The ‘naked’ quartet leader is innocent, OK?
Stefan Arzberger, leader of the Leipzig String Quartet, has been to hell and back since the day he was arrested without clothes in a New York hotel and charged with assault on a fellow-guest. He is unable to travel or pursue his profession during the course of the investigation. His lawyer has just issued the […]
Despite the Stradivarius, the concerto was a flop
Another fascinating essay has popped up on the Cozio site, illustrating how and why Benjamin Britten’s violin concerto took more than three decades before soloists stopped sniffing at it. The March 1940 premiere in New York was not too badly received, but Britten was in bad odour back home for fleeing the country before war […]
Please come to my recital…
This one has just landed in our virtual in-box Tania Stavreva (piano) Once & Only in London
80 years on, Arnold Schoenberg makes his big-screen debut
In December 1935, Arnold Schoenberg was approached in Hollywood exile by Irving Thalberg to write music for his film of Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth. Schoenberg was penniless, Thalberg fairly cultured for a movie mogul. There are two versions of what happened at the meeting. In one, Thalberg mentioned hearing Schoenberg’s ‘lovely music’ in a broadcast […]
Quartet of ‘unique prominence’ changes leader
Even by the hyperbolic flights of the classical music sector, the self-advertisement of the Ying Quartet sets a new nadir in irony immunity. To quote their website: ‘The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today’s […]
Music consumption is up 14%. So why not classical?
The big news from Nielsen Music is that music consumption in the United States is up by 14 percent in the first quarter of 2015, a real uplift for the business. Streaming is especially strong. Digital has dipped. Albums are back. And classical? Same as, same as, same as. Why does it have to be like […]
Dumb film award: Mrs Bach wins it
Written by Mrs Bach, a preposterous BBC pseudo-doc purporting to show that J S Bach’s cello suites were written by his wife, has been refuted, demolished and ridiculed by every expert musicologist in the field, as well as many music critics and practising musicians. Last night it won Gold Medal in the Arts category at New […]
Classic FM chief manages his exit
It has been four months since Darren Henley was announced as the new chief executive of foundering Arts Council England, but he hasn’t been able to take up the job until his longterm employers could be persuaded to let him go. Darren, managing director of Classic FM (UK) , has worked for the commercial station […]
‘Naked’ string quartet leader steps down for next concerts
The Leipzig String Quartet has announced that Matthias Wollong, principal concertmaster of the Staatskapelle Dresden, and Raphael Christ, leader of the second violins in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, will stand in for Stefan Arzberger in the next two weeks. Stefan is fighting charges that he assaulted a female guest at a New York hotel, where he […]
New music director in Newcastle: ‘My Dad was a professional footballer’
The pianist Lars Vogt is about to kick off his term as music director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia. At his first meeting with media and public in Newcastle-Gateshead, he announced that football was his life’s passion, alongside music. His father had played professionally, in the German second division, and Lars once made it into […]
Another piano teacher is arrested in New York
David Oei, 64, was charged on Monday with forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child, aged 15. Oei is an instructor at The New School. A former player with P.D.Q. Bach, he is married to a respected violinist. Presumptions of innocence apply.