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Daniel Hope is caught in Berlin shredding storm

German social media are abuzz with news of the firing of Arno Lücker, a curator and dramaturg at the Konzerthaus Berlin, connecting his dismissal to a recent confrontation with the violinist and conductor Daniel Hope, who has a series at the Konzerthaus. Lücker recently posted a musical shred video crossing a Daniel Hope performance with the […]

Just in: Esa-Pekka Salonen gets divorced

The ever-alert Finnish media have found court documents showing that Jane Price, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s wife, filed for divorce last June. The couple, who have been married for 26 years, have three children and live in Los Angeles, where Salonen used to be music director of the Philharmonic. Lately, he has been spending time back in […]

Alexandra Harwood and I Musicanti bring Sleep to Sunday afternoon at St John's

Alexandra Harwood I Musicanti's Sunday afternoon concert series, Alexandra and the Russians, at St John's Smith Square continues on 21 January 2018 with a performance of Alexandra Harwood's Sleep which is based on the original Russian version of Snow White and focuses on her deep sleep. Show More Summary

Handel's Lotario recorded live at the Göttingen festival

Handel Lotario; Marie Lys, Sophie Rennert, Ursula Hesse von den Steinen, Jorge Navarro Colorado, FestpielOrchester Göttingen, Laurence Cummings; ACCENT Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jan 16 2018 Star rating: 4.0 Handel's rarely done Lotario...Show More Summary

Jette Parker Young Artists - new intake

Michael Mofidian The Royal Opera House has announced the names of the five young artists who will be joining the Jette Parker scheme in September 2018, two of whom will almost certainly be familiar to London audiences. The Scottish-Iranian...Show More Summary

Covent Garden squeezes one half-Brit onto its singer training scheme

You would have thought that, with Brexit looming, they would promote native talent. But no… Here’s today’s press release: The Royal Opera has announced the latest singers to join its professional development programme, the Jette Parker Young Artists. Five new singers will join the Company in September 2018. They were chosen from more than 440 […]

What Met musicians do when Peter Gelb’s not looking

They give a free concert – today, at 4pm.   Members of the MET Orchestra will be joined by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer at The New York Public Library’s Harry Belafonte Branch to perform a “Musical Read-Aloud!” Robert Miller, husband of MET Orchestra violinist Elena Barere (pictured above), has composed an original score to […]

Is this Finland’s most influential musician?

This is the 80th birthday week of the composer Paavo Heininen, a man locally celebrated for two Finnish operas, six symphonies, eleven concertos. More importantly, as professor of composition at the Sibelius Academy, he has been the teacher of Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg, Jouni Kaipainen, Jukka Tiensuu and more – the most successful generation of composers Finland […]

An Israeli conductor is exposed as a boy molester

Then journalist Asaf Harel in Haaretz has exposed one of the most respected teachers and conductors in Israel as a persistent predator on teenaged boys. Harel, himself a former student of the conductor, says Menahem Nebenhaus was a revered figure at the elite Telma Yellin School and across Israeli musical life. He has collected testimonies […]

A Rostropovich museum is put up for sale

The house in Orenburg, where Slava was evacuated with his family during the Second World War, had been turned by its owner into a museum dedicated to the great cellist and conductor. But the owner want to sell and the artefacts are included. Read here.  

Concerto debut for Sibelius’s great-grandson

From the BIS record blurb: Great-grandson of composer Jean Sibelius, Lauri Porra began playing the cello at the age of six, but later switched to bass guitar. In addition to his work as a composer for orchestra, film and media, he is a member of the heavy metal band Stratovarius with which he has recorded […]

Happy days at the haunted concert hall

Powell Symphony Hall in St Louis, Missouri, is marking its jubilee year. The orchestra still has two players from opening day. The hall still has its original name (unlike Avery Fisher and so many others). And it still has its resident ghost. Read here. More recent halls mostly have mice, not ghosts.

Brass world in shock at tragic death of popular principal

The family of Jan Mortensen has posted that he fell down the stairs on Sunday and died of head injuries. Jan, founding principal bass trombone with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, was 60. After the expulsion of foreign players from Kuala Lumpur, he returned to play in the royal orchestra in Copenhagen, and with the Royal Danish […]

Fatal Passions in Leeds and beyond

Opera North is presenting its first ever production of Verdi's Un ballo in maschera this Spring in a production directed by Tim Albery and conducted by Richard Farnes which opens at the Grand Theatre, Leeds on 3 February 2018. Hungarian...Show More Summary

Death of ‘Shoot the Conductor’ concertmaster

The legendary Anshel Brusilow, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell and of the Philadelphia with Eugene Ormandy, died last night at the age of 89. After clashing with music directors, he lit out to Texas, where he became both executive director and conductor of the Dallas Symphony. He recorded extensively as both violinist […]

A Fancy: 17th century English theatre music

Matthew Locke, Henry Purcell, Giovanni Battista Draghi, Samuel Akeyrode, Louis Grabu, John Blow, Christopher Gibbons, James Hart; Rachel Redmond, Le Caravenserail, Bertrand Cuiller Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jan 13 2018 Star rating:...Show More Summary

Junge Deutsche Philharmonie in Birtwistle, Herrmann and more in Cologne

Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (photo Achim Reissner) Herrmann, Liebermann, Gershwin, Birtwistle, Bernstein; Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Ingo Metzmacher; Kölner Philharmonie Reviewed by Tony Cooper on Jan 7 2018 Star rating: 4.0 A jazz-inspired...Show More Summary

First recording: The bits Beethoven left out of his violin concerto

Daniel Auner has recorded some of the off-cuts from Beethoven’s masterpiece. He writes: During my studies in Salzburg I got a copy of the original manuscript into my hands and was shocked about what I found there. Beethoven wrote an alternative solo violin part almost throughout the whole piece and decided just before the first print […]

Label news: Alisa Weilerstein quits Decca for the Dutch

The US cellist who scored considerable success with the Elgar, Carter and Dvorak concertos on Decca has decided that her future lies in the Low Countries. She has signed an exclusive, multi-album contract with Pentatone, starting later this year with both Hayden concertos and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, with the Trondheim Soloists. Show More Summary

A Helena Tulve moment

Und von liehte vinster, for bassoon and string quartet (2012), takes its title from the Middle High German of Meister Eckhart: "On earth, this entrance [to divine nature] is nothing but pure detachment, and when the detachment reaches its climax,...

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