Death of a great German artist
Gisela May died on Friday December 2 at the age of 92. The epic Brecht actress and singer in East Berlin was perhaps the closest in spirit to Lotte Lenya, embracing not only the Weill songs but many of Eisler, Dessau, Hollander and … Jacques Brel.
It’s a Wonderful Life: First review
Texas Classical Review is none too sure about Houston’s world premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera adaptation of a deathless movie. Sample: It’s a Wonderful Life makes an effective stage piece, as far as it goes. Yet it stops short of transforming the story’s emotions and drama into arresting music theater. For all its liveliness and […]
Watch here: Stravinsky world premiere
Last night’s premiere of the funeral music Stravinsky wrote for Rimsky-Korsakov has been uploaded.
Does a composer have to get naked to get heard?
This is Georg Friedrich Haas, the contemporary Austrian composer, who has talked volubly of his sexual preferences within his marriage in recent months. It has been quite a media campaign: starting with the New York Times, on to the London Times and today in the Daily Mail (below). Perhaps it’s time to let the […]
Salzburg fixes end-date for its longterm chief
Helga Rabl-Stadler, 68, has been prolonged as Festival President for three more years, until end-September 2020. But the wording of the announcement suggests it may be her last term. Rabl-Stadler, a member of an influential media family, has been in charge since January 1995. press release: In its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of […]
Sistema teacher is cleared of wife abuse
Guido De Groote, 44, a senior teacher at Sistema Scotland, has been cleared in Glasgow of running a campaign of physical and mental abuse against his wife, Cecilia De Groote, 50. Mrs De Groote, herself a prosecutor at Glasgow sheriff court, said her husband threatened to kill her. The court decided her evidence could not […]
Utah Symphony goes teaching in Haiti
A Utah Symphony cellist John Eckstein has persuaded 14 colleagues and a music director, Thierry Fischer, to join him next spring in desperately impoverished Haiti, creating a national institute for young musicians. All it takes is one musician and a dream. Read more here and here. photo: John Marquis Cahill
Appeal for Minnesota cellist, fighting cancer
Tanya Remenikova, Professor of Cello at University of Minnesota, has posted an appeal for her former student Hong Wang, who ‘was recently diagnosed with stage 4 malignant stomach cancer…Much of his cancer treatment is not covered by his health insurance.’ Hong Wang teaches at Concordia University, St. Paul, Hamline University and Bethel University. Please help […]
The surprise classical hit of the year
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: If there was an award for surprise of the year, this unpretentious release would win both the jury and the public vote. (NN) born 1814, was written off by music history as an also-ran, one of those stern faces in the back row of romantic group portraits, somewhere behind […]
Maestro move: German chief quits ‘for personal reasons’
The chief conductor of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz has handed in his notice, effective 2018. Karl-Heinz Steffens, 55, says ‘there are many personal reasons for my decision (Es sind viele persönliche Gründe, die mich zu meinem Entschluss bewogen haben)’. He has been doing some good last-minute jump-ins and he became chief conductor at Norwegian Opera four months ago. […]
Exclusive: Beaux Arts Trio reunites – for one night only
Last night at the Berlin Konzerthaus, the violinist Daniel Hope was conducting a public interview with Menahem Pressler when, guess what – – on walks Antonio Meneses, the last cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio. The three had not been together on stage together since the Beaux Arts’ farewell performance at the Gewandhaus seven years […]