Two buildings have collapsed in Harlem after a blast on Park Avenue at East 116th. Witnesses said the blaze began Wednesday morning in the Absolute Piano store. readers tell us Absolute Piano is one of the best keyboard centres in the city. We will update as further information comes in. Two reported dead. photo: JAMES KEIVOM/NEW YORK […]
In Avignon, Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak took their new baby Malena to see an opera that he created with his brothers, based on Victor Hugo’s Dernier jour d’un condamné.
A Slipped Disc reader tells us: A friend attending Friday night’s Los Angeles Philharmonic texted me to report that he “went to the fights and a symphony broke out.” Apparently a backstage altercation during the Corligiano Symphony No. 1 became so loud that Gustavo Dudamel stopped the orchestra for several minutes until order was restored, […]
Now that we’re well (and sadly?) past the era of composers’ cutting contests, where the likes of Beethoven would take a theme from a pretender and improvise a dazzling set of variations (the origin of the finale of the “Eroica” symphony), it is exceedingly, impossibly rare to witness what I heard in December. Early in […]
Yevgeny Sudbin has moved from boutique agency Grant Rogers to supermarket AskonasHolt.
The Saxon minister of culture spoke to Parliament today about the reasons she sacked Serge Dorny as intendant of the Semper Oper before he could start work. Nothing to do with music director Christian Thielemann, she stipulated. She accused Dorny of presenting her with a series of ‘all or nothing’ ultimata. That’s no way to […]
There’s a story among Russian musicians that the great composer practised signing his name upside down. When asked why, Dmitri Shostakovich said ‘they are always sending me these letters asking for my support in one cause or other. I don’t want to read them. So, as they come across the desk, I sign them upside […]
Ray Still, principal oboe for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1953 to 1993, died last night on his 94th birthday. He was hired in 1953 by Fritz Reiner, fired in May 1967 by Jean Martinon, rehired after a court challenge seven months later and played on through Solti and Barenboim. He can be heard on […]
This, believe it or not, is the cover of Marialy Pacheco’s new album, out April 25. She is due to play ‘Bach, Concerto #7 (sic)’ with the Queensland Orchestra some day soon. We are sure you’ll want to go.
Bob Shingleton, the incorruptible proprietor of On an Overgrown Path, has decided to "stand back from blogging." I respect his reasons for doing so, although I hope that the break turns out to be impermanent. He leaves us with Panufnik:...
A keynote address I delivered in 2012 for the Nancarrow festival in London is going into Music Theory Online, the web journal of the Society for Music Theory. The above link was put up for my proof-reading convenience, and I don’t know how long it will remain before being whisked behind some paywall or something. […]
The Aurora Orchestra has announced residencies in Bristol, Bury St Edmunds and Ashford, committing to taking a minimum of two performances annually to each venue. The venues involved, St George's Bristol, the Apex Bury St. Edmunds and St. Show More Summary
Hagar Sharvit Handel and Purcell: Hagar Sharvit, Jory Vinikour: London Handel Festival Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 10 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Handel & Purcell from 2013 London Handel Singing Competition Finalist The mezzo-sopranoShow More Summary
Cilea, Boito, Massenet, Tosti, Respighi: Giuseppe Filianoti & Iain Burnside: Rosenblatt Recitals at the Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 11 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Music by Francesco Cilea takes centre stage at tenor Giuseppe...Show More Summary
The Ulster Orchestra, headless and bedraggled, has boosted spirits with a video that rallies the north of Ireland behind its Rubgy team. It runs a bit close to agit-prop. Full story here. )
We hear that the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has made a drastic reduction in the space devoted to classical and jazz record reviews. What used to be a whole page Tuesday and Friday, with an immediate effect on CD sales, has been shrunk to a single review, or none at all. A staff member in a […]
The Mariinksy conductor has once again appended his name to a Putin initiative. In Izvestia today, he joins 20 other cultural personalities in calling for the union of Russia and Crimea. Yuri Bashmet and Denis Matsuev are among other musicians who signed the letter. The letter is published in Izvestia. It refers to Putin as […]
If Toronto can do it, why can’t your town? Clownish mayor Rob Ford was quoted as saying: ‘We are moving quickly to create jobs and economic development by supporting Toronto’s internationally respected music industry.’ Read Michael Vincent’s report here.
You may remember David Skorton, the flute-playing president of Cornell University, who recently declared: It is through the study of art, music, literature, history and other humanities and social sciences that we gain a greater understanding of the human condition than biological or physical science alone can provide. Show More Summary
This just in from our friends in Romania: ENESCU COMPETITION. Three worldwide notorious musicians will conduct finals of the 2014 “George Enescu” International Competition Marek Pijarowski, former Artistic Director of the prestigious National Philharmonic of Poland, will conduct the Violin Final of the Enescu Competition. Show More Summary