Debussy scores a 20-million hit
This may be the most people that have ever listened to Claude Debussy. In a video from Lana Del Rey’s album Freak, the American singer segues without warning at 5:33 into the French master’s Clair de Lune. The piano piece plays while young women float underwater in diaphanous garments. Just as Debussy intended, no doubt. […]
Vichy singer dies, aged 104
Léo Marjane, star of the collaborationist Radio Paris from 1941 to 1944, has died at an immense age. Her greatest hit was Seule ce soir, written by Charles Trenet.
Maestro stays: Vienna nails its man for a second term
The Wiener Symphoniker have persuaded Philippe Jordan to sign on for a second term as music director until 2021. The sought-after Swiss is also music director at the Opéra de Paris.
Maestro move: Mozarteum names chief conductor
The Roman violinist and conductor Riccardo Minasi has been chosen to succeed Ivor Bolton in Salzburg, from the New Year. Minasi, 38, has been principal conductor of il pomo d’oro and has worked in major opera houses.
Not your regular orchestral player (3)
Meet Malika Maminova from St Petersburg, percussionist at Mami Nova. These are not tattoos. Malika tells us she draws on a different design for every piece she performs. See: Not your regular concertmaster.
Leading opera director dumps Bayreuth
The Latvian director Alvis Hermanis, whose Madama Butterfly opened La Scala’s season this month, had ended talks with Bayreuth over a 2018 Lohengrin, the festival announced today. There seem to have been political differences. His likely replacement is the Los Angeles-based Yuval Sharon.
In praise of André Rieu
One of my favourite stories of the late Sir Neville Marriner is of the time he was told that a refugee violinist had been taken off the Academy’s train during the night and was being held by police in Salzburg while his papers were checked. As soon as the train reached Vienna, Neville called the […]
Germans name boss for Beethoven year
The conductor and administrator Christian Lorenz has been named artistic director of Beethoven 250, the year-long national Beethoven bash in 2020. Lorenz, 54, a former head of the orchestra academy at the Schleswig-Holstein festival, went on to run the International Bachakademie Stuttgart for Helmut Rilling before setting up his own management firm. He starts work on […]
Peanuts’ concertmaster has died, aged 96
Eugene Shepherd, concertmaster of the Santa Rosa Symphony for 33 years, was the regular tennis partner of the cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, originator of the Peanuts strip. Schulz often engaged his characters in classical music discussions. Guess where he got the ideas? Eugene Shepherd has died in Santa Rosa at the ripe old age […]
Moscow to name a square for Mstislav Rostropovich
The tenth anniversary of the death of the great cellist and the ninetieth of his birth in March-April 2017 will be marked in Moscow by the dedication of a square in his name, close to the House of Composers. The square, at the junction of Yeliseyev and Bryusov streets, already features a bust of the […]
Update: André Rieu calls off UK Xmas tour after musician is hospitalised
The Dutch violinist-entrepreneur has cancelled Christmas-week concerts in Nottingham, London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow after a long-serving musician in his orchestra suffered a heart attack. The musician remains in hospital in a critical condition. André Rieu Productions has posted: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT Following the postponement of his Nottingham show on Saturday it is with great regret that […]