With a concert last Friday at Paris’s Cité de la Musique, the Quatuor Ysaÿe made its adieux. Said violist Miguel da Silva, “This discipline requires such sacrifices that it’s legitimate to say, after 30 years, that’s enough.” (in French)
Xiaolu Guo, a Chinese-British writer and filmmakes on Granta‘s hotlist of best young British novelists, told Franzen this while both were on a panel at the Jaipur Literature Festival. (Jhumpa Lahiri piled on.)
“There has, in recent years, been a surge in the number of projects, across all artforms, with a health or scientific issue at their heart, and a scientific or medical organisation as a key funding source.”
“It has been jarring to learn in recent years that a reproducible result may actually be the rarest of birds. Replication, the ability of another lab to reproduce a finding, is the gold standard of science, reassurance that you have discovered something true. But that is getting harder all the time.”
Mark Lawson writes of seeing The Duchess of Malfi at the new period-style Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – and how daylight or the lack of it affected the way plays were written.
Elizabeth Freestone, who directs a small British touring company: “I’m thrilled live screenings give our audiences more opportunities to experience theatre near them. … But some of the infrastructure surrounding screenings can’t help but pitch one against the other. And if put into competition with each other, venues will always choose live screenings because they are much cheaper to buy than live theatre. The good news is, the problems are solvable.”
“The question is, of course, how Harvey is going to reconcile being in business with Tarantino. The filmmaker has made a lot of money for the company with violent fare. … Weinstein is trying to tip the scales; to shift Hollywood from glorifying violence in films, to showing the true human cost and destructiveness of it.”
“Last year saw a handful of filmmakers take on the questions of what it means to be a man in America in the 21st century, but their films don’t celebrate archetypal images of frontier manliness. Rather, they seem to suggest that looking back to these old forms is another broken urge in an age of cultural nostalgia.”
The flagship companies in Glasgow and London will co-produce a trilogy of history plays this fall that could tie in with this September’s referendum on Scottish independence.
“The ex-CEO of the now defunct Livent Inc. and his friend Myron Gottlieb were convicted in 2009 in connection with a book-cooking scheme that eventually led to the company’s bankruptcy. The demise of the publicly traded company ultimately cost investors an estimated $500 million.”
“There are so many ways a person can be an artist, and we are aware of that,” Ms. Reisman said, “but if somebody doesn’t need the space and doesn’t have a consistent output of artwork, it’s hard for us to certify them.”
This time around, buyers are largely reacting to films with appreciation as indie film fans and disappointment as business people.
“It is entertaining to see Judith actually chop off Holofernes’s head, but it misses the whole point of Caravaggio, who makes us contemplate one moment of moral choice for all eternity.”
This time, fortunately, it was a set rather than a ceiling, and only four people were injured.
“Of the 28 shows which will be running on Broadway at that point, 14 have cancelled performances on the February 2, eight have moved up their show times, three have no shows on Sunday and three are keeping their schedule as is.”
Seeing the ever harsher laws against homosexuality being passed in Uganda, Nigeria and elsewhere, Binyavanga Wainaina thought about his own life in cosmopolitan Nairobi and decided that, as “part of a generation of people in Kenya and Africa who [want to] change [Africa] to be accountable to itself,” he had to go public.
Delcho Delchev “is one of the founders of a nonprofit group called Transformers that has been trying since 2009 to brighten up this former Soviet outpost with low-budget civic art and design projects.”
It’s a tough and dangerous job, but someone’s gotta do it, and the last one up and quit the job last month. That someone is now 36-year-old Tugan Sokhiev – who is, like a certain Valery Gergiev, a native Ossetian who trained in St. Petersburg.
Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2014-01-20
“In a career that began in the late 1950s, Mr. Abbado was known for the directness and musicality of his performances. He almost always conducted from memory, insisting that using the score meant that he did not know the work adequately.”