I hope the Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic look into this, not only for the potential savings but a solution to numerous troubling aesthetic and interpretive issues (although I’d advise the management of the NYPhil to avoid trying that last setting for both liability reasons and high repair costs). Hat tip: David Atkins.
“Thousand dollar fine”? In this very rare case, I’d support the death sentence, but, failing that, I’ll settle for the proposal Tim Smith floats in the last three paragraphs of his coverage.
UPDATE: Amanda Kell has more details and perspective.
My review is posted to Classical Source.
I was in such a rush to get to my first appointment this morning that I skipped looking at the music headlines, so I learned from Jeffrey Tarlo at J&R that conductor Yakov Kreizberg had died at the far-too-early age of 51. Obituaries are live online at NPR and The Oregonian, and Stephen Hough has a personal reminiscence at the Telegraph (London). His recent recordings with the Netherlands Philharmonic and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra for PentaTone showcased both his extrovert, dramatic interpretive style and his skill building a very good orchestra into an even better one. A longer tribute in Dutch has been posted to the official Web site of the Netherlands Philharmonic.
The LA Times reports that Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel has extended his contract with the orchestra.
Gramophone and The New York Times report that Russian-born American pianist Kirill Gerstein has won the quadrenially-granted $300,000 Gilmore Artist Award. I’ve been mightily impressed by his debut CD recording for OehmsClassics, and hopefully this award will bring the name of this mightily worthy pianist to a broader audience.
The Boston Globe and AP are reporting that conductor Seizi Ozawa has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer — the same disease that claimed ny dad’s life — and has cancelled all of his scheduled appearances for the next six months to undergo treatment. Esophageal cancer is tough and persistent, but judging from the news reports it was caught early, a factor that is likely to greatly improve Maestro Ozawa’s prognosis.