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2 hours, 17 minutes ago   -  parterre box

Get hep!

On this day in 1938, the Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounced swing music as “a degenerated musical system… turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people,” warning that it leads down a ...

2 hours, 54 minutes ago   -  Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

How Herbert von Karajan lost his London job

I’ve heard a version of this story from Neville Marriner, who was a close friend of the rebellious Peter Gibbs. But this account comes from a very young player whose career was almost cut off by the bust-up. Read on here.

4 hours, 26 minutes ago   -  The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: The Middleton Community Orchestra opens its season with polished viola playing from Vicki Powell and infectious enthusiasm from the entire orchestra in a Dvorak symphony.

By Jacob Stockinger Here is a special posting, a review written by frequent guest critic and writer for this blog, John W. Barker. Barker (below) is an emeritus professor of Medieval history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison . He also is a ...

10 hours, 15 minutes ago   -  PostClassic

Free to not Understand

I am in receipt of James Klosty’s handsome new coffee-table volume John Cage Was, a book of photographs of John Cage, many of them rare and unseen before, all of them telling. For the margins Klosty asked a lot of people connected with Cage to ...

10 hours, 26 minutes ago   -  Meeting in Music

Albrechtsberger: String Quartets Op. 7

Johann Georg Albrechtsberger (1736-1809) String Quartets Op. 7, Nos. 4-6 (1787) Authentic Quartet (Period Instruments) Hungaroton HCD 32495 (2007) (Maybe someday they will record Nos. 1-3) [Flac & ...

10 hours, 45 minutes ago   -  Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

Unseen video: Richard Strauss at lunch, Szymanowski in his dressing gown

Xander Rodzinski has just uploaded his grandfather’s (pictured) 1930s home movies on Youtube…. and fascinating viewing it makes. Several immortals are caught at their leisure, including George Gershwin refusing to kiss a man on his lips. ...

10 hours, 57 minutes ago   -  Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

Galina gets a postage stamp

An honour belated, but richly deserved. Better than being a non-person, as she was for 15 years.

12 hours, 2 minutes ago   -  CNY Café Momus

Oct. 18 Met (Live): Le Nozze di Figaro

Amanda Majeski as Countess Almaviva, Peter Mattei as Count Almaviva, Ildar Abdrazakov as Figaro, and Marlis Petersen as Susanna in Richard Eyre’s new Met Opera production of “Le Nozze di Figaro” (photo: Ken Howard) The Met’s ...

14 hours, 46 minutes ago   -  Iron Tongue of Midnight

Key Man Insurance

Key man insurance [sic] is what companies buy when the death of a particular individual would have a severe impact on a company's business operations. I report up to Urs Hölzle, not Alan Eustace, but I have to admit that when I saw the news that ...

15 hours, 17 minutes ago   -  parterre box

Vissi d’artist

The San Francisco Opera is batting a thousand where young singers are concerned this season. There, see? A gesture of goodwill to local sports fans. Boy, the “Niners” really took a “beating” in “game two,” huh? ...
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