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Death of ‘the first girl to play bebop piano’

Friends have informed us of the death, aged 92, of Barbara Carroll, described by Leonard Feather in 1947 as ‘the first girl to play bebop piano.’ Barbara made numerous recordings with the big boys and many original arrangements.

Sony are hassling Youtube users

The Korean pianist Hai-Kyung Suh came to London last month to record videos at Henry Wood Hall, including this Mozart Fantasia. Barely had the video gone live on Youtube than Sony Music Entertainment issued an opportunistic takedown order, claiming the video was the work of Lili Kraus, who died in 1986. Apparently, this is common practice […]

Ex-clarinetist wins Solti competition

The Russian Valentin Uryupin, winner of the Solti conducting competition, has previously won the ARD and Geneva competitions in clarinet. Now 31, he is permanent conductor at Theodor Currentzis’s opera house in Perm and artistic director in Rostov. Like Osmo Vanska, he knew when the tootling had to stop.

Hallelujah! Now for cello solo

The latest manifestation of Leonard Cohen’s mighty anthem is in an arrangement for solo cello and strings by Tom Hodge. Sheku Kanneh-Mason recorded it at Abbey Road and gave a first live whirl at the Bafta awards. We think it might catch on.

A shout-out for autistic academics

Apparently there has been no research conducted on university lecturers with autism. My research aims to give a voice to academics who identify as autistic, Asperger’s or on the autism spectrum. It focuses on autistic academics’ experiences of research, teaching and being an employee in higher education. Men and women of all ages have already […]

Less cheering...

Eric Halfvarson, Karita Mattila, Jonas Kaufmann, Tony Pappano & the LSO take a bow the other night. Now it's curtains... Oh dear. The Kaufmann Residency has come to an untimely end. Jonas has bronchitis and the concert including the 'Four Last Songs' tonight has been cancelled. Show More Summary

Looking Ahead: Aurora Orchestra in 2017

The Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon at the Proms During 2017 the Aurora Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Collon continue their two London concert series. At the Southbank Centre, where the group is an Associate Orchestra, the Orchestral Theatre concerts deliberately challenge the accepted concert formats and genres. Show More Summary

Ben Gernon in Manchester, Scotland and Salzburg

Ben Gernon and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra The young British conductor Ben Gernon (aged 27) was recently announced as becoming the principal guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Gernon has appeared twice at the BBC Proms,...Show More Summary

Queer Talk: homosexuality in Britten's Britten

Queer Talk exhibition detail ©Britten-Pears Foundation The composer Benjamin Britten and his partner Peter Pears were not known either for their openness about their sexuality or any sort of activism. In modern parlance they certainly were not out. Show More Summary

Trump picks Sound of Music fan as Austria ambassador

This is not an alternative fact. Patrick Park, a businessman friend of Donald J Trump, has seen The Sound of Music 75 times. He has been told by the president that he’s to be the next US ambassador to Austria. ‘I’m flying to Vienna to check out the embassy, and then I’m going to Salzburg […]

Jonas Kaufmann ends London residency with second cancellation

The German tenor has pulled out of tonight’s Richard Strauss concert with bronchitis. He has not been replaced. The concert is off. Here’s what the Barbican website says: Jonas deeply regrets that because he has bronchitis this concert is cancelled. In due course we hope to reschedule this concert to a future date. Ticketholders will receive […]

Mezzo throws up in Verdi Requiem

From Texas Classical Review: Soon after (Sasha) Cooke and soprano Angela Meade began their “Recordare” duet, Cooke seemed to cough, and she left a hand on her chest. A few moments later, she stepped hurriedly toward the wings, vomiting before getting there. I include that detail only to illustrate how notable it was when she […]

Grammys: Boston wins second year in a row

The Boston Symphony won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance last night. The winning entry was DG’s ‘Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow’ – symphonies 5, 8, and 9, conducted by music director Andris Nelsons. Its 2016 winner was Shostakovich 10. Best opera and best engineered classical album went to Los Angeles Opera’s Corigliano: The Ghost […]

Any old Nicolai: NY Times admits a howler

We pointed out on Saturday that the New York Times had used a picture of the Bulgarian bass Nicolai Ghiaurov when reporting the death of the Swedish tenor Nicola Gedda. Bass, tenor, what’s the difference? The Times has now appended this message at the foot of the online article: Correction: February 11, 2017 A photograph was published […]

Dallas Opera, 2017-18

Well, well, one of the more unusual operatic seasons in the US, and it's in Dallas. Good for you - I will finally make my first visit, maybe two, to Texas. Once again, I steal liberally from OT. The Dallas Opera web page about the season is here. Show More Summary

LA Opera 2017-18

Ooof. LA Opera relapses, has a season with nothing on the main stage that I would attend if I lived down there. List stolen, with thanks, from Opera Tattler. I have added (ms) to indicate the productions staged at the Dorothy Chandler. Show More Summary

Sound worlds spinning from a single keyboard

Pianist Igor Levit offers detailed views of many landscapes in long-delayed D.C. recital.

Who’s pitching for the Dallas podium?

Scott Cantrell lists the season’s guest conductors from whom the Dallas Symphony will pick a successor to the departing Jaap van Zweden. There’s only one American in the frame. The smart money’s on one of the two Spaniards, Pablo Heras-Casado and Gustavo Gimeno.

Pittsburgh mourns its bass trombone

Musicians in the Pittsburgh Symphony and trombonists across America are lamenting the death of Murray Crewe, a popular and witty performer, the first Canadian to play bass trombone in a US orchestra. Murray who was in his 50s, went from the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec in 1987 to the Utah Symphony, then to the Toronto Symphony […]

Thinking About Spring

Once again we have a tease of spring sandwiched between bouts of winter. Yesterday we were putting salt on the ice on the front step (so that the mail carrier wouldn't slip), and today, with the thermometer reading 61 degrees, I'm wearing...Show More Summary

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