Composers of 2017
Not a bumper year for composers, with two outstanding exceptions 500 – Heinrich Isaac (1450-1517?) 450 – Monteverdi, Thomas Campion (both born 1567) 350 – Froberger, Pepusch 300 – Matthias Georg Monn (1717–1750), Johann Stamitz (1717–1757) 250 – Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767), Bernhard Romberg (1767–1841) 200 – Niels Wilhelm Gade (1817–1890), Étienne-Nicolas Méhul (1763–1817) 150 […]
‘Cellists are rarely selfish’
From an interview with Natalie Clein: ‘It’s a cliché that the cello is the closest any man-made instrument comes to the human voice, but true. The range of notes is much the same. And whenever I work with singers – as I will during the (Kings Place, London) “Unwrapped” season – I always feel […]
Dude has his day in Vienna, next year it’s Muti
Gustavo Dudamel looked like he was having fun at the New Year’s Day concert, and so did the Vienna Philharmonic. But that’s so 2017. Next New Year’s Day will be conducted by Riccardo Muti. It will be his fifth time.
New record for Slipped Disc
December 2016 was a record month for this site in which we broke through the 1.5 million barrier. More than 1,522,000 readers visited www.slippedisc.con over the course of December. 2016 was also a record year, with 15.5 million readers and a much-increased advertising volume. We have major plans for 2017 but first we’d like to […]
Sir Bryn to be a father again
The baritone Bryn Terfel, newly knighted, has announced his engagement to the harpist Hannah Stone, who is pregnant with his child. Sir Bryn, 51, has three children by his first marriage.
Rome prohibits payments to street musicians
Musicians have been called out onto the streets to usher in the New Year, but the city has made it illegal to pay them. Read here.
Arise, Sir Bryn…. and other honours
The baritone Bryn Terfel has been knighted and percussionist Evelyn Glennie made a Companion of Honour (CH) in the UK list of New Year’s Honours. The conductor Jeffrey Tate also received a knighthood, as did Barry Ife, outgoing head of the Guildhall School. There are OBEs for City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra chief exec […]
Conductor is fired for telling the truth
A stage show of the Disney musical Frozen was disrupted when the orchestra conductor Giacomo Loprieno announced to the young audience, ‘Father Christmas does not exist’. He was dismissed on the spot. His integrity intact. Read here.
Classical guitar has no effect on a female wallaby
Has anyone tried it on humans?
Is this the reason Natalie Dessay left her label?
From the last Lebrecht Album of the Week of 2016: This release is the first fruit of the artist’s new contract with Sony, following a close personal and creative friendship with EMI/Warner and its sensitive chief, Alain Lanceron. It would not surprise me to learn that Lanceron’s lack of enthusiasm for this odd project was […]