Daniel Barenboim: Please let us listen to each other…
From his statement on the anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights: In our orchestra, diversity is lived on a daily basis and no single musician can exist without a fundamental understanding and appreciation of the other, however different he or she may be. The sovereign independent republic of the West-Eastern Divan, as I […]
Daniels Orchestral Music changes hands
Word of change at the music finder tool: An Announcement from David Daniels: It was almost 50 years ago that I started work on this reference book, which ultimately went into 5 editions. I’ve enjoyed the work and I’m proud of what has been accomplished, and of its place as a standard reference book […]
Vienna maestro picks ex-principal clarinet as his assistant conductor
We hear that Philippe Jordan, music director of the Wiener Symphoniker has chosen a former principal clarinet Pierre Pichler as his assistant conductor. An announcement is expected in the coming week. Piere Pichler was Philippe Jordan’s principal clarinet at the Opera House in Graz. It was Philippe Jordan’s first chief position and his first position as […]
German panel offers $100,000 for Nazi-looted Guarnerius
A German conciliation panel has proposed a payment of around $100,000 to heirs of a Jewish instrument dealer from Speyer who was forced to sell his 1706 Guarnerius to the Nazis at a knockdown price. Felix Hildesheimer committed suicide in 1939. His wife Helene reached the USA. The violin was bought in 1974 by the […]
Opera soprano dies in house fire
The coloratura soprano Eva Lehoczky, a member of the Budapest State Opera for many years, died this week when the two-storey house where she lived went up in flames. Eva was 91. Starting out as a percussionist, she had her first singing engagement at Chemnitz in East Germany, moving home to Szeged and later Budapest.
How a classical record shop survives in a North London niche
Linda Grant writes beautifully about her local record store: When I turned up last Saturday, composer Thomas Hewitt Jones and pianist Charles Owen had dropped in to give short recitals from their new CDs among the free mince pies and Quality Street chocolates. Serving behind the counter was surely one of Britain’s most knowledgeable classical […]
A record 2.5 million Italians watch La Scala’s Butterfly
The overnights are in and there are claims of a world record. It appears that 2.5 million Italians watched the live relay of the original version of Madam Butterfly from La Scala. There was also a big audience in Germany, on ARTE. UPDATE: A earlier version of this story misstated the number of viewers. Apologies.
The alternative classical record of the year (and the worst)
Lebrecht Album of the Year: Most critics pick their album of the year from the ones they reviewed over the past 52 weeks. This year, I’ve decided to choose from the ones I haven’t, the ones that for one reason or other failed to make the weekly cut…. Aha….. Much to discuss before we get […]
Just in: Vienna Philharmonic restores Nazi-stolen painting to Jewish owners
A painting given to the Vienna Philharmonic in 1940 by Romain Loos, a senior Gestapo official in France, is finally to be restored to its rightful owners. The work, Port-en-Bessin by Paul Signac, is dated 1883. It measures 60 x 30 cm and is valued at half a million US dollars. The painting belongs to the […]
Watch: The British way with Bolero
Conductor Paul Daniel does it his way, by way of a Bordeaux encore.
Stringing along with my quartet, I am no longer the lead parent
Our diarist Anthea Kreston of the Artemis Quartet, on the painful choices a player has to make: In a heavy touring schedule, but I was able to return home briefly two times in two weeks, one of the benefits of touring in “compact” Europe rather than the vast expanse of North America. I […]