Following an underwhelming concert last Thursday, I was beginning to think I was getting too cynical for concertgoing.
“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.
My review is live at Classical Source. My quibbles with the Corigliano’s One Sweet Morning notwithstanding, it is a substantial work showcasing a superb singer that got a top-shelf US premiere. I recommend you give a listen when it becomes available — which it almost certainly will, as the telling forest of mics above and in front of the orchestra telegraphed. My guess: we’ll see it appear on DG Concerts early next year.
Daniel Wakin has the juicy details at the NY Times. The truth is that the “Great International Orchestra Swindle” is not a terribly well-kept secret – and arguably one of the biggest scandals – in the American classical music business.
It’s also worth noting that on more than one occasion I’ve seen fine local free-lancers padding out the ranks of a couple of legitimate “name” Russian orchestras performing in New York City. It might be a worthwhile topic for a follow-up article by Wakin, who has become a “must-read” music journalist.
Go read this story. One of my very reliable overseas contacts tells me that this is just the beginning of trouble for a certain quasi-omnipotent music management firm.
I am still in the process of sorting through a pile of product samples, swag, and tchotchkes which I brought back from MIDEM over a month ago (which goes to show you how busy things are at Casa Gaudette), and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention a number that are well worth some comment. So this is the first in four installments of new product worth tracking down.
My review of Carnegie Hall’s 2010-11 Season Opening Gala is live on Classical Source. I’ll be catching some flak for this one.
The NY Times’ Daniel Wakin reports that NYPhil president and CEO Zarin Mehta is stepping down.