40 years on, Gorecki’s grandson conducts his 3rd symphony
Not many know that a symphony which went on to sell a million records had its first performance in October 1976 in a church in Bielsko-Biała, with the composer conducting. Next week, the symphony will be reprised by Bielsko-Biała Festival Orchestra, conducted by Jan Stańczyk, the composer’s grandson, who is making his podium debut.
Salzburg mourns safe pair of hands
The composer Gerhard Wimberger, who has died at 93, was in charge of contemporary music on the board of the Salzburg festival during the late Karajan era, from 1971 onwards. Safe to say, nothing that he commissioned frightened the horses in the Reitschule. Karajan conducted one of his suites. Wimberger believed that Carl Orff and […]
German composer festival is cancelled
Next July should have seen the return of the Carl Orff festival at Andechs and Ammersee, near the composer’s grave. The festival, which ran annually from 1998 to 2015, had taken a year’s break and was being updated in a more interesting presentation. However, the organisers have now filed for bankruptcy due to poor ticket sales […]
Conductor with cerebral palsy to work with UK orchestra
The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has created what it calls a ‘training place’ for a disabled conductor with cerebral palsy and limited movement. The initial trainee, James Rose, uses a head-baton and will lead an ensemble made up of both able-bodied and disabled players. He was chosen by the orchestra ‘for his outstanding ambition’ and will […]
Previn is composing a concerto for orchestra
The frail conductor, 87, has accepted a commission from the Kalamazoo Symphony to composer a 30-minute piece for its centenary in 2021. Announcement: Kalamazoo, MI, October 13, 2016 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce that Maestro André Previn will write a ‘Concerto for Orchestra’ to be premiered as part of the Orchestra’s […]
Happy 70, Sir Peter Jonas
The former head of English National Opera (1985-93) and Bavarian State Opera (1993-2006) turns 70 today, October 14. Peter is a fount of creative enthusiasm, operatic minutiae and psychological insights. As chief executive of two large metropolitan opera houses, he was not just an adroit administrator and manager of talent, he was an exemplary figure […]
Just in: Israel Phil principal viola wins Rotterdam seat
We hear that Roman Spitzer, principal viola in the Israel Philharmonic, has won the audition today for solo viola in the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Useful, with a young Israeli music director coming in. What’s more, he succeeds a fellow-Israeli, Ron Ephrat.
German media name the two violists in Berlin Philharmonic fight
We reported earlier that a present member of the viola section is suing a former member for selling him a viola that proved to be a fake. Under German legal convention, the names were withheld. That convention has now been broken by some Berlin media and we see no reason to preserve fake identities. So: Micha Afkham, […]
The Netrebkos are taking Hvorostovsky to Canada
MusicalToronto has first news of Anna Netrebko’s Canadian debut, a long time coming. Together with hubby Yusif Eyvazov, she will be singing trios with the star Russian baritone in Toronto and Calgary. Top ticket is C$450. Story here.
Bolshoi opera star dies, 67
The Bolshoi Opera has announced the death of Irina Udalova, a soloist with the company since 1985. She sang the leading soprano roles in Tsar’s bride, Queen of spades, Eugene Onegin, Faust, Turandot, Madame Butterfly, Traviata and more.
Church offers cash to victims of Pope brother’s choir
The Roman Catholic Church has offered compensation to 422 victims of sexual and physical abuse in the choir school of Regensburg Cathedral, an institution headed for 30 years by Georg Ratzinger, brother of the former Pope Benedict. Ratzinger has denied all knowledge of the abuse. The church is offering sums of 5,000 to 20,000 euros to […]