La Scala to sing in department store
The visiting Italian company is giving an ad hoc performance at 2pm today in Moscow’s GUM store. Not a bad idea, since the former shopping preserve of Soviet nomenklatura wives closely resembles one of Franco Zeffirelli’s sets at La Scala.
French label goes bankrupt
The elegant and often innovation record label Naive has run out of time. It was put into administration last month, and bought out by a digital distribution firm, Believe. About half the work force, 25 staff, will keep their jobs. t remains to be seen whether there will be continued production after the current season’s […]
France awards Susanna Mälkki the Légion d’Honneur
The Finnish conductor was formerly music director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris. She received the award today in Helsinki from the French Ambassador.
She sold six times more albums last week than anyone else
Nielsen Soundscan figures are in, not quite as bad as usual. Anna Netrebko sold more than 900 copies of her new DG album in the US last week. The next-best contender were the Norcia monks, with 160.
Itzhak Perlman is giving it away
The violinist is choosing who should share the $2 million Genesis prize he was given in Israel: The violinist announced Monday that he would donate NIS 3.2 million (approx. $850,000) to organizations in Israel that connect people with disabilities with the classical arts. The biggest donation — NIS 940,000 (approx. $250,000) — will go to […]
Solti’s last interview: ‘Would you kindly not bring out so much my love of ladies?’
Searching for something else online, I stumbled across an interview I conducted with Solti 19 years ago, the last one of his life. It was the happiest I had ever seen him, the day of his daughter’s engagement, and we spent the whole morning in reckless mood, sharing unbuttoned intimacies. Sample: At a recent record […]
Just in: Cleveland aide becomes music director
Brett Mitchell, Associate Conductor at the Cleveland Orchestra, has been named music director of the Colorado Symphony from next season. Brett, 37, has also been in charge of Cleveland’s youth orchestra. Colorado has bounced back from har times with its first budget surplus. Detailed press release follows. Meantime, many congrats to Brett and his radio […]
Classical artists join anti-gun lobby
On September 25 there will be concerts across the US in support of an end to gun violence. A classical section is being rallied by Musicians Against Gun Violence in America with classical musicians sounding off at the following locations. Go support them if you can. Cleveland, Ohio: At U.S. Bank Plaza in Playhouse Square, 12:30pm. Performers include musicians […]
Boulez comes to Oregon
The Berlin-based pianist Tamara Stefanovich is starting a cutting-edge festival of Boulez and Kurtag in a part of the US not previously associated with the European avant-garde. Four days in November: looks good. Tamara has just toured the Boulez piano works with her partner, Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
Inexperience rules at London’s opera houses
The new director of the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, Oliver Mears, has held one previous job, in Northern Ireland. The director of English National Opera, Daniel Kramer, has held none. Neither has run a major enterprise before. Neither has much by way of international credits or contacts. Both are answerable to boards of uncertainty. […]
A political insider is new artistic director in Paris
There was widespread discontent when the Orchestre de Paris sacked Didier de Cottignies ahead of the arrival of its new music director, Daniel Harding. No-one in the music world has a bigger contacts book than Didier and few know more about music. However, Didier went and Daniel was said to be considering an English mate […]