John Williams: I could have been a cellist
The Brazilian classical guitar site, Guitar Co-op, has a remarkably frank and comprehensive interview with the last of the guitar lions, the accomplished John Williams. Much of the conversation, with Stephen Goss and Marcelo Kayath will be of invaluable technical interest to guitar players.. But John is an astute observer of musical habits and there […]
Vienna Philharmonic mourns a principal flute
The orchestra has posted news of the death of Meinhart Niedermayr, who inherited his father’s seat as principal flute. Meinhart played in the orchestra from 1962 until his retirement in 2003. His father had held the seat since 1921. Meinhart was 75 at the time of his death.
Why hire Renee Fleming if the hall acoustics stink?
Michael Vincent pops the question other Canadian critics have fluffed. Roy Thomson Hall has just about the worst sound of any modern concert venue. Now, at last, a Toronto writer tells it as it is: Famed soprano displayed vocal magic and extraordinary humanity at TSO opener, but hall’s acoustics swallowed her voice. Read the full review […]
A Stockhausen opera is coming your way, live and free
This is apparently the first time a Stockhausen opera has been streamed. It is also the first staging of Donnerstag in 30 years. Press release: On Saturday 1st October from 16:00 to 21:30 CET Sonostream.tv again affirms its imaginative and enterprising approach to arts broadcasting by carrying the first-ever livestream of a performance from Theater Basel, one of Switzerland’s […]
Just how New York is Lang Lang’s New York?
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: I am not the right person to be reviewing this album, but then I’m not sure the right person actually exists. This is a Sony crossover project that falls smack between the tracks. How does one rate it on a scale of one to five? Obviously five stars […]
Breaking: Jonas Kaufmann cancels rest of the month
We have just been informed that the German tenor has pulled out of the Meistersinger revival in Munich (September 30, Oct. 3 and 8) and from a Budapest concert Sept. 25, dedicated to an idol of his, the Hungarian tenor József Simándy. Last week he cancelled the opening concerts of the Staatsoper in Berlin. Something must […]
Charlotte Symphony offers ‘performance for peace’
‘We have a moral imperative to provide an opportunity for reflection and community. Music cares beyond pain,’ says music director Christopher Warren-Green. The outdoor concert will open with Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. Report here. Riots continue.
Philadelphia players: Board blew $10 million on bankruptcy
The musicians in Philadelphia are out of contract. If they can’t get a new deal soon, the orchestra will be back where it was five years ago – shut down and bankrupt. The atmosphere is souring. Read what the musicians have to say: It has been more than five years since the Board of the […]
Sad news: Monty Python genius has dementia
The BBC has reported that Terry Jones, the phenomenal Monty Python comedian, has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia. His communication has been affected and he is no longer able to give interviews. Jones, 74, has always been involved with other art forms. In 2012 he wrote a libretto for Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat […]
Gergiev is called out in Munich for non-rehearsal
A review in the Abendzeitung attacks the music director for his cursory rehearsal practices. The performance of Beethoven’s Eroica was, writes Robert Braunmüller, ‘casually improvised’. Textures were cloudy, ensemble flawed. The Munich Philharmonic sounded shoddy. Gergiev’s pianist, his pal Denis Matsuev, received a similar drubbing. Gergiev’s rehearsal absences are well attested, but in all his years […]
Aussie festival defaults on paying its artists
Numerous international artists have not been paid five months after appearing at Brisbane Baroque – according to Limelight magazine and confirmed to us by several artists. The bilked artists include: Mahan Esfahani, Vivica Genaux, Brett Weymark, Erin Helyard, Ulrike Schneider, Carlo Vistoli, Russell Harcourt, Joao Fernandes, Owen Willetts, Keri Fuge, Kiandra Howarth, Morgan Balfour, Nicholas Tolputt, […]