I hope this is not Renée Fleming’s last record
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: I hope this is not Renée Fleming’s final record. The American soprano, in her late 50s, is closing her stage career with the voice unblemished and the memories fond. It would be a pity if her legacy on Decca was to be concluded by this album, which plays […]
Just in: Tanglewood hires British chorus chief
press announcement: James Burton is the next Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, an appointment that takes effect immediately in conjunction with this week’s Andris Nelsons-led Boston Symphony performances of Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor, February 2-7, for which Mr. Burton prepared the chorus. In addition, Mr. Burton takes on the newly established title […]
Death of a tonal British composer
We have belatedly been made aware of the death on Christmas Eve of Philip Cannon, a fine composer and teacher, at the age of 87. A student of Imogen Holst, Vaughan Williams and Hindemith, he wrote against the modernist grain and was not played much on the BBC after 1960. Despite this, his lovely piano […]
Young conductor makes Scottish debut. Two weeks later, she’s back.
Elim Chan made her Scottish début with the Royal Scottish National Oorchestra last week in Kirkcaldy and Musselburgh, conducting Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Italian Symphony, and other pieces. She clicked straight away with the orchestra. So Elim, 30, has been asked to come back the week after next, deputising for Neeme Järvi, who is unwell.
Just in: Youth orchestras unite across US-Mexico border
In a resounding message to Washington and Mexico City, youth orchestras from the US and Mexico have been giving joint concerts this week around the area where the wall is supposed to go. The concerts, titled ‘The Bridge’, were given by the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra and Esperanza Azteca Symphony Orchestra of Ciudad Juarez. Full […]
Piano teacher, 63, sues Juilliard for age discrimination
Julie A. Jordan, who has taught piano in the evening division at Juilliard for 30 years, has been dumped in what is said to be a ‘restructuring’. She claims that only the older teachers were fired. Julie, 63, wants her job back plus compensation. Read a bit more here.
Maestro move: Graz snaps up Petrenko’s understudy
Graz Opera has just named Oksana Lyniv as its next music director, replacing Dirk Kaftan, who is going to Bonn. Originating from Lviv in the Ukraine, Oksana Lyniv has been music assistant to Kirill Petrenko at Bavarian State Opera for the past three years. She conducted several productions in Munich and she will make her […]
US composer wins $250,000
A Baltimore symphonist, Michael Hersch received his first career boost from Marin Alsop. Now Hersch, 45, has been awarded the Johns Hopkins University President’s Frontier Award, worth quarter of a million dollars, ‘to help him share (his) ideas with the world’. Hersch is head of the Peabody Institute’s Composition Department in Baltimore.
Have you tried McDonald’s Maestro Burger?
It’s a campaign the chain is road-testing in Holland. Recognise any of the musicians? The soloist is Wendy Kokkelkoren. The conductor is violinist Guido Dieteren.
Israeli guitarist kills wife with a hammer
Ilan Ben Ami has been found guilty of bludgeoning Dafna Bar Zion to death with a hammer in August 2014, after two years of marriage. ‘With the deceased on the ground, the defendant covered her head with a garment and continued to pound her head with the hammer many times,’ said the indictment. Ben Ami […]
Abbado’s son gives Vienna its first 21st century Trovatore
Daniele Abbado’s new setting of Il Trovatore, the first new production since 2001 in the house where his father was once music director, resets Verdi’s masterpiece intriguingly in the Spanish civil war. Netrebko sings Leonore. Ludovic Tézier is Conte di Luna. Roberto Alagna sings Manrico. Marco Armiliato conducts. Slipped Disc will be there.