Bolshoi solo harp dies, aged 68
Irina Pashinskaya, whose Swan Lake solos were admired the world over, has died in Moscow. A professor at the Moscow Conservatoire, she was predeceased by her husband, a soloist with the Bolshoi Opera.
When a baroque orchestra misses the plane…
…. it plays in the bus. It’s the Venice Baroque Orchestra. Video by Nicola Benedetti.
You wake up in the morning beside an unconscious violinist…
A metaphor from the abortion debate: You wake up in the morning and find yourself back to back in bed with an unconscious violinist. A famous unconscious violinist. He has been found to have a fatal kidney ailment, and the Society of Music Lovers has canvassed all the available medical records and found that you […]
Gubaidulina receives Boston world premiere
From Boston Classical Review: The Russian composer’s Triple Concerto was given its world premiere Thursday night at Symphony Hall by Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra… The Triple Concerto is cast in a single unbroken movement spanning a half hour. Instead of the glistening textures of Offertorium, Gubaidulina’s new work is cast in darkness. […]
Eminent Austrian composer is banned from entering USA
Klaus Lang, a composer of international repute, has been refused a US visa to attend a Los Angeles performance of his work, missa beati pauperes spiritu. No reason was given for the refusal. Lang, who is professor of composition at the University of Arts in Graz, believes it is connected to a non-government award he received four […]
Dmitry Hvorostovsky cancels recitals to resume cancer therapy
Statement by the Vienna State Opera: Dmitri Hvorostovsky is postponing scheduled recitals in Kaliningrad and Minsk over the coming week and canceling his Wiener Staatsoper recital on March 7 after being advised by his doctors to continue treatment for his brain tumour during this period. The Wiener Staatsoper is currently looking for a replacement, which […]
Show me a conductor with balls
So many Russian composers of the Shostakovich and post-DSCH era have suffered from the timidity of music directors – their reluctance to propose or perform great music by unfamiliar names. Weinberg is the premier casualty. Boris Tischchenko is another. From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: Try as I might, I can’t stop listening […]
Halle Orchestra opens school
The Halle Orchestra of Manchester intends to open to open a state music school in Stoke-on-Trent, it was announced today. Pupils from seven to 19 years old will spend at least two-fifths of their time in music classes, taught by members of the Halle Orchestra and Chorus. The pilot scheme appears to be unique a UK […]
A gay museum celebrates Siegfried Wagner
One of the less discreditable secrets guarded at Bayreuth is that Richard Wagner’s son was, behind the facade of marriage, primarily homosexual. Now, Berlin’s gay museum has begun research on an exhibition to celebrate his complicated life. Don’t expect Katharina Wagner to attend. Details here.
Death of a vital Italian modernist
Luigi Pestalozza died yesterday, aged 88. A fighting partisan in the Second World War, he wrote books and essays on Luigi Nono, Schoenberg, Mahler and Russian music. He founded the journal Musica/Realtà in 1980.
Just in: A Swiss orchestra is saved
A new six-year contract was agreed today for l’Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, the Lugano ensemble which was facing abolition. Details follow (en francais): Bern (ots) – Berne, 23 février 2017. La délégation de la Fondazione per l’Orchestra della Svizzera italiana (FOSI) et celle de la SSR se sont aujourd’hui mises d’accord sur un nouveau […]