Saturday, November 27, 2010

Scandals, Sense and Statistics

My top four stories for the weekend: 1) hotting up over oboes in Moscow, 2) Pogorelich is back, sort of, 3) a new prize for professional orchestral musicians, and 4) Norman Lebrecht's latest assault on the ACE - I have to put him straight on the subsidy figures for the four London orchestras...

Friday, November 26, 2010

A little humility goes a long way

Several people wrote to me asking for a report on my chat with Helene Grimaud at the Institut Francais last weekend, so here it is. What lingers for me is the remarkable humility and down-to-earth good sense of this extraordinarily popular musician...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Please don't eat the pianist...

Oleg Marshev, Prokofiev and Liszt endeavour to hold their own in the shadow of Vasily Petrenko.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Violin Viking

My interview with that great Dane Nikolaj Znaider is in the JC and you can read it here Lots about his philosophy of music and life, what it's like to play Kreisler's violin and why he is turning into a conductor... Enjoy!

Friday, November 19, 2010

D'Aranyi plays Vitali

A very special Friday Historical: Jelly d'Aranyi plays the Vitali Chaconne, recording from 1928. Really amazing.