Why are music doctoral students getting lower stipends?
More issues at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music: An article published on Northwestern University’swebsite details a stipend increase for students enrolled in the University’s Graduate School (TGS) this Fall. A considerable increase, TGS stipends will be raised to $29,000 a year from the current $22,992. While this seems to be good news, this increase will not […]
Social and personal: Baby girl for top countertenor
We’re delighted to announce the birth of a baby girl, their first child, to the pianist and harpsichordist Tamar Halperin and her husband, the countertenor Andreas Scholl. Tamar tells us: ‘For now, let us just reveal that it’s a healthy and very cute baby girl. Other details (her name, favorite composer, instrument, and field of […]
Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch begs fans to stop Hamlet flashing
The actor, whose run-up to Hamlet has been hounded by parasitic press hacks, has implored fans not to take pictures inside the theatre. He warned that new devices were being installed that would identify picture takers. Cumberbatch said: ‘I can’t give you what I want to give you, which is a live performance that you […]
Wigmore Hall banned my watch because ‘the tick is too loud’
Frances Wilson, pianist and teacher, finds the chamber music venue a little too precious. She has twice been ordered to take off her watch. If, on this exquisite basis, Wigmore patrons were required to leave their pacemakers at the door, the hall would be half empty (or half-dead). Read here.
Disaster: Tenor breaks his back in Puccini fall
We’re used to sopranos missing the mattress in Tosca, but this sounds like incompetence verging on criminal negligence. Marco Voleri, playing the emperor, was sitting on the throne in Turandot at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago when part of the stage collapsed. He fell a distance of six feet, fracturing his spine. Rushed […]
Just in: William Christie cancels Edinburgh
The concert he was down to conduct tomorrow will be led instead by John Butt. The Edinburgh International Festival did not see fit to post notice of his cancellation. Sources in Les Arts Florissants tell Slipped Disc that Christie took offence when EIF refused to meet his fee demand. Very serious offence. He has also […]
Death of an international opera director
Best known as intendant in Berne from 1991 to 2007, Eike Gramss guest directed at ENO, Dublin, Maggio Musicale, Athens, Antwerp, Munich, Berlin, Leipzig, Hanover, Karlsruhe, Montpellier, Nantes and elsewhere. He was a formidable baton spotter, numbering Fabio Luisi and the late Yakov Kreizberg among the talents he championed. Eike died in Salzburg on July 2o, […]
The orchestra that sings as it plays
The National Youth Orchestra were breath-taking at the BBC Proms tonight. In the London premiere of Re-greening by Tansy Davies, a piece the composer says is made up of recycled materials, the 165 teenagers dispensed with the need for conductor, following their 16 year-old leader in the complexities of a contemporary piece. Twice, the strings continued […]
Wretched news: Seiji breaks a hip
The conductor Seiji Ozawa, 79, making a slow comeback from cancer, has been forced to cancel three appearances at the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival in Japan after falling and breaking a hip. We wish him a good recovery. He is replaced by the American, Gil Rose. AP report here.
My ménage-à-trois with Stockhausen
The artist Mary Bauermeister, who is 80, has published an extraordinary autobiography in which she lays bare her life with the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen … and his wife and children. The book, Ich hänge im Triolengitter is published by Bertelsmann (in German). This Die Zeit article, also in German, gives a taste of the unorthodox Stockhausen ménage. […]
An account of the decline and fall of classical records
A reader has sent us an editorial from Fanfare magazine, a publication that we have exposed in the past for having too close a commercial relationship between advertising and reviews. Despite our misgivings, the article below contains some significant home truths for surviving periodicals in the music industry. Is Fanfare Now the Magazine […]