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Maestro is cleared of Korea charges

25 minutes agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Prosecutors in Seoul have finally, after a ten-month investigation, dropped alleged embezzlement charges against Myun Whun Chung, former music director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. The investigation was triggered by a former chief executive of the orchestra with connections to a powerful political caste. Show More Summary

Wim Wenders, 71, makes a successful opera debut

The celebrated film director was cheered to the rafters last night in Berlin, at the end of Bizet’s Pearl Fishers. Wenders has been pursued for years by Bayreuth to stage an opera, one one occasion pulling out at the last moment. It took Daniel Barenboim to entice him onto the opera stage, to great acclaim. […]

A British conductor is deported from the US

Phil Evans, conductor of the Philadelphia Symphonic Winds and until recently director of music at Valley Forge Military Academy & College, has been deported from the US. PSW is ‘an American band with a British accent’. Phil has been obliged to open a Kickstarter page here to help his family with relocation costs. A further sign […]

Exclusive: Opera critic is hit with10,000 Euro libel fine

The Romanian critic Alexandru Patrascu, a contributor to the London-based Opera magazine, has lost a libel case brought against him by the conductor Tiberiu-Ionu? Soare, former head of Bucharest National Opera, and the soprano Irina Iord?chescu. The pair claimed 100,000 in damages for Patrascu’s reporting. They were awarded one-tenth of that sum, but it is nonetheless […]

A remarkable ensemble: Janacek's Jenufa at Grange Park Opera's new home

Janacek: Jenufa - Grange Park Opera - Natalya Romaniw, Susan Bullock (Photo Robert Workman) Janacek Jenufa; Natalya Romaniw, Susan Bullock, Nicky Spence, Peter Hoare, dir: Katie Mitchell / Robin Tebbutt, cond: William Lacey; Grange Park...Show More Summary

album listening log :: june 23, 2017 #allmanbrothers

14 hours agoMusic / Classical : aworks

Sandy Bull - E Pluribus Unum The Allman Brothers Band - Hittin' the Note The Allman Brothers Band - Seven Turns The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Take It from the Man The Allman Brothers Band - Shades Test Dept -...

More on Satie's Le Fils des Étoiles

In my piece on Joséphin Péladan and the Salons de la Rose + Croix, I devote some space to Erik Satie's astonishing score for Péladan's mystical drama Le Fils des E?toiles, which was produced in conjunction with the first Salon...

Did anyone really know Van Cliburn?

Tim Page has written a penetrating review of two books about the enigmatic pianist. Read here.

Orchestra Executive Merry-Go-Round

Yesterday, Drew McManus had an article at Adaptistration about current vacancies, and recently-filled vacancies, in the executive suites of various American orchestras. Brent Assink's departure from the San Francisco Symphony after many successful years of financial and (mostly) labor stability. Show More Summary

Gilbert to Hamburg

Alan Gilbert, whose tenure as the music director of the NY Philharmonic just ended, has a new appointment: he will be the music director of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, starting in the fall of 2019. He was their principal guest...Show More Summary

Oakland Friday Photo

Avocado toasts May, 2017 Caused a sensation on Twitter. Good thing I already have a house. Of course, they are homemade avocado toasts and didn't cost $19.

What are these giants playing at?

  Nice picture, but not exactly what they’re playing.

Extraordinary 1941 video of the first two Soviet prizewinners

Emil Gilels and Yakov Flier playing Isaac Albeniz’s Navarra in an arrangement for two pianos. The pair had been the first Soviet pianists to win international piano competitions – Vienna 1936 (second and first) and Queen Elisabeth competition in 1938 (first and third).

Someone once suggested she take a choral contraceptive: I chat to conductor Suzi Digby about her projects

Suzi Digby OBE The conductor Suzi Digby is known for a remarkable range of projects, she has created a number of organisations many involved in working with young people including Voices Foundation, Voce, and London Youth Choirs, not...Show More Summary

Three Character Pieces (and one transcription) for Clarinet and Viola

Thank you to clarinetist Alan Schaffer and violist Heather Faust for such a terrific performance!

PRS New Music Biennial in Hull, city of culture

King Billy - statue of King William III in Hull When I was a boy, we used to take the ferry from New Holland in North Lincolnshire and travel to Hull, walking up from the docks and spending the day visiting shops, the Wilberforce Museum...Show More Summary

Dog Star 13 – The Mean Harpsichord

On Thursday, June 15, 2017 Dog Star Volume 13 landed at the Cal Arts campus for a concert titled The Mean Harpsichord. No fewer than three harpsichords were in place at The Wild Beast, where every chair was filled with someone interested in hearing experimental music at the cutting edge. The 2017 Dog Star Orchestra […]

Four violin makers to be expelled from the UK

From a shrinking, increasingly mean and intolerant island: Four students at Newark’s world-renowned violin-making school face deportation from the UK. Lingtzu Chen and Meng-Hsiu Tsai, from Taiwan, Daniel Chick, from Australia, and Yasuhiro Nakashima, from Japan, are due to be deported after July 31 because their international visas have been cancelled by the Home Office… […]

Concertgebouw goes free as video policy fails

As of today, you can watch concert videos on the Concertgebouw site after the orchestra decided there was no point in charging for them. The RCO has also abandoned all further releases on RCO editions, according to its press release. You can watch the free videos here. They include concerts by Jansons, Gatti, Fischer, Nelsons […]

Not for wallflowers

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: Of the two UK finalists in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World last weekend, many felt the English soprano Louise Alder stood a better chance than the Scottish mezzo Catriona Morison. Alder commanded the stage with unfeigned confidence, a breeziness that shines through this, her well-timed debut recording. […]

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