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Germans raise petition to save Thomas Mann’s LA villa

5 minutes agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

A petition has been opened in Germany, appealing to Chancellor Angela Merkel to find ways and means to stop the planned demolition of the house where Mann lived in exile during and after the Second World War. It’s not quite clear how Mrs Merkel is supposed to intervene in the commercial affairs of a foreign […]

Eschy, in his last season, adds 3 new faces to Washington orch

press release: (WASHINGTON)—National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Music Director Christoph Eschenbach and Executive Director Rita Shapiro announce the appointment of three new musicians to the NSO roster, effective September 6, 2016: Peter Cain, bass clarinet/clarinet; Eugena Chang, section cello; and Robert Rearden, second horn. Show More Summary

London lacks women conductors. Why?

The Guardian points out in an editorial that only eight of 75 BC Proms are conducted by women, and none of the permanent London orchestras or opera houses has a woman music director. ‘It wouldn’t be acceptable in other professions,’ warns the paper. ‘It isn’t acceptable here either.’ Quite right.  

Airline breaks violin promise

Early this year Slipped Disc published the following assurance from Air Berlin, welcoming violins and other small instruments on board as hand luggage: ‘Passenger’s satisfaction matters for AirBerlin … after listening to feedback from...Show More Summary

David Stern: My father would have been proud of this competition

In the wake of sceptical reports of the judging process in Slipped Disc, the competition co-chairman has issued this response, which we are happy to publish verbatim: Official response from David Stern, co-chairman of the jury committee of the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition:  When we were approached with the idea to start a […]

Berlin Phil concertmaster is given a new car

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The lives of professional sports and classical players are converging ever faster. This is Daishin Kashimoto, first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, receiving his new RX 450h hybrid from Lexus, his sponsor. Local motor media are running picture and story.

Sydney to stage silent opera

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The audience will wear headphones outside and the orchestra will be safely indoors for the opera house’s own story, told in Alan John’s Sydney Opera House – The Opera (The Eighth Wonder). Full story here.

Russian composer is led away in handcuffs

12 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Anton Lubchenko, former artistic director of the Primorsky Opera and Ballet (now part of Gergiev’s Mariinsky empire), was arrested yesterday in St Petersburg and flown in handcuffs to Vladivostok. No charges have been specified. Lubchenko is a highly-regarded conductor and composer. His most recent work is an opera on Doctor Zhivago, commissioned by a German […]

IU plucks piano professor

12 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has fortified its piano team with the appointment of Norman Krieger as professor of music (piano). Krieger, a noted concert pianist, has been plucked in a close-season transfer from USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, where he taught for 19 years.

Please come to St Mary's Perivale on 7 September!

Ghost Variations is nearly here. Just three more days, I believe....and next week my performance partners David Le Page and Viv McLean - an absolute knockout of a violin and piano duo - join me for the first of four concerts we are giving through the autumn based upon 'Ghost Variations'. Show More Summary

Pittsburgh Symphony is ‘at critical crossroad’

12 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The orchestra has posted a $1.5m deficit and its new president Malia Tourangeau says it is running low on donors. The musicians’ contract expires next week. There’s a looming $10m hole in the pension fund and the Heinz Hall lacks basic cabling for HD streaming. Everything needs an upgrade. Report here.

Transcending the technical challenges: Boxwood and Brass engage and delight

12 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Tausch, Stamitz, Crusell, Baermann; Boxwood and Brass; Church of St Martin in the Fields Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 29 2016 Star rating: 4.5 Lively and engaging programme of late 18th and early 19th century music for wind ensemble...Show More Summary

The day my conservatory died

13 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

A memoir from Chicago Symphony principal timpani, David Herbert: One of the most profound and devastating days in my musical life was in 1990, an otherwise beautiful Friday morning before a welcome “Spring Break” week at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music.  This day would anger and motivate me in ways that were previously unimaginable.  […]

Christmas at the Temple

13 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Temple Church Choir The Temple Winter Festival, which runs from 12 to 19 December 2016, will be the fourth such at the Temple Church. This year the festival is opened by Roger Sayer, the Temple Church Choir and the Temple Singers in an attractive concert celebrating both the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth and the Queen's 90th birthday. Show More Summary

Pop up: Il Barbiere di Siviglia

14 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Popup Opera - Il Barbiere di Sivigla Rossini Il Barbiere di Sivigla; Joseph Doody, Leif Jone Ølberg, Flora McIntosh, Tom Asher, Emily Blanch, James Hurley, Berrak Dyer; Popup Opera at the Brunel Museum Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Jun...Show More Summary

Jaap Van Zweden adds another job

14 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The incoming music director of the New York Philharmonic – already the top-paid maestro in America at $5m last year in Houston – has a fulltime second job with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, which he recently extended. But that leaves his summers free. Er, no more. He has signed up with the Gstaad Conducting Academy, which […]

Shanghai fix: Half the finalists were taught by two of the judges

The six finalists of the inaugural Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition were named today. They are: Richard Lin (United States/Taiwan) Mayu Kishima (Japan) Sergei Dogadin (Russia) Stefan Tarara (Germany) Ming Liu (China) Sirena Huang (US) We warned before the contest opened that two of the judges tend to pick their own students as winners. […]

Ian Bostridge, the German version: Audience are to blame

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has reviewed the Ian Bostridge recital in which (as we reported) an audience member stood up and shouted at him to learn German. Patrick Bahner in the FAZ writes that the most shocking thing was the passivity of the audience. They should have stood up and chased the elderly heckler out. […]

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