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
Perhaps a tweet misfire, Chinese pianist Lang Lang may have misspoke when he congratulated Andris Nelsons on his appointment with the Berlin Philharmonic. The orchestral world's own pope-naming, maybe, but we've been on our haunches awaiting the announcement regarding Berlin's forthcoming maestro. Having been delayed a handful of times only to result in a hung jury, it appears that the suits in Germany are milking the tension.
Like the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra using an ensemble of substitutes — now that is a cool band name — Opera Australia will now "employ" students for a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the stage to perform "Aida." The catch is that there is no pay — so what "opportunity" are they really offering? No pay or expenses is not a bad way to get your foot in the door. You could even call it an internship, if you really wanted to. And on that note, the "professional" opera house on the harbor has a list of requirements for applicants:
From the mouth of Norman Lebrecht and "several trustworthy sources," the Berlin Philharmonic, apparently, wants to get on with making an appointment. Simon Rattle, though, will remain music director until the summer of 2018.
Anna Netrebko couldn't stay out of the limelight if she tried. As its been reported, the opera diva will take her talents over to the Ruskies in motherland Russia on October 28, marking her first Bolshoi Theater performance ever.
Renowned Swiss pianist Louis Schwizgebel has plenty of tricks up his sleeve — and we mean that almost literally.
It's truly a delight (or should be, at least) for all of us to witness America's progression, specifically in terms of same-sex marriage. Sporting their newest nuptials is American composer Jennifer Higdon who married her high school sweetheart Cheryl Lawson. And, as an added bonus to the matrimony, conducting the ceremony (no pun intended) was Baltimore music director Marin Aslop.
It wouldn't be the first time the comparison is drawn--but Bach and The Beatles share an uncanny resemblance between the notes. Classes have been taught on Beethovenian consistencies with John, Paul, George and Ringo but McCartney now tells us the classical implication of the song "Blackbird."
With the death of Carlo Bergonzi, famed Verdi tenor, earlier this week, many singers have come forward to express both their condolences and stories of his influence on their own voices. One such remembrance comes care of Classicalite favorite Placido Domingo.
Peter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera's general manager, warned that a lockout of union workers is imminent if the opera house’s singers, orchestra members, stagehands and other employees cannot reach a labor agreement with management by next week.
John Kerry stopped for a one off in Beijing not too long ago. Yes, you read that right. John Kerry, the Dem's heir incumbent from long ago unsheathed his mighty guitar and sat down to run some Spanish riffs for everyone to hear.
Aggregating web articles about Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, you may find that the piano virtuoso has some sort of, well, complex. Whether it be unremitting self-indulgence or excessive pride, can you knock someone who's an undeniable talent?
If you're like me (that is, by my passport photograph, sometimes labeled "a flight risk" by heritage) the TSA are a nightmare and a half when dealing with your valuables and sundries. A half tube of toothpaste is considerably "flagged" by the flight proctoring mongrols, and now I am foul-mouthed by the removal of it (literally).
I remember a tour guide during my college commencement ceremony once said that if you dove into the Hudson or East rivers that you'd come out with another limb. But no one said anything about a grand piano.
It's a popular fact: George Martin coined himself the composer on most of the Beatles more orchestral arrangements.