What it feels like to lose the music in your life
A wonderful, lyrical, moving essay by Ménières sufferer, John Cotter.
Two old Menuhin boys go ape on Slipped Disc
The Grosse Kammermusik recitalists Igudesman and Joo have a chequered shirt – recte, career – as concert artists who actually keep an audience awake. That’s not very good for business. There were complaints in Baden-Baden. Slipped Disc caught up with the dangerous pair while they were ironing the shirt – sorry, the music – for their […]
Breaking: Anti-gay Tamar to sing at fund-raiser for victims of oppression
Tamar Iveri, the Georgian soprano hustled out of Australia after homophobic sentiments were found on her Facebook page, is starting to rebuild her career. She called a press conference in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, to announce she will give a charity concert on National Coming Out Day, October 11. ‘This is to apologize and to express […]
Just in: San Diego Opera signs deal with its defeated bosses
Tight-lipped company statement: San Diego Opera, Ian Campbell, and Ann Spira Campbell announced today that they have mutually resolved their differences arising out of their former employment relationships. Out of respect for each other’s privacy, no further comments about these resolutions will be made by any of the parties. We hope not much money changed […]
Great tenor is rushed to hospital
We hear that Carlo Bergonzi, who turned 90 last week, has been taken to hospital in a serious condition. We pray for his full recovery.
The best-designed violinist in the world
One of the few things everyone agrees on in the London orchestras is that, when it comes to shoes, no-one comes close to Maxine Kwok-Adams of the LSO’s first violins. Maxine stnds out from the pack as she strides on stage in a gravity-defying succession of Manolo’s, Jimmy Choos and what-have-yous, every single shoe a […]
It’s not the last night of the Proms. Just feels that way.
The BBC Proms opens tonight with a performance of Elgar’s The Kingdom. Seldom has a season launched on a more sombre note. The world is mourning almost 300 people on board a passenger plane shot down as an act of war. Repercussions will follow. A new ground war has begun in Gaza, adding to those […]
Munich memorial for Lorin Maazel
On Monday, at the St Michael Church in Munich, Valery Gergiev will conduct Brahms’s German Requiem in memory of Lorin Maazel. The orchestra will be made up of musicians from the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Maazel had been music director of both orchestras. The chorus will combine singers from the Munich […]
Lorin Maazel to orchestra: ‘My stubbornness is greater than your incompetence’
Levi Hammer is a young conductor who worked with the late maestro at the Castleton Festival. He has sent us a third intimate memoir to complement those we have published by a cellist and a violinist. Here’s a sample paragraph: He wasn’t a natural teacher, and he often couldn’t explain his legendary stick technique, at […]