Totenberg’s Stradvarius will be heard again
A precious violin, stolen from the Boston teacher Roman Totenberg in 1980 and recovered after the death of the thief, has been restored and is ready to be played once more. AP reports: Mira Wang, a violinist who immigrated to the United States from China 30 years ago to study under Totenberg, will play the instrument at […]
Imagine a future in which all artists are starving on the streets
An apocalyptic vision from two young Australian violinists.
Watch: Rare and unseen Shostakovich film
Albert Gendelshtein’s 1966 Soviet documentaty, ‘Dmitri Shostakovich – Sketches for a portrait of the composer’, shows rare historic footage of the great composer. Among the participants are Maxim Shostakovich, Leonid Kogan, Sviatoslav Richter, Galina Vishnevskaya, Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Evgeny Mravinsky and more. Do not miss the billiards scene. Or Richter with the Beethoven Quartet. […]
Watch Yefim Bronfman play the Mendelssohn violin concerto
You read it right: violin. ‘As Isaac used to say…’ Watch here.
A Bechstein returns to the Wigmore Hall
The hall was originally built by the piano manufacturer in 1901. Tomorrow, on stage, Pierre-Laurent Aimard will play an 1899 Bechstein, specially restored for the occasion. Worth hearing. See here.
When an uncompromising musician composes for Hollywood
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: In the Hollywood walk of composing fame, Hanns Eisler is the forgotten man. Erich Korngold was the founding father, Waxman and Newman the busy bees, Rosza and Herrmann the atmosphere merchants. Eisler, who wrote the first book on composing for film and treated the craft as an art […]
A much-loved New York conductor has died, at 70
We have been notified of the death, from cancer, of Jonathan Strasser, after a richly variegated musical life. He was a regular conductor with the Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela in Caracas and, nearer hme, music director of the Staten Island Symphony. He was an accomplished violinist, and a teacher in the Precollege Division of the Manhattan School […]
What every travelling musician needs: a parenting course
Our diarist Anthea Kreston has found one in Berlin. I have been taking a parenting class at my daughter’s school these past months (I make it to about half of them). It has been fantastic – but in unexpected ways. I have the best role model already at home – a partner who always acts […]
The singer who had to give up: What Katie did next
Two years ago, we reported the story of Katie McAdam who, preparing to sing Madam Butterfly at London’s Holland Park Opera, was forced to give up her career by vocal health issues. A year later Katie told us, ‘I miss it every day’. Another year on, she has found fulfilment in a new vocation – as […]