Death of a much-recorded mezzo
The death is reported of Klara Takacs, a widely travelled and well liked Hungarian mezzo. She sang major roles at the Met, Vienna, Salzburg and La Fenice and recorded extensively for Hungaroton and Capriccio. Her breakthrough recording was Goldmark’s opera The Queen of Sheba with Magda Kalmár and Siegfried Jerusalem. Klara died on Saturday, aged 71.
Watch: A Neuhaus student, still playing at 93
Genrikh Neuhaus was the outstanding piano teacher in Soviet Russia. His pupils included Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Yakov Zak, Tikhon Khrennikov, Alexei Lubimov, Radu Lupu and… Lidia Fikhtengoltz. Still going strong. Her last reported concert was in Moscow, two years ago. Film courtesy of Roman Mints
Maestro stays: Esa-Pekka is happy where he is
He could have been music director of the New York Philharmonic, if only Matthew VanBesien had offered him the job after fuelling speculation in the local media. But Esa-Pekka Salonen, coming up for 60, has now reached ten years as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor with the Philharmonia in London and he’s not going anywhere […]
French pianist wins 250,000 Euros
It has been announced in Munich that the 2017 International Ernst von Siemens Music Prize will go to the French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard ‘for a lifetime devoted to the service of music’. Previous winners include Pierre Boulez, Olivier Messiaen, György Kurtàg and György Ligeti. The prize will be awarded on 2 June 2017 at the […]
Toronto Symphony brings back 92 year-old resident conductor
We are thrilled to learn that former TSO resident conductor Victor Feldbrill, 92, has been named curator and conductor of next season’s all-Canadian program titled With Glowing Hearts. It includes works by Archer, Beckwith, Champagne, Freedman, Somers and Weinzweig. Feldbrill will shares the podium with RBC resident conductor Earl Lee. More here.
What the exiting New York Philharmonic chief told his shocked staff
In a word, nothing. Matthew VanBesien sent them a very long letter (published below) which gives no clue as to his reason for going on a job hunt. He leaves the orchestra after just five years and on the threshold of a painful transition. Matthew VanBesien got a new job. The NY Phil is left […]
Naxos stops streaming
At $5 a month, it appears to have been unviable. Here’s the closure statement: We regret to inform you that ClassicsOnline will go offline from 31 January, as our technology partner will cease operating the platform used for ClassicsOnline. Since customer support will be terminated, your subscription will cease on 31 January and the site […]
Death of a vital luthier
We have been notified of the death of Fred Lindeman, one of the Netherlands’ most influential instrument makers. He was 84. The son of Jan W. Lindeman (1890-1971)an Amsterdam violin maker and restorer, he joined the firm in 1952 and worked there until his retirement ten years ago.
Chart-topping violinist mourns her father’s death
Lindsey Stirling, America’s top-selling violinist, has announced the death from cancer of her father, Stephen J. Stirling, a Christian educator. Lindsey tweeted: My dad passed away early this morning. There is nothing to say that could express my gratitude for this amazing, selfless man.
Label pioneer dies, at 77
The death has been announced of Jean Karakos, founder of BYG records, a distinctive French jazz label. Frank Zappa and Eric Clapton were among his artists, alongside the celebrated Arts Ensemble of Chicago.
Gergiev’s PR gets promoted
Anna Kasatkina, head of PR at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg and personal press secretary to Valery Gergiev, has been appointed director of the Primorsky Opera, the Mariinsky’s Pacific offshoot at Vladivostok. Anna has made it clear that all creative decisions will remain in Gergiev’s hands.