Christoph Eschenbach: ‘ I’m able to always discover new worlds’
The conductor, 75 today, has given a soft-soap interview to Deutsche Welle. He has found the key to happiness: ‘Routine is a horrible word. It shouldn’t exist for anyone. I preach that practically like a priest,’ he says. He speaks of his love of Washington, DC, failing to mention his demission this week. Read here.
Russian maestro, 82, is out of intensive care
The veteran conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev is making a good recovery, Tass reports from Moscow, after being rushed to hospital in a serious condition two weeks ago. He has been transferred to a regular ward and hopes to fulfil a pair of Moscow concerts in a month’s time.
Carnegie Hall shifts chairs
Sanford I. Weill stepped down today as chairman of Carnegie Hall, a post he has commanded with great vigour since 1991. He is succeeded by Ronald O. Perelman, who has been a trustee for 27 years. Weill becomes president. Weill is 81, Perelman 72. You ever wonder why Carnegie doesn’t pack in the kids the […]
High tension as German star faces losing his Strad
The international virtuoso Frank-Peter Zimmermann is locked in last-minute negotiations to hold onto the Stradivarius he has played for the past twelve years. The 2002 loan, by an executor for a bankrupt bank (WestLB), expires tomorrow (Friday). Under the contract, Zimmermann has the right to buy the instrument, known as the Lady Inchiquin Stradivarius, when […]
Simon Rattle signs cuts petition
From the East London and West Essex Guardian: A second world-famous conductor has backed a campaign to fight off cuts to a music service which educates tens of thousands of children each year. Principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Rattle, pledged his support over the weekend after performing with Redbridge Music Service (RMS) students at […]
Mexican tenor gets major agency deal
AskonasHolt has signed Curtis-trained Diego Silva, 26, currently covering Faust in Paris.
Just in: Gidon Kremer cancels six weeks, blaming the music business
The great violinist has sent a letter to friends (below), saying he’s taking six weeks rest on medical advice. Most artists would leave it at that. But Gidon sees a moral precept in all that he does. Hit by the unexpected tour withdrawal of Daniil Trifonov, a pianist he esteems, he faced demands from promoters […]
Simon Rattle and ‘prime minister Farage’
It crops up at 4’50” in this newly uploaded concert video. And then Barbara Hannigan starts conducting. Check it out.
Who we’ll be remembering on Oscars night
The violinist Daniel Hope has written a touching piece today for the Wall Street Journal on Hollywood’s forgotten souls, the Hitler musician exiles who found refuge beneath an alien sun. Daniel has written a book about them (out this summer) and tells us he wants to make a film. Sample text: A composer who had […]
Germans find lost track of greatest tenor
Joseph Schmidt was Berlin’s foremost tenor in 1933, when he was forced as a Jew to emigrate. After settling in France, he was forced to flee once again. He died in Switzerland in 1942 after being held in a refugee camp. He was just 38. The Nazis wiped many of Schmidts broadcast tapes, but one […]
Great Scott: Munich to premiere South Pole opera
Bavarian State Opera has announced a date for its most challenging commission. It’s an opera by a Czech composer, Miroslav Srnka, on the fateful 1911-12 race to the South Pole between Roald Amundsen’s Norwegian team and Robert Falcon Scott’s British expedition. Amundsen won by 33 days. Scott died on the return to base. Rolando Villazon will […]