A big Bach debut on two … mandolins
Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg have made a world premiere recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Two-Part Inventions, Organ Duets and Canons from the Art of the Fugue arranged for mandolin and mandocello. Brave. Try some.
We’ve tried change. Mostly, it doesn’t work.
Gareth Davies, principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra, has been reflecting on the constant demands for change in classical concerts. In a typically thoughtful blog, he dismisses most change initiatives as tinsel. There seems very little invention and much more repackaging. I remember when I was a student in the 90’s, the fashion was […]
The old gardener who is growing into Ligeti
The young conductor Jonathan Bloxham has sent us this from his festival, Northern Sounds: photo (c) Kaupo Kikkas Hi Norman, I’d like to you meet Dave, a 74 year old community gardener from Gateshead who has never been to a classical concert but on Sunday will be performing Ligeti at the Sage. This is part of […]
John Adams: ‘I’ve known John Adams since 1976. We’re friends…’
Lovely, revealing, un-pressy interview by Timothy Hazlett with the American composer John Luther Adams, whose success in the past year has overtaken that of his namesake without the added middle name. Confused? You won’t be. Click here. h/t: Steve Smith
Can’t be done, right? All the symphonies need someone at the front, giving shape and direction. That’s what we thought. The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra of Los Angeles, a conductorless ensemble, decided to perform the fourth symphony without external interference. See what you think.
Here’s what happens when you let a high school choir into the hotel pool
They restore your faith in youth and beauty. Three weeks ago, the Stillwater Area High School Concert Choir posted a video of their break at a hotel in Ames, Iowa. They liked the pool’s acoustics and sang F. Melius Christiansen’s “O Day Full of Grace.” Three-quarters of a million people have watched in wonder. More […]
The Woodstock couple … still crazy after all these years
Remember this album? That frozen moment of eternal innocence? Well here they are today, still together after 46 years. Nick and Bobbi Ercoline married two years after Woodstock, have two sons and live not far from the concert site. Marriage must have something going for it.
Yannick to music biz: Change it
In an address to the Classical Next conference in Rotterdam, the Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin called for ‘new venues, new dress codes and maybe also an entirely new repertoire’. You can watch his speech here.
Just in: Cecilia Bartoli to star in West Side Story
Announcing next year’s Salzburg Whitsun Festival today, the Italian mezzo said she will sing Maria in a new production of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. UPDATE: Norman Reinhardt will sing Tony. Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the Simon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. The director is Phil McKinley. The musical fits into a Shakesperian theme that Bartoli has been […]
German politicians overturn next music director
We reported last weekend that players in the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn voted 98-2 in favour of Jun Märkl as their next music director, only to be overruled by a committee of three, including Nike Wagner (below), that chose Marc Piollet. Now both of those choices have been set aside by the city’ political leadership. […]
Just in: Norway drops head of opera
Per Boye Hansen signed on for five years as artistic director in 2011. He was told today his contract will not be renewed. ‘It is with a heavy heart I must announce that my term at Norwegian Opera & Ballet will not be prolonged,’ he announced this morning. It appears he had a falling out […]