Classical Music News – 30th August

Tuesday 30th August 2011

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Charlie Siem

Shock news: good-looking violinist can really play

The Guardian

Heart of a Soldier: capturing 9/11 in an opera

One man’s quick thinking saved thousands of lives on 9/11. Thomas Hampson, who plays him in a new opera, reflects on the life and loves of an American hero

The New York Times

Tenor Seriously Injured In Sicily Road Accident

The tenor Salvatore Licitra was severely injured in a motor-scooter accident in Sicily on Saturday night.

The Independent

Proms 56/5, Gerstein/BBCSO/Bychkov/Pires/Tonhalle/Zinman (Royal Albert Hall)

Mahler toyed with naming his sixth symphony ‘Tragic’, and his widow Alma claimed he regarded the final movement, with its three notorious hammer-blows, as depicting ‘the hero, on whom fall three blows of fate, the last of which fells him like a tree’.