Sibelius publisher: We never upped the fee for the Vienna Philharmonic
On the contrary, say publishers Breitkopf & Härtel in a statement today, we actually offered a reduction. But the Vienna Phil were still too mean to pay for Valse triste at their New Year’s concert. And then they manipulated the truth. Statement below: No Front-Row Seat for Sibelius, Regrettably Breitkopf & Härtel deeply […]
An English symphonist has died
We have been apprised of the death of Arthur Butterworth, composer of 7 symphonies, 8 concertos and much else in a mainstream English manner. He was 91. Arthur played trumpet in the Scottish National Orchestra, 1949–55 and in the Hallé, 1955–62. He wrote extensively for brass band.
Music and the Jews – it’s tonight
The repeat of the series starts at 10pm UK time tonight, 5pm New York. Click here.
Just in: Unseen Beatles fetch three times estimate
Six unused shots from the Abbey Road cover session sold in London this morning for £180,000 ($280,000). The original estimate was £50-70,000. Press release below. London – The complete set of Abbey Road Session outtakes and the final cover shot for The Beatles Abbey Road album sold for £180,000 today in the sale […]
A New York pianist is cleared of sex assault
In March last year, Hyung-Min Suh made tabloid headlines when he was arrested for allegedly molesting a female pupil inside his Lincoln Center teaching room. The local tabloids had a field day with the salacious details, some of them deposed in emails before the court. Hyung-Min Suh was 22 at the time of the alleged […]
German opera is sinking in the Rhine
The Deutsche Oper am Rhein, an unequal alliance of the cities of Düsseldorf and Duisburg, is having to make cuts. The brunt of the pain is being felt by Duisburg, which has lost 20 performances this season and has taken a 25 percent budget cut. Some reports that have been sent our way suggest Duisburg may have […]
Whatever became of Eugene Tobin?
The international American tenor died on November 8 in South Bend, Indiana. His death has not been reported in any US media, national or local. He was 97. Tobin sang opposite Tebaldi in Tosca and was billed twice to sing with Callas, but she kept getting herself fired. He sang small roles in […]
A great composer would have been 80 today
Where are the media commemorations for Alfred Schnittke, who was born on November 24, 1934 and died in Hamburg 16 years ago? Where are the new recordings? The most inventive, disturbing and seditious Russian composer after Shostakovich, Schnittke has fallen into temporary desuetude. His time will come, again. (c) Horst Tappe/Lebrecht Music&Arts (c) Marion Kalter/Lebrecht […]
‘The investment we make to become an opera singer is not worth the return’
The international tenor Reinaldo Macias continues to take issue with certain French opera houses that aim to hire young talent on the cheap. Reinaldo makes several powerful and irrefutable points in this short essay for Slipped Disc: One of the comments on the FB page of “L’Opéra National de Bordeaux” alluded to a […]
Violin teacher is shot in southern Italy
Domenico Lombardo, 47, is in a critical condition after being shot seven times in the head, neck, chest and abdomen. The suspect is the mother, aged 50, of a student, 26, with whom Lombardo was allegedly having a relationship. A morbid variation on an operatic theme.