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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

Berlin Philharmonic, Lang Lang Accidentally Tweets 'Congratulations' to Andris Nelsons

Lang Lang Tweets Congratulations to Boston's Andris Nelsons for Landing Berlin Philharmonic Gig >>

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.

Pay to Play: Opera Australia Calls for Amateur Singers to Apply for No Pay in Upcoming 'Aida' Staging

Opera Australia Calls for Amateur Singers to Apply for No Pay in Upcoming 'Aida' Staging >>

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:

Simon Rattle and Berlin Philharmoniker to Break Up, Expected to Make New Appointment Come May 2015

Simon Rattle and Berlin Philharmoniker to Break Up, Expected to Make New Appointment Come May 2015 >>

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 and Others to Perform at Russia's Bolshoi Theater on October 28, First Ever in Nation's History

Anna Netrebko and Others to Perform at Russia's Bolshoi Theater on October 28, First Ever in Nation's History >>

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.

BBC New Generation Artist Louis Schwizgebel Shows His Penchant for Magic

BBC New Generation Artist Louis Schwizgebel Shows His Penchant for Magic >>

Renowned Swiss pianist Louis Schwizgebel has plenty of tricks up his sleeve — and we mean that almost literally.

American Composer Jennifer Higdon Ties the Knot to Beau Cheryl Lawson, Baltimore Music Director Marin Aslop Officiates

Jennifer Higdon Marries Cheryl Lawson, Baltimore Music Director Marin Alsop Officiates Ceremony >>

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.

[WATCH] Bach to The Beatles: Paul McCartney Strums Classical Concerto and 'Blackbird' with Carlos Bonell for New Guitar Composition

WATCH: Paul McCartney Picks Classical Bach and 'Blackbird' with Carlos Bonell for New Guitar Concerto >>

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."

Placido Domingo Remembers Famed Operatic Tenor Carlo Bergonzi and His 32 Years at the Metropolitan Opera

Placido Domingo Remembers Famed Verdi Tenor Carlo Bergonzi's 32 Years at the Metropolitan Opera >>

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 of Metropolitan Opera to Union Workers: Prepare for Lockout

Peter Gelb of Metropolitan Opera to Union Workers: Prepare for Lockout >>

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.

No Virtuoso: Secretary of State John Kerry Brings Out His Guitar in Beijing for a Quick Jam Session

No Virtuoso: Secretary of State John Kerry Brings Out His Guitar in Beijing for a Quick Jam Session >>

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.

Mindless Self-Indulgence: Piano Virtuoso Khatia Buniatishvili Takes No Shame in Pride, but Can You Knock Her

Georgian Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili Shows Proud Natural Talent of 'Motherland' on New Album from Sony Classical >>

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?

No Way, TSA: Christian McBride Loses String Bass Bow, Fish and Wildlife Service Cracks Down on Transporting Ivory

No Way, TSA: Christian McBride Loses String Bass Bow, Fish and Wildlife Service Cracks Down on Transporting Ivory >>

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).

VIDEO: Piano Lady Sits in East River with a Washed Up Grand Piano, No One Lays Claim to Mysterious Instrument Washed Ashore

VIDEO: Piano Lady Sits in East River with a Washed Up Grand, Still No One Lays Claim to Mysterious Instrument Washed Ashore >>

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.

The Beatles' 'Help!' Gets a Classical Tribute with Reproductions of 'Blackbird', 'Here Comes the Sun' and More

The Beatles' 'Help!' Gets a Classical Tribute with Reproductions of 'Blackbird', 'Here Comes the Sun' and More >>

It's a popular fact: George Martin coined himself the composer on most of the Beatles more orchestral arrangements.

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