Now Jonas Kaufmann cancels the Met
The German tenor has withdrawn from next season’s Tosca in New York ‘because of his personal life and professional obligations.’ Peter Gelb has replaced him with Vittorio Grigolo but this will be the fourth successive season that the world’s most sought-after tenor has failed to appear at the Metropolitan Opera. Kaufmann will, however, sing at […]
How Beethoven 7th got a Cuban beat
Joachim Horsley discovered it. We like: Beethoven’s 7th, Movement 2, performed in a Cuban Rumba style, with all instruments created from the piano itself.
Minnesota bitching over Maestro’s legacy
A proposal to rename a concert hall after Stanislaw Skrowacewski has promote the Minneapolis Star-Tribune to publish an ugly letter disparaging the much-loved former music director. Read it here. This may be more than just bad taste. In the 16-month orchestra lockout in which the newspaper and its proprietor backed the hardline management while Skrowacewski […]
Who knew Nadia Boulanger could compose?
Two new releases suggest that Mademoiselle was more than just a teacher of great composers. Read the Lebrecht Album of the Week: In half a century of listening to records, I cannot recall ever hearing music by the noted French pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. Revered by a stream of American (Copland, Harris, Carter, Glass) and British […]
Berlin opera critic is attacked for alleged anti-gay bias
The President of the German Theatre Association, Ulrich Khuon, has taken the unusual step of publishing an open letter, accusing a critic on Die Zeit of hostility to the gay community. The review that provoked his response was by Christine Lemke-Matwey, covering Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini’s new work, Edward II, which premiered two weeks ago at […]
Ofsted: Music is failing in 2 out of 3 UK schools
From the Telegraph’s summary of an Oftsed report: … music was not good enough in almost two-thirds of primaries and secondaries. A quarter of schools had inadequate standards of music teaching – Ofsted’s worst possible rating. Inspectors warned that lessons were “dominated by the spoken or written word, rather than by musical sounds”, with “too much […]
The Times names head of music in sex abuse case
The Times newspaper has obtained a court order enabling it to name the head of music at Wellington College, a Berkshire private school, who has been suspended over alleged sex offences. The charges relate to Ampleforth, the Roman Catholic School, in the 1980s (pictured). Report here.
A rare call for Katharina Wagner
The mistress of Bayreuth has been booked to direct Tannhäuser at the Leipzig Opera next season. She does not get many guest requests. For its 325th anniversary year, Leipzig Opera wants a Wagner on board. The city is where Richard Wagner was born.
Maestro move: Sanderling to Siberia
Thomas Sanderling, 74, has been named chief conductor of the Novosibirsk Philharmomic Orchestra. The eldest son of the eminent Leningrad conductor Kurt Sanderling, Thomas was born in Novosibirsk in October 1942. His half-brothers, Stefan and Michael, are also conductors.
The trouble with nose hair
A dispatch from our quartet diarist, Anthea Kreston: I am on my way to Paris – I nipped home for 17 hours between our two concerts in Vienna and today’s concert in Paris. I have exciting news. I fell in love, a little, two times this week! Once with Anna Vinnitskaya, our diminutive and effervescent […]
Can you help? Police search for missing UK violinist
Lauren Philips, 26, a gifted violinist and junior doctor in Bristol, was last seen on Thursday 23 February. Yesterday, her car was found in Woolacombe, Devon. Police are appealing for help from anyone who may have seen or heard from her. Please call 101 if you have information, giving reference 5217045398. Police statement: We really need […]