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The Japanese conductor, 82, has been advised by his doctors not to undertake performances after long journeys. Ozawa, who has survived cancer of the oesophagus, has cancelled the Berlin Philharmonic in January.
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: … You’d never know that Hitler and Stalin were banging at the door. A bagpipe wail in the fifth Divertimento weirdly anticipates Peter Maxwell Davies’s Orkney Wedding. Actually, Max would have loved this…. Uncover the composer here. And here. And here.
Shortly before his opening concert on Friday, Brown University told Brandon Keith Brown, music director of its orchestra, that he was ‘relived of his duties’. Apparently, students complained that he was too harsh in rehearsals. Brandon Keith Brown came to attention as the audience favourite in the Solti conducting competition in 2012. He has been […]
From our diarist Anthea Kreston: This week, social media exploded with #MeToo. After the allegations and subsequent (finally, we all said) taking down of the powerful film producer Harvey Weinstein, women began to speak out. Millions put their stories on Facebook – and frankly, it would floor me if any woman, anywhere, would have managed […]
Lynne Powell, principal flute of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra for 17 years, died last week at the family home in Santa Rosa during the devastating fires. Report and video here.
Readers have been asking about the lack of activity on Slipped Disc for the past five days. I have been in Shanghai while the Communist Party conference was on and access to western social media was more than usually resricted. Despite these restraints it was warming to meet – at my lectures, book signings and […]
Michael Haas has written a fascinating paper on the Kulturbund, the cultural organisation that arose in Hitler’s Germany when Jews were banned from general musical activity. Some of the recordings here are sensational. Read and listen here.
Victoria Yellop was given a suspended sentence in July after a judge was persuaded that she had been bullied by a violent boyfriend into burgling a house she was looking after. Yesterday, she was given another suspended sentence in Kent for causing serious injuries to a motorcyclist while driving under the influence of drugs. She […]
The St Louis Symphony Orchestra is in a good place. For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2017, the SLSO reported its first operating surplus of the 21st century. On an operating budget of $30.3 million, there was a surplus of $18,000. The endowment reached $214 million. There’s a new five-year contract with the musicians. Stéphane […]
The American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, now based in Berlin, gives a typically forthright account of her life and thoughts in the latest episode of Living the Classical Life (first broadcast on Slipped Disc). She is playing Carnegie Hall tonight (Tuesday) and she tells Zsolt Bognar that she remembers every performance. ‘I could talk about each […]
The death is reported in Moscow of Fedor Glushchenko, an accomplished conductor who worked with many UK and European orchestras and made recordings for Hyperion and Chandos, among other labels. In the 1990s he was head of the Arturo Toscanini orchestra in Italy and the RTVE Symphony in Madrid. Latterly he was principal guest […]
A lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is due to appear in court in Glasgow charged with sharing sexual images with a child, aged 13 to 15. The man’s name has been removed from the RCS website. The incident was reported in the Sunday Mail, but there is no trace of it online. Presumptions […]
Zurich’s Tonhalle is undergoing a three-year renovation. The orchestra has moved out to an industrial estate in the burbs. One in five concertgoers has cancelled their subscriptions. Read here.
Air Studios in Hampstead has fought off an attempt by rich neighbours to dig a swimming pool in their basement, an excavation that would have put the studio out of action for several months. Thousands of musicians rallied to support the studio, which spent £200,000 in legal fees to fight the neighbours. Story here. […]
The Russian president has posted birthday wishes on the Kremlin website to the celebrated baritone. Putin writes: ‘Let me heartily congratulate you on your birthday and express my sincere admiration for your talent, strength of mind and firmness.’ Dmitri Hvorostovsky is receiving treatment for brain cancer.
Congratulations to Dr Francis Jackson, master of music at York Minster from 1946 to 1982 and former president of the Royal College of Organists. He turned 100 on October 2nd and continues to compose.
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra has just closed applications for the Nikolai Malko Competition. To its consternation, the number of candidates was more than twice the previous record – 563 of them, aged 18 to 35. Recent winners include Rafael Payare and Joshua Weilerstein (pictured).
Help Musicians UK has set up a task force to address high levels of mental illness in the music professions. A new study identifies four contributory factors: – Money worries – A career in music is often precarious and unpredictable. Many musicians have several different jobs as part of a portfolio career, and as a result […]
The Venezuelan-born pianist Gabriela Montero, a persistent critic of the Caracas regime, has been honoured with the 2018 Heidelberg Spring music prize. The prize money is 10,000 Euros.
The death of the bass singer Nikolai Okhotnikov has been announced by the Mariinsky Theatre. An international artist, he was nominated for a Grammy for his role in Prokofiev’s War and Peace.