The original Henning Mankell, composer
The grandfather of the thriller writer, who has died of cancer at 67, was a distinguished Swedish composer. Henning Mankell senior (1868-1930) left an output of 150 piano works, including a concerto, and much else.
The challenge for Yo Yo Ma as he turns 60
Happy birthday tomorrow (Oct 7) to the most successful cellist of his generation and the greatest role model for his instrument. Yo Yo’s celebratory recital on Sony Classical is my Album of the Week on sinfnimusic.com, but it comes with a caveat: True, his Silk Road enterprise has thrown a bridge across the cultural gulf […]
UK pianist wins major film role
press release: Pianist Clare Hammond will appear in the forthcoming film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s play, The Lady in the Van, as the younger version of Dame Maggie Smith’s character, Miss Shepherd. Clare performs in a number of flashback scenes recreating a Proms concert in the 1930s, and enacts Miss Shepherd’s experiences as a novice […]
Maestro moves north: Iceland unanimously votes for Frenchman
The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has named Yan Pascal Tortelier as chief conductor from September 2016 by a unanimous decision of the musicians’ committee. He succeeds the Israeli Ilan Volkov, whose term ended last year. Tortelier has been artistic director of the Ulster Orchestra (1989-1992), principal conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (2009-2011) and chief […]
Hear Bartók’s dances – in the original field recordings
This is not a new upload… but you won’t regret the time spent on these phenomenal originals. h/t: Allan Evans
Seven sacked players need help to fight their case
A court in Malaysia has tweaked the law to deny basic rights to seven foreign players who were summarily dismissed by the Malaysian Philharmonic. The orchestra remains under an international musicians boycott. This appeal comes from one of the disenfranchised seven. Please help if you can. I am one of the seven musicians […]
Was this a record?
Spare a moment t0 revisit our record haunts of a vanishing past, courtesy of Flashbak (via Michael Nyman). If you have tears, prepare…. Click here for the full gallery.
Join my local pop choir
This just popped up on my home page…. I’ll be round there one of these wintry nights. Click here for details.
Have you seen the Rigoletto Blues?
Our friend Valerio Tura is a conoisseur of the little-known 1930s crossover zone between swing singers, rhythm-and-blues and grand opera. Try this from the Delta Rhythm Boys.
Mexico mourns young conductor, killed by cerebral haemorrhage
Two weeks ago, while rehearsing her orchestra, Zaeth Ritter Arenas collapsed in the podium. On September 27, she died in hospital. Zaeth was sister of the successful pianist Rodolfo Ritter Arenas. Our sympathies to her family.
Luxury casting at Dallas’s opera about a dying opera
from the press release: DALLAS, OCTOBER 2, 2015 – The Dallas Opera is proud to present one of the most eagerly anticipated new operas of the year: Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s GREAT SCOTT, featuring a once-in-a-lifetime cast headed by America’s favorite mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato, in the title role of Arden Scott; also starring soprano […]