Master luthier dies, aged 96
The Italiann luthier Luigi Lanaro died last week at a formidable age. Winner of the Cremona international exhibition in 1949, he worked in Buenos Aires and Mexico City before opening his own studio in Padua, together with his son, Roberto.
Riccardo Muti: ‘What’s the difference between one conductor and the next?’
He has some challenging answers in this conversation with Harvey Sachs on the Toscanini anniversary.
The counter-tenor who beat cancer
Anthony Roth Costanzo talks to Living the Classical Life about his cancer diagnosis at the age of 26, about spending time naked on stage and being gay in the opera profession. An exuberantly self-revealing interview. Watch. Photo: Richard Hubert Smith/English National Opera
French election: Macron promises music education from 3 months old
The slogan is Avec la musique, dès l’âge de trois mois, tous égaux ! Read more here.
Cleveland Orchestra halves its Miami residency
It appears the Miami donors are not coughing up. Report here. This is the official Cleveland release: Cleveland, OH – The Cleveland Orchestra has announced details of the Orchestra’s 12th year in Miami. Concerts will take place in January and February led by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst featuring symphonies by Beethoven and Mahler at […]
Violin stolen in Paris is recovered in Serbia
In June 2015, a burglar broke into a house in the 19th arrondissement, making off with clothes, jewellery and a valuable violin, built for the owner by the Italian luthier, Filippo Fasser. Some weeks later, Filippo Fasser received an email from Serbia asking for a valuation of the violin, with pictures attached. The luthier contacted a French […]
Trifonov cancels for an unusual reason
A ‘last-minute travel logistics issue … beyond his control,’ regrets the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. The Tchaikovsky-winning pianist couldn’t find his passport, reports Mike Vincent at Musical Toronto. Report here.
Sad news: A grand French maestro has died
We have been informed of the death of Louis Frémaux, an estimable conductor who was principal conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1978, and chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 1979-1982. Louis died at home on Monday. His death was reported the following day by a presenter on France […]
Violin dealer is offering young artist grants
Tarisio is dishing out $25,000 among five string-based projects, selected by Kim Kashkashian, Martin Engstroem and Quatuor Ébène. Get your app/lication in by May 10 here.
Orchestra embraces African-Americans
The Georgia Symphony Orchestra, music director Timothy Verville, is addressing the great unplayed minority composers in its coming season. Our mole in the orchestra says: ‘As an orchestra based in a city with a rather famous historical lynching, the decision to purse this program has not been one taken lightly.’ “America, Vol. 4” will step outside […]
The finest Fidelio there ever was….
We introduced you a while back to the overture of Klaus Tennstedt’s inimitable January 1984 performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Metropolitan Opera. Now, an alert reader, Jürgen Irps, has come up with the complete radio broadcast of the opera. Listen here. Save it, treasure it, share it. UPDATE: Hypnotised by the performance, we forgot […]