Browsing: CD and Book Reviews

This post is originally from the source

SSUE 1818 Wednesday 17 May 2000 Friends in need?   BOC Covent Garden Festival – official site   Norman Lebrecht on the callous misnomer “arts community” THERE are one or two lessons about money that I have picked up during 20 years of unremitting arts crisis. The first is never to believe a public-funded company that says it is going broke. When the cash runs out, there is seldom enough time to sound the alarm. A funded institution that cries “bust!” is doing no more than playing the joker in a long-running game of brinkmanship. Another hard-learned tip is not…

Share:

Antony Beaumont, Zemlinsky Faber & Faber, £30. 524pp Book Review by Norman Lebrecht / May 10, 2000 Probably the cruellest tribute ever offered by one composer to another was Arnold Schoenberg’s fiftieth-birthday greeting to his brother-in-law. ‘Zemlinsky,’ said Schoenberg, ‘can wait.’ What he meant, acolytes argued, was that a composer of Alexander von Zemlinsky’s quality could sleep soundly abed, confident that posterity would recognise his merit. However, even in the city of Sigmund Freud’s dreams where subtext overwhelmed context, the plain meaning of Schoenberg’s words was unmistakable. Zemlinsky, he reckoned, was not one of those artists who alter the destiny…

Share:

Good Managers are Hard to Find by Norman Lebrecht / May 10, 2000 THE Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has lost its manager. What, again? I hear you cry. There is a well-established pattern in the life of London orchestras, and this one in particular, that when they return from an arduous tour to find the diary half-empty and a record company (BMG) gone cold, the players call an emergency meeting and the board, in a panic, offers up the manager as a human sacrifice. John Manger had done sterling work in the five years since Paul Findlay was ousted. He gave…

Share:

Heard But No Longer Seen by Norman Lebrecht / May 3, 2000 WHICHEVER way you look at it, and many have given up watching, BBC Television has forsaken serious music. During the 1990s, concerts, opera and music-related programming fell by half. What remains is a clutch of six or eight summer Proms and a few Christmas specials. Whenever this column reported the decline, BBC executives demanded the right of denial, maintaining that any apparent reduction was but a temporary adjustment. Now the retreat is complete. The BBC director general, Greg Dyke, has relieved television of its responsibilities for classical music.…

Share:

The Lebrecht Weekly   One More Knell for Classical Recording by Norman Lebrecht / April 26, 2000 ANOTHER torpedo has struck classical recording, inches below the waterline. BMG Classics, one of the last flagships of a shrinking fleet, is being wound down to the point of wipeout. Distraught executives broke the news to the Washington Post, warning that most of the 120 staff would be laid off. More serious is the fate of the artists. The King’s Singers and Evelyn Glennie have lost their contracts, James Galway’s is in the hands of a New York lawyer. Plea-bargain attempts are being…

Share:

The Battle for Berlin’s Heart by Norman Lebrecht / April 19, 2000 THE battlefront has finally reached Berlin. After two decades in which London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Rome and even Paris have witnessed hand-to-mouth combat over public subsidies, the role of the state in funding the arts is now being fought out in the would-be capital of European culture. Berlin has, for the second time in six months, lost its cultural senator. Christa Thoben had been hauled in from the Construction Ministry to run an iron sliderule over boom-town arts budgets. What she found to her horror was a black-hole deficit…

Share:

The Lebrecht Weekly   Visit every week to read Norman Lebrecht’s latest column. [Index] ———————————————————————— Punishment by Puccini by Norman Lebrecht / April 12, 2000 NEWS of a revolution in arts education reaches me from a little-known college on the eastern American seaboard. According to the Associated Press, students at East Connecticut State University who infringe campus rules are being forced to attend a classical concert or opera by way of punishment and absolution. More than 50 freshmen and sophomores have suffered the penalty so far, and faculty members who originally opposed the disciplinary procedure have come round to support…

Share:

The true humanity of Alma Rosé by Norman Lebrecht / April 5, 2000 THE morning they took my neighbour Eleanor away for cremation, there arrived in the post a 1928 recording of her uncle and cousin playing the Bach double-violin concerto. Her uncle was Arnold Ros*, concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for half a century and brother-in-law of Gustav Mahler. His daughter, Alma, named after Mahler’s wife, would end her days conducting the women’s orchestra in Auschwitz. Eleanor Ros* talked often about Alma, who had fled with her father to London in 1939, only to return to Europe. A…

Share:

Playing with Propaganda by Norman Lebrecht / March 22, 2000 IT would be easy to imagine, amid the hoo-ha and the hype, that the man born in Montbrison (Loire) 75 years ago this weekend was some kind of musical saviour. The birthday of Pierre Boulez is being serenaded on a scale that even Richard Wagner might have found embarrassing. The London Symphony Orchestra have been trailing his vapour since January, from the Barbican Centre to Carnegie Hall. Through the spring, Boulez is accepting bouquets at the South Bank (this weekend), the Parisian Cité de la Musique, Brussels, Cologne and beyond.…

Share:

The Lebrecht Weekly   Visit every week to read Norman Lebrecht’s latest column. [Index] ———————————————————————— From Catwalk to Concert Hall by Norman Lebrecht / March 15, 2000 TEN in the morning is not the best time to meet a musician, or a catwalk model. Even if they have not been working the night before, the alarm has yet to go off in their body clock and the sales pitch is not fully programmed. Nina Kotova seems pleasantly woozy when I call at her Kensington hotel. The make-up is on, but not the mask. The face that launched a thousand frocks…

Share:
1 45 46 47 48 49