Modern opera: Salome in the swimming pool
That’s how Marc Adam is staging Strauss’s post-biblical opera at Linz. Right-click to enlarge image. More pics here.
Just in: Classical guitar star Milos puts his career on ice
A message from the star guitarist Milos Karadaglić, mostly known as Milos: Dear all It saddens me deeply to need to write these lines. Performing is all I live for. There is nothing I love more than being on stage and sharing the gift of music. In two weeks’ time I was about to embark […]
Exclusive: BBC-TV sacks classical music department
We hear that the entire staff of the classical music department at BBC Television have been offered redundancy as part of the latest structural reorganisation. When we sought conformation, a BBC press officer sent us this press release. Pressed for a yes-or-no answer, she said: ‘Classical music programme (sic) on television is an important part […]
A Korean wins Poland’s other piano trophy
The youngest entrant in the Ignacy Jan Paderewski International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz won the first prize last night. Hyuk Lee, 16, was the youngest in a field of 47. He is a student at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow. Jakub Kuszlik, from Poland came second and Svetlana Andreyeva, a Russian, third. Last year, Seong […]
Valery Gergiev orders Russians to embrace Stravinsky
The Mariinsky Theatre chief and Putin confidant has declared 2017 to be Stravinsky Year. He said more than 90 percent of Stravinsky’s works were unperformed in Russia and now was the time to remedy the omission. Why now? Perhaps because a certain local event in 1917 led Stravinsky to be boycotted in his homeland for […]
Death of a musical Chassidic master
Based in Brooklyn, living among the Modzitz community, R’ Ben Zion Shenker was the foremost chassidic composer of modern times. His melody for Eshet Chayil – Woman of Valour – is sung in thousands of Jewish homes every Friday night. Dozens of his works have the status of folksongs, existing as if they have exited […]
Pence: I wasn’t offended (So why does Trump want an apology?)
Here’s what Vice President-Elect Mike Pence told Fox News Sunday about facing a speech from the stage of the musical Hamilton about the election result: ‘First off, my daughter and I and her cousins really enjoyed the show. HAMILTON is just an incredible production and incredibly talented people. It was a real joy to be there. […]
New concertmaster in Philadelphia
Stephen Tavani, who’s still studying at Curtis, has been named concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. He is 24 years old, and from North Virginia.
Ennio Morricone: I wrote my music before the film was shot
The veteran film composer never took his fistful of dollars for writing music to order for a director’s cut. Here’s what he tells the Guardian: I learned by observing the use of Mozart and Bach and Mahler in movies. I said, ‘This is solid, it has integrity; I want to do something similar.’ That is […]
A celebrated American violinist dies, aged 53
The virtuoso Ida Levin, who played a concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at ten years old and at the White House when she was 18, has died of leukaemia at the age of 53. At the White House, she was partnered by Rudolf Serkin, 60 years her senior. A former faculty member at Harvard, […]
Setting the record straight on Sondheim – from the studio source
Thomas Z. Shepard produced the original-cast albums of Stephen Sondheim’s greatest shows, including Sweeney Todd, Company and Sunday in the Park with George. He reflects, in this illutrated talk, on what he learned from working with the master of syllabic precision.