The ultimate feminist demolition of ‘Mrs Bach’
On the eve of BBC4’s screening of the hyperbolic film claiming that Bach’s late cello suites were written by his wife, an authority on Bach’s compositional processes has taken both the thesis and its Australian author to the cleaners. Ruth Tatlow, a Stockholm-based musicologist who was research consultant to John Eliot Gardiner during his Bach Pilgrimage, […]
Chicago Symphony mourns a 49-year veteran
He played for seven music directors, and interpreted for Giulini. From CSO archivist, Frank Villella: Adrian Da Prato, a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s violin section from 1946 until 1996, died on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Chicago. He was 94. Born in Barga in 1920, in the region of Tuscany, Da […]
New warning issued on rogue Malaysian Philharmonic
The International Federation of Musicians has published a reminder for those tempted to attend auditions in Berlin next month for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. The MPO sacked nine musicians three years ago and continues to drag its feet in a compensation case that is going through the courts. The MPO is under international boycott. Don’t […]
Just in: Alan Gilbert to give Royal lecture
The music director of the New York Philharmonic has been chosen to give the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture in London, with the title ‘Orchestras in the 21st Century; a new paradigm’. Gilbert last month announced he’s stepping down from the NY Philharmonic post. Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture Alan Gilbert: Orchestras in the 21st Century; A New Paradigm […]
Vienna bug gives young US tenor his break
Javier Camarena has crashed out of tonight’s Barber of Seville at the Vienna State Opera. Step up Juan José de Leon, a Texan (ex-Pittsburgh Opera-, who was flown in last-minute from Stuttgart.
Who smeared Dutilleux as a Nazi collaborator when he was, in fact, a Résistant?
The files have been brought out of the vaults. Two days ago, the Mayor of the 4th arrondissement of Paris refused to allow a plaque to be affixed on Henri Dutilleux’s apartment, claiming he had been a Nazi collaborator. Now, the curator of the national Résistance museum has published the facts, proving that Dutilleux and his […]
Star Bolshoi teacher dies, aged 102
After a brief stage career – she retired at 25, in 1938 – Galina Petrova became one of Moscow’s most sought-after dance teachers. She taught until 1957 at the Moscow Ballet Academy and from 1953 to 1989 she coached at the Bolshoi Theatre. Students and divas alike waited hours in line for her lessons.
What happened when a classical ensemble crashed a pop festival
Just watch. See? Our moves are just as good as theirs. This is the Ricciotti Ensemble, a Dutch symphony orchestra that pops up all over the place – in this instance at the Amsterdam Canal Festival Stage. h/t: Hinse Mutter, double bass player in the Ricciotti
Swiss wins Austrian state prize
The Große Österreichische Staatspreis, granted in music every four years, has been awarded to the Swiss-born composer Beat Furrer in his 60th birthday year. The prize is worth 30,000 Euros and lots of official handshakes.
Don’t expect this airline to play fair with your instrument
The general rule with budget airlines is that you get less than you paid for. This latest instalment has an airline telling outright lies to squeeze more money from a travelling musician. Dear Slipped Disc I was flying from Paris to Bologna on Vueling on Monday afternoon (online check-in was unavailable), and while trying to […]
Besieged ENO exposes some facts and figures
English National Opera, under threat of losing state subsidy, has published its annual accounts with a sidebar of significant achievements. Here’s a selection: The 2013/14 financial year ended on an unrestricted surplus of £208,000 following box office income of £9,684,000 across 117 performances (2012/13 = £9,678,000 across 132 performances). This represents a box office uplift […]