Arts Cancel England put squeeze on Elgar
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by norman lebrecht
13m ago
A 40 percent funding cut by London wokies has placed the Elgar Festival of middle England in dire jeopardy. Their patron Julian Lloyd Webber is leading the fundraising. You can help by donating here. The post Arts Cancel England put squeeze on Elgar appeared first on Slippedisc ..read more
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New York Phil appoints independent investigator
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by norman lebrecht
4h ago
The orchestra’s president Gary Ginstling has engaged Katya Jestin, of law firm Jenner & Block, to undertake an investigation into the culture of the New York Philharmonic. She has been asked ‘to look at everything and leave no stone unturned, including any new allegations as they are reported.’ The following message went out today to members of the organisation: Dear New York Philharmonic Community, The details revealed in the New York magazine article are horrifying to me personally, and, while not yet a year into my tenure as President and CEO of the New York Philharmonic, I am deeply co ..read more
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First review: Can Kissin and Hampson act?
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by norman lebrecht
7h ago
by Susan Hall, New York:   Address Unknown, a short 1938 novel by Katherine Kressmann Taylor, has been made into a play by Marianna Arzumanova.  Mounted at Town Hall in New York by the Cherry Orchard Festival, it stars world-renowned pianist Evgeny Kissin as Max and world-renowned opera baritone, Thomas Hampson as Martin. Can these gentlemen act? We’ve seen Hampson as the Don, Germont pere, Dr. Faustus and Roald Amundsen racing to the South Pole. Now he makes his mark as Martin.  Kissen has mixed poetry with piano performance.  Set in 1932-33 Germany, the work consists larg ..read more
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Lincoln Center replaces Mostly Mozart with drag queens
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by norman lebrecht
7h ago
They’ve announced the 2024 program today. Here’s one report: This summer’s programming, just announced, will lead off with “the debut duet of two superstar queens from the blockbuster reality competition ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’” followed by “Argentinian queercore,” comedians of “Indian heritage” and “silent disco.” Shanta Thake, the center’s chief artistic officer, pledged to “really confront our past head-on as we move into the future” by “opening this up and really saying that this is music that belongs to everyone” — implying, of course, that Mozart does not belong to everyone. Read on here ..read more
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Two Brits called Jon hand over German baton
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by norman lebrecht
10h ago
The UK conductor Jonathan Bloxham has been chosen as chief conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. He succeeds Jonathon Heyward, who is now in Baltimore. Bloxham, in his mid-thirties is also Music Director at the Lucerne Theater and Resident Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the London Mozart Player. The post Two Brits called Jon hand over German baton appeared first on Slippedisc ..read more
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First review: Bad blood in Birmingham
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by norman lebrecht
10h ago
Last night’s conflicted concert is reviewed on Midlands Classical Music by Norman Stinchcombe: CBSO at Symphony Hall ★★★★ Did the CBSO’s chief executive Emma Stenning attend this concert? One hopes so because she would have been able to see the early fruits of the silliest of her new innovations. The orchestra and soloist Ian Bostridge were about a quarter of the way through Britten’s ‘Les Illuminations’ when the tenor motioned to conductor Gergely Madaras, raised his hand and halted the performance. He addressed a small group in the audience who had been filming him on their mobile phones. “T ..read more
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Biz news: AskonasHolt breaks in Berlin
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by norman lebrecht
10h ago
The London-based agency is about to pop corks for the opening of AskonasHolt Berlin. In effect, they are taking over Opus3 Berlin with the consent of Opus3 New York. The Berlin office looks after the pianist Daniil Trifonov and conductors Ruth Reinhardt, Andrey Boreko  and Ingo Metzmacher, among others. The new AskonasBerlin will be run by Alexander Hollensteiner,  presently Managing Director of Kammerakademie Potsdam. He says: ‘Ich kenne und schätze meine neuen Kolleginnen und Kollegen bei Askonas Holt seit vielen Jahren und freue mich sehr, Teil der Familie zu werden und dieses neu ..read more
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Just in: Kirill cancels Vienna Phil
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by norman lebrecht
10h ago
The Berlin Philharmonic chief conductor Kirill Petrenko has cancelled all of this weekend’s concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic at very shhort notice. No reason has been given. Crhstian Thielemann has stepped in. Freitag, 19. April, 6. Soirée Samstag, 20. April, 7. Abonnementkonzert Sonntag, 21. April, 7. Abonnementkonzert Montag, 22. April, Konzert der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien Richard Wagner: Vorspiel zur Oper „Lohengrin“, WWV 75 Richard Wagner: Vorspiel und Liebestod aus „Tristan und Isolde“, WWV 90 Pause Johannes Brahms: Symphonie Nr. 2 in D-Dur, op. 73 The post Just in: Kiri ..read more
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Breaking: Bychkov names exit date at Czech Philharmonic
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by norman lebrecht
14h ago
The conductor Semyon Bychkov told his orchestra this morning that he will step back in 2028 after ten years as music director. Their has been the most successful musical partnership in the eastern half of Europe, with a fertile record deal and multiple tours. Here’s what Bychkov said: It’s been a remarkable season in every conceivable way, even if it is still continuing with enormous projects yet to come. I will come back to it later, but first I would like to talk to you about some of the very special events that we have planned for the next season. It is still the Year of Czech Music and so ..read more
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The mezzo who drove an agency merger
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by norman lebrecht
15h ago
We reported yesterday that Aigul Akhmetshina, everyone’s favourite Carmen, was the sweetener in the new ‘strategic alliance’ between the Tact agency and IMG. She now seems to be declaring she was an active participant in the business deal: I am extremely excited to share the news, something we had been working over the last months to build and develop two great companies. TACT Artists Management and IMG Artists start collaboration creating the biggest musical network in world, bringing together fantastic artists, managers and years of experience on both sides of the globe. Has she got shares i ..read more
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