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The man who whistled up The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The film’s composer was Ennio Morricone, but the main theme was supplied by his friend Alessandro Alessandroni, who also played guitar on the soundtrack. Alessandroni, who died this week aged 92, was the expert whistler on several Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns, notably on A Fistful of Dollars. On his own account he wrote scores for many […]

Buried treasure found in Cadogan Hall

Every now and then someone unearths a piece by Delius and holds its opaline gorgeousness up to the light to glimmer for a moment before it is shoved back into hiding. The rarity of his music is our loss, and it speaks volumes about the prejudices of the musical herd-mentality over the decades. Show More Summary

What’s wrong with the New York Philharmonic? Look at Boston…

Music director Andris Nelsons has four weeks of concerts coming up, four weeks of the highest talent. Mitsuko Uchida plays a Mozart concerto as prelude to a Bruckner symphony.     Radu Lupu makes one of his rare appearances. Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Tchaikovsky and Takemitsu. Kristine Opolais features in Mahler 4, in a concert that […]

Watch: A Police sergeant plays Beethoven

This is Sergeant Jim Quackenbush of Portland Police Bureau, Oregon. He will arrest your attention. Jim has participated in master classes with Lazar Berman, Gyorgy Sebok, John Browning, and Christopher O’Riley.

London concert venue shuts down

The Forge in Camden Town, RIP.     Co-founder Adam Caird said: “The directors of The Forge have decided to close the venue from 1st April 2017. Running a music venue in these times is exceptionally tough and we have reached a point where it is time to close the doors and move on to […]

Outrage in Moscow as music professor teaches ‘enemies of the people’

A compulsory new lecture course, ‘The Cultural Policies in Russia’, was added to the Moscow Conservatoire syllabus this year. From the beginning, there have been complaints that it amounts to state propaganda with Stalinist overtones. A few days ago there appeared on Youtube a student reading aloud a list of ‘state enemies’ and ‘fifth columnists, among […]

Canada is putting on the world’s longest concert (that’ll be 17 days)

Musical Toronto has the story of how the town of Stouffville, Ontario, is trying for the longest musical event in the Guinness Book of Records. Classical guitarist William Beauvais is among those taking part. He writes: ‘I had just hit the coda, and doing a quick calculation in my head reckoned to be about thirty seconds from […]

Anti-Brexit musicians sing Ode to Joy at Westminster

10 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The baritone Simon Wallfisch staged the first chorus this morning of what is intended to be a monthly reminder to Parliament that half the country does not want Brexit. Simon and friends sang Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, a joy that for many is fast receding. Simon is appealing for supporters to join him at 10 […]

La Phil names Borda’s successor

10 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Executive director Gail Samuel will take over as acting president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra when Deborah Borda leaves for the New York Philharmonic in a couple of months. Samuel covered for Borda last year when she took a sabbatical at Harvard.

Watch: This orchestra lets the audience film selfies

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Here’s a new wheeze from the São Paulo Municipal Symphony Orchestra in Brazil. After the final work, the conductor comes back on stage with a microphone and invites the audience to use their smartphones, sharing the results on social media with the hashtag #EunoMunicipal (Me at the Municipal). And the conductor, Wagner Polistchuk uses a Selfied-Stick to […]

Gone: The enigmatic end of a stolen Strad

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Min Kym’s violin was stolen from her while she ate a sandwich at London’s Euston Station in November 2010. Three years later, it was recovered by police and returned to her, amid great joy. ‘All my life my Stradivarius had been waiting for me, as I had been waiting for her...’ writes […]

Bob Dylan agrees to accept Nobel Prize – in private

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

From the secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius: In a few days Bob Dylan will visit Stockholm and give two concerts. The Swedish Academy is very much looking forward to the weekend and will show up at one of the performances. Please note that no Nobel Lecture will be held. The Academy has reason […]

Lebanese conductor collects second US orchestra

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Fouad Fakhouri, music director of Michigan’s Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra since last year, has been announced as new music director of the  Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra in Texas. Fakhouri, 44, is collecting quite a portfolio. He was also music director at Fayetteville.

Former Halle Orchestra principal is jailed for sex offences

12 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

A former principal second violinist with the Manchester-based orchestra was jailed yesterday for 28 months. Dara De Cogan, 58, was found guilty of grooming a girl pupil from the age of 13 to fulfil his sexual fantasies. The offences occurred while he was teaching at Ampleforth College, a private Roman Catholic boarding school. De Cogan […]

Vienna University opens formal investigation into Bogdan Roscic

12 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The incoming director of the Vienna State Opera has been accused of plagiarising parts of his dissertation – quoting from another man’s work without attribution. The University announced today that has appointed an external expert to look into the matter. Results will be published in October. Roscic has promised to cooperate.

Placido Domingo halts his football stadium Aida

12 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

He was supposed to conduct the opening performance of a spectacular Aida in Vienna’s Allianz Stadium this June, ahead of a world tour. The previews spoke of 800 performers, live horses and lots of slaves. But the stage technology is not working so the show has been postponed to June 2018. Just in time for […]

A Holocaust survivor in the Philadelphia Orchestra

12 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Peter Dobrin has written a beautiful tribute to David Arben, a violinist who played 34 years in the Philadelphia Orchestra, a third of them as associate concertmaster. The violin had saved David as a teenager from a Nazi firing squad. He died in a retirement home two weeks ago, aged 89. Read the obituary here. Hear […]

Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum

14 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Church of St Sepulchre without Newgate Death and resurrection are the theme of London Concord Singers' Easter concert at the Church of St Sepulchre without Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ on Thursday, 6 April 2017, 7.30pm.Show More Summary

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen in Poulenc

15 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Poulenc Mass in G, motets, Un soir de neige; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers; Coro Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 17 2017 Star rating: 4.0 Poise and sensitivity Poulenc is one of the composers chosen for this year's Choral Pilgrimage from Harry Christophers and The Sixteen (the other composer being Palestrina). Show More Summary

A Celebration of World Voices; the International Youth Choir Festival

15 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Riga Cathedral boys choir The International Youth Choir Festival 2017 features a pair of concerts and a daytime conference, hosted by the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and the Royal Albert Hall, featuring a group of the world's top youth choirs. Show More Summary

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