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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…

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The demon drink by Norman Lebrecht / March 8, 2000 MUCH to report from behind the baton. Paris is abuzz over its next two conductors, Myung-Whun Chung and Kurt Masur. Chung, who left the Opéra six years ago with a nine-million-franc payoff, is back this week at the head of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Can’t wait to read the severance clause in his new contract. Masur, who is saying a long goodbye to the New York Philharmonic, is about to sign up with the Orchestre National de France. This may explain why his title with the London Philharmonic has been…

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Maltman Makes A Respectable North American Debut by Philip Anson / March 3, 2000 On the Aisle Christopher Maltman, baritone Malcolm Martineau, piano Weill Hall (Carnegie Hall New York, NY March 3, 2000 British baritone Christopher Maltman made his North American debut on March 3, 2000, at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall’s main recital space. The handsome 28 year old opera singer and recitalist, who has already made a mark on European stages, attracted a near capacity crowd to the elegant 268-seat theatre. The program of French songs by Debussy, Faure and Poulenc, and lieder by Schubert and Mahler, shared a…

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On the Aisle INDEX ——————————————————————————– Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Loud and Fast by Philip Anson / March 4, 2000 On the Aisle Chicago Symphony Orchestra Daniel Barenboim, pianist and conductor Carnegie Hall, New York. March 4, 2000 The Chicago Symphony opened its three-concert Carnegie Hall residency in early March 2000 with its music director Daniel Barenboim as both pianist and conductor. The concert is part of the “Perspectives: Daniel Barenboim” series of 16 concerts spread over this season and next season at Carnegie Hall (Maurizio Pollini and Pierre Boulez also have their own Carnegie Hall Perspectives series). The ubiquitous and ambitious…

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Lincoln Center Announces Star-Studded 2000-2001 Season By Philip Anson New York – Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series, widely considered North America’s most prestigious classical music showcase, will host several Canadian debuts next year. The 2000-2001 season includes Montreal cellist Yegor Dyachkov’s New York solo debut in a recital of Beethoven, Bach, and sonatas by Debussy and Prokofiev on Oct. 29. Toronto tenor Michael Schade, subject of a recent episode of CBC television’s Something Special, makes his New York solo recital debut on February 25, 2001, in a program of Schubert, Liszt, Ravel and Strauss, accompanied by noted British pianist and…

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Student Writing Contest ———————————————————————— La Scena Musicale announces the First Annual La Scena Musicale Canadian Classical Music Student Writing Contest. Prizes: Four prizes (two in English and two in French) will be awarded. The winning papers will be published in a future issue of La Scena Musicale. Furthermore, the best paper in each language will be awarded a cash prize of $250.00 . The prize for the best English paper is courtesy of Naxos Canada. The prize for the best French paper is courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon, a Universal Music company. Rules: * Eligibility: Entrants must be students registered during…

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Not resisting but gesturing by Norman Lebrecht / March 1, 2000 THE return of Gérard Mortier to the Salzburg Festival poses more problems than it resolves. Mortier, who announced three weeks ago that he was quitting a year early as artistic director in protest at the neo-nationalist Vienna coalition, has now changed his mind. In view of “the impressive stand taken by Austrian citizens” in recent anti-government demonstrations, Mortier has decided to lend his “fullest artistic support” to the “resistance” against Jörg Haider’s Freedom Party. He also pledged to make next year’s festival a melting pot of multiculturalism, and to…

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New contender in the battle of the upper shelves by Norman Lebrecht / February 23, 2000 MORE trouble between the sheets. Word leaks from New Grove, the once and future bible of musical lexicography, that its esteemed editor, Stanley Sadie, has left his desk. All perfectly amicable, it seems. Dr Sadie, who made such a fine job of the 1980 New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians that Macmillan entrusted him with the next edition, was given a whole week to clear his drawers rather than the customary hour. “I’m 69, you know,” says Sadie, “and it’s a good thing…

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The Singing World’s Golden Couple# ##by Norman Lebrecht / February 16, 2000 THE Alagnas are splitting up, one hears. Word of their separation has been spreading like greenfly on the musical grapevine. My date to see the celebrated lovebirds gets changed at the last minute to separate interviews, two months apart. Angela Gheorghiu sits alone before Christmas on a sofa in Chelsea, Roberto Alagna confronts me in February across a Mayfair coffee table. A less prudent ornithologist might be tempted to give credence to the rumours of a rift. Totally false, of course. For the record, Angela Gheorghiu, 34, and…

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Why artists have a duty not to ostracise Austria by Norman Lebrecht / February 10, 2000 TO boycott or not to boycott? That is the burning question. Whether to ostracise Jörg Haider’s Austria until it returns a government we can approve of is one of those conflicts of conscience and self-interest that bring out the best and worst in cultural leadership. Gérard Mortier has led the exodus, resigning this week a year early as artistic director of the Salzburg Festival and precipitating instant withdrawals from a leading sponsor and conductor. More painful is the loss of Betty Freeman, who helped…

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