The 2017 Grawemeyer winner blasts white, male bias
The Grawemeyer Award, worth $100,000, is the world’s richest prize for composers. In its early years the recipients were Lutoslawski, Ligeti, Birtwistle, Chinary Ung, Joan Tower, John Corigliano. The 2017 winner, announced last night, is Andrew Norman, 37. A recording of his 2013 symphony Play was acclaimed in the New York Times as ‘the best […]
But everyone in this orchestra is old…
From Asahi Shimbun: A young woman, new in town, is excited to be joining a local amateur symphony orchestra, but she soon discovers that all its members are elderly. She’s kept on her toes by a seemingly endless array of problems, but she nevertheless begins to appreciate how the power of music can bring people […]
Anna Netrebko: I’m happy since I put on an extra 30 pounds
From an interview with Russian state media: A. N.: Say what you will, but all weight loss is complete nonsense! When Callas began to lose weight, she began to lose her voice…. RG: Do you follow diets? A.N.: No! Never! I love all of my extra 30 pounds, since Giuditta, who danced barefoot in Baden-Baden. […]
Darmstadt soprano, 28, is German national winner
Jana Baumeister, a soloist in the Darmstadt Staatsoper, came first last night in the 45th German national singing competition (Bundeswettbewerb Gesang), an event that has uncovered such major talents as Christine Schäfer, Mojca Erdmann and Thomas Quasthoff. Jana wins 10,000 Euros and a sheaf of engagements.
Musicologist claims Beethoven manuscript is a dud
On the Today programme this morning, Professor Barry Cooper of Manchester University claimed that a Beethoven manuscript being sold at Sotheby’s today is not an original, but a copyist’s transcription. At issue is the Allegretto in B minor of 1817. Cooper, renowned for making a completion of Beethoven’s ‘tenth’ symphony, told the BBC that he […]
Maestro move: Tongue-twister in Japan
Tadaaki Otaka will be the new chief conductor of the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. He succeeds Michiyoshi Inoue in April next year. Osaka with Otaka will be particularly hard on classical announcers. History lesson: The first concert of the Osaka Philharmonic – known then as the Kansai Symphony Orchestra – was on April 26, 1947. Otaka was […]
Just in: Gergiev cancels London
LSO statement: Valery Gergiev is recovering after a knee operation, and is unable to travel to London to conduct the LSO’s concerts on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 November. The LSO is very grateful to conductor Thomas Søndergård for agreeing to step in to conduct these concerts at short notice. Søndergård is Principal Conductor of […]
How do you play a bass that’s 420 years old?
Like this: Cincinnati Symphony principal bass Owen Lee plays a 1590 Gasparo Da Salo restored by Cincinnati Bass Cellar and now on sale.
How many women in the Vienna Philharmonic?
We have received an up-to the-minute list of female musicians who are permanent members of the Vienna State Opera orchestra, en route to becoming full members of the Vienna Philharmonic. There are now 15, going on 16: Albena Danailova – concertmaster Isabelle Ballot, Olesya Kurylyak, Alina Pinchas, Ekaterina Frolova, Petra Kovacic – 1st violins Patricia […]
The top five selling US classical records
1 Il Volo 2 Joyce DiDonato 3 Mormon Tabernacle Choir – Hallelujah 4 J J Wright 5 Mormon Tabernacle Choir – Messiah No other record topped 200 sales last week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
Chief executive quits early orchestra
The Academy of Ancient Music is losing its manager after less than three years. Ed Hossack, highly respected in the early music field, cites the long commute from his home in London to the AAM’s Cambridge offices as his reason for leaving. In the two years since Christopher Hogwood’s death, Hossack has greatly expanded the […]