Martha Argerich: ‘I’m busier now than when I was younger. I need to practice more.’
From an enigmatic interview today in Japan: “I’m not at all comfortable because I still have too much, too many activities,” she said. “I’m busier now than when I was younger. I don’t know why. I need to practice more.” She wondered whether her abilities were deteriorating and even asked me if she should retire. […]
Ragtime’s E L Doctorow could have been a musician
The death has been announced of a great American novelist. He was 84. President Obama tweeted: ‘E.L. Doctorow was one of America’s greatest novelists. His books taught me much, and he will be missed.’ He came to a book launch of mine in New York. I was struck dumb by the honour of his presence. […]
Meet the conductor: Thomas Quasthoff
First shot from the Verbier rehearsal room (with Martin Engstroem). (c) MediciTV
Just in: Fiddler on the Roof star is dead
Theodore Bikel, who first played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof in 1967 and performed it more than any other actor, has died at the venerable age of 91. As recently as 2009, he stood in for Topol on a US tour when the Israel actor suffered an injury. Bikel was also the first Captain von Trapp […]
With NASA’s help, Houston we have opera….
press release: Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present the world premiere of O Columbia, a chamber opera created by an acclaimed team of artists: composer Gregory Spears, librettist Royce Vavrek, stage director Kevin Newbury, and conductor Timothy Myers—on September 23 and 24 at 8:00 p.m. at the Bayou Music Center. O Columbia examines the […]
Video: Pianist John Taylor plays on the night he died
John Taylor died on Friday night after suffering a heart attack while playing with Stephane Kerecki’s band at the French Saveurs Jazz Festival. The band have posted a segment of that performance, with John looking happy at his piano.
Just in: Maestro cancels Boston over US visa delays
Five months ago, the Boston Symphony Orch had to rearrange a concert at short notice after Vladimir Jurowski withdrew with visa problems. The conductor blamed his management for the failure Today, Oliver Knussen pulled out of a Gunther Schuller memorial concert in Tanglewood for similar reasons. We are told that the visa he applied for […]
Czech quartet member has died
The violinist, Vaclav Snitil, a former member of the Vlach Quartet and a frequent soloist with Czech orchestras, has died at 87. newsagency report: Prague, July 20 (CTK) – Czech violinist and university teacher Vaclav Snitil died after a short illness at the age of 87 years in Prague on July 19, his son, conductor Jan Snitil, […]
Telling tales out of Szell
Musicians in the Cleveland Orchestra have been sharing memories of the good old, bad old times. There’s a book in it, apparently. We’re awaiting first copy.
Musicians Union chooses next Labour leader
The MU has endorsed Andy Burnham for Labour Party leader ‘on account of his interest in music and the arts’. The organisation has also pledged its support for Caroline Flint as deputy. MU general secretary, John Smith, said: “The MU was particularly grateful to Andy Burnham for his support for the extension of the term of […]
The airline that charges string players extra when they check in
We’ve had complaints before about AirBaltic. Sarah Niblack got hit by them today: I asked expressly in Paris because they have a sketchy “violin policy” on their website – and they said it would be no problem. This morning in the airport in Tallin, Estonia, they said that not only was my viola not included […]