New York classical radio fires producer for alleged plagiarism
The New York classical music station WQXR has fired Brian Wise, one of its most industrious and knowledgeable writers. Brian was accused of plagiarising other writers’ work in 10 instances recorded here. Several of the alleged heists are from the New York Times. Brian is a well-liked colleague and we will not prejudge the case […]
Thomas Ades: Are they serious? Some of those old German conductors just sound absurd
From an interview the composer has given to our SanFran friend, Elijah Ho: ‘It’s all a little bit of an act, this idea that German is serious and other things are frivolous. It’s just another form of performance, and I think this is one of the reasons that Beethoven suffered from such ponderous performances, particularly […]
Opera investigates a $57,000 mobile phone bill
An official of the Paris Opera is under investigation for running up 52,000 Euros ($57,000) on a monthly bill while on vacation in Spain this July. It is suspected the person concerned downloaded movie on his or her laptop while lounging on a beach. No disciplinary action has been taken. ‘We don’t understand this bill,’ […]
Hollywood to make Leonard Bernstein biopic
It’s a personal passion of Martin Scorsese, who will direct, it was announced today. The script is being written by Josh Singer, who wrote Spotlight. Let’s hope they’ve got someone good to look after the music. What can possibly go wrong?
Another New York opera company shuts
First City Opera. Then Gotham. Now Opera Sacra in Buffalo, upstate New York, has sung its last. For 40 years it has featured to holier side of the dramatic art. The final show is Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake. Report here from Mary Kunz Goldman.
Kissin quits US for two-year break
The pianist Evgeny Kissin has let it be known he’s taking a two-year sabbatical from transatlantic travel from mid-2016. He’ll continue to be heard in Europe. Report here.
Ex-Vienna opera director is declared insolvent
Rudolf Berger, a former vice-president of Oper America who ran the Volksoper in Vienna from 2003 to 2007, has been declared insolvent after the collpase of his cultural consultancy. Assets have been seized and proceedings begun. See here.
Veteran orchestra chief to leave La Scala
Ernesto Schiavi, artistic director of the Filarmonica della Scala which he founded in 1982 with Claudio Abbado, is leaving next year to take a parallel role at Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the national broadcaster. His departure allows music director Riccardo Chailly to take a more direct hand in developing the La Scala orchestra.
Pope Francis: Anti-Israel attacks are anti-semitic
The Pope said today, in effect, that anti-zionism equals anti-semitism. His words: ‘To attack Jews is anti-Semitism, but an outright attack on the State of Israel is also anti-Semitism,’ the Pope told a World Jewish Congress delegation. ‘There may be political disagreements between governments and on political issues, but the State of Israel has every […]
Principal move: Rotters grab another Paris star
Last week, we reported that Adriana Ferreira, of the Orchestra National de France, was the new principal flute in the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Now the Rotters have snatched the excellent Bruno Bonansea from the same orchestra to be their new clarinet. This is getting to be a bit like football transfers.
Morton Feldman: ‘Boulez is Napoleon, right?’
The Parisian pianist Ivan Ilic has sent us his translation of an historic 1967 interview by Jean-Yves Bosseur, which has only been available until now in French. At the time, Feldman was fairly unknown, but he was not afraid of taking a slaughtering knife to a herd of sacred cows. Sample: Last year, Cage was invited […]