Veteran exec leaves Warner Classics
Stefan Bown, the general manager, has sent a note around the business saying he has left. Stefan was in charge of classical releases and backlist, working to chief exec John Kelleher. The label is nowhere near finding a role and an identity in a shrinking market.
‘Largest’ music library under threat
The Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library at the University of Melbourne is claimed to be the biggest in the southern hemisphere. Not for much longer, if university administrators get their way. They want to downgrade the library and merge it with other collections. Sign this petition to stop the philistines… Here’s one of the library’s exceptional treasures, […]
Preparing for audition? New Joyce DiDonato video tells you how…
Rule number three: don’t try to be somebody else….
The largest US city without orchestra or opera is now…
… Sacramento. Both the philharmonic and the opera have cancelled their fall seasons after mounting losses. No resumption is presently forecast. Sacramento is the capital and sixth largest city of California. It has a popuation of 478,000, according to the 2011 census. Culturally speaking, it has just gone mute. Or dumb.
Video: When the lights went out at the BBC Proms
Once you get over the pedantic introduction, it’s a gripping ceremony.
Martha Argerich is named honorary member of East-West Diwan
She’s playing with Daniel Barenboim’s peace orchestra in Buenos Aires, their shared birthplace, and the announcement followed a spectacular concert. The pair have known each other since childhood. See video at 6:30: Local report here.
Gustav Dudamel explains his mosquito technique
Chatting to Sarah Willis of the Berlin Philharmonic, the maestro talks of dealing with midges at the Hollywood Bowl and the Berlin Waldbühne. Fast-forward here to 07:00.
Popular trombonist dies in summer accident
There’s widespread mourning in the brass world for Bill Zehfuss, principal trombone of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Tributes are pouring into his Facebook page. Reports suggest that he drowned in Lake Lanier while water-skiing. We have not been able to confirm this. The orchestra has posted this notice: It is with great sadness that we […]
Seiji Ozawa ‘recovered from cancer and planning next opera’
The maestro, 78, has given an ebullient press conference at the Saito Kinen festival, which is to be renamed after him: “That somebody like me, who has suffered a major illness and underwent surgery, can speak casually about death is proof that I’ve really recovered,” he said. “Either that, or I’m really dumb – but […]
Juilliard dean comes out in defence of Isaac Stern
Elijah Ho, in an interview with Ara Guzelimian, touched upon the recent controversy about the violinist Isaac Stern. Here’s what came back: ‘All I can say is that in my experience of him, Mr. Stern was the single most tireless advocate of music, in general, and young artists, specifically, that I’ve ever experienced. There was […]
A leading violinist calls time on her career
She was the youngest-ever finalist in the Tchaikovsky competition and she’s known back home as the First Lady’ of the Dutch violin tradition. But time stops for no-one and Emmy Verhey, 65, has announced she’s retiring next year. She has played concertos with outstanding conductors and made 55 recordings.