Lincoln Center has failed the arts
In a thoughtful jubilee essay on the evolution of the arts center, the historian Joseph Horowitz argues that the Manhattan project has patently failed in its mission to create a union of all the arts. The Lincoln Center dream (however vague) was of American performing arts synergistically feeding off one another in a […]
Better timing than any conductor you’ve ever seen
The irreplaceable Victor Borge. It is reported that the Danes are making a TV series about him.
Kurtag, 91, wins young artists’ award
The Borletti-Buitoni Award, usually reserved for young artists, will be presented tomorrow to György Kurtág and his wife Marta, on their 70th wedding anniversary. Press release follows. 19 February 2017: Today, Hungarian composer György Kurtág is 91 years old and also celebrates his 70th wedding anniversary. He and his pianist wife, Márta, have been presented […]
BBC seeks women to talk about classical music
Announcing a positive discrimination programme: We’re looking for female experts who’d like to appear on air as contributors to BBC programmes. Find out how to take part in our London event. Details here.
A world premiere Bartok recording? Yes, but…
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: The unique selling point of this release is what appears to be the first recording of Bartók’s piano quartet in C minor, an unpublished work that the composer began in high school in 1898 and his publishers somehow forgot…. Read on here. And here.
Look who’s conducting the Vienna Opera ball
Semyon Bychkov has call in sick. So Speranza Scapucci jumps in. And she’s got another opera ball the following night in Baden-Baden. Cinderella no more. press release: Die italienische Dirigentin Speranza Scappucci, die vergangenen Herbst ihr umjubeltes Debüt an der Wiener Staatsoper gegeben hat, wird bei der Eröffnung des Wiener Opernballs 2017 am 23. Februar […]
‘I would work for half my pay if I thought quality would be defended’
Our Berlin-based diarist Anthea Kreston, catching up with an old friend in the Pittsburgh Symphony, finds the mood fragile and fearful after the bitter and unnecessary lockout. I am sitting, eating another glorious breakfast at my hotel in Waterloo, Brussels. Today is my final day of three here – this afternoon I catch a plane […]
Symphony concerts resume in Syria
The Italian organist Eugenio Maria Fagiani believes he is the first western musician to perform in Damascus since the start of the civil war in 2011. He joined the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Missak Baghboudarian, in Joseph Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante and Camille Saint-Saens third symphony at the Damascus Opera House February 9. He also played at St […]
Google has invented a virtual accompanist
Feed it the music in advance and this device is supposed to anticipate your every breath. (Do let us know if it works for you.) Here’s a summary: Google’s latest artificial intelligence experiment is a music-playing piano bot that digests whatever keyboard melodies you give it and tries to respond in kind. The neat tool […]
Bernard Haitink is lionised
The veteran Dutch conductor, 87, has been appointed Commander of the Order of the Dutch Lion, the country’s oldest and most exclusive public honour. The honour was conferred to mark the 60th anniversary of his debut with the Concertgebouw orchestra, which he conducted again last night.
Glyndebourne in late search for chorus master
The opera festival is advertising for a chorus master to start work in September, which is soon. He or she will replace Jeremy Bines, who is swanning off to Deutsche Oper to succeed William Spaulding, now at Covent Garden. Gly have left it very late to start looking. And they won’t find one out there …