This pianist is not for shooting
This is Pretty Yende, with Kamal Khan, at Carnegie Hall last night. ne tirez pas sur le pianist
Toronto hires a critic
At a time when most papers are laying off arts writers, we are delighted to learn that the Toronto Star has appointed a new music critic. He is our longterm associate Michael Vincent, publisher of Musical Toronto.
When the soloist goes off to have a baby
Just in from Mats A. Johansson in Vienna: So, 45 min before the concert the soloist gets a call that his wife is having their baby in London, and he is on the first flight. What does the Swedish Radio Symphony orchestra do? They move Heldenleben first in the concert and throw in Mahler […]
Rome Opera announces replacement for Riccardo Muti
They have dropped Aida as the season opener and replaced it with Dvorak’s Rusalka. The conductor for the curtain-raiser will be the Norwegian, Eivind Gullberg Jensen. Assuming there is an orchestra and chorus for him to conduct on November 27. Which is far from certain since the Opera has announced their dismissal.
Oh, yeah? British Airways wants to retune our tastes
Read and recoil: Hi there, From November, British Airways is introducing ‘Sonic Seasoning’ on flights to bring out even more flavour in the food and drink served. The science behind it is taken from Professor Charles Spence from Oxford University, quoted in the release.< A full press release and image of our Sonic taster attached! […]
Does pot improve the sound of classical music?
Only one place to find out. In Colorado, where the symphony orchestra does invitation-only pot concerts. Tonight I’m going to Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver to see the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s end of summer concert. Normally that wouldn’t require a visit to a pot dispensary beforehand, but this show is the symphony’s first public performance […]
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 […]