Robots sing Beethoven. Warning: Don’t click
The Mirai Capsule Choiris is directed by two humans, Tomomi Ota and Kansuke Nishida. Careful, it’s going viral.
Bach with joined-up writing
The fugue in B-flat minor from the first book of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, performed by Kimiko Ishizaka, with an animated graphical score.
Can Moscow’s loser cut it on record?
My Lebrecht Album of the Week is Lucas Debargue’s debut recital on Sony: This is a great time for piano lovers, a terrible one for young pianists. The past four years have flung up the most phenomenal range of new talent, more than listeners can take in. Daniil Trifonov, the 2011 Tchaikovsky winner, set a […]
Just in: Bayreuth’s Parsifal is stopped by security
There have been mutterings from singers about tighter security measures at Bayreuth ahead of an Islam-themed Parsifal, but no-one has been seriously affected – until today. It appears that Klaus Florian Vogt, dressed in the role of Parsifal in a soldier’s uniform, was stopped by security and taken out for questioning. It was later said […]
Musicians call Ode to Joy and Europe rally tonight in Trafalgar Square
If you care about the state of the nation and our pleace in the world, get your instrument down to the Square tonight at 10pm for an Ode to Joy and Europe. The facebook site is here. Be there if you can. Watch video here.
Breaking: Dutch opera chief quits
Pierre Audi will leave Dutch National Opera in 2018 to become general director of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Pierre has put in 30 years in Holland, transforming it from a well-regarded Dutch hub into an international powerhouse. For much of the time he was also head of the Holland Festival. His last big project in Amsterdam will […]
‘I’m not allowed to talk about my stolen violin’
This week’s episode from the diary of Anthea Kreston, American violinist in the Berlin-based Artemis Quartet: When my violin was stolen on the train last week, I had the second experience with what I will now call the “dragon dance”. This is when, in an extremely time-sensitive, intense and complex situation, each member of the Artemis […]
Label news: Sony signs Israeli bassist
Sony France has announced an exclusive long term agreement with the kibbutz-born Israeli bassist, singer and composer Avishai Cohen. First album due next spring.
One Brexit result: Musicians will have to go
As things stand, musicians from all 28 EU countries can live and work in the UK without prior condition. After Brexit, they will have to prove they are earning £35,000 a year. Many, including regular players in the London orchestras and most outside London, do not achieve that income. They will have to leave. And […]
Association of British Orchestras rings the Brexit bell
press statement: Following the Referendum decision to leave the EU, the ABO is deeply concerned at the potential impact on its members. The prospects for the nation’s public finances are worrying, and may affect the implementation of Orchestra Tax Relief, which has not as yet received Royal Assent, and lead to further reductions in […]