Peter O’Toole, who died today aged 81, starred in such deathless movies as Lawrence of Arabia, Becket and The Lion in Winter. Anyone remember his only musical? He was not always in tune.
Guildford, a picture-postcard kind of town in southeast England, earlier this year got rid of its Philharmonic Orchestra, acclaimed for its performances of English music with the late Tod Handley. Now it’s proposing to phase out subsidy to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre which, having already lost its Arts Council grant, would probably have to shut […]
Not surprisingly, many self-described leftist readers rejected John Halle's thesis that the vast majority of pop music serves as a tool of immensely powerful capitalist forces and that classical music has a role to play in resisting them. He is...
I've placed my Ira and Luranah Aldridge piece online. Deepest thanks to The New Yorker for letting me do this. The third volume of Bernth Lindfors's Ira Aldridge biography is now out. Red Velvet, Lolita Chakrabarti's play about Aldridge, arrives...
I've placed my Ira and Luranah Aldridge piece online.
Lisa Riley Fogler, founder of Facebook Violinists, cannot play solo. She’s happy to play within a group of any size, but she can barely let a living soul hear her playing the violin – thanks to a teacher who drummed into her all the fear in music and none of the joy. After reading a […]
In China, 2014 will be the year of the horse. In Berlin, it has been declared the year of the viola. The Landesmusikrat Berlin has decreed it so. It follows upon that hotly attended event: 2013, Berlin’s year of the baglama.
La Nuova Musica Handel's period writing operas for the Royal Academy in London in the 1720's did not see him as the solo star composer of opera, he was joined by other composers deliberately recruited by the directors to provide London with a range of operas. Show More Summary
Tim Page and John Rockwell on the Bernstein letters.
The chord that opens Rudolf Kelterborn's Fourth Symphony. Horst Stein conducts the Bamberg Symphony, from a Musikszene Schweiz recording.
The finalists have been announced for the 11th Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition and the bad news is that only one female contestant got past the prejudice barrier. She’s Sinéad Hayes of Ireland and she’s up against 12 males. We’re rooting for her. The competition will be streamed live, starting tomorrow Sun. at 10 a.m. here.
In an intimate, concentrated interview, the Tchaikovsky-winning young pianist shows Zsolt Bognar how it’s done. Watch and learn.
The world looks on aghast as the North Korea regime turns in on itself, ordering the state murder of a senior member of the ruling family. Ot should be reminded that this current wave of state killing began last August when 12 musicians – including two concertmasters of the Unhasu Orchestra, Moon, Gyeong-Jin, Jung, Sun-Young, were […]
Dr Gerald Stein of Chicago has contributed several interesting posts to Slipped Disc. Few, however, will be more useful to musicians than his five tips on what to do when you hit the black wall. Yes, it happened to him, too. Read Dr Gerald here.
The tabloids are full of Taylor Swift’s 24th birthday. What they don’t mention is the little check she dropped in on the Nashville Symphony. What an artist.
This is José Ángel Salazar Marín. He has been taking lessons since he was 13 with Felipe Izacaray and is now getting to strut his stuff with sistema orchestras. One to watch.
In April 2014 Sir Neville Marriner is 90. Founder and Life President of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields (ASMF), a celebration of the conductor's birthday is a feature of ASMF's season next year. Still highly active as a conductor,...Show More Summary
The Chicago Reader asks whether Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming are being taken for a ride by Rahm Emanuel.
You really need to read the following to fully understand the degree of delusion and deception in the MOA press release that I reprinted this week: Drew McManus, Minnesota's "Artistically Vibrant" Future Robert Levine, Another Missed Opportunity (at polyphonic.org)