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Merkel joins Macron to kick off Debussy year

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The two most avid concertgoers among world leaders, Angela Merkel and Emanuel Macron, came together at the Philharmonie in Paris on Friday night to inaugurate the centennial year for Claude Debussy, who died within earshot of German gunfire in March 1918. Daniel Barenboim opened the ceremonies with a performance of the Préludes. The Debussy year […]

Robert Wilson mourns arts inspiration

17 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

From the director’s website: Of all the people that I have worked with, throughout my life, both professionally and otherwise, there is one person who always stood out. Her name is Benedicte Pesle; she was a visionary, she was capable of envisioning large-scale works and thinking over long periods of time. She had the best […]

Winter woes: Cleveland loses two singers and half a concert

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Tenor Maximilian Schmitt and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn called in sick shortly before Thursday’s Cleveland Orchestra concert of Haydn’s The Seasons. What to do? Cut out the male solos, leaving a truncated score with just orchestra, soprano and all the big choruses. It seemed to work and people got home half an hour sooner than […]

Just in: North Korea orchestra arrives in South

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Cihinese news agency Xinhua has exclusive pictures of ‘an advance team’ from a North Korean orchestra that is due to combine with South Koreans at the Winer Olympics. Caption: Hyon Song-wol (R), head of a delegation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, arrives at the customs, immigration and quarantine office in Paju, South Korea, on […]

Sports relief as Vanessa-Mae bows out of Winter Olympics

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The attention-seeking violinist has withdrawn from the Thailand ski team with a shoulder injury. We sincerely hope it won’t affect her playing.

Daniel Hope makes peace with his cheeky shredder

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

In a quiet news month, the Times – both of London and New York – alighted last week on the story of the violinist Daniel Hope reaching for his lawyer to take down a video shred of one of his performances. The video maker, Arno Lücker, was fired from his duties at Berlin’s Konzaerhause despite […]

Telemann? He’s like Vivaldi with added carbs

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: Never sampled Georg Philipp Telemann? It’s like Vivaldi with added carbs, or Bach at a gentle walking pace. That Telemann (1681-1767) was a significant composer is indisputable. Handel held him in high esteem and Bach named his son Carl Philipp Emanuel after his good friend. Both were happy […]

London orchestra players rally for African cancer kids

19 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Jo Watts, a violinist in the English National Opera orchestra, is at it again. Jo spends her spare time and cash in East Africa improving conditions for children with cancer. She has rallied her friends across the London orchestra to give an inaugural charity concert at Crystal Palace on February 15. If you can attend, […]

Big biz news: Hollywood signs Einaudi

The Italian easy-listening composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi has been signed by the Hollywood talent agency, CAA, Billboard reports. Einaudi is the first classical composer this century to achieve top 15 album sales. He records exclusively for Decca.    

A concert pianist is on hunger strike in English prison

A concert pianist, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed late last year after identifying his son on social media in the course of a custody battle involving local social services. The pianist is now said to be starving himself to death. Concerned about a possible miscarriage of justice, campaigners are calling for the courts […]

Orchestra puts out call for 100 cellists. What to do when 155 turn up?

Tomorrow is the centenary of Antonio Janigro, legendary cellist and revered founder of the Zagreb Soloists. The ensemble put out a call for 100 cellists to play at a celebratory concert, one for each year of the master’s life. But 155 have already registered and more are threatening to turn up. Should be quite some show. […]

This great composer preferred to sing his own lieder

Hanns Eisler had a composer’s voice, but the expression is inimitable.

Men with high testosterone dislike classical music and jazz…

…. according to one of those pointless academic surveys, this one originating from Nagasaki in Japan. A tiny sample group of 37 Japanese males and 39 females, most in their early 20s, were subjected to 25 musical extracts and asked to rate them on a scale of “Like very much” to “Don’t like at all.”… Read […]

Ligeti’s masterpiece gets a Trump-era treatment

This is Sara Hershkowitz, an American soprano in Berlin, giving the full DJT treatment – followed by a full Melania shakedown – to Mysteries of the Macabre. Watch. Where does she get that orange makeup?

Jonas Kaufmann: My cancellations are behind me

The German tenor is at Carnegie Hall tomorrow, singing Schubert’s Schöne Müllerin. He discusses recent cancellations in an interview with the AP, saying he refuses live a sheltered life just to conserve the voice. ‘There was a generation of singers that dedicated their lives, at least it seemed that would be the case, to the art […]

Watch the world burn on Monday

You may not see a better Walküre all year than Munich’s, conducted by Kirill Petrenko and featuring a cast of Simon O’Neill, Ain Anger, John Lundgren, Anja Kampe, Nina Stemme and Ekaterina Gubanova. It’s being live streamed on Monday and made available for a further 24 hours. Bookmark it here.  

125 apply to be chief conductor of a German state orchestra

The Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, being a public-funded organisation, has launched an open tender for individuals wishing to be its next conductor, in succession to Karl-Heinz Steffens (pictured). There have been 125 applications. Show More Summary

Two chorus members are injured in Turandot scenery crash

Two members of the chorus were knocked to the ground when a piece of scenery fell onto the stage towards the end of the second act of Turandot at the Teatro Regio in Turin. The injured were rushed to hospital, where they were said to be in good condition and received a visit from the […]

Texan wins Germany’s Bernstein award

The violinist Charles Yang has been awarded the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Yang, 29, from Austin, Texas, earns 10,000 Euros and a summer concert in Schleswig-Holstein. He’s a member of the crossover group, Time for Three.      

Beczala bids for Carmen

The popular Polish tenor, 51, is making a belated career debut as Don José in Vienna’s Carmen revival next week. It’s a first also for the Carmen, Margarita Gritskova. And for the conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi – at least, his first time in Vienna.  

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