Brexit effect? Brits spend more on vinyl than on downloads
This country is going backwards. BBC report: More money was spent on vinyl than downloaded albums last week, for the first time. Vinyl sales made the record industry £2.4m, while downloads took in £2.1m, the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) said.
Breaking: IMG Artists loses its head
Staff have been told that Lorna Aizlewood is leaving, effective immediately. Lorna, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, has been an incredibly effective advocate for a company that is co-owned by a convicted fraudster and a wild-card Russian investor. She has produced consistently good returns and restored the artists’ agency side of the business to […]
Child pianist is nominated for a Grammy
Among the slew of self-advertisements, the one that stands out is for Joey Alexander, a 13 year-old from Bali, who is nominated for jazz improvisation. Joey is mentored by Wynton Marsalis.
Munich hires British chief conductor
Munich’s Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz has named Anthony Bramall as its next chief conductor, starting in summer 2017. Bramall, 59, is deputy music director at Leipzig Opera. His Munich predecessor, Marco Comin, is leaving abruptly in protest at a downmarket trend in repertoire. he said: ‘If a house wants to do a lot of operetta and […]
Another paper sheds its last music critic
The Detroit Free Press is laying off 17 in its editorial department to make its 2017 budget. Among them is the excellent Mark Stryker, who has covered music in motor city for 21 years. Mark’s last day is December 16. He wants to write a book about jazz musicians. Mark, never seen hatless, is unlikely […]
We’re blowing Alison’s trumpet (and ours)
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Biz news: IMG grabs two artists from its former boss
IMG Artists has signed the pianist Nikolai Demidenko and the rising Spanish conductor Pablo Gonzalez, ex-music director in Barcelona. Both had been with ICA Artists whose owner, Stephen Wright, was formerly head of IMG until its takeover by Barrett Wissman. It’s dog bite dog out there.
Label news: Vienna Phil harpist plucks contract from Warner
Warner Classics has signed an exclusive deal with Anneleen Lenaerts, principal harp of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra since December 2010. Anneleen, 29, is Belgian, bright and ambitious. She’s getting lots of solo dates.
German Music Council adopts ‘F*ck you’ program
Just landed: The Presidium of the German Music Council has unanimously adopted the proposal ‘Fuck you 1Falt. Making musical diversity possible and usable’. It’s a list of six demands to be presented to the German Bundestag. Not sure I’d want it on my desk. More here.
Orch sells 15% more tickets, still loses money
The Indiannapolis Orchestra reports reported a 15 percent rise in ticket sales, its fourth consecutive increase and an all time high. However… the ISO ended the year with a $561,000 deficit, due largely to a 78 percent increase in medical claims expense and inclement weather during the Marsh Symphony on the Prairie season, two factors out […]
Death of a famous Fanciulla, 93
The international Italian soprano Gigliola Frazzoni has died in her home town, Bologna, at a great age. She made her debut there as Mimi in 1953 and was soon appearing at all major houses. In 1955 she replaced Callas in Andrea Chenier at La Scala. In 1957 she sang Mère Marie in the La Scala world premiere […]