Classical Music News – 4th August

Thursday 4th August 2011

Every day the WildKat team scan newspapers, websites and blogs for interesting classical music news, and now we’ve decided to publish our lists so that you can get a classical music news summary each day. If you’ve read anything interesting each day that we’ve missed do feel free to comment and let us know!

The Times: When Simon Callow met Gustavo ‘the Dude’ Dudamel
Simon Callow meets the enigmatic conductor of the Simón Bolivar Orchestra in Salzburg for a recording of the Three Shakespeare Overtures by Tchaikovsky.

The New York Times: Showcasing the Viola in Updated Mozart
The Mostly Mozart Festival opened on Tuesday night in New York with its music director, Louis Langrée, conducting the festival orchestra in a Mozart program amid the trappings that have re-energized this popular summer offering in recent seasons.

The LA Times: Music Review – Yuja Wang and Lionel Bringuier at the Hollywood Bowl
Lionel Bringuier conducts an unusually incandescent performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl, reports Mark Swed.

The Independent: I’m going it alone: celebrated musical duo split over solo
The conductor Claudio Abbado and the pianist Hélène Grimaud have pulled out of a forthcoming recording by the Deutsche Grammophon label that was due to be released this autumn citing “artistic differences”.

Gramophone Magazine: Listen to the Gramophone Artist of the Year 2011 Podcast
The voting for the 2011 Artist of the Year Award at the Gramophone Awards  has opened. To help you make your decision Gramophone has made a podcast in which its critics and editors champion the ten nominees; and you can also listen to a clip from each of their recent releases.

Jessica Duchen: Don’t make such a cadenza out of it
“If anyone’s going to make a matzo-pudding about artistic differences, it would probably have to be in Mozart.” Jessica Duchen has a look at Grimauld and Abbado’s different approaches to playing Mozart.