Kirill Petrenko, music director of Bavarian National Opera made the following statement on Ukraine at the annual press conference in Munich this morning: ‘I am watching the situation there with great concern. What is happening there is anything but normal.’ He added that the only way forward would be talks aimed at finding a ‘political […]
Contrary to the veteran conductor’s claim that the orchestra ‘humilated’ and ignored’ him during its 125th year and beyond, we understand that strenuous efforts were made to include the former music director in the 125th programme – not just by the orch management but by its present conductor Mariss Jansons, who reached out personally to […]
Dame Kiri te Kanawa, 70 today, has announced that her cameo role in Covent Garden’s Daughter of the Regiment is to be her last stage appearance. The production closes next week. The Dame, reared from raw at the Royal Opera, achieved her finest moment at the wedding of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. […]
Tai Oney and Elliott Rossphoto credit Chris Christodoulou Handel Arianna in Creta: London Handel Festival: Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 5 2014 Star rating: 4.5 An imaginative and finely unfussy staging of one of Handel's rarer operas Handel's Arianna in Creta was a big hit in Handel's lifetime. Show More Summary
The Gewandhaus announced its new season today. Highlights include US and European tours – plus a Riccardo Chailly concert for 40,000 spectators in the city’s soccer stadium. One the menu: Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with a 1,000-strong chorus.
Check the movement title. Michael Shmith reports from Melbourne: The letters GFC, which stand for global financial crisis, are also notes of the musical scale. How appropriate, therefore, to combine the two. Meet a new 12-minute work by Melbourne composer Gawain Davey, called Symphony GFC. Not that Davey thought of the idea himself. This is where […]
Mark Lawson has stepped down from Radio 4?s Front Row after 16 years. He has been rested on medical grounds for the past month. The official story is full of smoke, mirrors and lawyer-proofed hints. The decision for Mark to leave was ‘a joint agreement with the BBC’. I have known Mark for all the […]
It’s only ten weeks, but there’s plenty of novelty. Can’t wait to see what Boston Brahmins make of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Offertorium, with violinist Baiba Skride, and John Harbison’s Koussevitzky said. Look upon it as a wake-up call. Only ten weeks, though. Full details here.
Lieuwe Visser, who has died at 74, was a stalwart of the Holland Festival from 1966 in numerous premieres by Dutch composers. He worked closely in a wide range of roles with Gustav Leonhardt, Edo de Waart, Reinbert de Leeuw, Bernard Haitink, Bruno Maderna and Ricardo Muti. He sang with Joseph Malovany on the premiere recording […]
Ariane Todes is stepping down after 12 years at the magazine, eight of them as editor. The move is described as a ‘restructuring of the team to separate the online and magazine sides of the brand’. If that’s what it is, it’s a major brand error. No music magazine has the trust of its sector […]
Japan's oldest orchestra is celebrating its centennial with a world tour. It will make its American debut at Alice Tully Hall on March 11, playing two twentieth-century Japanese works — Toshiro Mayuzumi's Bugaku and Kiyoshige Koyama's Kobiki-uta — alongside the...
In the flurry of information going around on Robert Ashley, I just learned that Dalkey Archives, publisher of Ashley’s libretto for Perfect Lives, has my introduction to the new edition available online. I’ve always been proud of it, and Bob told me at one point that he had read it over and over, because, he […]
The Dutch orchestra which Bernard Haitink, 85, says he will never conduct again has responded with a terse comment to Het Parool: Over the past five years the management, our planning department and Bernard Haitink have had contact on a regular basis. In the past years the flexibility which other prominent conductors offered to make concert sessions for […]
The violinist Linus Roth, a protégé of Anne-Sophie Mutter, has joined the growing band of Mieczyslaw Weinberg admirers. He has a new recording out of the Weinberg violin concerto. He tells Reuters that it reminds him more at time of Schubert than of Shostakovich. Kolja Blacher and Elisaveta Blumina have announced a forthcoming release of the […]
The latest instalment of the late pianist’s estate sale at Christie’s New York includes his mother’s 1869 Bechstein. Rildia Bee O’Bryan Cliburn was Van’s first piano teacher. They lived together in Fort Worth until her death, aged 97, in 1994.
The aim is to balance the budget – at least that’s the official line. The layoffs were all in the sales department. The Symphony still employs 79 full-timers and 80 part-time, not including the musicians. Artistically, it’s on a high with the Austrian Manfred Honeck, undertaking ambitious tours. But someone has to mind the pennies back […]
It is a truth universally acknowledge that American critics have a cloth ear for the composer Harrison Birtwistle. They simply don’t hear what we hear – that Harry is one of the true originals, an inventor of languages of which he is the only speaker. Even Alex Ross struggled in The Rest Is Noise to […]
Erica Worth, editor of Pianist magazine, had her gig ruined last night by creepy silent texters. Isn’t it time for concert halls to segregate the active fingers from the contemplative? Hands up the first hall with a dedicated text zone. Here’s Erica: I am angry! Last night I went to a chamber music […]
The Moth Requiem - Choral Works by Harrison Birtwistle: Roderick Williams, BBC Singers, the Nash Ensemble, Nicholas Kok: Signum Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 5 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Superb survey of Birtwistle's choral music...Show More Summary