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Salzburg is at odds over renewing ‘safe’ president

Helga Rabl-Stadler has been president of the Salzburg Festival since 1995. The former tourist office bureaucrat, now 67, has counted in and out several changes of artistic regime. She is due to step down in 2017 but the local political leadership have announced they are supporting safe Helga (centre) for another term. Helga herself, however, has said in […]

Shocking tragedy: Aspen is stricken by two student deaths

A statement by Aspen Music Festival and School, Colorado: We are deeply saddened over the tragic loss of 2015 Aspen Music Festival and School students Alex Greene, trumpet, and Ben Darneille, tuba, who died in a car accident last night. Both were members of the fellowship brass quintet Rendezvous Brass, which gave inspiring performances all […]


Robert Carl: "I’ve come to feel that Feldman was to Cage somewhat as Berg was to Schoenberg—the composer who took a technical and conceptual armature from his mentor and combined it with an ear that was able to render even...

Maestro move: Canadian lands German opera house

New Jersey’s outgoing conductor Jacques Lacombe, 52, has been named music director of Bonn Opera. He starts a year from now. The contract is for two years.

A George Walker moment

Walker, at the age of ninety-three, is now at work on his fifth symphony, Geoff Edgers reports.

Riccardo Muti: The conductor should be responsible for the action on stage

The maestro has been sharing some thoughts in Salzburg, where he’s conducting a concert performance of Verdi’s Ernani. No director? From the festival press release: He likes the idea of a conductor who is not only responsible for the orchestra and the music, but also has a say in the staging. This is especially important […]

Leonard Bernstein’s 10 big podium gifs

Watch them here on WFMT. Lenny would have been 97 today.    

Opera house gets green star for saving power

Sydney Opera House has cut its energy use by 10 per cent over five years by fitting new lights and using sea water from the harbour to cool its air. The house has won a government award for green conduct.

The newspaper that hid a string quartet

The late quartets of Ludwig Van Beethoven are said to have received their London premieres at the home of a print manager of the Times newspaper. Now we read that the Financial Times has secretly harboured a string quartet below decks. Its existence is revealed in the new issue of Gramophone magazine by former journalist […]

Levine plans return to Ravinia

Seldom seen outside New York these days due to uncertain health, James Levine has been announced as conductor of Mahler’s second symphony next year at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, of which he was once music director. The festival has suspended that title with James Conlon’s departure ths summer. All conductors next year will be guests – […]

BBC’s creative director to be interrogated by MPs

The House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee intends to call in Alan Yentob to examine his role in the collapse of the charity Kids Company, of which he was chairman. Yentob, 68, was previously chair of the arts charity ICA, which ran close to insolvency in 2010. He was also a member of […]

Schoenberg Centre reopens after fire

In an amazingly swift clean-up and turnaround, the Arnld Schoenberg Centre in Vienna will reopen on Thursday, two weeks after a fire that forced the all-night evacuation of its major artefacts. The library, however, remains closed for the time being.      

Inextinguishable symphonies

My column in this week's New Yorker, on symphonies of the post-Mahler era, is rooted in old loves. I fell for Mahler and Sibelius as a teenager, and soon began exploring the myriad byways of twentieth-century symphonic writing, often working...


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Breaking: Vienna Philharmonic won’t go to Iran

Contrary to statements issued earlier in Teheran, the orchestra has tersely announced it will not be accompanying the Austrian president on a state visit. No reason given.  

Watch: Beethoven’s 9th marks Ukraine’s independence day

Slipped Disc was invited to observe Ukraine’s 24th independence anniversary concert last night in Kiev but was unable to attend. Amid much verbosity and political bombast, music duties were conducted by Kirill Karabits with the Warsaw-based I, Culture orchestra. You can watch the full concert here. Beethoven starts at 55 minutes.

London awaits Aids symphony premiere

Raymond Yiu’s symphony, premiered tonight at the BBC Proms, is founded on personal memories of the 1980s Aids crisis and wound around Thom Gunn’s poem, In the Time of Plague. Raymond tells his local newspaper: ‘When I first came to London (from Hong Kong) AIDS seemed to encircle my life. People just vanished, everyone was […]

‘Maria Callas would find it hard today to find a job’

Former Seattle Opera chief Speight Jenkins has written a thoughtful blogpost on what’s wrong with singers today and why audiences don’t get excited as they used to. Speight blames musico-political correctness: The most successful singers of the past who filled opera houses involved their audiences emotionally in the way they sang. If a soprano can handle […]

Hawks, Horses and Peterborough Sings!

Errolyn Wallen's new work Hawks and Horses setting Shakespeare is premiered on 30 August 2015 (at 6pm) at St John's Smith Square in a concert by the massed voices (150 in total) of Peterborough Voices, Peterborough Youth Choir, and Peterborough Male Voice Choir with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by William Prideaux. Show More Summary

Entangled Fortunes - chamber music by Edward McGuire from Red Note Ensemble

Edward McGuire Elegy, Euphoria, String Trio, Entangled Fortunes, Quintet 2; Red Note Ensemble; Delphian Records Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 12 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Serious, fascinating, independent - the chamber music of Edward...Show More Summary

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