Listen to Mariss’s last night
It’s Jansons’s final concert tonight as chief conductor of the Concertgebouw. You should be able to catch it on the ‘live’ button here.
Schoenberg triumphs: his music is played by ice-cream vans
He once predicted it would be whistled by milkmen. No milkmen left, sad to say. But David Schafer, an art professor at the University of Southern California (where Schoenberg taught) arranged for five hospitality trucks to play Schoenberg tracks around the campus for a week. Truck 1 played Brettl-Lieder, truck 2 aired Gurrelieder, truck 3 […]
New principal flute at ENO
Claire Wickes, who has guested with several London orchs, had landed the hot seat at the Coliseum.
Radio France in chaos, concerts cancelled, strikes abound, head of music ‘is sacked’
The situation at Radio France is described today as ‘out of control’. Musicians are raging at the cancellation of two orchestral concerts this weekend, five unions have gone on strike, the head of radio, Mattheiu Gallet, is under official investigation for a lavish office redecoration and the head of music, Jean-Pierre Rousseau, has not been […]
The musicians’ hand doctor has died
Kit Wynn Parry, author of The Musician’s Hand and a rheumatologist who treated John Williams, Alfred Brendel and many others for upper limb pain, has died at the age of 90. He was among the founders of the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine, which now has centres around the country. Amazingly, he escaped the royal […]
More label news: Free record debut for under-30 artist
Orchid, a boutique label, is staging a contest for under-30 UK artists. The winner gets a record debut. See here.
Label news: Decca signs up Montreal. Er, why?
At a time when all labels have shed their longterm deals with orchestra, Decca has popped up with a five-year partnership in Montreal. Yes, we understand he sentimental attachment to the so-called golden years when every score that Charles Dutoit beat was released on CD. But the deal starting losing money in the early 1990s […]
Research: Joining a choir ‘helps children make good moral choices’
A survey of 10,000 British schoolchildren and 250 teachers finds that those who join a musical ensemble are more likely to make good moral choices in their daily lives. Playing sport, on the other hand, makes no difference. Those who were members of choirs or took part in other musical activities outside school were 17 […]
Maestro beats on with bleeding hand
A spectator reports from the Royal Festival Hall: We were sitting in the side stalls of tonight’s Philharmonia concert at the Royal Festival Hall and it looked like Vladimir Ashkenazy gave himself a rather nasty paper cut (on the edge of the music stand?). It bled for most of the third movement of Lemminkainen. He […]
Vienna bug: Stephen Costello is wiped out of Traviata
The US tenor is the latest victim of Viennitis. He was down to appear with Marina Rebeka but fell sick shortly before showtime. Abdellah Lasri, a Moroccan, was the capable stand-in, reaping ovations at the curtain.
Social and personal: Dudamel is getting divorced
AP reports that Eloisa Maturen has filed for divorce in a Los Angeles court against Gustavo Dudamel, the Philharmonic music director, claiming ‘irreconcilable differences’. The couple, former teenage sweethearts, have been married for nine years. They have a three year-old son. Dudamel is presently on a Far East tour with the LA Phil.