‘Teaching arts increases social equality’
The master of Wellington College, Sir Anthony Seldon, find one clear reason why under-privileged children cannot escape poverty: ‘The commentariat talk about stagnant social mobility but rarely look at why it is occurring – and I would contend that unequal access to an education in the arts is one important reason. In England, this is […]
Seen Jonas Kaufmann’s new accompanist? He’s called Lang Lang…
Sony’s two mega-stars paired off at the Bambi awards last week. Lang Lang played some truly ugly notes and Jonas was some way off full vocal health. But millions of Germans loved it, and now so can you.
Look what happened to my Strad!
Ragin Wenk-Wolff opened her violin case yesterday and this is what she found. She tells Slipped Disc: ‘Apparently this happens occasionally. No one is sure what caused it. It did not happen under any extreme conditions and not even while I was playing it or while it was manipulated. Thankfully not during a performance. The […]
Sudden death of a major player in modernism
We have received news of the death of Armin Köhler, director of the Donaueschinger music festival since 1992 and, in parallel, head of new music, jazz and artistic affairs at SWR. He was responsible for the premiere of 400 new scores, among them works by Boulez, Ligeti, Lachenmann, Schnebel and Kagel. Armin was just 62. […]
Atlanta Symphony: The lasting damage of lock-out
Reviewing the tumultuous return concert of the Atlanta Symphony after ten weeks of lockout, Mark Gresham found them rusty and under-powered. Not surprising, since there were 31 substitutes on stage. The real players were away, fulfiling outside engagements that they accepted during the lay-off. The remainder had not played together for four and a half […]
Fastest pianist on earth sets out on go-slow tour
Lubomyr Melnyk made a (small) name for himself by claiming to play 19.5 notes per second, which is more than most of us want to hear. Overwhelmed by international indifference, he has now composed a rather beautiful slow tune. He’s coming to the Royal Albert Hall next week.
After a four-month absence with muscle strain, the violinist Hilary Hahn will ease herself back into the schedule tonight with a Beethoven concerto in Regensburg, at the university hall. Then she continues on tour with the Luxembourg Philharmonic and Josh Weilerstein to Nuremburg, Friedrichshafen, Munich and Luxembourg. Good to have her back. (Back is the […]
Just in: Bayreuth fires ‘Nazi-theme’ director
Jonathan Meese has been booked for Parsifal in 2016. He’s notorious for flashing swatikas and Hitler salutes. Last summer he promised not to do so at Bayreuth. But they fired him anyway today. Financially unviable, apparently.
London orchestra seeks new boss
Ian Maclay is leaving the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. That will save them £170,000 a year. His successor will face tougher scrutiny. Apply here.
Is there any value in reaching a young audience?
Bernie Ecclestone of Formula-1 thinks not. Our other sponsor is UBS – these kids don’t care about banking. They haven’t got enough money to put in the bloody banks, anyway… I’d rather get to the 70 year-old guy who’s got plenty of cash. Read here. Anyone in classical music dare to agree?