Some more advice on how we want you to perform
Last week, we introduced you to a list of instructions sent out to performing artists by Concerts at Cratfield, an English chamber music series. In response to popular demand, here are a few more: 10 We like your performance – and the music – to speak for itself, with the minimum of interruptions and extras, from […]
Paris Opéra opening is blacked out by strike
The season was due to open last night with Madam Butterfly, in Robert Wilson’s production, conducted by Daniele Rustioni and with Oksana Dyka in the title role. A few hours beforehand, the Opéra posted a notice saying the performance had been cancelled due to a snap strike called by the FSU trade union. There is no word […]
Key Stravinsky score, lost since 1909, has turned up in St Petersburg
Stephen Walsh, the composer’s biographer, reports today in the Observer that the ode written by Igor Stravinsky on the death of his teacher, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, has turned up in a backroom at the Rimsky Conservatoire. Pogrebal’naya Pesnya (Funeral Song) received one performance at the Conservatoire in January 1909 and was never seen again. Walsh says […]
Sad news: Solti’s youngest player has died
We have been informed of the death in Toronto, aged 67, of Jacques Israelievitch, one of the most influential Canadian violinists of his time, or any other. Jacques was 23 when Georg Solti named him assistant concertmaster in Chicago in 1972, the youngest player in the orchestra. He went on to serve seven years as concertmaster […]
Living next door to a singing teacher?
It’s a common New York problem, apparently. Read here. No idea what they mean about being ‘grandfathered in’. And not sure, either, about the tenor of the New York Times advice. There has to be a better way to live with a singer next door.
‘The most fascinating pianist under 40’ – now on video
My album of the week on sinfinimusic.com is Daniil Trifonov’s new Rachmaninov release. Read the review here. Watch exclusive video below, or here. <param
Which Hitchcock movie would you see as opera?
In tomorrow’s Observer, Peter Conrad reports from Gothenburg where they are making a new opera out of the 1946 Hitchcock chiller, Notorious. The main part is written for Nina Stemme. Interesting as that sounds, we’re not sure Notorious is the best candidate for a Hitchcock opera. Our preferences: 1 Rebecca 2 Stage Fright 3 Psycho. […]
Just in: Berlin maestro opens concert to Syrian refugees
Ivan Fischer has launched his new Konzerthaus season in Berlin with a special welcome to Syrian refugees whom he brought to the hall for their first concert. He criticised his own country, Hungary, for its anti-refugee policies. Watch Ivan’s opening address, warmly received, by clicking here. photo: Felix Broede
Lucerne names Boulez’s successors
The composers Wolfgang Rihm and Matthias Pintscher are takig over the artistic direction of the academy of the Lucerne Festival, with Pintscher assuming principal conducting duties as well. ‘I am very honoured,’ says Pintscher. Pierre Boulez is bedridden and can no longer attend the festival.
Listen to the world’s newest symphony
Kalevi Aho’s 16th symphony had its premiere in Helsinki this week. Our correspondent writes: ‘ I was surprised, in general, by the meditative, nearly religious character of the 5-movement piece with a duration of around 52 minutes. The string sections are really superb. Occasionally we get reminders of Shostakovich and perhaps some Polish contemporary composers. […]
IMG walkout agent names the artists who’ve joined him
Bill Palant was one of several high-profile agent departures from IMG Artists this year. He has just founded his own firm, Étude Arts. The roster consists of sopranos Christine Brandes, Julia Bullock, Christiane Libor, Melody Moore, and Lauren Snouffer; mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor; tenors Michele Angelini, Paul Appleby, Joseph Kaiser, Sean Panikkar, Stuart Skelton, Nicky Spence, and John […]