Found: Aretha’s 1972 Amazing Grace (with Mick Jagger as walk-on)
The Toronto Film Festival has come up with a trailer for a lost, unfinished Sidney Pollack doc which led on to Queen Aretha’s breakthrough album, Amazing Grace. Keep your eyes peeled for the Jagger cameo amid some amazing energy.
Gheorghiu deps for youth orchestra
Diana Damrau has pulled out of next week’s European Youth Orch gig at Grafenegg. Luxury dep: Angela Gheorghiu. See here.
The night Slava grabbed a rifle
Twenty-four years ago this week, a group of ex-Soviet generals seized president Mikhail Gorbachev and held him hostage in Crimea. As tanks advanced on the centres of government in Moscow and Leningrad, thousands of citizens turned out to block their way. Among them was the great cellist, Mstistlav Rostropovich, seen here relieving an exhausted parliamentary […]
Music teacher is jailed for pupil rape
The victim was 13, the teacher in his 30s. He got her pregnant. A court in Salem, Mass., sentenced Joshua Garsteck to a term of seven to eight years. Report here. In other news: Music teacher is arrested in Zionsville, Ind., accused of molesting a 12 year-old girl.
Bayreuth gets hoaxed by @Fake account
It has been a quiet summer on the Green Hill, but such news as there was has been leaking out on @BayreuthFest, a fake Twitter account. It seems Katie Wagner had never heard of Twitter. Now she has. The hoaxer is a 24 year-old Wagner lover called Juana Zimmermann. She has offered to turn over her account […]
Van Zweeden under attack for private oligarch concert
The Hong Kong Phil is back in the limelight, again for the wrong reasons. Local politicians want to know why the orchestra gave a private concert on tour in the Amsterdam home of a Dutch billionaire’s wife, Gert-Jan Kramer. The couple are close friends of HK’s busy music director, Jaap van Zweeden. The HK Phil […]
The London Symphony Orchestra reveals its final fantasy
Apparently, the LSO is preferred orchestra for a media franchise known as Final Fantasy. The composer is Nobuo Uematsu. Here’s the latest instalment, Words Drowned by Fireworks from Final Fantasy VII, out next month. Criticism fails.
Former San Francisco orch chief has died
The death is reported of Joseph Scafidi,who sppent his whole career at the San Francisco Symphony and was its chief executive from 1964 to his retirement in 1978. Joe was 94, a lover of music from infancy. When he joined the orch it had an 18-week season and a budget of $200,000. His music directors […]
Franz Welser-Möst: 20 percent of my audience is under 25
These are Cleveland statistics, relayed to a Salzburg newspaper. Shocking for a festival where the average attendance age is posthumous plus six. No need to worry, says Franz: music is not dead yet. Read here (auf Deutsch).
Russia fires St Petersburg Conservatoire chief
Mikhail Gantvarg, 68, rector of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, has been sacked by the Culture Minister, Medinsky. It follows an open letter sent to the minister by heads of other institutions, demanding Gantvarg’s resignation. He had been in the job four years. His predecessor was dismissed in similar circumstances. Everything in Putin’s Russia […]
Managing an opera life while parenting an autistic child
The tenor Lawrence Brownlee has given a gentle, self-aware interview to Fathering magazine on how to maintain a life on the international stage with the needs of a challenging child at home. I travel about 9 months a year. I talk to my agent to schedule as much time as I can at home without […]