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Busy day for record morticians

Sad news from France that Bernard Coutaz has died. Founder of Harmonia Mundi, more than 50 years ago, he started out by driving a 2CV with recording equipment around the great church organs of France. What began as a hobbyist marque became France's leading independent record distributor and a classical label of international scope and consequence, employing 330 people worldwide. Hundreds of artists owe their careers to Coutaz, from the countertenors Alfred Deller and Andreas … [Read more...]

Breaking news: Dudamel jumps ship

One of the worst-kept secrets in the conducting world is out this morning with a press release confirming that Gustavo Dudamel has dumped his mentors. Here's the full story. Late last year, Dudamel's agent Mark Newbanks became unsettled with his lack of personal advancement at Askonas Holt, an old-fashioned British agency, and arranged to join his former colleague Stephen Wright, who had bought out Van Walsum Management. The pin-stripes at Holt went into damage-limitation, imposing … [Read more...]

Breaking news: Dudamel quits

One of the worst-kept secrets in the conducting world is out this morning with a press release confirming that Gustavo Dudamel has dumped his mentors. Here's the full story. Late last year, Dudamel's agent Mark Newbanks became unsettled with his lack of personal advancement at Holt Askonas, an old-fashuoned British agency, and arranged to join his former colleague Stephen Wright, who had bought out Van Walsum Management. The pin-stripes at Holt Askonas went into damage-limitation, … [Read more...]

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