The kid fiddler who outfaced Joshua Bell
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Top-selling classical album: the outcast organist
The top-selling classical album in the US last week (source: Nielsen Soundscan) is the flamboyant organist Cameron Carpenter, who was denied entry to Britain earlier this year. However…. Cameron’s Sony release sold just 387 copies. The next best was Benjamin Grosvenor on Decca with 229. Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s Bach on DG follows with 211 […]
World’s smallest playable violin?
It’s the work of luthier Baltazar Monaca, of Trujillo, Venzuela.
A conductor officiates at a composer’s wedding
We are delighted to publish these beautiful pictures from the August wedding of composer Jennifer Higdon to Cheryl Lawson. Conducting the ceremony is Baltimore music director Marin Alsop. Jennifer tells Slipped Disc: Cheryl and I have been together since high school (we met in band). She now runs my publishing company and works in the […]
Maestro moves: Soaring Pablo lands Madrid job
Madrid’s Teatro Real has appointed Pablo Heras-Casado as principal guest conductor for the next four years, working with music director Ivor Bolton. Pablo made his company debut in 2010 with Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny with La Fura dels Baus, which was filmed for DVD and won the Diapason d’Or. He also led Daniel Catán’s Il Postino with Plácido […]
Now the cannabis orchestra drops dress code and admits cocktails
The Colorado Symphony, in a state that has legalised cannabis, was the first to announce pot concerts. Now it’s taking two steps further to relaxing the atmosphere. Musicians will no longer wear tuxedos and alcoholic drinks can be brought into the hall. (By anyone, except the musicians).
Violinist plays Vivaldi suspended in mid-air
Meet the acrobatic, gravity-defying Janice Martin. The Vivaldi kicks in at 3:25.
A festival stalwart dies, aged 99
The Dutch say he did more than anyone to make the Holland Festival what it is today. Jo Elsendoorn was press director and music programmer of the festival from 1951 to 1977. He introduced Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio (pictured), Luigi Nono, Morton Feldman, Mauricio Kagel and György Ligeti to the Netherlands. He commissioned many new works […]
Leaked email: Maestros attack Atlanta’s ‘unhealthy’ situation
In a move unprecedented in US orchestras, the music director and principal guest conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have pitched into the attempt by ASO management to force through further job cuts, under threat of an imminent lockout. Robert Spano and Donald Runnicles leave no doubt as to where their commitment lies. Read their […]
Soloist leaves his trumpet on the train
The Danish jazz trumpeter Per Nielsen has advertised in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung for the return of his prized instrument. He left it on the S 9 from Bonstetten to Zurich. Contact his website if you catch sight of it.
Glasgow appoints teenaged conductor
Ross Gunning, 19, is a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Two years ago, he founded the Glasgow Philharmonia. Now he has been appointed conductor of the Glasgow Schools Symphony Orchestra – the first time the players have faced a maestro their own age. Go, Ross!