Breaking: Petrenko’s ‘partner’ pulls out of Bayreuth
Anja Kampe has cancelled this summer’s appearances as Isolde after a reported row with Christian Thielemann. She is to be replaced by Evelyn Herlitzius. Kampe will, however, sing Sieglinde in the Ring, conducted by Kirill Petrenko. Bayreuth press statement: The direction of the Bayreuther Festspiele notes with great regret that Anja Kampe returned the part of […]
Omg, my pianist is playing the wrong intro!
Krzysztof Kaczka was on stage in Moscow, taking a deep breath before his next piece, when the pianist decided to rearrange the programme without telling him. Watch the page-turner. She’s struggling to hold it together.
Video: A Polish orchestra trashes down
The excellent Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Katowice has been reduced to playing hip-hop classics in a concert hall in the city of Katowice. The conductor is a composer and producer, Radzimir Dębski, whose online moniker is JIMEK. The video has earned nearly two million hits, but the concert leaves a bad taste.
When Furtwängler conducted Walton in Vienna
The Vienna Phil have upgraded their website with features about ‘social responsibility’ and other diversions. What’s really interesting is an archive feature that enables you to search every concert the orch has given, all the way back to 1842. The strangest things turn up. On Saturday December 2, 1948, Furtwängler programmed the William Walton symphony […]
The long weekend read: Sinatra, at the end of days
A no-punches-pulled piece by Ian Penman in the London Review of Books: As with Elvis Presley and Charlie Parker, you feel Destiny’s real leg-up was provided by the ferocious will of Sinatra’s mother. Most people seem to have regarded Dolly as the real man about the house: Sinatra’s father, Marty, an easy-going ghost, barely registers […]
Breaking: Tchaikovsky Competition is now completely sold out
This sign has just gone up. It says: ‘There are no more tickets for Tchaikovsky Competition. None at all”
Revealed: The wealthiest music directors in America
Drew McManus has come out with his annual lost of US music director earnings, drawn from IRS Form 90s. There is always a delay in the system, so the wages below apply to the 2012/13 season. Three music directors made more than $2 million. You may well wonder why. Two maestros took a significant pay […]
Classical label lists the albums no-one buys
In a desperate attempt to drum up business – or an act of ironic self-deprecation, according to your point of view – the Hyperion label has posted a list of the albums that have not sold a single copy for the longest time. Several have received accolades from reviewers. One is by the Dallas Symphony […]
German media antisemites come crawling over Kirill Petrenko
Two responses in German media to the election of Kirill Petrenko as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic have been decidedly hostile, verging on racist. Sabine Lange on NDR Kultur drew an unfavourable comparison between the rejected candidate Christian Thielemann, ‘a world acclaimed expert in the German sound’, and the Russian-born Petrenko, ‘ the tiny […]
Rome Opera gets $1.1 million from a Malaysian friend
Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, a Malaysian plutocrat, has given a million Euros to Rome’s floundering opera house. Yeoh, 60, just loves opera.