The LPO’s Munich concert was even emptier than we thought
Official reports claimed that the Gasteig hall was half-full for the London Philharmonic’s ‘Bartok for Europe’ concert on Monday. A reliable source in Munich paints a much worse scenario. It appears there were fewer than 150 people in a hall of 2,387 seats. Worse, many of these were ‘paper’ – people who had been invited […]
Now the Times calls out Gergiev for non-rehearsal
Last week, a Munich critic broke silence over the unrehearsed state of concerts conducted by Valery Gergiev, who is music director of the city’s philharmonic orchestra. The London Times has now chimed in. Critic Anna Picard writes today: It seems reasonable to assume that everyone on stage at the Cadogan Hall knew the notes in […]
Philadelphia mourns an influential bass
Peter Dobrin reports: Any Philadelphia Orchestra-goer for more than four decades could look to the double bass section and reliably set eyes on a tall man with a big double bass and a warm smile. “Lee” to many, Emilio Gravagno will be missed. Gravagno, 82, played in the orchestra from 1967 to 2009. He was a […]
Sicklist: Currentzis leaves Zurich in a fluster
The flamoybant Russian-based conductor has called in sick, ‘with great regret’, on a new production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. His last-minute replacement is Maxim Emelyanychev, 27, leader of Il Pomo d’Oro ensemble.
The singing side of Shimon Peres
If there is one thing that made Shimon Peres happy it was people coming around to sing to him. The former Israeli prime minister and president, who has died at the age of 93, spent the last third of his life pursuing a peace settlement with the Palestinians. His efforts were widely applauded. On his […]
New York audience applauds ode to North Korean leader
Among the bizarre stories of 2016, this one takes the last biscuit in the Pyongyang tin. The musicians, it seems, were just doing a day’s work. But who were the audience that paid good money to hear a pick-up orchestra conducted by a sworn supporter of the Dear Leader, who lives in Teaneck, New Jersey? […]
San Francisco Symphony chief: Why I quit
Brent Assink, executive director of the San Franciso Symphony for the past 18 years, announced his resignation today. Here’s what he told his staff: Dear members of the Administrative team, With great gratitude and appreciation for each of you, I am writing to let you know that I have decided to resign my position at […]
London orchestra plays to near-empty Munich hall
It appears the organisers of a Bartok for Europe series failed to sell the concerts. This is the audience that greeted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Vladimir Jurowski and soloist Valery Afanassiev, yesterday (Monday) evening. Our correspondent in the hall thought the concert was terrific, albeit somewhat private. The concert management, in a private communication, […]
The hottest Elisir in history
This is the celebrated unwritten shower scene from Donizeti’s comic opera. (Do not try this at home without a rubber mat. Slippedisc.com takes no responsibility for slipped discs and other contingent injuries.) The scene features in Damiano Michieletto’s new Valencia production. The cast is Ilona Mataradze/Karen Gardeazabal (Adina), William Davenport (Nemorino),Paolo Bordogna (Dulcamara), Mattia Olivieri (Belcore) and […]
Did you ever see Menuhin play Churchill’s cigar box?
A violin made from one of Sir Winston Churchill’s old cigar boxes received its first airing in a US broadcast by Yehudi Menuhin in April 1958. Made by the English violin maker William Robinson (1880-1960), it is coming up for sale next month.
Just in: UK trio wins Holland’s biggest prize
We’ve just been notified that the Busch Trio, founded in London four years ago, has been awarded the 50,000-Euro Kersjesprijs, the biggest chamber music award in the Netherlands. The trio – pianist Omri Epstein, violinist Mathieu van Bellen, cellist Ori Epstein – is named after Adolf Busch, whose 1783 G.B. Guadagnini violin is played by Mathieu. The […]