Covent Garden remembers a horn player
Tonight’s performance of Tannhauser was dedicated to the memory of Chris Davies, sub principal horn, who died of bowel cancer in February. Chris, who was 53, also played in the Brighton Philharmonic. Members of the ROH orchestra wore yellow daffodils to commemorate a proud Welshman.
Ion Holender: Abolish Bucharest National Opera
The former head of the Vienna State Opera, himself a Romanian, has said that the only way out of the calamity in Bucharest, where local artists are calling for foreigners to be thrown out, is for the institution to be abolished and replaced by a new one. Read here.
LA Phil concertmaster: I failed more auditions than I won
Nathan Cole, associate concertmaster in Los Angeles, has some good advice for people contemplating an audition for an orchestral place. Play to win, he urges. But what if you don’t? Let’s make one thing clear right away: to win an audition, you have to play musically. This isn’t power lifting, and you can’t crush the […]
Who killed the page turner?
The iPad, apparently. ‘To me, the practice of using a page-turner is a charming relic of an amateur age, when chamber music was largely played by amateurs for amateurs in an amateur setting,’ says pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn, who will use an iPad in a PCMS May concert with the Aizuri Quartet. ‘Today, page-turning – and […]
New video: Prince plays variations on Gershwin’s Summertime
Uploaded by Steve Purcell, who directed several videos for Prince in the 1990s, the take illustrates the acute musical ear and pianistic facility of the late rock star. Steve Purcell writes: ‘ This is August 2, 1990 sound check Osaka Japan. I spent six years of my life working for, creating with and laying the […]
Netrebko tells the Met she won’t sing Norma there, either
After cancelling her role debut at Covent Garden this September, the diva has told the Met to forget about Norma in 2017-18. ‘I have come to the unfortunate conclusion my voice has evolved in a different direction,’ she repeated. Next month, she sings Elsa in Lohengrin in Dresden. That’s the way she’s heading.
Liverpool unites in You’ll Never Walk Alone
From the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic: Today is a momentous day at the Hillsborough Inquest for the families and Liverpool! An ITN crew have been in filming footage for Channel 5 news this evening. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir perform ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in an arrangement by Chorus Master, Ian Tracey first sung in memory of […]
Just in: Cojocaru and Kobborg are banned from Bucharest Opera
The conflict has now reached the point of absurdity. Alina Cojocaru, the country’s most famous dancer and her Danish husband Johan Kobborg have been banned from entering the Bucharest National Opera, along with seven others. They include the former opera manager George Calin and technical director Emil Popescu. The forces of xenopobia, led by conductor Tiberiu […]
Desplat wins again
To augment last year’s Oscar for The Grand Hotel Budapest. Alexandre Desplat has won the coveted Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award, a hat-tip to a composing legend. The award will be presented at the annual Hollywood in Vienna on October 14.
Naxos switches chiefs
press release: Anthony Anderson, Managing Director of Select Music since 1997, is to step down from his post at the end of June and will be replaced by the current Head of Sales and Marketing, David Blake. Anthony will remain with the Naxos Group as Managing Director of the successful Naxos Audiobooks label. Select Music […]
Exclusive: Early Music America cuts back
The quarterly magazine has been reduced to three issues a year. CD reviews editor Tom Moore has been laid off. Subscriptions are said to be markedly down and the board has ordered immediate economies. Donald Rosenberg was brought in as editor in April 2014 in the hope of boosting circulation. A former critic on the […]