A Met cellist remembers his orchestral epiphany
Another lovely story from the Met musicians website: James Kreeger recalls playing Barber’s Adagio in the 100-piece College of Strings more than half a century ago. Read here.
Italian maestro calls Rome Opera sackings ‘shameful’
The great violinist Salvatore Accardo, returning home from a tour of China, discovered to his horror that Rome Opera had sacked its orchestra and chorus. He said today: ‘What has happened in Rome – the dismissal of 182 musicians in the most prestigious theater of our capital city – is a shameful thing, not only […]
There’s only one composer called Adams selling records this week
The Nielsen Soundscan ratings are in. Three records outsold all others in the US in the past week. Joshua Bell’s Bach, visible on all public media, sold 824 copies. The Boys of St Paul’s Choir celebrating Christmas in Harvard Square on Decca, sold 829. The top-selling US records, at 1,011 copies, was music from the […]
Unseen angles of the Beatles most famous cover
This is the iconic cover picture of the Abbey Road album. Noi surprises there. But there were six other shots from which the ultimate cover was selected. Reverse, for instance. With London bus. And best of all… (Recognise her, anyone?) The set are about to be sold off. Press release below. London – Rare […]
Government orders opera to stage Carmen
The Government of West Australia has instructed its health protection agency to lift the ban on the state opera’s Carmen. The intervention follows an international outcry over political correctness and creeping censorship. All sorted? No. These things are not adjusted by order. Perth has been added to our watchlist as an odd climate for opera.
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 […]