Mariinsky’s Falstaff dies, aged 67
The Mariinsky Opera has announced the death of Victor Chernomortsev, one of its leading baritones. Born in Krasnodar, he joined the Kuibyshev Opera in 1974 and was headhunted by the Vienna State Opera in 1992. Two years later he joined Gergiev’s ensemble, making his debut as Scarpia in Tosca. He was a formidable Alberich in Wagner’s […]
Whose moustache is that on my wall?
It’s Moscow’s new Scriabin pop-up, an initiative of the city’s culture department. Portrait of the composer Alexander Skryabin has appeared on House on Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street in the framework of the project “heritage” of the Department of culture of Moscow.
Quad failed in the 70s. Might it work now?
Pentatone, the boutique Dutch label, think we might be able to hear on multi-channel Super Audio CD all the directional stuff that got lost in the grey old world of four speakers and a cat. They’ve reissued some prime DGs of those distant days. Press release below. The seeds were already planted in the early 1970s, […]
Irish trio picks Israeli cellist
The cutting-edge, contemporary Fidelio Trio has recruited Adi Tal (r.) in place of Robin Michael. In other chamber news, the Aviv Quartet in its 19th season has replaced Timur Yakubov with Noémie Bialobroda as its new violist. And the Rubens Quartet in Holland has chosen the British violinist Giles Francis in place of Tali Goldberg, who is […]
New video: A Canadian cellist makes less than Josh Bell
CBC asked Norm Adams, principal cellist for Symphony Nova Scotia, to play Bach by the arrival gate of the Halifax ferry terminal. Waddaya know? He got less in tips than Joshua Bell, but some of the reactions were more interesting. Watch here.
Latest: Murdered pianist was US-born opera repetiteur
Police in Bonn have allowed media to name the pianist whose body was found in a shallow forest grave not far from Bonn. She was Kate de Marcken, 50, an American-born pianist who grew up in Belgium and was married to a player in the Beethoven Orchestra. Her husband, unnamed, has been arrested and charged […]
Tragedy: Missing pianist is found murdered in German forest
A woman named by police as ‘Katherine M’, was reported missing in Pittersdorf, near Bonn, two weeks ago. Her body was found yesterday afternoon, buried in a forest along the river Ahr, near Dümpelfeld. Her husband reportedly led the police to the site and is being treated as the murder suspect. He has been brought […]
The first woman violinist on record. Any guesses?
Professor Robert Eschbach has come up with a fascinating tale from the mists of gramophone history. A student of Sam Franko and Joseph Joachim, Dora Valesca Becker (1870-1958) was born in Galveston, Texas and became the first female violinist on record (1898). In the first year of recorded violin playing, she cut fourteen cylinders for […]
New vid: Diva Joyce does promo for the Met
Health warning: too much social media exposure in a week can make you short-sighted.
Just in: Anna Netrebko makes peace in her time with Munich
After the Manon Lescaut walkout, the diva has agreed to return for a pair of festival performance next summer as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. The singer she is replacing in that role is Kristine Opolais, who is depping for her in Manon Lescaut. Press release below. Anna Netrebko will give her Munich role debut as […]
He won the Boston audition, but will he take the job?
You remember the torture-chamber picture we ran last week? Boston Symphony were putting cellists through the hoops for a vacant seat. The winner (we hear) is Oliver Aldort, 21, a Curtis grad. Great time to join a great orchestra. Trouble is, Oliver has also just won a Pittsburgh audition. So which is it going to […]