The David Bowie stamps are on sale
You can pre-order here from today. The stamps are breathtaking. Her Majesty will be pleased.
Remember Eric? He got you through your exams
The author of Rudiments of Music and the AB Guide to Music Theory has died, at 88. As professor of music at Durham University, Eric Taylor was vastly influential in the infusion of gamelan music and other exotica into the lives of British composers.
‘Fabulous’ piccolo joins Philadelphia Orchestra
Erica Peel is the new principal piccolo in Philly. Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin messaged: ‘Welcome Erica! A fabulous musician just joined the Fabulous Philadelphians!!’ Erica presently holds the principal piccolo/3rd flute seat at the San Diego Symphony. She succeeds Kazuo Tokito, an Ormandy veteran who retired last summer after 35 Philly years.
New boss for Baden-Baden
Nenedikt Stampa, manager of the Dortmund Konzerthaus, will take charge of the Baden-Baden festival house in 2019, it was announced yesterday. Stampa, 51, succeeds Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser, 64, who has led the lavishly funded festivals since 1998, luring the Berlin Philharmonic away from Sazlburg and establishing Baden-Baden as an enclave for the elite.
A new edition of The Song of Names
I have just received the Russian edition of my first novel and it is by far the most beautiful that I have seen. Slightly larger than palm-sized, the print is cleaner than the UK, US and other language editions, the paper is smooth and the temptation to turn pages is irresistible. A Russian friend assures […]
Two opera-loving sisters who saved Jews from Hitler
BBC Tyne & Wear tells the lovely story of two opera fanatics, Ida and Luise Cook, who used their 1930s visits to opera houses in Austria and Germany to help oppressed people save their possessions and their lives. ‘The funny thing is we weren’t the James Bond type – we were just respectable Civil Service […]
Sudden death of an international Russian tenor, 64
We regret to share news of the death of Paul Kudryavchenko, a Bolshoi tenor who also sang at Covent Garden, Munich, Bordeaux, Cardiff, Omaha and Florida. Cause of death has not been given.
Sicklist: Pires cancels tour
‘Due to unforeseen circumstances’, the pianist Maria João Pires cancelled her participation in next month’s tour of concerts with the Artemis Quartet in Berlin, London, Paris, Vienna and Brussels. The the young pianist Anna Vinnitskaya will take over the London date at Wigmore Hall.
Is your dog more than averagely musical?
A study from the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the University of Glasgow finds that dogs change their behaviour most when soft rock and reggae music are played. Classical just doesn’t wag their tails. That can’t be true, surely…. Read more here.
A second music director resigns in Israel
First, Zubin Mehta announces he’s leaving the Israel Philharmonic. Now James Judd is stepping down from the struggling Israel Symphony Orchestra, Rishon Lezion. Statement follows. After an intense relationship with the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, music director James Judd is stepping down. When he accepted the post in 2014 the orchestra’s CEO Ariel Cohen […]
The Netrebkos are to relaunch La Scala
Music director Riccardo Chailly has announced that the 2018 season with open with Andrea Chénier, starring Anna Netrebko and her husband Yusif Eyvazov. When was a major-house opera season last launched by a married pair of singers? Quiz fiends, here’s your chance.