Did Mozart cheat on his wife with Nancy?
Speculation of an affair with the English soprano Nancy Storace, for whom he wrote the role of Susanna in Marriage of Figaro, was sparked in 1945 in a book by the musicologist Alfred Einstein and gets revived every time someone does a radio or television feature about her. As someone in Munich did this week. Clearly […]
Simon Rattle’s oboe has died
Birmingham musicians are mourning the passing of Karen O’Connor, second oboe of the CBSO during the Rattle and Oramo years and a much-loved member of the ensemble. Karen started out as a founder-member of the orchestra of Opera North. The young Simon Rattle charmed her into coming to Birmingham. After retiring from the CBSO, she went […]
Neville Cardus, RIP
Such a shame that the Guardian has all but given up covering county cricket and classical concerts, the two pastimes that Neville Cardus turned into essential breakfast reading. Many non-lefties bought the Guardian for those two subjects. No longer.
German music director quits after one term
Will Humburg, 59, has told Darmstadt he’s leaving in 2018. No reason given. His predecessor, Constantin Trinks, did the same in 2012.
Carnegie Hall makes up its missing millions
When Ronald Perelman stormed out as Carnegie Hall chairman after a breakdown of relations with its exec director, Clive Gillinson, he took with him a promised gift of $30 million, plus some reportedly unfulfilled past donations. That left a big hole in the $125m fundraising campaign. Today $25m was made good by Warner’s Len Blavatnik, one […]
Scots pick English principal horn, 25
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra named Christopher Gough as its new principal horn. Chris, 25 and from Surrey, has been playing in the RSNO for the past year.
Conductor dies, aged 100
We are sorry to learn of the death of Harry Rabinowitz. He turned 100 in March and was due to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra once more in November. Harry was, in his day, music director at BBC Light Entertainment and a regular at the Proms. The first conductor of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, he also conducted the […]
So what do concertmasters make? A bit less than they used to…
In the latest segment of his survey of US orchestra wages for 2013/14, Drew McManus has reached the front seat. Apparently concertmasters are the only group to lose out. They are down 0.19% year on year. Still, it’s not that bad. Five concertmasters are making a cool half-million bucks: 1 New York Philharmonic: $615,924 2 San […]
French piano festival is cancelled
The Annecy Classic Festival, scheduled for August 23-27, has been called off ‘due to the economic situation’. A decision is pending whether it can resume next year, or at all. The festival was founded 45 years ago by Eliane Richepin and combined performances and academy. Its artistic directors are Pascal Escande and the Russian Denis […]
Jonas Kaufmann’s vanity Lied: More questions than answers
First reviews of the tenor singing both parts of Das Lied von der Erde with the Vienna Philharmonic are decidedly mixed. Gustav Mahler specified a tenor for three songs and an alto or baritone for the other three. Kaufmann decided to do the lot himself. Substitute Jonathan Nott conducted. Kaufmann had no problem with the […]
A singer is murdered for his music
The Sufi vocalist Amjad Sabri, one of the foremost singers in Pakistan, was shot down today on the streets of Karachi. The Taliban boasted they did it, denouncing his music as blasphemous. How can music blaspheme? How? Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya MUHAMMAD – Amjad Sabri… by islaamonline