Breakout: Berlin soloist breaks encore etiquette
This is Patricia Kopatchinskaya in the Konzarthaus Berlin last night. After playing the Schumann concerto, she offered as an encore a new suite written by the conductor Ivan Fischer – and from an unexpected position. The audience seem happy. Ivan certainly was. (Right-click on picture to enlarge)
Marin Alsop: Never has Mahler’s Sixth been more fitting
The darkest symphony in the canon – that’s what the Baltimore Symphony conductor thinks America needs to hear right now: Today, as we have become immune to shock, where nothing seems too extreme and where hyperbole rules, Mahler and his Sixth Symphony seem to fit right in… In the Sixth, Mahler seems to be searching […]
Manchester’s Musetta brings her dog on stage
Soprano Joanne Burrow could not bear to leave her Yorkshire terrier at home. So she got permission from producer Ellen Kent to walk the recovered stray through her role. Puts a twist in the tail of La Bow-hème. An opera by Poochini. More here.
Baritone benefactor dies, aged 88
The death has been announced of Sir Ralph Kohn, a pharmaceutical manufacturer who, among many other causes, financed John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata series. An enthusiastic baritone, he released recordings of Schubert and Schumann Lieder, accompanied by Graham Johnson. He was an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and chairman of the Wigmore Hall […]
Chicago trumpet star deletes ‘Trump’
Nico Segal, who used to appear as ‘Donnie Trumpet’, will appear in future under his own name because he does not want to be associated with the tone of the president-elect. Nico writes: We just came off the release of Coloring Book and The Magnificent Coloring World Tour, both huge successes. But all during the […]
Bataclan refuses entry to Eagles of Death Metal
It is reported that two members of the group who performed on the night of the Bataclan massacre were denied entry at the reopening of the Paris venue last night. One of the band, Jesse Hughes, had accused Bataclan staff of aiding the suicide gang. His partner was also exlcuded. ‘They came, I threw them out […]
What my grandad learned from Kreisler
Erich Röhn was concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic during the Second World War and of the NDR symphony orchestra in Hamburg from 1945 to 1974. As Furtwängler’s soloist on January 12, 1944, he played the most ominous account of the Beethoven violin concerto that it is possible to imagine. It turned out to be the […]
This astonishing trove of archive finds is unavailable anywhere on line
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: If the print on this review goes blurry on your screen it’s because I’m still rubbing my eyes at the cast list on this astonishing trove of archive finds, unobtainable anywhere on line. The composer Dmitri Shostakovich was a capable pianist who sometimes participated in his own premieres. […]
Paris Opéra is giving away preview seats for 10 Euros
The catch? You have to be under 28 years of age. Stéphane Lissner is very proud of the scheme. Read here.
A US music critic in Moscow has died
The death is reported of Raymond Stults, an American who wrote music criticism for the English-language Moscow Times. A lawyer whose work took him to Russia, Raymond fell in love with the Bolshoi and covered its performances on a regular basis.
A social whirl to blot out the news
Our weekly diarist Anthea Kreston, violinist of the Artemis Quartet, packs her diary in election week: On the morning after the United States election, exhausted and emotionally torn, Jason and I find ourselves both in transit, me to Brussels for three days of teaching at the Queen Elizabeth Chapel (the Artemis Quartet is the resident […]