9 June: $10m Stradivarius violin found in wardrobe, The Man who gave China piano fever and New York’s Met opera house

Monday 9th June 2014

Classical News

The  Telegraph

$10m Stradivarius violin found in New York heiress Huguette Clark’s wardrobe

The home of eccentric copper heiress Huguette Clark has already turned out a trove of valuable items – a collection of jewellery including a rare pink 9-carat diamond fetched a total of $21 million at a Manhattan auction last year. But three years after her death, aged 104, Huguette Clark’s sprawling 42-room apartment on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue has just revealed its rarest treasure yet.

The Telegraph 

The Man who gave China piano fever

His piano recitals attract billions; he won’t do ‘crossover’; and he’s making Chopin hip. But what does the Chinese classical superstar Yundi think of his famous rival?

The Guardian 

New York’s Met opera house on edge of precipice, says Peter Gelb

Grand opera is dying along with its increasingly ancient audience, according to Peter Gelb, general manager of one of the grandest operas in the world, the Metropolitan in New York.


Rethinking Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

It’s music that has captured the imaginations of audiences and musicians for centuries, and is always being presented in new guises. We have picked five reworked versions that stand out on the web…

The Guardian

Owen Wingrave: A private peace

Benjamin Britten’s ‘pacifist’ opera was written while war was at the forefront of people’s minds. In this year of centenaries, director Neil Bartlett explains why the time is right for a revival.


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