Just in: Picasso’s Flamenco friend has died, aged 93
The death has been announced of Manitas de Plata, friend of Cocteau, Picasso, Dali and Brigitte Bardot, who once topped the season’s bill at Carnegie Hall and sold 93 million records. A gypsy of Spanish origin he was born in a caravan in the south of France under the name Ricardo Baliardo.
Lang Lang gets a Bambi
The pianist will receive a major German media award, nationally televised from the Potsdamer Platz, on November 13. He will share the award with the entertainer Helene Fischer, the tenor Jonas Kaufmann and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. (Maybe one of them could speak up for the orchestra her government is abolishing.)
Bravo! Berlin ups opera subsidy by 10 percent
The Senate of Berlin has voted to increase public subsidy to the city’s opera house by 14.5 million Euros, to a total 135.3 million for the years 2015 to 2018. The reason, it said, was to keep them internationally competitive. The money is divided between the Deutsche Oper (43.8m), the Staatsoper (47.4m), the Komische Oper (34.3m) […]
Singer cancels tour after bereavement
Alison Moyet has just called off a European tour, tweeting: I’m so sorry to let down those who were coming to see me in Europe these next 2 weeks. Forgive me. Loved one departs & these are their days. Listen, in sympathy, to her performance of Dido’s Lament.
Male voice quartet recruits a soprano
Cantabile, also known as The London Quartet, have replaced one of their boys, Richard Bryan, with a card-carrying girl. Sarah-Ann Cromwell said: ‘When I received the invitation to join The London Quartet I thought it may be a wind-up… A GIRL? After more than three decades? Are they mad? … Yes, they are. They are also a family […]
Record news: Sony signs an artist
It’s been a while… press release: Sony Classical is proud to announce an exclusive long-term contract with Martin Fröst. The Swedish clarinettist has gained world-wide recognition for his technically astounding playing, his consummate musicianship and his versatility as a performance artist. Photo: Mats Backer
Did singing the national anthem boost Diva Joyce’s record sales?
Sadly not. Despite prime time network TV, oodles of print media and an international social media hoopla, Joyce DiDonato’s current album sold just 86 copies in the US last week, coming in at number 15, two spots behind the Danish String Quartet. The only album that sold in respectable numbers – 3,952 – was an […]
Strad fetches $2.7 million in online auction
Beare’s the stringed instruments specialists, have conducted their first online auction, in directo competition with Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Results: Beares Auctions Full Auction Results OCTOBER 2014 SALE RESULT :: £3,719,162.48Sold rate by Lot – 66%Sold rate by Value – 71%Average Lot price £119,972.98 SOLD IN “BUY NOW” Lot 2 Pierre Husson – SOLD Lot […]
Boris: London arts groups are 80% out of town
The Mayor of London has given a kicking to a Parliamentary committee please-my-constituency report, urging the Arts Council to spread more cash away from the capital. Boris Johnson said the report ‘is based upon spurious calculations and a partial consideration of how the arts are funded. Arts Council England funding represents only one third of […]
Arts Minister: ‘It’s not my job to save orchestra’
Northern Ireland’s Arts Minister Caral Ni Chuilin, a Sinn Fein member, has never attended a symphony concert. Faced with the abolition of the Ulster Orchestra, which will run out of cash in four weeks’ time, she says it’s ‘not my job’ to help out. Read here.