Andras Schiff plays Christmas in Nazareth
The Hungarian-British pianist will play Beethoven’s first concerto with an Arab-Jewish orchestra in Nazareth’s annual Christmas concert. Also on the programme: Mendelssohn’s Reformation. That’s about as inter-faith as it gets.
Trump’s unpresidented error
The incoming US head of state tweeted today: @realDonaldTrump China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters — rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented act Why waste time at school learning how to spell? Think of all the teachers he may sack.
Breaking: André Rieu concert is called off after musician suffers heart attack
Tonight’s concert by the Johann Strauss Orchestra in Nottingham has been called off after a musician suffered a severe heart attack this morning. The players was rushed to hospital where is condition is said to be critical. Andre Rieu Productions has issued the following statement: It is with great regret that André Rieu has to […]
Andrea Bocelli faces growing Trump backlash
Fans of the Italian crooner are expressing displeasure at his reported decision to sing at President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Tabloid rumours are spreading of a Boycott Bocelli movement. The American soprano Aprile Millo has posted: He has no idea what he is endorsing. Remember he’s from a country that put up with Berlusconi. One freak […]
Toronto Symphony stages year-end putsch
The Toronto Symphony has cleared out almost half its board, including the chairman Richard Philips and vice-chair Blake Goldring. In all eight board members have gone out of 19, and they include Sonia Baxendale, who acted as CEO after the abrupt departure of the high-spending Jeff Melanson. Philips was chair for six years. The new […]
A long-serving La Scala diva has died
The Chilean soprano Claudia Parada, a favourite at La Scala for two decades, died this week in Cagliari of bronchitis. She was 89. After early Verdi ovations at 24, she explored a broad span of roles, from Monteverdi to Wozzeck’s Marie.
The worst Christmas medley ever?
Soprano: Natalia Ushakova, Mezzo: Vesselina Kasarova, Tenor: Dmitry Korchak Baritone: Sebastian Huppman
Schoenberg is shrunk to size
Pina Napolitano is touring a reduced version of Arnold Schoenberg’s piano concerto for 14 players. It’s well within the tradition of Schoenberg shrinking other composers’ works for private performance.
Not your regular concertmaster
No tattoos as far as we can see, but a bristling pair of biceps. This is Dylan Naylor, Vorspieler of the First Violins of the Gürzenich Orchester of Cologne. He doesn’t always look like this, but he loves to take his violin out clubbing. So how’s your concertmaster looking these days? See also: Not your regular […]
The moral dimensions of a monumental record set
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: Amid the seasonal rock fall of weird-shaped box sets and unopenable record turkeys, one project stands out as indispensable in both musical and moral dimensions…. So who are we talking about? … resisting celebrity, Communism and the temptations of the music world, taught the next three generations of […]
Chicago violinist, 17, is given a Guarnerius
Joshua Brown from Gurnee, Illinois, has been handed a 1679 Pietro Guarneri violin on long-term loan by a patron of Chicago’s Stradivari Society, a division of the instrument dealers Bein & Fushi. A somewhat stunned Josh said: ‘Playing such a high caliber instrument really opens up so many more ways for me to express myself as […]