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Maestro move: Berlin picks young Brit

The Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester (DSO-Berlin), casting around for a music director to succeed Tugan Sokhiev who has moved to the Bolshoi, have named their next chief. He is Robin Ticciati, 32, music director at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He will have to give up one of those jobs when he begins […]

Whose birthday did we forget?

Yo Yo Ma is 60 today (warm brotherly greetings from Lang Lang). Vladimir Putin is 63 (warm greetings from V. Gergiev). Yundi Li is 34 (no tweets from Lang Lang). Yundi is presently judging the Chopin Competition in Warsaw.

Music critic quits saying, ‘pop’s present is unusually burdened by the excellence of its past’

47 minutes agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Wonderful piece by Marcus Berkmann who is walking away after 27 years as pop critic of the Spectator. Savour him one last time here.

And Even More.

Two additional issues with the new SF Opera web site: If there's a season calendar with a month-by-month layout - like a wall calendar, you might remember those - I can't find it. There is a scrolling calendar, but you can't see more than maybe a week at a time. Show More Summary

Memories of an Early Frost

4 hours agoMusic / Classical : PostClassic

My mother always told me, and I half-remember it, that when I was a toddler I would listen patiently to her reading poetry as long as she would do it. It is to this that I attribute my love for writing vocal music. I have always been extraordinarily fascinated by the simple fact that words […]

Figlia! A Tal Nome Io Palpito!

And her name is: Lianna Haroutounian.You may recall that Haroutounian had been assigned one performance, with the balance TBA. Today, the Met said that the Armenian soprano will sing all of the performances, on April 1, 5, 9, 13, and 16, 2016.Lucky Met audiences! I heard her in Tosca about a year ago in SF, and how I would love to see her in this.

Andre Previn: ‘My problem is… I just don’t rewrite’

12 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The veteran composer-conductor, 86, is in sparkling form in conversation with Frank J. Oteri for NewMusicBox. To read the full text, click here. Sample: AP: My problem and my flaw, if I can pinpoint just one, is that I don’t re-write. I hate re-writing. Once I’m done, I put it away, and it’s over with for me […]

‘My teacher had been killed and I was at a loose end’

13 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

At 83, the eminent American pianist Jerome Lowenthal, former head of piano at Juilliard and an international concert artist, has seen it all… and then some. But he nearly opted for an academic career in romance languages after the death of William Kapell. Jerome talks about his life and career to Zsolt Bognar in the […]

Philly heads for the barricades over Kaiser waltz

14 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Negotiations are the Philadelphia Orchestra are deadlocked. The musicians don’t like the small pay increase on the table. And they especially don’t like the introduction of ex-Washington boss Michael Kaiser as an external consultant – along with the company’s refusal to show them his eventual recommendations. ‘The biggest sticking point is, they don’t want to […]

Famous string quartet seeks viola player. Or violinist.

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Just in from the celebrated Artemis Quartet: Search for a New Member! After a period of contemplation and mourning after the loss of our violist Friedemann Weigle, we would now like to look ahead and fill the missing position in the group. Since Gregor Sigl is both a violinist and violist, we have decided to […]

Watch: Page turner saves sonata from sudden death

20 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Things got a bit out of hand at the Sendesaal Bremen, where Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt had their pages fly off the stands. Not one of them. Both. Twice in a minute. The saviour of the night was page-turner Anna Reszniak, normally concertmaster of the Nuremburg Symphony, who kept a cool head when two maestros […]

The Genesis of Frankenstein at Toi Toi 2015

20 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

An Operatic Club Night at The CLF Art Cafe Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 October 201 5 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, London SE15 4ST Further details of the premiere of my opera The Genesis of Frankenstein as part of the Helios Collective's Toi Toi 2015 Leave your suit and tie behind for two evenings of eclectic musical entertainment in the heart of Peckham. Show More Summary

Advice to travelling musicians from the ever-friendly TSA

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The flautist Jessica Schmitz, whose instrument was cruelly beheaded by over-zealous security agents at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, has engaged this past week in productive talks with the TSA in an effort to ease the situation. Jessica tells Slipped Disc: ‘Over the past few days, a manager from the TSA and I have spent several hours […]

Troubled Carnegie Hall shares new chair with the Met

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Carnegie Hall has installed Mercedes Bass as interim chair and announced a new governance committee to oversee the day-to-day running of the business. Mrs Bass, a long-term Carnegie trustee, is also Managing Director of the Board of Trustees and Executive Board of the Metroplitan Opera. She is a huge donor to both companies. Her appointment is […]

Musicians mourn favourite hotel manager

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Those of us who travel a lot can never be sure of the welcome that awaits on arrival – or what’s left of us after the airlines and airports have ruined our day. Every once in a while, there is someone who greets us with a hug and a hot drink. Musicians the world over […]

A baritone Werther in 1950's USA at English Touring Opera

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Carolyn Dobbin, Ed Ballard - Massenet Werther - English Touring Opera - photo Robert Workman Massenet Werther (baritone version); Ed Ballard, Charlotte Dobbin, Simon Wallfisch, Lauren Zolezzi, Michael Druiett, dir: Oliver Platt, cond:...Show More Summary

London Friday Photo

Fleet St. near Royal Courts of Justice May, 2014

You know that nightmare that you're turning pages for Brahms and this happens?

Page-turning may be the most terrifying job in classical music, but the other day music student Anna Reszniak stepped into that role and saved the day for violin and piano duo Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt as they tacked Brahms's Scherzo from the 'FAE Sonata'. Show More Summary


Okay, I have wandered around the new SFO web site, and can report a couple more things. The mobile web site has exactly the same content and layout as the desktop site; that is, they've used responsive design. On the good side, this means the type is very large and readable on the desktop. Show More Summary

You Might Be a Little Confused.

A recent trend in web site style is to have a home page that scrolls, and scrolls, and scrolls, largely robbing you of any sense of location on the site, and hiding stuff, because you don't know how far you need to scroll. They lookShow More Summary

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