It plays LPs without touching the surface
Truly an indispensable invention, the new ELP Laser Turntable plays records without using a needle! No scratches, no surface noise. The Laser Turntable employs patented technology that produces phenomenal fidelity while never physically touching the record, thus eliminating the deterioration to the album’s surface inflicted by conventional turntables. The laser’s precision allows you to pick up […]
How low should your jaw drop when you sing?
New research suggests that the best singers open very wide. This research study set out to establish whether a lowered jaw position was a ‘principal factor in the tonal success of elite singers.’ This recent paper is part of a long term study which aims to examine top ranking singers with more than ten years’ […]
David Garrett invites you to his luxury New York apartment
The things you can get by playing the violin… Limitless vanity accessories and hospitality for 100. Watch video here. Apparently the place is up for sale. $4 million should clinch it.
A wonderful English opera singer has died
We have been informed of the death of Marion Studholme, a pillar of the old Sadlers Wells in the days when opera was of the people, for the people and by the people. Marion was 85. Among her many roles were Gilda in Rigoletto, Blonde in Il Seraglio, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and Adele […]
A pianist is the subject of Martin Scorsese’s next film
Variety scoops the world with the disclosure that the Hollywood director is working on a life of Byron Janis. He has bought rights to a biography of the US pianist and is planning it as his next film. Janis, a noted Chopin and Rachmaninov interpreter, now 86 years of age, was lionised in Eastern Europe […]
Alan Davey fired BBC chorus chief for failing to ‘follow reasonable management instructions’
Richard Morrison has done good work in the Times today, coming up with the full story of the dismissal of Stephen Jackson, the popular and vastly competent conductor of the BBC Symphony Chorus. It appears Stephen could not get on with Paul Hughes, who runs the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Such stuff happens, especially at the […]
Munich claims the right to change opera plots
The heirs of composer Francis Poulenc are up in arms over Bavarian Opera’s revival this month of Dialogues des Carmélites, in a 2010 production by Dmitri Cherniakov which deviates significantly from the original plot. In particular they object to a gas explosion that kills the nuns in the climactic scene, instead of execution. Last month, […]
Opera finance chief gets three years for embezzlement
Corinne Auguin, former head of finance at the Opéra de Bordeaux, has been sent to jail for five years, two suspended, for milking 2.27 million Euros from the company’s accounts over a period of ten years. Her husband was sentenced to three years, one suspended. Both have been ordered to repay the stolen funds.
Strad left on German train: The plot thickens
The owner of the ‘General Dupont’ Stradvarius, a China-based millionaire, has been in touch through his New York dealer to say he’s upset by reports that his previous violin was left on a regional train in Germany. Didn’t happen, he says. And Jennifer Koh last played his violin in 2011. So it must have been a […]
It’s NY vs LA for first US Boulez tribute
New York’s offbeat Le Poisson Rouge has swiftly arranged a tribute concert for Saturday night. “Au Revoir, Pierre: A Tribute to the Life and Works of Pierre Boulez,” will involve Claire Chase, Taka Kigawa, Ensemble LPR, Miranda Cuckson, and Metropolis Ensemble, plus a whole load of other musicians who are clamouring to get in. Program will be […]