The U.S. Postal Service pays tribute to a rock and roll legend. Artwork by artist Rudy Gutierrez. Out now.
Professor Claudia Fritz blew up a storm four years ago by blind-testing pedigree and modern violins in Indianapolis. In September 2012 she took the project in great secrecy to a second round in Paris. Now, the results are about to be published.
Here’s an exclusive sneaky peek at a documentary film on the experiment, with an accompanying Violin Channel report.
The death is reported of Harris Goldsmith, piano teacher at Mannes College and, after Harold Schonberg, Manhattan’s polymath of the instrument. He was 77. Starting with Guido Cantelli in the 1950s, he was an indefatigable searcher of talent for Musical America and other outlets. Here’s a recent Harris report:
Yuja Wang, piano
At age 17, Yuja Wang played an astonishingly mature and technically finished interpretation of Schubert’s late CMinor Sonata, D. 958, in Weill Hall on April 12, 2004. And—from the sublime to the ridiculous—at a Rockefeller University recital on February 2, 2007, she tossed off an unexpected encore, Arcadi Volodos’s indulgent paraphrase of Mozart’s Rondo alla Turca. Volodos had given her the music
only a week earlier. “It’s not so hard,” she shrugged. Most important is Wang’s self-proclaimed ideal: “For me, conveying the music through the piano is more important than the instrument itself. The music is what interests and intrigues me.” After substituting for several of the most celebrated pianists Argerich, Perahia, and Lupu, to name a few), Wang at 23 has amassed a repertoire of by now over 35 concertos and has two spectacularly successful recordings for Deutsche Grammophon to her credit. What particularly endears me to her playing is the inviting warmth and touching vulnerability in tandem with her fiery brilliance. •
Harris was no mean artist himself and a well-known face about town.
Allan Kozinn adds: I knew Harris pretty well in the 1980’s when we both wrote for High Fidelity and Opus, and I commissioned him to write a piece for a booklet the New York Philharmonic published in connection with a Beethoven festival – one of my few editing projects. More recently, I used to run into him periodically at concerts – mostly piano recitals at Carnegie. Harris knew everything there was to know about the piano repertory, and particularly Beethoven, and he was a sweet man with an interesting, sometimes peculiar, and usually groanably pun-encrusted sense of humor.
The European Parliament has voted to fix all mobile calls and internet access scrap at local rates in all 28 member countries. From December 2015, the cost of making a call or downloading internet data in any other EU country will be the same as at home.
COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE – Bruxelles, le 3 avril 2014
Marché européen des télécommunications
Un bon jour pour la neutralité du net et la fin du roaming
Ce jeudi 3 avril, le Parlement européen a adopté un règlement établissant des mesures relatives au marché
unique européen des communications électroniques et visant à faire de l’Europe un continent connecté (A7-
Un vote salué par Malika Benarab-Attou, députée européenne, membre de la commission de la culture et de
“Aujourd’hui, le Parlement européen a défendu le principe de la neutralité du net au sein de l’UE. Les fournisseurs de
services ne pourront pas conclure d’accord avec des fournisseurs d’accès à Internet afin de prioriser certains flux.
C’est une grande victoire qui permettra de garantir l’accès aux contenus, la liberté d’opinion,
d’information et des médias ainsi que le pluralisme culturel et des médias en général. Nous demandons
aux gouvernements des États membres de soutenir fermement notre approche.”
L’eurodéputée ajoute :
“Les parlementaires européens se sont également prononcés sur la question des frais d’itinérance (“roaming”). Les frais
de communication téléphoniques sont scandaleusement élevés lorsqu’on appelle d’un État membre à l’autre. En dépit
des pressions très fortes exercées par certains lobbies, nous sommes restés fermes : les frais d’itinérance doivent
être supprimés d’ici fin 2015, une autre grande victoire pour les citoyens européens”.
When California was hit by a 5.1 last weekend, the Los Angeles Philharmonic played through it unperturbed under the baton of Charles Dutoit.
Elsewhere, there was panic.
The Cal State Long Beach Symphony Orchestra was in the middle of a tuba concerto by John Williams when the earth moved. On the video, the conductor is first to rush for the exit. His friends say he was leading by example. There seems to be no concern for the audience. Your views?
She had agreed to step in for Anna Netrebko at Baden-Baden. Now she’s having second thoughts. Here’s what Angela Gheorghiu has just posted:
I am very sorry to have to turn down the offer from the Baden-Baden-Festspielhaus to perform in Faust in June this year.
It has always been one of my principles not to sing in a new production that has not been conceived from the very beginning for me. It is also rather unusual for me to have to replace another singer. Nevertheless, I have tried to make it possible and to be available for the whole period but unfortunately I have not been successful in doing this.
I sincerely hope to have the chance to be invited to a new production in Baden-Baden, that will be created for me, in future.
I am also so much looking forward to my New Year’s Eve Gala Concert in Baden-Baden!
His birthday’s on Sunday and his website has not been updated for over four years.
Andre, it seems, is taking a break.
Maria Miller, the UK Secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport has been ordered to say sorry to her peers for over-claiming on expenses. No resigning matter, it seems, but her position is now less secure and that will be a cause of satisfaction to the arts world.
Ms Miller is not anti-art. She is best described as culture-neutral.
Her apology to the house was brusque to the point of insult. She regretted only her ‘attitude to the committee’, not her wayward expenses. Watch here.
Another day, another list.
We dispute, however, the placement of Juilliard at the top of the pole. Most educators, both in and out of Juilliard, recognise that the school has fallen off its perch in the past few years. Talent for talent, Curtis, Bloomington and Cleveland have outstripped it.
Juilliard is now recruiting expensively to recapture its position. There has never been tougher competition in US music schools. Take the first 12 names on this list, put them in a hat and shake it. Whichever name comes out first could well be the current best.
We hear that United Music Publishers Ltd. have notified their composers that the company is entering liquidation.
UMP was founded in London in 1932 to promote contemporary French music, particularly Messaien, Dutilleux and Duruflé. Over time, it took on a number of British composers, among them Simon Bainbridge, Diana Burrell, Edward Cowie, Michael Finnissy and Havergal Brian.
Their catalogues are orphaned by the sudden collapse. We have sought clarification from UMP.