Cecilia Bartoli: ‘Atonal music creates a barrier between composer and singer’
The mezzo has been telling Corriere della Sera why she keeps raiding old archives for something to sing. I’ve always enjoyed research, trying to find forgotten music to enlarge the repertoire, being that contemporary composers can’t seem to write for opera singers like me. It would be wonderful to work with a composer writing for […]
Can Ulster save its orchestra? That’s not a musical question
The first law of British journalism is: never touch Northern Ireland. It has a logic all its own. So when reports began to filter out that the Ulster Orchestra has a matter of weeks before it runs out of cash, we put fingers in our ears and went la-la-la, expecting the hubbub to die down […]
Eine Kleine goes viral…. you’ll soon see why
This Youtube vid has scored 3.7 million views in two days. The soundtrack is Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra 1936. The rest is Sara X. Please do not try this at home. Or anywhere. Please.
The best press offices in the music world
You’ve read the worst. These are the best, on current form in our opinion, in descending order (marks from 0-10). 10 Glyndebourne …. 7.1 Remarkably helpful for so snooty a fest. 9 Orchestre de Paris Fastest in France (that’s not saying much, but still…) 8 London’s Barbican Centre …. 7.2 Streets ahead of the South […]
The worst press offices in the music world
There have been significant shifts over the past year. Once impregnable press offices have turned all cuddly, while previously friendly institutions have caught a chill. Often, it’s just a matter of one press officer leaving and another coming in. Sometimes, it’s hardline institutional policy. Here for your consideration is Slipped Disc’s current black list of […]
Boulez’s computer wiz has died
We regret to report the death of David Wessel, a California computer music specialist who went to Paris in 1976 as part of the founding team at IRCAM, the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustic/Musique. He became IRCAM’s head of education and taught the first computer music class at the Paris Conservatoire. Samples of his music can […]
Malala’s in line for a choral premiere
The Taliba survivor who won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize is about to receive the first concert premiere of her life – in London, at the end of the month. James McCarthy has composed a Malala oratorio. Read what he has to say here.
A New York Suzuki teacher stars in Youtube film premiere
Danielle Turano caught the eye of a pair of 20-ish British twins, who operate JacksGap, a YouTube channel with 3.7 million subscribers. She’s the subject of their new video, Following Heart, which premieres October 18 on JacksGap. It will also screen this weekend at Toronto’s Buffer Festival, a YouTube focus in Canada. Cool, or what?
Chicago’s deficit just grows and grows
The press release (below) gives a positive spin of record fund-raising and ticket sales. But behind the upbeat message there is darkening concern of a level of spending that is running way beyond the orchestra’s means. The CSO’s operating deficit soared to $1.4 million from $169,000 the year before. Operating expenses shot up from $78.1 million from […]
He made one violin sound like a full section
We have been informed of the death, aged 63, of Stuart Gordon, a Geordie violinist who toured and recorded with Peter Gabriel, Alison Moyet, XTC and the Beach Boys. In his heyday, we read, Stuart ‘perfected the method of recording multiple takes to create a string section, using slight variations in tuning and several different […]
Stockholm Phil breaks into UK games music scene
Recording music for video games is what keeps Abbey Road open and British orchestras in spare change since the collapse of the classical record industry. The Brits have owned this business for a decade. But others are now muscling in on the act. Munich and Prague are cheap and popular recording venues for film music. […]