Joyce and Jonas share top Echo awards (the rest are a bit bizarre)
Singer of the year (f) is DiDonato and (m) is Kaufmann. So far, so respectable in the German Echo Klassik awards. But you’ll never guess orchestra of the year. Click the link above.
By request: The Hebrew prayers for Pope Francis
Various readers have asked to hear hazan (cantor) Ari Schwartz who sang the memorial prayer for the fallen of 9/11 before Pope Francis at Ground Zero. Here’s the video:
Yo-Yo Ma: ‘I’m turning 60 and I want…’
The cellist will reach his 60th birthday on October 7 and he’s telling jokes about ageing, après-ski and senior bus passes in an interview with Martin Steinberg for the forthcoming November issue of Strings magazine. But he’s also got major issues on his mind. Where did our high school subjects come from? Our studies are from 1910, […]
London student wins Valencia piano competition
Luka Okros, 24, a Georgian student of Norma Fisher at the Royal College of Music, has come top in the Iturbi International Piano Competition (2015), in Valencia. He wins 18,000 Euros and a host of concert engagements. Second was an Italian, Viviana Lasaracina.
New York loses leading classical broadcaster
Naomi Lewin will be making her last broadcast on WQXR tonight, Sunday, September 27th. Naomi is the station’s weekend host and presenter of the weekly podcast Conducting Business. She had been recruited by WQXR from a high-profile position at WGUC, Cincinnati’s classical public radio station. We don’t think she’s leaving willingly. Neither Naomi nor the station has […]
Every opera written since 1945?
Thierry Vagne has compiled an almost comprehensive directory of post-war staged operas here. Can you think of any he has forgotten? We have immediately spotted a Birtwistle omission: Yan Tan Tethera. And Berthold Goldschmidt, Beatrice Cenci. Feel free to add more.
Music teacher is guilty of sex assaults on eight year-old girl
Henry Granderson, 63, has been convicted in Jersey City of the aggravated sexual assault of a piano pupil over two years, starting when she was eight. Granderson, known as Muhammad Bilal, ran the 676 School of Violin and Fine Arts from his home in the city. He will be sentenced in December and faces another […]
Early music pioneer has died, aged 67
Christopher Jackson, founder of Montreal’s Early Music Studio, has died of lung cancer. An organist and chorus master, he was a tireless propagator of the music of Orlando di Lasso, Palestrina, Tallis and Monteverdi. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University from 1994 to 2005. Our sympathies to his […]
‘An enormous amount of time is wasted by well-meaning quartet players’
Here’s a fascinating interview with Peter Carter, longterm leader of the Allegri Quartet, about what players should practise on their own and what they should do in a group. Sample quote: ‘I have no doubt that an enormous amount of time is wasted by well-meaning quartet players practising in ways that don’t help the final […]
Bonus track: Counter-tenor lets fly in a Ladino classic
Enjoy your weekend.
A composer asks: Why do we still write symphonies?
The question is posed by James MacMillan in the new issue of Standpoint magazine. He provides a list to show the symphonic impulse is still alive and well, still the benchmark of creative ambition: Hans Werner Henze wrote ten. Alfred Schnittke also wrote ten, and so far Peter Maxwell Davies has also written ten. Michael […]