Retiring Berlin Phil player tells all after 46 years
Peter Brem has retired from the first violins at 65 and written a book about the maestros he worked with – Karajan, Abbado, Rattle. Brem was an influential figure in the orchestra, chair of its media group from 1992 and the force behind its record deal with the rock group Scorpions, a project widely condemned […]
What we mean by a ‘caring musicology’
If you have any brain cells to spare for the ongoing debate on the purpose of musicology – pay attention, please: it’s not about the study and history of music any more – our good friend William Chaeng has offered another free excerpt from his new book, this time about the real purpose of musicology. […]
Why Boston has the best acoustics in America
Nicholas Edwards, acoustic designer for Meyerson Symphony Hall and other fine venues, relates in this new video how Boston Symphony Hall got it right. You see it here first.
A music student is the latest victim of Afghanistan terror
William Harvey, an American violinist who has been working in Kabul for several years with a new generation of musicians, has published a video of one of his beloved pupils who was killed in the August 25 attack on the American University of Kabul. Sam Sarwari, a dilruba player, is another innocent victim of political […]
I thought this album was strictly for nerds. Then the tears sprang to my eyes
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: My instant reaction to this 4-CD box was that it’s strictly for audio buffs and English music devotees, whose lives will be infinitely enriched by rummaging through the disused takes of Sir Edward Elgar’s recordings of his own works between 1919 and his death in 1934. My second […]
Stern contestants are made to play Butterfly Lovers concerto
The 18 semi-finalists in the new Shanghai Isaac Stern Competition are being required to play the Butterfly Lovers concerto, a work that obtained vast local popularity in the late 1970s after the end of the Cultural Revolution. Shanghai Daily reports that ‘It is the first time that a Chinese work has been listed on the […]
Drinks are on Serge Dorny
The state of Saxony today gave up its appeal against a court ruling that the Belgian intendant was unfairly dismissed by the state opera before he had spent a day in the job. Dorny got his previous job back in Lyon. But he can now seek Saxon compensation of up to 1.5 million Euros.
Jazz’s golden ears has died, at 91
Rudy Van Gelder, engineer on most of the Blue Note Records catalogue, has passed away at a good age. He built a control room in 1946 in his parents’ home in Hackensack, NJ, and never looked back. Thelonious Monk duly paid tribute to Hackensack.
Cellist who saved a BBC Prom with minutes to spare
At 0935 yesterday the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic were informed that their Proms soloist Truls Mork was sick. At 1529 his replacement Alexey Stadler flew into Heathrow, little-known and 25 years old. At 1640 he was rehearsing on stage. At 1930 he made his Proms debut. No announcement was made to the audience. So how did […]
Uber boss parts with violin
The man who owns Uber had a beautiful and versatile violinist girlfriend, Gaby Holzwarth, as we have reported. No longer, apparently. According to Page Six of the NY Daily News: A tech insider told us: “Travis is under a lot of pressure right now. It’s hard for him to focus on a relationship.” Gaby’s career took off […]
Claims of violent conduct at Italian classical festival
We reported yesterday that Musicfestperugia had shut down because of the nearby earthquake. This, it appears, was not the full story. The festival director Ilana Vered has accused the Romanian conductor Mihnea Ignat of attacking and ‘choking’ one of the teachers, John Holloway. Holloway posted later that he is okay. The police were called. Mihnea […]