A Verve founder has died
Composer Buddy Bregman, Verve’s first A&R man, has died at 86. A nephew of Broadway tunesmith Jule Styne, Bregman was music director for the Eddie Fisher Show and later worked for the BBC and ITV’s Rediffusion.
Help save ancient scores in shut-down Munich nunnery
From an AP report: Since 1496, the former Benedictine abbey in Altomuenster has housed a female religious order founded by Saint Bridget in Sweden in the 14th century. It is one of three monasteries of the original branch of the scholarly, monastic order operating today. But with its numbers in decline, Sister Apollonia now lives […]
A Pavarotti mezzo has died, at 89
We’re informed that Laura Didier-Gambardella, the Chilean mezzo-soprano died today at the Casa di Riposo Giuseppe Verdi in Milan at 89 years old. She was a regular Pavarotti partner.
A dazzling Dutch violinist leaves IMG
Is the outgoing trickle turning into a flood? Today, the violinst Simone Lamsma – a favourite of the incoming NY Phil chief Jaap van Zweden – quit the crumbling mega-store and signed with boutique Solea Management. Solea also look after Chopin winner Seong-Jin Cho, Beatice Rana Fabien Gabel, the Modigliani Quartet and Olivier Latry.
This week’s US best-seller sold under 200 copies
There’s a doubly gloomy set of Nielsen Scan statistics this week. Apart from Il Volo – who are not really classical and shifted 900 units – no classical recording broke 200. Daniil Trifonov was top, for what it’s worth, with 190. But what’s really, really depressing is that an appearance on The Late Show by […]
Turkey cancels classical concert ‘for safety reasons’
The Governor of Adana has called off this week’s orchestral concert featuring the Turkish pianist İdil Biret ‘due to terror events in our country.’ The concert was linked to the city’s post-World War liberation anniversary.
Amazon to open Manhattan store
The retailer wants more of your physical dollars. It’s opening an outlet in Columbus Center. Will the new 4,000-foot store sell classical music? Yeah, right.
Get free concerts forever at the Royal Albert Hall
There’s a box for sale. They only come up once in a decade or more. Own one, and you can see every event in the hall for free. The price £2.5 million. Worth a bid.
New concert hall has composer in residence
Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, which opens with great fanfare this week, has named Matthias Pintscher as its Resident Composer. The title has become completely meaningless. Does it mean Pintscher gets a free apartment in the building? Or that anyone can walk up to him in the lobby and demand ‘give us tune.’ So what’s the point of […]
There are roles for sale at Opera Australia
From Conde Nast Traveller: Opera Australia, the country’s national opera company, is making it possible to experience the iconic Opera House and the classic art form from the most spectacular vantage point of all—the stage. For around $3,630 USD, you’ll get to visit the Opera Australia studio where a costume dresser will fit you with […]
How to write a libretto for Lloyd Webber and another for Philip Glass
Christopher Hampton, who wrote Sunset Boulevard (ALW) and The Trial (PG), gives an icy shaft of insight: ‘With Lloyd-Webber you are given the music and and have to fit the lyrics to the score. Philip Glass writes not a note until he has the libretto, and then he will call if he wants to make […]