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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.

Violinist Gidon Kremer Says Netrebko's Donation to Donetsk Opera a 'Completely Conscious and Political Act'

Violinist Gidon Kremer Says Netrebko's Donation to Donetsk Opera a "Completely Conscious and Political Act" >>

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."

Chris Hardwick on @midnight Rags on Organist and

Chris Hardwick on @midnight Rags on Organist and 'Future Uber Driver' Cameron Carpenter in Promo Clip >>

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.

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.

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.

Baby Booming: Berlin Philharmonic Appoints Its Most Youthful Trumpeter to Date, Florian Pichler, at 18 Years Old

Baby Booming: Berlin Philharmonic Appoints Youngest Trumpeter to Date, Florian Pichler, at 18 Years Old >>

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.

Jackie Evancho Upcoming Performances: Musicians Union Issues Warning to Local AV Stations

Jackie Evancho 'Awakening' 2014 Tour Dates Anger American Federation of Musicians >>

The American Federation of Musicians has issued a warning for Jackie Evancho's upcoming tour dates.

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.

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.

Jonas Kaufmann Backs Alexander Pereira

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann Says La Scala Head Alexander Pereira Is "the Right Man" for Milan's Opera House >>

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 Takes to the London Marathon with Little to the Imagination, Plans to Sing 'Jerusalem' Mid-Sprint

Laura Wright Takes to London Marathon Leaving Little to the Imagination, Plans to Sing 'Jerusalem' Mid-Sprint >>

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.

The Mile High Club: Classical Musicians in Mid-Air Videos >>

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.

BREAKING: U.K.'s 'Independent on Sunday' Reportedly Axes its Critics >>

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.

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