
Fulsome assessment here by Michael Johnson. Another weekend read from Slipped Disc.
This quartet is first out of the blocks
Efdal Altun, viola player of the Borusan Quartet, goes looking for his next instrument in Upper Austria. Exclusive video from our partners at Hello Stage
The string quartet that speaks
Stanford University’s St. Lawrence String Quartet are playing a Haydn Discovery series in which violinist Geoff Nuttall involves the audience in what’s really going on inside those staves. It’s an engaging presentation. Dip in at 7:00 for the spiel.