Liberace piano is buried
Heavy snow in Rockland, Massachusetts, has brought the roof down at a music store that displays Liberace’s rhinestone-studded piano. They’ll have to make a new one.
London hall flashes £5 tickets
Next season there will be 10,000 tickets on sale at the Wigmore Hall for the equivalent of $8. It will enable you to hear the likes of Daniil Trifonov, Gidon Kremer, Patricia Petibon, Steven Isserlis and so on. The catch? You have to be under-35. (Drat, just missed.) Among other highlights of today’s seasonal announcements, […]
Minister travels to Mariss to give him an award
Latvia wants to present a ‘Grand Music Award 2014 for Lifetime Achievement’ to the conductor Mariss Jansons. But Mariss, music director in Amsterdam and Munich, is not seen much in Riga these days and his schedule is too crowded for him to make side-trips. So the Minister of Culture Dace Melbarde is flying to Amsterdam today […]
Video: Orch musicians start playing on delayed US flight
Four Grammy-winning members of the Seattle Symphony, on their way to Palm Springs, suffered a disagreeable setback when the Alaska Air plane turned around and was sent back to gate. To keep their fellow-passengers happy, the four – violinists Mikhail Shmidt and Elisa Barston, violist Susan Gulkis Assadi and cellest Walter Gray – got out […]
Chicago Symphony audience is accused of ‘disrespect’
A young man went to hear the orchestra play music from The Godfather. He was surprised that many in the audience behaved like moviegoers (exactly the demographic the CSO and every other US orch is trying to attract). So he wrote a letter to the local paper: I think Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert […]
The cooler side of Simon Rattle
The Sunday Telegraph published at the weekend a glorious hagiolatry of ‘Britain’s greatest living conductor’ by one of his cheery old chums, the cricket writer, Michael Henderson. Today, it balances that effusion with a somewhat more sober assessment of Rattle’s future. Sample: Rattle let me know of his resentment when, a dozen years ago, I […]
Putin finds relief at the Cairo Opera
The Egyptian regime put on a concert of Shostakovich Festive Overture Arise, Russian people, a march from Prokofiev’s cantata “Alexander Nevsky”, the fourth act of the ballet Swan Lake and the fourth movement of Rachmaninov’s first symphony. photo: RIANovosty
(Almost) the only German at the Grammys
Burkhard Schmilgun and his CPO label, based in bucolic Osnabrück, were not just first-time winners in Hollywood: they are being celebrated in home-country media as the only German label to get a sniff of Grammy glory. Their Charpentier album took the opera Grammy. How did they win it? ‘I knew nothing about the jury, or […]
Mourning for an American composer, aged 82
Larry Johnson reports the death of his friend, Marvin David Levy, whose opera Mourning Becomes Electra, premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in its inaugural season at Lincoln Center in 1967. Read more here.
Maestro cancels Boston, blaming his agency
Vladimir Jurowski has pulled out of this week’s Boston Symphony performances ‘because of a visa problem arising from a miscommunication with his management team. Make of that what you will. Jurowski’s management is the faltering giant, IMG. Stefan Asbury will replace Jurowski in a Birtwistle premiere. Ken-David Masur will take over the rest.
Maestro collects cool million for not conducting
Swedish Radio reports that the Finnish conductor Hannu Koivula has been paid a million crowns ($119,000) over the past year, while not conducting a single concert in Jönköping. Koivula was dismissed last January after what are described as ‘personnel conflicts’. He challenged the dismissal as unfair and the adjudication is working its way through the system. Meantime, […]