Death of leading Russian accompanist
Classicalmusicnews.ru reports the death, at 79, of Leonid Kononovich Blok, an unsung hero of Russian music. He was regular accompanist to the leading Russian violinists and professor of chamber music at the Maimonides State Classical Academy. His father, Conon, was cellist of the Gliere Quartet and principal cello of the Moscow Philharmonic.
Just in: Salzburg Festival president ‘will stay for 100 years’
Helga Rabl-Stadler, president of the Salzburg Festival since 1995, has applied for another term and says she’s good for a century. Helga, who is 68, steadied the ship after the turbulent Mortier era. Her family run Austria’s media. Her father was long-serving intendant of the national broadcaster ORF. Her husband was editor of the mass daily […]
Luciano Pavarotti joins the anti-Trump backlash
The Republican candidate has been using the great tenor’s Nessun Dorma recording in his warm-ups. His widow, Nicoletta, and other family members have told local media in Modena that they want him to stop, saying that Pavarotti’s human values were incompatible with Trump’s. Which is certifiably true. The best way to stop him is for […]
How German musicians say ‘well played’
According to this video report, they shuffle their feet.
Watch (icymi) Michelle Obama sing with James Corden
‘We were makin’ honey,’ says the First Lady.
Leonard Bernstein’s lover has died
John Gruen, who wrote authorised coffee-table books about famous musicians and dancers, has passed on at 89. His subjects included Bernstein (who was also his lover), Menotti, Erik Bruhn and Keith Haring. He defined himself in a late interview as ‘ a writer, critic, journalist, bon vivant, gadfly, busybody, father, husband, queer, neurotic workaholic. Let’s […]
35 Bayreuth staff are refused security clearance
…. according to this BR report (in German). Police checks are said to have shown a ‘potential for violence’ among several applicants.
Beverly Sills’s disabled daughter dies, aged 56
Small notice in the NY Times: GREENOUGH–Meredith H., 56, died July 3, 2016. She loved Welsh Corgis, and was predeceased by her parents Beverly Sills and Peter B. Greenough. She is survived by her brother Peter Jr., three sisters, Lindley, Nancy and Diana and Joel L. Carr, her friend. Buffy was born deaf and suffered […]
What, exactly, are the new rules on silence in concerts?
The pianist Peter Donohoe has been disturbed, on more than one occasion, by people sitting in the front row. A few days ago he wondered: ‘Why are those who least want to go to a concert & least capable of decent behaviour so often in the front row nearest the soloist?’ Now he shares an […]
Young Brit baton switches agents
Ben Gernon, 27, has left AskonasHolt to join Intermusica for general management. Winner of the 2013 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductor’s Award and a former Dudamel Fellow in Los Angeles, Ben seemed to be doing nicely in his career but something has clearly gone askew. It’s unusual – albeit decisive – for a young […]