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.
For the world-renowned soprano, Anna Netrebko, her latest endorsement of an opera theatre in Donetsk has brought with it some political tension. It has been reported that Latvian violinist, Gidon Kremer, said of the singer that her intentions were of a "completely conscious and political act."
Well, Mr. Cameron Carpenter isn't above anyone in pop culture to be made fun of on late night. In the latest from @midnight, guests Chris Delia and company get a little cheeky with the world-renowned organist, hating on his flamboyant good looks.
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.
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.
If appointing musicians to orchestras was like the NFL draft, then perhaps the Berlin Philharmonic just lucked out on a first-round rookie with it's new 18 year-old Austrian trumpeter, Florian Pichler.
The American Federation of Musicians has issued a warning for Jackie Evancho's upcoming tour dates.
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.
It's a popular fact: George Martin coined himself the composer on most of the Beatles more orchestral arrangements.
Jonas Kaufmann has had his bouts with the flu recently, but his latest endorsement of La Scala head honcho Alexander Pereira has proven well enough to stir up some controversy.
Laura Wright has made the brave decision to run the London Marathon on Sunday in, well, hardly anything--stopping halfway through to sing "Jerusalem" on Tower Bridge.
It may come as a surprise to anyone who flies regularly and doesn't come across this sort of thing, but suddenly the skies seem to be full of music. Live, classical music.
The role of reviewers in today's society has been further degraded today by the U.K.'s Independent On Sunday newspaper, which has--our colleague Norman Lebrecht reports at his Slipped Disc blog--just made almost all of its critics redundant. It will, he says, instead run a digest of arts reviews.