Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music news.
New York Times
Virtuosos Becoming a Dime a Dozen
In the last decade or so the growth of technical proficiency among young pianists has seemed exponential. The new generation that can play anything includes Yuja Wang.
L.A. Philharmonic has welcome mat out for guest conductor
Orchestra members are looking forward to Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos’ Hollywood Bowl concerts this week. ‘The chemistry works very well,’ the Spaniard says.
And – in some cases – symphonies without conductors?
‘Blimey, guv – good old Nigel is at it again. In an age when much of the world feels toothless and truthless, he hasn’t lost one bit of his bite or his bark.’
A masterclass with Bernard Haitink
What makes a great conductor? Tom Service joins Bernard Haitink’s Lucerne festival masterclass, only to find that the maestro himself is still looking for the answers.
Flautist Carla Rees loses instruments in Croydon riot fire
Renowned musician’s flat containing music library and at least ten flutes, some custom-made, burned to ground.
Vatican archive to display Mozart honour
A lambskin parchment conferring a Papal knighthood on the boy-prodigy Mozart is to be put on public view for the first time as the Vatican opens up its secret archives.