Netrebko to remarry?
Russian media are carrying reportsthis week that Anna Netrebko is planning to marry the Azeri tenor, Yusif Eivazov. Her partner has been posting pictures of himself with Anna and her son, Tiago. Vladislav Monastyrsky, who represents Netrebko in Russia, said: ‘The romance of the two stars is not a secret anymore, even though the couple […]
How much is your concertmaster worth? That’s tricky…
It has been a long-established fact of American musical life that the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic is the highest paid orchestral player in the land. That may no longer be the case. Figures obtained by Drew McManus from orchestra tax returns for 2011/12 show that Glenn Dicterow’s salary shot […]
Can’t give it away? Berlin Phil sells Karajan Edition for £1 a disc
Some will consider it the music bargain of the century, others a sale of desperation. The Berlin Phil cannot sell records any more, nor can it attract many visitors to its Digital Concert Hall DCH). So it is selling a 38-CD box of prime Herbert von Karajan recordings for £39.50 (or $67), and throwing in […]
Decca star flies in to bail out the Bowl
The Hollywood Bowl has been hit by a double cancellation next Tuesday. Esa Pekka Salonen can’t make it for personal reasons and Yefim Bronfman has to undergo a medical procedure. Flying in for Bronfman is Decca’s young Uzbek wonder, Behzod Abduraimov. Salonen is replaced by James Gaffigan.
Fans pay cancer bills for cello star’s stricken husband
Zoe Keating, the US-based electronic cellist who found a million-strong following on Twitter, has called time out on her playing career to care for her husband, who is battling a pernicious cancer. To their horror, the insurance refused to pay for treatment. Zoe reluctantly turned to her global following. Heart-warmingly, they have responded. Read her […]
Slippedisc Editorial: When searching for paedophiles, do not ignore music schools
The establishment of a UK judicial inquiry into long-running rumours of child abuse by powerful men is one of those rare initiatives that restores faith in due process. A distinguished judge will, we are assured, get to the bottom of hundreds of complaints that politicians and public figures were given access to vulnerable boys and […]
Classical guitarist gets a watch
Apparently, the watch comes free with a Classical Brit. But the brand promotion is worth a lot more. h/t: Guy Traviss
A wedding video from Israel
This was last night in Ashdod. Click on ‘Post’ to run video. Post by Ettie Stern Kolp.
Violinist victim was ‘refused counselling’ before rape trial
The inquest into the death of the violinist Frances Andrade has heard that the police detectives told her not to seek therapy before testifying against her rapist, Chetham’s ex-music director Mike Brewer, in case the counselling affected her memory. Her GP put her on Prozac instead. Dr Alastair Bint said: ‘I remember feeling very concerned about […]
Cancer blow for top composer
Japan’s most successful composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto, announced today on his website that he is suffering from pharyngeal cancer and is canceling all professional commitments. Sakamoto, 62, said he was diagnosed last month after noticing an unusual feeling in his throat. A lifelong anti-nuclear campaigner, he is refusing radiation treatment. He said: I know my decision […]