Exclusive: Cleveland looks to Seattle for next clarinet
The Cleveland Orchestra has to fill the principal clarinet seat, left vacant by Franklin Cohen’s retirement. From the auditions, Ben Lulich of the Seattle Symphony emerged in first place. Ben will play next season as Acting Principal, while on leave from Seattle. He can be heard in Europe when the Cleveland comes on tour in October.
The toughest interview of my life
A couple of years ago, as a favour to a friend, I attempted to conduct a rare interview with the Greek composer Vangelis, famed for the Chariots of Fire score. I should have known better. Everyone in the music biz has a Vangelis story and none of them is filled with sweetness and light. Early success can […]
Do you listen with eyes shut?
The music audience is divided between those who do and those who don’t. Myself, I’m an eyes-wide-open man, fascinated by body language as much as by musical expression. Last night at the Bristol Proms, we heard Beethoven Opus 131 played in the dark. Not totally dark. There were some clever shafts of occasional light from […]
The whole of Bruckner is now online
An Austrian project to collect all known Bruckner manuscripts in a single site appears to have reached completion. (Until they discover Symphony 000.) Click here for the full experience.
Can Valentina Lisitsa bounce back?
The dominant Youtube pianist, an outspoken pro-Kremlin activist in the Ukraine conflict, has published a video titled ‘To Donbass with Love’. An English translation is added for worldwide fans. Donbass is the part of eastern Ukraine that is torn by civil war between Putin-backed secessionists and Ukraine loyalists. Valentina has nailed her colours to the […]
Final roll for drumstick maker
A moment’s silence, please, in the timps. Everett ‘Vic’ Firth, maker of the world’s most trusted drumsticks and friend to players and bangers everywhere, has died at 85.
Bad news: Texas loses music critic
The Dallas Morning News is under new editorship and talent is fleeing in droves (the official language is that they are accepting buyouts). At the head of the exodus is music critic Scott Cantrell, a writer of international renown. He may not be replaced. UPDATE: Scott writes: Thanks for your very generous characterization of me. There […]
A much-recorded German conductor has died
Wolfgang Gönnenwein, a highly effective chorak conductor who recirded lots of Bach for EMI, has died at 82. He also served as president of the Stuttgart conservatoire and general manager of Stuttgart state opera.
Two 10th symphonies, one destined for posterity
My Album of the Week on sinfinimusic.com consists of two tenth symphonies by modern masters, one of them a world premiere. But which will last the test of time? Click here.
Andris Nelsons give cash boost to his former orch
This is rare for UK orchs which are lousy at raising endowments. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has just topped £2m ($3m). Big for UK. Well done. Among the givers is outgoing music director Andris Nelsons. Even more unusual. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has passed a fundraising milestone having raised an initial […]
A great pianist has died
We have received news of the death this morning in Prague of Ivan Moravec, at the age of 84. Ivan was a pianist’s pianist. Especially praised for his Chopin and Debussy, he was Czech to the core and probably prized Mozart above all composers. Most, including the Philips Great Pianists series, numbered him among the […]