What did this German composer get up to in Paris?
In an eight-month stay in Paris in 1737-8, Georg Philipp Telemann changed his style, his mood, the very character of his music. What on earth was going on in his life? A selection of Telemann’s Paris music is my Album of the Week on sinfinimusic.com.
Poor attendances and late replacements at Edinburgh Festival
Our man in the stalls reports: Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony faced large swathes of empty seats. The attendance at Guglielmo Tell was slightly increased but still very far from full. Four principals were replaced at short notice without explanation. Seats are available at all prices for Gergiev’s Les Troyens with another unexplained replacement - Mlada Khudoley (pictured) for Ekaterina Gubanova.
Record label subjects Maria Callas to ice-bucket
For lack of creative ideas at Warner Classics, this is how they spend office time.
Video: France’s new culture minister is a singer
Fleur Pellerin, born Kim Jong-suk in South Korea and adopted at the age of one, is the first French Cabinet member of Asian extractions. Last night, she was named culture minister with a brief to overturn some of the policies of her combative predecessor, Aurélie Fillippetti. Fleur is quite a fighter, a game for a challenge. […]
Boston Symphony cellist, 82, is back after cancer
Jules Eskin took time out earlier this year to deal with a bout of cancer. But after 50 years he is not giving up his seat in the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He’s back playing at Tanglewood, breaking in a new music director. Full story here.
Death of an Israeli composer
Yehezkel Braun, a leading composer of choral and orchestral music, has died at the age of 92. He was a product of the German cultural hothouse that was Breslau (now Wroclaw) and immersed himself unfashionably in Gregorian chant, achieving music of translucent beauty. Some of his songs achieved near-pop status on national radio. Piano sonata, […]
Major US music foundation is liquidated
The Corbett Foundation, which distributed some $70 million to arts and education causes over 60 years, has been shut down with immediate effect. Past beneficiaries include the Corbett Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, Corbett Tower in Music Hall, Northern Kentucky University’s Patricia A. Corbett Theater and J. […]
Two counter-tenors among Domingo’s Operalia semi-finalists
Here’s the list. Finals on Saturday. Constans Anaïs Soprano FrancePoulitsi Christina Soprano GreeceWillis-Sørensen Rachel Soprano USANemzer Andrey Countertenor RussiaChang Mario Tenor GuatemalaHoliday John Countertenor USASivko Anatoli Bass BelarusKolosova Alisa Mezzo-soprano RussiaLasri Abdellah Tenor MoroccoAdams Julie Soprano USADeonarine Kiri Soprano USAGuerrero Joshua Tenor USA/MexicoLi Yi Tenor ChinaOwens Shea Baritone USAWoodbury Amanda Soprano USAXiahou […]
Exclusive: Orchestra commissions Ode to Gay
The young Australian composer Gordon Hamilton, whose work we have featured on this site, has been commissioned by the Queensland Symphony to write a prelude to Beethoven’s ninth symphony. Taking his cue (and a theme) from the Ode to Joy, he has titled the new work ‘Ode to Gay’ and dedicated it to men who […]
Chicago flute puts Berlin Phil on hold
Back in May, the Berlin Philharmonic announced that Mathieu Dufour had won the audition for its principal flute seat. Dufour, a Frenchman, is principal flute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Last night he let it be known that he won’t be going to Berlin … yet. He has signed on for one more season with […]
The other Volpe puts his finger on Met’s woes
We’ve been hearing some interesting remarks by Joe Volpe, the former Met chief, about the conduct of his successor, Peter Gelb, in the recent union showdown. Very interesting comments, indeed, and made to several trusted sources, each of whom asked us to respect confidentiality. So we will. (Until Joe goes public, which could happen at […]