Lucas Debargue: Some classical pianists are not full musicians
The refreshing French pianist has given a characteristically frank interview to Elijah Ho for KQED in San Francisco. Here are some unpublished extracts, transcribed exclusively for Slipped Disc: On fellow-pianists: ‘Today, you can come out on stage with a nice smile and the First Piano Concerto of Chopin and be considered a master of piano. […]
Radioheads to Israel
The cerebral British rock band have announced a summer concert in Tel Aviv, shrugging off boycott calls from Roger Waters and other suspects. The gig was confirmed last night on the band’s Twitter page.
Sub conductor, 31, jumps in at NY Philharmonic
Semyon Bychkov called in last night with stomach flu. On hand was the NY Phil’s assistant conductor Joshua Gersen, eager and ready to grab his moment with Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini and 6th symphony, his subscription concert debut. Unlike Bernstein, he didn’t make the front page of the Times. In these diminished times, he might not […]
We keep changing pianists night after night
Our diarist, violinist Anthea Kreston, is struggling to remember who’s playing keyboard. I am swimming in work. My head is above water, and I can clearly understand and execute the tasks at hand, but there is nary a moment to spare. This weekend we are in Florence for back-to-back concerts, with different repertoire (6 […]
Death of a US music director
A student of Pierre Monteux, Sidney Rothstein was music director at several US orchestras. He founded the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia and was its music director from 1964 to 1976. From 1980 to 1984 he was with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and later with the Florida Symphony in Orlando, finally settling with the Ridgefield Connecticut Symphony Orchestra […]
Aretha Franklin calls it quits
The Queen of Soul, 74, says she’ll retire this year to spend more time with her grandchildren. Just one more album to go.
Nicolai Gedda has died, aged 91
The family has confirmed the death, on January 8, of the great Swedish tenor, one of the most lasting ornaments of the opera stage. He was a fixture of the international opera calendar from 1952 to his retirement in 2003. He mastered 70 roles and made 200 recordings. News of his death was given […]
Why Lang Lang left Sony
In a nutshell: he wasn’t loved enough. The US-based Chinese pianist is high maintenance. He needs to know he is appreciated. And while his label, Sony Classical, was behind him all the way, he didn’t get the feeling that the company as a whole supported him. Memories of the $3 million signing-on fee in 2010 […]
Watch: Scots MPs whistle Beethoven during Brexit vote
MPs of the Scottish National Party were rebuked by the Deputy Speaker last night for whistling and singing the Ode to Joy during the vote to permit the UK Government to trigger Article 50. One reason given by the Deputy Speaker was that ‘some of them haven’t quite got the voice’ for it. Actually, they […]
Neeme Järvi is unwell
The eminent Estonian conductor, 79, has cancelled two concerts at the Berlin Philharmonie on Feb 24 and 25 with Igor Levit as soloist. Manfred Honeck steps in with the Deutsches Sinfonie-orchester.
Director walks out on Gennady Rozhdestvensky
The chief director of the Pokrovsky chamber music theatre in Moscow, Mikhail Kislyarov, has resigned after differences with its veteran chief conductor. Apparently, they could not see eye to eye on Mozart’s Clemenza di Tito. A Russian source adds: ‘The truth is Mr. Rozhdestvensky ordered to fire Mr. Kislyarov from his position of Principal Director of the […]