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Death of a tango master, aged 100

Horacio Salgán, who turned 100 in June, died this weekend in Buenos Aires. He composed many classics of Argentine tango, among them  Del 1 al 5 (Días de pago), Entre tango y tango, Grillito and more.

Irish jazz giant dies

Louis Stewart, a guitarist who played with Benny Goodman and George Shearing and was a member of Ronnie Scott’s quartet, has died at 72. Ireland’s president Michael D Higgins paid this tribute: ‘It is with great sadness that I have learnt of the death of Louis Stewart, outstanding musician and iconic figure in the world of jazz […]

A glorious Italian soprano has died, aged 59

The beautiful opera singer Daniela Dessi died in Brescia on August 20. She was diagnosed with cancer and began treatment last month. Our hearts go out to her husband, the tenor Fabio Armiliato, and their family. Fabio messaged: ‘A short, horrible and incomprehensible illness has taken her away in these months. The greatest opera singer of […]

Composer sets Talmud study to music

The marvellous Israeli composer Andre Hajdu, who died at the beginning of this month, was a devout and learned man who saw no contradiction between his religious immersion and his advanced musical ideas. In this clip from a TV documentary, he takes a familiar passages from the Talmud and works it through with his music […]

Maestro move: German wins Long Beach

Eckart Preu, a US-based German conductor, is to be music director of the Long Beach Symphony. Preu, 47, is already in charge at two US orchestras, Spokane and Stamford. He’ll drop Stamford on moving to the beach.

No mourners at Juilliard teacher’s funeral

A call went out on Facebook for volunteers to attend the funeral of a woman who died, aged 83, in a New York home, leaving no family or friends. Some thirty people responded. The rabbi said at the funeral that he had just discovered that Frances Stein used to teach piano at the Juilliard School. […]

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One of My Tweeps is Under Arrest

Oh, dear: Ex-Theater Agent Charged with Raising $165,000 for Fake Broadway Play The person in question is Roland Scahill, who has been an entertaining person to follow, and exchange tweets with, on Twitter.


An important, dismaying read: Ethan Iverson on Steinway, John Paulson, and Donald Trump.... Earlier this month, a group led by the composer Ashley Fure unsettled the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music with GRID, or Gender Research in Darmstadt, an...

Mozartian music theatre: 'Requiem... and life before' in Tallinn

Requiem... and life before - Birgitta Festival, Tallinn Mozart, Joel Lauwers Requiem... and life before; Uku Uussberg, Yuka Yanagihara, Helen Lokuta, Thomas Volle, Simon Robinson, Latvian State Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, dir:Show More Summary

New video: Fascinating Ida

Rare video of Ida Haendel playing Paganini and Bach in the 1980s, newly posted on Youtube. This is how it used to be done.

Top pianist is kept waiting at railway station

It didn’t take Boris Giltburg very long to find a piano at Delft station in the Netherlands. Boris is winner of the 2013 Queen Elisabeth competition. But what’s he playing here? Nothing easy.

Evgeny Kissin’s story will finally be told

The remarkable Russian pianist has signed a book contract with Orion publishers for a memoirs that he has written together with the St Petersburg writer, Marina Evreison Arshinova. The book, to be published in 2017, covers his early years and development in the Soviet Union, his debuts with Karajan, Giulini, Levine and other conductors, and […]

A true original, an immensely appealing composer

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: I am beginning to wonder if posterity will ever place Bohuslav Martinu where he justly belongs, as the last in a quartet of Czech geniuses, after Smetana, Dvorak and Janacek. With each passing year, Martinu (1890-1959) seems to recede further into the mists, his 16 operas unstaged, his […]

Longest serving orchestral players in Britain

The London Symphony Orchestra has illustrated its new season brochure with specially commissioned pictures of its longest serving players and staff – anyone who has been on the books over 25 years. It’s a lovely idea and, while no-one comes close to the international list of alltime longest-serving players, there are quite a few who […]

Orchestra claims highest number of married couples

The Boston Symphony is claiming a world record for 17 married couples taking part in this weekend’s Tanglewood performance of Aida. Six of the couples are players in the orchestra, eight are in the Tanglewood chorus. An associate concertmaster has engaged his freelance wife. Violeta Urmana, who sings Amneris, is married to tenor, Alfredo Nigro. […]

Just in: England gets another countryhouse opera

Nevill Holt opera in Leicestershire has submitted plans to build a permanent, 400-seat opera house on its stable block. The company has been staging summer opera since 2013. It expands the countryhouse opera scene which consists of Glyndebourne, Garsington, Longborough, two rival Grange Park companies and a couple more, all of them functioning without state subsidy. […]

Funny, lively and vivid: Le nozze di Figaro at Grimeborn

Heather Caddick, Cheyney Kent and ensemble - Mozart The Marriage of Figaro - Grimeborn Festival - photo Nick Rutter Mozart Le nozze di Figaro; Cheyney Kent, Heather Caddick, Dario Dugandzic, Sofia Troncoso, Katie Slater, dir: Lewis Reynolds,...Show More Summary

Sad news: Busiest oboist on record has died

We have been informed by friends who visited him this month that Neil Black, principal oboe of four London orchestras, has died at the age of 84. Neil was successively principal of the London Philharmonic, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, English Chamber Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. By our reckoning, he appeared on […]

Virgin join the anti-violin airlines

From a Slipped Disc reader: We have a group from school in South West London, who are travelling to the USA on a performing arts tour this October, and are flying Virgin Atlantic. This will be the trip of a lifetime for some of these talented kids, but at the moment they’re getting kicked in […]

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