4,000 violins destroyed in factory fire
A fire in Europe’s biggest musical instruments factory – at Reghin, in Romania – has wiped out much of its stock, including a estimated 4,000 violins. Damage is assessed at quarter of a million Euros. About half the stock was saved. Report here.
Sicklist: Met loses its Carmen
Sophie Koch has pulled out of the entire run. Her replacement is Clémentine Margaine, unknown to New York.
Trump signs Piano Guys for inauguration
The devoutly Christian group, recovering from a recent bereavement, have turned a deaf ear to the mood music. Here’s the official announcement. We hear that their label, Sony, had been urging certain artists to participate. Here’s the Piano Guys’ statement: Our desire as The Piano Guys has always been to spread hope, love and joy […]
Sony has top 3 in US classical sales
Il Volo, Dudamel’s New Year’s concert and Pretty Yende are outselling all else this week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
Bayreuth’s Klingsor dies suddenly, at 60
The German bass-baritone Gerd Grochowski died yesterday in Mainz of a heart attack at the age of 60. He sang Klingsor in last summer’s Parsifal at Bayreuth. After 15 years at Bonn Opera, Gerd Grochowski enjoyed an international Wagner career, singing Kurnewal at the Met and Kurwenal and Gunther at La Scala. He sang Teleramund at […]
Breaking: New York Phil loses its V-P
We hear that Ed Yim, Vice President, Artistic Planning, at the NY Phil is out. Word is, he’s going to be president of the American Composers Orchestra. At last, something to run on his own. Apparently, it’s an amicable parting (unusual for the NY Phil). There has been no official announcement but we have first-hand confirmation. […]
Martha Argerich remembers the Holocaust
Message from the World Jewish Congress: Thank you to world-renowned Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich for being part of our #WeRemember campaign.
Swiss physicist finds new Chopin photograph
The Institut Polonais in Paris reports that a Swiss enthusiast, Alain Kohler, has come up with a hitherto unknown photograph of Frederic Chopin. The Daguerrotype portrait was taken in or around 1847 in the Paris workshop of Louis-Auguste Bisson. Chopin looks less haggard that usual, and rather annoyed. Dr Kohler was previously responsible for discovering […]
Barbican shames BBC Proms with Kirill Petrenko’s UK debut
The BBC were offered a Proms visit last summer by the Bavarian State Orchestra conducted by Kirill Petrenko. The Proms team declined on the grounds that the conductor was unknown in this country. Petrenko had recently been elected music director of the Berlin Philharmonic. Now the Barbican has announced a visit next season by Petrenko and […]
London puts on 10-day welcome Rattle fest
From the LSO’s season announcement this morning: – Sir Simon Rattle’s inaugural season launched with ten-day musical celebration – Young people and new audiences at the heart of future plans – new ticket schemes announced – Stockhausen masterpiece to be staged at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall – 2017/18 season highlights announced – British composers a […]
Berlin mezzo dies, at 69
A member of the Berlin State Opera from 1987 until illness enforced her retirement in 2009, Rosemarie Lang was a regular performer in a highly competitive ensemble. He roles included Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito by Mozart, Romeo in I Capuleti od I Montecchi […]