A secret record collection, stored on x-rays
While researching my BBC series on Music and the Jews, I discovered in the National Sound Library in Jerusalem a series of recordings cut by an ethnomusicologist in the 1930s onto the surface of discarded hospital x-rays. The emergency solution had been devised by Robert Lachman, frustrated by a German ban on exporting shellac to […]
An opera in a waxworks: does it move?
We know, doesn’t sound promising. But our pair of New York opera ingenues, Elizabeth Frayer and Shawn Milnes, fearing a long Metropolitan Opera shutdown, betook themselves to Madam Tussauds to see Rameau’s Pygmalion (hands up if you’ve ever seen it before). One way or other, they had a pretty good time. Read here.
Power of Slippedisc: Rogue agents’ website is taken down
A few hours ago we reported concern among classical artist agents that a rogue website was stealing their data. No longer. Exposed to the light of day, the parasites simply disappeared. How do we know? One of the agents mailed to say thanks.
International opera director dies
The Swedish director Folke Abenius died yesterday, aged 80. He was head of the Royal Theatre in Stockholm, 1978-84, and staged many long-lasting productions of staple operas in Drottningholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Copenhagen and Hamburg. His 1972 Rosenkavalier played unchanged in Stockholm for 37 years.
Medical miracle? Conductor wakes from coma to the sound of angels
Doctors had given up on Barry Todd, who nearly died of an aneurysm and had been ten days in a coma. But his wife Carol played CDs of his Midland Voices choir in rehearsal and Barry, 64, somehow came around. Read here.
Video: Extraordinary Jordi finds his desert sound
The uniquely cross-cultural Jordi Savall is peforming at the Fes Festival of Sacred World Music. Exclusive video and report for slippedisc.com. Report by Chris Gilchrist, video by Lynn Evans Davidson. Dar Batha, Fes 17 June 2014 Chris Gilchrist For the past decade, early music maestro Jordi Savall has been excavating the common musical language […]
Verdict Day on Rolf Harris
The juryretired shortly after noon to consider its verdict. We may know by nightfall if the Australian musician and entertainer was, or was not, a serial sex offender. And whether anyone at the BBC covered for him.
Why you may sound better singing naked
May sound? The Australian composer and chorus director Gordon Hamilton believes we always sound better when singing in the shower, and goes on to explain why. Read here. I’ve always wanted to know why….
Agents alert: someone is stealing your data
We’ve received this warning from a niche European agency: We agents are somewhat baffled by a rogue website which has, without permission, incorporated information about various agencies and their artists, mostly incomplete and incorrectly spelled. The European Association of Artists Agents has put it on its forum for discussion. This website is available in numerous […]
How the BBC misreads the Met
The headline on the BBC story linked here is wilfully misleading. The Met did not cancel ‘anti-semtic’ broadcast. To suggest that it did is a defamation of John Adams, Alice Goodman and everybody else who is and was involved with the making of The Death of Klinghoffer. The Met, as most outlets faithfully reported, cancelled […]