Foto: Constantin Beyer / Bachhaus Eisenach. This is the great man in old age, newly acquired and announced today by the birthplace museum.
John Lill, a pianist renowned for his Beethoven performances, will be celebrating his 70th birthday with a major tour with performing Beethoven and Rachmaninov with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at venues across the South East of England including the South Bank Centre. Show More Summary
How often do you go to an orchestral concert and find you're on the edge of your chair, smiling at the warmth and passion bounding off the stage, thrilling at the sounds of early Shostakovich slaloming around the percussion, and watching,...Show More Summary
Ashley Catling, Adam Tunnicliffe, Maciek O'Shea and chorus Mozart The Magic Flute: English Touring Opera: Hackney Empire Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 7 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Finely sung revival of Liam Steel's imaginative production...Show More Summary
Carry too little merchndise is #1 no-no. However, while Ari Herstand’s list is designed for pop roadies, it contains a good deal of sense for classical roamers. Especially ##2-6. Read the tips here.
I’ve just about had it with the notes in three languages that record labels append to new releases. Apart from the pages telling me how this or that artist and orchestra is ‘one of the world’s leading….’, the music notes seldom give any information that I don’t know already, or that I actually need to […]
The Talea Ensemble, injecting contemporary life into Carnegie's "Vienna: City of Dreams" festival, just gave a riveting performance of Pierluigi Billone's Mani.Long.
Remembrances from John Adams and Mark Swed.
This is Joseph Calleja’s second advertisement for his native Malta and the novelty is wearing off. The island’s ruling oligarchy consists of apologists for some the world’s ghastliest regimes, starting with Iran. It was about to host a state visit with full honours for Viktor Yanukovych before the Ukrainian nation toppled its corrupt president. Not that […]
Sergey Stadler, artistic director of the Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg, performed and conducted the catalogue in Shostakovich Hall. Any rumbles in the background must have been Mozart turning in his (unknown) grave.
Florilegium photo credit: Amit Lennon CPE Bach Anniversary Concert: Florilegium: The Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 6 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Wit and charm in this survey of CPE Bach's instrumental music CPE Bach is 300 this year and this fascinating composer is being celebrated with a number of events. Show More Summary
When Thomas Hampson fell sick hours before the show, there was a momentary wobble. Then the Met called in Matthias Goerne, who has sung a Schubert recital at Carnegie Hall the night before. With no more than a view of the general rehearsal and a quick fitting, Goerne sang Wozzeck. How was […]
This pretty quote come from ‘Best of Toronto‘ (sic) and is designed to explain why some metro companies are playing Mozart and Sibelius on unguarded stations. It’s intended to deter hoodlums. ‘A lot of dentists pay for it,’ say the marketing company. ‘If you’re in a dentist’s office you often hear recorded music that comes […]
The former child star always had more cookies in her jar than most of the record people she worked with – let alone the hack mob that hovered at her doorstep. She has now written a song, ‘faster than light’, and is an avid reader of New Scientist. She has also kept her head firmly […]
Anyone watch About A Boy on NBC? Here’s how it begins, according to Slipped Disc reader, Peter Brown: The first episode started with the main character seeing a cellist (very cute Leslie Bibb) getting her instrument out her car. He says “Chello” to her and says he’s a big lover of the instrument. To prove this […]
College student Parker Perry was attracted by the Cleveland Orchestra’s $10 offer. But he couldn’t get any of the girls in his class to go along, so had to take his brother. Then there was the $11 parking charge. And the attitude…. Read on here.
Arise my muse - Purcell and his contemporaries: Iestyn Davies, Richard Egarr & friends: Wigmore Hall Live Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 7 2014 Star rating: 5.0 Poised and stylish performances of a fine selection of 17th century English...Show More Summary
The Genesis Foundation has commissioned three young contemporary composers, Alissa Firsova, Tonu Korvits and Matthew Martin to write settings of the Stabat Mater. All three works will be premiered at a lunchtime concert at LSO St Lukes on June 4, with Harry Christophers conducting The Sixteen. Show More Summary
Riptide: A Slasher Musical: Simon and Mark Nathan, Chazz Redhead: Atomicus Productions at the Rosemary Branch Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Mar 1 2014 Star rating: 4.0 A rip-roaring, blood-splattering, musical mystery "Death is coming...Show More Summary
Tickled pink to discover my fourth novel, Songs of Triumphant Love, bringing up the rear on BBC Music Magazine's list, for World Book Day, of their pick of the 12 best novels about classical music. I've heard of being in good company, but this is ridiculous! The list is here. Show More Summary