What’s Warner Classics in English?
Alain Lanceron, Paris-based president of Warner Classics, has appointed another Frenchman, Patrick Lemanski, to run Warner Classics UK, thereby delivering a coup de grace to what once was true-Brit EMI Classics. Lemanski arrives from Harmonia Mundi, another French label. Lanceron also announced the signing of a harpsichordist, Jean Rondeau – French, of course.
Milan’s La Verdi orchestra fears for its existence
The orch issued a statement today, accusing the Italian Ministry of Culture of failing to pay a cent of its three million Euro subsidy this year. ‘The existence of the orchestra is gravely tested by the chronic absence of government funds,’ its says. Text below: Fondazione Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro Sinfonico di Milano […]
Kyung Wha Chung: Keep kids in childrens’ concerts
The violinist has published a curious, PR-spun response to the furore aroused by her rebuke to a child who coughed in her concert. She admits to being astonished at the international outcry caused by her remarks and makes no apology. After almost two minutes, as I was about to resume playing, my focus was stolen […]
British Airways announces penalties for cellos
This just in from an international soloist: I am playing at Carnegie Hall in January and trying to book flights this morning. BA offer the best fare to New York, only £352 return from Copenhagen with a change in London. Of that, most is taxes, the actual ticket price is only 63 pounds. Until […]
Moscow commissions a better Shostakovich monument
There is one in St Petersburg, in the middle of an unsightly housing estate. The city of Moscow has commissioned a new statue, to be installed in the House of Music next May for the 40th anniversary of the composer’s death.
Sad news: Death of a pedigree violinist
We have been informed of the death, last night from cancer, of the formidable violinist Lydia Mordkovitch, at the age of 70. A student of David Oistrakh and later his assistant, Lydia lived in Israel in the 1970s. In 1980 she moved to England, where she recorded vast amounts of violin music – much of […]
Tension in Seoul as standoff continues
The chief executive of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Park Hyun Jung, is refusing to resign. She has been accused by staff of bullying and sexual harrassment. Park has hit back, claiming the music director Myung Whun Chung is trying to depose her. Chung is rumoured to have threatened resignation. Meanwhile, rehearsals continued today. You canl almost […]
US composer accuses another of sexual violence
In an Italian interview, Bunita Marcus accuses her mentor Morton Feldman of sexually molesting her and other women, wrecking her marriage and stealing her ideas. The two composers worked closely together for seven years until Feldman’s early death in 1987. Feldman’s work is widely performed, Marcus’s less so. Marcus has previously spoken about sexual abuse within […]
More than 20 players resign to save French opera hous
The opera in Montpellier is in deep deficit. To keep it alive, up to 30 players in the orchestra have agreed ‘voluntarily’ to resign with immmediate effect, lightening the wage bill and enabling performances to continue.
Now Canada loses an orchestra
Hours after the confirmation that Denmark Radio is scrapping its chamber orchestra (pictured), Canadians learned that Orchestra London, founded in Ontario in 1937, will cease operations this month. Read here.
Maestro news: US orch names monosyllabic music director
Charleston has been without a music director since its last incumbent died in 2010. It staged a season’s shootout between six batons and chose the one with the shortest name. Has any maestro anywhere got a more laconic name than Ken Lam?