The future of streaming? They think it’s paid-for hi-res
The three major labels – Universal, Sony and Warner – think they have found a way to monetise streaming. Together with services such as Pandora, Rhapsody/Napster and HD Tracks, they have signed on to a premium service of studio-quality hi-res audio for music streaming. Details are scanty at present. Spotify and Apple are staying out.
Confirmed: Two more agents quit crumbling IMG
We hear that Gianluca Macheda, former head of IMG Italy and now based in Warsaw, left the company this week. Macheda is still listed on the website at this hour, but his resignation has been confirmed to Slipped Disc. His artists include two-high-earning conductors and some outstanding singers. Apparently, most or all of them are […]
Breaking: Danish opera chief quits over deep cuts
Sven Müller, who succeeded Keith Warner as artistic director of the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, has resigned over the same issue – savage cuts. The Government wants to reduce the orchestra musicians to 75 percent contracts and shed several jobs. Report here (in Danish). Copenhagen has an eye-catching 2005 opera house it never needed and […]
Beecham’s Marguerite has died, aged 98
Forumopera reports the death of Georgette Boué, known as ‘Geori’, star of Sasha Guitry’s film Malibran and hand-picked by Sir Thomas in 1947 for a recording of one of his favourite operas, Gounod’s Faust. She was married to the baritone Roger Bourdin, who died in 1973.
Washington police find gun in violin case
It’s not just Al Capone who packed a rod in his fiddle box. A woman walking in the woods near the Boathouse at Fletcher’s Cove on Wednesday found a violin case containing at least one firearm, and police said they discovered other weapons strewn along the C&O Canal. At least a dozen police officers descended […]
Another US newspaper drops classical coverage
The Miami Herald is no longer worth reading. It used to employ Lawrence A. Johnson as music critic. When his job was eliminated in 2008, the paper continued to carry paid reports from his South Florida Classical Review. Now the Herald has told him it has neither the space nor the cash for classical and opera […]
Orchestra raises $52 million to boost player wages
The ambitious Kansas City Symphony is just $3m short of a $55 million endowment target. Why to they need the money? The first reason given by executive director Frank Byrne is to be ‘competitive by continuing to attract and retain the best musicians.’ At present, KC pays 41 percent less in player wages than other […]
How to silence a youth orchestra
Set them a mannequin challenge: Mannequin Challenge: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Rising cellist walks out on IMG
The ever-troubled mega-agency has lost another of its neglected talents. Isang Enders, principal cello of the Dresden Staatskapelle at 20, is not getting much action from his IMG agent. So he switched (we hear) to AlliedRayfield. Like so many others, Isang decided boutique is best.
Most successful opera of the 21st century?
Kasper Holten, ex-director of the Royal Opera, tweets that it’s George Benjamin’s Written on Skin. Skin, which I disliked, would not make the cut in my top 10: 1 John Adams, Doctor Atomic (2005) 2 Desyatnikov, The Children of Rosenthal (2005) – newly out on record 3 Daniel Catan, Il Postino (2010) 4 Turnage, Anna […]
Donald Trump said Jackie Evancho’s album sales skyrocketed. They did not.
The president-elect tweeted yesterday: Jackie Evancho’s album sales have skyrocketed after announcing her Inauguration performance. Er, until you look at the numbers. Vanity Fair crunches the Nielsen stats: According to Nielsen numbers cited in Bilboard, Evancho’s Someday at Christmas sold 94 percent more albums in the chart week ending December 22 than it did the week […]