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Carnegie’s next Gatti sub is…. Eschy

Daniele Gatti is out for two months and Carnegie's having to recast its Vienna season. Latest press release: (For Immediate Release, February 14, 2014, New York, NY)—Carnegie Hall today announced that Christoph Eschenbach has graciously agreed to step in for Daniele Gatti and conduct theVienna Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The concert is the penultimate concert by the orchestra in Carnegie Hall’s three-week, citywide … [Read more...]

Small German state appoints Australian music director

The press release is excessively puffy, but this may be a first. Has any Aussie before Nick ever been a GMD in Germany? P R E S S R E L E A S E Australian Conductor Nicholas Milton appointed General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the State Theatre of Saarland, Germany (Saarländisches Staatstheater), commencing with the 2014/15 season. General Manager Dagmar Schlingmann engages a highly charismatic conductor with an outstanding international reputation after an extensive, … [Read more...]

Maestro Muti’s rehearsal message to a late trombone

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A singer writes: Many were late due to traffic/weather issues? It was all in good fun! h/t Beena David … [Read more...]

Katherine Jenkins ‘returns to home of classical music’

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We didn't say that. They did. The Welsh so-called 'opera singer' has a a new record deal after being dropped by Warner. And the plan, we hear, is a reversion to para-classics.     KATHERINE JENKINS @KathJenkins SIGNS NEW DEAL WITH DECCA RETURNING TO ‘THE HOME OF CLASSICAL MUSIC’ AS SHE CELEBRATES 10th ANNIVERSARY IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY   Today, 20th January 2014, Katherine Jenkins (OBE), announced that she has renewed her relationship with the world’s No.1 … [Read more...]

Lucky they put the accent on the ‘ó’

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Imagine how it would have been pronounced otherwise. … [Read more...]

New video: Where did the Flying Dutchman find peace? In Cuba….

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There's a Deutsche Welle report on Wagner in Castro's paradise last month.... you can watch it here. Some lovely scenes of director Andreas Baesler teaching the Caribbean cast and chorus to pronounce Wagnerian German. Eduardo Diaz conducted. Johana Simon and Yuri Hernandez sang the main roles. It was the first time Wagner has been staged in Cuba. The production is now heading for Germany.   … [Read more...]

New video: Barmitzvah boy calls for gay marriage

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His argument? Jacob married two sisters in the Bible, so why can't I marry a man?   … [Read more...]

Might Google glass give maestros extra eyes and ears?

Professor Cynthia Turner, a conductor at Cornell, thinks the new tech has potential. 'It could be a game changer for anyone who needs two hands to do something,' she says. Read here. Watch below. … [Read more...]

A founder’s family mourns the late Minnesota Orchestra


This just in from Constance Scheurer: Dear Family and Friends; This is why I write what I do. My heart is broken that after 110 years Osmo and the Orchestra I grew up with (my grandfather was a founding member beginning in 1909); now is no more.  The departure of Osmo was the crowning blow, though expected given this whole situation has gone on for years and is international news.  This is has never taken place in the history of classical music. I have the archives of this family and … [Read more...]

Hot pic: Yundi declares victory over Lang Lang


The picture below has gone white-hot on weibo, the Chinese social site. It shows Yundi Li giving a 'V' for victory sign with Universal classics chief, Costa Pilavachi. Our Chinese friends interpret this as victory over his arch-rival, who quit Universal for Sony.   … [Read more...]

Ex-head of strings is rearrested on pupil rape allegations


Malcolm Layfield, who was forced to resign as head of strings at the Royal Northern College of Music after being accused of the rape of three teenaged students at Chetham's, has been rearrested in connection with another case. The Guardian reports the he was released on bail, without being charged. Police investigations continue into sex abuse charges at Chet's and RNCM. Presumptions of innocence apply. … [Read more...]

Breaking: Gramophone is sold off


The faltering record magazine has been sold by Haymarket Publishing, its owners for the past decade and more.   The new owners are to be the Mark Allen Group, publishers of healthcare, edcation and travel trade journals. The group is family-owned, which may help restore Gramophone to its recording roots. The magazine describes itself these days as 'The world's authority on classical music since 1923'. … [Read more...]

Just in: Toronto recovers its stolen Steinway

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The Mounties have got their missing grand, but not their man. Read the happy ending here. … [Read more...]

Liverpool gets £7.5 million for hall makeover


The backstage is austerity standard and there is much flaking elsewhere around the art deco Philharmonic Hall. They're going to do it up, and not a moment too soon. Today's press release:   Arts Council England (ACE) has approved the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s second stage application to its Capital Investment Programme,  and awarded £7.5 million towards the £12 million refurbishment of the Grade II*- listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.   Having successfully applied … [Read more...]

Update: Bolshoi violinist killed at work


We are receiving reports that a violinist in the Bolshoi orchestra, Viktor Sedov, died yesterday in the theatre. It appears he fell through a trapdoor in the pit, crashing below into the technical area. One source tells Slipped Disc that the trapdoor may have been left open by a cleaning lady when Mr Sedov arrived early to work. Our sympathies to his family and colleagues. UPDATE: Some more details coming in: The pit had been raised to the same level as the stage for ease of cleaning. … [Read more...]

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