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Is new opera booming on the streets of New York?

3 minutes agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The NY opera festival opens this weekend with, among other rarities, Britten’s Phaedra in a Williamsburg gallery and the US premiere of Milhaud’s La Mère Coupable in a garage owned by fashion designer Kenneth Cole. Details here.

Canada names a British concertmaster

33 minutes agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has found its next concertmaster from within its own ranks. A year after Dale Barltrop’s return to his native Australia, the orchestra has chosen Nicholas Wright, a British violinist, from a field of 12 applicants. Wright, who takes up the front seat immediately, studied at the Royal College of Music and played […]

What’s a music business worth? $22 billion….

34 minutes agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

That’s the value placed on Universal Music by its owner, Vivendi, based on advice from investment bankers. Vivendi, a French water and sewage business, said it had received offers of $15 billion to sell its music offshoot, but these were well below its true value. By way of comparison, the total value placed on EMI […]

Label news: Decca signs a composer

50 minutes agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Decca record label has quietly set up a music publishing wing under ex-Imagem and Boosey exec Natasha Baldwin. Its first client is the multifarious Max Richter, author of the  8½ hour long SLEEP album, which has sold 100,000 copies. Richter has also composed for Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir, Tom Hardy’s BBC drama […]

It’s good to be back, says Dmitri Hvorostovsky

The Russian baritone came through his first recital in months last night, appearing in Toronto with Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov.     ‘Spaseba,’ he posted afterwards. ‘It’s good to be back.’

A nuclear bomb in the Barbican

How do you set an atomic bomb to music? To attempt it, you have to think big. Over the centuries, the greatest composers have arguably stood or fallen by their willingness to tackle the giant topics of their time, sometimes those of all time. Show More Summary

Dudamel is under dual attack for Venezuela statement

His first intervention in the worsening Venezuela situation has earned Gustavo Dudamel nothing but hostility. Opponents of the Maduro regime, which is trying to starve the country into submission, have accused Dudamel of targeting the opposition by failing to name the government as the cause of present miseries. Supporters of the Government are calling him […]

Roomful of Teeth

Courtesy of Roomful of Teeth Photo by Bonica Ayala The new music group came to town the other day, and some reviewers were there. Joshua Kosman, Chronicle Lisa Hirsch, SFCV Background article by George Rowe Something I couldn't squeeze...Show More Summary

Breaking: Gustavo Dudamel urges Venezuela regime to back down

13 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Amid mounting conflict between the Maduro government and the country’s citizens, Venezuela’s cultural ambassador has broken his silence to call on the regime to set egos and ideology aside and find a solution. This is the first time he has spoken out on the collapsing political situation. Dudamel says: ‘I share with you my concern […]

Maestro resigns from national orchestra after musicians revolt

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

We reported bad blood last year at the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra where the chief conductor Uroš Lajovic was accused of being verbally abusive towards his musicians, allegedly calling them ‘lazy dogs’. Lajovic, 72, denied any bad conduct. Yesterday, after a five-month stand-off, he resigned. A retired professor of conducting at the University of Performing Arts in […]

Washington Performing Arts announces a nicely balanced 2017-18 season

From Riccardo Muti and Steve Reich to Caroline Shaw and Daniil Trifonov, the 51st season offers a nice balance of the established and the innovative — sometimes both at once.

New Brit baton tells Berlin what an orchestra can do

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

This is Robin Ticciati this morning, presenting his first season as chief conductor of DSO. An orchestra, he said, stands for community, not clicks and uncertainty.

Netrebko makes her Canada debut tonight

20 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Amid concern for Dmitry Hvorostovsky, whom she is supporting in the performance, it has been overlooked hat tonight will mark the Canadian debut of the Russian soprano and her husband, Yusif Eyvazov. ‘Usually we perform in the United States and we never get any further, but now we are and we’re happy!’ says Anna. The […]

Label news: Luxembourg Phil gets a record contract

20 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Dutch press release: Pentatone is pleased to announce a multiple-release collaboration with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and their conductor, Gustavo Gimeno. The first two titles of the series, Bruckner (Symphony No. 1 and 4 Orchestral Pieces) and Shostakovich (Symphony No. 1 and other short pieces) will be released in May, with a third release […]

US composer wins court battle of work that orchestra stopped playing

20 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

In April 2004, at then-Avery Fisher Hall, the conductor took a bow in the middle of a long, new work by Nathan Currier and led the soloists off stage after a union representative signalled that the orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, were going into overtime. The incident provoked litigation from the composer, in which he is […]

Gidon Kremer: Some conductors live music, others use it

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The outspoken violinist talks about the two most important maestros in his life in a new DG video:

Sicklist: Kent Nagano misses out on Mahler 8

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Hamburg GMD has called in sick for the next fortnight. Eliahu Inbal will take over the prized opportunity of Mahler’s Symphony of 1,000.

Breaking: Music director walks out on British opera boss

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The German conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens, appointed just eight months ago as music director of Norwegian Opera, has announced he will leave once the new chief executive takes over. Steffens said he had been unable to establish ‘fruitful dialogue’ with Annilese Miskimmon over artistic planning. Miskimmon wants to cut the number of staff singers, among other economies.   […]

Opera receives $1 million gift, strictly for new work

Arizona Opera is reeling. A modest plan for one new opera a year has won a million-dollar donation from a pair of fans. Read here.

US conductor to lead Cuba’s national symphony orchestra

Marlon Daniel will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra in Havana on April 30. Is he the first American since 1959 to lead Cuba’s premier classical ensemble? Will Trump try to stop him?

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