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Label news: Warner signs Turk rebel

The pianist Fazil Say, who has been pursued through the courts by the Erdogan government for his outspoken atheism, has landed a major deal. He’ll be recording Mozart sonatas for Warner, a conglomerate that owns his very earliest releases on Teldec. Release below.   Renowned pianist and composer Faz?l Say has signed a new recording […]

Lucerne Festival mourns its resident clown

Dmitri the clown, who brought colour to the Festival’s youth programme, died on Wednesday night, aged 80.  

Death of leading Russian accompanist

Classicalmusicnews.ru reports the death, at 79, of Leonid Kononovich Blok, an unsung hero of Russian music. He was regular accompanist to the leading Russian violinists and professor of chamber music at the Maimonides State Classical Academy. His father, Conon, was cellist of the Gliere Quartet and principal cello of the Moscow Philharmonic.

Just in: Salzburg Festival president ‘will stay for 100 years’

Helga Rabl-Stadler, president of the Salzburg Festival since 1995, has been voted in for another term and says she’s good for a century. Helga, who is 68, steadied the ship after the turbulent Mortier era. Her family run Austria’s media. Her father was long-serving intendant of the national broadcaster ORF. Her husband was editor of the […]

Luciano Pavarotti joins the anti-Trump backlash

The Republican candidate has been using the great tenor’s Nessun Dorma recording in his warm-ups. His widow, Nicoletta, and other family members have told local media in Modena that they want him to stop, saying that Pavarotti’s human values were incompatible with Trump’s. Which is certifiably true. The best way to stop him is for […]

Women Conductors to the fore

Alice Farnham, artistic director of Women Conductors© Catherine Ashmore The Royal Philharmonic Society has joined forces with Women Conductors (artistic director Alice Farnham), a programme of conducting workshops designed to encourage women to be conductors of classical music. Show More Summary

Youthful genius: Classical Opera's 2016/17 season explores the young Mozart

Mozart painted in 1763 Classical Opera's 2016/17 season continues the Mozart 250 exploration of the year 1766 before moving on to 1767 including the first two major stage works by the young composer himself. 1766 concludes with La Cantarina,...Show More Summary

Germany Friday Photo

Madonna of the Carnation, Frame Leonardo da Vinci Alte Pinakothek, Munich August, 2015

Vivid classicism: Mozart and Mendelssohn piano concertos

Mozart and Mendelssohn concertos; Danae Dörken, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Lars Vogt; ARS Produktion Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 19 2016 Star rating: 4.0 Vivid and stylish pairing from this young German pianist On this disc from ARS...Show More Summary

How German musicians say ‘well played’

According to this video report, they shuffle their feet.

Edward Stephan Appointed SFS Principal Timpani

Mr. CKDH and his source - MyAuditions.com - were right. Here's the SFS press release. SAN FRANCISCO, July 21 – Edward Stephan has been appointed principal timpani of the San Francisco Symphony (SFS), beginning with the opening of the 2016-17 season. Show More Summary

Leonard Bernstein’s lover has died

John Gruen, who wrote authorised coffee-table books about famous musicians and dancers, has passed on at 89. His subjects included Bernstein (who was also his lover), Menotti, Erik Bruhn and Keith Haring. He defined himself in a late interview as ‘ a writer, critic, journalist, bon vivant, gadfly, busybody, father, husband, queer, neurotic workaholic. Let’s […]

35 Bayreth staff are refused security clearance

…. according to this BR report (in German). Police checks are said to have shown a ‘potential for violence’ among several applicants.  

Beverly Sills’s disabled daughter dies, aged 56

Small notice in the NY Times: GREENOUGH–Meredith H., 56, died July 3, 2016. She loved Welsh Corgis, and was predeceased by her parents Beverly Sills and Peter B. Greenough. She is survived by her brother Peter Jr., three sisters, Lindley, Nancy and Diana and Joel L. Carr, her friend. Buffy was born deaf and suffered […]

Stanford's Much Ado About Nothing revived in Leeds

Caricature of Stanford by Spy, Vanity Fair, 1905 Charles Villiers Stanford's opera Much Ado About Nothing (based on the Shakespeare play) was staged by Opera Viva in 1985 and I caught one of the London performances. It was the sort of...Show More Summary

What, exactly, are the new rules on silence in concerts?

The pianist Peter Donohoe has been disturbed, on more than one occasion, by people sitting in the front row.  A few days ago he wondered: ‘Why are those who least want to go to a concert & least capable of decent behaviour so often in the front row nearest the soloist?’ Now he shares an […]

Young Brit baton switches agents

Ben Gernon, 27, has left AskonasHolt to join Intermusica for general management. Winner of the 2013 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductor’s Award and a former Dudamel Fellow in Los Angeles, Ben seemed to be doing nicely in his career but something has clearly gone askew. It’s unusual – albeit decisive – for a young […]

Watch Yo Yo Ma in (unstrictly) Come Dancing

Yo-Yo Ma and cellists of the Chicago Symphony have fun with Mike Block’s The Block Strap in the lobby of Symphony Center during dress rehearsal back in June. Click here to watch video.  

New York Philharmonic leases out a world premiere

The NY Phil commissioned a concerto for its principal viola, Cynthia Phelps, from the composer Julia Adolphe. A Lincoln Center world premiere was scheduled for November. Er, no. Phelps’s representative asked Gerard Schwarz, music director of the Eastern Music Festival, if she could premiere the concerto this weekend with the EMF’s faculty orchestra in Greensboro, North […]

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