Europe’s best airline for instruments is…
… according to Die Zeit…. Alitalia. The Italian airline specifies: ‘All musical instruments less than 115 cm long and 8 kg in weight can be carried as hand luggage. Full report here.
Here’s who you missed at the Oscars
He’s with Oscar-winning composer, Alexandre Desplat. Is there any party he doesn’t crash?
I’m a concert pianist with great reviews. I work behind a bar.
We received today a round-robin from a young British pianist whose talent is unquestioned. A Gramophone reviewer called his current series of recordings ‘a triumphant achievement’. Others, in Europe, have written of his ‘creative mastery’. We have heard his performances; they are of a very high order. But this pianist is not getting a foot […]
Just in: Charles Dutoit and Montreal kiss and make up
Further to the interview we published last week… (press release) Montreal, Monday, February 23, 2015 – The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is happy to participate in a special event reuniting the OSM and Maestro Charles Dutoit, produced and presented by Spectra Musique for the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE in 2016. This announcement was made during a […]
Kalman the second is gone
Charles Kálmán, an operetta less feted than his father Emmerich, has died in Munich, aged 85. He cmpleted his father’s las musical, Arizona Lady, in 1954 and has sme further success with a show called Quasimodo. Ute Lemper has recorded several of his songs.
Just in: Berlin Phil horn becomes London professor
The orchestra’s residency this month has left all sorts of legacies, outside the new concerthall campaign. Among the offshoots is a visiting professorship at the Royal College of Music for Berlin Phil principal horn, Stefan Dohr. Read here.
A Greek to save classics?
Teodor Currentzis, 43 tomorrow, is a Greek conductor working in Perm, Russia, and the only baton left on the Sony Classical label.
Sad news: Classical record magazine loses its publisher
We are saddened to hear that Barry Irving died last night, after a short illness, aged 69. Barry was publisher of Gramophone in the boom times. When the magazine was sold to a corporate owner, he founded International Record Review (IRR) which he ran in a manner that he insisted was ‘true to the old […]
Erased from history: The rapist by his enembles
Two early music ensembles that were founded and led by Philip Pickett – jailed on Friday for pupil rape at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama – have moved swiftly to sanitise their website of his image and his name. No trace of the founder can be found. Pickett’s own joint website with the […]
Vivaldi, ‘revealing and moving’? You’d better believe it
Never thought I’d get excited again by old Viv. He’s my album of the week on sinfinimusic.com. Click here to read.