Death of a well-liked New York PR
We’re saddened to learn of the death of Lois Cohn, a long-serving, unusually agreeable head of press at Carnegie Hall and subsequently at the New York Philharmonic, rising to be head of marketing. Lois was 80. You could take her word for it.
Salzburg names Brit as Mirga’s successor
The Salzburg Landestheater has appointed a new music director, replacing Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla who has gone off to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. It’s an internal promotion. Adrian Kelly has been first Kapellmeister at the Salzburger Landestheater since 2009. The theatre has also announced a new head of opera, Katrin König.
Film: Is this how Mahler conducted?
Hungarian archives have turned up a fascinating silent film of Oskar Fried conducting. The gestures are large, the baton long, the arms raised very high. Fried was assistant conductor to Mahler in several performances, modelling himself on his mentor. See what you think.
NY City Opera tenor dies, at 75
The tenor Melvyn Poll, who sang at City Opera from 1974 to 1978 after early successes in Germany and Israel, has died in Seattle at the age of 75. He was regional chair for the Metropolitan National Council Auditions and sang often with the Seattle Opera and Seattle Symphony. He also ran a law practice.
Did Napoleon give a piano to the Shah of Iran?
According to the Encyclopedia Iranica, the Emperor made the gift in 1806. It was the first western keyboard instrument ever seen in Iran. But it has never been seen since. A Dutch musician is in Tehran, trying to track it down. Read on here.
Virus hits Hamburg’s new hall
Amid the opening jubilations, the Elbphilharmonie suffered two last-minute cancellations. The Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling phoned in sick for Beethoven’s Ninth, and the composer Wolfgang Rihm who wrote a consecration piece was unable to hear it due to illness. Hanna-Elisabeth Müller flew in from Mannheim just in time to fill out the Beethoven quartet. The […]
David Attenborough: Why music can move us to tears
Two extraordinary reflections from the great natural historian:
Macedonia mourns conductor, 50
The death has been confirmed of Sasha Nikolovski-Gjumar, a leading conductor in the Balkan state of Macedonia. Cause of death is not known. He was conductor of the national Youth Chamber Orchestra and other ensembles, and professor at the Faculty of Music Arts in Skopje.
Russia starts to rebuild Alexandrov Ensemble
The former Red Army Ensemble, which perished in the Black Sea air crash while en route for Syria, will be formed again, it was announced today. Competitions will take place across Russia to recruit 70 singers. A former artistic director of the ensemble, Colonel Gennady Sachenyuk, has been put in charge of the renewal.
Durham Cathedral seeks music director
James Lancelot, organist and master of choristers, has served for 32 years and is ready to step down. Replacing him won’t be easy and will mean certain change. Lancelot, formerly at Winchester Cathedral and King’s College Cambridge, is a figure of international renown.
Five key tips for making a classical music video
Videographer and musician Stewart French, whose work we have featured several times on Slipped Disc, has come up with a chart of simple dos and don’ts for artists wanting to appear at their best on a short music video. Example: We all know what a person, sitting at a piano, playing, swaying backwards and forwards […]