In my monthly essay for Standpoint magazine, I assess the bleak future for the Proms and two of the BBC orchestras as new management and financial assaults dismantle the old defences. Proms controllers for the past quarter-century — John Drummond, Nick Kenyon, Roger Wright — fought to protect the festival’s unique character from interference by […]
Thoughtful piece by David Patrick Stearns in Philly.com on this summer’s two US operatic premieres. Everyone raved over George Benjamin’s post-modern opera, Written on Skin. Stearns could not see the point. Most reviewers cavilled at Jennifer Higdon’s traditionalist Cold Mountain. Stearns liked it. So why is that? Read here.
This is a new video from Cecilia Chailly, a formidable harpist and composer, Riccardo’s younger sister. Enjoy.
Raymond Yiu’s Symphony, a sort of Mahlerian song-cycle, which received its first performance on the Prom on August 25 by counter-tenor Andrew Watts and the BBC Symphony conducted by Edward Gardner, is a big piece, ambitiously conceived and handsomely realized. It is some indication of its success that most of the criticism one might have […]
The sad news came yesterday of the death, at the age of seventy-six, of the opera director Nikolaus Lehnhoff. Lavishly cultured and innately musical, Lehnhoff occupied a middle ground between traditional and radical approaches to directing opera. Schooled in that...
Temirkanov, Kavakos: Beethoven, Prokofiev powered by medici.tv, the leading online channel for classical music.This concert comes to you live from the Annecy Classic Festival, courtesy of Medici.tv. JDCMB is delighted to share this streaming. Show More Summary
The excellent Louisa Tuck, principal cello of the Northern Sinfonia, has won the top seat in the Oslo Philharmonic. She starts in November. We congratulate them both.
The members of Handel House Talent The first year of the Handel House Talent scheme is coming to an end, with the young instrumentalists and singers performing, researching and collaborating at the Handel House Museum and there is a final chance to hear them during September and October. Show More Summary
Early in his career, the controversial German conductor gave an insight on his priorities to our featured interviewer, Bruce Duffie. This is the second in a short series of Duffie interviews. ‘Opera conducting is more an adventure than concert conducting. And don’t forget a concert usually is from 8 to 10. An opera like Rosenkavalier […]
George Cleve, who conducted all the major US orchestras and was music director in San Jose until the symphony went bust, has died at the age of 79. Vienna born, his middle name was Wolfgang. He told the local newspaper: “Orchestras are dying left and right, and I don’t really know what the end is going […]
Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Joshua Bell celebrates his fifth season as music director of Academy of St Martin in the Fields, performing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto (with Prokofiev and Mozart symphonies),...Show More Summary
One of Copland's finest, most richly expressive pieces — why is it not heard more often?
Or, the proper use of a bass flute.
A New York magazine listing from 1988.
The family of Nikolaus Lehnhoff has announced his death, after a long illness, at the age of 76. Many productions come to mind, but none more vivid than his Janacek cycle at Glyndebourne. His last production, in May this year, was Turandot at La Scala. He stood aside from the fashionable forms of German Regietheater. […]
Remember that touching message from Jonas, asking you to buy his new Sony album rather than the recycled one from his former label, Decca? Well, Decca’s Age of Puccini is topping the German charts this week, leaving Sony’s release puffing some way behind at number 2. Funny, that.
Yuri Temirkanov (left) and Leonidas Kavakos (right) can be heard live from Annecy right here, tomorrow Free Kavakos? Why are they holding him?OK, just kidding. But you can indeed watch and listen to the fabulous Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos for free on JDCMB tomorrow. Show More Summary
In the first of our late-summer series of interviews from Bruce Duffie’s bottomless archive, here’s the late Italian conductor reflecting on the differences between audiences: In Italy, for instance, they know opera by instinct — not because they’re well prepared and not because of the education. Education is very low. There’s not a good education […]
Received from SF Opera communications: San Francisco Opera today announced a cast change for its upcoming Company revival of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Mexican-American baritone—and 2015 Adler Fellow—Efraín Solís will make his role debut...Show More Summary
Musicians in the Staatskapelle Berlin were told last night that they won’t be going to Teheran any time soon. The orchestra, with its conductor Daniel Barenboim, had been on standby to travel with Chancellor Angela Merkel at a date yet to be announced. But the Iranians have now told the orchestra that the planning time […]