Jacques-Francois Gallay operatic fantasies; Anneke Scott, Lucy Crowe, Stephen Devine; Resonus Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 27 2015 Star rating: 5.0 Bravura techniques galore in this disc of early 19th century music for natural...Show More Summary
Shira Banki, who died yesterday from wounds inflicted by an anti-gay Orthodox fanatic, was just 16 years old. A passionate and talented musician, she played this concerto at the Bet Hakerem music school six years ago. No words can express humanity’s contempt for her murderer.
I have gone against my most deeply-held principles. I have, for the first time, written a quarter-tone piece. As a just-intonationist, I don’t believe in quarter-tones on theoretical grounds. Quarter-tones provide good approximations...Show More Summary
(via Amanda Ameer) Jennifer Higdon’s first opera, Cold Mountain, premieres at The Santa Fe Opera on August 1, 2015 and runs until August 24. The August 24 performance was added due to interest leading to a sold-out run. Opera Philadelphia will give the East Coast premiere of Cold Mountain and a recording on Pentatone will be released in […]
We are delighted to report the weekend wedding of John Summers, chief executive of the Halle Orchestra, to Hilary Boulding, principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. We wish them much harmony and happiness.
Lilly Jørstad, a student at the La Scala Academy, made her debut this weekend in Barber of Seville opposite Leo Nucci and Ruggero Raimondi. Graham Spicer tells s all about it here. But nota bene: Lilly is 29. Leo and Ruggero are both 73, with a lifetime’s experience behind them. The beauty of opera is that […]
The jury at thewell-endowed international Paloma O’Shea piano competition have announced a homogenous set of finalists: all male, and all but one of them Asian. Here‘s the pack: Jinhyung Park (Korea, 18) Juan Perez Floristán (Spain, 22), Kazuya Saito (Japan, 25), Akihiro Sakiya (Japan, 26), David Jae-Weon Huh (Korea, 28) and Jianing Kong (China, 29).
The Cleveland Orchestra has announced a successor to its retiring executive director, Gary Hanson. Gary, a Canadian, is a Cleveland lifer – almost 30 years inside during which time he has won the orch unprecedented residencies at the European high spots. He’s to be succeeded by André Gremillet, a Quebecois who has previously managed the symphony […]
Andris Nelsons may have waited until the Berlin Philharmonic post was finally sorted out before agreeing, this weekend, to a three year extension to his Boston Symphony contract. Press release below. Boston, August 4, 2015: The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons have reached an agreement to extend Mr. Nelsons’ contract as BSO Music Director […]
A transformation has been wrought in deepest Hampshire. Read here. Before. After.
The last music store on the block of 48th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues has announced it’s closing down. The strip used to be a mecca where you went to buy, upgrade or repair and instrument, not to mention meet musicians of every calibre from all corners of the world. But rising rents, typically tripled […]
Joey Alexander, all of 12 years old, has been given a prime slot at Newport. The Bali-born pianist has an album on release and eight million views on Youtube. See what you think. photo: Rebecca Meek
It escaped our attention in a busy month that the Welsh mezzo-soprano – popularly described as an opera singer though she has never performed in opera – will sing Carmen next summer at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod. Or perhaps not. Ms Jenkins, who is expecting a baby in the autumn, has agreed to sing ‘all the […]
From Tim Smith: I am not happy with Easyjet after my custom-built guitar was smashed when it was refused space in the overhead lockers and had to go in the hold on a flight to Nice last week. Although I had it safely stowed overhead, and despite my explanations as to why it needed to […]
Renegades. The New Yorker, Aug. 10 and 17, 2015.
Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo at an earlier concert at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Lachrimae - John Dowland, Tarquinio Merula, Henry Purcell, Francesco Cavalli, Giovanni Felice Sances, Barbara Strozzi, Salamone Rossi, Domenico Scarllatti;...Show More Summary
The Georgian pianist, who has the closing concert at this year’s Verbier Festival, reveals that she spent two formative teenaged summers playing keyboard in its ad hoc orchestra. She’s talking to our copains at resmusica, here.
Misha Keylin, who premiered his violin concerto, informs us of the death in Prague after a long illness of Vladislav Kladnitsky, one of the most successful composers in the Russian film industry. A 1969 score for Pavel Kadochnikov’s The Snow Maiden established his lifelong appeal. Some considered him the Korngold of Russian movies.