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Is this Walton’s finest hour?

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: Walton is very much an on-off composer. What’s remarkable about this recording is that the performance transcends his shortcomings. Read on here. And here. And here.

Biz news: Cami signs Leeds winner

Federico Colli, 2012 Leeds Piano Competition winner, has signed on with Elisa Patria at Cami Europe. He already has a record contract, with a debut release due on Chandos in the Spring.

Boston regrets: Donhanyi is still poorly

From the BSO press office: At the advice of his doctors, Maestro Christoph von Dohnányi regrets that he cannot appear with the Boston Symphony this summer at Tanglewood. He is continuing to heal from a fall he suffered earlier this year and looks forward to leading the BSO as scheduled in November. His replacements are David Zinman […]

First pic: Princess Kate conducts German orchestra

Photo: Roland Magunia/ Senatskanzlei Hamburg The Duchess of Cambridge conducted the Hamburg Symphoniker at the Elbphilharmonie this morning. We think it’s the first time she has been seen with baton in hand.    

Stephen Sondheim changes sex of Company’s Bobby

She’s going to be Bobbie, in a scheduled London production. Rosalie Craig will play the New Yorker on the loose. Read here.

How to kill six hours at Munich airport

From our diarist, Anthea Kreston:   Today I am flying to Aarlborg, Denmark from Munich. It was easier for our family to drive up from the Dolomites, stay together one night in Munich and for them to continue driving up to Berlin while I fly from Munich.  We enjoyed our breakfast buffet in Munich (I […]

And the winner of American Opera Idol is…

Opera Connecticut President Rowna Sutin presents THE AMERICAN OPERA IDOL award to AOI 2017 winner Andrés Moreno García. Andres has been accepted as a member of the international opera studio at Staatsoper Unter den Linden for the coming two seasons. He’s from Monterey, in Mexico.  

UK orchestra is hit by promoter’s insolvency

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is taking a financial hit on a Proms in the Castle at Powderham on Sunday July 30. The event was cancelled after its promoter Stephen C Associates Ltd went into liquidation on Wednesday. Aside from not receiving its hire fee, the BSO will refund concertgoers who bought directly from the orchestra. That’s lose-lose.

Pride and prejudices: Tchaikowsky's The Merchant of Venice, WNO, ROH

'In sooth, I know not why I am so sad...' Antonio goes to the shrink.All photos by Johan Persson, courtesy of WNO When I was 14 I went to a piano recital I've never forgotten. It was by a Polish pianist who had escaped the Soviet bloc and settled in Oxfordshire. Show More Summary

Neglected drama: André Tchaikowsky's The Merchant of Venice

Martin Wölfel, Mark Le Brocq - André Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice - Welsh National Opera (Photo Johan Persson) André Tchaikowsky The Merchant of Venice; Martin Wölfel, Lester Lynch, Sarah Castle, Mark Le Brocq, Verena Gunz, David...Show More Summary

Roxanna Panufnik & Jessica Duchen's Silver Birch at Garsington

Garsington Opera - Silver Birch rehearsals Sam Furness with the community chorus (Photo John Snelling) Roxanna Panufnik (Photo John Snelling) Roxanna Panufnik 's new opera, Silver Birch, is a commission from Garsington Opera and it will...Show More Summary

Opera Parallele Presents Glass/Cocteau Les Enfants Terribles

Our Buddhist friends like to remind us that the idea that we are separate is an illusion and not a fact but try telling that to anybody anywhere these days desperately trying to “connect” by every mobile device known to man. And if that doesn’t spell separation/alienation we might need a new word for this […]

Kurtág on ECM

György Kurtág Complete Works for Ensemble and Choir Asko | Schönberg and Netherlands Radio Choir; Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor ECM Records 3xCD 2505-07   Composer György Kurtág was born in Transylvania, but his many years of association with the Budapest conservatory have identified him as one of the foremost composers of Hungary, heir to Ligeti’s […]

KLM finally own up to a ‘misunderstanding’

The uptight Dutch airline has acknowledged a ‘misunderstanding’ at Heathrow Airport which led to them refusing to recognise Steven Isserlis’s purchase of a seat for his cello. The ‘misunderstanding’ sent Steven rushing round the airport for another flight, putting him to great expense. Over 30,000 people, many of them frequent fliers, have read his story […]

A predatory professor at the Royal Academy of Music

A contributor to VAN magazine recalls confusing times as a student in London around two decades ago: One evening quite some time ago, in a cramped computer lab, it struck me that maybe my professor had fallen in love with my classmate. Nick Martin was finishing the parts for a piece of his—a nagging job—and […]

Label news: DG captures Bernstein winner

The yellow label today signed Kian Soltani, 25, winner of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival’s Leonard Bernstein Award. His debut album Home will include works by Schubert and Schumann, together with the world premiere recording of Reza Vali’s Seven Persian Folk Songs. Show More Summary

We counted 1,616 orchestral composers in Latin America

press release: The conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya has launched Latin Orchestral Music, an online resource devoted to providing a complete and comprehensive source of information about orchestral music from Latin America and the Caribbean. Show More Summary

An Israeli violinist plays tribute to Radiohead

Some 47,000 Israelis turned out yesterday to hear the British prog-rock group in Tel Aviv. The band played their longest concert in more than a decade and Jonny Greenwood thanked the crowd with a few choice words in Hebrew. Among the audience was the violinist Michael Greilsammer, who promptly recorded this tribute.

Label raid: Dutch grab DG pianist

Just in from Pentatone: Pierre-Laurent Aimard, winner of the 2017 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, has signed with the label. The French pianist intends to record key works from his repertoire, spanning three centuries and ranging from Bach to Kurtág.  His move to PENTATONE follows an exclusive association with Deutsche Grammophon that began nearly a […]

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