Death of ‘the first girl to play bebop piano’
Friends have informed us of the death, aged 92, of Barbara Carroll, described by Leonard Feather in 1947 as ‘the first girl to play bebop piano.’ Barbara made numerous recordings with the big boys and many original arrangements.
Sony are hassling Youtube users
The Korean pianist Hai-Kyung Suh came to London last month to record videos at Henry Wood Hall, including this Mozart Fantasia. Barely had the video gone live on Youtube than Sony Music Entertainment issued an opportunistic takedown order, claiming the video was the work of Lili Kraus, who died in 1986. Apparently, this is common practice […]
Ex-clarinetist wins Solti competition
The Russian Valentin Uryupin, winner of the Solti conducting competition, has previously won the ARD and Geneva competitions in clarinet. Now 31, he is permanent conductor at Theodor Currentzis’s opera house in Perm and artistic director in Rostov. Like Osmo Vanska, he knew when the tootling had to stop.
Hallelujah! Now for cello solo
The latest manifestation of Leonard Cohen’s mighty anthem is in an arrangement for solo cello and strings by Tom Hodge. Sheku Kanneh-Mason recorded it at Abbey Road and gave a first live whirl at the Bafta awards. We think it might catch on.
A shout-out for autistic academics
Apparently there has been no research conducted on university lecturers with autism. My research aims to give a voice to academics who identify as autistic, Asperger’s or on the autism spectrum. It focuses on autistic academics’ experiences of research, teaching and being an employee in higher education. Men and women of all ages have already […]
Trump picks Sound of Music fan as Austria ambassador
This is not an alternative fact. Patrick Park, a businessman friend of Donald J Trump, has seen The Sound of Music 75 times. He has been told by the president that he’s to be the next US ambassador to Austria. ‘I’m flying to Vienna to check out the embassy, and then I’m going to Salzburg […]
Jonas Kaufmann ends London residency with second cancellation
The German tenor has pulled out of tonight’s Richard Strauss concert with bronchitis. He has not been replaced. The concert is off. Here’s what the Barbican website says: Jonas deeply regrets that because he has bronchitis this concert is cancelled. In due course we hope to reschedule this concert to a future date. Ticketholders will receive […]
Mezzo throws up in Verdi Requiem
From Texas Classical Review: Soon after (Sasha) Cooke and soprano Angela Meade began their “Recordare” duet, Cooke seemed to cough, and she left a hand on her chest. A few moments later, she stepped hurriedly toward the wings, vomiting before getting there. I include that detail only to illustrate how notable it was when she […]
Grammys: Boston wins second year in a row
The Boston Symphony won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance last night. The winning entry was DG’s ‘Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow’ – symphonies 5, 8, and 9, conducted by music director Andris Nelsons. Its 2016 winner was Shostakovich 10. Best opera and best engineered classical album went to Los Angeles Opera’s Corigliano: The Ghost […]
Any old Nicolai: NY Times admits a howler
We pointed out on Saturday that the New York Times had used a picture of the Bulgarian bass Nicolai Ghiaurov when reporting the death of the Swedish tenor Nicola Gedda. Bass, tenor, what’s the difference? The Times has now appended this message at the foot of the online article: Correction: February 11, 2017 A photograph was published […]
Who’s pitching for the Dallas podium?
Scott Cantrell lists the season’s guest conductors from whom the Dallas Symphony will pick a successor to the departing Jaap van Zweden. There’s only one American in the frame. The smart money’s on one of the two Spaniards, Pablo Heras-Casado and Gustavo Gimeno.