‘Air France broke my cello’
The cellist Aristide de Plessis informs us: A colleague of mine recently acquired a 200-year-old cello. She headed to Zurich from Johannesburg to do an audition. Being a student, she had no choice but to check it in as hold baggage as she could not afford a second seat from one hemisphere to another. Not […]
Sicklist: Midori cancels London violin festival
She’s unwell again and has been advised not to travel, the LSO has announced. Her replacement this Thursday is Baiba Skride.
‘Tragically, Debussy never lived to hear this arrangement’
He can rest easy now. ‘Passepied’ by the Punch Brothers, courtesy of friend Greg Shea at WGBH. Chris Thile leads on mandolin.
FAZ: German singers shun London opera awards
That’s what is says in the Frankfurter story. Two winners and Jonas failed to show respect. Another bummer here.
Boy of 11 is awarded music degree
The devaluation of music education took a fresh descent today when a boy of 11 was awarded the Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL), equivalent to the final year of a first music degree. The boy, Curtis Elton, has been playing piano since he was 3. He has twice appeared as a contestant in Britain’s Got […]
Struggling to plug the Nelsons gap
Edward Gardner was to have given his last concert as principal guest conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchetra, but we hear he’s agreed to extend his commitment for another year to give the orchestra more time to choose a new music director. Andris Nelsons is proving a hard act to replace. Boston may […]
The absolute must-have Martinu record
A man sidled up to me last week at an operatic season launch and gave the secret sign. I twitched my trouser leg and wiggled my elbow. One cult member had found another. Those who like the music of Bohuslav Martinu don’t just like it. We are passionate devotees of some of the most compelling […]
Greeks go mad for Berlin Philharmonic
We hear that tickets for this Friday’s Europa Concert in Athens sold out within half an hour. The concert is the one date in the year where players of the Berlin Phil get to choose the venue. By picking Athens, they have sent a message of solidarity to austerity -hit Greeks and, perhaps, of dissension […]
Which Philharmonia Orchestra was playing last night?
At last night’s Royal Festival Hall concert, there were no fewer than eight so-called Guest Principal players in the Philharmonia Orchestra. The concertmaster, Vijay Gupta, was imported from the LA Phil. The flute, Philippa Davies, outstanding in the Dvorak 8th solos, is one of the best session players in town. But eight substitutes on the […]
Let’s welcome a really dull BBC Proms
The headline reads ‘A run-of-the-mill Proms is just what we need’. The Telegraph commentary is by Michael White. Probably won’t make many people exercise their click finger.
The most-watched Tchaikovsky concerto on Youtube
Someone mentioned that a violinist I was chatting to at dinner was a Yotube sensation with her 2011 recording of the Tchaikovsky concerto, conducted by Yuri Temirkanov. Sure enough, Sayaka Shoji has racked up almost six million views for a performance that is intense, individual, exceptional in every desirable way (though I suspect she’d rather be […]