A lost Offenbach masterpiece?
Basia Jaworski discovers a premiere recording. Read here.
Wales extols its most successful living composer
He wrote an ad for Delta Airlines and used it to become the most sung choral composer of his time. Karl Jenkins turns 70 and I am among those singing his praises on this S4C documentary.
What the Vienna Philharmonic covers up on New Years Day
I have published a piece in the Spectator on the many things the Vienna Philharmonic tries to cover up at its New Year’s Day concert – racism, sexism, elitism and plain old Viennese meanness and nastyism. The annual Strauss concert is one of the last water-cooler moments on world television, but: So long as appearance […]
What killed a Cliburn winner?
The bullet in José Feghali’s head, as he lay in bed, leaves little doubt that his death was suicide. Now, the music world is asking why. Friends, including a former housemate, tell us he was on medication for depression for many years and spoke freely about it. The Dallas critic Scott Cantrell reports that Feghali’s […]
Which great composer always carried a ball of knitting?
He found it useful for relaxation. Who was he? Clue: Anniversary coming up.
When a music director must quit
Ludovic Morlot, resigning today at La Monnaie, is the sixth music director in three months to leave his post peremptorily and without warning. Franz Welser-Möst walked out of Vienna because he could not agree artistic plans with the general director, Dominique Meyer, himself under extreme pressure to cut costs. Riccardo Muti left Rome, Nicola Luisotti […]
Record news: EMI refugee lands new label
Under the terms of the takeover of EMI Classics by Universal, none of the EMI artists can appear on DG or Decca for the next ten years. That left many of them in limbo, some struggling on with rump Warner Classics, others pursuing opportunities on niche labels. We were delighted to hear today that Gabriela […]
Just in: Spanish orch picks US music director
Musicians of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra today surprised pundits by picking a little-known American as music director. From a candidate field that included the Mexican Carlos Miguel Prieto, the Israeli Yaron Traub and the strongly-tipped Italian Speranza Scappucci, the players cast most of their votes for Erik Nielsen. Nielsen, 37 and from Iowa, has been Kapellmeister […]
Death of international bass-baritone, aged 47
Alexander Trauner, who has died in Zurich of a prolonged illness, started out in Vienna at the Volksoper and Staatsoper, working with such conductors as Colin Davis, Marek Janowski, George Pretre, Erich Leinsdorf and Udo Zimmermann. He went on to sing in France, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Romania and Spain. Alexander leaves a wife and two children. […]
Happy days return to Detroit
The orchestra is back in the black, turning in a modest surplus over 2014. Not long ago, many were predicting its imminent demise. Music director Leonard Slatkin and president Anne Parsons have both signed new contracts to mid-2017, it was announced last night. The musicians contract was settled eight months early. More than half a […]