Jeremy Denk: How I made a career
The MacArthur Fellow pianist has been talking to our pal Zsolt Bognar about what it takes to go from zero to hero on the concert stage. Watch here:
Berlin puts up plaque to Bowie
The Mayor of Berlin Michael Mueller today unveiled a plaque reading ‘David Bowie (1947-2016) lived in this house 1976-1978’. He added: ‘With David Bowie we are quite certain he will remain an important symbol for Berlin for years to come.’ Has London got a Bowie memorial?
Boston declares 40 days of opera
It’s not one of the world’s opera destinations, but Boston Lyric are turning a 40th anniversary to good use. Looks like they have defined a market hunk. Press release: Boston, MA — August 22, 2016 – Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) Stanford Calderwood General and Artistic Director Esther Nelson announced today a multi-platform, regional recognition of […]
What were Barenboim and Argerich up to?
From yesterday’s Sunday Times. Here’s the actual text:
What musicology is for in 2016
A round robin from William Cheng, of Dartmouth College: Dear colleagues, I write to share news of the release of Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good (University of Michigan Press, 2016, foreword by Susan McClary). Taking aim at the elitist, antagonistic, and imperialistic dimensions of classical music scholarship and beyond, this book advocates for a […]
The only record to sell 100 copies in the US this week
It’s the CD that I described as ‘the one we’ve all been waiting for’, but it’s a poor state of affairs when only one recording tops 100 weekly sales in the whole of the US on the Nielsen Soundscan rankings. Four, five years back, one hundred sales would not have made it into the top twenty. […]
Thielemans has died, aged 94
Toots Thielemans, the Belgian harmonica player who played the theme tune for the 1970s film Midnight Cowboy, has breathed his last. Christened Jean-Baptiste Frederic Isidore Thielemans, Toots was sought out by such jazz greats as Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. He also accompanied Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel. He was often nominated as the greatest […]
Rare Daniela Dessi: Beim Schlafengehen
The effulgent Italian soprano, who died this weekend at 59, sang mostly in her own language. Here, in Rome in April 2012, she performed Richard Strauss’s immortal valediction in German.
BBC sells its theme music
The music company BMG has paid the BBC an unspecified sum to own and exploit theme music from shows such as Doctor Who and Wolf Hall. This could result in popular signature tunes being attached to brands of crisps, soft drinks and motor vehicles. It doesn’t sound good. Report here.
A Broadway musical about Kathleen Battle? It’s a fraud
A Broadway entrepreneur Roland Scahill has been arrested for defrauding investors of $165,000 for a proposed musical about the life of the combustible opera singer, Kathleen Battle. In a scheme worthy of Bialistok and Bloom, he told investors he owned the rights to Battle’s life story and had signed a Hollywood star, Lupita Nyong’o, to […]
Ormandy’s piccolo calls it a day
Thirty-five years after he joined the Philadelphia Orchestra, Kazuo Tokito is playing his last concerts this weekend. His colleague says: Even on his last day at work, Kazuo Tokito is – as always – the first one on stage warming up. Happy retirement, Kaz.