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Grigory Sokolov, Norman Lebrecht Feud: Pianist Refuses Cremona Award Over Slipped Disc Post

Grigory Sokolov vs. Norman Lebrecht: So, Who Won the Battle of Cremona? >>

In the capricious world of award ceremonies, occasionally, a winner will refuse an award for personal reasons. Fewer still so suspiciously as Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov, who recently refused the Cremona Music Award in what appeared to be an act of spite. His reasoning was given in the form of a handwritten note posted on his dedication page (written in both Italian and Russian), citing Slipped Disc agitator Norman Lebrecht as the sole reason for refusing the Cremona Music Award. Sokolov did not wish to be placed in the same category as Lebrecht, who had, himself, won the Cremona Music Award last year

Soldiers, Sailors and Violinists: Benito Mussolini's 300-Year-Old Violin to Sell for $250,000 in Bonhams London on May 12

Soldiers, Sailors and Violinists: Benito Mussolini's 300-Year-Old Violin to Sell for $250,000 in Bonhams London on May 12 >>

This machine certainly doesn't kill fascists, that was, instead, the Italian people during World War II.

UPDATE: Limelight Magazine, in Danger of Going Under, Finds New Publisher in Arts Illuminated

UPDATE: Limelight Magazine, in Danger of Going Under, Finds New Publisher in Arts Illuminated >>

UPDATE: Since we quoted verbatim from Clive Paget's original report, it seems only fair to do the same with this very good news...

UPDATE: Limelight Magazine, in Danger of Going Under, Finds New Publisher in Arts Illuminated

Limelight Magazine in Danger of Closing Down in Australia >>

Haymarket Media Group is seemingly divesting itself of all its classical music properties. First to go was Classic FM magazine, published under license with the UK's Classic FM radio. Then Gramophone was sold to Mark Allen Publishing. Now comes news from Australia that the media group is to stop its publishing operations in Australia, among which publications is the music and arts magazine Limelight. Published under license with the ABC since 2006, this could mean the magazine has to close.

Five Quickies: Stream Joyce DiDonato at Juilliard, 13 Scariest Pieces, Classical Music Imperiled?, Nazi Gold in Score?, Fake Operatic Orgasms?

Five Quickies: Stream Joyce DiDonato at Juilliard, 13 Scariest Pieces, Classical Music Imperiled?, Nazi Gold in Score?, Fake Operatic Orgasms? >>

And with the world's best musicians, singers, dancers and actors going back to repertory work after their summer stocks, there's more good news happening now than there was, say, back in September.

Five Quickies: 'Saved by the Bell' Musical Returns, Melissa Aldana Wins Monk, Satie's Evil Piano, Hálek's Mushroom Symphonies, Sex Toys for Singers

Five Quickies: 'Saved by the Bell' Musical Returns, Melissa Aldana Wins Monk, Satie's Evil Piano, Hálek's Mushroom Symphonies, Sex Toys for Singers >>

So, in an effort to keep all you Classicalites abreast of each and every situation, we'll be trawling the web for the best headlines--those stories, those people making the biggest waves.

Just Follow Your Nose for Good Opera >>

The sweet smell of success? The Sydney Conservatorium of Music will hope so, as they add a new dimension to a new opera production--the sensation of smell.

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