Music and the Jews…. is back!
The series will be repeated on BBC Radio 3 on successive Monday nights at 10pm: 24th November, 1st and 8th December. Book your fireside seats now. We’ll post links in due course.
Was this the Year of Peter Sellars?
The wild man of the opera stage has been fairly subdued of late. Aside from a brilliant speech at the Polar Prize, he has kept well below the radar. He’s planning a dance event in New York and a residency at English National Opera early next year, but this hardly goes down as a limelight […]
Sad news: Great Bolshoi star has died
Nina Timofeeva, one of the mid-century stars of the Bolshoi Ballet, has died at the age of 79. Originally from Leningrad (St Petersburg),Nina joined the Bolshoi in 1956 and built her career on Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. Her late husband, the composer Kirill Molchanov (1922–1982) wrote music for some of her ballets. In 1991 she […]
Cellos refuse to play in ‘unsafe’ opera pit
More grim news from the Colon, in Buenos Aires. On Friday, bits of plaster from ceiling fell into the orchestra pit. Only five cellists were persuaded to risk their lives in that night’s performance. The musicians are holding daily demonstrations against bad personnel management and bad maintenance of the old building. Here’s the latest demo:
1.5 million views won’t save chili orchestra from extinction
The doomed Danish National Chamber Orchestra has scored more views in five days than anything screened from Copenhagen since Borgen. It has appeared on all manner of joke sites and some serious. Most orchs would die to receive that attention. But it seems that DR, the national broadcaster, is unmoved. Its bosses are determined to […]
Just in: Haydn gets his London wall
Contrary to yesterday’s ruminations, we’re delighted to learn that approval has been given for Franz Joseph Haydn to have a London blue plaque. Read here.
And the winner of the 2014 electronic music prize is…. Brian Eno
Oh, what’s the point of music prizes? Answers, please, below the line. Baden-Baden (ots) – Das Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) Karlsruhe und das Experimentalstudio des SWR Freiburg verleihen den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Giga-Hertz-Preis 2014 für Elektronische Musik an den Komponisten und Klangkünstler Brian Eno für sein Lebenswerk. Die Jury zeichnet Brian Eno […]
For sale, Steve Jobs’s first Apple
press release, just in: New York – On December 11, Christie’s is honored to offer an American cultural icon, ‘The Ricketts’ Apple-1 Personal Computer, as part of the auction house’s inaugural Exceptional Salein New York, taking place December 11 at Rockefeller Center. Named after its first owner Charles Ricketts, this example is the only known […]
Honey, I shrunk the orchestra
Amit Peled plays the Haydn C major cello concerto, accompanied by six cellos in Douglas Moore’s reduction. Sounds pretty good. (Don’t tell ‘em in Atlanta.)
50 years ago today, Minimalism was born
On November 4, 1964 San Francisco heard the world premiere of Terry Riley’s In C, a work that repeats a single note, relieved by an F-sharp. The first performance, with the composer’s participation, came to be regarded as the birth of minimalism. In C consists of 53 musical phrases, lasting from half a beat to […]
Maestro news: MTT marries Josh
Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony, got married on Sunday to Joshua Robison. They have been together for 38 years. In fact, they have hardly ever been seen apart. The wedding was held at the home of former San Francisco Symphony board President Nancy Bechtle. MTT turns 70 next month, Josh […]