Tabloid news: Jonas Kaufmann ‘is dating’ Madonna
An Italian tabloid reports that the pair, both unattached, met at a London exhibition and are seeing each other. Madonna wants them to make a record together. The exciting news has been picked up by both Russian and US-based media. Our social affairs correspondent reports that her eyebrows could not go any higher if she attached them […]
Nureyev’s favourite partner has died
Alla Sizova was Rudi’s preferred dance partner in St Petersburg before he fled west. She died there today, aged 76. Her most celebrated role was Ophelia in Hamlet.
Schnabel’s last student gets ready for his 100th birthday concert
Frank Glazer, who made his New York debut in 1936, is still playing. He’s going to be 100 in February and he’s planning a full recital. Interview here.
Opera star: Young Artist Programs are ripping off young artists
The international bass-baritone Alan Held would like to share his concerns about the mercenary exploitation of aspiring singers by respected opera companies and universities. We agree: these rip-offs must stop. This about the money being charged to young singers in order to audition for Young Artist Programs and universities in order to further their educations. […]
When a competition eliminates the finest artist
A ripple of shock ran round the flute world at news that Sébastian Jacot, recent winner of the Nielsen Competition by a nautical mile, did not make the semi-finals of the Concours de Genève, the flute world’s equivalent of Warsaw’s Chopin competition for pianists. Sébastian, principal flute at Ensemble Contrechamps, is not only a star. […]
If music won’t sell records, let’s try animals
Three of the year’s weirder classical album covers. Feel free to add your own. 1 I am a zebra. I like Handel. 2 Not sure what bird I am, but I’m French and I don’t sing Messiaen 3 I am a sheep. A dead sheep. Just like you lot.
Sellout? Schott gets rid of its historic archive
The music publishers Schott, struggling in tough market, has got rid of 240 years of history in a fire-sale. Scott, based in Mainz since 1770, served Beethoven, Wagner and other giants, kept their contracts, manuscripts portraits and correspondence. The archive has been bought for an undisclosed sum by a consortium led by the Bavarian State […]
Violinist adds another festival to his cap
The Swiss festival Sommets Musicaux of Gstaad has named Renaud Capucon as its new artistic director. He succeeds the charismatic founder Thierry Scherz, who died in July. Renaud ran his own festival near Chambéry in France until four years ago. H also has an Easter fest at Aix.
Daniel Hope: How I dived into Schnittke
The violinist has sent us this reminiscence of how he became involved with a great composer, whose 80th birthday we marked today. Daniel’s article was written in 1998, shortly after Schnittke’s death. In the summer of 1989, when I was 15, I first encountered the music of Alfred Schnittke. I was studying at the Schleswig-Holstein […]
Murdered Bonn pianist to be buried in Belgium
Friends and colleagues of Kate de Marcken said their farewells to the murdered pianist at a church service in Bonn. The procession was led by Kate’s twelve year-old son. Her husband, a cellist in the Beethoven Orchestra, is being held in connection with her murder. For pictures from the funeral, click here. Kate will be […]