Maestro move: Swiss orch names new chief
Our copains at resmusica report a new music director at the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana (OSI) in Lugano. The German conductor Markus Poschner, 43, will become music director. Vladimir Ashkenazy remains principal guest conductor. Poschner is presently Generalmusikdirektor in Bremen. Ashkenazy will conduct the opening of the town’s new hall in September. photo (c) Marco Borggreve
British composer wins 50,000 Euro prize
Berlin based and busy mostly in Germany, Rebecca Saunders has been awarded the Mauricio Kagel prize for being ‘a persistent seeker in the realms of sound’. She has been composer in residence at the concert halls of Dortmund and Dresden and has achieved one premiere at the BBC Proms (pictured, 2009, by Chris Christodoulou/Lebrecht Music&Arts). […]
Music director: I was tortured in Venezuela
America’s newest music director, Carlos Izcaray, went public last year on his experiences in his home country, where he maintains that the regime routinely tortures suspected dissidents.He was subjected to gas attacks and electric shocks before being released. He has since become a vociferous opponent in exile of the Chavez and post-Chavez government. This week, […]
Who’s this on Sweden’s new banknotes?
Yo-ho, to-ho, it’s Birgit Nilsson. Coming to your bank October 2015.
Slowest-ever January for new classical recordings?
An editor mentioned she was finding it hard to find new releases for review this month. Others chimed in that the record industry’s output is not much more than a trickle, much of it bottom-of-barrel stuff. On the other side of the till, this week’s US sales figures have gone back to abysmal. Bocelli tops […]
Holland loses its greatest opera champion
Fred Lingen has died. Holland owes him its opera house. He founded the Wagner Society in 1961 and was artistic adviser to the Friends of the Opera from its inception. Pierre Audi, director of De Nederlandse Opera, writes to Slipped Disc: ‘He was the most important opera lover DNO will ever know. A man […]
Growing US calls to cancel Gergiev award
Valery Gergiev is due to give two performances this weekend with the Mariinsky Orchestra at Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he will receive the 2015 UMS Distinguished Artist Award. Calls to cancel the award are being heard from gay groups and anti-Putin academics. Here’s a very lucid statement of the case against Gergiev: Why I […]
Two sopranos get captioned at Covent Garden
A splendid photograph by Fritz Curzon from the current Andrea Chenier shows Rosalind Plowright in pursuit of Eva Westbroek. Rosalind used to be an international soprano until she toned it down to mezzo. Her husband added the caption to Fritz’s pic and she gifted it to Eva on the first night. So cool. The word […]
The war over Sergei Prokofiev
Latest reports from Donetsk say Ukrainian forces have been pushed back from Sergei Prokofiev international airport by Russian-backed ‘rebels’. Both sides in this sordid conflict claim to value culture at the heart of nationhood. Look what they have done to Prokofiev.
Chicago radio clears its schedules for death of Russian piano teacher
WFMT Chicago discovered the artistry of Vera Gornostaeva last year through a pair of immigrant enthusiasts who had pressed her old LPs onto CD. The station gave away some of her recordings in a fundraising drive and received an extraordinary response. On reading of Vera’s death this week, WFMT cleared its schedules to play the […]