Apparently it’s the number #2 streaming service behind Spotify, with four million subscribers to Spotify’s six.

Deezer, which does not serve the US, believes it has spotted a gap in the market. Surveys showed that 92 percent of its users – yes, 92% – would listen to classical if it was available on stream. So Deezer has done a deal with Universal, the biggest classical record group. Here‘s the app. Let us know how you get on.


‘The app helps users discover a variety of classical songs, including interpretations of various pieces, through categories such as composer, era, and mood. ‘

Now there’s a surprise. In his well-leaked plan to increase arts budgets by 20 percent, Tony Hall seemed to be offering more of the same. In the detail this morning, however, he promises to reverse two decades of neglect of live arts performances. It’s good strategy. The BBC has to wake up and combat the blizzard of live screenings and cinema opera. Here’s the full plan.

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Both sides are claiming victory after last week’s one-day strike. The stagehands union IATSE says it got ‘jurisdiction‘ in the yet-to-be-opened Education Wing. The hall stipulates that this is ‘limited jurisdiction’, nothing like the stranglehold the union exerts over the rest of the premises.

Read it as you wish.

However, behind the scenes a different story was playing out, according to Slipped Disc’s worm in the woodwork.

Carnegie management had made advance plans for a strike. The Philadelphia Orchestra were offered a replacement date if opening night went dark. They accepted happily and celebrated with a free concert back home that rebonded them to grassroots supporters.

Carnegie donorss were contacted in advance and asked if they’d still come to the post-concert dinner if the concert was cancelled. Every single one of them ticked Yes. At the Waldorf meal, they shelled out $3.4 million, some way ahead of expectation.

The total loss to Carnegie was (we hear) in the region of $25,000, small beer in the circumstances.

The union came back to talks next morning and settled for ‘limited jurisdiction’.

Read it as you wish.




The German musicologist Gundula Kreuzer has come up with a curious paradox. ‘He was a very useful composer for Nazi ideology,’ she says. Listen here to BBC Music Matters.


Colin Currie is in distress. Every time he reaches the closing pages of Stockhausen’s Kontake, some idiot in the audience starts the applause. Too soon. Colin is fuming. If words could kill, he’s written them. Here. Read.

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The ailing composer pays tribute in an interview with Le Monde to his friend Patrice Chéreau, who died yesterday.

Together, they staged the centennial Ring in Bayreuth, the first complete Lulu in Paris and From the House of the Dead in Vienna. ‘We worked together with great passion,’ says Boulez.

Read here.

Pierre Boulez and Patrice Chéreau in Vienna, Austria, 2007.

The first time, we played the Beatles in a Steinway showroom.

The second time we met, we demolished a bottle of red at the National Portrait Gallery. She assured me she wasn’t playing that night.

Every get-together with Gabriela Montero is full of fun and laughter. Then she introduced me to the love of her life – an Irish opera singer with a dash of Hollywood on his c.v. Lovely guy, Sam McElroy.

Guess what? They got engaged yesterday and they’re posting the banns on Slipped Disc.

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Gabi’s version: A few days ago, the most wonderful man I know, asked me to marry him. I can’t imagine my life without him. The ups and downs, without him, would be unbearable. I am a lucky girl and although I haven’t been in the best of moods lately given everything that has been happening, this event has brought much needed sunshine to my heart..


Sam’s story:

Three years ago I went, with 10,000 others, to hear Gabriela play a concert at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel. We didn’t know each other then.The next day, I ran into her in more banal circumstances – at a Starbucks on Melrose Avenue! We got talking, and after three more years of talking, and laughing, and traveling the world, and making music, and listening to her make music, and watching addictive HBO shows together on planes, and figuring out how to support her in raising two girls while she navigates a mad concert schedule, I have asked her to marry me.

She said yes!

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The conductor Ivan Fischer has found a novel way to express his extreme discomfort at official anti-semitism in his native Hungary.

Fischer, who is director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, has composed an opera on a notorious 19th century incident –  the 1883 accusation in the Hungarian village of Tiszaeszlar that Jews had killed a Christian girl to use her blood for Passover bread. Some 15 Jews faced trial. They were acquitted, but the blood libel – which originated in 13th century Norwich – persisted.

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Fischer, who has been thinking about the opera for 25 years, wrote the 50-minute work over the past year as conditions worsened in his country. He will give the world premiere in Budapest this weekend.

He explains the background here to Reuters’ Michael Roddy.