Hot tips: What to do before recording an album
The international voice coach Mikhail Hallak runs a boutique studio on the Upper West Side where opera singers are able to record in customised conditions. But do the artists come prepared? Not all of them. So Mikhail has posted a few essential tips about shoes, scores, pianist, snacks. For instance: - Avoid Bärenreiter, it’s a great […]
Streaming free… tonight and tomorrow
At 7.30 Central Europe time tonight (1230 NY) from Grafenegg: Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria perform Richard Strauss. Click here for live stream. At 4pm Central Europe time tomorrow (11am New York): Verdi’s Trovatore live from the Salzburg Festival, starring Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Francesco Meli and Marie-Nicole Lemieux. Click here - and share! […]
BBC paper attacks TV censorship of new music
When we challenged the BBC last week over the absence of its own commissions from television relays of the Proms, what we got in response were overlong emails from hyper-anxious press officers, offering to ‘explain’ the corporation’s position, as well as a meeting with one of its supernumerary executives. Lord, give us strength… Now, however, […]
Three singers pull out of BBC Proms
Just in: Proms Chamber Music 5 (18 August) We are sorry to announce that, due to illness, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote (pictured) has had to withdraw from this Prom, and the programme with pianist Julius Drake will no longer take place. We are very grateful to soprano Anne Schwanewilms and pianist Malcolm Martineau for taking their […]
Nervous fliers look away: The pilot’s arm came off during landing
It was gusty, said the airline. Read here.
Body in holiday suitcase is named as US composer’s widow
A body found in a suitcase in a luxury resort on Bali has been identified as that of Sheila von Wiese Mack. Mrs Mack, 62, was the widow of James Mack, a prolific Chicago composer who composed and made arrangements for both jazz and classical orchestras, which he often conducted on record. Among his greatest […]
New York is besieged by angry bassoons
They don’t like to be called the clowns of the orchestra. Or an ill wind. They have feelings. Hundreds of bassoons, literally hundreds, gathered at the 43rd annual meeting of the International Double Reed Society at New York University. Read (and here) more here.
Un grand chef d’orchestre is 90 today
Georges Pretre made his conducting debut at the Opéra de Marseilles in 1946, at the Lyric Opera in 1959, at Covent Garden in 1961. He was briefly music director of the Paris Opéra (1970-71) and the Vienna Symphony (1986-91), but mostly he was just happy conducting around. Bon anniversaire, Maitre! No time to rest. In […]
Yuja Wang: ‘The best motivation? When guys are being assholes…’
The young Chinese pianist, whose patience is as short as her skirt, opens a fascinating new series of Zsolt Bognar’s ‘Living the Classical Life’. It is a remarkably intimate and reflective self-portrait at the piano. What will surprise people? asks Zsolt, a fellow-pianist. ‘That I have no boyfriend?’ laughs Yuja. ‘That I like girls?… That’s […]
After two years under wraps, Notre Dame organ is ready to sound
Restoration work started at Notre Dame de Paris in 2012. Some 8,000 pipes had to be individually cleaned and the facade completely renewed. The job is finally done and the organ will sound again from September 20. See here.