Maestro is risen in US classical charts
A month before Christmas, what’s peaking on the Nielsen Soundscan graphs? At number 1, the complete Andrea Bocelli. At 2, 10 years of Andre Rieu. At 3, Christmas at Harvard. At 4, Britain’s Got Talent singer Jonathan Antoine. The first two albums sold over 2,500 copies last week. The next two fewer than 500. A […]
A shoddy deal in Seville
The local power brokers wanted to renew Pedro Halffter as music director. The musicians protested they’d had enough after ten years getting nowhere. Implacable force met irresistible players. The result? Halffter remains chief at the Teatro de la Maestranza, while the American John Axelrod gets to lead the orchestra concerts. Good result? Like all political deals, […]
How long can a grand piano survive in the open air?
The Dutch composer Rik Elings found a grand abandoned beside a canal after a photoshoot in August. He passes by and plays it every day, filming and recording the process of deterioration. Not sure what the end result will be, but here’s yesterday’s video. Day 86 and it’s still more or less in tune. […]
Vienna Festwochen announces new chief
The man to succeed Markus Hinterhäuser, who’s heading up to Salzburg, is Tomas Zierhofer-Kin. Who? He’s been managing a Danubian festival at Krems. Where? photo (c) David Visnjic A shave? Something for the weekend?
Midnight in Moscow – and Anna’s not going home
She’s showing off the b-f to the boys back in the old town.
Rattle forms ‘mixed-ability’ orchestra
The Barbican and South Bank have just announced final details of the Berlin Philharmonic’s next London residency in February 2015. It comes a month after Sir Simon Rattle’s 60th birth and he wants to mark the event with favourite works and an education project. Mahler’s second symphony and a Sibelius cycle cover the first category. […]
Which US orchestra has the least women?
A new chart from Suby Raman shows St Louis Symphony is the first to have more women players than men. (Full chart here.) Bottom of the chart among top-20 orchestras is… Boston. Just 30 percent women. Buck up Boston.
London opera wins independence
This looks like good news, the more so since the local authority has given Opera Holland Park £5 million ($7m) to start play. Here’s the unusually factual and coherent press release: The critically acclaimed Opera Holland Park (OHP) is to set out on its own as an independent charitable company, with the help of a […]
Opera house goes looking for unpaid performers
The house on the harbour has put out a call (below) for students to join the stage cast of its outdoor Aida. The deal? No pay, no expenses: The requirements: – Commit to performances from 25 March to 26 April 2015, with no shows on Mondays or on Good Friday. – Demonstrate a high level […]
Are counter-tenors screwing women out of work?
An essay in Die Welt argues that the likes of Franco Fagioli – presently in Covent Garden’s Idomeneo – Philippe Jaroussky and Sony’s fast-rising Romanian Valer Sabadus (pictured) are getting all the best girl roles. Who’d be a mezzo in 2014? Your views, please.
Orchestra pianist is killed in car crash
Carolyn Bridger, a founding member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, was killed yesterday in a road smash in Michigan. A formidable ensemble player, she studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where she won the prestigious Schubert Prize for Accompanying. Away from Tallahasse, she taught at Interlochen Arts Camp and at Florida State University. More details here. Our […]